Hey Zepp, For each photo you sell how much $ does the car owner get from you? The owner is the one who puts out the $ so the car can get to the track so you can take the picture so you can MAKE $$. I know a top 410 car owner that puts reflective #'s on his car so photographers can't make money off of him.
If you or anyone else is delusional enough to think that the photographers are rolling in $$$$$$$, boy you haven't got a clue.
A lot of us have full time jobs (or are retired from full time employment) that help subsidize the cost of $2400 lenses, $2000 cameras and $500 flashes and this is the low end of the price range. You aren't going to shoot in these conditions with a D3000 or a Digital Rebel with a kit lens and a popup flash you got from some simpleton at Best Buy. Gee I have to sell 6500 $1- 4x6s to break even on gear cost alone. I only sell work from SSP- everything else is shot on my dime.
Until last year, I PAID for ALL my pit passes...in 2011 it about 55 races. In 2012, even after shooting at SSP, I paid for another 27 or so pit passes. It takes a lot of time to edit 350 shots per night and get them posted to the internet. And let's not bother to with the "Its on the net it must be OK to ignore their copyright!" carp too.
I do it cause I can enjoy two of my favorite hobbies at the same time.
You want to get rich by working as racing photographer- have at it my friend
. Hell, I even carry the bag for you!
And since there is only one "top" 410 that pulls the 'I'm oh so clever' reflective numbers/stickers shtick, it ain't hard to figure it out... You can afford $46,000 dollar engines but you want bitc# and complain cause some sold a $1- 4 x 6 and made 75 cents PROFIT. WOW
What do the tracks? We supply all there imaging needs for FREE, coverage for AARN for FREE, internet publicity for FREE. My work goes on two separate websites (one for SSP sales and one for everything else)...from March 1 till now- total hits from those two sites over one million.
What do the teams get? A place to race.... Remember Reading, Silver Spring et al....
If it cost $10k to put on a show, it would be an unsustainable business model. SSP and the SNS at Williams Grove would be out of business.
If there wasn't a full field of cars, then there wasn't a full purse paid either. Wasn't there sponsors for the challenge races too?
WoO Sprints don't need a support division why does the WoO Late Models? I was just making the point that the guys on the undercard could use a little more love too.
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