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Price tag your photos. “Don’t but need it, ugh”

For me, the hardest part in photography is when people start to admire my job, and followed by with these questions,

“Do you get money from these (photos)?” or, if i want to put these (photos) in my brochure, how much?, and “These are superb photos, please name your price.”


You love photography so much you’d do it for free, but you want to make money, and ugh, you’re torn. You know who you are, even though you “need” to, because you kind of hate that money has to be a part of this at all. You feel guilty about changing prices, yet also guilty about ‘not’ changing them.–psychology for photographers




Nikon D90 with 70-210mm F4 lens at 95mm f4 1/250sec, ISO 400.

Sometimes, we forget to say thank you to Alloh azzawajalla to His creation until, we grab and look closer with our eyes. Subhanalloh, without pressing the shutter botton, our eyes can take a picture of it and save in the largest memory ever built, our brain. Let say it again, Subhanalloh.


This photo was taken in surrounding of Tasik in IIUM Mosque Kuantan Campus. if you are wondering what it is. Actually, it is the flower head of Mimosa pudica or Putri Malu (indonesian name). I shot around 8am when the sun is rising. Lucky me, the night before shooting was rain. So, the grass was fresh also the wheather. After rain is the best time for outdoor shooting in my opinion.

1. Aperture. This setting is very common for those who intend to get shallow DOF (depth of field). With this F/4 zoom lens, the largest aperture i can get is only 4. However, to get shallower DOF, focal length will play a significant role.

2. Focal length. in the previous, i said this can play a major role in this type of shot. Using zoom lens will stand out/pop up the subject. The only problem is you have to get optimum focal length, so your stand position is not to far from the subject. Because one of things for swallower DOF, you have to be closer with the subject. I shot at 95mm. Lucky me, this lens focusses closer than any other Nikon non-micro telephoto zoom (Kenrockwell.com).

3. Background. As you know, the far your subject from the background, more pop up effect it will be or it will be out of focus. However, not only the distance you have to be sure, the compositiion of color in your background, more colors involve in your background, more distraction from the background. So, make sure only one or two color include on your blury background.

The question for this picture?

if you notice, the light falls in high intensity to the subject, in this case is flower head of Mimosa pudica. How to solve this?

*writing style is following Mark Shimazu Photography