The sad and often frustrating truth is that many times, there are very talented photographers who do not find success as professionals, no matter how good they are with a camera and how many interesting creative ideas they have. So, what, if not only talent, does it take to find success as a photographer? This important video essay discusses the traits of successful photographers.
Coming to you from Tony & Chelsea Northrup, this awesome video essay discusses the traits of successful photographers. Of course, in discussing these things, we are not discounting talent; no doubt, it takes skills with a camera and creative ideas to form a good foundation. That being said, the most successful photographers are often not the best out there (though certainly, they are quite solid). Rather, they are top-notch business-people. They understand the importance of networking, sales, marketing, growth, etc. I have often noticed that these people are often less so photographers making money with their camera and more so business-people for whom photography is the product. Check out the video above for the full rundown from the Northrups.
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