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"The quickest way to make money from Photography is to sell your camera"

Noticeably in the past few weeks, more and more people seem to be speaking up and making noise at the fact that aren't making money from their photography. There's no doubt about it - Photography starts out as a hobby. You don't one day pick up a camera and decide that you are going to be a pro and get given your first paycheck. It's one of those unique hobbies where you get a gentle introduction around age 10 with your first proper camera (haha) and the rest is History. Whatever you make it really.  You can't say that about most professions.

Putting yourself out there is something I've been trying to hammer home the past week, you'll have noticed my ramble if you read last weeks edition of Photography weekly. Getting paid for it is another matter. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices. Sometimes, you might not get paid for what you do. You can always wrangle something from a photo shoot be it a mention on a website, name spread by word of mouth, whatever. It doesn't always have to be money, getting known is far more important.

If you want to make fast money from Photography though - chances are your only option to begin with is to sell your camera ;)

Community Relations News

New Faces have joined the team which means new people to go and bother!
International Woman's Day happened yesterday and there is a blog celebrating all the articles written by Community Volunteers for the occasion.

General Photography News

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and ScENeYmE


:bulletblack:ScENeYmE has written the latest article Photography Discovered! Have you checked out the Discovery Tool?

:bulletblack:Women's Day is an article that explores art from the Photography gallery that features all sorts of women from across the world.
Woman by novembermistake

Don't forget Photography -> Darkroom is still looking for a CV! So check out FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt? and apply if you're interested!


:new: Community Volunteer xbastex

Battle by xbastex
xbastex has joined the team to take care of Photo-journalism. So do you have a few suggestions for daily deviations? Send Photo-journalism his way - he doesn't bite! His guidelines can be found on his front page.

Eat It! by MattInABox The woman who lost her memory, by iNeedChemicalX love my new life by ahmedwkhan    

Abstract & Surreal

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

International Women's Day Feature is an article that features female Abstract and Surreal Photographers across deviantART.


:bulletblack:The Man Who Didn't Know He'd Lost his Mind is another fantastic article from the Abstract and Surreal Community.
"What can I tell you you haven't heard a hundred times
About the man who didn't know he'd lost his mind?"

:bulletblack:Abstract Photography - Minimalism is an excellent article put together by daisicalolliwog exploring Minimalist Art with some beautiful examples.
day by day.. by tuminka
Illusions 2 by MayaVogrin

Urban, Rural and Architecture

Community Volunteer fritsenator

It's Urban, Rural and Architecture Photography week over at projecteducate so be sure to pop over and join the group for all the latest updates! Here's a peek at what's happened so far...
Architecture Photography
Urban and Rural Photography
Exploring Architecture
San Francisco, Golden Gate by alierturkFoggy Retreat by Oer-Wout

Project Educate - Your Turn...Again!

Next week is a Community based week again and if you want to write an article, share info about a group or generally educate the community in some way, shape or form then it's not too late to get involved! Just send me a note! Here's a preview of what you can expect next week:
:bulletblue: Photography Based Contest
:bulletblue: Educational blogs from  Talty exploring Food :la: and Polymer Clay
:bulletblue: Typography Features
:bulletblue: An Interview with bebefromtheblock
:bulletblue: White Balance Tips and Hints
Plus much more!

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

The Power of Ideas is a special edition article written by DemonMathiel in honour of Women's Day.

heavy words by DarkGomoI will keep an eye out for you by thedaydreaminggirl

Horror, Macabre and...Cosplay

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

Check out March Madness if you have any suggestions to help pullingcandy do the A, B, C's of Cosplay!

Serenade me Sinister this time around uses Disturbia by Rihanna.
Crazy by breathingxsymphonies
Where is the light? by DaughterofHermes

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

Friday Night Specials is out again so pull up a chair and have a browse of some fantastic street photography work.
shot by LauraSto
Mothers help by sandas04

Spotlight Group

autumn jewels by Orwald
Following on from Last week's tutorial on Bokeh - I am introducing Beautiful-Bokeh a group run by two amazing photographers that has been created purely for bokeh lovers.
#4 Evening by Smertushka
Blue Bell Ice Cream by MinhMonsterful

Spotlight Artist

here I am by MartinAmm
This week we're focusing on Animals, Plants and Nature for our spotlight artist. I'd like to introduce MartinAmm who is a photographer based in Germany.
lamella by MartinAmm
red veined darter II by MartinAmm
liverleaf by MartinAmm
Pleiades by MartinAmm

I was lucky enough to stumble across his work after popping over to dAPN this morning. Coincidentally I found that their monthly theme is Green Check out This Blog for more info!

Deviants to Check Out This Week

BritLawrence has some fantastic photography but this week her boyfriend brought this piece to my attention. Wonderful! :D

Go Boom by AFineWar
AFineWar has some absolutely beautiful photoshop actions to use with CS5.5 so it's well worth having a wander over and seeing if anything takes your fancy. Remember to stick to the rules ;)

Tip of the Week

Basic Portrait Lighting by KissMyHuman

This week the featured tutorial is about portrait lighting. I've had a quick look through it myself and it's actually incredibly useful!

