The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming Filters

Camera filters can greatly impact the outcome of an image. Cooling or warming filters can, for example, adjust the white balance of a scene. Filters can also be used to protect the lens, as with the case of UV filters. Let us explain each in more detail: 

UV Filters:

Before the advent of digital cameras, UV filters were a must to reduce haze and improve contrast by lessening the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light that reaches the film. Digital camera sensors are not as sensitive to UV light compared to film so it makes filtration unnecessary. It is now mainly used to protect the front part of the camera lens, being clear and not visibly affecting the image. filter4 The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming Filters

Multicoated UV filters remarkably reduce the chance of flare and it also keeps your filter clean and minimizes the chances of getting poor quality of images. Great quality UV filters prevents any visible color casts. On the downside, UV filters can decrease image quality by intensifying lens flare by adding minimal color tint, or by decreasing contrast. 

It is always being debated on as to whether using a UV filter for protection is better even though it runs the risk of decrease in image quality. For high-end DSLR lenses, that added protection is the deciding factor. However, for less expensive DSLR lenses, and also for digital point-and-shoot cameras, the quality of images trumps protection. In the end, it all depends on the user. 

filter6 The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming FiltersAnother thing to consider is that with digital cameras coming out every so often with more and more options to lure even non-photography enthusiasts, we always want to upgrade our current DSLR camera to newer, better ones. One way to assure you get top dollar for reselling your old camera is to get added protection for it. UV filters does just that. It keeps the front lens in mint condition. All things considered, it can even increase image quality compared to an unfiltered lens since it can be replaced when it starts to affect the quality of an image. 

Cooling or Warming Filters: 

Cooling or warming filters affect the balance of light that reaches the camera’s sensor. This is most effective when correcting color casts. It can also add warmth filter5 The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming Filtersto a scene. For example, when weather conditions are cloudy, you can instead make it seem like the sun is setting and have the scene appear with a warm yellowish hue. 

A DSLR camera will have the feature to automatically adjust for white balance, and this can also be adjusted in post processing. However, some situations may still call for color filters, such as having to deal with unusual lighting or underwater shots where the color blue is predominant. This is because of the monochromatic light that cannot be corrected by any amount of white balance that supposedly restores full color under normal conditions. If in case it does correct white balance, there will be a noticeable amount of image noise in some color channels.


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More Money Making Photography Niches

Deciding on what your specialty will be enables you to make a name for yourself in the market for commercial images. This will set your reputation as an expert in your chosen field. Concentrating on one type of field gives you the leverage of mastering all the techniques to create those masterful shots all clients look for. 

Here are more examples of niches that you can consider getting yourself into: 

1. Children playing – there are a lot of images of children already out in the market. By specializing in one particular thing that children do will help you concentrate in one specific need. It still allows for enough flexibility to penetrate the market’s need yet small enough to give you that edge in making a name for yourself by approaching a common subject with new ideas. niche6 More Money Making Photography Niches

2. A photography technique- a niche can be many things, including a technique. Some techniques such as infrared photography or macro photography may require special tools to attain the effects that define the shot. By mastering a particular photographic technique, you also capture a specific market segment and their needs. 

3. Ethnic groups – focusing on one particular ethnic group will allow you to familiarize yourself with customs and traditions. This will give you the opportunity to be at the right place at the right time whenever there is an event in a certain community to get the much coveted shots you need.niche7 More Money Making Photography Niches

4. Seniors – life has always been portrayed by photographs and the market for people images cover newborns all the way up to the elderly. The market for young adults and adults are saturated but there are not enough images of the older generation. There will always be a demand for images of seniors as there is a demand for images of children. 

5. A brand of car – car photographers are a dime a dozen, but a photographer that specializes in a particular type and make is not as common. For example you can specialize in Volkswagens or Mustangs. 

6. Success – a common misconception about niches is that it always is a subject, when in fact it can also be a mood or an abstract concept. There is a never ending stream of clients searching for images that depict a particular idea, and success is one of the more salable ones. Think of different evocative ways to show success. Be creative and use you imagination.

