Sh@t Happens

No matter how prepared you are, whenever you shoot on location something is going to come up that is totally unexpected. I don’t know why this is, I only know that it’s never not happened to me in over 25 years of production.

Often this unexpected occurrence can be a “shoot threatening” emergency that is totally unforeseen. For instance, I can recall my sound man informing me, “I’m worried, I’m peeing blood” as we sailed away on the Royal Princess from Acapulco toward the Panama Canal with our next stop five days away. (Fortunately there were great doctors onboard.) Other times this can be just a little glitch, such as the time we were shooting a waterslide and as we were ready to lock and load we discovered we had the wrong tape for the camera we were using. It literally would not fit into the carriage. And it was Saturday. And the nearest resource for the correct tape was twenty miles away. And they were closed. At the time this seemed like more than “a little glitch” but we solved the problem and got everything done, though we chased the sun all day because of the delay.

Knowing that a curve ball is going to come my way every single time, I’ve developed several policies to “prepare for the unexpected”. The best one is to be thoroughly prepared for all the normal contingencies. But on any shoot at least one thing will come up that is totally unexpected. So I’ve come up with a corollary to the “be prepared” motto, and that is “be really flexible”.
So much of location production depends on keeping a cool head and being able to come up with creative solutions to unusual situations. Experience helps, but only as a calming influence. The problems do need to be solved. Which brings up my third policy for location shooting, “never get complacent”. Even when you feel you’ve got every fire put out and every weird event handled, don’t stop watching for more. A recent commercial shoot we did for a toy company really brought this home to me.

The company wanted to shoot two spots, one featuring a toy digital camera and the other a stuffed pony that kids could actually ride and scoot along by bouncing on the saddle. We really needed three days to get all the shots on the storyboard, but the budget only allowed for two. We decided to shoot over a weekend so we wouldn’t have to deal with school issues for the kids. Still, it was a pretty tight schedule and one that made me nervous. As luck would have it we found a location in Studio City with the perfect house interior and, right next door, the perfect driveway for our ponies. This would allow for maximum production time as we could prep one area once we were up and shooting at the other.

All was in readiness as we began on Saturday. Everything went swimmingly and we miraculously got all the shots we had intended. (Did I mention one of the spots included the classic Hollywood Headaches: dogs and a baby!!) So I was feeling pretty good on Sunday morning since the most difficult day was behind us. Things were going so well on the Pony Driveway set I decided to check on the prep for the afternoon back at the house. I was feeling pretty smug about things as I watched the caterer setting up on the lawn for our lunch.

That’s when I noticed a peculiar odor coming from the front of the house. Upon closer inspection, I noticed a flow of raw sewage literally pouring from a pipe in the ground. My heart sank. Just when I thought I was cruising toward the finish line, disaster struck. And it was my fault! In one of those “Producer moments” I had decided to save some money by forgoing the normal “honey wagon” (mobile outhouse) rental because the homeowners had graciously offered up their bathrooms.

Oops! I was 30 minutes away from the crew, the clients, and the kids coming over for lunch with no where to go to the bathroom and raw sewage flowing onto the lawn just a few feet from where that lunch was being set up. It was Sunday. Way too late to call the honey wagon folks. Fortunately I had a very resourceful Production Coordinator who was instantly on the phone and with offers of money and food enticed a Roto Rooter company to make an emergency stop.

They were there and gone within twenty minutes with the problem handled. When the cast, crew and clients showed up for lunch, the only evidence was a slight lingering smell. No one was the wiser and we went on to produce a great commercial spot which ended up selling out all the Giddy-Up Ponies for the 2008 Christmas Holiday Season. But as I said earlier, you just gotta remember that “Sh@t Happens”.

Sell Photography Online – Get Paid Good Money For Your Photos Doing This

Do you sell photography or do you want to learn about what it takes to sell them for the highest amount possible? It yes, there are some vital steps you need to follow and be aware of. Lots of folks have a great desire to earn money from the different photographs they have taken. Selling photography online has become really big, yet not so many people know that lots of money can be made within a short period of time doing this.

