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08/23/2007 01:57:53 AM · #1
First let me say I am glad people are able to fund their hobby or profession that they are passionate about but from someone that can't hardly fund everyday necessities, how do most of you find a way to fund such nice equipment.

I need the secret! :)
08/23/2007 01:58:45 AM · #2
Self employment (write off)......
08/23/2007 02:06:55 AM · #3
I donate plasma. $3120/yr.
08/23/2007 02:13:33 AM · #4
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

I donate plasma. $3120/yr.


Where's the blood bank again?
08/23/2007 02:35:29 AM · #5
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Make your own lenses like I do : )
08/23/2007 02:57:29 AM · #6
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

I donate plasma. $3120/yr.

I see that it has funded your camera purchases well , lol
08/23/2007 03:17:39 AM · #7
Armed robbery mostly. Sometimes I get into the wife's purse.
08/23/2007 03:29:41 AM · #8
I sell some photos here.
08/23/2007 04:22:30 AM · #9
Saaaaaaaaaaaave, borrow. ;)
08/23/2007 04:44:32 AM · #10
I sell some stock photo's, that also helps me pay for other stuff on ebay, my stock payments go into paypals and I buy on ebay from paypal sellers :).

Link to my stock pic's in my sig, (Shameless plug hehe).
08/23/2007 05:07:04 AM · #11
i just use the money i would use on a car on camera equipment instead. hence me not having a car.
08/23/2007 05:32:48 AM · #12
Stock. Its paid for most of my lenses, and I have enough sitting at shutterstock at the moment for a nice new 40D!
08/23/2007 06:17:57 AM · #13
I sell drugs... I use others needs to pay for my own....

But seriously though, I normally take a loan from my bank or 401k. Sometimes I have enough in the stock market to get what I want. Sometimes it just happens to be credit and repay......

08/23/2007 07:00:49 AM · #14
Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

... I normally take a loan from my bank ...

Wonder what the bank thought of you taking a loan for a Fischer Price camera?! He-he. :D
08/23/2007 07:02:34 AM · #15
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

... I normally take a loan from my bank ...

Wonder what the bank thought of you taking a loan for a Fischer Price camera?! He-he. :D


I took an unsercured loan for that one.... So they didnt know what I was buying... But you should have seen the look on the cashiers face when I told her I was planning to do professional photography with it :)
08/23/2007 07:21:03 AM · #16
Loan(s) out of the question for me. I owe to many doctor and hospital bills that I having to pay on.
401k out of the question for me. No job due to disability means no 401k plan. I had to use my acquired 401k when I lost my job almost 4 years ago.
Stock sites out of question, not camera at this time.
Guess I'm out of luck for a while. :(

I will get my 350d back soon (hopefully) and/or purchase a new camera, whenever that maybe.

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08/23/2007 07:34:36 AM · #17
Originally posted by swhiddon:

Loan(s)
Stock sites out of question, not camera at this time.


Well not really if you have old images that you could edit and submit.

I started by using my challenge out takes and I have been away from any serious photography for 12 months or more but I keep getting paid for my stock images :). Kinda like writing a book, do it once and gather the royalty payments every time it sells.
08/23/2007 07:41:46 AM · #18
Not that I have great stock images, but what are some good stock sites to get me started?
08/23/2007 07:43:59 AM · #19
Originally posted by swhiddon:

Not that I have great stock images, but what are some good stock sites to get me started?

Selling photos online

Other threads in this forum section as well...the one above should get you started. :) Good luck.
08/23/2007 07:44:49 AM · #20
My hobby(habit) is being funded by busting my butt working 3 jobs. I work a 40 hour job during the week(4 10 hour days) I work as a stringer for the local newspaper, and I do computer repairs/builds that I do in my "spare" time. Its all a matter of how bad do I want/need that next item to fill my camera bag.

MattO
08/23/2007 07:52:54 AM · #21
Oops. Forgot to mention the funding part. :) I've had some success recently doing some reselling on eBay. Find the bargains, then turn them around to make a few bucks.
08/23/2007 08:04:08 AM · #22
I sell trees. I have two nurseries full of trees and when business is normal (not slow like now) I go into "overtime mode" and sell extra trees.

Example:

22 palms or flowering trees at wholesale price equals a D300.
7 palms or flowering trees planted at retail price equals a D300.

Sounds simple (not always). Now that Nikon has announced two new cameras and five new lenses (oooooh, 24-70 f2.8) it's time to get to work.
08/23/2007 08:08:02 AM · #23
I'm "show photographer" for our local dressage/eventing association. We have 4 shows a year and I shoot between my classes (that's why I called my little side business "Between Rounds Equine Photography".) I usually make $200-$300 per show. I don't charge a whole lot-$5 for a 4x6, $7 for a 5x7 and $10 for an 8x10. I do a little bit of photoshop to fix color and develop them at Wal-Mart.

08/23/2007 08:09:37 AM · #24
Sell my kidney...
Blood bank...
Sperm bank...
08/23/2007 08:15:56 AM · #25
Originally posted by MattO:

My hobby(habit) is being funded by busting my butt working 3 jobs. I work a 40 hour job during the week(4 10 hour days) I work as a stringer for the local newspaper, and I do computer repairs/builds that I do in my "spare" time. Its all a matter of how bad do I want/need that next item to fill my camera bag.

MattO

I remember those days. 80+ hours a week, meeting, travel arrive at work at 7:00 am get home around 10:00 pm at night. Loved my career even with the long hours. Would love to be able to do that again. I'm 42 and began working when I was 15, only being out of work 30 days until August 2000 when I began getting sick and finally having to resign in March 2004.
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