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From experience I'd advise that you should not explain anything (politely or otherwise) when it comes to people wanting you to work for free. Explaining things just gets you into a situation where people (usually people who want everything for free) take it as an invitation to challenge your position regarding payment and licencing which will waste your ...


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You have, as a professional, received a request from a potential customer. The response from you should be a written quotation stating your price and other commercial terms.


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If the lighting was asymmetrical and consistent between shots, then the lighting will be flipped as well and this might easily make the shot look simply awful or so awful its funny. This may not be appropriate for their brand.


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Event photographers are generally in the business of selling prints, not just snapping photos. They want to sell you the best images they can make, not the raw material for making those images. There may also be some concern that their name will be attached to images that they didn't entirely control: they don't want to be associated with your questionable ...


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There are no hard and fast rules in art. You are free to follow your heart. If flipping some of the images assists in the symmetry of the final presentation, then go for it! Few if any will recognize their image was flipped. After all, they see a flipped image when they shave or put on makeup. Yes, the dressing, shaving, and makeup image in the mirror is ...


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Instead of asking us, perhaps you should be asking your client what they would prefer. They're the ones paying you for your services. Be direct with them and tell them the light died faster than you expected and it affected the quality of the photos taken near the end of the session. Give them several options as to how to proceed from the following ...


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I'd rather not just let the photographer pick the X images that he/she thinks are best to edit and deliver because he/she won't have the same opinion as me as to which images are the best. But you let him pick what equipment he uses, the settings of the camera, the lens, where he points the camera, when he takes an image, etc. It's odd pay somebody to do ...


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Because unedited / unretouched images do not represent the photographers' best efforts. A wedding photographer is not somebody hired to use an expensive point-and-shoot. The shots they take require editing because there is more information in the RAW file (digital negative) than can be represented in any JPEG image. It's part of the creative process to push/...


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I'm a gallery represented photographer and I can tell you what I know. I can see two paths into a gallery, the first is when the gallery owner is already familiar with you work, the second is when they are not. You are lucky if you fit into the first camp, I did. But it isn't all luck. I worked hard to get noticed, I was just lucky in that I got noticed ...


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This is not a silly post in the matter of an amateur that gets asked to work paying gigs. If your work is satisfactory, it is very common to initially have close friends and family consider you for their photography needs. As word of mouth continues, of course even people outside of your immediate contacts will pick up on your skills and engage in business ...


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What I did in the end Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. You all really helped me decide what to do. Just to clarify, I wasn't aware that they wanted this before the shoot and they were very happy with the photos, they just wanted some taken from the opposite angle (with the subject turned to the right rather than to the left). In the end I ...


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If your target market for family shoots is not going to be offended by using a photographer that also does boudoir, then you are probably fine to use the same name. Locale may be a factor here for local area values. It would probably be worth it to have two completely different web sites, as it's incredibly unlikely that your family portrait clients will ...


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Portfolio. Build it. Make it better. Repeat. Don't worry about all this other stuff you mentioned. Seriously, no one will take a second look past your portfolio if it isn't excellent. Specifically you asked "how does one start out to become a landscape photographer". The basics are not websites, social media, marketing, etc. The basics are great photos ...


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Not attributing photos (or any other content) to web addresses is pretty much standard in major print media circles. There are probably a lot of factors involved, but it is likely as much about not promoting another business as much as it is anything else. If you want them to promote your business, I'm sure they would be happy to sell you ad space in their ...


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You call the 3-4 biggest news organizations in the country (no point going for smaller players because they have less money) and get them to bid against each other. News have a very short shelf life, do everything fast and finish the deal before the evening news. On the other hand, if it's something that will be reused for a long time license it stock-...


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Simply telling them isn't rude. Most people would only be asking because they didn't realize it was a for-pay product in the first place. So just let them know. Them: "Can you send me a link to the digital version of that photo?" You: "Actually, selling those photographs is how I make my living. So I can't just give the source file to you, but if you want ...


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No. It sounds like the client is looking for specific representations of the subjects. Flipping it is no longer an accurate representation. The average human face is not symmetrical


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The easiest way of making money through photography is selling variations on "how to make money with photography" to amateur photographers. Look at all the seminars, books, and gadgets devoted to that niche.


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I have experience with a slight subset of this question. I created a YouTube video that went somewhat viral(1.6 Million views currently). At least in my case, everyone that wanted to copy and steal it, did. I found it incredibly difficult to protect my copyright. I had to go so far as to hire a lawyer to protect my interests on YouTube. One company in ...


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If you store your images on an online repository, then just say “Sure!” and then just provide them with a link to the repository where you store them. But ensure that it is one where they will have to pay to download or pay to view anything larger than a large size thumbnail! It will be very bold of someone to come back to you and ask for it to be given to ...


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The only reason I can think of is if you need to make some extra spending on something. Pay an extra assistant, re purchase a flying ticket, hiring a backup photographer because that date was already taken by another client. If that is the case, talk to your client about the situation. If not, I think you could just be understanding and change the date on ...


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In addition, unless you lit each subject with exceptionally flat frontal lighting, your composite shot will have two apparent key-light sources which do not affect all of the subjects. In other words, it will look weird, even if the viewer can not place their finger on exactly why.


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From a content perspective Last time I had a photoshoot, I asked the company to flip some pictures. They firmly refused because it would not be 'good'. I don't know the rationale other than 'it looks less natural', but I guess it is safe to say that flipping would be a compromise on quality. From a business perspective This brings us to the business ...


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It can be stock, or they will ask the company to supply an image, it depends. I know this because I had a photographer friend who posted a Groupon and they didn't provide him enough time to produce a sample image, so instead they just posted a stock image. He was upset by this so he asked them to replace it with one of his own. I am sure it is on a case by ...


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agreed. The first step is to be able to make consistently great photos, and then display them where potential buyers can see them. but there's no shortcut to the technical quality and vision within the images. My second thought on this is simple: don't. Just enjoy taking photos. Why? Because there are a zillion other people trying to get into the same ...


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In my experience, it doesn't make much difference if you don't put much effort put into advertizing and promotion. I am with Fine Art America and I've sold a handful of photos but only one was a random buyer; the rest were friends of friends on Facebook and word of mouth. (I spent some money on advertizing on Google (which sucked) and Facebook (which was ...


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Sighting J Lance's answer from your previous question "Are photo releases necessary when using event photos in my portfolio?" The same holds true here. If in a public place, the "public" has no right to stop you from publishing work. Guardians of a minor may withhold names out of protection or fear, but you have every right to photograph them. When I'm ...


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You should charge an appreciable percentage of the fee when booking the wedding to hold the date. You should specify in the contract signed at that time that the balance for your base fee is due prior to the wedding. Any variable charges beyond that will be based on prints, books, etc. ordered in addition to your base package and should be paid in full at ...


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So, your employee acted in a completely unprofessional manner and caused the venue to charge the couple extra. Of course you should pay it, along with an apology to the couple for the inconvenience caused.


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What to charge is the least of your worries. Although it is a little late for this now, the best preparation for shooting weddings is to shoot several weddings as a second shooter for an experienced wedding photographer. Although you probably won't do everything the same way as your mentor does, you will get some very good exposure to what to expect when ...


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