Blogging Bootcamp: Take Professional Photos for Less
Posted: 04/07/11 2:00 PM (Modified: 04/07/11 2:00 PM)
I've partnered up with Carissa Miller from C.C. Miller Photography to teach our next Blogging Bootcamp Workshop in May! I'm going to be teaching all about how to take your blog to the next level by making money on your blog and writing to attract an audience while Carissa is going to spill the beans about taking awesome photographs and implementing great design into your blog.
I've asked Carissa to send in a Blogging Bootcamp posts with awesome tips (which she'll be sharing at the workshop) and ideas for your blog. Find out how to pick up a pricey camera for less from C. C. Miller Photography:
“I would love to take nice pictures of my kids and family, but I can’t afford a nice camera.”
I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say that. So many people out there think that they can’t afford a nice camera. They would love to take amazing pictures of their family, but they “just can’t afford one of those fancy dslr cameras.” Are you one of those people? If so, today I am going to tell you why you are wrong!
My name is Carissa Miller
. Two years ago I was a mom who had never used a dslr (digital single lens reflex ) camera. Now I am a professional photographer and blogger who is passionate about using photography to capture life’s moments.
When my first son reached crawling age, I started complaining to my husband about how our little point and shoot was messing up every picture that I wanted to take of our son. You know what I’m talking about…you push the button and “click, click, click…(insert 5 second annoying delay here)” and then you missed that cute little expression or that sweet moment. DARN POINT AND SHOOT! Well, my sweet husband bought me a dslr or as I mentioned, a digital single lens reflex camera for my first Mother’s Day. It was a Nikon D40.
I am ashamed to say that I didn’t touch the thing for four years. I was intimidated by it. Then, one blessed day, I decided to take a photography class. And I fell in love. I took pictures of my kids and posted them to my blog. People saw them and asked me to take pictures of their kids. Eventually I was so busy that we realized it was time for me to start my own photography business. So began C.C. Miller Photography.
Today I want to show you some pictures that I took with my old Nikon D40. These were pictures from the first sessions that people actually paid me for. I was using an almost 5 year old camera and no professional editing software at this point.
Not bad, huh? Now what would you say if I told you that the camera that took these pictures could be bought used for LESS than what you would pay for a new point and shoot? That’s right. A new point and shoot costs on average from between $139 to $169 but they can even be as expensive as $600 or more. What if you took that $139 and applied it to a used dslr camera instead?
How? Well I’m glad you asked. There are several amazing websites that you can buy used camera equipment for.
– need to stay within a certain budget? Click on “Advanced options” and you can even enter a price range!
- notice in the green tab at the top where it says “shop the used store.” From there you can click on digital cameras, then dslr cameras. If you want to just go straight there, click here
. Again…what’s your price range? You can click on a specific range that you want to stay within and it will show you all the used equipment within that range.
– we have all heard of and probably used Craigslist before. I check it at least once a week for photography equipment. You can definitely find used dslr’s.
So this is me, just a girl who loves photography and loves how, if used correctly, it can capture life in a way that nothing else can, trying to tell you that you CAN afford a dslr. If you are one of those people who have always been interested in taking GREAT photos of your family and loved ones but thought you couldn’t afford a nice camera, this is me telling you…YOU CAN.
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