Yes they do, but as with anything it takes time practice and commitment- 95% don't have those elements at their disposal, so its just fun and a great way of learning.
On topic though, I enjoy this as a hobby, nothing too serious, as others have said this is by no means my income. Yes I have a Facebook page, purely for photos I want to share to people over and above family and friends (I don't add randoms), same reason I have a Flickr and 500px accounts.
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The race car theory - Yes every one has cars but the difference is there are only so few opportunities to actually race your car professionally. Where every man, woman, child and dog has a camera and can easily set up a week end warrior business / work from home or their car, and then flood the market with imagery hoping to strike it rich in an all ready crushed, bashed and deflated industry that has NO regulation outside of the professional news media side.
Well, that I know of, there must surely be at least one other(apart from me).
No aspirations to make money from my images, and haven never tried too from day one.
Then again, I had no aspirations to make money from transport whilst not actually transporting any goods either, but that's where I've ended up.
People change and times change, I have a feeling that at some point I may end up making money from photography tho.
I think the interesting point made was about the tools used to make photography easier to achieve now.
This makes it easier to turn otherwise lame photographers into interesting photographers. And not because they can capture great images, but because it's easy to montage images into anything you like nowadays.
Cut and paste a few layers of external content into your 'photograph' and you can get instant brilliant photographs without any of the effort that it used to require.
It is both much harder and much easier to do something exceptional nowdays. Harder because everyone can do it and easier for the same reason. It just takes originality, but that is a rare thing. In the past the "pro" could rely on arcane skills and get by with that. No more. It must be tough being a pro who just relies on photographic skills now. There are a million skilled photographers out there.
Well, obviously what we need is a new reality show MasterIdolPhotographer.
After all, everyone wants a free ride to the top without the hard slog to build a solid business.
First week's assignment would be have to be Giraffes....
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Or give them pictures and ask them to identify the ISO, shutter speed and aperture.
Hey, this is starting to get legs, we could make millions out of this! We could even give the photographer their own breakfast photography show.
Here's my take at the marketing...
Is your kid hungry and won't eat veggies? Does your husband hate your cooking? We have a solution for you...take a picture of them. They won't get any less hungry but at least you can make millions from the photo.
Jane Smith - I didn't have a job and we were battling to make ends meet. Then I won MasterIdolPhotographer and my life has changed. Now we have a loan for $20,000 of camera equipment we can't pay and we're still poor, but I take better photos than before of our kids. Thanks MasterIdolPhotographer
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i just want to be able to get the most out of my camera and take photos that appeal to me.
to help me do this i buy good gear, cause i can, frequent sites like this, cause i want to, and garner advice, because it helps.
doesn't mean i want to be a photographer, just means i like photography.
"I really need to spend more time experimenting with photography."
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Think your thread has been hijacked by mass media.
I've got a camera, I take photos, now how do I get onto that new T.V. show, Apprentice Photographer Blocks Masterchef's Idol Voice.
I think the general drift is that anyine can pick up adslr and shoot away, that makes them a photographer. most of these type of photographers last acouple of months and then put the camera away till later. Never to be picked up again. I think the true photographer(mosy of us//) will keep shooting and eventually learn all about their camera, so that they can repeat again and again high quality images. What they do with thses images is up to them. I believe that mosy of us that stick to it will set ourselves high levels of achievment and the happy snappers will be left far behind.
The pictures on fb etc usually stay their for months at a time, in my gallery i change images around constantly to keep afresh approach. We the hardened ones will still be here when the happy snappers have long gone.....hopefully.
I know this has been said a million times before, but it seems that the immediacy, comment and feedback of social media has contributed to the mass identification as a photographer.
Perhaps a reality TV show is the answer, but who would be the judges?.