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« on: January 19, 2010, 15:44 »
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Hi photographers,

The company I work for (AWAI) does photography workshops and creates products to help people learn to take and sell better photos as stock (as well as fine art and editorial).

We occasionally send small groups of people to far corners of the globe along with a professional photo instructor to show them how to take photos they can sell.

You can get an idea of what we do here: newbielink:http://www.thephotographerslife.com [nonactive]

Right now we're looking for video tips for our e-letter and products.

If you have a tip to share with our hobbyist/beginner photographer readers -- on anything from taking great landscapes to getting natural shots of models to depth of focus to developing stock concepts... pitch the idea to us. 

What we're looking for is videos that demonstrate the tips either in person, or presentation-style and run 2-10 minutes long.

If you're interested, introduce yourself and pitch your ideas to me in a a short email: bcaton [at] awaionline.com

Thanks, and good luck!

Bonnie


« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010, 15:50 »
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Hmmm

nruboc

« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 15:55 »
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You missed the part about how much you pay.

donding

  • Think before you speak
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010, 15:56 »
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Is this another one of those "Get rich quick with your photos" websites?

« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010, 15:58 »
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No, no guys, you are missing the point, did you not read this bit;

you could make $200-$2,000 a week taking snap shots in your own backyard

See, I've been trying to do it in a studio with props and stuff. Do you accept american express?

« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010, 16:08 »
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No, no guys, you are missing the point, did you not read this bit;

you could make $200-$2,000 a week taking snap shots in your own backyard

See, I've been trying to do it in a studio with props and stuff. Do you accept american express?

Darn... I live in an appartment, I don't have a backyard.  ;D

« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2010, 16:10 »
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If you have a tip to share with our hobbyist/beginner photographer readers -- on anything from taking great landscapes to getting natural shots of models to depth of focus to developing stock concepts... pitch the idea to us. 

Most of us probably aren't interested in helping you make money by training our competition.  Thanks though!

nruboc

« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2010, 16:11 »
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No, no guys, you are missing the point, did you not read this bit;

you could make $200-$2,000 a week taking snap shots in your own backyard

See, I've been trying to do it in a studio with props and stuff. Do you accept american express?

Why would you do it in a studio when in your backyard you don't need studio lighting, you have the sun...FREE

« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2010, 00:31 »
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The company I work for (AWAI) does photography workshops and creates products to help people learn to take and sell better photos as stock (as well as fine art and editorial).
That's great. Check my portfolio, sales, and especially some editorial at DT.
We occasionally send small groups of people to far corners of the globe along with a professional photo instructor to show them how to take photos they can sell.
I'm living part time in a far corner of the world, tropical, lush and exotic. On my island, I shot all the waterfalls there are to see and those landmark landscapes can be found in major publications. Moreover, we have colorful ethnic muslims in the mountains, sunsets a galore and curved palm trees over white sand. I have good news for you. You can leave the professional instructor at home and I will be the guide and the instructor. We have urban and studio light boxes available too. So you can save on your staff.
Right now we're looking for video tips for our e-letter and products.
If you have a tip to share with our hobbyist/beginner photographer readers -- on anything from taking great landscapes to getting natural shots of models to depth of focus to developing stock concepts... pitch the idea to us.
I don't pitch but I do sell. What are your rates?

Update:
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    * How to make over $1,200 a month selling my photos online
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And much, much more
Please charge my credit card just $29.95 for this downloadable e-book and instructional videos.

Why o why have things to be so predictable?
« Last Edit: January 20, 2010, 00:50 by FD-amateur »

« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2010, 15:07 »
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Thanks, guys, for taking the time to respond.  I'm not going to explain what you already know to be true -- that it's not always the most talented photographers or the prettiest pictures that make the sale. 

Your competition has now grown to include soccer moms with entry-level SLR cameras and starving watercolorists who scrounge up enough money for a decent camera and know nothing more than how to shoot with it on Program mode.

And yes, it's true that we encourage those people to get involved in stock photography.

We believe the market is big enough for all of us.  We also believe in paying it forward.  Most of our instructors either had help getting into photography and so are willing to help others, or they had no help and a long, hard road ahead of them and so are willing to help others avoid their mistakes.

If it's not right for you, though, I understand.  But the proof is in the pudding and the photographers that work with us love what they're doing.

We pay $150-$350 for tips we can feature in our free subscription newsletter.  And the pay-rate for workshops and expeditions varies depending on what you can teach.  We're currently looking for a pet photographer if you know anyone.  Ren Netherland taught for us the year before last and he's the best.  It's been hard to find someone that can teach pet photography (and, of course, how to make money as a pet photographer) as well as he did so now that our standards are so high, we're not settling for just an average pet photographer who's not making a lot of money at it.

Anyway, if you're interested in writing or videoing for us, let me know.  Thanks!

« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2015, 17:19 »
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Thanks, guys, for taking the time to respond.  I'm not going to explain what you already know to be true -- that it's not always the most talented (...)

This is true, and I guess people around here do actually know this to be true -- their belligerent stance toward just everything smelling the least bit of business is actually confirmation (not rebuttal) of this fact.

You may try and present most anything here in this forum and you will be treated the way you have been treated here.

(At the same time, though, everyone seems to be whining at the bad-bad and greedy agencies -- yes, shutterstock-photo sucks beyond belief and, yes, videoblocks now starts * almost as much after only 1.5 years or so in business and, yes, pond5-photo sucks as well while pond5-video is a lot nicer as is shutterstock-video etc etc --, and still most of us around here would have an even harder time (and even less money) without those partially-hated microstock platforms.

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We believe the market is big enough for all of us.  We also believe in paying it forward.  Most of our instructors either had help getting into photography and so are willing to help others, or they had no help and a long, hard road ahead of them and so are willing to help others avoid their mistakes.

Like most hypocrites, the "generosity" of all these "good" people in this forum all-of-a-sudden stops when it comes to "sharing" the market: then they start acting like a pond5-photo reviewer (rejecting all newbies because they might grow into competition one day) and try to keep this a "closed shop". I realize, that @Shawn Locke in particular has been on record here time and again for being afraid of competition, I really don't get it -- "training our own competition": gimme a goddamn break, will-ya? (Good luck with that "strategy" guys, you cannot censor the internet -- but this you don't get either)...

So while I have my own criticisms when it comes to a number of the AWAI courses, I would not call them get-rich-quick stuff or anything. Yes, they are uplifting and they are a lot of help, and no, it is not as easy as usually presented and no, most of you guys make a lot more off your employment with AWAI than off your ports (I have done the numbers!) but I am the first to admit that it *is* possible to sell microstock images for profit and, what's more, HAVE FUN (!!) IN THE PROCESS and that you are doing what you teach (and love) in a good way.

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If it's not right for you, though, I understand.  But the proof is in the pudding and the photographers that work with us love what they're doing.

exactly -- unlike Obama, you're not *forcing* anyone at gunpoint to buy "Affordable Health Care" or anything but you have a money-back guarantee buyers may use if it doesn't work out for them.

And, BTW, with microstock rates as low as usually complained about here, your $150 to $350 payment would be worth a shot -- literally! So thanks for the post, Bonnie, and sorry to find out that you haven't come back since! Give it another try, another time...
« Last Edit: November 14, 2015, 17:25 by stuttershock »

« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2015, 21:08 »
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Nice going stuttershock did you just wake up from 5 years sleeping. Didn't you see the red warning that you are replying to a dead thread? 2010? OP hasn't been here in 5 years.


 

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