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Performing arts photography can be a lucrative sideline


April 2018 issue Business

Add $50K or more to your bottom line© Terry Bateman Photographer Terry Bateman“Once you’ve been involved in performing arts, it gets in your blood,” says Terry Bateman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, a veteran of performing arts and music programs in his school days. “It’s something that stays with you, becomes part of you.”In 1979, Bateman was able to translate his affinity for the performing arts into a budding photography career when a local lab hired him to photograph some nearby... Continue Reading >

Liquid canvas: Steffen Binke’s underwater portrait photography


March 2018 issue Profiles

What does underwater portrait photographer Steffen Binke hope to produce when he clicks his shutter? “Art,” he says, and then—without skipping a beat—notes that he’s not being boastful. “I’m not interested in merely producing images,” he says from his Queensland, Australia, home studio with spacious in-ground swimming pool. “I want to produce artistic portraits that could just as well hang in an art gallery as on the walls of my clients’ homes.”Steffen Binke © Steffen... Continue Reading >

A primer for deep space photography


January 2018 issue News

It takes more than 100 captures to create one deep-space image, says Chris Garner, Cr.Photog., CPP, whose astrophotography unmasks the hidden colors, shapes, and mysteries of deep-space star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies not decipherable to the naked eye.Photographing these celestial targets requires multiple, precise, long captures, he explains. Garner uses an older Canon 5D Mark II paired with either a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens or an Orion 80mm refractor telescope (480mm, f/6 quivalent). This... Continue Reading >

The drama of theater photography


June 2017 issue Profiles

"Theater magic” is a well-worn phrase. William Shakespeare linked theater and illusion in his plays “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with fairies) and “The Tempest” (with a sorcerer). It applies to what audiences feel at productions as diverse as high school drama club plays and Broadway musicals. And it spurs theater practitioners through the hard work, long hours, and years of study required to be part of such illusion. It also motivates the photographers who capture still images of... Continue Reading >

Business tips: Put strategy behind your passion


4.21.2017 Business

Because it’s not enough to love what you doDo what you love and money will follow. Who hasn’t heard that heartfelt but incomplete advice? Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., notes that without a strategy behind the passion, you’re just hoping to earn a living instead of planning on it.Deaton offers some advice to fellow photographers looking to follow their joy and pay the bills:© Suzanne DeatonGet educated. “Earning my master of photography from PPA was the best... Continue Reading >

How to dominate your photographic specialty


March 2017 issue Business

When agricultural photographer Todd Klassy launched his business in 2010, he did so with two underlying objectives that helped him quickly establish himself as one of the most successful photographers in his market:1. Own his niche 2. Own his locationSure, that sounds great, but how does one accomplish these dual goals? Klassy breaks down a few more specific suggestions to help you carve out your own successful corner of the photographic landscape, and then establish yourself as the... Continue Reading >

Owning his niche: Todd Klassy’s agricultural photography


March 2017 issue Profiles

When Todd Klassy was 9 years old, his father was badly injured in a tractor accident while working on the family farm. He spent months laid up and recovering from his injuries. Devastated emotionally and financially, the family wasn’t sure how they’d get through the upcoming harvest. What happened next was like a scene out of a feel-good TV commercial. At harvest time, all the farmers in the county showed up with equipment to help pick corn. Women arrived with plates of food, and the... Continue Reading >

Weddings with a Rocky view


February 2017 issue Profiles

Darren Roberts is miles from where he started—and sometimes miles from anywhere. That’s entirely the point.Roberts, an erstwhile neuroscience student, was on the brink of a career in dentistry when he had a change of heart. “I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it,” he says. So he pulled up his roots in Saskatchewan, Canada, and relocated to Calgary, on the edge of the picturesque Canadian Rockies.Roberts enrolled in photography school, which had a heavy commercial focus. From the... Continue Reading >

Golden Hour


June 2016 issue Profiles

Kansas Pitts bottles beach vacation joyThe beach is a popular place for families to gather for their annual vacation. And Kansas Pitts, who’s based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has seen more than her share of them, happily. Her studio, which sees return clients from throughout the Southeast each year, thrives on these sun-soaked vacationers.When she started out, Pitts planned to focus on newborn photography, signing up for workshops to learn more about that niche. In the meantime, she... Continue Reading >
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