Diversity vs Speaciality
I read once somewhere here in the DT blogs that a good photographer should be able to take a photograph of anything and make it look great. That said this brings me to the point of this blog - its more of a quiz to which I hope to find some answers through responses though :0)
Although I agree with the statement above, I am not completely convinced I believe it. For me as a wildlife/landscape photographer by heart, I find it extremely difficult to visualize yet alone set up still life photo shoots, or even harder to take pictures of models etc (maybe a studio would make this different), and basically would struggle with the creative side of this style of photography. With my natural tendencies towards Wildlife, Nature and Landscapes, the hard work is done for me I guess, the models are already out there, nature presents itself without being set up, it just takes the right eye to see it, and landscapes are in abundance.
This does not mean that everyone can be a good wildlife or landscape photographer (not saying I am one), there are still numerous factors to consider in order to produce good results (lighting, composition, eye for detail etc...) and to succeed in this style one would really have to be quite specialised in order to sell images on a regular basis and actually thrive one this speciality - trust me there are some wildlife/landscape photographers in DT that do thrive.
However, I am pretty sure in order to survive (before I thrive) in the stock game, I need to diversify my portfolio and become flexible when it comes to making choices about what exactly to take. What bothers me is the types of images I am going to present in the beginning in order to try and diversify. Would they be of an acceptable level to compete with whats out there, or would they merely be mediocre attempts to fill what my brain tells me would be a wiser way to approach selling stock images?
In short, the question is whether to stick to a field of photography where your images may be more specialized but probably also more likely of a level/standard where you could compete against this market, as opposed to delving into a more diverse segment, where you may be out of your depth and produce numerous images that will, if accepted, probably never be able to compete against whats already out there? Your comments on this would be appreciated, diversify or die, specialize and be competetive?
Photo credits: Fultonsphoto.