Posts Tagged ‘wealth’

7 Things to Do When You Retire

February 28, 2012

1. Travel: Job and family responsibilities keep people rooted in one community. Familiar sights and habit often lead to stagnation and boredom. To really feel alive we must experience new sights and new traditions. There is a whole world out there of folks doing things differently and still being successful. We are often surprised and gain a whole new perspective on what’s possible. New avenues and possibilities suddenly appear before our eyes. Magical moments that send us off on an entirely new course of discovery. Travel is a great way to recharge your batteries after doing the same-old, same-old for so long. Pledge to travel. Pick out someplace you’d like to visit. You don’t have to go all exotic. A trip to a state park you’ve never seen is a very inexpensive way to get started. Or maybe to your state capitol if you’re not a big nature fan. Or, just hop in the car once a week and drive off to destinations unknown. Many of my best discoveries came from just such unplanned adventures. Drive until you come to something interesting, then, hop out and take a better look. Travel is a great way to begin your retirement years. Later, I’ll tell you about one simple new technology that makes travel exponentially more fun, even if you have to travel by yourself.

2. Get a Job: Of course I don’t mean go to work for someone else. This is your chance to finally do what you love to do. This is your chance to turn your hobby into a source of additional income. Making money doing what you love is the dream. Sharing your crafts or hobbies or interests with the world has never been easier thanks to the internet. In the not too distant past, retirement came awfully close to the end of our life expectancy. But not anymore. At age 65 most of us can look forward to another 10, 15, 20, 25 or more years of living. What will we do with all that time. Earl Nightingale, famous radio personality and co-founder of the Nightingale-Conant corporation that built their success on audio education programs once said, “The people who live the longest are the people with something to do.” We need something to do. We need some plan or structure in our life. Like it or not, a plan for the future, some expectation or excitement for what’s to come is a driving force in our life that pulls us forward.
When you tie your hobby or interests to a source of income generation, you insure that you’ll always have the financial freedom to enjoy what you love and you’ll get even more enjoyment from it knowing that others are interested in your work too. What joy is the most beautiful flower in the garden, or the best recipe, or the fine wooden craft if there’s no one else to share it with. Sharing has never been easier with the internet and a simple new digital tool.

3. Meet New People: One of the greatest joys in life are friends. People to share our interests and activities with. Meeting new friends was easy when we were in school. Classes would change, kids would come and go. We’d meet new people through sports or clubs or parties. Once we get into the workforce though, we find ourselves a bit more limited. Maybe we’d get to know a coworker. Or someone at church. Or someone from our kid’s school. By the time we retire we can often feel a bit lonely. Kid’s are grown. Sadly, some of our friends have gone off to their great reward or moved into retirement homes or places like Florida or Arizona. Meeting new people can sometimes be a real challenge. Luckily, there are hobbies that make it easy to meet new people.

4. Stay Active: The human body was not designed to be stationary. We we’re meant to move. Activity keeps our muscles in tone. It keeps our fluids moving. It lubricates our joints and aids our digestion. The trick is to find an activity that is low-stress but still addresses all of our physical necessities. Fortunately, walking is an activity that most of us can do. In fact, walking is the activity most often prescribed by doctors for people of all ages. It’s great for our posture, it stimulates our cardiovascular system and its low stress. The only problem is people often get bored with it. Fortunately, when you combine walking with another popular activity you can overcome that boredom and get even greater benefits. Benefits like triple calorie burn, instant gratification, and an excitement to get up and out the very next day. In fact, adding one simple activity can increase your interest in walking from 15 minute to one hour easily, thus quadrupling your benefit.

5. Leave a Legacy: Let’s face it, one day, we’ll be gone. Our time here on this planet will come to an end and we’ll take all of our memories and experience with us. How great if we could leave just a portion of that knowledge, talent and experience behind. What can you do to share? Rich folks leave large sums of money to benefit their favorite charities and institutions. Many other folks volunteer their time and talents. What organizations could use your help? What do you like to do? Could you volunteer your time? Could you write a book? Technology like computers and online retailers like make it very easy now to write and publish your knowledge. Perhaps you like to make things? Furniture and wood crafts. Decorative items for the home. How about art? Do you like to draw or paint? Perhaps you’re one of those frustrated artists who can never get their hand to do as the brain says? Fortunately there are digital arts now that leave your traitor hand out of the equation and let your wild imagination do all the work with a keyboard and mouse.

6. Teach: What better way to leave a part of you behind than to teach? When you share your knowledge you give the next generation all the benefit of your experience. You give them a head start, a leg up, a shortcut to success. There are many community education opportunities where you can even earn money sharing your knowledge. How about SCORE, the service corps of retired executives? Perhaps you could share your knowledge to help other businesses grow?
Starting your own class is easier than you think. It can provide great satisfaction, purpose, and is a great way to meet people with the same interests as you.

