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$100 an hour...really
Michael Johnson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Geneseo | NY | USA | Posted: 12:58 PM on 12.14.10
->> Just saw this on Yahoo.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/111553/jobs-that-pay-100-or-mo...
Figured it would be a good conversation piece.
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
Boise | ID | US | Posted: 1:06 PM on 12.14.10
->> I think they just took out the cost of doing business in a few of their figures...
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 2:22 PM on 12.14.10
->> great....now EVERYONE is going to want to be a photographer....oh.....wait.......
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Walt Middleton, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 2:47 PM on 12.14.10
->> I saw that this morning... I didn't know we were in the highest pay bracket...
Nobody tell my wife!!!
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Richard Wolowicz, Photographer
Montreal | QC | Canada | Posted: 2:48 PM on 12.14.10
->> I'd love to give that commercial pilot thing a crack ... looks fun with all those dials and switches. Not one of those amateur little planes ... I want a BIG league one !
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Richard Wolowicz, Photographer
Montreal | QC | Canada | Posted: 2:49 PM on 12.14.10
->> "Nobody tell my wife!!!" ... or my ex !
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Ryan McBride, Photographer, Student/Intern
Boston | MA | USA | Posted: 2:51 PM on 12.14.10
->> This is great. I saw this this morning. Good one Chuck, I think we all feel the same way.
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 3:16 PM on 12.14.10
->> Maybe $100/hr (or most of the time more) when actually shooting, but shooting is only about 10% of what we do...
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Christopher Anderson, Photographer
Machesney Park | IL | U.S.A. | Posted: 3:24 PM on 12.14.10
->> Now that I'm going to be in the highest tax bracket, I really hope the Bush tax breaks are extended.
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 3:32 PM on 12.14.10
->> When I'm on an airplane and the person next to me, who I know I'll likely never see again, asks what I do for a living, I always say I'm an underwater welder.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 3:34 PM on 12.14.10
->> Walt, it is the ex-wife you have to worry about!
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 3:42 PM on 12.14.10
->> Just below photgrapher is "Life Coach". You can do that while shooting a wedding, or executive headshots, or say a family shoot. That would be $200 and hour!!!
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Max Gersh, Photographer, Photo Editor
New Castle | IN | USA | Posted: 4:26 PM on 12.14.10
->> Michael, you mean you're not making $100 for every hour of your 40 hour week? I thought we were all making 200k + a year working a normal work schedule! ;-)
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 4:39 PM on 12.14.10
->> FORTY hours??? That explains it! Part-timers always get more $/hr then those of us who work the FULL week.....
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Larry Lawson, Photographer
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 6:19 PM on 12.14.10
->> I must have missed the part about the $13 to $50 bracket for the other 90 percent, and out of the NY/Boston area...
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Jim Comeau, Photo Editor, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 6:50 PM on 12.14.10
->> I'm a change finder by trade. I found a quarter in less than a second the other day. That's equivalent to almost $900 per hour!
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Jonathon Bird, Photographer
Port Clinton | OH | United States | Posted: 9:07 PM on 12.14.10
->> "Commercial photographers and those who specialize in graphic art and design tend to be among the highest paid"

Damn! I left graphic design school early to go study photography and now they tell me I could be among the highest paid. Damn!
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Michael Johnson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Geneseo | NY | USA | Posted: 9:46 PM on 12.14.10
->> You know maybe they counted the photographers who are Anesthesiologist in the $100 an hour bracket. It didn't say how they put patients to sleep.

Me I'm going to be a hand model. I can shoot and model at the same time and rake in the money!
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Chris Large, Photographer
Okotoks | AB | Canada | Posted: 10:10 PM on 12.14.10
->> I'm planning on shooting my self underwater hand modeling while welding and life coaching other underwater photographer welders. I could be set for life.

or until the dentist next door who has all the pro cameras in the world shoots the exact same thing for free.....
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 10:44 PM on 12.14.10
->> That's it! We need to photograph the underwater welders! So that's $200 an hour easy, right!?!?!? :)
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Ed Ruping, Photographer
Oviedo | Fl | usa | Posted: 7:50 AM on 12.15.10
->> When you really think about it, anyone who shoots weddings acts as both a photogrqapher and an arbitrator. But even at $200 an hour, I'd still ask myself if it's worth the aggravation.
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 8:57 AM on 12.15.10
->> This article refers to "Commercial" Shooters, not Photojournalists. Those rates of $100 an hour are strictly for NY Shooters, with BIG, EXPENSIVE studios...

Back in the mid 80's, when I started shooting in Stamford, CT I had a day rate of $1200 a day, didn't have a single complaint, but those days are gone now, even after specializing, I can't get those rates anymore. Nobody wants to pay them. But I rarely work on a Day Rate anymore. I have found that if I charge by the shot, my client feels more comfortable and I get to make more money!! If I charge by the day, I would be locked into a fee... Now, I have three full sets in my studio, I can work on three different shots at the same time and even multiple clients. Soooo, charging by the shot, I can make more that one shot in one day and make more money!! This can be bad too, I had a very good client, an AD Agency, but their client would take days to approve a single shot, this would tie up one of my sets for days, for a minor job. This situation is what prompted me to have more than one active set in my studio, so this doesn't happen again and I can do something else while I wait for a shot to be approved by the client

FWIW, I have lost clients because they can hire someone to operate a camera and spend hours doing Photoshop for less money. We are not talking about small Mom & Pop operations here, I'm talking major manufacturers, their catalogs and web sites look like crap because they're having someone in their graphics dept do the Photography and Photoshop for hours to get a less disgusting image, instead of hiring someone like me to create a great image that needs little or no Photoshop. Go figure.

I just got a Retainer gig with a Magalog, I have to create a Cover image of a beautiful Girl every month and have extra images to get a full calendar at the end of the year. I also want to reshoot all their product line, for the catalog part of their Magazine. I've been wanting to do this job for almost 20 years, finally, the opportunity presented itself and I jumped on it. It's not big money, but it will be steady income and I still retain my freelance freedom and I still have my other clients, not a bad situation at all.

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Bill Mitchell, Photographer
Tempe | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:14 AM on 12.15.10
->> I didn't know that tattoo artists were so highly compensated. I'd like to try that. To get started, I'll just do it for the credit. I can be a GWN (Guy With Needle). Who would like to volunteer their arm, back, ankle or some other body part so that I can start practicing? I'll get the best equipment that money can buy and I guarantee that I'll use a fresh needle each time. Volunteers?
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington/Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 10:29 AM on 12.15.10
->> (tongue firmly in cheek, pun intended?)... I'm a better "hands on" student. I'll be doubling the use of my modeling couch as a massage table.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 11:02 AM on 12.15.10
->> Sadly they don't take it to the next level and show the expenses incurred by those playing at the TOP 10% of the scale. I'm still waiting to break out into a full on Snoopy happy dance even at the $100/hr rate.

It's silly stories like this that have kids (and adults making 'career leaps') entering fields with unrealistic expectations.
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 3:31 PM on 12.15.10
->> Ya Eric, they didn't tell you what an Anesthesiologist pays in Malpractice Insurance!! My College Buddy is now an Anesthesiologist and he pays over $250K a year in Insurance Premiums!!
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