Photographers get a step up in wealth so that they can continue amazing and treating you with their craft. Everyone else gets awesome professional images for a fraction of what it costs a photographer to take them.
As a young man and then a middle-aged man 10,000 hours were put into being a photographer. At 60 I became frustrated, so much time spent so little financial reward. It was the marketing and sales that were missing. So I set out in the next 10 years to learn. Now at 70, long hours, early mornings, and all that it takes to get spectacular images are not quite as appealing. Realized this when noises need to be made just to get out of bed. The simple solution is for photographers to do what they love and be the creator and let us do the marketing.
For Everyone Else
Photographers get up in the cold black early hours of the dawn. Then drive for hours just to be there when the light is ideal. They offer you a part of the world that you might never see in your lifetime. You may be lucky enough to visit the same location, but you’d be lucky to see what the photographer sees. They wait hours, days, and weeks for the best light to make the perfect image.
As a young fellow, I was handy with my 35mm camera loaded with Kodachrome and visiting San Francisco. When I got to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was already midday, and the sky is just not right. I only had an hour, and I took the picture anyhow. Therefore, I returned home with a hand full of pro-shot postcards. Photographers have watched and waited and got the perfect shot. They capture the mood and special moments when you can’t.
It’s not what a photographer has in his pack. It’s his intuition, his creative eye, and even his perseverance that enables him to capture a slice in time to share with you. You may live through what the photographer’s lens captures or you’re choosing your next grand adventure. This is the place to start.
The story of a photographer, braving the extreme cold or hot fighting off creepy crawlers waiting for hours, coffee has long gone cold, a bathroom nowhere near just to capture that golden moment for your joy.
Honor the photographer, buy the poster, pick up the book. A 250-page book has 500 professionally taken images representing thousands of hours of the photographer's time. What’s $80 or $90 related to that? Purchase a $50 poster and enjoy it for as little as $.14 a day for one year. Sounds like a great value to me.
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