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This was one of my first questions starting, so I asked a professional: How do you know what to charge? He answered: By asking too much. You can try this but since you are doing this for friends, you may try a different approach: Either a per-day fee (say $500) and give them all that turns out good. Or better, I think, you shoot and give them ...


If you're truly uncomfortable taking money outright or what they'll think of your photos, consider doing what many freelancers do: request some money up front, and then request the remainder after they have seen your photos. From what it sounds like, they are very interested in compensating you for the work and service you're providing them, so don't be shy ...


Well, one can write an entire book on this. Also there isn't a definitive answer. But, as you say, here are some "tips and tricks": make it clear that you're on "their side". That you're helping them to make the shoot good. arrange a little their clothes, their hair, take an invisible piece of dirt (it doesn't need to really exist) from their clothes - ...


I don't have any experience of this, but I do have experience of amateur theatre. Stage lighting is much less bright than photographic lighting, but even it tends to make people look washed out. It's almost universal that a stage actor will need to apply makeup - even the men! Theatre audiences are much further away from the actors than the camera will be (...


Some people might call me greedy but if they insist on paying you, then yes you should take whatever they offer you! It will allow you to improve your gear and provide a better service in the future, either as a professional or to other friends. I have no experience or idea of how much a shoot would cost, but I'd suggest the simplest thing to do would be ...


There are many ways of making papers look old... from bathing it in tea to "serious" ones that would require a lab with proper air ventilation, protection masks and chemicals that you might or might not be able to get. But, none of those would give you a good result if your starting material is simple paper got from the office supplies shop. As far as I ...


The shirt is most likely not inflated. The shadow can be easily made in Photoshop. Prepare a cardboard inside the shirt at the proper dimensions. Another for the neck, the same type as some shirts on an original package. The main light is not very difused, but it has a very difused fill light. Edited. Just buy a corrugated sheet.


You need to use flash. The two main advantages of flash will both help with what you are trying to do. Strobes place a lot of light on the subject at the time of exposure. Typically at a much lower cost than the same amount and quality of light from continuous sources. The short duration of light put out by many strobes allow you to freeze any motion of ...


Yes, always ask for permission. Contact them with a full description of the pictures you want to take, the location where they will be taken. Show previous work you've done (prints or web sites) If they do not want you on their campus, do not push it and find another space. good luck.


Take a look at local wedding photogs websites and check out their base rate, how many hours included and whether there are assistants and then scale down (or up!) to the time and resources you spent. Also from another angle, assign an hourly wage you are comfortable with and then see if it matches the estimate. At the minimum, factor in the time you spent ...


If you can borrow a camera mounted, TTL-enabled, flash (i.e. an external one, not the pop-up) that can point sideways/backwards it's pretty useful for some basic but effective improvement in lighting. A big white sheet or just the walls if they're light and neutral-coloured are great as reflectors — have them off to the side or behind you and you'll get some ...

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