I'm on the path to become a professional photographer, and I'm begining to get worried. I still can't understand how people do it. I don't have any experience at all doing this as anything but a hobby, so that could have something to do with my ignorance on the subject.
In the fall, I'm going to start classes at the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology. I plan on going the two years without stopping for summer, and I'm going to devote all of my energy toward getting a National Geographic internship. It's a big and difficult goal to set, but I want it enough to try.
My question is. . . How do professional photographer pull a career in photography off? One can't help but notice how expensive some of the required equipment is (for example, a really long fixed f2.8 AFS lens). At the same time, I can't help but notice how little opportunity there is for jobs. This could be a matter of where I live, though.
I just have problems seeing myself as an outdoor photographer, making enough money to support myself, or even buy the equipment I need to do my job. Anyone who can give some insight into professional photograhpy to someone just going into it would be apriciated.
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