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10/08/2003 01:10:33 PM · #26
i agree with you John.
10/08/2003 01:11:22 PM · #27
An agency that Ive worked with is definately using digital files ( from my D60) without hesitation. There was an article recently in Shutterbug ( I believe ) that talked about many stock photo companies desire to get on board with the digital workflow. Turn around time from submittals to final art work/ product are faster also with the digital workflow. The quality is here now with DSLR's, so it makes sense.

For whats is worth, Ive had 2 billboards, a company magazine cover, and many customer mailers/brochures done, within the last 2 years, that have all been shot digitally. :)

The best advice I can give, is to keep good records, and expenses. I failed to do so, the first year, and the taxes suck. My tax man gave me a nice expenditure book to keep track of things for this year.

10/08/2003 01:13:11 PM · #28
Good advise on the taxes.
10/08/2003 02:06:26 PM · #29
Kevin...sounds like you have a start (business license), and a plan (you know your area of passion - portraits). Now take the elements of your passion and consider what other type of photographs could you take that use/utilyze the same parts as what portraits do. In other words, what is it about portraits that you really like? Is it the studio? Is it the controlled lighting? Is it the stationary subject? Is it the primary use of a particular lens? Is it the beauty of the subject? Answering these questions will help you understand what you really enjoy and subsequently where you could find more work, therefore more income opportunity. HS Senior pictures are alot like portraits. In fact they are portraits. Just not aspiring models. If it is just people that you like, then there are lots of events (other than weddings) that could benifit from a photographer. (races, proms, graduations, church revivals, campaign rallys, community concerts, charity benefits, etc. etc. etc.)

My point simply, is understand what you like about the kind of photography you prefer, then assess what other kinds of shots use similar elements. Give yourself as much opportunity for enjoyment as possible. Find opportunities for photographs in the activities that you already do. Offer to be the official photographer for the group. Offer to be an assistant, if they already have one.

Seek, Knock, Ask. Keep the passion.

10/08/2003 02:32:36 PM · #30
Originally posted by KevinRiggs:

Hmmm. I went ahead and got a business license so I could count several costs off my taxes and I've been toying with what do I want to do with photography (besides get better). The one thing I know I enjoy doing right now is taking portraits for models who are attempting to start their careers and can't afford or don't want to pay hundreds of dollars to get someone with a large studio to shoot their headshots. Once a model signs with an agency they often pay the costs of his/her headshots (and hold that price out of the first contract or two) so I think I would like to get a good working relationship with some local agencies. So far I've made no money and the only thing I want to do is keep on shooting, get technically better, develop my eye for artistic shots and work with more models. A mentor of mine told me that if I ever wanted to truly pay for my hobby and develop a business quickly I should get into wedding photography (something he and his wife do together and have been successful at for 15-20 years). They get less than 10 gigs a year and it pays for all new equipment and new lenses and etc. That's just not my cup o'tea. I can easily see that it'd be an uphill struggle to compete with other photographers in artistic compositions as so many of you seem to just see things more artistically than do I. The one place that I seem to enjoy shooting the most and have some ability to create an image is with models.

I'm saving up and finagling things to get some better "L" lenses and a studio with lighting and backdrops.

I worked for a photographer that did mostly commercial and editorial work. In the summer, he'd do weddings on the weekend. When I started, I was less than excited about shooting them until I realized a couple of things:

1. If you are technically proficient and like portraiture and event type photography it's really not that hard
2. It's not all that different from covering any other event (like a company picnic)
3. It pays well. VERY well if you are good.
4. Since most weddings are on the weekend, it doesn't cut too much into other work during the week.
5. Occasionally you get to see some wild stuff. I dunno what it is, but some people go to weddings and lose their minds. It's better if you get pictures.

10/08/2003 02:37:07 PM · #31
I started doing weddings this past summer and it is paying for accessories and such. I am expecting to get laid off in the next few weeks and I may just take a friends advice and go the whole way when it happens. Apply for a small business grant and also art grants and go for it!
10/08/2003 03:11:24 PM · #32
I do commercial work. Mainly product photography and landscapes.
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