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Making Money With Your Camera

Making Money With Your Camera

The month of July can be your most productive month, you should have a full schedule.  You will be hearing all about other families having their portraits taken but you don’t seem to be on that band wagon yet. Problem is, you must spend money to make money. I send out postcards on a regular basis starting in March. The postcards are cheep, it’s the postage that will kill you! The e-mail thing has to be people that have contacted you. Apparently, third party emails are not legal. Who knows if it is enforced. People can simply delete your emails, but a postcard they read first then throw it away. If they read it a few times they will remember your name in time of need. Add photos to businesses web sites. Sporting Events Senior Portraits Family...

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Spring 2015-Shooting Photo Sales

Spring 2015-Shooting Photo Sales

   FAMILY PORTRAITS, SENIOR PORTRAITS, EVENT PORTRAITS   Traditional photography is for futures to see the past. They are what we look back on, to remember… that’s why every event and holiday should be recorded with family, home, office and environmental candid or professional photographs.  That’s what’s left! What could be more fun then photographing a teenager’s senior portrait?  Nice job you have! The students “fresh face look” is great for close ups. Students have so many music and sporting activities, they take you to The Eastman, golf courses, rinks, tennis, basketball courts, soccer, & football fields, on boats, the list goes on and on. There you have the opportunity to have that different look, the idea of where they spend their time.  Without overwhelming the subject the background only needs to be a hint of the location you are at. Of course, the color and geometrics have to come together in harmony, you have to make this ART, not just a family photo they can take that themselves with the help of Uncle Harry! Truth is, timing is everything!! Lucky you to be able to locate yourself on such great playing fields, what a nice day. See, teenagers are...

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Taking Great Photos

Taking Great Photos

I had the best time with a new camera. Yes! I’m writing prematurely because I only used it a few times….The GOPRO. What a fun camera/Video.  This is for all of you adventure seeking people on skis and surf boards. I can’t tell you haw many great ways you can enjoy your life on planet earth.  Try something new. This is snorkeling. A photographer’s view never ends. You can take these types of photos to your local museum and have more public recognition. Every photo has a use. Another GoPRO Image Glow In The Dark School Of Photography Another GoPRO Image Another GoPRO Image Another GoPRO Image Waterproof...

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SLR Digital Cameras 2012

SLR Digital Cameras 2012

If you have a tight budget, and can gather $500. dollars…sounds like alot to some, but if you’d stop buying certain electronics for just 3 months you’d get this amount and be ready to make MORE money with a very professional camera. Not the best… but close enough for your success. This is the Canon EOS Rebel T3. This does not include a lens.  I advise you to look into  35 mm – 80 mm lens. That way you can shoot indoors with the wider angel and classic outdoor with the 80mm. This young boy’s senior portrait shows why you need a flash even outdoors to light up the faces.  This is dull. When shooting a couple or single person remember to shoot them a bit back… less close up. You can always bring the photo closer, but rarely can you crop to to put the subject back.  Also…staying back makes the customer like themselves better.  Less imperfections are visible.  This still needs to be forward…but with room to crop. Always leave enough room at the top of the subject’s...

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Start A Photography Business

Start A Photography Business

Just for the record this past week I went with a Judge and her staff to march in a parade.  The Judge was campaiging for a higher office.  I offered my services for free, and simply asked that that they acknowlege me in the credits.  That is free advertizing and again I had a blast, as well as front row seating! (sort of speaking I was in the parade).  It may sound corney, but I was able to get alot of publicity and my name out there.  What I recieved for free would have cost me $400. in advertizing. I had made myself well aquainted with all of the local country clubs and compiled leather albums of weddings and family portraits that I had taken on their property. How do you get the portraits when you are first starting out?  Well, how about offering a country club free family portrait sittings for Mother’s Day.  Free sittings, get their names and addresses etc, and charge them for the second print and thereafter. Give them one free print.   Yes some people will take the photo and run…but they will remember you…and what will they remember?    You were helpful, kind, fun, made them laugh, dressed nice, and you are sophicated. Noone wants an intruder,  so be careful not to “TAKE OVER THE PARTY”  You have limits as to “how much you should actually be involved”.  When you have full control is when you actually are taking the shots..after that you should hang low..untill the next...

