"Digital Camera Cash"

by midasman09 Banned
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Hello....some yrs ago I went skiiing in Aspen, Co. On the slope and at the bottom were PhotoGraphers who handed me a card that said something like, "Get Your Photo Taken! Pick up Photo/s after 4pm at 123 Main!"

The operation was making a BUNDLE....taking photos of Skiers....then telling them where to pick up the photos. When I went to their photo shop there were TWO LINES of Skiers standing in line to see their photo and PAY for them.

Fast forward to last week. My grandkids went to a big carnival in Chgo and a gal dressed in a clown suit....appeared in front of them (and their parents) and said..."Smile! I'll snap your picture!"

My family smiled...the clown handed my son a card that said; "Your Picture has been taken, go to (Photo Website to see it)"

So....my son didn't go to the site, and he threw the card away BUT....I think it's a GREAT Money-Making Idea.

I know there's photographers at Disneyland that take photos of people and make GOOD money.

With the EMployment situation pretty bad (in my area and...many other areas in the country) I thought, Here's a good way to make money without it costing much to set up.

A Digital Camera and a WebSite where photos could be uploaded and...a way for people photographed to go up and see their photos...and buy....and have mailed to them (I don't think I'd want to email the photos.

The Photog could go to;
* Zoos
· Parks
· Sporting Events
· Family Reunions
· Tourist Attractions
· Conventions/Hotels
· Company Picnics
· Bachelor Parties
· Any local hotspot in the area

Well...when I mentioned this to a buddy today...he almost came UNglued. "Donny, Donny....let's do this!"

1) I think people would LIKE to have their photos taken at these events
2) I think they'd be willing to pay $10 or $12 for the Photo (with discounts for multiples)
3) I "think" there's a way to set this up on a website or...there might already be a service we could "log into".

1) I'd like YOUR Opinions here on this Forum as to what YOU think about this idea
2) Would any of you know of someone doing this now or...a software prgram or Java-Script I could use on a website?

Thanks much,
Don Alm
#digital camera cash
  • Profile picture of the author bob ross
    I take my family to a waterpark (enchanted forest/water safari in old forge ny) often and there's pretty girls walking around that take pictures of your kids as they go down slides and stuff. They put a plastic arm band on you after and tell you to pick up your photo after an hour at the front booth.

    then you walk down there ready to get your picture and see that it costs $12 lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZNICK
    If you can set it up where you hire the people to take the pictures and then sell them online or whatever it may be good... but if you're going to take the pictures yourself and do the selling it sounds a lot like a job.


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  • Profile picture of the author windelsolutions
    This seems a good idea but depends on what level you will be implementing it. Will you be offering the service via WEBSITE where photographers register and they do take the photographs at various tourist place, or you will be taking the pictures yourself and doing all the work together ?

    If implemented in a correct manner, I guess this can be a huge success.
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  • Profile picture of the author CollegeCEO
    Wow that's actually a really good idea that I never thought about. The only issue I could see is if people got pissed at you for taking pictures without their permission and telling them about it after the fact. But I'm sure most people would be fine with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayankgangwal
    That is great idea but it will only for photgrapher not good for someone selling the website and some type of online service.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
      Hi Don, If your photographers want to work for peanuts then your plan may work if they are only looking to earn an extra $100 or so for a full days work.

      There was a website back in 2004 that had hundreds of photographers doing this. I tested it and only made a few bucks and within 2 years they went out of business.

      I have been in this niche for years and often earn $10,000+ per weekend by organizing portrait shoots and selling people images that I paid someone else $18 - $25 per hour to take for me.

      Now a couple of years ago I got lazy and started researching and studying what all of the photo marketing gurus were preaching and selling. Every week continuing to today I purchase everything that can help me make more with a camera. Purchased several thousand dollars worth of courses every year but seldom is there anything new.

      None of them except for one markets like I do. I guess when you discover something that works you tend to want to keep the secret to yourself for fear that your competitors will use it against you. You already know what that is from speaking to you in the past.

      Now one of the products I purchased was a $300 course that simply showed you a website that the "Photo Guru" claimed was making him a boatload of $$$.

      It involved Facebook Ads to find clients and a two part website.... Part one is designed to get the booking for a portrait session and part 2 was uploading the photos to a sales page where people could go to view and order photos.

      The thing that got me thinking that it would work is because of the countdown timer in part two of the website. At the end of each 30 minute portrait session the photographer hands the customer a card telling them to check their email at a specific time and date to view their images and that the images would only be made available to purchase for 24 hours and when the countdown timer runs out... all unsold images are automatically deleted.

