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Micky, I'm taking into consideration the whole market beyond but including commercial/advertising/editorial. Of course this is all anecdotal because there is no data where you can get an accurate number aside from just taking a step back and looking at the market. My initial comments were aimed at the photo industry as a whole in LA but also touch on your lop-sided comment. There's a lot of different photo markets (weddings leading the pack in terms of shear numbers of photographers) as well as headshots, seniors, baby, pregnancy, real estate, architectural, corporate, food, heck porn is an industry full of photographers. Ad to that the interesting phenomenon that editorial photographers are now dabbling in weddings because their industry has collapsed, wedding photographers dabbling in editorial, advertising photographers are starting to do pregnancy/baby, actors are becoming wedding and headshot photographers, San Diego photographers are going after San Francisco clients, Santa Barbara photographers going after San Diego clients and a very bad economy spawning a lot of unemployed people claiming to be photographers that have taken work away from real pros. LA photographers are leaving LA to continue being an LA photographer from out of city or state. Out of state photographers are vying and successfully getting LA jobs (often times at the cost of travel just to have an LA wedding on their portfolio. Conversely, a lot of LA photographers are doing work in other states. Anyway, this is simply what I see, hear and read from people I know in all kinds of photo industries. Hundreds of thousands seems pretty accurate to me!
For some reason, the NY photo market seems to have much less of this chatter and as a whole seems to be doing better. I wonder what the differences are aside from economy issues?
Micky Bill wrote:
IMHO (this is about the commercial/advertising/editorial market)
First of all there are not "literally hundreds of thousands of amazing photographers in LA vying for hundreds of jobs" it may seem like it, but thru-ought history the number of photographers has vastly outnumbered the available jobs. Not as bad as actors:acting jobs but close.
LA has a lopsided market, there is a lot of production done here but many of the jobs originate elsewhere. The weather and production support still brings clients in to shoot when the weather sucks in NY or Detroit or London or Frankfort.
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