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The Photographer's Guide to Making Money: 150 Ideas for Cutting Costs and Boosting Profits [Paperback]

Karen Dorame
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Book Description

July 1, 2009 1584282576 978-1584282570 Original
This comprehensive reference guide discusses opening a photography studio from the ground up, what equipment to purchase, how to make the most of marketing, and how to streamline production efforts.

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Editorial Reviews


"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."  —

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282570
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 13 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: #1,522,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and pro's July 2, 2009
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
1.0 out of 5 stars The Idea That is Forgotten January 14, 2011
By Telnt
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource and Ideas for Photographers July 2, 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Some things to consider
This book is great for people contemplating entering the world of photography. It has a lot of good tips and suggestions that come in handy and some you might not have thought... Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Richard K-H Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book full of economical ideas
This book is exactly a detailed list of ideas. I has tons of helpful info for equipment and education as well. Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by Ebeakin
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
some great insights and ideas about the practicalities of photography business, highly recommended. Helped me create some of the stuff you see here: [...]
Published on April 18, 2010 by Shibu M. Lekshman
5.0 out of 5 stars A straightforward book packed with great ideas
Packed with ideas, many of them simple, to help your hobby or business prosper. A nice attribute of this book is that it does not matter what photographic skill level you are on,... Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by Dawn Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with practical tips
Karen Dorame's THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY uses the insights of a dozen top professionals to cover established, successful business practices in photography. Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Every photographer should have this in their toolkit
This is the perfect book for this time considering the economy. It is packed full of cut to the chase ideas that are practical and simple but very effective. Read more
Published on August 5, 2009 by Cassandra Medley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Basics for a Great Business
I've read Karen's new book of ideas for making money in the photography business twice now. It's an easy read and packed full of ideas for photographers about to go into business. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by Ted York
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book For Your Photo Business
Karen's insight into the many things you can do to start your photography business off on the right foot or to pump new energy into your business if it's grown stale is right on... Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by David Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for every photographer
This book has lots of timely info on how to make it as a professional photographer. The format is easy to follow and offers more of a "salad bar" approach. Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by H. Lewis
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