Why waste an opportunity to earn some extra cash? Why leave money on the table which could effortlessly be yours? Before you remove that photograph you took some time back, think twice. You might be deleting a chance to earn some cash. It’s what I call the quick cash method. I almost cried of pleasant joy when I was introduced to this money earning venture. I was amazed how easy it was to sell any type of picture I had taken. No matter the subject matter of your images, there is always an interested buyer online.

Many people are literarily throwing away money. They could be making a lot more than they are presently doing. The business concept of making money by selling photographs has become very profitable and realty sophisticated. Those profiting from it are constantly on the look out for good info on how to make money from this concept. Many online and offline publications and websites constantly need new photographs to use.

They want people like us to provide these images for them. You can sell photography whenever you want without leaving your home. Just log on to the internet, and visit buyer sites to get cash for your photos. There is enough room for everyone. The photo each person takes is always unique and this means it is needed. You can really sell photography for solid cash.

The various types of pictures being sold are quite vast. Gone are the days when only some types of photographs were accepted. The multimedia world we now live in, demands for more and more categories of photographs. You may either decide to focus on a particular niche or you could focus on taking different categories of photographs. The choice is really yours. Both ways have advantages and disadvantages. Most people feel concentrating on a subject matter brings out good pictures for them.

If thats what you desire, then its ok.. You must try and concentrate on taking good quality photographs. You dont have to be an expert or have the most modern of all photograph taking tools. Dont stress yourself too much about this because most times the best pictures come up when you least expect it.

Its almost impossible to predict which picture would do most excellently. The important thing is that you can get lots of pictures sold. This greatly increases your chances of making adequate cash from the sale of photographs. Those who sell photography should take note of this.

But you need to be careful of sites that will only pay you peanuts for your pictures. Many of them would for example buy a picture from you at about 9 cents and then go out to resell it for maybe 5 dollars, 10 dollars, 50 dollars, 100 dollars or more. They can do this because they have access to the list of “high paying” buyers.

What you need to do is gain access to these buyers and sell directly to them. That’s what I’m doing and this is why I get paid very well for my pictures. It’s not because my photos are of excellent quality. It’s because I know how and where to submit them. This is what separates the big players from the small ones.

You can learn how to sell photography by following a plan that would show you what to do to find buyers. Learn to choose buyers who will pay you well for your photos. You will make money and get well paid when you select your buyers carefully.

Selling Photos – This Is What You Need To Do To Get Well Paid Instantly

Selling photos on the web to good paying photo buyers isn’t as difficult as many people really think. To succeed with this you need to simply understand the process for making money with your photos. It’s my hope that the information here will help you start making good money from selling of your photos, even within the next few hours.

This method of making money is literarily one of my best methods of bringing in the extra cash I need. This way of generating cash helped get me out of debt within days. I’m still amazed that not many people are doing this. The market for fresh photos is so big that I don’t think it can ever be saturated. Besides, every photograph is unique and quite different.

Quite a lot of people have a great wish to earn cash from the different photographs they have previously taken. Why throw away a chance to earn extra buck? Why leave bucks on the table that could easily be yours? Before you remove that photograph you took some time back, think again. You might be deleting an opportunity to earn cash.

What I especially love about this cash method is that the pictures I send in for sale don’t have to look professional. It isn’t a photo competition. Remember that. The photos I have earned the most money from are those which looked quite amateurish. I guess what they liked about them is basically the reality I was capturing through my lens. Selling photos is big business and it’s even getting bigger by the day.

My wish for years was to find a method of getting an extra income to supplement my regular job. When I found the photo selling method, I almost cried with joy.

Now, I could combine my photography hobby with making money. What can be better then that? I have never looked back since I started supplementing my income this way. I use this to get a quick boost of cash. It works so well every time, because the demand for all types of photos is so high.

Selling photos is really interesting. People are literarily throwing away money. They could be making a lot more than they are presently doing. The business concept of making money by selling photos has become very profitable and more advanced. Those who profit from it are constantly on the look out for good info on how to make money from this concept.

