GoCast #15 – What’s Wrong With Photography Education
While I have many friends that are photography instructors and I know many photographers who have moved into doing workshops, seminars, ebooks, and other education formats to try to pay the bills, one of the biggest issues I have is instructors that completely over sell the earning potential for photographers.
The fact is, very few photographers can even pay their bills with their photography business and I actually can’t name a single photographer that I know who makes their sole income from pressing the shutter for their own business. Every photographer I know has to supplement their income with a day job, other types of work, side jobs, or by going down the teaching route.
With clients’ budgets at an all time low, this has become an even bigger issue as the price of jobs has fallen over the past few years. Add to this instructors who are telling aspiring photographers that they can easily make six figures or more or bill weddings at $10,000+ when the average photographer in the US makes $29,000 a year and you have a real recipe for disaster and disappointment.