You Are Dealing With Cheap Photographers Incorrectly

Price-cutting and cheap photographers tend to really get under the skin of many of us, but I am pretty sure that you have been approaching it all wrong. Hopefully, this helps.

At some point, most of us are that cheap photographer, in pretty much the same way as we all suck at photography for far longer than we are actually aware of. I certainly was and I certainly did. I would do a full day’s shooting for less than I would currently pay a runner. I would also deliver way over the top for it in terms of volume, and well below the bar in terms of quality. As my career matured, the quality of work improved and my prices went up. Eventually, I reached a point where I had to price myself in a way that the industry would accept. I too went through the phase of being mad about losing out on work to cheaper photographers. It still happens now. Sometimes they are slightly cheaper, sometimes they are tens of thousands of dollars cheaper. However, I now deal with it in a very different way.

Having worked as a wedding photographer, portrait photographer, and finally a commercial still life and food photographer I have been at pretty much every end of the market. From the bargain cheap student purchase to being commissioned to shoot worldwide ad campaigns with comfortable budgets. This means I have been annoyed at cheap photographers, as well as having had photographers be annoyed at me for being too cheap

In this video, I discuss how I deal with price-cutting, my views on cheaper photographers, and the reason why you might be suffering from this more than other photographers are. If you do feel like you are constantly losing out to cheaper photographers then there are some very practical things you can do without having to undervalue your work.

What are your thoughts on lower-end and cheaper photographers?  

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