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If you had a lot of money, what would you do?
Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 6:29 PM on 09.26.13
->> I mean literally... I'm looking for creative ideas. I have a lot of cash (volume more than total value) and wanted to use it in some photos before depositing it.

It's only a few thousand dollars but about 40% is in ones and the rest in 20s and smaller - I'm hoping for some interesting ideas to supplement my own.

Thanks in advance if anyone feels like sharing.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 8:42 PM on 09.26.13
->> Buy a nice apartment in one of Paris' Left Bank arrondissements.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 8:44 PM on 09.26.13
->> Buy me a new camera?
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Bradley Leeb, Photographer
Champaign | IL | USA | Posted: 8:53 PM on 09.26.13
->> What would I do? Not talk about it on a public message board.
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Paul W Gillespie, Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA | Posted: 9:10 PM on 09.26.13
->> Some kind of shoot involving strippers. Make it rain. I am kidding of course, don't tell my wife.
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Todd Spoth, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 9:28 PM on 09.26.13
->> Make stock photos with the money?

Some kind of crazy portrait shoot involving a rapper?

Go to the strip club, order the DJ to play "Bounce It" by Juicy J and then make it rain as Paul suggested?
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 11:50 PM on 09.26.13
->> Roll it into an IRA.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 12:01 AM on 09.27.13
->> Invest in going to a foreign country and do some self-assignments pro-bono for non-profit organizations... Not only will you benefit them, but you will come back with a body of work that may open doors for you in the future... But research it well before you jump in... And who knows, perhaps your pictures will make a difference.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:57 AM on 09.27.13
->> Sorry....a "few thousand dollars" is not a lot of cash in this day and age. I wish there was a button for dumbest post ever on Sportshooter. Good God no wonder I've avoided posting for several weeks. This is one of the reasons why. Seriously. If I had a lot on money what would I do? Well gosh, I would post it on Sportshooter!!!! Give out my home address and phone number and maybe even my Social Security number!!!!! Yeah, that's it!!!!!!!
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Steve Ueckert, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 1:15 AM on 09.27.13
->> If you shoot stock images, consider areas of the economy affected by inflation: price of gas, cost of sending children to college, groceries, fixed incomes for the elderly and retired, etc.

I understand your request for ideas for images, nothing dumb about that. Good luck with your project.
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 1:17 AM on 09.27.13
->> Perhaps I didn't explain myself well or perhaps reading comprehension isn't what it used to be. For a short period of time I have cash in small bills. I was looking for some creative ideas for photographing said small bills before depositing it in the bank.

It's not sitting in my car glove box nor anywhere else easily accessible. I'm not concerned about being robbed, I'm not sure why anyone else would be? Surely the value of equipment most every member here owns/carries is a much more likely target.

For those that offered suggestions, thank you. I appreciate the input. I'll probably play around with a few shots before depositing it.

Chuck Liddy, you have cemented the honor of dumbest posts ever on Sportsshooter long ago. It's an honor that won't likely be passed soon (ever?)
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Baron Sekiya, Photographer, Photo Editor
Hilo | HI | USA | Posted: 2:28 AM on 09.27.13
->> Photographs with a pimpin' outfit close-up holding a Michigan Bankroll.
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Ting Shen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | U.S. | Posted: 4:25 AM on 09.27.13
->> Get yourself 20 cameras and 21 pocket wizards, built a 360˚ rail mounting the cameras, and do some bullet time capturing while throwing the bills in the air!
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 7:58 AM on 09.27.13
->> Sorry Eric, I posted too soon...but lucky for you my great uncle in Nigeria died last night and his estate is worth $50 million US !!!! And I can get you access to this money!!!! All I need is some "up front" good faith money along with you social security number and bank account routing numbers. I would, of course, take some of the funds as a finder's fee...but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone such as yourself who wishes to invest and get a huge return. I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Friday!!
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 8:29 AM on 09.27.13
->> Eric - You explained yourself fine. Your second guess is likely more accurate. Reading comprehension isn't what it used to be.

How much clearer can, "I have a lot of cash (volume more than total value) and wanted to use it in some photos before depositing it" be?
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Matthew Jonas, Photo Editor, Photographer
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 9:35 AM on 09.27.13
->> 2 chicks at the same time
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 11:47 AM on 09.27.13
->> You're into chickens?
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Dustin Bradford, Photographer, Photo Editor
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 11:56 AM on 09.27.13
->> When I had a bunch of $100's I was using to buy a used car, I just made it rain over my toddler son. Not the most exciting picture ever, but I think it made people happy to see. Out of $6,500 his mom and I were flinging around I was only able to get $1,600 in the air at once before he got tired of sitting in the chair.

If I had another chance at it, I think money in the air like confetti would be cool, see just how much can fly at once. If you have access to a toddler, might make a point of how expensive they can be? Similarly, home renovation, a college education, cars, some hobbies, maybe you can use to illustrate some of these themes.

I do love the diversity in responses and the total miss-understanding of your request by most respondents.
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 12:13 PM on 09.27.13
->> I ended up with a few simple shots - Cash on a dinner plate with garnish, some macro shots of the weathered edges, a stack of bills. Nothing earth shattering for sure.

