A&P How many of you are self taught and Making money from it?

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  1. flavin

    flavin Piss Off Hamburgler. This is my Chicken Sandwich!

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    How did you start and what steps did you take to get your foot in the door?
     
  2. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

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    that would be me


    I started by covering evetns for webpages and eventually magazines..right now I do lot of socials (which are boring as hell) and plenty of small concerts (which kicks major ass)

    I make some money but it really all goes backto more gear, so it will be a few more years till i can make it my only business.
     
  3. flavin

    flavin Piss Off Hamburgler. This is my Chicken Sandwich!

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    How did you start covering the events and mags? Apply or submit your work to them.
     
  4. alexromo

    alexromo New Member

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    I do

    Knew a photog and i randomly asked him, in a sarcastic way if he was hiring

    the rest is history
     
  5. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    yeah i'd say make friends with someone who can hook you up.
     
  6. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I've self taught myself on everything I know, but I also know I have a ton more to learn and can't hold a candle to people like mojito or Devin. I'm doing this as a business/hobby and doing my 3rd wedding this weekend. The more I do, the more I learn. I love it... and maybe one day I can do it for a living. :)
     
  7. W.Shatner

    W.Shatner New Member

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    Self taught as well and just banged away at it shooting whatever I could. Bands, sports, weddings. I shoot for a local paper now and do freelance for OHL teams and this weekend I'm covering the Memorial Cup with the CHL for them and CHL Prospects Magazine.


    It's all about persistence and connections.
     
  8. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Self taught and I charge via bags of rice. One 50 lb bag of rice buys you a 30 minute session.

    US dollar is so weak :(
     
  9. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    got payed for the first time to shoot a baseball game a few days ago. $500 for just going out there to practice.

    i pulled out the 40d+grip, and the 70-200 f2.8 IS with the 2x tele on it... parents came running up and throwing money at me.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Wait... you got paid $500 AND parents wanted pics? :eek3:

    I should try this. :big grin:
     
  11. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    That's what I plan on doing at gymnastic events after I get my 1 d mk lln :bigthumb:

    But I'm not self taught so I don't really belong in this thread.
     
  12. adamlewis88

    adamlewis88 New Member

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    <--- Self taught and making money.

    IMO, going to the big institutes or getting a PJ degree from a school isnt necessary. If youre willing to really learn and try hard, the only thing you get out of those big money institutions is connections (which do go a long way :hs:)
     
  13. BabelJoat

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    :wavey:
    i currently shoot for the theater and dance departments at my school, both of which have way too much money. occasionally i'll do sports

    had that happen to me while i was shooting tennis with a borrowed d70 and a 70-200 f2.8... even though i use canon :noes:
     
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    r00tman Archiver of LOLs

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    lol
     
  15. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I'm one of the few that isn't self taught. Either way can be good, bt IM you can't get as well rounded of an education and it would talk a whole lot longer if ever to develop as strong of a foundation. You also get a time to develop your style and practice all kinds of things.
     
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    I need something to get my foot in the door. Most of the stuff I shoot now is portraits for peoples myspace, or ideas i come up with and want to try out. I want to start making money at this though. I was scheduled for 2 weddings, but they both got canceled.
     
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    weddings got canceled or your job did?

    GET A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT NEXT TIME

    !!
     
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    weddings were canceled. they were both for people i went to highschool with. one has been postponed, and the other, i have no idea wtf is going on.

    they were MONTHS away, and I hadnt set a price for them yet. I just agreed to do them. so, no contract or deposit was ever made up.
     
  20. brasheye

    brasheye Rotary Crew

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    self taught, I get money but electrical engineer > photography as far as $$ goes. :hs:
     
  21. FusionZ06

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    For me I do the occasional portrait but that's about all :o

    The only other stuff I do is for websites.
     
  22. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    self taught.. make a little money sometimes...
     
  23. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    self taught here, but i think i'm going to try to shadow a family friend that is a professional photographer some this summer to learn more. then again, i don't really make money at this except taking a few portraits for next to no money :o
     
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    self taught and learning, constantly.

    made a little $ here and there, mostly shoot for myself.
     
  25. BluSpecs

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    I took some classes back in high school but otherwise I'm self taught.

    Its a constant learning experience. The best teacher for me is going out and actually shooting everything else is just theory.

    I make a bit of money selling prints, shooting theater and some portraiture
     

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