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

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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Lens Baby 3G


It Stays Bent!

by Jeff Dorgay

If you’ve ever seen one of those really cool selective focus shots that wasn’t done in Photoshop and wondered how to pull it off, chances are really good it was shot with a Lensbaby. I can’t think of another photo accessory that’s taken the market so by storm in the last 10 years! No matter what you like to shoot, the Lensbaby will add another dimension to your photography. Much like the front element of a large format camera, the Lensbaby 3G is a multicoated two-element lens that can bend around on a small bellows. This allows you to vary the area of selective focus at will.

The Lensbaby 3G is available in all popular SLR and DSLR mounts and costs $270. They even offer a larger version for Pentax and Mamiya 645 users for $390, so if you are a medium format shooter, you can also take advantage of the 3G. It is a fully manual lens and has no electronic connections at all.

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EPSON PictureMate Zoom


The Prints Just Keep Popping Out!

by Tony Gomez

Printing snapshot images has just gotten a whole lot easier with the release of Epson’s newest printing wonder— the PictureMate Zoom. It’s a snapshot printer that prints high-quality images directly from your digicam’s memory card, and it takes literally no time at all to do so.

The Epson PictureMate Zoom ($199.99 MSRP) is actually the flagship model of two PictureMate series printers. The Zoom model has all the features of the less expensive Dash model ($99.99 MSRP), plus it adds a CD-ROM burner (more on that later).

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The Digital Deluge


Making Sense of the Selection
by Gregory Scoblete

Originally published in the February 2008 issue of Digital Photographer

If the digital camera market was a restaurant, it would be an all-you-can-eat buffet. In the recent wave of digital camera introductions there is literally something for everyone, and every budget. Just be careful not to gorge yourself.

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