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  1. Fucker

    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    I'm making prints for the portfolio on a 9600. While I'm waiting, ask anything you like. I'll answer to the best of my ability in between prints.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    What do you shoot and how did you get started ?

    Shoot for yourself or for a company, etc ?
     
  3. Fucker

    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    Currently I shoot a lot of packaging. Mostly food. I got started in college shooting events for local celebrities. That was fun, cool parties & nice people. But the hours sucked so I moved into studio photography. I assisted a lot of photographers for several years, moved up the ladder and here I am.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Any tips on marketing yourself as a photographer, getting paid, etc ?
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Do you feel that photography in many areas has stagnated a bit in the creative department ?

    I get tired of seeing eleventy billion mediocre shots of the same thing the same way :mb: :mb: or pretty pictures that are also pretty boring.

    What's your take ?
     
  6. Fucker

    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    Yeah, the best thing you can do is hire a good agent to represent you. You have to give them a cut, but good agents are worth every penny.

    I would avoid source books like Workbook. I don't think many AD use them anymore. Figure out what your top images are and do a targeted direct mailer with your web address.

    Always insist on an advance. Get enough to cover your costs, usually 1/3 of the estimate (get 50% if they have '.com' in their name) up front. Usually it takes 30 to 60 days to get paid the balance.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Given that you've been in this field now, do you own most of your own tools and have your own studio space, or do you simply rent items as you need them ?
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Also, since you're in the studio environment, are you shooting MF/MF digital or large format for your images ?
     
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    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    Yes. All art is derivative, especially photography. I think there are a lot of so-so photographers making a decent living. Most of them shoot catalog stuff, so it's not especially creative anyway.
     
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    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    I forget to mention, THE most important business decision you make is hiring the right accountant. They can save your ass.

    The studio space is leased. Commercial property (unlike the housing market here) is cheap and easy to come by. The studio is Inc. so everything is owned by the studio. Sometimes the need to rent equipment comes up, but rarely. And that cost is passed along to the clients on the estimate.

    No film. Fully digital for the past few years.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    MF Digital ?

    Any experience shooting people for stuff like editorial / feature style portraiture or fashion photography ?

    I :dunno: i remember you shooting with broncolors, profotos ? :mb: :mb:
     
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    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    Sinarcam 43 with digital shutter. Usually in 4 pop capture mode. Though singles are pleanty clean to make huge enlargements. Depends on the application.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Ok, time to go... thanks for the thread :bowdown:
     
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    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    Sure. For fashion I put the back on my Hasselblad or use the 1Ds. Broncolor packs for color temp consistancy. They rock.

    You're welcome, good luck.
     
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    fade tie your shoe bitch

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    how hard is it to become a famous photographer?
     
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    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    It's almost impossible. Name 5 that anyone would know, still living.

    Good night OT.
     
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    fade tie your shoe bitch

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    im selling all of my cameras :wtc:
     
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    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    Besides, I'd rather be rich than famous. Rich is much easier.
     
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    :bowdown:
     
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    Can you teach us to be rich? Or just me... :)
     

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