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I Would Like To Start Part 2

Thu Mar 22, 2001 8:44 am

ok sorry about the confusion what i meant to say was that i have an extream passion of photographing aviation photos hell i have an extream passion to aviation i already have a few good photos its just that i would like to travel around the world and take other pictures so i was wondering how i could get funding for it and stuff like that sorry for the inconvenience
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RE: I Would Like To Start Part 2

Thu Mar 22, 2001 11:02 am

No inconvience. Its just that making a living at "avaition photography" is not that easy. There are a very few well know aviation specific photographers, some of the more notable are Lawerence Fier, Joe Pries, Michael Mclaughlin ect.. But these are the exception rather than the rule. As stated in your other thread, you must have a passion for both aviation and photography and keep shooting and improving!

As you might have seen by A.Net's database that there are a lot of photographers, and on top of that there is a an even larger number of other top 'plane shooters' such as Mark Wagner, Robbie Shaw, who do not even show their work on A.Net. In essence photography, be it aviation or any other photographic discipline is a very, very competitive....unless you have something that is really uniqiue or that stands out from the others, don't expect success right off the bat!

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RE: I Would Like To Start Part 2

Thu Mar 22, 2001 6:25 pm

The problem is, you are unlikely to get funding to travel around "shooting planes" - you will have a hard time convincing anyone they need to put up any money as they already have access to a huge library of images on A.net and many other services. In general, you have to go and get the images and then try and sell them.

The only possible way round this is to think up an original (an saleable) idea for a book or article. If the idea is good enough, and you can convince a publisher you can come up with the goods, you MAY be able to get some advance money ... however, I have to say that without an existing track record, the chances of success are diminishingly small.

More realistically, you will need to spend months (more likely years) building both a library of images and developing a style which is both distinctly yours and also saleable. It may help if you were to specialise on a theme and go for comprehensive coverage - preferably one where you have some access advantage over other photographers. As a Canadian, you might, for example, find covering bush planes and freighters of the north a bit easier than would European photographers.

Also, if you are aiming for sales, you should start shooting NOW with that in mind. Eg., shoot slide, and shoot duplicates whenever you can (cheaper and preferable to making duplicate trannies). Try and learn a bit about the reproduction process as a picture which works better in repro will be more attractive to a picture editor.


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