Show me the money - in shutter priority mode
May 11, 2011 7:21 AM Subscribe
Help me convince people (esp. friends) that my photography is worth money! Or - how does one compete with free?
posted by chrisinseoul to Work & Money (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Over the past year or so, I've covered a number of events and performances around town - mostly concerts and dances. Sometimes it's for a friend, sometimes it's for a local magazine (which doesn't offer compensation), or for my own blog. It's gotten me into some shows for free and a few free drinks, but there's gotta be something more... right? DSLR's and Nikon lenses ain't cheap, you know.
I've been working on starting a website for event photography - taken at the event then selling it afterwards, or selling a package beforehand - and a portfolio for the world to see. The technical details aren't a problem - but how do you change your reputation from the 'nice guy with nice camera' to the 'I'm worth money' guy?
In terms of delivering value, what is event photography worth these days? How do you tell your friends that you're charging for what they used to get for free? Anybody else make the leap from 'having fun' to 'making money' with your art?