MAKE MORE MONEY THAN WARHOL-- DOING WARHOL!
An enterprising Galpal told me "Guess what? I've been manifesting a bit more $$. I just worked a bat mitzvah that was more lavish than Chuck and Di's wedding. I wasn't even advertising, but folks knew the hosts and talked up my MAGIC CAMERA GAMBIT which I'd already done for a few parties. So the invite came to do the magic camera bit at a HUGEAMONGUS wedding. The job came as a total surprise. Cuz I had no ads up anywhere. Made such a bloody fortune on 100 guests and was such a senation that now I'm going to start advertising on Craigs list, at SERVICES, / EVENTS section. It'll read "WEDDING WARHOLS!!" I think that explains what I do. Or should I say "SOUVENIR PHOTOS of themselves for your party guests." Anyway, with no ads up, I got a call out of the blue, made fabulous money. I photographed 100 guests, give them these gimmicky WARHOL souvenir photos. WEDDING WARHOLS I CALL THEM! IS THAT HIGH CONCEPT OR WHAT?
It's so simple, too. Shhhh, you mustn't breathe this to a soul. I use a DIGITAL CAMERA, and then have a laptop and printer, a software set-up that can turn any high res, high contrast PHOTO into pseudo-Warhol! I'd make nice and get people to stand in front of a green screen and studio lights and take their pictures w/ a digital camera, and every so often the digital card would get exchanged back to a laptop computer which would process the pictures and print them so they'd look like Andy Warhol's "Marilyn"--i.e. high-contrast, and repeating images, you know, six to a page, eight.....a colored background--and later on they'd be framed and available as party favors." Want to see the cutest wedding guest we had?
YOU BETTER NOT TELL ANY OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
FRIENDS OR YOU'RE DEAD MEAT!
OK PUGGIE. I WON'T! (fingers crossed)
AND FOR REALLY DRUNKEN PARTIES, DO IT THIS WAY .......
Smile for the Camera. Andy? Smile. Sir? SMILE!
SAY CHEESE. Oh Oh,watch out! Andy's heaving!
You may need a large format printer which you have right there at the wedding, or you Show a sample and then, send the actual copy by mail later. A photog says: "I used to print all my 16x20s off an Epson 4800 until I found my local lab where I get print done for much cheaper & less time. Forget costco and Sams club! Those 9800's are just bigger versions of the Epson 4800's. Plus they're inkjet. My lab actually prints as if the images are exposed on the paper! Better product than any injet and cheaper than any place I've ever found!
You need huge amount of volume to justify large format printers.. I had one and sold an HP800 that did up to 36 inches. I would estimate unless you are doing many hundreds of prints in a given size that a printer does not
justify itself unless you are set up to do on-site work." (like at weddings above,) "I I suggest you shop local labs --- there are ones doing 12 x 16 prints that may exceed the quality as well as offering a better price than what you are currently getting."
IMHO best done on-site. I would recommend a dye-sub printer for mobile jobs. Dye-sub printers are a bit pricey new, but you can find refurbs at pretty good prices. New or used can pay for themselves quite quickly. You will be limited by size though as most dye-subs only go up to 8x10. You don't have to calibrate them or wait for them to dry like with inkjets. The Sony UPDR can crank out a 5x7 in 45 seconds and it's ready to go. If you are worried about weight though, there may be an issue as they can weigh in the neighborhood of 60-85 lbs. Cost per print is pretty low as well. Most dye-subs will let you know how many prints are remaining before you have to
change the rolls. Go visit http://www.imagingspectrum.com - they sell new & used and have the best prices and service. There is even a comparison chart on all their dye-subs on the website."
ANOTHER way to make money with a camera outdoors by day, in the park near the harbor. TOURISM SURREALISM. Not only a souvenir of the tourist's visit to your city, featuring landmarks, but a great family portrait.
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