Thursday, July 17, 2014


This year, we can also add a Live View from Lower River.

Bookmark this and check back all Summer long. Sometimes there are loads of bears, sometimes just one or two. Anytime you look, it's awesome!

"Check back on off hours for highlights."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Make Money with your Camera, Part III

I've posted a couple of times with some ideas and guidelines for making money with your camera. 

I'm now going to review a site I've been using that has been good for my business:

How does ThumbTack work?

It's free to sign up, whether looking for work or looking to hire. People post asking for bids for jobs in your area. You can set up your account with what you consider your local area. Also, choose what types of jobs you want to bid on.

You then purchase credits to use when bidding.  Credits are reasonably priced and most jobs only require 2 to 4 credits to bid.

Since people are definitely looking to hire someone for a specific job, there isn't much time wasted for you or them. Set up a good profile page and be very specific in your details of the bid. Just like you would for an in-person bid.

What I like about this is it opens up for people for other areas to ask for bids in my local area. For instance, a national service for grant writing needed photos of a business in my area. They posted for my area, I responded, got a nice fee for an easy afternoon's work. Another example, a realty firm in the state bordering mine has a property they represent in my area. (The client owns properties in several states.) They needed a realty photographer to update their files. Instead of sending one of their regulars for an out of state job, they posted, I responded, another nice invoice for me.

A huge plus for me is the time and expense involved in bidding. Consider, if I were to drive to a location, inspect it, and submit a bid, I have already invested my time, gas, postage, etc... Buying credits to bid online is actually far less expensive when you add that all up.

It can be for different types of photography. I've seen requests for portraits, newborn, events, weddings, and modeling. Also, commercial photography including products and properties.

Hope this encourages you to keep trying.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Positive feedback is nice

Positive feedback is nice, isn't it? I recently just had two different clients tell me my work for them was "perfect" and "even better than asked for." I'll be using their glowing recommendations to show prospective new clients.

And it brings up a good point. We need to give commendation to others. Especially when they have done a superior job for us.

Like my slide scanning from Scan Cafe. I was expecting a good job, what I got was close to perfect. I love being able to use my older images in the new digital world without worrying about scanning with my own equipment. Not only is Scan Cafe's equipment of high grade, their technicians cleaned, adjusted, enhanced the images to close to the original quality as shot. Awesome!

Have you used a service that turned out well for you? Let them know. Even in the giant corporate world, individual workers or teams can be praised.

Has a model you hired (even if work-for-prints), been a joy to direct? Let them know. 

Let others know, too.

 A little positive note for my photography thoughts this week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Moon and Mars

On the night of July 5th, the Moon (Earth's natural satellite) will either occult or come very close to Mars for certain Western Hemisphere viewers.

Here is a map (via Sky & Telescope) :

If you get to see it, try photographing it. As bright as these two objects are, even a partly cloudy night will still make for some nice photos.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great Deal on a Pentax K-50 Outfit

The Pentax K-50 is a very nice mid level DSLR. 16MP APS-C, in body image stabilization, weather proof, can use many legacy K-mount lenes...

Now til the end of this month, Adorama is offering a kit of this camera for an astonishingly low price. The camera, 18-55 lens, 50-200 lens, AF-200FG flash, gadget bag, 16GB card, and a nice piece of software for around what the camera and kit lens alone used to go for.

$596.95 with free shipping and 4% back in Adorama Rewards.

Prices below are after applying coupon code PENTAXJUNE at checkout.

Get it in BLACK, RED, or WHITE

Read an in depth review from

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sky and Telescope observing tools

Sky & Telescope has some awesome online resources for amateur astronomers.

This Week's Sky at a Glance is one of their best tools. It tells you where and when certain very photograph-able events are going to be happening. The crescent Moon will be in the same sky area from June 23rd to 25th. The predawn passing by Venus on the 24h will probably be the best photo op for most of us.

Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter in 1989