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The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, 2nd Edition by Vik Orenstein

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CHAPTER 1:

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER

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This is an assignment shot for the Minneapolis StarTribune by Stormi Greener. This image shows the stack of catalogs this woman received during a single holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A lot of people say they want to be a photographer, but what do they really mean when they express this desire? Who do people think a photographer is, and what do they think he does?

Basically, most people think a photographer is a visual artist. They imagine a photographer spends most of his time shooting pictures and editing images in a digital darkroom; he makes a lot of money; he gets to work with ...

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