For those that offered suggestions on how to spend it, unfortunately it was already earmarked for paying bills. I'll keep the ideas in mind if I ever have disposable income. Particularly Wally's suggestion. I'd love to spend time traveling the world making images for non-profits I support.

Matthew Jones, Office Space is one of the greatest movies ever made. Well played, sir!

And to the roving bands of ninjas monitoring message boards in search of easy cash heists, you have approximately one hour before it is all securely locked inside a bank. I drive a gold honda accord license number FOS4311 that will be parked at the corner of 5th and main. It's unlocked and the money is in a shoe box in the back seat.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:57 PM on 09.27.13
->> Man....I totally fail at reading comprehension. Carry on....but my uncle's money is still waiting for an investor......
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Cy Cyr, Photographer
Orlando | FL | United States | Posted: 1:06 PM on 09.27.13
->> Dustin Bradford and Steve Ueckert have some solid ideas... Build a box with a screen on the bottom to let wind through from a fan... gather symbolic material as your subject:

"home renovation, a college education, cars, some hobbies,"

"price of gas, cost of sending children to college, groceries, fixed incomes for the elderly and retired"

I'd like to add health care. Maybe a stethoscope... anything really.

... turn the fan on. Make photos. Keyword it, put on photoshelter.com or another platform. Blog about it, put on social media and maybe make a few sales. Sometimes it takes money to make money.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 1:14 PM on 09.27.13
->> Recently I was traveling with some of my employees and the subject turned to money.

I'll repeat here what I told them: If you are young, you need to start investing NOW. If you simply invest in a good mutual fund and do it regularly, the time value of money is unbelievably powerful over the long haul.

Want to have a lot of money? You can. Simply by investing in your retirement and by being consistent. If you invested $1000 in a account that yielded 5% interest and never put another dime in it - you'd have over $7000 at the end of 40 years. If you invested $80 EVERY month for 40 years in addition to the $1000 - you'd have over $128,000. Make that $160 month - and it's $250,000. Make it $320 a month - and you'll be sitting on almost $500K.

Here's another sobering fact: The average millionaire in the US doesn't look like Donald Trump (thank goodness). He and she live next door, paid for the house a while back, don't drive new cars every other year if ever - and aren't real fancy.

They save for retirement. The tag line of a famous ad says it all. Don't make excuses, don't be stupid: when it comes to saving money and becoming wealthy: Just do it.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 1:15 PM on 09.27.13
->> I wonder if Picasso ever sat around with his buddies saying "hey, give me some ideas what to paint"?
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 1:25 PM on 09.27.13
->> Ian Sitren, that was the one criticism I thought I was likely to receive. I accept it fully. Stock/commercial/concept photography is not what I do on a daily basis and this was not a shoot for a client so I felt comfortable asking for creative stimulation.

Cy, thanks for your thoughts as well, I like the idea of building a wind-box.
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 09.27.13
->> Thankfully, I understood the point of your original post. On a related note, having dealt with a lot of, er... "money shots" when I was working as a designer, I've always been curious if there are restrictions on photographing currency.

A lot of the currency photos I'd come across or was forced to use were of fake money, and in fact, it seems that a lot of what you see on TV (e.g., Walter White's huge stack of bills) looks very fake.

Is this simply an availability issue--not having huge amounts of real cash on hand--or are their actual legal restrictions on filming/photographing real currency for commercial use?
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 2:07 PM on 09.27.13
->> It's kind of amusing how many people very obviously didn't read the original post.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 2:25 PM on 09.27.13
->> Eric Isaacs...

It was not a criticism, nor specifically directed at you. It is an observation about the photography "business".

So very many people, not just you, have picked up a camera and pointing it at "something" and pushing the shutter button (often in machine fashion) have declared themselves "photographer". Then when many many many of them point that camera at the same thing and try to sell what they do, it becomes a commodity, driving prices so very low and they can't make a living.

I have shared this observation a number of times over the years and early on I was somewhat laughed at...

One day passing an elementary school I observed a herd of adults all with cameras and big white lenses running in formation along the sideline of a children's soccer game. Many I am sure trying to make a buck selling photos. I postulated some time back that that market was going to crash. I am pretty sure it has many times over by now.

Your choice is to treat your photography as an art or creating a commodity. An art comes from within based on your life experiences and creativity. Whether it is shooting in a war zone reporting the horror of it, or the demise of Arctic Ice, or beautiful women, or an Olympic swimmer, the truly competent and successful are practicing their art. It is those who become successful in their life.

If you choose to make it a commodity and just point your camera because you are technically f stop and shutter speed competent to do so, well the future is not so bright.

I am merely urging people to look more within, do something special, reach into your creativity and practice your art.

And you have to practice creativity, not copy it.
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 2:49 PM on 09.27.13
->> "And you have to practice creativity, not copy it."

Thanks for the follow up Ian. Reflecting on what you wrote it occurs to me that my experience with the fusion of creativity and technical competence has been something of a game of leapfrog. I started out emulating work I admired which lead to additive (or subtractive) ideas and a flow of creativity that needed an initial priming to get started.

