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How To Shoot Macro Photos

by John Holbrook

Macro product photography can be extremely challenging, but also very rewarding. Commercial opportunities for high quality product close ups are strong and growing, both in print and online. In the following pages, I’m going to illustrate the techniques I’ve learned over the past several years doing commercial macro photography of wrist watches. Once you’ve mastered the challenges of photographing a wrist watch, you’ll be well prepared to do all manner of macro product photography.

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How To Make Money As A Photographer

by John Holbrook

I’ve done a considerable amount of freelance photography for the last several years. Most of the work that I’ve done has been related to the luxury wrist watch industry – though I’ve done a fair amount of work outside the watch industry, watches are my first love. I’ve done everything from catalog and ad photography for watch companies, as well as online watch dealers for their Web stores. Since watch companies tend to sponsor high profile sports and events, I’ve gotten the opportunity to do quite a lot of sports photography too – car races, motorcycle races, yacht races, and air races, among others. If it can be raced, I’ve shot it. I’ve done a couple of celebrity photo shoots here and there. And while it isn’t my strongest suite, I’ve even done a few weddings along the way. It’s all been very satisfying work and also very financially rewarding.

Clearly one doesn’t get as much work as I’ve gotten by not having a degree of talent. But I don’t attribute my success to being a great photographer. The truth is (and I’m not the least bit afraid to admit this), there are much better photographers out there. Unfortunately, it takes much more than talent to make money as a photographer. To be successful, you have to be able to effectively sell yourself. It doesn’t matter if you want to do wedding photography, sports photography, product photography or simply work for the local newspaper – you have to market and sell yourself and your talent. Here are some tips on finding and closing more paid work:

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How To Convert Color To Black & White

by Theano Nikitas

What you’ll need: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 ($99.99). For more information, go to www.adobe.com.

Black and white photography has been rapidly gaining popularity in the digital world in part because inkjet printers and papers can now produce excellent monochrome prints. At the same time, software manufacturers like Adobe are implementing improved black and white conversion features providing photographers with the tools to more easily create beautiful fine art prints, elegant portraits and stunning landscapes.

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How To Shoot Portraits

by Clive Branson

What’s so difficult about making a portrait? Just aim a camera and click. Simple, right? But how do you accomplish a great portrait? An image that breathes life. As a photographer, all our problems would be solved if we could simply ask, “Please move into a wonderful light and do something beautiful, meaningful and original,” but things just don’t work that way. In order to deal with real-life scenarios, I have listed below some tips that I believe will help making your portraiture a much easier task.

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