The Weird World of a Photographer Hunting for Gigs on Craigslist (NSFW)

Craigslist has always been an odd place for photographers to find gigs.

It’s not pretty, but Craigslist has always been a source for photographers who need a quick paying gig or for someone looking to build their portfolio without pay. And 9/10 times it’s pretty shady. Nearly a decade ago, it was much maligned by most of the creative community. With its archaic yet straightforward structure, folks have been able to connect and collaborate. It was only a few years ago that Craigslist finally made an app. But indeed, the world has changed. Folks have moved onto Instagram, Facebook pages, Behance, etc. Craigslist, much like Model Meyhem, has become something that gainfully employed photographers don’t really pay attention to. In fact, I haven’t even heard it mentioned in the circles I’m in for quite some time. So I decided to take a curiosity peak and see what’s there.

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Don’t Stress About Buying The Right Camera Lenses; Just Buy Them All

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The used markets are your friend when it comes to buying camera lenses.

Buying new camera lenses is a big deal. New camera lenses aren’t cheap, and no matter how much research you do, or how many reviews you read or watch online, handing over your hard earned money can be tough. There will always be that nagging voice in your head that asks ‘is this what I really want?’ ‘Are you sure this is the one?’ ‘WOW that’s a lot of money’. How in the world are you supposed to be able to try out all the toys when everything is so expensive? The answer to this dilemma are the used and second hand markets. Continue reading…

These Photographers Made the Most of a Craigslist Ad Calling for Portrait Subjects

All images by Kremer Johnson Photography. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

For budding photographers starting out with portraiture, finding models to practice with can be a challenge. Not all of us are blessed with good-looking friends or big funds to hire models from agencies. If you’re faced with this setback, today’s clever portrait project by Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson of Los Angeles-based Kremer Johnson Photography may inspire you.

Neil and Cory had a simple premise for their ongoing project, titled Craigslist Encounters. They ran a straightforward Craigslist advertisement looking for portrait subjects, keeping themselves open to “interesting people to photograph… all shapes races, genders and sizes are welcome.” Aside from providing a compensation of $20 per hour, they promised to come to their subjects at their convenience. The results provide a pretty interesting perspective to portrait photography.

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Dear Photographers: You’re Doing Cheap Gigs Wrong

This post isn’t dedicated to the higher end tier of photographers at all, nor is it dedicated to those reaching for lower fruit; instead it’s for the photographers in the middle tier of things. You know, the ones who scoff at Craigslist gigs and cheap gigs below what they’re worth but don’t necessarily have the chops to work with really big brands. These are the photographers who won’t do “cheap weddings.” That’s not at all a defense of cheap weddings where they try to skimp out on a photographer of some sort. Nor is it a defense of cheap portrait gigs, cheap event gigs, etc. Instead it’s insight into how to adapt to the changing world of photography.

And more or less, it’s a secret. Are you ready?

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This Photographer is Looking For Others to Do Their Jobs for Free

How many of you do your jobs as photographers for free?

If you’ve ever been told you should be doing a job for free, then this is an absolutely special ad just for you. When you’re starting out, or even later on in your career, it’s not uncommon that someone may ask you to do a photography job for free. It’s also fairly common that folks will do it for free and will most of the time do nowhere near as good of a job as you would. And so this special ad recently shared on Writing on Writing’s Facebook wall will relate to photographers oh so much.

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Hilarious Craigslist Ad Asks For Lots from a Professional Student Photographer

Lead image by Jason Chen.

When we’re all starting out and trying to go from hobbyist to pro photographer, it isn’t uncommon of us to use Craigslist and get trapped in the whole world of trying to justify someone actually paying you for your services. Quite often, photographers will put up a faux craigslist ad to express their disgust–such as with the case of one ad from Richmond, VA.

The faux ad calls for a student photographer that owns loads of professional DSLR gear including a full frame camera.

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Craigslist Ad States That “Exposure” Can Be Currency for Photographers

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A new Craigslist ad is making a very point to explain how exposure is currency for photographers–of course it’s all tongue in cheek though. It explains that photographers can go to the grocery store and tell a cashier that they shot a giant campaign for a big company and how it might then let them get away with the groceries. Same with rents, and a lot more.

We recently went on a rant about how no photographer should ever give their images away for free; and it seems to be right in line with that this post is stating. We’ve copied and pasted it down below for anyone to read before it gets pulled or reported. But also go check out the original.

– Thanks for the tip Sam!

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Julian Jacobi’s Polaroid Collection Will Make You Drool With Envy

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All images by Julian Jacobi. Used with permission.

Photographer Julian Jacobi has quite the collection of Polaroid cameras. He’s been collecting them for years upon discovering his sister’s camera and after hearing about the Impossible Project many years ago. Like many Polaroid shooters, he’s smitten for the SX-70 but he also really loves a lot of Land Cameras. In the time that he’s spent researching and hunting for these cameras, he’s become a bit of an expert on Polaroids.

We talked to Julian about his Polaroid collection, how to find new (used) cameras, and where to start in the world of Instant film.

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Brooklyn Photographer Posts a Hilarious Craigslist Ad for Pimped Out Lens

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Sasha Juliard. Now there’s a photographer who knows how to sell his stuff.

Either Brooklyn-based Juliard was sick of all those tired and tedious Craigslist adds droning unimaginatively about the used items they’re selling or he just happened to have an utterly boring afternoon. Whatever his motivation was doesn’t matter. What matters is about five days ago, this dude just posted possibly the best Craigslist ad ever.

In an effort… nay, campaign to sell his Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for $400 on the classified ads website, Juliard went out of his way to do more than post several photos and write a detailed description. Oh no. He felt the need to pimp that lens out, first describing it as a “MOTHERFUCKER’S wide-angle” that “sees more than a COCK-EYED CHAMELEON” and to quote “his boy” Ludacris, “It’s big and reckless, MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GOT A MIDGET HANGING FROM YOUR NECK-less.” He then proceeds to name drop Hodor from GoT and “Ken ‘Da Bokeh Killah’ Rockwell” and make references to the ollie and The Big Lebowski; you know, just so potential buyers know, if they don’t already, that they’re getting an awesome deal buying this ultra special lens from an ultra hip dude.

Maybe he thought that the ultrawide angle lens deserved much more than a normal boring ad, maybe he was just stoned. We can only speculate. What we know for sure is if this ad doesn’t get him immediate responses, misspellings and all, and sell that lens, that we don’t know what will.

Check out his hilarious listing here.

Traps that Many Aspiring Photographers Get Caught In

You’ve heard the bad excuses for not wanting to pay a photographer, but the sad thing is that many aspiring photographers still get caught in traps when they’re first starting out. When you get caught in said traps, it can be tough to get out of them. Unfortunately, they can sometimes lead you into bankruptcy, heavy debt, unemployment, or bad legal issues. As a guy that is a former professional, I’ve seen and experienced much of it.

These are the traps that many get caught in.

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