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Photography… How To Prepare

Photography…   How To Prepare

Shooting family Portraits Take Great Photos! I know I must shoot around the families’ schedule, I let them pick the time. I prepare them that I start on time. 1. I arrive 10 minutes early. If you arrive before then you are just a nusicence. If you are late you have set a bad image for the family and may never recover. 2.  Set up equipment. Most public parks, musumes, galleries, libraries, etc., will allow you to bring famlies on their property. I always ask first.  If you don’t ask for permission and they ask you to leave, then you have to search, with the family driving behind you, trying to jump into a new location. You may not be able to do this as areas are already occupied by picnics, and gatherings of any sort. I ask the couples if they have a family homestead to use.  If they do and you are planning to use their location, remember that the time will take longer now. Since they are on fimilar ground it is harder to round them up! You begain to set up your location, moving the pool potted plants to frame the portrait.  Your starting with your tripod, camera body at 1/125, with 80-150mm lens F2.3 or F3.5, set at f8 for depth of filed.  Attached Cannon Speedlite 580EXII flash/or set to the left on a seperate tripod as fill-in. If you are shooting inside it is better to add a flash on an independent stand (remotely) to the left.  Plus your  flash attached to camera for face fill. If you have a large extended group you will need a seperate 28-35 wide angle lens, mostly inside. Again, You have the pleasure, ease of viewing the finished shot and either reshooting or adjusting later.  If you have the chance reshoot on the spot.  You have less adjustments later that can be soooo time consuming.   I prefer to have a perfect shot in the camera. Background is Just As Important As the Foreground Learn HowTo Set Up For Great Portraits Learn Digital Photography Photography Tips For Taking Great...

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Taking Great Low Light Photographs

Taking Great Low Light Photographs

Low Light outside and Dim room light can be solved easily. Note: my backdrops taking shape! Rainy afternoons look beautiful outdoors but you need to shoot on 1/4 second……………….so You   should use a   tripod. If you want ENOUGH light in a room, you need the flashes to the right. They are powerful enough to light up a room to get the perfect shot…and not to be too intrusive when you shoot. These instruments are not made for the point and shoot.  They are precision instruments for taking great photographs! Yes! This does cost more but in the end you will be proud when your equipment is working, well when you really only have split seconds. You can compare prices, and figure how you want to piece your equipment together, but look to the right side bar and see that I have put together camera pieces that I think are a good fit.  This equipment has been proven to take sell-able professional photographs.  Changing out to whatever you think would be more workable for you is ok too.  Everything is “Trial and Error”. I hope to make direction not dictation. If you are contemplating purchasing equipment off my site,  I want you to know that you are not paying more, at all, and you may be given offers that no one else is receiving. There will be free shipping offers and some coupons or discounts.  I do not get paid operating this site so If you appreciate receving the information please purchase from clicking on the photos on the right and throwing me a small commission.  Keeps me running! Thank...

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Let’s make Money With Your Camera

Let’s make Money With Your Camera

What a great opportunity I had during the 2012 St Patrick’s Day parade. I made $1,000. in a short 2 hours.  The colorful costumes worn made picture taking easy.I grouped friends around, shot them, and grabbed their e-mails within 15 seconds. I found that by getting  e-mails quickly, I was able to sell 72 people a photo..(some bought more than one).  I could have sold more customers, but I got tired of working and joined the fun! Buy Anything and Everything From Amazon Anything & Everything Amazon Send an E-mail to prospective client with a watermarked proof (use Adobe photo shop) , large enough to entice them to buy a print. Make an offer.  If you purchase five 5×7’s You will stop by at their next event for one hour of free photo shooting. All Photos and text are @ Copyrighted PamelaRobertsPhotography 2012. All rights reserved, no Printing or copying rights, unless through Pamela Roberts Photography. Mr. Wonderful! How to Take Great Photos Learn how to Make Money with your Camera! Tips for Taking Great Photos Winner 5 K St Patrick’s Day...

