Landscape photography has never been a big earner for me, and based on discussions with some of my buddies at the local camera club it appears that I am not the only one. Sure, I have made some money with my landscape photography shots however I have not made much. The big money is earned with landscape photography commission work, and I have never been fortunate enough to win one of these lucrative contracts. All of my landscape photography money has been generated through the sale of my landscape photos on postcards, greetings cards, posters, mouse pads, mugs and other such items on one of the many online print on demand stores I run. Landscape photography is fierce and it is very unusual for the small time players, like myself, to get the top paying landscape gigs.
Even though I don’t earn a lot of money with landscape photography, and I don’t expect to in the future (although I am still trying to secure a high paying landscape photography contract) it is something I do as often as I possibly can, and the reason for this is because I like it. I take several types of photos just to earn a buck, and not because I enjoy it, however this is not the case with landscape photography. I suppose this is a good thing because if I did just do landscape photography for the money I would never get to do it.
When I decide to go and take some landscape photography photos I load up the car, jump in and then drive somewhere as far away from normal life as possible. I don’t want any people in my landscape photos therefore I go to locations where there is little chance of seeing other human beings. Ideally, I seek places where there are definitely going to be no other people, but the world is over populated and finding places without other humans is next to impossible.
There are some types of photography where you have to be attentive, on the ball and ready to strike however landscape photography is not like this. Landscape photography is sedate, slow paced and there are no reasons to rush it. Landscape photography is relaxing and, whilst I am waiting for just the right time to press the shutter, allows me to calm down, think about things and evaluate what is going on. There is something about landscape photography, something that is impossible to put in to words, but when you get out there and do it you’ll find it’ll hit you like a steam roller.
Landscape photography is a great way to get out of the rat race, get away from it all and remove yourself from the daily grind. Landscape photography is a great way to escape, de-stress and recharge, and this is why I do it. If only I could actually make a living out of it………….
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