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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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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

We have a couple of existing questions that might help. Take a look at When and how to use a push-on flash diffuser? regarding the plastic caps. They aren't really meant to be diffusers by themselves, ...
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Photographing people at work: What is your workflow for being invited or getting access?

The truth is that you're not going to get very far without arranging something with someone but there may also be some other limitations other than the initial arrangement. How to get access Phone ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

The options I'm thinking of must have some characteristics. Portable. Easy assembly. Must be attached to the speedlight (does not matter if the speedlight is on the camera or not) Can be held by 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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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?

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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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?

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?

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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How can I get my portrait subjects to look natural and drop the cheesy smile?

Assuming this is PORTRAIT photography (where you have one on one time with no event distractions): For very natural expressions, the thing I do is aim to make the subject feel SAFE (always). I mean: ...
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Adjustable group shot (add/remove people)

To do this, you'll need each individual to be easily extractable from their background and be able to place them in to another scene. You will want consistent, even and reproducible lighting, so you ...
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Timelapse for sticky notes

But I'm not sure how timelapse works. A time lapse movie is simply a sequence of photos taken over time, usually at regular intervals. What time frames should I keep? All of them, unless there ...
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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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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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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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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

That fstoppers Flash disc Rafael posted looks pretty neat. Another alternative might be a flash bender. If you don't mind carrying a bit more kit for a bigger light, you could go with a monopod + ...
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Options for flash diffuser for travel?

If you're actually going to go to the trouble of bringing off-camera lighting gear/triggers with you, then maybe a small softbox could be useful in some situations, but you do need to understand its ...
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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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How can I get my portrait subjects to look natural and drop the cheesy smile?

I'm shooting a lot with unexperienced models, and to get them more used to a shooting, I try to focus them on something else than the actual shooting. Of course, not every person reacts the same, but ...
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How do I get regular people to relax and not to overprepare having their portrait taken?

Your question has two aspects, how to prevent people from over-preparing for the shoot, and how to get them to relax during the shoot, so I will address each individually. Preparation: From what ...
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