Tuesday, April 15, 2008

REVIEW: How to Make Money with Digital Photography by Dan Heller

There are legitimately good books on the subject of making money with digital photography like 2008 Photographer's Marketand Best Business Practices for Photographersbut they are a tad bit bland and not very inspiring. Dan Heller's book takes a different approach and is filled with great pictures and plenty of inspiration. It is clear from reading this book that Dan is a great guy and an excellent photographer, but sadly that is really all that this book offers.

This book is a short read (maybe a couple hours at most) and when you are done you get the feeling that the way Dan makes his money in digital photography is by ripping you off with nonsense like this book. Sure, it is a great picture book for Dan, and he means well, but he spends a lot of time going over basics that are covered by every photography book on the planet (i.e., what types of memory cards you need) and he is very noncommittal in his advice making this book utterly useless. Well, that might be a bit harsh as there may be a nugget or two for some people (especially in his section that shows the math behind selling postcards) but overall I felt like this book was a waste of time based on the title. If it was called Dan Heller's Picture Book with Anecdotes and Lessons Learned, then I'd say it was an excellent book. However, that wasn't the title so I say pass on this book unless you just want inspiration from his great pictures.

Skill Level: Beginner Recommendation: Not Recommended

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear more about your review of the recommended books and what makes them better.

Ron Martinsen said...

Then please read this review:

http://ronmart.blogspot.com/2008/04/review-best-business-practices-for.html

and know that Photographers Market (now in a 2009 edition) offers a ton of resources for companies looking to hire photographers for various jobs. It's basically like getting the authors client list with contact and submission info.

I'll confess though, that this article is too short, but back when I wrote this the blog was in its infancy so I didn't go into as much depth as I do these days.