The sad aspect is although some budgets are in the right price range, many are asking to shoot these jobs for $500. If you are lucky enough to book a wedding shoot every weekend of the year, that amounts to $26,000. Don't forget, you may shoot that day, but many other days are spent meeting the couple, prepping for the shoot, travel time and gas cost, processing the images, and finalizing the photos they choose - then remove your overhead costs, taxes, etc and you have barely anything.
Once again, this is what "professional" photography is coming to.
What's even scarier is that the least experienced photographers often try to become wedding photographers.
If a job like that comes my way though, again I'd consider it and would charge a large fee but I prefer to stay focused on the work I love.
USA: California: Marin County: Mill Valley: Muir Woods National Monument: Redwood Canyon: Panorama (3 images stitched) of the Redwood grove towering over Redwood Creek (trees aging in range from 400 to 800 years, with heights up to 250 feet), as seen from a bridge not far from the Muir Woods Visitor Center along the Redwood Canyon Trail - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #muirwoods #california #forest #heavenonearth #marincounty
I for one don't miss film, love digital and all the doors it has opened for our art. But there was definitely an art and need for exposure knowledge when it came to shooting and processing film.
#newlab #sanfrancisco #film #processing #pushpullprocess #filmruns #lightboxreviews #emulsioncrazedphotonerds #filmtests #photographicexposure
I remember back in that day when we used to say "i am happy if i get 2 or 3 really good pictures after a day of work" but that was out of maybe 100 or 100 and a few shots, no one, not even action sports photographers would shoot over 1500 clicks per session like they do nowadays, and getting a dozen decent shoots out of over one thousand is not being a good photographer, it is plain and simple probablity law. and i see this happening everyday, when i go to workshops, even with my own work team, at the end of the day i oftenly say "oh damn, i've shot too many pictures, almost 200 clicks!" only to have the reply of my partners with well over 600 each, that's not photography, that's only sticking a finger on a machine gun trigger
Fortunately or unfortunately we've moved past this with digital photography these days. Trust must now come through the reputation, honesty, or openness of the artist, or possibly through a RAW file. However it seems many are content to lean toward the fantasy world instead of the real world. Regardless, I've always believed photography has always been an interpretation of reality, so maybe that philosophy has just expanded. I don't drastically alter my images often, but when I do, I'm open to share that I did so.
Mexico: Sinaloa State: Mazatlán: Fisherman and the fishing fleet, near Tiburon Point in Puerto Viejo Bay come ashore to offload and prepare the catch of the day (golden color and grittiness digitally added using the app Mextures 2) - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #mextures #nikon #mexico #mazatlán #sinaloa #gitzo #iphoneapp
USA: California: Contra Costa County: Lafayette: Lafayette hillside memorial: A collection of crosses (over 2500) intended to serve as a memorial for United States soldiers killed in the Iraq War, (with the sign containing a running total of the death count - currently at 6245) overlooking State Route 24 (erected in late 2006) - the number of crosses on the hill, mixed with a few Stars of David, Islamic crescents and other religious symbols - © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com (all rights reserved worldwide) #memorialday
#kelbyone #photoshopuser #nikcollection #google #blackandwhite #adobe #silverefexpro #photoshop
This week the tennis tournament is packed, new buildings stand in Manhattan, and the city is alive. It was hard to imagine this recovery 14 years ago. Walking all over the city last fall made me so happy, but I'll never forget.
#september11 #neverforget #ilovenyc
(© Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi.com - all rights reserved worldwide)
- Brooks Institute of PhotographyCommercial Photography, 1988 - 1991
Sean has been a commercial travel photographer and author for over 23 years, specializing in adventure, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients.
He’s had freelance and contracted assignments with hundreds of publications and companies worldwide including Amazon, American Express, Backpacker, California Division of Tourism, Endless Vacation, Fuji Film, GEO Germany, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, National Geographic's book, calendar, and online divisions as well as Adventure and Traveler, The New York Times, Nikon, The North Face, Outside, Random House, REI, Timex, The Travel Channel, VisitFlorida.com, and Woodbridge wines.
Sean has shot over 200 assignments for Sunset, over 150 for Via magazine, and writes many feature articles on photography for Engadget, Lightroom, Outdoor Photographer, Peterson's Photographic, Photoshop User, Rangefinder, and Shutterbug. He has also authored two books which he photographed: The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (Jan 2009), and The Complete Guide to Nature Photography (Dec 2011) both for Amphoto/ Random House. Sean lectures and teaches workshops, live (for Calumet, Camera West, Future Light, Point Reyes, Tamron, Workshops On The Farm), and online at Perfect Picture School of Photography.
As the Photoguru, he has appeared on numerous television segments, radio and web shows including ABC San Francisco's The View from the Bay, CBS San Francisco's Bay Area Focus, ABC Radio Southeast, Scott Sheppard's Inside Digital Radio and Nik Radio, and Ibarionex Perello's The Candid Frame discussing various aspects of the photo industry.
A native Californian, he received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in ‘91, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he’s shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently working on a tv show on photography.Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Iran, Mexico, the UK, Southeast Asia, and; South America. He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed across mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of. Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, base camp for all his travels.
- Arbabi ImageryCommercial Travel Photographer and Author/ Photo Expert, 1991 - presentCommercial photography and author shooting assignments for ad, corporate and editorial clients, writing how-to articles for all the major photo magazines, workshop leader and instructor, and fine art print sales
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