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Professional Photography: One Consumer's Story


  • Angela 6 years ago

    I would just like to say that having worked with a number of professional photographers in the Denver area that are struggling to make ends meet because of the overwhelming number of inexperienced people out there doing jobs for cheap, I applaud that someone stepped up to say something about it. The old adage "you get what you pay for" rings true in all facets of life but especially in the photography industry, especially these days. I encourage everyone out there looking for a photographer to really take some time and look at portfolios before choosing someone to work with. Get referrals. Don't just go by whomever is cheapest or you are going to be sorely disappointed in th eexperience.

  • Sam 6 years ago

    I'm glad there are more people out there recognizing this reality. Most consumers of photo services (like my own) are convinced someone is a professional simply by the apparent calibre of his/her gear. The last 10 years have taken us from century-old film traditions to modern digital technology and $600 DSLRs that trump the $5000 "pro" cameras from yesteryear. As has been pointed out, that's not good enough. Anyone can buy this gear and go charge $500 for a wedding - but they lack any shooting experience, any professional/business acumen, and the less-understood editing knowledge to bring their work to fruition and deliver a satisfactory result. Often times in this industry, 'you get what you pay for.' If you're looking for bargains, make sure you see samples of their work, and always find out in advance what you are getting for the agreed price. Does the price include editing? How 'bout prints/albums? What do those cost a la carte? Don't be afraid to ask questions!

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