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Learn to find the opportunities and make money with your digital camera

Most digital photo buffs have thought about turning their hobby into a side business, but building a successful business takes more than passion and photographic skill. Erin Manning knows how, and she shares her expertise in this nuts-and-bolts guide.

Manning, host of the DIY Network’s The Whole Picture, shows you how to identify and act on opportunities, make a business ...

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Overview

Learn to find the opportunities and make money with your digital camera

Most digital photo buffs have thought about turning their hobby into a side business, but building a successful business takes more than passion and photographic skill. Erin Manning knows how, and she shares her expertise in this nuts-and-bolts guide.

Manning, host of the DIY Network’s The Whole Picture, shows you how to identify and act on opportunities, make a business plan, and manage your business from day to day. Make Money with Your Digital Photography is also full of tips to help you improve your product.

  • Shows how to find opportunities to get paid for your photography and how to follow up on them
  • Helps photographers identify and prepare for pitfalls and problems they may confront
  • Packed with advice from the author's own experience in starting and building her own photography business
  • Explores popular genres, including wedding photography, shooting children's sports, and taking family portraits
  • Includes tips and tricks for improving your photos
  • Written by a successful photographer and host of DIY Network’s The Whole Picture

If you've considered turning your digital photography hobby into a money-making venture, Make Money with Your Digital Photography shows you how to get there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470474310
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,380,218
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Manning
Erin Manning is a natural entrepreneur who turned her passion for photography into a successful business. As a professional photographer, she specializes in lifestyle imagery for clients such as AT&T, Bank of America, and Disney.
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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 PERSONAL DISCOVERY.

My Journey.

In the beginning.

Progress.

Self-Evaluation.

Assessing interests, skills, and experience.

Current photography work.

Learning Curve.

Develop your creative eye.

Take classes.

Join photo groups.

Research the market.

Build a network.

CHAPTER 2 EQUIPMENT ESSENTIALS.

dSLR Cameras.

Image Storage.

Memory cards.

External hard drives.

Lenses.

Focal length.

Lens speed.

Lighting.

Flashes and strobes.

Continuous lights.

Manipulating light.

Tripods and Monopods.

Miscellaneous Camera Equipment.

Computer Equipment.

CHAPTER 3 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY.

Q&A with a Working Pro.

Essential Gear.

Before the Shoot.

Scouting locations.

Selecting props.

Working with wardrobe and makeup.

At the Shoot.

Connect with your subject.

Choose the best light.

Position your subject.

Capture candid moments.

General tips.

Photographing Babies, Kids, and Teens.

Photographing Groups.

CHAPTER 4 SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Lessons from a Part-Time Sports Photographer.

Essential Gear.

Before the Shoot.

At the Shoot.

General Tips.

Q&A with a Working Pro.

CHAPTER 5 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.

Q & A with a Working Pro.

Essential Gear.

Camera.

Lenses.

Lighting.

Before the Shoot.

At the Shoot.

Trends.

CHAPTER 6 FOOD AND PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY.

Q&A with a Working Pro.

Essential Gear.

Before the Shoot.

At the Shoot.

CHAPTER 7 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Q & A with a Working Pro.

Essential Gear.

dSLR camera and lenses.

Compact cameras.

Filters.

Tripods, monopods, and heads.

Laptop.

External hard drives and DVDs.

Geotagging.

Equipment bag.

Before the Shoot.

Travel planning.

Equipment security.

At the Shoot.

CHAPTER 8 SHOW ME THE MONEY.

Selling to Consumers.

Families.

Business portraits.

Actors.

Selling to Businesses.

Tapping the stock-photography market.

Pursuing publication work.

The fine-arts market.

Q&A with a fine-art agent.

Commercial advertising.

Entering contests.

CHAPTER 9 MARKETING.

Research the Market.

Local demographics.

Local competition.

Develop Your Brand.

Your style.

Your company name.

Your logo and other design elements.

Marketing Tools.

Business cards, letterhead, and other promotional print material.

Web site.

Blog.

Social media.

E-mail marketing.

Advertising.

Referrals.

Networking.

CHAPTER 10 DIGITAL DARKROOM.

Organize Your Images.

Selecting and editing.

Naming files.

Metadata.

Tagging.

Keywords.

Choose Software.

Enhance Your Images.

Image Handling Tips.

Preserve Your Images.

Print Your Images.

EPILOGUE.

APPENDIX A TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS.

APPENDIX B RESOURCES.

GLOSSARY.

INDEX.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    A Good Place to Start

    Professional photographer Erin Manning, host of the DIY Network program The Whole Picture, shares her expertise to help digital photographers turn their hobby into a business. The book covers topics such as how to identify and act upon opportunities, creating a business plan, managing the business, and many tips on how to improve one's photography.

    I especially appreciated the first chapter entitled Personal Discovery, which helps the reader evaluate personal interests, discover one's niche, and gives suggestions for improving one's expertise through classes and photo groups. Other chapters cover the topics of equipment, specific types of photography such as portraits, sports, weddings, food and product photography, and travel; business and marketing information, and tips for enhancing photos using photo software. The chapter on marketing gives tips for how to research a market, develop a brand, and market effectively. There is good basic information on developing a business plan, how to copyright one's work, and setting prices.

    While this book doesn't cover every detail one needs to know about starting and running a business, it is a good place to start for the basics and what one needs to consider as it pertains to photography. I think anyone who enjoys digital photography as a hobby and has considered turning it into something profitable will benefit from the information and the author's personal experiences as a photographer and businesswoman.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    A Great Manual for the Aspiring Photographer

    I thought this book was very precise and to the point for the aspiring amateur that wants to finally turn a hobby into a business. Easy to read with some great ideas. You won't be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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