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News from Jim Clark Photo - December 16, 2016
The business of nature photography has changed drastcially during the early days of my career. These days it's not such much selling images for publication or paper products such as cards, magazines, calendars and posters as it is doing workshops and tours, and an occassional paid speaking enagement. The crash of 2008, the rise of the interntet and explosion of social media all played a part in its demise. The lost of major stock agencies played a role as well. As far as making it by sellling books and prints, well, you can forget that these days.
So don't give up your day job if you are thinking of entering this profession. I was so fortunate to be involved during the peak of the nature photography business when I had my hand in printing, speaking, teaching, touring, sellling images for cards, calendars and other paper products,writing for magazines and serving as a contributing editor for Outdoor Photographer, publishing books and receiving major sponsorship support from the likes of Fuji, Nikon, Lowepro, etc. I would never have imagined the success I achieved by believing in myself, working hard, networking and staying involved with all facets of the business. The best part was spending four years with my young son photographing nature for a series of children's books that he and I would do together. Doesn't get any better than that.
These days everyone is a professional nature photographer. If they get two likes on their Facebook page, they automatically assign themselves the "Professional" label. As a colleague and mentor of mine wrote recentyl, " the nature photography world is oversaturated with wannabes."
With that said, I have made drastic changes to my buisness. I have the luxury of being very selective in what I do. So I have removed my E-Store link as it was more trouble than it was worth. All my books that are still in print are available on amazon.com and other on-line sites. I no longer sell prints on line. Anyone that says they are making a good living doing that is not being truthful. I still do workshops and speaking enagements, but I'm selective in what I accept. If you are interested in me talking or leading a workshop for your club, group or organization, just email me and we'll go from there. These days I'm leaning more to just enjoying nature like I used to do, when all I needed was a pair of binoculars and a field guide.
My 2017 workshop is now posted and I hope you will join me on one of these workshops. You'll soon discover that a nature photography workshop with Jim Clark is really a "working" workshop.To learn more, visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
. Although not confirmed, it appears I may be the nature photography instructor for a private cruise along the coast of southeast Alaska in July 2017 and for a conservation workshop in Yellowstone as well (dates not set yet). The Alaska trip will be second time participating in this event and the Yellowstone event will be my sixth time serving as photography instructor there.
I was the featured speaker at the annual Mountain State Photographers' Conference, July 30 2017 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. I also presented an afternoon seminar, "Twenty-five top tips for nature photography," at the conference. It was a grand time for all! Thanks to the Charleston Camera Club and my fellow colleague Ron Gaskins for inviting me.
Here's wishing you a great 2017!!!