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Hobby Money Helps
26-AUG-2006

Hobby Money Helps

Contrary to what many seem to believe, there are ways of
making money from photography that don't necessarily involve
selling prints.

My photography is mostly just for enjoyment, but I've
made between $5-$6K in the last year or two by selling
DVD slide shows, and other image sets like these.

I design, edit and produce DVD based slide shows with music
and motion. Then I print labels/liners and package it nicely.
By the time I'm done, I end up with a pretty slick package...
...ready for shipment.

This particular job was pretty complex, involving EIGHT-DISK sets. Most
of my projects are a single DVD slideshow disk, or sometimes
a DVD + an image CD.

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1/60s f/2.8 at 5.8mm full exif

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Markuson02-May-2007 21:04
To Anthony:
I use a program called ProShow Producer, which is available from www.photodex.com.
It is far and away the best program for creating panning/zooming slide shows that include carefully timed music, sound tracks, full-motion text elements and much more. I highly recommend it. Photodex.com also offers a very capable, but less expensive version called ProShow Gold. It is more than enough for 90% of users, in my opinion. Beyond this software, I use Photoshop to edit photos, ACDSee image management software, and finally...for disc production, I use the Rimage 2000i, which is an automated CD/DVD duplication system. After I design the label and create a master DVD or CD, I churn out up to 100CDs or DVDs automatically, including burning as well as full color labels. This means I can put in a stack of 100 blanks, and return to find all of them burned and printed without further intervention. **You can see the Rimage 2000i in the following photo, to the left of the wooden airplane:http://www.pbase.com/markuson/image/66057618/original

All in all, it's a lot of work, but if you enjoy creating these kinds of shows, this system is great.

-Mark
Anthony 07-Apr-2007 18:41
Very interesting! May I know a bit more about your workflow and equipment? Specifically, the software you use to create those slide shows? I would like to try this one too.