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  1. Hello My name is Jimmy and I'm a filmmaker as well as photographer that is aiming on focusing my photography on underwater. I've been taking UW photos with my DSLR housing for only about 2 years now during about 15 dives and a bunch of snorkelling including a Basking Shark expedition. Obviously I'm still starting out but passionate about building my portfolio up [ www.jimmyfrancisphoto.com ] (sorry for the plug) I'm not very interested in chasing magazines for photo sales or making it my main income. I do it because a) I love it! and b) I eventually hope to sell some photos as Fine Art Prints mainly to pay for new trips and vacations. A thought I've been struggling with is how much money is a reasonable investment per usable portfolio picture? I know there are a hundred things that cost money but if we are to deduct items like flights and equipment. What do you think you pay (in terms of dives/expeditions and travels within the dive region) for a picture that makes the cut of your own portfolio? It would also be interesting to know what your goals are with those pictures. Obviously it can be hard to say but for myself, I think I've spent somewhere around an average of 60€ to 100€ per picture that I'm satisfied with. I also, naturally, value certain subjects higher than others. I understand that we all have different budgets we put on this but it would be interesting to hear some other photographers numbers since I have no idea whatsoever if I'm being optimistic/pessimistic ect with my investments. Thank You
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