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SNAPSHOT - PHOTO NEWS FROM BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
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IN THIS ISSUE - Sunday, January 09, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: Still Time to Sign Up for Winter Online Classes!
* BETTERPHOTO: BetterPhoto's Contest: Some Keys to Success!
* BETTERPHOTO: Book of Month: Bryan Peterson's Learning to See Creatively
* FEATURED GALLERY: Focusing on Cats, Cats, and More Cats!
* FEATURED PLACE: Focus on the Grand Canyon
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Picture Potential / Early Camera Feature
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Styling Models for Stock Photography ... By Charlie Borland
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Buying a New Digital Camera
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Bridal Gowns on Sunny Days
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Flash Bracket with a Fuji S7000 Camera?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Where to Find Used Equipment
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: How to Start a Studio and What Software to Get
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Advice on Buying Lens for My Camera
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: A Line Across Autofocus Points
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Taking Photos from TV
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Studio Lighting
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Shooting Action in Low Light Indoors
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Which Film Camera is Suitable for a Beginner?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 12: Lenses for the Canon 20D
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 13: White vs. Black Matting on Black and White Photos?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 14: Indoor 35mm Film
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Missing Wedding Photos
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 2: Marketing Question


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 194th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Once again, lots of fantastic news at BetterPhoto! Our winter session of online courses has just begun, and it's our best schedule ever. But there's still space available. Check out our awesome lineup of classes at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/photocourses/categories.asp

"Styling Models for Stock Photography" is the latest Photo Tip by instructor and stock expert Charlie Borland. See his valuable advice below.

Why do some contest photos win, and others do not? Well, that is a very good question ... and, in fact, we actually have some answers! See the item below.

Also in this issue of SnapShot, check out the Featured Gallery (cats!), the Featured Place (Grand Canyon), Photo Trivia, and yet another tremendous collection of questions and answers.

That's it for now. Enjoy this SnapShot ... and happy shooting!
Jim Miotke
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BetterPhoto's Contest: Some Keys to Success!
Know the ropes. Look sharp. Get creative. Don't distract the viewer. Those are just some of the contest judging criteria that we use here at BetterPhoto. These guidelines are by no means comprehensive, of course, but they should give you a nice start in the right direction. Check out our "How to Win a Photo Contest" page at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/guidelines.asp

Having a good handle on the course categories is important too. For instance, this month's theme for the contest is Renewal - and, as always, it applies only to the monthly theme category. For a rundown of all 10 contest categories (with samples of previous contest winners), go to:
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Book of Month: Bryan Peterson's Learning to See Creatively
Our online store showcases the fantastic books and DVDs from our staff of BetterPhoto instructors. For January, we put the spotlight on Bryan Peterson's awesome book, "Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography (Revised Edition)." If you buy this fine book before the end of January, you will receive free U.S. shipping. Best yet, it's autographed by Bryan! Learn more at:
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Bryan also teaches three excellent online courses here at BetterPhoto: Understanding Exposure and Learning to See Creatively (both 8-week classes), and the One-Year Stock Photography Course Extension. For details on these courses, go to:
http://www.betterphoto.com/online-photography-courses.asp

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FEATURED GALLERY
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Focusing on Cats, Cats, and More Cats!
Check out BetterPhoto's galleries and contest, and you'll see how pet-loving photographers have captured cats. BP members and instructors have recorded such an amazing variety of photos, showing this amazing animal at play, on the prowl, in interactions with people, and in all sorts of other photogenic poses. The images include not only head-to-paw portraits, but also dazzling close-ups of noses and eyes. See our cat gallery at:
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FEATURED PLACE
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Focus on the Grand Canyon
One of the U.S. Southwest's grand showplaces - Grand Canyon National Park - is a scenic magnet that attracts tourists from around the globe. A quick check of photos by BetterPhoto members and instructors will show you why: broad landscapes in beautiful light, white-water rafters battling the river, and a variety of other images. Check out BetterPhoto's Grand Canyon gallery at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=1200

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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
The term "photo op" was coined in 1976 to describe ... what?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Randy Kinney is:
A photographic opportunity.

