In my (failing) attempt at being a pro photographer, I’ve done quite a bit of shooting lately
Western, jumpers, dressage…
I just wanted to touch base with you friends with a couple of pictures
This is not working half as it should, but I’m having fun. Finding out that everybody wants free photographs, but very few people still want them if they’re not free, even very reasonably priced. It’s just a sign of the times, everybody and their dog got a digital camera and think what they’re doing with it is “good enough” (when truly, it’s often good enough for the trash, lol).
I’m not bitter, and I’m not disappointed, I’m just watching this industry of the local event photographer with a neutral eye. It’s a pretty tough job and I’ll be fine doing something else, but I also see how freebies have killed this market, at least have hurt it badly. I do clinic photography, and I see people shooting comparable events and offering access to all the images for free. Nobody cares they’re unedited and often not very good, heck, they’re “good enough” if you don’t have to pay for them. In the meanwhile if I really depended on this business to make a living I’d be starving and bound to the salvation army, no joking. It seems very complicated for normal folks today that a photograph has a commercial value.
I may be delusional but I really don’t think the quality of my work is lacking. What I’m probably lacking is the ability to sell myself. Maybe because to me it should be hard to push good images. But I’m probably an old fart stranded in the digital age 😉