7. Leaves – like water, leaves are also abundant and can make for very interesting subject matter. Using the different lighting and composition techniques will give this common subject more depth. Whether you are using leaves as the main subject or just as a minor element in a scene, you can be very creative and make money from them at the same time. 

8. Water – this is a common element that can be magical in every way and can often be found in the most beautifulniche5 More Money Making Photography Niches images such as waterfalls and ocean waves. You can manipulate water into various forms and use in camera techniques to make it appear frozen or in a silky blur of motion. From large quantities of water to the merest raindrop, you can use this element to create your own unique niche that will define your work. 

Whether you are an event photographer who gets hired on assignment or a stock photographer who wants to be noticed in the photo stock sites, you can apply niche photography with much success. Whatever niche you choose, always remember to first check the market to ascertain that there is a viable demand. Practice and learn the skills to perfect the trade and you will surely make a name for yourself.


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How to While the Time Away With a Phone Camera

We spend much of our time waiting, such as at a bus stop, in a restaurant, or at a dentist’s clinic. Waiting rooms would not have been invented if it were not for the time spent waiting. One of the best ways to do something productive is to make use of your camera phone to improve your photography skills and get your creative juices working. 

Here are some great things to do with your camera phone while waiting:

Try using panorama – if your phone camera has the option to take panorama images, try experimenting with this setting and take a panoramic shot of your surroundings. It will give you a wider perspective of the scene and may just make you see things differently.

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Experiment with abstract – abstract representations are all round us and all you have to do is to look for them in your surroundings. You can make abstract images from anything that is near you as you wait. The trick is to strip the ordinary object of what makes it recognizable and to capture the details that make it unique. 

Record your day – waiting for something can be a very boring activity but if you use the camera phone to record what is happening around you, things might suddenly perk up. Take pictures of the scenery, the people around you, the table setting in front of you, etc.  You can even flip the camera and take pictures of yourself. 

phone3 How to While the Time Away With a Phone CameraExplore – one thing that you’re sure to have with you at all times would be your cellular phone, and nowadays, almost all of them are equipped with a built in camera. Use it to take images of places and things that you usually would not notice. Having a phone camera allows you to capture photo opportunities whenever you go out, even if it is just to the local store. While waiting in line at the counter, whip out your camera phone and play with it.

Discover uncommon points of view – since a phone camera is usually small and portable, you can be very flexible with the camera angles and viewpoints. Why not take pictures from a very low or high viewpoint to spice up the perspective of your shot.  You’ll be surprised how things turn out when seen from a different angle. 

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Practice basic composition techniques – just because your phone camera might have 2MP or less and have hardly any adjustment settings, it does not mean you can’t take stunning pictures with it. By following the basic composition techniques, your images can have a strong visual impact.

Take notice of details – this would make you understand the importance of textures, patterns, colors and shapes and how making use of each and every element contributes into creating a good shot.

Always remember, waiting is not always a waste. Time well spent is time not wasted. Using your phone camera gives you time to do the things you would not even think of doing. In a fast paced world, take this time to stop, breathe in and see things through the eyes of your camera phone.  Maybe you can even consider uploading the shots you’ve taken in a stock photography site and you can start earning money from your camera phone images. 



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Bracket Your Shots to Capture the Correct Exposure

A lot of the DSLR cameras out in the market today have the capacity to take consecutive shots at a time, set at having different exposures. This is known as bracketing. Usually, the first shot will have the correct exposure preceded by an underexposed shot and lastly, an overexposed shot. Autobracketing is always by default and you will have to cancel it if you want a specific type of exposure setting. If you set your camera to capture single shots, keep in mind to manually adjust the exposure settings. If your camera is set to continuous shooting mode, it will just take three consecutive shots at the different exposures. Setting your camera to continuously shoot images can be a lot easier particularly when you are using high speed drive setting on your camera where you can capture images having three exposures shot in quick series to ensure your photographs will look nearly the same without you having to remind yourself as to how many you actually took. 

bracketing Bracket Your Shots to Capture the Correct Exposure

Using bracketing as a safeguard when your lighting is hard or a challenge to set up such as when your background paraphernalia has to be changed frequently or when your image has quite a lot of contrasting elements. Since this allows you to have a lot of options to choose from, you can pick the ideal image with the most attractive exposure from the bunch. You can even combine these images with the use of a photo editing program to show the best parts of each image.

