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Everyone can be a Professional Photographer (SXSW 2010)


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SXSW Core Conversation 2010, co-led by Allen Murabayashi, the CEO and co-founder of Photoshelter and Taylor Davidson, photography industry consultant.

Sunday, March 14th at 5 PM in room 8A at the Austin Convention Center.

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Everyone can be a Professional Photographer (SXSW 2010)

  1. 1. @photoshelter @tdavidson SXSW, Austin, TX | Sunday, March 14 at 05:00 PM | Austin Convention Center, 8A
  2. 2. Anybody can be a photographer. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON
  3. 3. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON What is a “professional” photographer? Does photography need to be one’s sole source of income in order to be a ”professional” photographer?
  4. 4. Why is it easier AND harder to be a professional photographer today? (Give everyone the tools to create, distribute and sell, and they’ll use them.) © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON
  5. 5. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON What are the ethical pitfalls of being a part-time photographer? Are you going to be able to provide the same level of service and seriousness, if you only part-time it?
  6. 6. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON How do new entrants feel about copyright, sharing and ownership? How many people have had an image "stolen"?
  7. 7. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON Do new entrants care about creating downward pricing pressure on the industry?
  8. 8. How does one start selling? What equipment (camera and gear) is necessary for producing images good enough to sell? © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON
  9. 9. Stock photography gets a lot of attention, but it’s not the only route. Being paid for the "service" of photography is as legitimate as delivering a tangible product (e.g. print, download, etc) © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON
  10. 10. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON What ancillary products and services can a photographer create to sell and promote? What websites, platforms and services are available to create these products and services?
  11. 11. © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON How can photographers use online marketing and social media to win fans and customers?
  12. 12. How can people use photography to help other parts of their businesses and their careers? © ALL PHOTOS TAYLOR DAVIDSON | @TDAVIDSON