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Q.  I have always loved photography and would like to make that my career but it seems so impractical, especially now when the country is in an economic mess. Also, everyone takes photos with digital cameras and uses photo shop to jazz them up. What do you think about going into that kind of career just because I love to do it?

Ans. That's the best reason for going into any career, but you will be more successful if you have a plan and goal. There are more photographers now than ever before, and estimates indicate that will increase as more and more people continue to buy cameras and electronic devices that take photos. But people always want to have photos taken and you have to decide if you want to start a business selling your skill to take photos at events, such as weddings and parties, or if you want to creatively take photos and try to sell them as a freelancer, or if you will try and get a job with some organization that will give you specific assignments to photograph. All those plans are discussed in detail in Dane Sanders' new book Fast Track Photographer: Leverage Your Unique Strengths for a More Successful Photography Business.

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