When photographing different types of niches in photography, bracketing can offer certain advantages. For example, for landscape photography you will have more time to analyze your images in the histogram and you even have the opportunity to take another photograph if need be. Bracketing may tend to be a disadvantage in sports and action photography because your point of interest could be moving fast. 

When photographers still used film, it is common knowledge when using negatives that a full f/stop between images is a given. But in slide film, ½ stop or 1/3 stop at a time is ideal. For digital images, when shooting in RAW, one stop is acceptable. When shooting using JPEG, the increments in between images have to be closer together because you have less chances to make post processing adjustments if you encounter any issues.

When dealing with bracketing and exposure compensation, always remember that you need not place the bracket in the middle of the exposure dial. You can add the bracketing and place the exposure compensation together. This would allow you to have overexposure towards the center of the scale allowing you to have correct exposure one stop and two stops under. Another way is to have the underexposure at the center of the scale which means you can have correct exposure at one stop and two stops over.

For all instances wherein there is bright light in the background, all your shots should be overexposed by at least one stop to get the ideal exposure. The reason behind this is that the bright sun is behind the subject and the meter could be fooled into underexposing the shot. 

Automatic metering is ideal for ordinary circumstances with even lighting but if there is more light contrast involved, it can exaggerate the exposure setting. This is where bracketing comes in handy since having various exposures of the same scene will give you better chances of getting the correct exposure.



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How to Market and Sell Event Photographs

 

There are several ways to market your services. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get the word out is by distributing flyers in full color with a few of your best photos covering a range of events and calling cards. Include details of the services you offer, your contact details and the address of your online portfolio for prospective clients to view the other samples of your work. Also include information that your images can be purchased online as stock photographs. 

event5 How to Market and Sell Event PhotographsAnother easy and cost effective way to advertise your services is through social networking. By tapping into popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, you can share updates and sample photos to a large number of people all at once. 

Selling your images is not as complicated as it seems. It’s a matter of knowing what your options are. Aside from the most obvious, which is being hired to take photographs for various functions and events, selling on-site prints at different events is one of the simplest ways to make extra money. Yet it holds the biggest potential and possibility since the advent of the world wide web, stock photography. 

event4 How to Market and Sell Event PhotographsAs much as possible, establish yourself as an official photographer for an event and set up a booth with an assistant with tools such as a computer and printer to enable you to print out on-site photographs to allow other spectators and attendees to purchase your prints. Always make sure you give out calling cards and flyers to anyone that shows interest and could be a prospective client. 

There are literally a lot of online sites to choose from where you can upload your stock images and you’ll be amazed with just how much income an image can generate. It’s a lot easier nowadays, you don’t need special software to upload and sell images and you have the flexibility to choose just how flexible your copyright agreement with the various sites can be. Our site, PhotoStockPlus, specializes in events photography which makes it really easy and straightforward for both the photographer and the buyer.

 

event1 How to Market and Sell Event PhotographsPhotoStockPlus has an annual membership fee with lots of options to choose from on what type of membership you’d like to have. Usually this would include a 500MB printing account that can easily store about 10,000 images. We give periodic webinars that offer you tutorials on a range of topics that help you maximize the use of the site among other things. Aside from this, there’s a watermark tool that will identify your images as your own. It also offers continuous helpful weekly tips and tutorials related to the trade that will enhance your skills. 

Being an event photographer is not easy. But it offers you flexibility in your time, you’re your own boss, and you get to do what you love the most. There is so much potential in earning from photographing events, there is practically an event happening everyday. As long as you work hard, keep developing your skills, knowing what your clients want, and always do quality work. With all this, you can never go wrong.

 


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8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception

A wedding event is composed of the preparations on the wedding day, the ceremony itself and the reception afterward. It is now time for the bride and groom to share their new marital status with all the invited guests. Everyone around you may be in a celebratory mood, but keep in mind you still have a job to do to capture and record the happenings during the wedding reception. Although this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you’re working. 

