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Rockwell is a moron (or more accurately he presents his opinion as fact even when it is actually a contested opinion). Yes, professionals use 24-70 lenses. They aren't for every situation, but there are plenty where they are great go to lenses. The Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II, for example, is one of the most popular zoom lenses ever. I do wedding photography ...


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I'm going to be a bit blunt here: your photography isn't the kinds of stuff clients who buy stock/microstock go for. In 2011, the vast majority of stock photography is used to sell business products to business people. And if it's not that, it's used as a source of images to be composited with other images. I've worked in interactive and print advertising ...


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in fact I'd say that if you love photography and want to continue loving it, you might want to NOT go pro. The few pros I know spend so much time on their business rather than photography, they don't do as much of it as when they were amateurs. And a lot of them have come to HATE photography after going pro, as they no longer can choose what and when to ...


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There are several reasons: For media in particular, this prevents a logo from appearing in media. Events are often covered by multiple photographers and filmed which means that some people working may end up in the media too. Think of a making of video for example. Logos and brands are usually avoided because they may be misinterpreted as en endorsement ...


33

I think, in general, you are considered a professional photographer if your primary source of income comes from your photographic work. For example, if you are a wedding photographer by trade, your job is to photograph weddings. You are a "professional" wedding photographer. The same would be true if you were a sports photographer, and sold your work to ...


33

Yes and no. I'm a professional event photographer and I run into this fairly frequently. I don't work a lot of weddings but I do many conferences and other less formal events where there are often other amateur/attendee photographers during an event. A skilled professional will be able to maneuver amongst a crowd including a crowd that involves other ...


28

What you're seeking: "an easy way where I would just upload my pictures somewhere and let it go" doesn't exist. If you want to make money, you'll need to invest time and work in making that happen. Let's look at a couple options you mentioned: Stock Photography The stock photo market is flood with pros and amateurs seeking revenue. What sells in stock ...


27

Two reasons: They don't have the time/patience to deal with amateurs/brides. They don't want to get in the middle of any copyright issues by dealing with images from someone who may not actually own the rights to have them assembled into a book. I honestly suspect #1 is the prime reason. They price their services with the assumption that they have a very ...


25

My tips: Don't assume you're good because friends and family say your are. Don't start with weddings. Wait until you've done a few simpler things first (christenings / babies etc). You may be a great photographer when snapping flowers but how are your people skills / planning skills etc.? Try to sell some stock photos or prints in a market. Go for it! Just ...


24

It's a meaningless distinction. It depends on who's saying it, and what's "professional" to one venue might not be to another. In this case, it's pretty clear they won't let you bring in a DSLR, because it has a detachable "lense". Good luck educating them on the distinction between prime and zoom. I totally share your frustration. It's obvious from their ...


23

Professional cameras such as the Canon 1D Mark IV have dual memory card slots for a variety of professional use cases. I will break them down into three main groupings: Mirroring of the image across multiple cards for redundancy Automatic switching to a second card after the first one reaches capacity Ability to write different file formats to different ...


20

I am not a pro ... and I suspect I never will become one. The main reason is: I really enjoy taking photos ... but I don't enjoy HAVING to take photos. I learned this when I was taking photography classes at a local botanical garden. When I was just taking pictures of flowers, I loved it. But when I had to take pictures of flowers for the class, it ...


20

Yes, professionals do use auto mode. Professional paparazzi use auto mode almost exclusively and will sometimes even tape up the controls on the camera to prevent any settings being accidentally altered. You don't have to know how to shoot manual to make money out of photography, if for example you know which restaurants which celebrities go to... Other ...


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I do offer RAW files for my photos but I don't give them automatically purely because of the size and difficulty to use. A RAW file is substantially larger than even a max quality finished JPEG. Additionally, a RAW file is of no use without a photographer to develop it. It is just raw sensor data and still needs things like color grading and exposure ...


18

That may well be their photos on the website. Even people who are not that good will produce one really good photo per wedding. If people have been doing weddings for a long time they can usually produce a great portfolio whilst each wedding is not so good. This is the biggest problem with looking for photographers on the web but there are a few tips: Ask ...


18

Ask your tax officials. They will have a very clear definition as to which category your activities and earnings belong. I have met amateurs that are some of the most accomplished photographers I know. I have met professionals that are inept. "Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography - ...


16

I make extra money through photography by developing personal relationships with potential clients, and using the internet as more of a portfolio guiding people rather than as a primary money maker by itself. Most of my photography money comes from shooting events (weddings, etc), or from one-off gigs where people want something photographed more nicely ...


16

Ming Thein once said he tapes the brands to "avoid reflections in reflective objects I photograph such as watches." Makes sense if you are into that sort of photography.


15

I'm not a photog pro (let alone a Wedding photog pro), but I think that in a world where every phone is a camera, and almost every camera around is a phone, it is non-realistic to put such a phrase ("no other photography should take place during event") in the contract.


14

To be honest, a good amateur takes the same or better than photos of a professional. It's 2010 so there's so much information available to the public, and with the falling prices of photography equipment there's really no difference between a good amateur and pro.


14

There are two questions: What makes a camera "professional", to a photographer? and What makes a camera "professional" to everyone else? In this case these people clearly don't know anything about photography as their definition of "professional" is based on pretty stupid criteria. For example: Detachable Zoom Lenses aren't allowed, so how about ...


14

Well, making money on photography is something alot of us wish we did, but its a tough field it seems, especially for landscape and macro work. So, I'll tackle the easy piece of your question first, selling/storefront. Two options come to mind here, but there are certainly more: Roll your own website and use something like Google Checkout to generate the ...


13

Don't do it. The photography business is insanely competitive and it's extremely difficult to make a living. The hours are very long and the pay is bad. Laurence Kim, a pro wedding photographer, on the necessary gear ($4k recommended minimum): http://laurencekimblog.com/index.php?link=140 Ken Rockwell on going pro: ...


12

Wow, are you hosed. You tell them the price before you start. Its too late now. Traditionally, wedding photographers made all their money off prints. If you give them soft copies, you cut yourself out of that profit stream. Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, etc. I wouldn't consider doing a shoot unless I got at least $100 per hour for my time. Plus I'd want more to ...


11

I've not needed to do this yet (despite pressure from a would-be-mother-in-law) but I would suggest asking the photographer if you can see the full set of photos (s)he took on their most recent shoot. You have to bear in mind that a photographer's portfolio only shows you their best shots which could just be luck and offers no indication of how consistent ...


11

I am somewhat surprised by all the answers that the OP is basically screwed. The lack of contract is a double edged sword, so the newlyweds have the same problems if they are not willing to pay a fair price for the pictures since they did not negotiate up front either. The OP may be able to walk away without giving them anything if they refuse to pay a ...


10

This is a pretty complicated question, with a number of answers. First of all, I think you should be at the point where you are already making money from hobby photography - either through small product shoots, architectural stuff from craigslist, shooting friends small weddings, etc. Second, if you already have a job, and you are looking to replace it, ...


10

The problem with stock sites these days is that they are utterly saturated with photos. Your photos are just a few amongst thousands; the chances of them being picked up are therefore small. Type 'sunset' into Getty Images and you get over 50,000 hits on more than 800 pages. If your photos appear on any page over about 10, you can probably forget about ...



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