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crux_clipper


Apr 1, 2002, 4:18 AM
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Is it possible to be a successful climbing/landscape photographer? By successful, i mean make a GOOD living off taking photo's of climbers and landscapes?

I am about 2 years from finishing school, and it could be a possibilty for a future career (if I could be sucessfull in it).


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http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=7319&forum=45&9


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Basically you need to really damn good to get anywhere in photography. you have to know stuff that isnt normally known and see things not normally seen.


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basically anything is possible but it's usually a matter of time: you need to establish yourself as an entity with a recognizable style so that people come looking for you for assignments. There are lots of photographers that shoot stock and many more that are serious amateurs sending pictures into various mags on a regular basis. In order to be a "staff" photographer (one that's called upon regularly for content/assignments) you need to be able to produce high quality images on demand. In the case of climbing photography this means being connected in the community to the best climbers or the hottest climbing areas: tough order! In landscape photography it's even more difficult to establish yourself since this is the preferred realm of most serious amateurs and there's not much money in it unless you're on assignment for a larger publisher. The most appealing but most difficult field to work in is that of fine-art photography where there aren't necessarily many paychecks forthcoming...any path you choose to follow is a little hit & miss but if you're dedicated to your craft you tend to find a way to persevere and make it work,

good luck,

Mike


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