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How To Make Easy Money

Now seriously..I highly recommend that you charge for your services, but if you have not developed a serious customer list, than this is one way to start. The way I started.. like I mentioned in an earlier post, shooting the neighbor’s son with his dog and several other area families. But, when I gained some confidence for shooting events, I asked a professional for help, and I asked if I could “tag along”. Well, it was one of the best times of my life (still is).  Yes, I have to work a lot of weekends, but what are you doing on a Saturday night? I  attend $100,000.00 ( yes, $20,000.oo too) weddings at the best country clubs in town, dining with wonderful guests, eating fantastic meals. READ MY LIPS CAREFULLY…. I NEVER ONCE HAVE A DRINK.    I have hundreds of potential new customers watching my every move. There is no room for error, never. Day one Jerry let me take his “axe”( as the camera set up was called), and I did all the shooting. He peridoially checked my settings, to make sure that I was getting it right. He handled the people and the timing.  He didn’t care how much money he sold the package for, with his style he knew he would make money later.  Remember every single person, couple, family was potental income, don’t be afraid to “interupt, pose,  and shoot”. One of the biggest problems photographers make is trying to be “ARTISTIC”. You have NO time to be artistic…you will develope a beautiful style but….you must! But quickly,” interupt, pose, and  shoot”.  All under 10 seconds. Bang your done…money! Go on to the next subject. Just get the people shots for heavens sake…and get them sold. Yes, you must have a vision..overlook the subjects ( I know that sounds hard and so not what you want to hear, i’ll explain that later) and look at the four corners of the finished print in your mind. We moved fast and furious. Three weddings a day, between the two of us.  He had a low starting price and we pumped them out like we were mass producing something great. (It was a great learning experience). And we were, we were capturing memories like no other.  Believe me Jerry had the tech talent, and eventually I had the posing talent, together we were mass producing memories, on print. Everyone in town wanted us. Eventually, everyone wanted me. Honestly, my Brides and Grooms felt like famous movie stars, I made them feel special without smoothering them. We all had so much...

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How to Take Great Wedding Photographs

How to Take Great Wedding Photographs

Since Spring has began I bet those of you with experience have shot a wedding or two, and thinking about how to get more. There are plenty of families that would like a break in the price or maybe a free service. At this free of charge event, you can shoot  “all couples” Kids, Grandparents and the list goes on and on. You will be selling prints of people that have nothing to do with the Family that hired you. It is an endless opportunity at your finger tips.  Families are already dressed up as guests, and they do not have to pay for a sitting and change everyone’s schedule. You must dig deep and use all of your self control, and leadership qualities.  You will hear a lot of “photography stuff”..good and bad. This is not the setting to defend yourself or the wonder of electronics. You are there to look for income, so every person should be on your file at least once or twice.  If you are the shy type, and find it hard to arrange and move people you will waste time and profits. If a man won’t move to the left a bit… I seriously make him do it. How? My famous quote: “THIS IS FOR THE FAMILY, THEY REQUESTED THIS” !! “Now move to the left quickly and lets get to the party fast. Another words they are going to do what I ask and quickly. I’m the only one at that event, that knows what they will want later. Most people will give you a dirty look and try to out “wit” you, but they can do whatever they want…I still need to get what I need.  Humans all look the same, but if your human and wearing a well designed outfit..I’ll get you in a photo or two …no matter what! My most favorite outdoor backdrop is a certain stone, maple trees, customer’s homes, and wooded areas with sunlight streaming through the background. Most times, once I start shooting…I can’t stop…I become addict to finding artistic shots.  My subjects tell me “Pam… you have said “one more” about 15 times...

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