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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

At the sort of geeky/cosplay events you describe a good solution might be to wear a T-Shirt which addresses the issue. Here's an example I found with a quick search. This should do a few things. To ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

It's not the camera they have to take seriously: it's you. Get past the shyness. You're all fans/reenactors together, you already have an instant bonding point. Appreciate the costume work they've ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I'm going to throw lots of ideas at a wall and make them stick. But changing cameras because it doesn't look the part is wrong. Use what is right for you. Start with an introduction, and offer to ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

The models are obviously seeking maximum exposure. They'll assume the people with several thousands worth of camera gear on them will be selling/providing the shots to magazines, big blogs, etc. ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I don't think it's about how people view your camera, it's about how people view you. If you're using an X-T2 and a 55/1.2 lens, it's quite enough for portraiture and the camera is capable of ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Other than adding a battery grip or flash, you can't really make the camera larger, so it seems to me that your best options are to either prevent your subjects from judging the camera, or challenge ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you want the ultimate in recognition (whether rightly or wrongly) of being the baddest pro at the geekfest, get a couple of friends to be "assistants" and be your "voice activated light stands." ...
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Where does the term "Say Cheese" come from?

In France they don't say "cheese", but rather "ouistiti", which is the French for a kind of monkey I believe. These prompts are simply a way to get people's mouths into a "smiling position". How "...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Consider using an off-camera flash, with a portable flash modifier. I was helping my Dad take portraits of my mom at a Christmas lights show at night. I put a radio trigger on his, and acted as a ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Cosplay as a "professional photographer" Yeah this is going to sound silly, but buy a photography vest, wear a camera backpack. Use a double-sling with a couple of ancient —but huge— DSLRs ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

How can I get models (attendees) to take me more seriously as a photographer with a small camera? If by "models" you've meant "people who don't know me" the answer sadly is: You can't. Try to see ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Get a fake, cheap, big but light plastic camera and carry it around in addition to your actual camera. You'll make a better impression and get more chances to shoot. By the time they realize the ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I would suggest you print a few of your best images and show your portfolio to the middle and ask them if they can pose that well? let them see what you can do. I get the same attitude holding a "...
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Where does the term "Say Cheese" come from?

People like their portrait when they are depicted smiling. Uttering words with the long ‘e’ sound does the trick. Watch the birdie and booby and cheese forces us to show our teeth with a smile.
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you have a tablet, you could use it to carry a portfolio with samples of your work. A smartphone would work as well, but the screen is a bit too tiny... (and a tablet looks more professional ;) ). ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I was going to write this as a comment but, answers should be answers. It's not your camera. It's your attitude. You need to change your verbiage and be a bit mean. It will make you feel like an ass ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you have problems with getting the full attention of your model: Try to get in a small conversation and also show them your portfolio, if you convince them with your work, than they will not think ...
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Is photographing a couple's love story from when they get engaged to when they have a family considered a niche? From engagement to wedding to family

It’s not so much a niche. It is more repeat business with established clients. Long term relationships are great, and you might be able to photograph a child’s first day of school, yearly holiday ...
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Where does the term "Say Cheese" come from?

I believe the use of "cheese" in the phrase is because of the position it puts the subject's mouth in. Mouth the word "cheese" slowly and you will notice that the ending "e" or "uh" sound puts the ...
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How can I get my portrait subjects to look natural and drop the cheesy smile?

Do as Elliot Erwitt did! (does? He's 92) Carry a bicycle horn in the pocket of your coat. Use it when you need it!
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Consider a flash mounted on a flash bracket (say screwing onto the camera's tripod mount) so the flash is located to one side of (and often somewhat above) the camera's centre line. The flash mount ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

A couple of people have commented that carrying something that resembles a press pass might help. But, why not get an actual press pass? In the UK press passes tend to be taken seriously, and, as ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

You've gotten a lot of good answers but one particular thing nobody has mentioned already: Offer to pay for their time. "Excuse me, I'd love to get a few quick shots and would be happy to pay you for ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I went to the one in Dallas a couple years ago, with a Sony alpha 6000 that’s as small as most micro four thirds. I didn't have any trouble getting people to stop for pictures, and often got, “yea, ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

How can I get models (attendees) to take me more seriously as a photographer with a small camera? There's a famous phrase: "clipboard mentality". In the 1990s, projectors started to become more ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

petite girl with a 'tiny' camera This could be your differentiator/gimmick - you may even be able to get angles not possible for the dinosaurs. Problems are benefits. It seems you need to look ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

What could work: Get some outmoded and/or defective, but impressive looking gear cheaply, and carry it prominently on yourself - but USE the small camera giving some handwave-ish technical reason why ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Get a vest made of net (for coolness, both sensens) with lots of pockets. Call up some camera repair people & tell them you are looking for a cheap but impressive looking telephoto lens & that ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

That's how marketing works: if you want customers, you have to show them what they want to see. If your models care about is how big your camera is, then getting a bigger camera is the easiest way to ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

The MagBounce is similar to the card-bounce diffuser that was proposed by Rafael, but it's a commercial product instead of something that has been bent from paper and therefore will surely not ...
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