      It sounded like it would work in theory so I decided to put it to the test. I was a little peeved that the Photo Guru's $300 course only got me what I'm about to show you below.

      He basically said... here's my site, I run targeted Facebook ads in my area but said he could not offer any help with building a site because he hired someone else to build it for him and that I needed to hire a coder to build one if I didn't have the skills to do it myself.

      So I did.... Part one of my site is: Little Models Club Modeling Offer

      Here's what part 2 looks like....

      Part 2 is a private page that the site generates for each customer. You upload an animoto video clip of their portraits along with the photo's watermarked and protected from downloading/printing along with 3 options to choose from.

      Option #1 was priced at $495
      Option #2 was priced at $350
      Option #3 was priced at $195

      When I tell people they must come back to me to view their portraits 9 out of 10 will choose my $895.00 package that consists of (20) small paper prints, (1) 16X20” poster size canvas print and a CD of Digital Negatives and the Animoto Video. It only costs me $20 to print a 16X20”canvas and a few cents each for the paper prints.

      Now last year I did a test on 40 people photographed in a hotel conference room. 20 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. The Saturday people were given a return date and time to view their images and video online. Total sales on these 20 came to a little under $500. The people photographed on Sunday were given a return date and time to view their images in person. Total sales from this group was $16,934.00

      I’m not the only one to experience these sales averages. I cloned the LMC website for 3 of my "Portrait Party Photographers" team members and they experienced similar results.

      I believe there is a click bank product that teaches how to do what you’re thinking of doing but why waste your time selling a few photos for $12 each?

      I know I could easily clone my LMC site, make a list of photographers from one Zip Code area and start calling them, hire an outsourcer from the Philippines who can speak English with an American accent to call the photographers. Show the photographers the Photo Guru’s site and tell them to save the $300 because I can have them set up with a fully functional site of their own within 24 hours for just $295 and use scarcity to motivate them by telling them that only one of these sites will be sold in their area. If they want it buy now because there are several dozen more photographers in their town I will be calling until someone takes it.

      I couldn’t feel good about myself doing that to people or doing what the Guru I purchased the idea from was doing to others even if it included the site in the price. If it doesn’t work in the field for me I can’t and won’t recommend it to others.

      But I knew that had to be a way to improve the results so I recently redesigned the site and tweak it up a bit with a few twists and turns and now that I feel comfortable that the concept will be profitable enough for people to use I’ll be offering it to my members. At the $29 price tag for members there isn’t enough there for me to offer an affiliate commission for sending traffic to my site…. But soon I’ll be doing a 2nd version of my program that includes the site for $495.00 and will be able to pay out affiliate commissions.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Martin
    This is an interesting concept - but there is one thing to keep in mind.

    What if the person(s) going to your website to purchase the pictures taken simply pirate them by right-click saving and/or screencapping? It's easy enough these days.

    Don't forget to watermark!
    "Be the hero of your own movie."
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
      I had one guy send me an email saying he was doing what I explained in my opening comments.

      He had a website set up where the photos he took were uploaded and "catalogued" by Date.

      He'd take 100 photos a day....hand out 100 cards that told how to go up to the website "Date" and login with a Code to see their photos. He offered 4x6's for $12....8x10's for $16 and duplicates at a discount.

      He "averaged" 30 orders a day (out of the 100 shots) for an "average" order of $20. So...averaging $600 GROSS a day was WELL WORTH his time and effort.

      Don Alm
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      • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
        Originally Posted by midasman09 View Post

        He "averaged" 30 orders a day (out of the 100 shots) for an "average" order of $20. So...averaging $600 GROSS a day was WELL WORTH his time and effort.

        Don Alm
        Hi Don, That just goes to show you how easy it can be to earn cash in a flash with a digital camera. However, I wouldn't want to work all day long for only $600 when it's so easy to shoot two easy portrait sessions per hour and average over $500 in profits per session.

        I'd rather shoot one hour a day and spend the rest of my time fishing! Life is to short to spend all of your time working. Plus the way he's doing it means he has to cold approach people and ask them to pose for the camera.

        It's far easier and more effective to attract people to you instead of doing cold approaches. When you have 50 people sending you their name, address and phone number each week telling you they want to book a portrait session it sure beats shooting paparazzi style.

        Sure some paparazzi get filthy rich but they don't make very many friends by harassing people. I'd rather work smarter, not harder.

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