a Hobbyist wanting to sell their photos

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a Hobbyist wanting to sell their photos
Aug 14, 2012

part 1

this will be a 3 to 4 yr. guide for those in the US.

so if you have the camera listed in this link - http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1006&message=42257005

and a printer. you'll just need the printing link to understand how to print images for a larger printer.

1st thing to do is get out pencil and paper and write down everything you have bought to use for you to take photos. your chair, table everything you can think of. don't waste your writing down the time or gas you spend. in a few years you'll be writing these costs off come tax time.
2nd. save all receipts from here out.

3rd buy a mileage log book to record the mileage for every trip you take involving your photo hobby. all oil changes and repairs too. at tax time you'll be getting to write off .50 cents for every mile and writing off some of the repair costs.
4th you'll even write off the space in your home.

next you need to decide how much money you can spend on your hobby/business plan per month. say $20 to $30 is plenty to spend per month.

next we need to look at what you would like to try shooting. if its landscapes. you choose the hardest and most expensive project. barns and landscapes get the most money. but they take the longest and a lot more money and time.

you would need a map, gps, a voice recorder and spend a lot of time driving around your state looking for photos to take. marking them on a map and going back at the right times to get the best photo. record weather the sun is coming from the east of west so you can shoot at the right time of day.

my advise - even if your not going into the landscape area. as you drive around mark on a map the barns and pretty scenic areas where ever you drive. doing this will come in handy. about every 3 years or so you might get a snow storm or heavy frost. you will want to be able to run and take as many shots as you can before the scene changes. shot the Barns 1st.

copyrights on your photos last your life time and 50yrs after. (i'm going from memory on the copyrights.) so to start this hobby with your children can bring in extra income for yrs. and who knows where your hobby will end up.

say your in a city. setting up an area to shoot a set up shot of flowers in your home is a great starting point. spend the 20 bucks a month on flowers and shot a few hundred pictures learning the lighting and setting up the props. buy some string and suspend the flowers.

you can buy things of interest at an antique shop. old bottles, door knobs or anything of interest.
learn the angles the shadows. take hundreds of photos.

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