TIPS60 – Hobbyists – respect the profession and the livelihood of those you admire
Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump.
TRANSCRIPT:Here are a few thoughts on the idea that hobbyists can actually do some damage to the livelihoods of photographers they admire. I'm John Harrington. If you're a professional photographer the last thing you want to see, if you're at an event covering something is to see four or five photographers that are hobbyists coming in taking pictures, posting them up online, and ruining your livelihood. If you're a hobbyist who looks up to the photo journalist or the sports photographer, doing it for free, doing it just for the heck of it, and then selling those images or giving them away is really damaging the livelihood of those who are professionally doing photography day-to-day, day in and day out and have bills to pay. So I would strongly encourage you to, even if you don't necessarily need the money, as a hobbyist, to charge appropriately for your work so that you not only get that extra money that lets you upgrade to the next piece of equipment, but you're also not damaging the livelihoods of the photographers that you admire in the community.
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