THE SINGLE BIGGEST REASON PHOTOGRAPHERS FAIL:
I have worked in a photo store before, for almost 20 years. I have seen people come and go. I have also seen those people try to do photography as a profession. They have tried to be a wedding photographer.
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But, after finding the struggles of working with people, worrying about making the client happy, worrying if you are a good enough photographer, they give up after a year or so of trying that.
So, maybe the next thing to try is being a more freelance photographer and take these wonderful pictures of landscapes and scenery for a living:
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Then, after taking a series of, what seemed like pretty good landscape photos, you started comparing your photos to the ones you see in a magazine, and they just don't compare. Or you also find that it is hard to find a place to sell your photos. So, you give up on that one. But, wait !
There are photographers who seem to do really well doing wildlife photos.
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Now, you find out that to do this type of photography takes special lenses, tripods, and a different world to get the good photos. The zoo just is not the place to get the right kind of pictures.
Is anybody getting where I am headed with this? You are right. This is actually a very typical story of a lot of photographers who bought their camera, hoping to make some money with their photography. Why can't they make money taking pictures with their camera?
There are 2 reasons people don't make money with their cameras:
- They don't have the patience they need to do it.
If people would just stick with it. If they would just "keep on keeping on". They quit too soon. Success doesn't come quickly. And practice makes perfect.
I am going to tell as story about my blog that I do several times a week. I started doing this blog on August 3rd, 2015. What is my dream about this blog? To have hundreds of thousands of photographers, beginners and professionals from all over the world read this blog regularly. I remember my first week. I did only 1 per week. Then I did 2 a week, as I got more creative. After a month I had 10 people viewing my blog. I thought it would take forever to get any kind of readership. Am I on my way to success after a year and a half? I hope I am getting there. I have had some successes. I am not where I want to be, but, I am not giving up. Here are some stats as of today:
Take a look at my Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/123photogo/
9,181 people (as of this writing) currently follow me on my Facebook website.
I have posted recently an article titled: "The Art of Black And White" . Just that one article alone, had over 6,000 views. I am not bragging, I am just stating that I have not given up, and I am not giving up. I will achieve my goal, and going to be a place where photographers like to come for entertainment and for learning. In a few years, we may post results again to see how far I have grown.
2- People fail to keep learning as they go, or learn from their mistakes.
As I was mentioning about the failing photographer above, one of the reasons the photographer failed, is that they weren't taking the time to keep improving themselves. This is an industry that involves self-teaching every day. When I want to get good at something, I subscribe to magazines, read books, read articles, find websites, do what I can to learn everything I can myself. I had a retail store that sold electronics goods for about 8 to 10 years. I had my staff learn that way as well, and often we would have the company rep come in to teach us their product line. Sometimes we were more well trained than the company rep. We got so that we did not have the sales rep come in anymore because we were more well trained ourselves than the sales reps. We knew how to succeed in that store, and we did. It was a smooth running, smooth successful store.
SO, IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN PHOTOGRAPHY: DON'T GIVE UP, AND STAY FOCUSED ON LEARNING AS YOU FAIL.
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