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Who Shot the Photographer? A Reality Check for Professional Photographers

November 5, 2013 Business 2 Comments

Written by: Charlie Borland

It is no secret that photography as a profession is challenging these days. From more competition to a glut of stock images and dropping prices, it is simply a difficult business to prosper in.

The fine folks at Image Brief have provided a sobering graph that spells out why many photographers are challenged. From low returns in Microstock to the increasing number of aspiring pros, this graph is finely done reality check.

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  1. Jim Bullard says:

    Add to that the fact that the print market is drying up and…. I think I should start doing watercolors. :-(

  2. There’s not very much new information here, and some hard to believe, like 31% of contributors to stock photography sites consider it their primary source of income. Maybe of their photo income but is it their only source of income? Most of this survey relates to stock photography and micro stock in particular, not really mainstream professional photography. Yes, the ability to make a living from stock photos peaked around 2008 and has since declined dramatically but most professionals have multiple sources of income. I’m actually seeing a little increase in my stock photo income and I have peers who’s assignment work is growing. Too me this just says we’re back to where we were in the late 90’s. For talented, business smart professional photographers I think the future is looking fine.

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