Some Words of Wisdom

Becoming a pro isn’t so much about what gear you own, or whether you have another job and do photography on the side. Being a pro is about the quality of your work and the knowledge that ANY work, well done, has value, and should be rewarded commensurately. While the price you get for an image may be based in part on the publisher’s ability to pay (size matters!), always, always, always get something reasonable for your image. Set a minimum price for your work. Maybe it’s $125. Maybe you’ll bend that a little if the magazine is one you’d like to work with, or is a start-up short on funds. But if they offer you nothing, or an amount so paltry as to not buy a pizza and a six pack, walk away. With your head up.  © Michael Furtman

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