Here are some great tips on getting great and memorable shots at a wedding reception.

weddingcutcake 8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception1. Familiarize yourself with the wedding reception location before the actual event. This will get you acquainted with possible lighting issues you may encounter so you can bring the necessary lighting equipment you may need.  This will also give you an opportunity to pinpoint certain spots to position the bride and groom for posed shots. You can get your creative juices going for angles and also where to position yourself when photographing the bride and groom.

2. Get all the common ‘must have’ shots. One is the bride and groom’s first dance. Use the burst mode of your camera to capture a sequence of shots that shows the energy and emotion of the newlyweds as they dance. To add to the list is the father dancing with the bride as well as the mother dancing with the groom. Another ‘must have’ shot is the cutting and eating of the cake by the bride and groom. 

weddingchoco 8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception3. In covering the reception, include all major players in the wedding such as the entourage, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids and the best man. Refer to your shot list of the special people that you must have photos of. 

4. Be prepared for unexpected problems that may arise. Pack an extra camera body, make sure your batteries are fully charged, that you have enough memory cards, lenses and lighting equipment. Also consider the changes in weather conditions and bring back-up gear for that as well.

5. Be aggressive and confident but not intrusive. It is common to have a photographer covering all the intimate scenes at a wedding and it is surprising that most of the time, they are considered part of the scene. Remember that you were hired for the purpose of recording this special occasion and don’t be shy to gain prime positions or squeeze yourself in between guests and even family members to capture rare shots.

wedding cake 8 Tips on Taking Great Shots at a Wedding Reception6. Do not delete shots that you think didn’t come out good enough. With the advent of digital photography, you can recover images that appear over or underexposed. Post processing nowadays can make bland shots amazing so don’t rely on the camera preview to decide whether to keep an image or not.

7. Take advantage of the reception décor. The reception area will be full of decorations such as flowers, candles and balloons. Use these as props or as part of background interest to spice up your shots. 

8. Include close up shots of the food and the table setting before the guests start to eat, the wedding cake, the souvenirs and gifts. The bride and groom might be too busy to notice all the little details at the time and will want to see more of them later on.


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Helpful Ways to Make Money from Event Photography

Specializing in photographing events such as weddings, high school reunions, birthday parties, sports events, dog shows, etc., is one of the best ways to earn a living. There is minimal initial investment needed to get you started. Probably the most important factor that would make event photography profitable for anyone is the love of the craft. Everything else will fall into place with the proper initiative.

event3 Helpful Ways to Make Money from Event PhotographyOne of the most important aspects in succeeding in the business of event photography is having the cunning to know what events to cover. Keep in mind that the photographs worth taking are photographs worth keeping. These are photos people would want to keep and remember. The types of images that would be in demand are high quality images that guests or clients can’t take for themselves. This means that skill in the craft of photography is a must when venturing in the business.

A sure-fire way to make money for any event photographer is having means for on-site prints.  For many junior league sport events, not many parents have the know-how on capturing great images of their child while playing a sport. Another great advantage of being a photographer covering a junior sports event is that you can gain permission to have access to the sidelines where you can position yourself in a prime location to capture great action shots that parents wouldn’t have access to.

event2 Helpful Ways to Make Money from Event PhotographyAt larger venues such as games with a professional sports league or even an amateur sports league, there is always an opportunity to make money.  Be equipped with the right tools and be ready to hand out flyers and calling cards to any future client. Be very clear about the services you offer and be able to show the type of images you are capable of capturing.

Wedding photography is another lucrative event to cover. The style and technique used for a wedding event can be slightly more conservative, but you can certainly make use of your creative ideas during the reception and transitioning from the getting ready, to the church and to the reception. It’s important that you capture the details and take note of the key figures in the wedding aside from the bride and groom, entourage and parents. 

weddingbacks Helpful Ways to Make Money from Event PhotographyIt would be advantageous to be aware of competition and know the market value for your services. For example, set several packages per event, offer discount rates and added bonus shots that would make you a cut above the rest.

