Five Reasons Photographers Hate Dealing with Cheap People

I really hate dealing with cheap bastards, especially when it involves them paying me for my services.  Even during a good economy, people whine poverty when it comes to paying.

Now, I’m going to give you five goddamned reasons on why photographers hate dealing with cheap bastards.

1. Cheap people hate spending money, but they damned sure demand a lot.  For this one club, they not only wanted me to spend three hours in the spot.  They also wanted me to put their logo right along with mine on the digital pictures, something that took hours.  How much was I getting paid for this?  I’m too embarrassed to say.  I’ll just say what they paid me didn’t add up to all the time spent on the photos.

2. Cheap people are always the ones telling people how much they’re willing to spend.   You don’t set the damned price.  The photographer does.  If you can’t afford a photographer, learn the craft yourself and take your own fuckin’ photos.

3. Cheap people don’t realize drinks don’t put gas in your car.  This one usually goes like this.  You take photos for an event and/or bar.  Yet, how does the person decide to pay you?  Drinks.

Boy, am I glad digital photography was invented.  Folks buying me drinks never covered the price of buying film, printing the photos and plus all the gas used going from place to place.
Even when printing from digital, drinks never covered the expenses.

4. Cheap people will attempt being even cheaper.  That club I used to photograph for?  They hired a marketing guy.  One of his duties is photographing the nights I used to photograph.   Being a cheap, they got a two for one deal, a photographer and marketing guy all in one.

5.  Cheap people don’t respect the craft.  It burns my ass when people think a photographer can easily be replaced.  This isn’t just about photography.  This is about any craft.  The cheap bastard doesn’t realize the years the photographer spent learning their craft.  They can’t comprehend the photographer who knows how to handle different lighting conditions.  They can’t comprehend the photographer who knows how to deal with people, an art itself.  No, the cheap bastard is too busy focusing on how to low-ball the photographer.

After all this, sometimes, the cheap people receives what he or she deserves.  That guy the club replaced me with?   I saw his photos on the website.  They suck.  No, I’m not saying this out of jealousy.  They really do suck.    Some have a strange brown tint on them.  Others have a strange blue tint.  To give him some credit, he might improve.   Still, after I greatly improved my photos with these folks, this is what they pull.  They replace me with someone who does shitty work.

Now, you know why photographers hate cheap bastards, they are extreme pains in the asses.

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Annual Mardi Gras in Cocoa, Florida

Every year, a Mardi Gras event happens in Cocoa, Florida.  Actually, it happens in Cocoa Village.  For two years in a row, I drove from Orlando to attend.

A fair happened on one side of the area.  Sometime during the early evening, along with guys walking on stilts, a band walked around the fair ground.

Later on, a parade happened.

Women kept asking me was I ready to give out beads.  Not knowing what the real deal was, I answered, “No.”

I had no idea when you give women your beads, they flash their breasts.

The following photos were taken with my Canon Rebel DSLR.


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Pics of Nightclub Lighting at Orlando’s The Beacham

For years, nightclub lights always held my fascination.  After looking through DJ magazines, my fascination grew stronger.  Always DJ magazines showed and still shows images of flashing club lights.  Most images involved house music and EDM events.  (Whatever they call it nowadays.)

I always thought of club lighting as a 1970’s disco invention. Yet, nightclub lighting started around the 1920’s with the mirror ball. The disco ball as we know it now was first created around 1968. This was when lights flashed during different frequencies of the music. The latest form of lighting, intelligent lighting, started during the 1990’s.

Last summer, I photographed for The Beacham, a downtown nightclub located in Orlando, Florida. As I photographed the people, I would sometimes photograph the nightclub lights. Usually, I would set my Canon Rebel DSLR on 400 ISO. The higher the ISO, the more light for your camera.  The drawback is possible noise and grain in your images.  I tried setting it on 800 or pushing the exposure up. Yet, 400 ISO works fine for me.

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Orlando Fetish Shows

This is another compilation of photos from previous blogs.  This time we focus on fetish.  Most photos were shot in Orlando, Florida.  Yet, some were shot in Casselberry and Winter Park.

Some are scanned photos.  Some are digital.

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Babes of Downtown Orlando’s Nightlife

Most of the following babe photos had been published in previous blogs.  Consider this a Best Of collection.  All photos take place in various spots of Downtown Orlando, Florida.

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Bikini Babes from Florida

Most of these photos came from previous blogs. All are either from Cocoa Beach or Orlando, Florida.

After one hundred blog posts, I recently found out many photos weren’t uploaded in their appropriate size.  True enough, at it’s longest length, a photo can be displayed at 615 dpi.  Yet, that don’t translate well when you post the photo’s page on Stumbleupon, especially with portrait shots.  For a full image view on Stumbleupon, vertical photos require 825 dpi or 900 dpi.