The various types of pictures being sold are really vast. Gone are the days when only certain types of photographs were acceptable. The multimedia world we now live in, requires more and more types of photographs. You may either decide to focus on a chosen niche or you could focus on taking various categories of photographs. The decision on which way you chose is yours. Both ways have advantages and disadvantages. This is what selling photos is all about. Most people feel concentrating on a niche brings out better photos for them.

Maybe that’s what you wish for, then it’s ok to do that. You must try and focus on taking quality photographs. I’m not saying you have to be an expert or have the most modern of all photography equipments. Don’t stress yourself too much about this because most times the finest pictures come up when you least expect it.

It’s almost impossible to envisage which picture would do most well. The important thing here is that you can get a lot of pictures sold. This greatly increases your chances of making adequate money from selling photographs.

Many media organizations and websites need freshly taken photos. They need photos not seen anywhere else. They are ready to pay you well for this. The pictures they buy from you attract new visitors to their websites and new subscribers to their magazines. They know their visitors will only come back to their sites when they have a daily dose of fresh photos.

Selling photos is extremely rewarding. Those who start now will be able to cash in on this fast.

When Did Photography Become An Art Form?

Since the dawn of time, humanity has searched for ways to express the world around them in visual form. Sculptors like Praxiteles, Auguste Rodin, Michelangelo and the unknown artist who crafted the Venus de Milo have filled the art history books. Painters, such a Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Salvador Dali, have their works in hundreds of museums and on the walls of private collectors.

Although the question of whether photography is an art form is still half-heartedly debated by some, and has been since the 16th century, many photographers have joined the ranks of famous artists. Several photographs, framed or enlarged, black and white or color, now populate the walls and museums of the world. However, only in the past century or so has photography been recognized as any kind of art, much less fine art.

Originally, photography was the “unwanted stepchild” of the arts, a poor relation to drawing and painting. Because of the camera’s mechanical nature, say the detractors, it doesn’t require any real skill. The need for hand to eye coordination is minimal, the subject of the photograph comes “ready-made” and the photographer doesn’t need to be creative or imaginative. In short, a monkey could do it.

Considered an industrial art or a documentary device, the medium still caused much consternation amongst the artists of other mediums. Many were afraid that photography would cause the loss of livelihood. Others saw a disintegration of the arts, distorted by the photographic lens.

So what changed? The art world met Peter Henry Emerson. A photographer himself, Emerson believed that, if a photograph brought “aesthetic pleasure to the viewer”, it was art. No matter how it came into being. In 1889, he founded a fine-art photography movement, calling it “naturalistic” photography.

George Davison and Horsley Hinton, along with Emerson, wrote many pieces claiming that their chosen art was not just a method of documenting and recording. In addition to the common uses, they suggested, photographs could be pictorial in nature, selected for their appeal and beauty.

Around 1892, pictorial photography became accepted throughout the world, vindicating many who had argued for the medium to be included under “art”. That same year, Alfred Stieglitz begged photographers in America to bring art photography to the country. In 1897, America embraced the first pictorial exhibit in Philadelphia and has accepted as an art form ever since.

Once acceptance was garnered, photographers began cropping up everywhere. All you really needed was to own a camera and a good eye. For instance, the “father of photojournalism”, Alfred Eisenstaedt, started taking photos at the young age of 14. He sold his first photograph in 1927 and had never had any training – just a good eye and a camera. His unstaged photographs, taken in the spur of a moment, have delighted and amazed viewers since 1928.

Throughout his entire career, Eisenstaedt never put aside the “amateurish” sense of adventure. He never felt the need to overburden himself with unnecessary equipment, and carried out his photojournalistic assignments merely by catching events at the right time.

Ansel Adams, whose landscape photography graces many walls, calendars and book pages, is another example. Although he had trained to become a concert pianist, a trip to Yosemite National Park and a Kodak Brownie box camera began a new era for Adams. From 17 until his death in 1984, he dedicated his life, an extensive array of fine art photography and music to the beauty of nature and the need to preserve the natural world’s wonders and resources.

Whether art or science, one cannot look upon the works of Ansel Adams, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Anne Geddes, Dorothea Lange, Edward Curtis and many others without feeling at least a small sense of awe. If a picture truly says a thousand words, their voices will be heard for many years to come.