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    Hello from the Southwest

    I am new to the Form, have shot large format nature/landscape "only" for a decade now, and have been published in Natures Best, Arizona Highways, and hundreds of calendars and postcards but still can't make a living wage at it, is it true only the top 1% landscape photographers can make a six figure income and top 5% a living wage? just wanted some feed back. Paul Gill,

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    Moderator Ralph Barker's Avatar
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    Rio Rancho, NM

    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Hi Paul. Welcome to the LF Forum.

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    Kaneohe, Hawaii

    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Hi Paul, welcome from Hawaii.

    I'm sorry I don't have any answers to your question. Where I live, we only have a couple of photographers that make a living at it full time, and one of them produces only "crap" (sorry, but look at his work and you will agree with me), but his work has been printed in hundreds of books, calendars, etc. It is more about marketing than skill, sometimes.
    Last edited by roteague; 3-Jan-2007 at 11:54. Reason: clarification

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    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    We are always looking for work to review for View Camera. Our submission guidelines are on our web page

    It sounds like you must do pretty good work.


    steve simmons

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    Kirk Gittings's Avatar
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    Albuquerque, Nuevo Mexico

    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Welcome Paul,

    With the exception of David Muench, all of the landscape photographers that I personally know supplement their stock landscape photography with print sales, commercial work, teaching workshops, self publishing etc.

    Nice work by the way.

    at age 71:
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Hi Steve, I get View Camera off and on for the past 5 years. I have a few potfolio and article ideas can I send them to you. Paul

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    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Yes, our submission guidelines are on our web page



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    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Hi Kirk, Thanks. Great work and web site. "you can market your work". No stock agencies wants landscape they have all they need except royalty free which I won't do, I am one of the top sellers at the Image store and galleries but overhead & commisions takes most of it, I run workshops for David Muench, Jack Dykinga and myself but only small profit from it. I would like to self publish but have a hard time with distrabution. That leaves comercial work, kind of lost on how to start. Thanks for the email Kirk after reading this I think I need to start with a better attitude.

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    God's Country

    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Hello Paul,

    Welcome to the forum... from Vancouver, BC in Canada!

    Life in the fast lane!

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    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: Hello from the Southwest

    Welcome aboard!
    "I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority"---EB White

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