Facts About Careers in Photography

How much does a photographer make? – photographer salary

In May 2008, photographers had an average yearly wage of $35,640.

How many photography  jobs are there?

Photographers held about 152,000 jobs in 2008. Most of them worked in and around large cities. More than 1 out of 2 were self-employed, a much higher proportion than the average for all occupations.

What is the job outlook for photographers?

Although employment of photographers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018, photography is still a highly competitive field. This is because there are more people who want to be photographers than there is employment to support them. Only the most skilled photographers, those with the best business ability and those who have the best reputations, are able to find jobs or attract enough work to support themselves.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Three Thirty AM – A Photography Template for Blogger Users


Attention Blogger (Blogspot) Users – From Cinnamon Girl Studio Design, creators of best selling Blogger template A Simple Photography Blog, comes their latest template design, Three Thirty AM: A Photography Template.

I loved A Simple Photography Blog template, the simplicity and minimalistic design. three-thirty AM continues the minimalistic design concept, along with the introduction of a new Flash based slideshow system via Flickr integration. For the Flickr users out there, this integration is a great way to cross promote your photography.

Here’s what Cinnamon Girl is saying about three-thirty AM:

Everyone loves the flash slideshow feature in each 
of our photography templates but, if a person doesn’t 
have a little bit of html knowledge it can be hard to 

So, after many 3:30am nights of trying to come up 
with a solution…

I am so excited to present the first of many Blogger 
templates where the slideshow can be completely 
managed from your Flickr account!

The slides still need to be created in a photo editing 
program like Photoshop in a 984px width by approx. 
300 in height although the height can be changed.

Once created simply upload your slides to Flickr then 
make a ‘set’ (super easy). Your set will have an id 
number which will need to be pasted in a Blogger widget 
then saved.

After the initial setup you can upload to the Flickr 
account, save, delete, edit your slideshow while your 
Blog is automatically updated each time.

Special Offer: Cinnamon Girl Studio are installing three-thirty AM Blogger template for free – All of August.

three-thirty AM: A Photography Template – Blogger Template – only $18

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GoDaddy Coupons and Promo Codes

While renewing a couple domain names this morning, I searched around for some GoDaddy coupons and promo codes. Since you may also be working with multiple domain names, I hope you find this information useful.

GoDaddy Coupons

These coupons work for new customers, renewals and never expire.

Domain Registration

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Hosting Coupons

MIN20 – 20% off hosting plans of 1yr or more

MIN1 – 10% off month to month hosting

RARE Coupons – Auction and SSL

AUCTION12 – 50% off godaddy auction account

MINSSL – 56% off godaddy ssl account ($30 account for $12.99)

Thank you to Longest.com for this timely posting!

NYC FotoWorks Annual Professional Portfolio Review

portfolio review

NYCFotoWorks is a professional networking company for photographers and is hosting their 2nd Annual Portfolio Review event this fall. Last year’s event was a huge success, bringing together editors and creative directors from the top publications, such as Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, The New Yorker, People Magazine and many more. The event this year will bring together many more editors and creative directors, as well as art buyers, gallery reps, and photo agents.

The event, hosted in Tribeca Manhattan at Sandbox Studios, will be the most comprehensive networking event for professional photographers. Over two full days, photographers will have a chance to personally meet 1-on-1 with the attendees of their choice, show their work, network and hopefully get work. Please feel free to visit their website at www.nycfotoworks.com for more information.

Society of Photobloggers

The Society of Photobloggers, created by New York City photographer Dave Beckerman, has officially been launched. The goal of this new photography organization is to collectively promote the works of its member sites. Listed below is the press release. Membership is limited, so if you’re interested in participating follow the link at the end of this post for more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOCIETY OF PHOTOBLOGGERS: Find yourself featured on 50 blogs for a few days.

