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How much should I charge for selling un watermarked high resolution photos?

I've recently done a shoot for a customer where the contract stated they would get "web ready" digital versions of the photos (max dimension 1024px), as well as the ability to order prints. The ...
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Why is giving clients RAW files such a sensitive matter among photographers?

I've been trying to understand why handing out the RAW files to clients is a sensitive issue among professional photographers. I've often heard explanations that compares the RAW files to film ...
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Do professional event photographers commonly require payment in full before a shoot?

I am trying to hire an event photographer for my company to shoot a series of public open houses. I photographer that was recommended to me has contacted me with pricing information and she is ...
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Website/Apps for Professional photographers [closed]

What are the websites & apps which Professional Photographers use to promote and market their work/themselves? I'm looking for websites where i can publish and promote my photography work, where ...
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Difference between D&G shoot vs Other professional shoot

NOTE: I can't post more than 2 links since I don't have at least 10 reputation hence some links need to be copied and pasted. I asked a photographer to do a fashion shoot for some garments and I ...
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381 views

Which workflow and processing to achieve Exposure-Fusion?

I know how to make HDR pictures, and I've seen a huge amount of HDR pictures. I dislike most of them. I heard about Exposure-Fusion, which seems to match my expectations. There is one photographer ...
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699 views

Is it possible to photograph me without reflections on my glasses?

(I have no experience with photography.) I went to a professional photographer to get a few portraits (primarily for identification documents). The photographer made various test shots, tried ...
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Why do some photographers cover up the brand-name on their camera?

I have a professional photographer friend. He works for news agencies. He covers up the brand name on his cameras. This was the only photo I could find from him with his camera but it shows the ...
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592 views

What questions should I ask when looking to hire a photographer?

When hiring a photographer one will obviously take a look at their work, but before even doing that what kind of questions can I ask to gauge there skill, knowledge, performance etc Some questions ...
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Where can I find good post-processing examples with original RAW files?

I'm an advanced amateur when it comes to photography and post-processing and was looking for additional tutorials and resources to improve my craft. Specifically, I'm looking for any sites that have ...
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270 views

What are the criteria for being a “professional photographer”? [closed]

Somebody said that the difference between hobbyist and professional photographers was if they had made 50,000 photos or more. Other people say that it depends if a person works full time in this ...
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How to handle existing gear if you start your own business from financial site? [closed]

I am planning to open my own studio this year. As I purchased a lot of stuff in the past years, all the pro camera, lens, lighting gear, etc. I do not need to buy a lot of stuff to open my business. ...
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How much do I charge for the first time wedding photo shoot?

I am an amateur photographer as far as event photography is concerned. I have done private event shoots only for my family and friends (weddings on two occasions and few new born and other small ...
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Who is the (contemporary) photographer using an old bellow camera?

I have read about a photographer (possibly working for/collaborating with the National Geographic society) who was using (not uniquely, of course) an old style bellow camera for his shoots. He went on ...
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Do professionals use auto mode?

I know some amateur photographers who's been taking photos for quite some time and feel they're "cool" because they use manual settings. They also bash newbies who buy expensive DSLRs who just shoot ...
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162 views

Versatile professional digital camera options

I'm looking to (finally) invest in a good digital camera, but I have a sort of unusual set of requirements. I'm an artist (not strictly a photographer) and I have a wide-ranging practice, which means ...
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2k views

Canon 5d mark III vs canon 1d X for studio/wedding/outdoor work?

I'm a wedding/creative photographer, and I'm looking to upgrade my camera. While my budget allows for both the 1dx and the 5d, this represents a significant investment for me. I talked to a few ...
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251 views

What are my rights as a press photographer?

Okay, I'm not actually a press photographer. However, I just ran into this article (via dpreview) calling for the boycott of a concert because of contracts that deny photographers much of their ...
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How important is a backup camera body?

I've read that a professional photographer should have at least two camera bodies, with one serving as a backup. How important is it to have a backup camera body? Consider both amateur and ...
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719 views

What camera should a student buy to transition into professional work?

I'm studying photography to became a professional photographer, and I want to buy a professional camera. Because it's expensive, I want to buy the right one the first time. I want it to last through ...
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Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA* 300mm?

Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA★ 300mm? I have spent a week searching for anyone who is using Pentax kit in wildlife photography and who is getting paid for their work.
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2k views

How do I break into a higher end market segment for wedding photography?

Like I believe many photographers, I started my professional work doing mainly lower priced gigs to (maybe) foolishly get my foot in the door, earn experience, and a full portfolio. Now once I start ...
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2answers
745 views

What is considered a professional grade Macro lens?

Macro (or Micro for Nikon) lenses come in different focal lengths, however looking through the current list of canon Macro Nikon Micro lenses they mostly have the same f2.8 apeture. (apart from the ...
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Is an entry-level DSLR good enough for portrait photography?

I'm looking into starting a small at home portrait photography business mostly as a hobby for now, and I'm wondering if the camera I have now (Nikon D3000) is good enough for portrait photography. ...
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Why do some professional cameras have dual memory card slots?

I have noticed that some cameras such as the Nikon D300s, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, or Pentax 645D have dual memory card slots. What is the purpose of having multiple memory card slots and why would you ...
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294 views

Is it acceptable in professional photography to accept a meal from the client during a paid event?

On 4-5 hour long assignments shooting events such as anniversaries/weddings/birthdays etc.. the clients have asked me to help myself to lunch/dinner. Is acceptable to do that or will it look ...
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Should pro photographers learn to work around amateurs at events?

This issue is most prevalent in Wedding photography. An example would be when a Wedding photographer has to avoid family members or other guests who are aggressively taking pictures around them ...
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2k views

How can I make extra money with photography?

I have photos in Getty Images, in Shutterstock, Imagekind and I recently added some to RedBubble, but I'm not having the expected results. Does anyone have some history of success selling photographs ...
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271 views

How do media publishers pay professional photographers for their celebrity photos?

This is a question for celebrity photographers. There are many online services now that market celebrity photos to media publishers. One example is the site WireImages. I am wondering if sites like ...
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7answers
1k views

What is the best way for a hobbyist to start generating income from photos?

What is the best way for me to look into the feasibility of selling my shots (hopefully including some sort of feedback on my technique) and examples of places where I can have someone manage the ...
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5answers
2k views

Why do some photo albums companies only allow “Professional Photographers” to buy them?

I want to get a really nice photo album for myself, without going through some middleman. Why do so many companies require that I be a "professional photographer" before they'll talk to me? Example ...
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607 views

What professional photography organizations are available to join?

I'm interested in putting together a list (as comprehensive as possible) of the different professional photography organizations that can be joined. The criteria is relatively simple: An ...
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1k views

What is the difference between an amateur and a professional photographer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: State of the Industry: Distinction between amateurs and pros Aside from the money, what is the difference between a professional photographer, and an amateur. Please ...
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297 views

What makes a client choose a professional photographer?

As a wedding and family / portrait photographer, how can I make myself a more attractive offering to people who are considering purchasing my services? What do you look for in a photographer? ...
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5answers
2k views

What is the distinction between a professional and amateur photographer?

I describe myself as an amateur photographer to other photographers and avoid using qualifiers like "pro" or "amateur" when talking to clients, but after reading a number of articles in Rangefinder ...
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4k views

What makes a camera “professional” vs. amateur/hobbyist?

I will be attending a music festival (Lollapalooza) this weekend, and according to the site's FAQ page, attendees are not allowed to bring in "professional" recording equipment. From the site: ...
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1k views

Are there sites where I can compare pro versus amateur photographer work?

Has anyone ever invited amateur and pro photographers to take pictures of the same environment (or people) using the same gear to compare the results? If so, maybe results of such experiment are ...
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4answers
382 views

How do I choose a professional photographer for my wedding or newborn?

I recently got married, and new what I wanted in a photography. Cost was a big concern, so I spent some time on Craigslist reviewing the websites of the various "pros" that posted there. Most were ...
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How do I know if I'm ready to turn professional?

I love photography. I love capturing beautiful images and preserving precious memories. I believe that I have a gift for this - one which I have worked hard to hone and grow over recent years. I am ...