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You Don’t Need To Be Rich To Live Rich with David Bach

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

It’s easy to look as those who are seemingly wealthy and think — oh, that’s so unachievable. They’re standing on a mountaintop somewhere, waving that “I’m rich” flag. Not so fast. David Bach thinks you can wave that flag too – while earning “enough,”  but a lot less than you think. David Bach is a 9-time New York Times bestselling author and one of America’s favorite financial experts of our time. He has taught millions to live a rich life through his seminars, live events, courses, books—and Oprah appearances. And in his new book: The Latte Factor he uncovers what he says is the best kept secret to building long term wealth – yes $5 at a time.  And there’s some pretty handy life lessons that go along with this idea as well. More than anything – what David does so well is articulate how to be intentional about both your dreams and your financial future. Both just take time and consistency. We dive deep into: David’s rarely-discussed early life, including lessons in finance –and life– that he learned as a 7 year old from his grandmother. How to listen to your intuition and follow the path that leads toward […]

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How to Deal with Friends Requesting Discounts on Your Photography

PetaPixel Will Nicholls

Photographers often receive requests for free images and services, and messages from friends asking for your services at extremely discounted rates are not much better. Here’s a helpful 3-minute video by Josh Enobakhare of Olufemii Tutorials in which he shares a number of ways that you can avoid needing to give that awkward “no.”

Josh charges around $15,000 to produce music videos and regularly experiences friends and people in his social circle asking for his services. While they may have full intentions of paying for the services, it seems that pretty much all of the time these friends are ignorant of what standard fees are.

So how do you politely decline, and avoid, these sorts of awkward situations? Here are Enobakhare’s tips:

  1. Don’t take it personally
  2. Post your prices on your website
  3. Don’t jump the gun – talk to them until you actually know they can’t afford it
  4. Bring up the budget as soon as possible, rather than wasting time talking about the details
  5. Be direct and clear
  6. Share information about why the price is what it is
  7. Don’t flip out!

Enobakhare elaborates on these points in the video above, so give it a watch if you often find yourself dealing with this situation. You can also subscribe to Enobakhare’s channel here.

(via Olufemii Tutorials via FStoppers)

How to Use a Bathroom as a Softbox For Beautifully Lit Portraits

PetaPixel Jayphen Simpson

Need to take portraits and don’t have access to a lighting kit? No worries – this 4-minute video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens will show you how you can turn a bathroom – or any room for that matter – into a softbox to create beautiful soft light.

As Morgan explains, a softbox is essentially just a way to diffuse light coming through a controlled opening in order to reduce harsh shadowing. A typical softbox would be attached to a powered light source, but a window opening can do the job in a pinch.

Morgan sets up the shoot by taping a piece of duvetyn behind his subject, and shooting with the window directly behind him. You could also use black foam core or paper as the backdrop.

To diffuse the light coming through a non-frosted window, Morgan suggests taping tracing paper over it, which you can find at any art store.

Because the amount of light filtering through the window will be minimal, you will need to either increase your exposure time or ISO and use a tripod for the shots. The result is a lovely portrait at the cost of just a few bucks!

The resulting portraits

How to Add Creative Lighting to Plain Backdrops Using a DIY Cucoloris

PetaPixel Jayphen Simpson

This short 2-minute video from photographer Svitlana Vronska demonstrates some clever lighting tricks you can use to add some creative flair to your images with an otherwise uninteresting backdrop.

The budget setup makes use of lighting gear, some black and white board from a dollar store, and an X-Acto knife to create some interesting shadow patterns.

Svitlana mimics light flowing through blinds by cutting strips out of the board and positioning it in front of her lighting setup, allowing shadows to be cast across her model. This type of device is called a cucoloris.

Even if you don’t have a studio to work from, this technique can help turn your living room wall into an interesting backdrop.

How to Make Your Own Leather Camera Strap for Under $10

PetaPixel Will Nicholls

Bored of the standard camera strap that came with your camera? In this 37-minute video by Nick Exposed, learn how to upcycle old leather belts into stylish camera straps.

You can get a leather belt from a thrift shop, eBay, or old forgotten drawer. But make sure you go for brown since black leather is stained and when you cut into it, it’ll have a tan color hiding underneath.

It’s also important to use solid leather belts, and not ones that have two pieces of leather bonded together to thicken them.

Check out the full video above and, if you stick with it, you’ll have your own stylish leather camera strap before you know it!

(via Nick Exposed via ISO 1200)

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