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Visual Arts Income Generation

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Contrary to popular belief, not all photos and videos are free. Digital camera technologies and the Web have created millions of people who can take "good" (technical quality) pictures that are widely distributed for free or low cost on the Internet.

Q: SO HOW CAN IMAGES CAN GENERATE INCOME?

A: The quality and value of images being taken by these millions of “photographers” are very low. This is because smart phones and expensive cameras can only do half the job. The other half comes from the skilled camera operator. Despite what most people think, marketable images are NOT created by the technology. There are many reasons that skilled photographers earn good livlihoods--they MAKE (not take) photos that others cannot.

For success even as an occasional freelancer, you’ve got to have consistent skills, name recognition and know how to connect to buyers. Despite the economic decline (actually a major transformation) of the traditional news and information businesses, there are increasing opportunities for really good photographers to provide images for local business, global business, event coverage, studio portraiture, actor-model portfolios, architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, designers and many other organizations, individuals and purposes.

The key is to find a niche for your unique imagemaking abilities within the new and hungry markets that can best be supplied by local talent and content producers. But FIRST, you’ve got to develop high level skills (takes time, energy and money). Fortunately, we have reduced the prohibitive cost of training, but you still must invest your time and energy over a sustained period of time. We even provide private mentors and sophisticated equipment for advanced students. We also provide inernships and income generating possibilities through projects like the OnLine Africa Catalogue of African Arts and Crafts which has an immediate need for capable groups of diverse communicators who can navigate the local Black art communities to help local artists market their work globally

DESIGN COMPETITIONS are being held to identify imagemakers capable of supplying designs for our African Heritage T-shirts which are priced right for use as organizational fundraisers.

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SERVICE BUREAUS ARE ALSO SOURCES OF INCOME

Our online information service bureau network enables competent computer operators and creative individuals to earn income servicing the needs of local photographers, designers, publishers, event coordinators, information consumers and filmmakers for picture enhancements, photo editing and other types of services.

Your COPE Community can earn income by serving the often-overlooked needs of Africa's growing information industry. OLAfrica’s GLOBAL SERVICE BUREAU provides you with the immediate ability to offer your customers photo retouching, coloration, transformations, graphic design, catalogue sheets, model/actor portfolios, old photo restoration, photo enhancements (ie. Photoshop), etc. WITHOUT OWNING A COMPUTER or WITHOUT THE REQUIRED SKILLS. Just e-mail your problem photos to us and we'll make your technical problems disappear in a flash.

FREE QUALITY DEMO: We invite your COPE to E-MAIL your "worst photo nightmare" to us along with a brief description of what you want us to fix. Within hours you will receive the corrected image or design. In the future, if you like what you see in the low resolution sample, we will provide a high rez product that suits your precise needs at a sub-market price.

While you are developing your own high level skills, we will do the jobs for you at low wholesale prices so you can earn a profit and build a market that provides you with consistent income from these now-affordable and sought after products and services.

There is NOTHING in the visual supply chain that we cannot deliver to you at a cost, including equipment that will still enable you to make a healthy profit without overcharging your customers.

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HIGH QUALITY + GOOD PRICES = SUCCES$

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