Photography as a career?
I have recently been retrenched from my job after 23 years in the IT industry. I have gone for numerous job interviews but as yet have had no success in finding another job, this being due to age, job market congestion etc etc…As part of my retrenchment package I have been offered to study an additional course/s that will help me with job placement in the market. As I am well educated in my field already and my education has not helped me in my current trade market, I was considering doing something completely different. As photography has always been a passion of mine I thought why not go that route and study a professional course in photography and turn a hobby/passion into a career.
That got me thinking though, in today’s world and looking at the average very good contributions by amateurs to this and other stock sites, in your opinions, do you think there is still a market for professional photographers and whether you believe it is a viable or profitable income source given the current trends?
I am really struggling to form an opinion on this and was wondering if a general consensus from contributors would assist me in making this decision? Any ideas on what sort of markets there are to tap into in this field - besides weddings - would also be appreciated?
Photo credits: Fultonsphoto.