How to set rates between models and photographers, who’s paying who?

There are many articles out there on how to set rates and charge for photography and modeling services.

This article is geared toward the freelancers among us, and primarily to portfolio work.

Rates vary widely, from a few dollars per hour to hundreds of dollars per hour.

Rates vary by market location, market type, and the look of models and the style and talent of photographers available in the given market.

And if the work is paid work, i.e. for a catalog, or bill board, etc.,  there is an advertiser with pockets and everyone is getting paid somewhere somehow.

The long and short of it is, Continue reading

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“Shooting in Sh*tty ‘Shitty’ Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them” Book Review

How to shoot in Shitty Light, How to shoot in sh*tty light; book reviewThe just out in paperback “Shooting in Sh*tty ‘Shitty’ Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them” by Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind is one of the finest, easiest to comprehend books on shooting in available light I have seen.

Just so you know up front, it is pretty much only directly applicable to shooting of people as subjects … If you are shooting landscapes or macro, etc, this is Continue reading

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Stock Photography – Using it, making money with it

Well, we all hear how it’s hard making money in stock photography due to the microstock photography dropping ASP’s (Average Selling Prices) for licenses and the plethora of images now available for stock download today.

Still, I have just attended a seminar, hosted by SmugMug, that talked about people making money in stock (mircostock) photography today.

Shutterstock is one of the largest microstock agencies and has recently floated an IPO October 11, 2012 on the NYSE, symbol:  SSTK.

They have a cool keyword search tool for looking for stock images:

 

Shutterstock Stock Photo Keyword Search:Search Terms:

 

 

For example, one may use the search bar above from Shutterstock to search for any kind of keyworded images. You’ll probably find a lot.

The example I used was “women in nature”.

This returned Continue reading

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What’s the key to business success in photography?

Success in photography requires more than just a great eye, or the right gear, it requires… are you ready?

Success in a photography business requires the M word… Marketing…

And, marketing requires a kind of vision.  A vision which can be and is communicated effectively to the right prospects.

Silvio Rone, a photographic mentor of mine recommended the following book to me…

I found the author’s TED talk, and was duly inspired.

If you prefer reading, the book is Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” explores how certain innovators, leaders and businesses address and communicate the answers to Continue reading

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Tips on how to keep yourself safe as a model visiting a photographer’s studio

I am often asked what is the best way to keep myself safe when visiting a photographer’s studio?

Should I give out my number… and how soon…?

And other questions of similar ilk…

So, what’s a girl to do?

First and foremost, look at the photographer’s  Continue reading

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Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED vs 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR2 Zoom Lens Nikkors

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Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED versus Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G AF-S VR2 -Click image to see full size

If you follow my blog at all, you know I love the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S. It is one of my go to lenses.   Search within the blog and you will see several articles about this excellent lens.  It is a love story.

Recently, I had an opportunity to buy an inexpensively priced copy of the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED (two ring model) so I tried it.

What makes the 80-200mm 2.8 ED better than the 70-200 VR2?  Continue reading

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How do you make a header for Facebook? What size is it supposed to be? How many pixels? Resolution? Etc., Etc., ??

How does one format and crop an image for use as Facebook header art?  So, Facebook is a mystery, right?  We have the answers.  How many pixels?  Resolution?  Scale?  Got it.

The folks there are all so helpful…  Ha!!  And, pictures display funny all the time…  Like what is the right size for a header or an avatar or for a picture to display in a posting?

And, why don’t the postings, when you share a cool photo from somewhere else, look the same on your timeline?

So many mysteries… today we solve the mystery of how to make a piece of header art.  Continue reading

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Another lay out for an Amazon Kindle Photo eBook using only Lightroom 4

Making a cover for a Kindle eBook, How to make a book cover, How to make an ebook cover using photoshopBeauty and the Beast, Cheyenne Nude on Muscle Bike – Erotic Biker Art Photos,” is my sixth Kindle ebook, laid out entirely, except for the cover art, using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (LR4).

Except editing the cover and a few images here and there in Photoshop, the rest of the book was made entirely using LR4.

The final Lightroom work of laying out the book took about 2-3 hours.  So, I keep getting faster.

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Using Lightroom 4 ( LR4) to Create a Kindle Book – Layout and Writing a Photo book is getting easier and easier

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Except for shooting, scheduling, and editing the cover and a few images here and there in Photoshop, the rest of the book was made entirely using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

By this my fifth book.

Trial and error is giving way to run with it and go.

The final Lightroom work of laying out the book took about 4 hours.

Of course, the other aspects of creating this book took  Continue reading

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How to write a quick photo art book using Adobe Lightroom 4 for Amazon Kindle eBook publication

Maternity Nude Photo Book, Art Photo NudesCaila’s Nudes – Pregnant with Child, Art Nude Figure Photography in Color and Black and White (Maternity Nudes),” is my forth book.  Again, it is written using mostly Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (LR 4).

I’m getting faster and better at making the output look good with minimal waste.

It’s still trail and error however… We are pioneers…

Very few, like three to five, of  the of 49 images in this book required some photoshop as did the cover art for text layout.

The balance was entirely layed out using LR4’s Continue reading

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My third Kindle / Create Space POD Amazon Book, written using Photoshop Lightroom 4

1955 Ford Thunderbird Classic Convertible with Nude Body Painted Figure Models, Color Body Painted Photography,” is my third book, written using mostly Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (LR 4).

About three of the images in this 35 image book used some photoshop as did the cover for text layout.

The balance was layed out using LR4’s book module only.

While previous articles pointed out issues with formating from the PDF output of the LR4 Book Module, this may be highly dependent on the kind of Kindle one is using.

Using the ‘Simple Book Previewer’ in KDP’s (Kindle Direct Publishing) site, the preview using a PDF file is way screwed up.  I think this assures backward compatibility to the first generation black and white Kindles.

However, using the ‘Enhanced Previewer” in KDP, or doing a ‘Download Book Preview File’ into a Kindle Viewer compatible with Continue reading

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My first paperback book, “Phoenix Street People – Summer 2012”

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This paperback book was made entirely using Lightroom 4.

Photoshop Lightroom 4, while it seemed to make for an easy Kindle book writing experience, on closer examination did not format properly on conversion from PDF to Kindle, by way of leaving pictures out randomly.

However, the PDF files created by Lightroom 4 make for some easy Amazon Paperbacks, using the Amazon CreateSpace.com service, which service can be totally free.

My first Amazon paperback book, “Phoenix Street People – Summer 2012  was made entirely using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

Once I got the hang of it, paperbacks are easier to make Continue reading

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My first Kindle Book using Lightroom 4 ( LR4 )

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Cover to ebook my first Kindle book written using LR4

Wow, it’s been really difficult getting information regarding publishing a Kindle book and how to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 to write it.

It’s remarkably easy.  I tried it, and it worked!!

Just lay out your book using LR4’s amazingly simple to use Book Module.

  • Select your images.
  • Switch to the Book Module.
  • Place one image per page.

If you like to caption your images, you can easily add a page between images and caption or write text into those.

Save the book as Continue reading

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