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Competing with cheap photographers

Competing with cheap photographers

“They aren’t your clients”, “Set yourself apart”, “Why do you care what others charge”, “Everyone starts somewhere”. We have heard all these and more when the discussion appears talking about cheap, lowball photographers who do full sessions for almost nothing, give all them images from the session (often 50 or more).  So many photographers talk …

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Trade for sessions aren’t free

Trade for sessions aren’t free

I am a huge proponent of getting paid for your work.  I also love photography and often do trade for time sessions.  The photograph above was a trade for session for a local modeling group.  This session was a vintage pinup theme. Even though it was nearly 100 degrees outside and midday this was a fun …

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Thoughts of an experienced photographer in social media groups

Thoughts of an experienced photographer in social media groups

This is a commentary I have wanted to write for some time now.  I have included some quotes from questions or posts I have seen in “professional” photography forums on social media.  The first bullet point is the question.  The comment below the post is what I really want to tell them as an answer …

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How to save time in post processing

How to save time in post processing

Recently I read a book on the 80/20 Principle.  This book started me to ponder a number of things from my business to my personal life.  When I thought about photography I began to think about how many posts on social media and in conversations with newer about fixing exposure, white balance, and composition of …

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Becoming a better photographer – step 1

Becoming a better photographer – step 1

Introduction The topics in this article have been covered in previous articles to some degree, however, before we can progress we must cover the first step.  As with any journey, we must take the first step, but like a journey where we must walk, we first must learn to walk.  I will cover the learning …

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Building your photography

Building your photography

If you go back and look through several recent articles you may think this site and I am just about criticizing new photographers.  That is not the case.  Just like basic training in the military, I believe that we need to start with the basics.  Often that means even tearing down the old so we …

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The struggle of a freelance photographer

The struggle of a freelance photographer

Let me take a moment of your time and talk about the struggles of a freelance photographer.  I know that some of you can relate to many of the issues freelance photographers face. Motivation In the beginning our my freelance photography venture I was driven by my passion for photography.  I don’t mean the passion …

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Exposure and Light meters

Exposure and Light meters

Recently I posed a question on social media.  I must admit I intentionally attempted to mislead people.  My question was, “Do you use a light meter when you take photographs?”  Most of those that replied answered no.  The fact is, virtually every one of them uses a light meter, they just didn’t realize it.  Why …

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