How to Make Money Taking Pictures

It should be simple. Take pictures. Make money.

How I Shot The Cover of Rolling Stone: Year One

I had told my friends for a few years that I wanted to move to New York. At the time, I was working as a photographer in Santa Barbara and was doing well photographing weddings, shooting head shots, family photos, and students around town. I started visiting New York a couple times a year and

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Installing Presets in Lightroom 5

Installing Presets in Lightroom 5 Mayra (QUESTION): [A photographer] gave me his presets but I don’t know how to install presets. Phillip Van Nostrand (ANSWER): I can tell you how to install presets: 1) Click on Lightroom>Preferences>Presets 2) In the middle of the screen it should say “Show Lightroom Presets Folder.” Click on that. Phillip Van Nostrand

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Two ways to charge for your services

Terra (QUESTION): Can we discuss a price list and what I should charge for services like family sessions, family parties, individual portraits, and a friend’s underground band wants me to do a shoot for them as well? Phillip Van Nostrand (ANSWER): For all of those things, you have two options: one is easier to do and the

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The Biggest Photography Mistakes You Can Make

Lauren (QUESTION): What are some of the biggest photography mistakes you see photographers making, both business-wise and skill-wise? Phillip Van Nostrand (ANSWER): I think a big waste of time that I see people doing is playing around with edits a lot, trying vignetting, or vintage edits, playing with contrast, etc. I kinda wish someone had told me to

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Shooting Runway Fashion

Shooting Runway Fashion SARAH (QUESTION): Do you have any tips for shooting runway events outside? Should the images be tack sharp? Should I use a flash? I am shooting Aspen fashion week.   PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER):  Runway shows should be incredibly lit, so you don’t really have to do anything but pull the trigger. You should also

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Shooting for Fashion Bloggers

Shooting for Fashion Bloggers KATIE (QUESTION): With these fashion blog shoots, are they paying you?  If so, how do the bloggers make money? Is it from people wanting to advertise on their blog?   PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): No, I’m not getting paid. It’s all for the connections for me from the exposure on their blogs.

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Wedding Vendor Relationships

Wedding Vendor Relationships DENISE (QUESTIONS): Do you provide all your vendors with images? Do they refer you out? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): I do usually provide my vendors with images, but in the past my main source of referrals has been from brides and grooms (and sometimes their mothers). I think this is due to my personality type and

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Multiple Exposure 5D Mark III

Shooting Multiple Exposure on the 5D Mark III JESSE (QUESTION): How do you shoot multiple exposure on the Canon 5D Mark III? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): 1) On a Canon 5D Mark III,  press the button on the left with square and a paintbrush inside it, go to Multiple Exposure Mode, set it to On: ContShtng,

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Interior Photography

Interior Photography SHANNON (QUESTION):  Hi rockstar!  I recently accepted a job doing interior photography.  I will be photographing kitchens for a local cabinet maker.  As I mainly photograph people (and mostly outdoors), I wanted to see if you have any tips for interior photography.  I will probably be using my 17-55mm 2.8 lens as my other lenses

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What Fisheye Lens Do I Use?

Fisheye Lens BRIAN (QUESTION):  Hey Phillip, My name is Brian and I am the Curly photographer from Minnesota!! Love your work and energy! What kind of Fisheye lens do you use? I love the 3000 dollar trick and this sounds like a blast. Cheers! PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): Hey Brian! How are you? Nice to

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