I specialize in making money with my one and only skill.
If you want to make money from photography leave /p/ forever, the 3art5me photos that this shitty board rates so highly do NOT make money, they are valued by no one and no one gives a shit about /p/s wow great capture street film snapshits (unless you are Eric Kim).
I am here to give practical advice on photography BUSINESS.
>>2749481 I'm starting to really believe this. I think I take "good", techinically proficient photos but I still haven't managed to ever find work. I don't want to say "pander", but maybe separate artistic pursuits from a "career"?
I'm probably not making any sense. Basically I'm a competent photographer that probably doesn't take the pics necessary to attract clientele for portraits or events based on what the average consumer likes. Also, I'm not retarded but probably don't quite have "business sense".
>>2749295 >>2749295 How in the fuck do I remove all the fucking noise in my raw photos and add some more of the original Colour? I've been editing this picture of a model posing on a runway but her eyeshadow does not show in the raw pic and I can't make it visible. Also there are so many little grains but turning up the luminescence simply blurs out other features I need like the folds in her dress. Also I need a way to bring more wariness to the Colour of her skin but turning up vibrancy just makes her more yellow.
Pls help an amateur student who didn't bother to listen in photo composition class.
Other advice on fashion photography is greatly appreciated. I usually just bum around at 12-3am taking grainy ass pictures of buildings and stuff because that's what I enjoy, fashion is something entirely new to me that I really enjoy doing.
>>2750563 Not photography but business question: I work with my father in a family business. I started saving up money on my hobby which turned into saving money for education (STEM degree in connection with the family business). The tuition fee is due next month. My father as business partner regularly asks for the money I make in the business including my savings to spend it on bad business decisions and tonnes of his own debts. Right now he wants my education funds I try to keep separately. I don't want to give it up to him and he is quite angry right now. What do?
>>2750589 Not op, but get the idea of an upsell out of your head.
Say you shoot a wedding. You sit down with the client before hand and go through packages/options and variously set expectations. Once they agree on a package (that generally includes some number of prints), and how the service will take place (e.g. multiple days? is the rehearsal dinner included, posed shots before the service, after the service, on a different day), you'll either take payment in full (best idea) or a deposit.
All pictures get taken, you do a cull and post process a bunch, then deliver them the proofs. They select what gets printed per the original agreement, and you include like a flier with pricing if they want to increase the number of prints (which you'll often tell them about during the original package negotiations because sometimes they get tied up on what print package to take and it takes a lot of pressure off if you can tell them "hey, just pick a smaller one for now, and after you get the proofs, you can still order more"). When the finished products are delivered you give them information on how to reorder prints.
If you find yourself trying to squeeze clients for more money after the initial deal is set in almost any other way, you're going to get a bad reputation in a hurry. One of the biggest things about being in the service sector these days is managing expectations. The best way to do this by being open, clear, and upfront about the things that will cost money.
>>2749521 Go to pinterest and search for things like "wedding photography" "senior picture" etc. Look at the stuff that gets pinned. If you want to make money consistently, do something along those lines.
>>2750613 I'm planning to leave the business and start on my own in a far away country but I need the degree first. So far I could hold on to my hard earned money because my acknowledgment is needed to transfer it, otherwise he would've taken it earlier. I only have to put up with his shit for 3 more years and I'm gone.
>>2750623 Yeah, I know it is pretty grim but I pay my education from this. Without me in half of the situations my dad is helpless so he knows I'm needed which gives me a bit of ground, plus I am performing well at the uni. On the first opportunity I will have to stand on my own I will leave, there is no question about it and venting on this made me even more sure.
>>2750597 With this method there are two instances you are upselling. At the initial agreement you can set your price for your work. That flyer afterwards is already a useful tool if they really love your photos. If you squeeze them it's pretty desperate, but you are informing them what their money is worth. If you can provide them more value for what theyre paying, then you can walk out with perhaps a little extra in your pocket and satisfied customers.
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