Here’s One Photography Idea That Sells in Today’s Markets

It’s well known in the business of photography, that photographs of news worthy subjects sell and sometimes very well. I’ve written about this before and the need for outdoor photographers to create images the markets will want.

Paparazzi’s for example, have been known to make a fortune capturing images of celebrities in ‘news making’ situations. With some foresight and good ideas, so can nature photographers.

Outdoor photographers shoot just about every subject that has to do with the outdoors, nature, and how humans interact with the outdoors, but often they lack that news making ingredient. Those images often languish waiting for a buyer, if there ever is one. So what should you shoot? Here are some ideas.

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Watch Thomas Shahans’s Simple Technique for Photographing Creepy Crawly Things

I have never been that fond of bugs but this video had me mesmerized. Thomas Shahan, obviously loves bugs and when you see the brilliant and stunning macro images he captures, you might be mesmerized as well.

He photographs all sorts of bugs, spiders, and flying insects extremely close using very simple techniques. And he knows those bugs very well as he rattles off the names of each one in this video.

Thomas also is a talented artist and musician.

This video is well done as Thomas narrates (he should do natural history films) and i believe the music soundtrack is his music as well.

If you don’t get ‘bugged out’ watch the video below.

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George Lepp Talks About Image Theft

Recently, I posted about image theft and how rampant it is and a few ways we can protect our images. Outdoor Photographer contributing editor George Lepp recently shared in this post, about his experiences with the same issues:

“Recently, our daughter “liked” an anonymous image from EarthPorn on Facebook. It was mine, and she didn’t even know it! That hurt, especially because I don’t know who posted my image there. Being old school (as distinguished from merely being “old”), I view every unauthorized use of my images as theft, and these days, the problem has me on fire all the time.”

Every time an image is stolen from a working professional photographer, it costs them one way or another. In all to many cases, the person(s) using the image without permission may have no intention of profiting financially from the image and when confronted often claim ignorance or legitimate Creative Commons protection. But as George writes, the issue of image theft goes beyond payment or lack thereof:

“……photographs have artistic and economic value that is, rightly or wrongly, influenced by the reputation of the photographer and the body of work the photographer has produced.”

Working photographers are known for their body of work and when that body of work is widely seen and the photographer recognized, it leads to other forms of income producing opportunity. Print sales, assignments, stock sales, opportunities to lecture, teach, publish a book, and more have brought many photographers additional revenue streams AFTER their images have been seen by the appropriate people.

George continues:

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The 10 Commandments of Professional Photography

Our world is jam-packed with photographers! Many position themselves as professionals, a claim anyone can make when there is no definitive criteria for qualification. But does it matter? While some see this as a problem in the world of professional photography, others view the low threshold as an opportunity to fulfill a dream.

While you might enjoy that debate, you may have already learned that titles, great equipment and even some beautiful photography means little when it comes to earning a decent living as a professional outdoor photographer. The ability to create great images has little to do with business success. What does matter is how you set up, build product and market your business. Here are 10 important considerations:

Plan and Vision

To realize your vision you must have a realistic plan that guides you along the journey.

If your vision is traveling the world and photographing anything you want with professional grade cameras in exotic destinations, then,

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