7. Buy a Camera: One of the best ways to get maximum enjoyment from your retirement years is to get a camera and learn a bit about photography. Photography is a great way to unify and magnify the benefits from all your activities.

A recent survey, conducted offers some interesting health benefits not normally associated with photography.
• 3 out of 4 people in the survey indicated that photography made them more active each week.
• All of the survey’s participants said that photography stimulates their mind. Half stated that it made them feel more focused, alive and creative.
• 82% found the ability to sustain high levels of concentrate while taking photos. (not an easy task in today’s hurry up era of infinite distractions)
• Fun – Most study participants were involved just for fun, deriving no income from their photos.
• 93 people out of 100 reported that photography made them feel good about themselves.
• 8 out of 10 said it lifts their mental state daily… it makes them feel good.
• More than half the people surveyed felt more connected to the local community and the world.
• 8 out of 10 reported that their involvement in photography had increased their contact with other people.

Surprise – The quality of the photos taken did not influence results. Even though half the people found others showed little or no interest in their photos, they still reported feeling all of photography’s positive benefits!

When asked to reveal, in their own words, the benefits they enjoyed from photography here’s a snapshot of the replies:

Connecting with nice people, relaxation, reduced stress, creativity, extra income, greater appreciation of the world, help people preserve memories, make people happy, get out of the house, meet new people, nostalgia, makes me feel better, relieves pain.

Photography can make your current hobbies more fun by allowing you greater opportunities to share. It can be a great motivational force to keep you active each day. Digital Photography has become much more a communication medium than an art. Technology has made it easier for anyone to take a great photo with just a bit of training.

A recent report indicates that now 10,000 people will retire each day in the country. That’s a lot of people who need something to do. They’d better get busy. Life moves pretty fast and they just might miss it.

Learning a bit of photography can open a great many doors to making retirement one of the best times of your life.

by Robert Schwarztrauber

“Change Your Life in a Flash” is a great introduction to all the benefits of photography. Improve your picture taking skills and find out exactly how to apply these skills to improve your health, wealth and happiness. This 90 minute audio CD program will open your eyes to a whole new world of opportunities. Opportunities available only to the digital camera user. You can get more details on this program at


Time for a New and Exciting View

December 18, 2010

Niagara Falls Best ViewMaybe this has happened to you too…

The other night I was watching “Build It Bigger” on The Discovery Channel. They were showing how the Hoover Dam was built. I’ve always been fascinated by how some of these giant structures come to be.

In fact, I was so wrapped up in the program that I didn’t hear my daughter ask me a question. “Dad, didn’t you hear me?” she asked.

“No, I was hypnotized by the TV,” I said.

Truth be told, I was not really hypnotized by the  tube, but the results were the same as if I had been. In reality, I was simply experiencing the effects of tremendous focus. Concentration. In that state we block out unrelated sights and sounds until they suddenly startle us from our trance.

It is a known fact that most of the world’s greatest success stories are born of this great concentration. Someone with great vision and persistence (often called FOCUS) was able to accomplish in one lifetime what the millions who came before him or her never could.

Some people say it’s hard to concentrate, hard to stay focused. And yet everyday millions of people will sit hypnotized for hours in front of the TV. Concentrating on the plethora of nonsense borne of viewer polls and advertising statistics. If it’s loud and changes views every 7 seconds, we’ll watch it – good, bad, or ugly. Especially bad or ugly.

But there is a better view available. One that lets you choose the best scenes in the world. Surprisingly, some of them can be found right in your own backyard. (Like Niagara Falls is to me. See photo above).One that lets you get your body moving, one that lets you meet new people, one that lets you feel better about yourself instead of worse.

There is a view that will train your mind to concentrate, to focus as you’ve never done before.

Let’s recap.

Better concentration. More fun, more physical activity. More people meeting. More praise. A heightened sense of self-respect and a general overall good feeling about one’s self.

“Sounds pretty good,” you say. “How can I get that view?”

Well, it is as near as the back of your camera. It’s called, oddly enough, a viewfinder.

Ironic, the simplicity. We all walk around hoping for something new and exciting to appear in our life, but though we want another view, how many of us actually go to the VIEW FINDER?

Millions of photographers do worldwide. But all those extra benefits I mentioned in the recap are often kept quiet, and discussed infrequently, and just amongst ourselves. You can join us if you like! We’ve got a great view on life because everyday we get up and look for what’s beautiful in this world. Studies have shown that what we look for, what we think about most in our life, comes to be. We create our own reality – which is merely a reflection of our thoughts.

This year is about to close. I can promise that if you do nothing to change the view, the view will still be the same next year. And the year after that. You’ll sleepwalk  through life, hypnotized by the folks who do have a better view.

Why not get a little serious about photography now?

The physical, mental and even economic rewards can be great. But as they say…you’ve got to participate.

