How to Make Money Taking Pictures

It should be simple. Take pictures. Make money.

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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Time Management

Time Management KRISTEN (QUESTION):  Hi Phil! I have a question, regarding time management. My annoying tendency is if I say we are shooting for a half hour we end up doing close to a full hour anyways. How do you stay strict with the time limits you have set, without seeming like a jerk when you have

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Depth of Field

Depth of Field   JEFFREY (QUESTION): In this image, how did you get the shallow depth of field between the face and the rest of the body? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): Jeffrey, I shot this photo (above) at an aperture of f/2.5, which is a really shallow depth of field (especially on a 135mm lens like I

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Upgrading your Camera

Upgrading Your Camera JOHNNY (QUESTION): Alright, question time. If I were going to start saving for a new camera that would be more on the professional end, what would you recommend for upgrading your camera? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (RESPONSE): What do you have now? JOHNNY (RESPONSE): Nikon D80. I was thinking about switching to Canon. I know the

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The Camera Toss

  The Camera Toss ADRIENNE (QUESTION): How do you do this camera toss?! What if you drop your camera?! PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): Adrienne, I never drop my camera. That’s why it’s called the $3000 trick! And to accomplish the camera toss, you need to do a few things: 1) Own a full frame camera with a fisheye lens (you can find

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Shooting With a 50mm Lens

Shooting with a 50mm Lens AMY (QUESTION): I got a nice canon 50mm for Christmas and it takes great shots.  What I don’t like is I’m not able to take shots up close because there’s no zoom.  So backing up so far from my subject (at a cafe) for example is tricky.  Any tips? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND

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Branding Yourself

Branding Yourself MAYRA (QUESTION): My mentor said to find a style, I have to find a brand! What do you think about that? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): I have some thoughts about that, and I kind of disagree. It’s like telling Brad Pitt in his first year of acting that he has to know what

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9 Tips For Being the BEST Second Photographer

How to be the best Second Photographer Katie (QUESTION): Phil, I have my first second photographer job at a Santa Barbara Courthouse wedding this Friday! Have any advice on being a top notch 2nd shooter? Phillip Van Nostrand (ANSWER): AWESOME! Yes I do have some tips: 1) Remind them to sync camera times with you at the

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Charging for Pictures — When to Start?

When to Start Charging for Pictures LAUREN (QUESTION): How do you judge if you’re good enough to start charging other people for pictures? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): I love this question! I guess my first gig happened because someone offered to pay me! So I didn’t begin by charging others, someone literally asked me to shoot

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How to Make Money Taking Pictures – Best Camera Accessories

Best Camera Accessories LAUREN (QUESTION): What is the first photography accessory would you recommend getting, besides a camera? PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND (ANSWER): I think a good solid flash is the best accessory to your camera. By using a flash, you open yourself up to a whole other world of photography, and you can start doing

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