Magazine Scammers

The latest trend in magazines to ask for submissions from photographers, but not pay them.  That’s right, they want photographers to work for free because the exposure will be good for them.   Well using the photographers photos is sure good for the magazine.  Free content – what a great way to make money.  Don’t pay for what you profit from, what if all businesses did this?

Imagine if a restaurant told a farmer give us your crops for free, it will be good exposure.  The farmer would laugh in the owner’s face.  So why don’t photographers?  Because so many don’t even value their own work.  And then they wonder how to make a living as a photographer.  Well guess what?  You’ve done it to yourself.  You have devalued your work and created a trend where what you do is not worth paying for by these companies.

Some will say it’s just my hobby.  I’m doing it for fun so why should I charge?   Suppose some decided to do your job as a hobby and didn’t charge.  Your employer got rid of you because she could get someone to do it for free.  That’s what happening.   Or the I’m not good enough to charge.  If someone wants your photos, you’re good enough to charge.

News outlets are doing he same thing.  Submit your photos of the news.  We’ll even give you credit.  And people flock to send them photos.  So the news outlet has less and less staff photographers and stringers, because they don’t need to pay for photos any more.

Photographers just say no to free photos.

Now I know maybe 3 or 4 photographers in my local area might actually follow thru, But there will sadly be over a thousand that won’t.   And worse yet, some of them are very talented, just giving it all away.  Starving artists.


Latest Trend – Boudoir Video

With every one seeming to be a photographer today, the market is getting very competitive. Those close to trends are seeing video is taking over in most areas and is now moving into boudoir. This is much tougher than photography as you can’t just fix it in Photoshop like so many photographers like to rely upon.

Keys to boudoir video are going to be lighting, camera angles and posing. Even the process of editing video takes a different mindset. We will see how this trend takes off, but we’ve already seen the websites for places like Playboy and Maxim are relying heavily on video. Clients will see this as the next big thing.

Check out the future – boudoir videos.

Is this the next big thing?  It will certainly be something that will become the trend according to the experts.

Holiday Photos

I know you probably hate it when people start talking about shopping for the holidays early.   I know I can’t stand it when I see Christmas stuff before Halloween.  But photography is one of the exceptions.

Great  photographs take time to create, retouch and print.  It is not like a DVD or shirt that you can buy a few days before.  The best photographers book up early so don’t miss your chance by waiting too long.  The photo labs start having backlogs.  Everything takes longer.


So contact your favorite photographer now to get those photos in time for the holidays.





How to get rich as a Photographer

Everyone seems to ask how to make money as a photographer, but what they really want to know is how to get rich as a photographer.  It can be done, it just requires you follow the proper steps.

1.  Be Famous!  If you are famous already and become a photographer, you will have the connections to get you to the high dollar jobs.

2. Have the Best Equipment!  How can you expect to make the big money using your $2000 camera and $500 lights.  Are you kidding.  You need to spend at least $75000+ on your camera and lights need to cost at least $30000.  This type of equipment really impresses and let’s you charge more.

3. Talk about yourself in third person!   Instead of saying, “We can do that shoot at the beach next Tuesday” say “Orcatek will be shooting on the beach Tuesday.”   Only someone of importance would dare to do that, so they must be worth a lot.

4. Have a HUGE ego!   Key phrases are “If you need to know how much, you can’t afford me”, “That photographer is a hack compared to me”, “If you are lucky, I may find time to shoot you”,  and of course “Do it my way or no way!”  Clients know anyone who behaves like that must be good.

5. Buy Photoshop and all the plug-ins you can find!   Those plug-ins will take your crappy photos look really cool and trendy.  The more effects you apply the better.  Use enough and they will know you are a Photoshop master and be ready to fork over those huge fees.

6. Dress Strange!  Wear outlandish outfits.  The wilder the better.  This lets clients know you are creative and a true artist.   You don’t follow trends you create them.  Clients eat this up and open their checkbooks to just to be seen with you.

7. Offend a Group!  Post something in your twitter feed that will get a group mad at you.  This will create a buzz.  And when people know your name the pay more.  Good groups to pick on are ones that are vocal, but people really don’t care about.  We all know who they are.

8. Art Galleries!  Put your artwork in galleries in high rent districts.   Then put stupidly high prices on them like $25,000+    People will buy it because it must be good if it is that expensive.  And once one person buys one, then everyone will want one.

9. Publish a Book!  People love photography books.   They look great on their coffee tables.  Key to this is to use really odd photos, poorly exposed, out of focus and every other way you can think of to mess them up.  You will sell a million of these as it must be great art, they just don’t understand it.

10. Have talent and work really hard!   This is the best way.  It takes a long time, but it is a great journey.   Still on my way – but maybe someday.


Why we are waiting for football season!

I just recently did a shoot with Mayra and one of my concepts I was wanting to test for my boudoir photography clients was a football theme. She was willing to give it a go and I was happy with the result.
Play Football Boudoir Photography Phoenix Arizona Pin-up Photographer Scottsdale AZ Orcatek

Of course if football players looked like this it would be an entirely different game. I will be adding this to my themes for boudoir photo shoots. I know I my glamour calendar clients will be asking for this theme.

Orcatek Boudoir Photography – Phoenix