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No More Free Photos

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

BUYING this kind of camera equipment is expensive. I have willingly born the cost for over 20 years, while giving out free pictures, but no more. Now to offset my expense, if you want pictures from me you must pay a modest fee.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I have been a professional photographer since 1993. I have taken college photography, journalism, and photojournalism classes, along with design courses in Adobe Photoshop, In Design and Quark Xpress.

Expensive? Just ask my wife.

The equipment I shoot with has all been purchased by me. All told, about $15,000 in cameras, lenses, strobes, lighting equipment, film (in the prehistoric age), batteries, camera bags…

I have worked very hard at my journalism / photojournalism profession and don’t regret for a moment the decision to enter this arena, regardless of the expense and low pay.

By now you’re probably asking, “Bob, what is your point?”

Well, the past few days I’ve been asked by five people to send them pictures – FREE pictures. I get from one to two requests like this every month. And I usually comply – though grudgingly.

These requests for FREE photos has increasingly fueled my ire. Ever so now because my six-year-old camera needs to be repaired or replaced. But it’s not worth much, therefore not worth repairing.

But to replace it will cost me $1,500 to $2,000. And replace it I will because I love my passion and can’t imagine giving it up.

But after 20-plus years of giving away FREE photos – no more. It stops effective immediately.

My passion costs me money, and as a professional, I will no longer give away my work. (Can I get some applause fellow photographers?)

So, if you want photos from me, you must pay for them; otherwise, your request will be ignored.

  • Digital photo – $10
  • 4 x 6 print (black and white or color) – $15
  • 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 – $25
  • Larger sizes contact me for pricing.
  • * Plus shipping and handling

    Bob, what’s in your camera bag?

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

    YUCAIPA – At times when I’m out covering a ball game curious folks will look at the camera equipment hanging around my neck and begin asking me questions.

    That looks like a nice camera, what kind is it? What size lens do you use? How much do they cost? And what would you recommend?

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