More importantly, find out what the demand is and create a niche. More often than not, there is a market for anything and everything as long as you can create a need for it. Be exceptional and professional in your services. Offer something other competitors do not. Be up to date in knowing what events are occurring and be there to cover it, all great shots can always be sold as stock photos in a number of online sites. One way of ensuring a continuous flow of income is constantly updating your portfolio with fresh shots weekly or with every event that you cover.


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Marketing Tips for Your Photography Business

Upon setting up your work scheme, it’s time to consider the best way to promote and sell your business and work. Advertising is an important aspect of any business and is responsible for generating profits for your business. Aside from advertising, you also have to place importance on building your reputation as well as researching and finding possible clients for your business. You have to allot time and energy at the beginning to market and get the word out about your business.

marketing2 by EdwinP Marketing Tips for Your Photography BusinessA proper market strategy is needed to know your main objectives to create facts about your specific target market. These include market size, sales potential, assessment of your competition, information on available competitive pricing and market practices.

To cite an example, your specialty might be nature and wildlife photography. This means your client base may consist of art directors and picture editors of travel magazines, nature magazines, basically anything related to clients who require these types of content. Start by creating a list of potential clients with this precise need and decide their levels of demand. 

Create a portfolio of your best work. It must cover the full range of your expertise and showcase your talent and versatility in your field. This will be the best example of your work for future clients and will be the deciding factor as to whether or not they will hire you.

marketing by sflood02 Marketing Tips for Your Photography BusinessPublic relations and promotional strategies work hand in hand with any budding photography business. You can organize press releases to herald any significant achievement you have accomplished in your related field. Take full advantage of social network media such as Facebook or Twitter to do some self-promotion. Create a Facebook page where a large number of people can be updated about your business all at once. It would also be a great way for you to get feedback and support from your ‘followers.’

Socialize and create a network with buyers, existing clients and potential clients. You can even offer the use of your work to any local benefit for charity or non-profit organizations. Even offer your services to teach photography short courses or tutorials to get your name out in the community.

marketing3 by wilton Marketing Tips for Your Photography BusinessAnother great way to increase publicity for your work is to give out prints of some of your images to galleries and museums. Also try to have a local establishment display your work such as a lobby or a waiting area as this would be beneficial in showcasing your talent to attract likely clients.

If your budget allows it, you can also use various advertising media to market your business.  You can try direct marketing, brochures, sponsorship and the like. This way you can reach a lot more prospective clients.

But there’s no better way to promote your business than by good old fashioned word of mouth. It’s the kind of advertising that achieves far better results in building a loyal client base based on your work. It assures you that all your clients who have spread the news of your business are satisfied customers and they freely recommend you to their friends and family. This is the most effective way of spreading the word.


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Money Making Photography Niches

A niche as defined in business terms is a profitable segment in a market that is specifically created by identifying the needs and wants of a particular consumer. A niche can also be used to identify a specialization in the field of photography, such as commercial photography, event photography, landscape photography, portrait photography and pet photography. However, you can narrow the field even further since a niche can be a market within a market. For example, in the specialized field of pet photography, there can also be a niche specifically for pet portraiture. The challenge lies in identifying what your clients need from you.

niche3 Money Making Photography NichesPhotography is a highly competitive trade, and it helps to be original and to create your own specialty. In having the opportunity to have more than just one niche, you can tap into more sources for prospective clients. Here are some niches you can consider including in your portfolio:

1. Your neighborhood – who would not be proud of their own neighborhood. If you’re lucky enough to be living in a quaint small town, this is a perfect way to build up your community. There is always a market for images for postcards, calendars and coffee table books. There is no better way to get great images than by knowing first hand about the place you’re shooting, and since you live in the area, you know the ideal spots to capture the perfect scene.

2. Parks – there is a lot of activity you can see in parks such as children playing in the jungle gym, Frisbees being thrown around and even squirrels or cats going about their business. There are a lot of buyers for such images and it is a great alternative to the common street scene.

