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Old Mar 25, 2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Here is my problem. I have a back injury that prevents me from standing for long periods of time, and am more or less restricted to making money working out of my house for the foreseeable future. I have a 3d computer modeling business currently, and was hoping to supplement that income with table top product photography. I am profissiant enough in Photoshop, and Aperture to make the necessary adjustments needed for touch up. You can see what I do here at.....www.delucaimagingstudio.com. Everything on my site was modeled, and rendered in Lightwave 3d. I really am not looking to make this my prime source of income, but to use it as a supplement to my income, and my wife's. I thought that since I have such a passion for photography, this sounded like an interesting doable adventure. These were the two kits I was considering.

http://store.tabletopstudio-store.com/30unkitboli.html
http://store.tabletopstudio-store.com/30unkit.html

I was hoping I would be able to bring in at least $500.00 month in addition to our other income. So I'm not looking at this as the total solution. That's why I'm thinking going all out on gear that will last a lifetime, and delivers top notch performance may not be necessary in my case. That can come later if this does prove to be a good bet. The question remains, can this be profitable or not? I'm really not sure how to go about getting these types of jobs. I know I have the technical skills to do this, and the camera equipment to get started. I have a Pentax K7 with various lens, again enough to get me going.

So based on what I have told you, do you think that given the equipment I showed you, that I could make money at this on a fairly consistent basis or not? If not, is there anything else involving photography that can be done out of my home that I may be able to do. I appreciate the honesty, and am not looking for false hopes. thanks again, and I would like to know which kit you would choose. Thanks again for your help.

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Old Mar 25, 2010, 11:41 AM   #2
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I think it will be pretty tough as so many companies are doing it in house as things are very cheap to set up...... unlike a few years ago when it was more specialist, now most people can get good enough shots themselves.

I did do some large product shoots a while ago as a studio was needed for these to the client couldn't do them in the tent themselves which is what they did with all other products.

I hope that someone has some other suggestions, but probably if it was a good business model we would hear of more individuals doing it for clients but I've not seen that.
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I dont do studio AT ALL, but i can make around 500 a month doing sports.
You just have to find a clientel group, you may want to look into home insurance pictures, you would take pictures of people valuables, so they can have proof that they own it, and the condition it is in. I have done it a few times for free in my neighborhood before hurricane season.
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You mean people get paid to do this stuff?!?!?

Where do I sign?!?!?
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I absolutely have no answer to give you. But I looked at your site as was especially impressed by the animations. Animations done with a program, which while good, is not really considered pro level. Great work. And while I know nothing, aren't there animation studio's which are always looking for such talent?

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I absolutely have no answer to give you. But I looked at your site as was especially impressed by the animations. Animations done with a program, which while good, is not really considered pro level. Great work. And while I know nothing, aren't there animation studio's which are always looking for such talent?

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Yes dave there are animation studio's looking for such work, and I have worked with a couple. Most the stuff I do is product based. I have done pro level animations in high definition using Lightwave. It has all the features any professional could ask for, and it's rendering engine is top notch.
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Thanks for the input. Interesting idea.
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