Editor's note: Thanks, Randy, that is definitely correct! And here is more from BP member Rumiana Koynova-Tenchova:

    A photo op, short for photo opportunity, is a planned event that results in a memorable and effective photograph. It is usually thought to be related to politicians who do things such as caress kids, plant trees, or visit senior citizens centers, often during election campaigns, with the intent of photographers catching the events, thus generating good publicity.



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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Early Camera Feature - entered by BetterPhoto member John Sandstedt

What was the camera that first offered a view of the lens aperture in the viewfinder?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Styling Models for Stock Photography ... By Charlie Borland
Be sure and use current clothing, props, eyeglass frames, cell phones, and other things that will date a picture. Keep these things in mind when you are planning the styling of your photos. Fashions become dated and obsolete very quickly. More traditional colors, Reds, yellows, greens, blues, and grays have a much longer life span than the trendy colors. I believe that red is the color of eternity as it is a color that has always worked, always will work, and is a safe bet for making a subject stand out. However, keep current with the publications you are shooting stock for and find what they are buying and stick close to that.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Buying a New Digital Camera
I am looking to buy a digital camera, and I've been reading a lot of online reviews but they're just making my head hurt. I was hoping for a real live person to make some suggestions for me. I'm looking to spend between 200 and 300 dollars, and the most important things to me are image quality, having a good zoom, and compactness, probably in that order. Any recommendations would be VERY much appreciated! Thanks, Stacy
- Stacy

ANSWER 1:
Stacy,
Here are good choices for your budget:
Minolta Dimage Z2 (4 MGPXLS 10X Optical Zoom )
Fuji FinePix S7000 ( 6.3 MGPXLS 6X Optical Zoom )
Nikon Coolpix 4300 ( 4 MGPXLS 3X Optical Zoom )
Olympus C-770 ( 4 MGPXLS 10X Optical Zoom ) -- Visit Broadway Photo (bwayphoto.com) or Email: info@bwayphoto.com
- Buddy Purugganan

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NEW QUESTION 2: Bridal Gowns on Sunny Days
I recently used my Canon Digital EOS Rebel to shoot pictures at an outdoor wedding on a very sunny day. I had difficulty finding the right exposure when photographing the bride - her gown was always too bright. Please give me advice on how to find the correct exposure when photographing brides on very sunny days.
- Leslie L. Ly

ANSWER 1:
A white dress exposed to a bright sun is typically 2 stops more reflective than neutral gray.
Digital cameras have exposure latitudes that are similar to slide film (or so I've read), so it would be difficult in bright sunlight to get skin tones right, along with a properly exposed white dress.
If possible, find an area in the shade and shoot your formal pictures there. If no shade is available, try to position the subjects with the sun high, but behind them. This would place the front of the bride's dress (facing you) in shadow, and bring the exposure extremes to a more tolerable level. In this scenario, you should meter off the bride's face.
(Note: Try not to include any of the distant sky in the frame, as it will likely be over-exposed.)
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 3: Flash Bracket with a Fuji S7000 Camera?
I have a Fuji Finepix S7000 camera. Can I use a strobe-a-frame to get the flash off the camera? If so, what brand of flash should I buy? Thanks.
- Linda R. Baker

ANSWER 1:
Linda,
There should not be any problem using a frame. I use one with the Fuji S2. I like the Sunpak line of flashes, and I own four. Look at the Sunpak 120J system. It is the flash and battery combination. It cost about $300.00. You will need a conversion plug adapter - $10.00 - and a Sunpak Nikon Dedicated Module (NE-1AF) - $75.00 - it is a TTL (through-the-lens) unit. I like this unit, because it gives me the versatility to use it as a straight flash. and I can use it as a bare-bulb flash. The battery allows me to shoot about two shots before I have to change batteries or recharge the one I am using.
Hope these ideas are helpful.
- Doug Elliott

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NEW QUESTION 4: Where to Find Used Equipment
Does anyone have used equipment to sell or where to find some used equipment? Like background or props? Any ideas on this subject? Thanks for your help.
- Tim