March 3, 2010

Subject: Society of Photobloggers

website:  http://www.beckermanphoto.com/blog/apply-for-your-photoblog-day

e-mail: davebeckerman@gmail.com

(212) 570-4622

IMAGINE A DAY WHEN YOU WAKE UP TO FIND THAT POSTS FROM YOUR PHOTOBLOG ARE BEING FED INTO POSTS OF 50 OTHER PHOTOBLOGGERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.  Complete with images, tags, and in fact it looks just like your photoblog, and it seems to be everywhere you look.  Not only that, but as you continue to add new posts to your photoblog, they are picked up in the single post on all 50 photoblogs.

In short, the idea is for photographers to combine forces to help publicize each other, as well as to form a network of crossing links that will improve your visibility in search engines.

And on top of that, this promotion is free.  All you have to do is agree to display another photobloggers posts in a post on your site, 49 times a year.  And don’t worry, there’s no work involved for you.  The code has already been generated through a feature of Feedburner called BuzzBoost, and you will be told where to copy it and paste it into a new post in your blog.

No, you don’t need to join Feedburner or do anything else.  The feed will have already been made, and the technical stuff taken care of for you.

It won’t work on sites hosted by WORDPRESS.COM (don’t confuse this with self-hosted wordpress sites).  It will work fine with sites running wordpress such as my own site, www.BeckermanPhoto.com/blog

But if your site looks like YourSiteName.Wordpress.com it won’t work because WordPress.com won’t run javascript which is needed to pull the RSS feed.

That’s it in a nutshell.

What sorts of sites are eligible?  Loosely, I would say, Fine Art photoblogs with a large number of “good” images.  We aren’t going to include wedding blogs, or product blogs.  You may do wedding photography for a living, but if your blog can stand alone as a fine art blog, then you should be good to go.

Here’s a link with more information about the Society of Photobloggers, along with an online application form.

And if you aren’t interested, pass this release around to photobloggers that might be.  It is a concept that I haven’t seen used before.


Dave Beckerman (the guy who came up with the idea and is pushing to make it happen)


link to full Press Release on Society of Photobloggers

Try Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta for Free

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software is a digital darkroom and efficient assistant designed for serious amateur and professional photographers. With Lightroom, you can organize, enhance, and showcase your images all from one fast and nimble application that’s available on Macintosh and Windows® platforms.

* Manage your growing photo collection in a visual library that makes it quick and easy to organize, find, and select your images.
* Get the absolute best from every shot—whether raw, JPEG, or TIFF—using state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools.
* And when you’re ready, showcase your images with the impact they deserve using customizable print layouts, powerful slideshows, web gallery creation tools, and connection to online photo sharing sites (may require third-party plug-ins).

Lightroom 3 beta builds on the vision of the very first Lightroom beta. From day 1, Lightroom was designed for photographers and by photographers to help them focus on what they love—the art and craft of photography. Lightroom provides photographers with an elegant and efficient way to work with their growing digital image collections, bring out the best in their images, and make an impact from raw capture to creative output, all while maintaining the highest possible quality each step of the way.

We’re offering a public beta of the next release of Lightroom to give you a chance to preview some of the new features and enhancements in the upcoming version. It’s an opportunity for you to evaluate a select portion of the new features planned for Lightroom 3, to help the team discover and address issues if any, and to send feedback that the Lightroom team can use to make Lightroom 3 an even better digital darkroom and more efficient assistant for you…Get the Lightroom Beta 3

Read more on Adobe Lightroom 3 BetaFear of Photoshop? Try Lightroom for Free – NyTimes article

Microstock Diaries – For People Selling Photos Online

for people selling photos online

for people selling photos online

Microstock Diaries is a blog for people who sell photos online, particularly in the microstock market. I share my experiences as a microstock contributor and my observations of the market. All the content on this site is designed to assist people selling photos online.

I’m a hobbyist photographer but a keen observer of the microstock market. I have been selling photos in the microstock market part time since August 2005 and writing about the market here since March 2007. I contribute photos to microstock agencies in collaboration with my partner who is a graphic designer and great with Photoshop…microstock diaries