A message to the web designer/space provider/blog mentor:  I ain’t doing all them blogs over!  😛

Enjoy the bikini pics.

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Fetish Shows at The Haven in Winter Park, Florida

One of my first photo gigs involved fetish shows at The Haven, a venue located in Winter Park, Florida.  The shows happened once a month.  I forgot how many shows took place.  Yet, I do know at least three happened.

For the first show, I used a Minolta SLR a friend loaned me.  No automatic focus here.  The camera was manual focus.  (Good thing for that experience because manual focus skills recently helped me.)  In the end, I wound up using a Canon Rebel SLR.

Looking through them now, I realize a lot of those photos suck, blurry and unfocused.  Yet, here’s definitely the best of them.


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Orlando Photographer Alexia Adana: Interview and Photos

I recently met Alexia Adana at a party hosted by Orlando Weekly, a local press publishing the stories mainstream is afraid to print.  After becoming Facebook friends, I noticed Alexia’s beautiful photography. On November 22 in Miami, she’ll be a featured RAW artist for the 5th Annual RAWards. Last week-end, after my asking her, Alexia granted me an interview.

1. Can you explain your history with photography?

I’ve been artsy fartsy since I was a kid. I used to do a lot of theater, doodling and writing short stories. I thought I wanted to be an actor when I was young. When I was in high school, I was appointed as the Yearbook photographer and my passion was discovered. I realized that I really enjoyed capturing stories behind the camera and I haven’t stopped doing it since.

2. What equipment you use?

I have a Nikon D7000 and a Canon 6D.

3. You once told me photography was your passion. Can you explain that?

Telling stories is my passion and photography gives me a medium to do that. In the past couple of years, I’ve transcended into film and video as well. Our stories are what forge a sense of self identity and cultural symbols for the way that we live. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to use my imagination and work with talented people in the industry to make these stories come to life.

4. What subjects you mostly photograph?

My subjects always involve people and their stories in the world around them. It sounds vague, but it can go a long way. It could be a photo series for a catalog, an advertising campaign for a company or a short film passion project.

5. Who are your influences?

Cass Bird and Magdalena Wosinska are my top influences. Others: Benoit Pallié. Mike Quyen. Natalie Kucken. Insight 51 Campaigns. And hundreds more!

6. What are your views on the current photography scene?

I think contemporary photography is really fun, because we have so much more technology to work with. However, the style I try to emanate is more reminiscent of early photography when people only shot on film. I love the raw and natural feel to those photos.

7. Living in Central Florida, what are your views on the Orlando art scene?

I think that there’s a lot of potential for artists in Orlando. It’s true that when people think of Orlando, they usually think of Disney and Universal first. It’s hard to find motivation in a city that’s so commercial. That quality of Orlando breeds a sense of apathy in a lot of really talented people here. But I think that should motivate artists more to really push their art here and collaborate with other artists.

8. Robert Millward, the previous photographer I interviewed, mentioned other photographers being assholes. What are you views on other photographers? Any stories you want to share?

There are going to be assholes in every field. Hell, there is going to probably be at least one asshole in a group of twenty random people. I know that the photography industry is a very competitive one. If you come across a photographer that is an asshole, it’s probably due to one of two things. One, he or she is an asshole who just happens to also be a photographer. Two, he or she feels like they are competing with every single other photographer out there, regardless of specific industry, and feels the need to protect their worth. The latter is unnecessary. If you are really talented and conscious person with business savvy, then you will find your success regardless of what another person is doing.

9. Does equipment really matters when it comes to photography?

Yes and no. It depends on what you are shooting and how far you want to go. There are some successful photographers who only shoot on film with no external lighting. There are others who own a studio with thousands of dollars of equipment. But they are probably shooting completely different things.

When someone is starting out as a photographer, it’s important to not feel like you have to buy all the expensive shiny stuff. It’s an industry where you should probably get cheap stuff first, experiment with it and be really comfortable with what you’re doing. Next, if you really feel like you need something with more punch to deliver what you want, THEN go and get it.


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Babe Photography in Front of Downtown Orlando’s Alpha Bar

Back in 2001, a buddy hosted a DJ night at Alpha Bar, a spot once located in Downtown Orlando.  Usually, I would stand outside in front of the place and photograph the babes passing by.

These were Tuesday nights.  Also, many of the babes passing by were either going to or leaving Have A Nice Day Cafe, a Seventies theme spot that no longer exists.

Back then, I used a Canon Rebel SLR film camera.

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