Robert Schwarztrauber

P.S. If you’re interested in using your viewfinder (your camera) to really improve your health, wealth and wisdom in the coming year, send me an email and I’ll be sure to put you on my pre-publication list for my soon-to-be-released home-study photography program. Unlike other programs, this one’s not designed to push you toward achieving worldly artistic greatness, but is focused instead on a simple,  fun way to achieve your own personal satisfaction, and better physical and mental health through digital photography.

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Zig Ziglar’s Take on Your Autumn Path

October 27, 2010

"Fall Path"

Our senior years are often referred to as “The Autumn of Our Life”.

We’ve weathered the seasons. Grown strong. Brought forth new fruit. We’ve matured.

But Autumn doesn’t mean “the end”. It’s likely we’ll slow down a bit, but we’re far from through!

Many new studies show that our chronological age does not have to be reflected in our physical or mental states. There is a great deal we can do to control the condition of our bodies and our minds.

Studies also show that one thing is key. Exercise.

Just last night I read two reports from totally unrelated sources that came to the exact same conclusion…exercise (something as simple as walking) can slow or reverse the effects of aging on our bodies and our minds.

Adding an element of interest, challenge, or interconnection with other people  (like photography!)  intensifies the effect.

In a recent article, Zig Ziglar, America’s famed sales and motivational speaker sited research indicating that exercise is the factor that seems most likely to benefit the brainpower of the healthy, sick, young and old alike. He recommended 9 ways to stay fresh. Remarkably,  8 out of the 9 can be accomplished with your camera in hand.

1) Be flexible.  2) Find peace.  3) Eat right.  4) Get lots of stimulation.  5) Stay in school.  6) Seek new horizons.  7) Engage the world.  8)  Take a daily walk.  9) Finally, keep control.

In the second unrelated article University of Pittsburgh psychologist Kirk Erickson told Yahoo:

“In fact, there’’s only one practice that’’s been proven, without question, to preserve your memory: exercise. Aerobic activities tend to show larger effects than non-aerobic activities.”

Working up a sweat helps your mind stay fit better than any crossword puzzle–unless you’re doing that crossword on a treadmill.

The good news is that you don’’t need to run a marathon. Just walking six miles a week can ward off memory disorders caused by aging, according to Erickson’s research published this month in the medical journal Neurology. “It appears that if people start exercising their memory may improve and if you continue to exercise, that might delay, or offset, the age-related decline in memory,” he explains.

And you don’t need to lift any heavy barbells either. Erickson and his team monitored 300 senior adults over a period of 13 years, and found that those who walked between 6 and 9 miles a week——whether to work or with the dog –had half the brain deterioration of those who didn’’t. “Exercise seems to enhance some of the more fundamental properties of our brain,” Erickson explains. “It increases the growth of new cells and improves cellular processes associated with learning and memory.”

To put it simply, walking keeps your gray matter from shrinking. And the more matter, the more mind.  >>>end article<<<

Substitute “CAMERA” for “dog” and you have a much more potent stimulant for fighting the effects of aging. Photography requires far more use of your brain cells and concentration than any dog will. Don’t get me wrong…I love dogs! They have a powerful effect on keeping us happy too. Maybe you can alternate days of walking the dog for exercise, with walking your camera for mind power!

More and more studies seem to be supporting my position that one of the best ways to keep your mind and body young is to pursue your photography with passion!

Get up. Get out and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.

And bring your camera to record and share that beauty. It might just save your life!

Or at least make your Autumn years that much more colorful.

If you haven’t already, please help me in my research on this topic by taking just 3 minutes to complete my survey on the effect photography has on those who take pictures, either casually or professionally. It’s completely anonymous, and just 10 multiple choice question.

Here’s the link to the study that’s posted on SurveyMonkey

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Speaking of scary… one study also sited that people’s single biggest fear after 55 is Alzheimer’s disease. Take care of yourself…grab your camera and start walking!

by Robert Schwarztrauber

“The Secret” of Photography

April 7, 2010
The Secret

The Secret Revealed

One of the most popular videos of late has been, “The Secret”. In this film, much is made of the Law of Attraction. Particular attention is placed on the premise that as you think, so shall you become. While I found the film to be motivational and informative in many ways, I found it came up short on something equally important to success.


You can think of great inspiring plans, and dream of the opulent treasures that await you, but until you actually DO SOMETHING, things may be attracted to you, but it is by doing that we prepare ourselves to receive what we have coming. Until you do, until you give, you can never begin to get. It is the results of your actions, that began with your thoughts, that ultimately brings you the things you desire.

And the things you fix your mind to getting.

