DON'T SHOOT | 66 Reasons NOT to Become a Professional Photographer is a humorous and snarky look at the commercial photography business written by a 30-year veteran of the advertising and editorial photo business. The book is chock full of insigntful quotes by famous photographers, and stories about the process of establishing a business in an era when everyone has a camera. Written for both veteran photographers and those thinking about venturing into the business of picture-making part-time or full-time. DON'T SHOOT is a brutal (and funny) book about all the twiddly bits that go into succeeding as a professional photographer. The book covers relationships, ethics, gear, contracts, branding, copyrights, working for free, perseverance, portfolios, style, critiques and what to expect from galleries, schools, spouses, clients, assistants, workshops and more! But don't call yet, it's all served up in a crunchy shell of humor and sarcasm. Wheee! Dirk Schafer, put on a successful Kickstarter campaign to write and print his experiences, pitfalls, mistakes and revelations in this archival hardcover book. You've never heard of him because he's one of thousands of professional photographers in the world that wake up every day to take the pictures you see in ads and magazines. If you're tired of getting advice from rich superstars that didn't make mistakes when they opened their studios, then this book is the down-to-earth reality of how hard (and rewarding) a life as a photographer can be. 6x6 inches, Image-wrap hardcover with glossy lamination. No photos, 160 pages.
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