ANSWER 1:
Tim,
Here is one source:
http://www.keh.com/hmpg/index.cfm
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 5: How to Start a Studio and What Software to Get
I want to start a portrait studio in my town! But where do I begin? I've been in touch with SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration). But they need the layout of what equipment I need. So can anyone give me some ideas of what kind of studio equipment to get, and if there is a place that sells used equipment? I'm going to be doing both digital and film, but mostly digital. Can you point me in the right direction. Thanks for the help!
- Tim

ANSWER 1:
Tim,
There are lots of places to buy equipment, and most large city camera stores carry it. I have to ask if you have experience at taking portraits and running a studio? Trust me, it is a monumental task - not unlike opening an auto shop, where you gotta know how to work on cars.
It also depends on what type of work you are going to do. Do you plan on weddings also? You will not only needs lights, but stands, umbrellas, soft boxes, a background system, painted backgrounds, posing tools, props, and your camera gear. Clients may not want digital, so you will need a film setup also. Then your digital darkroom, color-corrected computer monitors, film scanners, a printer setup, and the software to make it all run. Calumet sells a good chunk of the photo stuff. Good luck!
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 6: Advice on Buying Lens for My Camera
I am looking to buy a Canon Rebel G film SLR. I am hoping to buy on ebay. Question is: Should I stick with the Canon lenses? Am I OK with the "generic" lens? I do take a lot of pictures. Any help would be great!!
- Stephanie Moyer

ANSWER 1:
I'd recommend buying a new EF 50mm f/1.8 off someplace like bhphoto.com or calumetphoto.com. This lens only runs for $75, and it is a wonderful performer on any Canon body. I've seen it used on the most recent film and digital SLRs and achieve wonderful results all the time. You'll even be able to use 100 or 200 speed film without worry.

Don't worry too much about the lack of a zoom. You'll learn to zoom with your feet, and it will teach you to see creatively. The 50mm is also much, much sharper than any low-end zoom lens. If a zoom is crucial to your work, I'd recommend spending about $230 and getting the EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens, I have it myself, and it is incredible.
Hope this helps, and good luck!
- Alex Cabrall

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NEW QUESTION 7: A Line Across Autofocus Points
Hi all,
I was just wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar, or can explain what my problem might be. I bought a Canon EOS 300v with a twin lens kit - 25-90 and 90-300mm lenses - about 6 months ago. I hadn't noticed any problems with it. Just recently I've looked through the lens to see a small "hair"-like line across one of the autofocus points. It's hard to explain, and I'm probably lucky to have seen it, because it's quite fine and light. But now that I know it's there, it sticks out very badly. I've got a roll of film in my camera and not sure what to do.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I love that camera and lucky enough it's still under warranty, but what are my chances of getting it repaired/ replaced???
Thanks :PP
- Ben

ANSWER 1:
If the "hair" appears no matter which lens you use, then it's on the mirror or the focus screen above it and will not appear in the photos.

Do not touch the mirror or focus screen, and do not use lens cleaning solution or lens tissues on them. These are very fragile and are do not have protective coatings like the lens does. Besides being very easily scratched, the silvering on the mirror could be damaged.
Use a blower brush (not compressed air, which could damage the shutter curtains) to gently remove the hair.
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 8: Taking Photos from TV
How can I take photos from the TV using a digital camera and a normal camera?
- Abdulmoneim Mahmoud

ANSWER 1:
Abdulmoneim,
Shoot in a dark room, and set your camera's shutter speed at 1/30 and set your f/stop according to your camera's meter setting. American television sets refresh their screen every 1/30th of a second.
Hope this idea is helpful.
Doug
- Doug Elliott

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NEW QUESTION 9: Studio Lighting
I'm thinking of purchasing new lighting gear, because I want to delve into more portrait photography. I already deal with lighting in my current job, which is video production. The lights we use are tungsten. When purchasing a lighting kit for photography, are the lights for studio work automatically 5600k or are they 3200K? Or do you specify when you buy the lights? I'm asking because the lights are tungsten, I'll always have to use a filter for color, and I can't see having to do that all the time.
Also, any suggestions about what lights to get for a first light kit? Thanks...
- Angie M. Nemanic