Yagami Light by lucbecks
light slice by zieniu
Into the Light by miss-gidget

Mature Content

unbearable ease by ilcato

black sun by zenibyfajnie
festival by nurtanrioven
Lestat @ con' by Carancerth
Emily 2 by Enigma-Fotos
Jennet by mechtaniya

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

The Community Volunteer Team  - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D & ScENeYmE

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey

Architecture, Urban and Rural: fritsenator

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre: pullingcandy

Macro: hellfirediva

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

:new:Photo-journalism xbastex

Street: StamatisGR  

Groups to Check Out

:iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens: :iconabstract-high-key: :iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics:

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thedaydreaminggirl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much. :cuddle:
tuminka Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
nice journal!:) thanks a lot:hug:
nurtanrioven Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Photographer
thank you:heart:
Orwald Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much! :iconloveyouplz:
JimmyJaszczurka Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for featuring Beautiful-Bokeh Group :hug:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Photographer
you're doing a wonderful job here Katy! :#1:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Thanks for reading!
SLpImpressions Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
...or take stock photos...
thanks Katy for including me.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes excellent point!
Welcome :)
Enigma-Fotos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for featuring me :) :hug:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
miss-gidget Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feature~! :)
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Always welcome :)
MinhMonsterful Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for featuring me!
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, Katy! :heart:
Arichy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DemonMathiel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Photographer
:D :heart:
leelloor Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Photographer
thank you :heart:
TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
I agree with many of the points made in your journal about photography and selling photography and making a living from selling one's photos - I'd just like to add a few points to the discussion:

I believe there is a market for photographers trying to make a living out of their photography. However, many need to adjust their portfolios and sample types.

1)For example in South Africa and many other countries there are many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) holding various events such as the Red Cross children's annual Christmas party etc.

One way to start building up a sample portfolio - would be to join five of these organizations as a volunteer and start taking photos of these events and then updating these NGO's websites for them(with permission) with photos of the events, and then having a sample portfolio of this type means - one can go to other NGOs and show them this portfolio and they might start using one too, in exchange for payment.

Especially at the end of the year, since many NGO's do annual reports and the trend these days is that funders often want proof of workshops and other events in order to fund the organization again, if this organization knows one is dependable and one has built up a reputation with them at other events, they may just pay one, to lets say take some photos of their weekly workshops and the number of participants for these funder reports.

2) Another sample portfolio type is weddings. One can start just among one's family and friends and take very good photos of the guests, the bride and groom, the hall etc at family weddings, be very thorough.

One photographer I know, who now makes money off this - started out at weddings, and just taking wonderful photos at friends and relative's weddings. He was very good technique wise and eventually people would use his photos instead of even the official photographers for their albums. He was also very involved in the church and had a good reputation for taking lots of photos and was very dependable - so he got a lot of those last minute jobs - you know the official photographer hired let the family down, and the minister or someone would have him on call and say - oh just phone Ken - because he was so dependable and had such a good reputation and then he would go.

So the bottom line with weddings is to start at family and friends weddings, and become involved in one's church, mosque, synagogue, temple events in general.

And to make sure one takes lots of quality photos - for example the mother with the bride, the food, be available for the reception and any pre and post wedding events.

3) I was reading an article in a photography magazine about an interview with one of the top selling stock photographers and he gave a few interesting tips:

When asked why he was still making so much money, when there are plenty of free photography samples for upload on the web, he gave a few tips to aspiring photographers looking to make money off their hobby:

he said

* Be careful when taking a photo, that one doesn't feature popular brands prominently.

* For example one sets up a scene of a doctor facing a patient - this photo could be used for an awareness campaign such as an AIDS or a cancer awareness campaign or by a company selling medical supplies or equipment of some sort. However, this photo will be thrown away if the patient is wearing an item of clothing - lets say a T-Shirt - that is from a popular brand and this features prominently on the photo.

The people choosing this particular photo, wouldn't want to go with your photo since they are inadvertently advertising another brand, and themselves might receive complaints from this brand's company if they use it- many companies have strict rules regarding the use of their brand in images.

So debrand one's photos if one wants to sell them as general stock.

* Professionalism regarding models, when sending a portfolio to a company, make sure every picture featuring a model has a consent and release form from the model, no company wants to be stuck in the middle of a lawsuit from a model, if the photo was used without the model's permission.

Regarding minors this means permission from the minor, which is anybody under 18, AND very importantly their parents.

Attach these consent forms to the portfolio.

* Also model selection and choice - models for stock photography need to be attractive but not striking or gorgeous - they need to be what the photographer called "girl next door and boy next door types". For example the doctor patient scene - neither the doctor or the patient should be drop dead gorgeous since this would distract from the main purpose of the ad campaign for example.

4) Learn an image editing and manipulation software just the basic tricks- when starting out. Learn GIMP since its free, and then one can quickly edit photos on demand - just the basics for example cropping, adjusting curves etc so if a company - only wants a photo of a doctor then one can quickly edit an existing photo of a doctor and a patient and crop it to only show the doctor - so the company does not have to wait long.

Also for weddings this is very important since people often like diverse photos for their albums.

A friend of mine who is Hindu was saying that the big thing at her temple is one black and white photo in the wedding album amongst all the others. Since Hindu weddings are so colorful in terms of the flowers etc, it is nice to have photo that is in stark contrast to all the others, and this is the black and white dramatic one usually in the album.

And its quick for example in GIMP to desaturate and remove colour from a photo, if need be. So one could take all the photos in colour and then just desaturate, in order to provide diverse samples for wedding albums.

Also lastly just a note with regards to macro, bokeh and nature photography.

While these genres are popular, and often very beautiful in terms of samples - these genres are HIGHLY competitive and one is often up against established names in these industries.

So its important to be realistic when starting out - one might take an excellent macro photo or scenic natural photo and want to sell it to a nature magazine for example but one is up against many excellent samples of this genre and established names - so while not impossible, one has to be realistic about one's chances of selling one's photos when dealing with these specific genres.
iNeedChemicalX Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Thank you!!
RebeccaBrogden Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome feature :clap:
AFineWar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the feature. It means a lot to me.

There's some really great pictures/and info here, great article :D
Smertushka Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much for the featuring ^_^
I'm very appreciated!
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