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Goofy

« on: March 22, 2014, 19:26 »
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Due to my deteriorating lower back (discs and bone spurs) I have dropped part of my business- no longer can I take portraits of people outside my house. Carrying the big sDLR and all the lighting equipment is physically impossible for me. Thus I am limited to studio work with my camera mounted on a tripod. Oh, well it can be worse I guess  :-\

 


farbled

« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2014, 21:05 »
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Due to my deteriorating lower back (discs and bone spurs) I have dropped part of my business- no longer can I take portraits of people outside my house. Carrying the big sDLR and all the lighting equipment is physically impossible for me. Thus I am limited to studio work with my camera mounted on a tripod. Oh, well it can be worse I guess  :-\

You need some students and semi-pros looking for experience! :) I shlepped gear for years for pros before I got out on my own. Sorry to hear about your issues, I can relate, had to give up pretty much all paid shooting outside my home. Hope you find creative ways to make up the difference. Best of luck!

lisafx

« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 22:47 »
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Very sorry to hear that Goofy.   I also have had quite a few health issues recently, some of which include back and knee problems.  I couldn't shoot if it wasn't for my husband carrying the gear and setting up the lighting. 

I agree with farbled.  You may be able to find a student or even just a teen who needs a few extra bucks to carry your gear.  Even better, find a teen who wants some portraits taken and trade them for some assistance.  Even the models might be willing to help. 

In the meantime, I am sure you can do a lot of good work in your home studio. 

Best of luck to you, from one sufferer to another. 

lisafx

« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2014, 22:49 »
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Oh, and if you haven't found a good chiropractor, I highly recommend getting one.  Regular chiropractic adjustments and massage have helped me A LOT!

« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2014, 01:47 »
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Five years ago I also thought I had to stop doing shoots with people, animals and outdoor subjects because of hip artrosis (at 50!) and very painful wrists/shoulders.  My physiotherapist said that moving less would make things worse, and she was right.  So I changed my eating habits drastically :  0% sugar  :'(, less meat and much more fruit and veggies, plus daily turmuric, glucosamine and mild exercise (20 minutes/day on my home trainer bike).  Today I can do every photo session that I want, as long as I don't have to walk great distances ... and I haven't seen my physiotherapist in 2 years  :)

I am not saying these things will solve your problems, but as nothing of the above is unhealthy, and there is no prescription medicine involved, anyone with joints/muscles/back problems could give it a try.  Only, you have to be very patient - you'll only see improvement after 4 to 6 months, and it's not a temporary thing, it's for life ...

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2014, 11:10 »
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Oh, and if you haven't found a good chiropractor, I highly recommend getting one.  Regular chiropractic adjustments and massage have helped me A LOT!
Yes Chiros are great and you will find that some of the little problems you have will go away after a visit.

« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2014, 12:17 »
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Sorry to hear - Maybe time to discover something new - like tabletop or food?

farbled

« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2014, 14:12 »
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Sorry to hear - Maybe time to discover something new - like tabletop or food?
Shooting food is fun! (and fattening, I eat everything I shoot) :)

ShadySue

« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2014, 14:14 »
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Sorry to hear - Maybe time to discover something new - like tabletop or food?

Hope Goofy has a high table and plenty of room.
I find tabletop the very worst on my back, as I have neither.

Goofy

« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2014, 21:24 »
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Thank you all so much- All great advice. I did cut my sugar out of my diet and I have more energy!  I consider this just an new chapter in my life- Actually the majority of my sales are from still life images thus will continue to shoot more and save my back at the same time. Funny how 20% of images are producing 80% of my revenue? If only I could figure out how to shoot more of those 20%  ::)



« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2014, 22:24 »
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<snip> Funny how 20% of images are producing 80% of my revenue? If only I could figure out how to shoot more of those 20%  ::)
  The 20- 80 rule is something that they teach in business schools...and you are right about trying to increase the 20%   :)

Goofy

« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2014, 09:18 »
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The sad part is that I don't even realize when I shot a 20% (Gem)! Thus telling me that I am so far from being a pro  :(



« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2014, 11:42 »
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I don't think we ever know which will be the 20%er.... It depends so much on the search engine placement and maybe some luck?


 

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