ANSWER 1:
Hi Angie,
Most strobe lights are around 5500K when you buy them and that is what you want to get as well so you don't have to filter. I do not know of any strobes that come at 3200K, but I do have to occasionally convert my strobes to 3200K to match the ambient light at a location. There are tons of good lighting out there, and ask 10 people for opinions and you will get 10 different answers. I use Norman powerpacks with heads in the studio and White Lightning Mono Lights on the road. I love these lights and was able to get discounted packages for students in my lighting course. Good Luck!
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 10: Shooting Action in Low Light Indoors
I'm looking for equipment suggestions for my Nikon D70. I'd like to shoot some dog agility at local indoor fairgrounds buildings. Lighting is terrible, and flash not permitted. I've tried w/a 80-200 f2.8, but the pics were still too noisy w/shutter speed set high enough to stop the action. Tried adjusting ISO lots, but still not satisfied. Anyone else doing this?
Thanks, Tracy.
- TRACY WILLIAMS

ANSWER 1:
Tracy,
If you can't use flash, can you use hot lights? If you can, why not set up a set of lights that will allow you to add light and allow you to get the shots you like? The club might enjoy having extra lighting. If you can put them up high so they shine down, you can get great shots without any noticeable shadows. I would suggest 500 to 1,000 watt halogen units.
Hope this idea is helpful.
Doug
- Doug Elliott

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NEW QUESTION 11: Which Film Camera is Suitable for a Beginner?
I'm a beginner in photography. I would like to buy one film camera. Would you please suggest one? I need better quality - my range is $400 to 450.
- rajesh kumar

ANSWER 1:
There is no one camera that is the best. The cameras by all the major manufacturers are good. Canon, Minolta, Pentax and Nikon all offer good cameras in your price range. Pick the one that fits your hands the best and has the features you want. Automation is good but you will need manual controls also.
- Kerry L. Walker

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NEW QUESTION 12: Lenses for the Canon 20D
I have the Canon 20D. I am interested in shooting indoor sports events, portraits, and landscapes. I have the EF 18-55 that came with the camera and an 85mm. What other lenses are recommended for what I am interested in shooting. I have been looking at the 70-200 F4 L series and the 24-70 2.8. What about the Tamron lenses vs. Canon lenses?
- Michelle McCarthy

ANSWER 1:
Michelle,
For indoor sports events, assuming you want good-quality images, you are going to need speed and length, and lots of each. You will need at least f2.8. So, for that alone, your choices are the
70-200/2.8L, and the 300/2.8L. Both are costly, but both are as good as they get. Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina all offer competitive lenses, but I'm a firm believer in that you get what you pay for in optics. None of the above 2.8's will really be bad, but the Canon lenses should all have better-built quality, and better, even if just slightly better, optical quality.
Unless you're shooting at a high ISO, which will add lots of degrading noise to your images, I'd stay clear of the f4 versions.
You also mentioned portraits and landscapes - well, that just about covers all the main categories of subjects!! What I'm trying to say is that indoor sports requires much more specialized lenses. For "normal" portraits, anything in the 50-200mm range will do, and "normal" outdoor landscapes can be photographed with any lens you own, limited to how long or how wide you want to go.
- Michael H. Cothran

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ANSWER 2:
Thank you so much! I have been looking at the 70-200 2.8L. Your feedback confirmed that this may be the best lense for me. Thanks!
- Michelle McCarthy

ANSWER 3:
I think you'd have a hard time finding a better shooting lens than the 70-200/2.8. It is superb in all aspects. On your 20D, there will be a lens factor (and sorry, I don't know what it is), but it is probably somewhere in the 1.5 area. That means that your 70-200 on your digital camera will actually be a 105-300/2.8 assuming your lens factor is 1.5.
This is not a lens for the weak-handed, so good shooting skills are a must, and the first thing I would look into is a very good tripod, and a very good ball head. Personally, I'd go with Gitzo, and one of their carbon tripods for field work. Couple that with one of their new ball heads, or my favorite, a Kirk Enterprise ball head, and you've got quite a package. In a sports arena, you'll have to shoot hand-held, but some places might allow you to bring in a monopod.
- Michael H. Cothran

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NEW QUESTION 13: White vs. Black Matting on Black and White Photos?
Hi! I am just curious about other people's preferences on using white or black matting with black and white photos. What do you prefer?
- M