And sometimes I look at what other photographers are doing just so I can be sure to do something different.

There are some lucky/talented/hard working few who can truly treat photography purely as an art and follow their hearts. Many of us treat it, at least partially, as a commodity in order to afford the opportunity to follow our art. Ideally one would try to bring their creative heart into the daily grind to make images different better and special but when shooting the first few innings of a baseball game in order to file on deadline sometimes generic is all you come up with.
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Doug Durham, Photographer
Georgetown | IN | | Posted: 3:35 PM on 09.27.13
->> ->>but when shooting the first few innings of a baseball game in order to file on deadline sometimes generic is all you come up with.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 3:36 PM on 09.27.13
->> origami
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Doug Durham, Photographer
Georgetown | IN | | Posted: 3:41 PM on 09.27.13
->> hmmm, my last post did not show up the way it was written..

Excuse my "newbness" how do I delete it?

What I meant to say was...

And sometimes you're just on the wrong side of the field from the action.
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 3:49 PM on 09.27.13
->> I would only shoot assignments that interested me.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 4:13 PM on 09.27.13
->> First I would help Chuck with his uncles investment. LOL Then I would buy some bond funds to have an income and only work personal projects except for my football work.
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Richard Wolowicz, Photographer
Montreal | QC | Canada | Posted: 7:03 PM on 09.27.13
->> Matthew Jonas wrote: "2 chicks at the same time"

^ The force is strong in this one

Please forward any pics if you decide to go this route ... none of you ... the other 2 subjects of course.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 7:15 PM on 09.27.13
->> Ian.

Q: What's the difference between painters and photographers?
A: Painters never sit around asking asking each other, "What brand of brush should I buy and how long should it be?"
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 7:25 PM on 09.27.13
->> "I've always been curious if there are restrictions on photographing currency"

From
http://www.secretservice.gov/money_illustrations.shtml

"The Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, Public Law 102-550, in Section 411 of Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations, permits color illustrations of U.S. currency provided:

- The illustration is of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of the item illustrated

- The illustration is one-sided

- All negatives, plates, positives, digitized storage medium, graphic files, magnetic medium, optical storage devices, and any other thing used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof are destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use."
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Josh Merwin, Photographer
New York | NY | | Posted: 8:40 PM on 09.27.13
->> Just landed back in NY after a quick trip to CA! So I've got a few thousand dollars that just fell into my lap. Any ideas???

Thanks in advance
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Josh Merwin, Photographer
New York | NY | | Posted: 8:59 PM on 09.27.13
->> On a serious note... I kind of get what Ian is trying to say. But there is nothing wrong with trying to emulate work that you like, in order to learn. As long as you aren't copying it and presenting it as your own work. Other artists are absolutely influenced by work that came before them. Sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously. The way you stand out is to either create something that's either never been done before, whether it new a new idea, technique, etc. Or do something better than anyone else. Most of the impressionists, artists and writers that are now extremely famous, were part of a community of that supported each other. Picasso was actually influenced and helped by others. Not to copy them, but to use what he learned in his own way.

http://artdaily.com/news/37065/Picasso-s-Themes-and-Variations-Offers-Uniqu...
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Brad Penner, Photographer
NY, NJ, CT | PA | | Posted: 11:14 AM on 09.28.13
->> Did this years ago. You just jogged my memory. lol, thanks!

http://www.bradpenner.com/money01.jpg
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 11:56 AM on 09.28.13
->> Brad Penner, would you ask your dog if I can borrow a couple hundred til Monday?

Thanks, I considered using one of my housemate's cats but they aren't the most cooperative models. Great shot.
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TD Paulius, Photographer
Orland Park | IL | USA | Posted: 8:06 PM on 09.29.13
->> Given the fact that the insurance exchanges to facilitate Obamacarse open for business Tuesday, get creative, stick the bills on a model and put them in a dentist chair or an examination.

Bring the pile to the National Mall and set fire (use Photoshop, though)to it with the Capitol in the background to represent how the government is burning through our money with its shenanigans.

Contact Smiley Pool and sublicense his SmileFace message board icon and give it to Chuck Liddy to use.
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Photographer, Assistant
Pasadena | Ca | USA | Posted: 11:11 PM on 09.29.13
->> "Adventure is never planned. It is marching through the door of opportunity into the unknown, with enthusiasm."

Put that cash flow to use. Invest half into an IRA and the other half on a meaningful series.

I would recommend finding a project you will be proud of accomplishing. Nothing wrong with "two chics at the same time" but doubt that will boost the photo credentials.

None the less, just make it an adventure.
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Andy Mitchell, Photographer, Assistant
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 2:29 AM on 09.30.13
->> Cardboard box with mailing label made out to Texas A&M c/o Johnny Football have the money in the box with some laying around it on a glass counter kinda like a pawn shop, a note that says Thanks, under the glass have some sports items like cards, helmets, etc, have just someones hands like they are packing it with a lot of (toy)gold braclets/rings on,
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