Is professional photography dying out?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Is professional photography dying out?
In reply to PenguinPhotoCo, Mar 31, 2013

Well, I have tried just about everything I can think of. I tried the consumer market and found it pretty well oversaturated to the point that nobody was interested in another photographer.

As far as the chamber of commerce is concerned, I get the feeling very much that there's no business to be had from the chapter I joined. I rather suspect the whole area is a bit dead. I would go so far as to suspect that the chapter in the next town will be just as dead.

My new accountant roared with laughter when I said photographer and asked with a laugh how much business I got. Now that accountant is in a much bigger city. I am very much getting the feeling that trying to work as a photographer is not going to work out here. Like I said, I got mugged into it and just cannot see any likely potential for profit. My decision-making was clouded when I started by the situation I was in at the time.

Where I do make money is from my books on photography. I have some niche books on photography and they do sell. Not in vast quantities as they're print on demand but they do sell. On the other hand the niche is a very tight niche (and I'm the only one in it).

As far as I'm concerned, the decision is pretty much made. I'm going to sell off what I can of the photo equipment for as much as I can get. I know I'm going to lose a ton of money and that some expensive stuff is probably going to go into the dumpster. I need to move on with my life. I have tried, I have tried hard and it just has not worked. There just is no viable market for my business.

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