ANSWER 1:
I really think it depends on the photo. Well, for me it does. I know that doesn't really answer your question, but ...
Usually, I go with white.
- Mellanie White

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ANSWER 2:
I've never really compared the two side by side - but when I was in school we always did black matting so that's what I prefer. I think in the long term it may not get as discolored as white can from smoke or age, etc., although that probably has to do with the quality of the paper. Mellanie has a good point - hold the picture in question up to both colors and see which one seems to fit better.
- Shauna Linde

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NEW QUESTION 14: Indoor 35mm Film
Hi! What film would you suggest for quality indoor pix? Friends are telling me ISO 800. We are going to Graceland soon and want nice pix inside the Mansion. Thanks, Rick.
- rick delorme

ANSWER 1:
You would need 800 if you are not allowed to use flash, or don't want to use it. 800-speed films have improved, but they're still pretty grainy. 400 speed films have improved a lot more, and I would stick with the 400s, especially if you know you can use a flash.
- Michael H. Cothran

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Missing Wedding Photos
A friend got married recently and hired a professional photographer. He got the proofs back and there were no formal photos of the bride's family even though the video shows that they were taken. It seems to them that 1 or 2 rolls of film are missing. The photographer claims that all rolls that were sent for developing were returned. There were several key shots missing. They paid in advance for albums for each family and now there are very few for the bride's family album What recourse do they have with the photographer?
- Kelly Andrews

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ANSWER 1:
Did the video happen to capture the panicked look on the photog's face as he/she opened the camera to change rolls only to discover it empty?

It could be that the lab lost the film, or it wasn't usable for one reason or another (torn, heat/water damage, accidentally exposed to light or double exposed, etc.).

If I were that photographer, I would cop to the mistake (whether my own or the lab's doesn't matter to the client) and offer to re-stage/shoot the bride's family formals at my expense. If that's impractical, then maybe charge only for the cost of materials with no mark-up and nothing for my time. For example: Eat the loss, because I ultimately didn't deliver what I'd contracted to provide. But that's just me. Your mileage, and arbitration/court rulings, may vary.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
If you remember taking the picture, the photographer surely does. It sounds as though he/she isn't being truthful. Should the images be damaged or lost, a discount in some fashion would seem appropriate. If a signed agreement was entered into, the limits of liability should have been understood as a return of deposits. I would be persistent in knowing where the images were.
- Gregg

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CONTINUING QUESTION 2: Marketing Question
What is the most economical and effective way of marketing your photo studio?
- MARK

ANSWER 1:
Mark,
If you have a "day job," I would start there. I booked many portrait sessions that way when I was first starting out. Once people you know see your work, they won't hesitate to hire you. Also, you might consider approaching local businesses and asking to display your work (doctor's offices, children's clothing stores, etc.). Hope this helps. Best of luck!
Cindy Bracken
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- Cindy K. Bracken

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ANSWER 2:
Mark,
Cindy's answer was very good. Another thing you might want to try is setting up a Web site and printing business cards with your business information and Web site address on it. Business cards are cheap. You will also need some kind of portfolio to show people. They will want to see your work in some way before they will hire you. Get your work out in front of the public any way you can. Remember: "A business with no sign is a sign of no business."
- Rob Valine

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ANSWER 3:
Be everywhere, every day.

  • Go to children's sporting events, and wear a shirt with your studio name and number on the back. Stand on the sidelines and shoot pictures. The parents will approach you, especially if they think you are taking pictures of their child.
  • Go to the city recreational center, where these sporting events get started, offer to shoot the team pictures.
  • Go to every dance studio in town, and offer to shoot their recitals.
  • Here in Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a big deal. There is a photographer at every ball, taking pictures.
  • Then go to the scrapbooking stores. Offer up some of your prints for them to use in their displays. The customers love pictures, but may not be good at taking them.
  • Go to every bridal store and offer to take pictures of someone modeling their dresses, then make sure they let you put your name on the corner of the pictures.
  • Go to college campuses and advertise in their community room and dorm lobbies. A lot of the students are getting married and are looking for a photographer.
    Hope some of these help spark some ideas for you. Good luck!
    - Rhonda L. Tolar

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