Buying used photography equipment can be a smart consumer alternative to new equipment. For example, photography students are more likely to be able to afford used equipment and they may only need it during their education, buying new equipment upon launching their careers. This is much like buying used textbooks. Used equipment is also a good choice if a beginner is not totally committed to photography as a serious hobby. Even serious amateurs, semi-pros and pros may purchase a used camera or lens, as emergency backups. Whatever good reason you may have for purchasing used equipment, be aware of these 6 pitfalls. Learn how to avoid them to save money, to find equipment with the most remaining value and to enjoy your photography experience. Read more »
You’ve heard it before…or you should have: digital photographers begin to show improvement in their skills and results when they are able to tell a story with their images. If you still struggle with this concept or want an interesting process to tell a common story in a different way, then assign yourself a day-in-the-life photography project. You simply spend most of an entire day with one person and document his or her day in pictures. Not only will you be challenged to capture the right moments to tell your subject’s story, but also you’ll find yourself in a variety of shooting environments. It’s an opportunity to exercise your skills and to learn how to react spontaneously. For your subject, such a project is an alternative to a formal portrait. You’ll be able to provide your subject with an album of photos that reveal more of his or her personality, moods and lifestyle than a stiff pose. Read more »
- According to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the expenses related to the part of your home used for your photography business, must be “exclusive, regular and for your business” to be deemed tax deductible. Read more »
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Many digital photographers, who decide to become a part-time or full-time professional, often operate their business from their home. If this is the path you’re following, then there are certainly advantages to doing business from your home. It will save you money and often provide a tax deduction. On the downside, you may quickly outgrow whatever space you are using in your home, especially if you are a portrait photographer; and it can be awkward, and disruptive to your family, to ask your customers to meet with you in your home. Read more »
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- Virtually every type of photography from which you can make a living doesn’t require much space. Photographers who shoot all their assignments at specific locations (architecture, nature, sports, photojournalism, etc.) generally only need enough space to store their camera and have a desk with a computer. New wedding photographers can usually work from home too, but eventually they’ll want a separate place to meet with customers. If you plan to make a living as a portrait photographer, then adequate and permanent studio space will be needed. A home doesn’t typically have such dedicated space, so leasing commercial real estate is the best choice.
- With your photography business office in the spare bedroom, attic or basement, you’ll find it very convenient to commute to work at the start of the day and from work at the end of the day. U.S. Federal Highway Administration research reveals that the average American spends 348 hours each year commuting. Read more »
Sun, Sand and Photos…. it doesn’t get any better than that !
So you are planning a vacation getaway this winter, tickets are bought and your bags are packed. Now is the time to brush up on your photography skills. Don’t be just another tourist with a camera. Use these simple photography tips to create stunning photos.
- Any photography contest is subjective. A group of judges, presumably with some credentials, will choose what each of them think is the best photo. Their judgment, however, has as much to do with their life experience as it does with their technical photographic knowledge and compositional abilities. The lesson is to forget about the judges; you can’t control their emotional or subconscious response to the theme or your pictures. You’re more likely to do well in a photo contest, and/or make a living as a photographer, if you have your own set of lofty criteria about what is an excellent photo. In reality, the only person against whom you’re competing is yourself. If you can satisfy or exceed your own criteria, then you are already a winner, and are more likely to score high with the judges. Read more »
1. For many photographers, traveling with camera equipment and personal luggage can be a huge hassle. They often need multiple bags on wheels or must rent a number of airport luggage carriers. Even then, piling equipment cases and luggage on those carriers doesn’t make them very secure when hurrying through the airport. Bringing a separate cart or dolly isn’t much of a solution, since it becomes an extra piece of baggage to check, and the airlines charge for it. Read more »