3. Construction – a niche should be small with only a handful of competitors but big enough to have a large number of buyers. This way the demand for your images is constant. Construction is one niche that can tap into multiple demands. It can be used to depict the needs of the building industry with regard to growth and development. Having a specialty with many different clients is one sure way to keep a steady stream of income going your way.

niche2 Money Making Photography Niches4. Cakes – food photography is a vast field considering the many types of food out there. Specializing in shooting just one type of food will help you master the techniques to get the perfect image each time. The dessert industry relies on the visual senses more often than taste, it’s the first thing that captures the viewers’ attention, and a large portion of their budget is placed on advertising and can be a profitable niche to get yourself into.

5. Technology – with so many new gadgets coming out in the market almost everyday, there is a demand for images of all the newly released ones, from cellular phones to cameras to kitchen appliances. By establishing yourself as a reliable source for such images, you can easily capture a regular client base.

6. Church groups – this may be a very profitable niche to tap into. What’s more is it comes with a referral network that can provide you with a sustainable income. Get connected with members who will hire you to be the designated photographer for gatherings and occasions.

niche1 Money Making Photography Niches7. Insects – the market is already saturated with the typical cute domesticated animals such as cats and dogs. Insects and bugs can be just as interesting, although not as cute. Macro or close up shots of spiders, beetles, butterflies and the like are very popular. Establish yourself as a specialist in images of insects and you can make a name for yourself in this field whenever there is a need for it.

8. Sand – by applying your own special technique to photographing images that include sand, this will get you that much needed edge in creating your very own niche. Use your imagination in developing new ways to make sand special. Sand dunes, sand sculptures, beaches, aquariums, you can cover a wide range of scenes and subjects that have the presence of sand. Buyers who are looking for nature images or images with texture will look for your shots.  


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5 More Fabulous Fashion Photography Tips
The fashion photography genre is full of tips and tricks to make your images stand out and the viewer take notice. For those who have intentions of creating fashion photographs, there are some simple but essential points to remember. We discussed 5 fashion photo tips in a previous article and here are five more to help get you going.
 
fashion4 by WagneN 5 More Fabulous Fashion Photography Tips1.  Use make-up and lighting to enhance the effect you want to project – if you seek a more natural look, choose light pastel tones, not too heavy make-up and hair that will softly frame the face. For a provocative or seductive look, use dark, heavy make-up and an over styled hairdo. Unique looking models convey personality and curiosity to the shot while female models with symmetrical features, huge almond shaped eyes, full lips and tiny chins are considered to have a more commercial appeal.

2.  A mirror can be a helpful prop – fashion shoots often make use of storytelling images to present the garments. The materials or props used in a shoot add depth in the portrayal of a character by the model and at the same time the telling of a narrative. A mirror is one of the simplest, yet most fashion6 copy djones76 5 More Fabulous Fashion Photography Tipseffective props you can use. It is a valuable instrument to show your model’s full profile and can inadvertently be used to tell a story. Try to position your lighting equipment, yourself and anything that may get in the way of shooting, from being reflected by the mirror.

3.  Focus on the fashion – since fashion photography is all about clothes and aesthetics, make sure that all the elements in your scene support and complement the garment; from the model to the props to the background. The most elaborate setup can be used but remember that the fashion pieces should be the point of focus. Although garments are usually presented in a neat and immaculate fashion, they can also be shown in a less common way such as wet, dirty or crumpled. fashion5 by djones76 5 More Fabulous Fashion Photography TipsWhatever way you choose to depict it, the result should still be the same, which is that the garment is the main attraction.

4.  Use available space – renting a professional studio and extra equipment might not be within your budget.  You can make use of the available space you have in your home. Use a corner in a spare room that has windows that let in a lot of light and hang a white sheet across the window. This would create a soft box effect on a sunny day. This is excellent for creating even lighting.

5.  Get an assistant – fashion photography is work that can be done solo but it would be easier if you had an assistant. More often than not, photographers will always need help in moving the equipment around such as umbrella stands, or to reset lighting equipment, or to arrange the clothing on the model and later on pack up the scene. Photography students, a friend or a family member might be glad to help you out.


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