David Hobby, aka the Strobist, recently offered a controversial opinion that photographers should “CONSIDER” working for free. Read his post, then come back for my take on it.

David offers compelling reasons for his argument. His primary point is, that it will make you a better photographer. In the simplest context, that’s always true. Every time you shoot you get better. But there’s more to it.

Some other things to consider…

1. When you get paid, you lose control over the creative process. I think this is true for most, but not all photographers. I know several people, myself included, who often turn down jobs where we don’t have control. This necessitates that clients who hire us do in fact give up control – and a check. If you’re just starting out, you won’t be able to pull this off. So if control is more important to you than money, listen to David’s point here. Continue reading


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Scott Bourne, a professional photographer with over 30 years experience, identifies his tried and true methods for starting and maintaining a successful career as a photographer.
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If you want to make a living as a photographer, you have to promote yourself. Unless you can hire someone else to do it, you won’t make a living any other way. While the Internet has certainly been a boon to photographers looking to get their work noticed, believe it or not, there are those […]

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Interested in selling your photos? You might want to create a brochure, which could also double as website or other sales copy that promotes your photography. But if you’re new to sales, you might not know where to start. Here is a worksheet you can use to start brainstorming what your promotional content should include… […]

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