I'm thinking of using existing CS platform, but have a restricted area just for the pros and aspiring pros, they have a unique member title, they can hang out at any areas like the Kopitiam for TKSS, or B&S to off load gears, etc..
the most simplest way to do is just turn the The Photo Biz into restricted forum, appoint a few pros or let some pros to volunteer to be moderators.
as such, with minimum resource to set up, and if we have enough pros members here, we can have more advertisers of serving professionals mainly to help to maintain this forum.
we will share if we know each other better, but we can't wait till we meet each others face to face than we get to know each other better..
so everybody has to come together with a open heart, of course don't expect we able to pour out everything right in the beginning, so at least we should start somewhere.
then back to main issue... how do we know who is the real and who is the fake..
Yes it's not easy to upkeep a forum of course but I think we shouldn't work about that at the start. It might be useful to ask a pool of members to contribute a thread/experience within 2 months of signing up like examples of successful ways of dealing with clients/negotiating better fees or certain items which clients seem more willing to pay for and less willing to pay for on a quotation ) or also possible is to just share some interesting stories dealing with certain clients.
I think that we can learn a lot from each other and if we just have the commitment from a core group of people first to contribute content and a commitment from people to share more experiences too that will be good.
I want to share one problem I face that made me think about this.
I consistently meet clients who try to play off the fear of losing a job to another
I think as we are in a sense competitors it is inevitable that there will be some apprehension about sharing information, however another way to think about this is that being able to share information will allow us to find ways to actually grow the market a bit by finding good ways of convincing clients to use more photography.
It is a tricky balance but I hope it's possible, because I have learnt a lot from simple simple nuggets of information shared by people here in the past (something as straightforward as what is the ballpark pricing for different sorts of jobs, as shared by wesley in an old post) and I hope to be able to learn and share from others.
So my idea: start small, ensure face-to-face meeting of each registrant(yes it's tedious but I think this is actually very important), ensure that people contribute a writeup/bio at the start, and have everyone registered under their name+company for absolute transparency.
I would like to suggest that initial registration be based on an invite/recommendation system first. So there will be my circle of photographer friends who I can trust to join, and from there I can ask for them to recommend 2 other photographers, and so on and so forth.
Last edited by mattlock; 10th April 2010 at 10:22 AM.
meeting face to face will be a tough job to arrange.. coz not everytime members will be free to meet up even for a small group of ppls... anyway it got to start someday somewhere......
maybe just maybe should have a client forum.. so client can voice out their point of view toos..
I believe in Sharing but I don't believe in having exclusivity for certain people. So What I can suggest that, people as individual share the topic that they want to share for the benefit of the community.
Having an exclusivity and single out some might appear to be "controlling" and I would rather see an open discussion.
Sure, some people just come and "take" and leave... sharing is two way street so by all means share what you know.
By sharing my knowledge, I will gain more insight on what I am sharing and sometimes learn about new thing as I type.
The more you give, the more you learn....
Sometimes people are fed up with giving as they hope for a return... so my thought is to just give and learn at the same time but not expecting any return.
The more one expect from their actions, the more they will feel dissapointed by it.
For me, I just do it and let the other decide what they want to do... funny though, many enjoy the reading but no one actually tell me what they want to learn more so I am kinda stuck with what i can write for their benefit.
unless of cos the admin are for it( which says a lot about them either way they choose), i dun see how " I learn something new from many good people here, by sharing and learning with each others." fits into the spirit of having a forum ONLY for "people who make money from shooting".
Last edited by lancey; 13th April 2010 at 12:21 PM.
maybe u can do it out of CS...and have fun sharing the lobangs ;0
I don't really see why you're being so aggressive?
There's a reason why I suggested starting a separate forum.
I love CS but it's not a catch-all for all communities of people.
And please, you should know that the business of photography is a totally different beast from the love of photography. It's one part of the photography field that's not covered/shared enough and it would be great to have more sharing of that element: business knowledge/experiences
let me sum it up for u: the so called pros dun like to mix with the non-pros. U need a lock and key section for selective members to share trade secrets, becos many in the trade arent talking enuff in this public section....due to, guess what? they dun like to mix with the non-pros....what makes u think they would mix with u? A redundant suggestion at best.
in other words, if your claims that pros don't like to mix with non-pros stand true, that means that the ones you are attacking here are the ones who like to mix with non-pros.
well, at least they are much more easily found everywhere than you.. the irony.
Last edited by night86mare; 14th April 2010 at 01:41 AM.
I am no pro here but just a suggestion if want to setup a pro-forum.
1. Produce your business name and reg number (doesn't matter if $1 company)
2. Attached face and nickname so everyone know who you are and not hide behind a nickname and post non-constuctive comments.
3. Must be active posting and if more than X months no post will need to reapply
4. Post latest works (subjective)
hope it helps.