Become a Livestock Show Photographer

If you like working with people and animals and can operate a camera consider becoming a livestock show photographer, includes information on equipment, training and costs.


| July/August 1978



Learn how you can become a livestock show photographer.

Learn how you can become a livestock show photographer.


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Learn how to become a livestock show photographer using these helpful tips.

Become a Livestock Show Photographer

Do you like working with people and animals? Can you operate a camera well enough to produce top quality photographs? Do you own or can you get a serviceable 35mm camera? Would you like to earn as much as $50 . . . $100 ... even $200 or more in a single day? Then become a part-time Livestock Show photographer!

It's Livestock Show time again! From early spring through late fall hundreds of thousands of 4-H'ers, Future Farmers of America, and other young herdsmen and herdswomen annually exhibit their prize animals to judges and appreciative audiences all across the United States and Canada. And at a potential profit of $3.00 per animal, those shows can be worth a considerable chunk of cash to you if you know how to go about earning it!

Try your hand (and camera eye) as a Livestock Show photographer. That's what I do down here in east Texas, and I've found my part-time business to be an ideal enterprise to conduct from a small homestead.

Livestock Photography Equipment

A good 35mm single lens reflex camera outfitted with a "standard" 55mm lens is the main tool you'll need to set yourself up in this particular little venture. That, and an electronic flash or "strobe light". (Stay away from flash bulbs . . . which are a constant expense, require too much storage space, are a never-ending hassle to handle and dispose of, and — in general — cause more confusion than they're worth.

Livestock Film and Prints

Most of the junior showmen and showwomen (and their parents) that you'll be working with will want color photographs of their animals . . . and I've found Vericolor II by Kodak a very satisfactory film to use. Its colors hold true and its details — even in 11 by 14 enlargements — remain very sharp when Vericolor II is processed by a reputable firm. (I use Kodak for this work because I've learned the hard way: Owners of championship stock expect better photographs of their animals than most "quickie, overnight, cut-rate" processors can deliver.)





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