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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This guide . . . can help you save money, boost exposure, and find deals on studio equipment . . . includes a chapter on using free websites, blogs, and various other Internet resources."  —Shutterbug


"Buy it, read it, apply it, and then read it again. Good stuff that is sure to help you as a photographer more than a new lens or camera body."  —ronmart.blogspot.com

About the Author

Karen Dorame is a trainer for Special Kids Photography, where she teaches numerous workshops for professional photographers. She is the author of "Photographing Children with Special Needs." She lives in Washington, Utah.

Customer Reviews

The book offers very good information on making money and cost cutting ideas as indicated in the sub title.
D. Waiters
This book is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get into the business or who is already in the business but wants to go to the next level.
H. Lewis
For an established business, this book would certainly help streamline your operations and work more efficiently.
Adam Richards

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ron Martinsen on February 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
It's funny that in today's world the best way for photographers to make money is by writing books and teaching classes to millions of aspiring photographers, so I tend to laugh when I see books like this. However, as I read through this book I became pleased to see that its subtitle (150 ideas for Cutting Costs and Boosting Profits) was probably a more appropriate title. In fact, this book has no chapters and simply lists 150 tips of the trade - very good tips in many cases!

It's actually quite hard to write a review for this book because I can't do my typical chapter-by-chapter walkthrough. What I can tell you though is that you can think of this book as a collaboration of tips collected by the author, Karen Dorame, by a legion of seasoned professionals to come up with some great tips for any aspiring photographer - whether you intend to make money with your hobby or not. From basic tips like #1 - Specialize in a genre, to the practical like #14 - Practice is the cheapest training, there's a lot of sound advice that may come off as "duh" to some, and a light bulb moment to others. For example, I've heard tips #33 - Raise prices instead of lowering them and #121 - Effective print displays sell larger wall art from multiple well-seasoned sources, but reading it in this book made me think - you know, I've heard this enough now that I think I'm going to do something about it!

There's good tips in here from the beginner (#97 - Learn to say no), to the intermediate (#81 - Show only your best work), to even the hard core pro (i.e., #88 - Get on the blog bandwagon) so I can easily recommend this book for anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Richards on July 2, 2009
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As the title implies, this book has 150 ways to basically make your photo business more profitable. For someone just getting started, these tips can illustrate pitfalls to avoid and areas to focus on, saving a lot of time and money getting going I would hope! For an established business, this book would certainly help streamline your operations and work more efficiently.

There are both business/marketing tips and technical tips. While some of the ideas may seem obvious to a pro shoooter I can't imagine that anyone, established pro or up & comer, could read this book and not walk away with a number of valuable ideas that one could enact right away.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Telnt on January 14, 2011
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Here are the first five ideas presented by the author on how to make money with photography.

1. Specialize in a genre.
2. Make the most of your abilities.
3. Don't try to fit a square peg in a round hole.
4. Consider unexpected specialization.
5. Develop a unique style.

If you have already known or learned the above ideas somewhere, then read no further, because it does not get any better from this point.

The author forgot one best advice she can give about making money with photography: write a book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerri Kirshner on July 2, 2009
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I have read this book cover to cover and provides amazing ideas to get you started with photography...on a budget. This book will teach you how to get started using creative ways of making props, backgrounds, etc. Learn where to shop to get great deals and unique ideas.

The resources in the back of the book are invaluable. Hundreds of amazing vendors and ideas to get every part of your business on it's way. If you are new to photography or an expert there are new ideas for everyone.

This is a must read! Kerri
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hector Urrutia on May 9, 2010
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if you *just* made the decision to go into photography professionally, this book is for you. yes, the pointers are good and after two years of building my business I remember how I learned many of those lessons but also: why devote an entire *book* to 150 *pointers* (not matter how helpful)? this book could've easily been a pamphlet or an online blog entry. I regret purchasing it but will hold it for someone in my life who decides to travel the same photo-business path.

i don't recommend this to someone who has been building their business for more than two years, much less someone who has a reliable income from their photography already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TJ on January 29, 2012
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A nice book and can be read in a fast pace. It has nice tips and hints about many sides of a photographer's life (e.g. finance, marketing). It has some tiny technical advices here and there but they are not a major theme of the book.

The problem I think is that the book is not categorized, but it contains 150 tips following each other. The tips do somehow follow a chain of thoughts but they do sound floating between financial tips and marketing tips and so on.

Of the topics covered: finance, marketing, advertizing, studios, inspirational issues, props and DIY tips, and there are lists of some websites and some websites addresses within the context for various topics (e.g. photographers, products) . Personally, I do like DIY tips and the inspirational section.

Note that the book discusses lot of issues that might be, somehow, related to the community of photographers in the USA. Might be different for you if you are not in the USA but, however, the tips are useful and thoughtful to be considered for your own benefit.
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More About the Author

Karen Dórame grew up with a camera. Her mother, Magda White, was an award-winning photographer. After a few years of being in front of the lens, she got her first twin reflex camea as a pre-teen. She went from a career in public relations to founding Special Kids Photography of America, a non profit organization that is dedicated to training photograpers to capture images of special children--photographs that are beautiful, insightful and tug at the heart. She also has a passion for infrared photography that has led to fine art images in IR color as well as black and white. Her book on infrared photography is a start-to-finish guide for creating beautiful IR images.

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