Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Trying to Accomplish Too Much

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Having three photographic specialties is proving to be a bit over-burdensome even before my business is “open for business”. For more than a week I have been shooting local sports in the afternoon and evening (in the practice mode) while preparing my paperwork and website for business. That alone is teaching me that I will be working my butt off for minimal financial return. But, it is such fun to try to photograph those kids striving to be the best that they can be. So, I do consider satisfaction as a key factor in my profession.

But, it leaves me little time to pursue my other specialties, industrial and travel photography. So, I have sought and received some feedback from other professional photographers via forums and e-mails. I would like to say thanks to those who have contacted me back with your opinions. They are all being considered. I am now searching for ways to “outsource” much of my work so that I can maintain all 3 specialties. But, I am also considering accepting fewer assignments that I thought I would. I believe I can live off of the rates that I would get, and the sales that I would make, and I would still be able to do my traveling.

Tomorrow I will be making a trip to Oklahoma City to discuss the possibility of displaying some of my nature and travel work in a gallery setting. I don’t know much about it, so I won’t say much about it. But, it would give me more enthusiasm for travel/nature work.

All I can say, for now, about the industrial work is that it is still on my list. Actually, my list will almost surely contain the same specialties. I may, however, have to choose one out of the three to concentrate on.

Friday, June 10, 2011

No Complaints

No complaints from this end. I have had a busy, busy, busy 18+ months of retirement. But, with any good luck, it's only going to get busier. A week ago I made an investment that could very easily go the wrong way for me. But, I believe in God. I believe in myself. And, I believe in my photography. And, I plan to enter the career that I have been wanting all of my adult life, and working hard to start for the past six years now. And, that don't include the several times that my efforts were stymied my life itself.

I did not have the money to get anywhere near all of the equipment that I want or need. But, I believe I have a good starting kit. And, I am making arrangements to be able to rent what ever else I need. My website is up, but I have to do some pricing work, and a few other things. And, I have been spending from 2 to 6 hours each day out getting familiar with what my new Nikon D700 can do. This camera is actually near the low end of what would be considered a pro-model camera. But, it has all of the functions that I need. And, the two lens that I bought are the top of the line products. And, I can tell you that they are showing me that I was doing better at photography than I thought I was. My biggest hangup has been the quality of my lens. That will never happen again.