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First paid gig as an amateur; do I need insurance?

Yes. Presuming you're working as freelancer. Without a doubt. Regardless of how much you're being paid, or if you're not being paid (such as if you work with models). If you're employed rather than ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

You've got to show them examples of your work that make them want you to produce similar work with them. In other words, you need a portfolio that demonstrates you can make it worth their time and ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

Please don't take this the wrong way, but... I suggest you do a lot more learning and practising before you try doing this as a business. I don't see anything in your wedding photos which convinces me ...
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How much zoom would make a camera suitable for imaging railcar seals from 100 feet away?

As the other answers do a good job of giving you the fish, seeing as you're an engineer, this answer will teach you to fish. The angle of view of a lens & camera combination is simply determined ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

How do you feel about photographing yourself in the nude? No, I'm not suggesting the typical selfie (selfy?). I am suggesting that you take the project on with all the deliberation you would ...
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First paid gig as an amateur; do I need insurance?

Legally need? - No. In reality - It's a good idea, but depends on a few factors such as if you are going to be doing this a lot, are you using expensive equipment? does anything you do or can do ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

Check your local arts and painting classes to see if they have nude modeling classes; go check them out and ask the models directly. Have a clear notion of what kind of nude photography you want to ...
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Astrophotography in the age of Starlink; can "not a single image be taken that is not stricken" by a Starlink satellite?

Satellites in ANY orbit are only visible when sunlit. Starlink satellites are in low earth orbit (LEO). As an astronomer and astrophotographer I can see some satellites -- even quite late -- if they ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

If you have no existing rep, it's hard to get a start because you just come off as some kind of Leisure Suit Larry sleeze bag. Not sure how people get established on the internet. Friend of mine had ...
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How do I get paid for my photography?

To put into perspective the challenge I spent 4 years apprenticed to a master photographer before I went into business. I didn't realize it at the time, but it would take me a further 6 years to ...
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Communicating with all potential clients as a multi niche photographer

Separate your audiences. For example if you shoot product and boudoir, don't advertise them together, you could end up alienating both client base, as someone who's interested in someone to shoot ...
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How can I improve this amateur shot of sunrise?

In low light on a phone camera with little in the way of user-adjustment, your primary objective is to keep the camera still. Find a wall you can rest it on, & if possible use a delay timer, so ...
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How to read a histogram?

What does this graph describe about the picture, and how can I learn how to read it? That graph is a histogram showing the relative frequency of different pixel brightnesses. Pixel brightness values ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

RECEPTION I was a bit harsh in comments, though not the only one. Your Q almost read as a joke, but was not recieved with humor or taken gently because of the myriad of new photographers who can now ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

Take a basic photography course that covers lighting, exposure, and composition. What little you spend on the course for the knowledge you gain will be worth far more in the long run than any gear in ...
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How much zoom would make a camera suitable for imaging railcar seals from 100 feet away?

Make some tests using your existing camera. This is providing you can glean the focal length setting used for the exposure. Take a series of pictures at measured distances. From this test, decide the ...
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How much zoom would make a camera suitable for imaging railcar seals from 100 feet away?

The Xtimes zoom designation is useless here. It means that the ratio between viewfields / focal lengths of full zoom-in and full zoom-out is X. You don't know whether it can shoot fish-eye images ...
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Tips for Improving Photography

Whether or not someone will pay you for your work or how much they'll pay is between you and them. Many awesome photos have been given away; many junk photos sold for premiums. Those are business and ...
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How to mount a Lumix G7 with Panasonic H-FS 1442A lens to 1.25" telescope

Using the lens is not worth it Your auto-focus won't work too well on a night sky (for focus, nothing beats manual focus on a zoomed live-view) You are very likely to create optical aberrations You ...
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Will upgrading from T3i to T7i be a meaningful improvement for low light photography in the jungle of Costa Rica?

The improvement you would see in going from a lens with a maximum aperture at 250mm of f/5.6 to one with an aperture of f/2.8 (likely at 200mm) will absolutely dwarf any improvement you see between ...
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How to take good pictures of wildlife at a distance?

If what you're wanting is National Geographic-like wildlife pics, then be prepared for a huge case of sticker shock, thousands of dollars just for a lens, and the complete lack of any thing close to ...
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How to Time-Lapse?

My plan is to start creating my time-lapses in 4K format. From there I have figured out that my pictures need to be at least 3840 × 2160 pixels which means that every camera above 9 mega pixels should ...
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I miss my Pentax Spot-o-Matic but must choose a camera for amateur nature photography; get a new iPhone or an actual camera?

The iPhone 12 Pro advertises a 5x zoom range, but in my look they didn't give a 35mm equivalent focal length. I would guess the range is something like 30-150mm or somewhat shorter. That is very ...
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I miss my Pentax Spot-o-Matic but must choose a camera for amateur nature photography; get a new iPhone or an actual camera?

Bias warning: I've been a film photographer for about fifty years, and never really taken to digital; further, I use Android on my phone. My advice: get another Spotmatic or other, more sophisticated ...
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Light leak or am I the problem?

The answer to your question Is this a result of the light leak? Or is this something else I am doing wrong? is: yes, both. The vertical whiteish streaks in photo 2 (left over the statue) and 4 (...
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How do I know if I'm ready to turn professional?

Photography, as a career path, does not lend well to being an employee of some larger company. If you're going to do photography as an employee, you're typically either going to be doing simple, ...
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How much zoom would make a camera suitable for imaging railcar seals from 100 feet away?

I have the Nikon P900, and its effective 2000mm focal length is what you want. At 30 meters with a 357.5 mm focal length the area you take a picture of is 386 by 520 mm or about 15 by 20 inches. ...
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First paid gig as an amateur; do I need insurance?

As a professional you will be liable for your actions or negligence. Just like anyone else! If you're just wandering around with a camera, I wouldn't fuss too much. If you're setting up a load of ...
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How much zoom would make a camera suitable for imaging railcar seals from 100 feet away?

After giving this some more thought and research, I believe what you are trying to do may be possible, but it may be difficult and will require zooming in on the image to be able to check. My initial ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

You could offer a substantial discount until your portfolio is developed. I think in just a few weddings, you'll be shooting great shots all the time. The scope of wedding photography is relative to ...
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