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Hey all,

I'm a student in the northern, VA and have tons of free time! First thing I need to do is build a food portfolio since I want this to be my niche in the micro stock industry (with some portraits on the side). Any advice on how to do this? Calling restaurant and offering my services for free hasn't worked to well since I have very little to show them. What would be the best way to build up a portfolio? Once I've built the portfolio how should I go about getting opportunities for photo shoot? I was thinking of just visiting restaurants and setting up a time in the near future to photograph food, as one member suggested in another post. What props should be used/buy? How should I use my lighting? I currently own two Lowel EGO light which work great for shooting isolated objects on a white background! I have a white mini background that work nice, but also own two 1000 watt contentious light systems with soft boxes. Thanks in advance I know I've asked a lot of questions!

General Stock Discussion / Does anyone do this?
« on: January 25, 2009, 18:05 »
Does anyone ever wonder into a restaurant or business and ask to photograph food, staff, and/or customers? Telling the owner/manager that the photos are beneficial to their website and/or menus?


Do you ever approach a stranger and tell them you think you could make some quality photos with them? If they agree would you ask for them to sign a release in exchange send them some of the best pictures?

Newbie Discussion / Re: Building my microstock portfolio
« on: January 25, 2009, 03:39 »
Actually paying models for their time is out of the question. I plan to put together a home studio when I move in about 3 months. I have the lighting and just need a backdrop. I guess I should just build my portfolio using friends and family. Then have  one of my friends build me a website.

Newbie Discussion / Re: Building my microstock portfolio
« on: January 25, 2009, 00:04 »
FYI I live in northern, VA right outside of DC.

Newbie Discussion / Building my microstock portfolio
« on: January 25, 2009, 00:02 »
Hey all,

I've been working on my microstock photography for about a month and have close to 50 pictures on fotolia. Once I get my numbers higher I plan to start submitting photos to other sights as well. I'm having some trouble being able to find places where I could make some good micro stock photos and was looking for suggestions. I have my friends to photo but they are only available and willing to help out occasionally. I've yet to ask a stranger to sign a model a release, think I should start asking? Any places you could suggest would be appreciated. I'm a graduate school student and work part time. This gives me a lot of free time to take photos. I would like to try and turn this into a full time job but can't imagine how to fill a 40 hour work week of just taking photos, editing, and uploading? Suggestions greatly appreciated!!!

Newbie Discussion / Re: 1 Year on stock is it worth expanding
« on: January 24, 2009, 23:56 »
You can buy FTP software that will let you upload to multiple websites at once. Some examples are Cute FTP and classic ftp.

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