No matter where you fall on this question, after reading all the thoughtful and well formed comments, you will have a ton of stuff to think about in relation to photography, business and images in general. Fascinating… grab a cup-‘o-joe cause it’s a long read.
Strobist: Photography’s Vanishing Middle Class: “As a staff shooter for a metro daily paper, I am lucky enough to make a comfortable, if not stellar, income doing what I love. But as I look around, I see that my ranks are thinning fast. And the long-term prospects for my profession do not look very promising for those who are entering it today.
About a month ago I got an e-mail from a friend of mine, John Strohsacker. He’s a Baltimore-based lacrosse photographer who happens to have a background in business.
We had several e-mail exchanges and talked both on the phone and at various assignments. The gist of these conversations were pretty much John noting that he liked the Strobist site, but didn’t like the idea of my giving the information away for free.”