One of the most prominent figures in the movie “The Secret,” Bob Proctor,  made an analogy to the Polariod camera in his famous book, “You Were Born Rich”.
He said that our conscious mind is like the shutter on the camera. It is responsible for snapping the picture. The conscious mind chooses what we see and what we focus on we permit through to the subconscious mind. He goes on to say the subconscious mind is like the rest of the camera. It is responsible for bringing forth the image captured by the conscious mind and producing it exactly the way it was seen. The final Polariod  photograph is our result.

Our conscious mind, our thoughts, envision the thing we want, our subconscious mind then gets to work to create that vision in a physical form which is then available for all the world to see – we call it our results. If our image of what we want is not clear, our results will not be clear either. if we can’t hold a steady thought in our head, if we’re flipping all around from one thing to another, our results will reflect that lack of focus.

To extract the maximum benefit from “The Secret” and the Law of Attraction we must first have a clear vision of what we want to attract. We must then hold steady and focus on that vision even while we go about our regular duties in life. We must let that vision work through our powerful subconscious mind to process it into the physical result (the doing) and only then can we expect our vision to be drawn to us in the form we intended.

The process for getting good results in photography holds true for life as well. Have a good vision to share. Hold steady while you compose your vision. Have a proper tool to process your image. Then share the vision that is produced to benefit those who see it too.

Rudyard Kipling: On Success in Photography and Life

March 28, 2010
Children of the Fire

Children of the Fire

If I’ve learned anything in my many years it is this:

“You succeed by learning a skill, applying what you know, failing, learning something more, trying again. You repeat the cycle, hopefully failing a bit less each time until finally, if you persist, you succeed. Learn, fail, learn more, try more, eventually succeed.

It’s THE process for becoming good. Even “The Best”.  True in photography, true in life.

I think Rudyard Kipling summed it up very well when he said:

“I keep six honest serving men,

they  taught me all I know,

their names are what, why and when,

and how and where, and who.”

If you want to be great in whatever you do, make use these six counselors to help you. Persistence and dedication are your allies. Most folks will never be great simply because they lack the will to do what others won’t, to have what others can.

Want to be great? Do what the majority won’t!

Let’s take Mr. Kipling’s six honest serving folks one at a time and see how they can help us become more successful photographers.

What: Do you take pictures of the same things everyone else does? Stop it! People crave variety, something with a “Wow!” factor.

Why: Every great photograph answers this question. “Why am I looking at this?” If your photo doesn’t instantly offer your viewer the answer to this question, you’ve got to try harder, try again. Because the viewer shouldn’t have to, won’t think. “Why are you showing me this?”  If you can answer that question with your photo, then you’re miles ahead. Capture the emotion, the drama, capture a color, a light. Capture something special.

When: Do you shoot all your photos at the same time? Stop! Mix it up. Early morning and evening offer the best lighting for outdoor scenes. Cloudy days can be great too. Shooting on a sunny afternoon will put awful shadows in your work, so unless you’re going for a harsh look, avoid these times. Often it is helpful to add a “When” to your photos. Including weddings, birthdays, and other special events can add greatly to the interest of your photo.

How: How much do you study photography? Study proven and new methods? You should always be asking, “How is that done?” As long as you stay curious about your interest, and try new things, you will improve. Often before an assignment I’ll flip through 100’s and 100’s of photos on the internet to search for ideas and inspiration. Not to copy someone, but to see “How did they cover this subject?” I’ll look for an hour or so and then go to bed. Almost always,  the next day I’ll have dozens of ideas I’ll want to try based on images I saw from the day before. Look at the light in all the great photos you see and try to figure out how they achieved that look – so you can do it yourself. You can also physically change how you shoot. Shoot telephoto. Shoot wide angle. Shoot macro. Try fixing your aperture for a day and adjust around that. Try fixing your shutter speed so it forces you to learn to compensate with aperture. Change how you shoot your subjects, lie on the ground and shoot up, get a ladder and shoot down. Great photographers (designers and other artists) often have a signature “Look”. What’s yours?

Where: Where do you go to take photos? Go someplace different! Often we get in a rut, shooting the same things. Go somewhere different to find different subjects. If you normally shoot outdoors, shoot indoors. If you normally shoot pets, shoot kids. If you normally shoot kids, shoot teens. Shoot weddings. Shoot still lifes. Are your backgrounds always the same, change them. Change where you typically stand. Get closer! You can also change where you get your knowledge from. Hundreds of sites on the internet. Try a new one.

Who: Who are you learning from? If it’s not working, change that. If is is working, honor that pro by learning faster! Maybe you need to change who you shoot? Or maybe you need to join a club or forum so you can get feedback from some different “whos”? Anywho, changing your reference source can be a great way to change your results.

So there you have it. Six ways to shake up your habits and make great strides to becoming better at photography and everything you do.

Photography: What you need to learn in photography, you’ll need to learn to be successful in everything – so you might as well grab your camera and have some fun. Make photography part of your total fitness package. Mind, body and soul.

It’s total fitness photography.

Robert Schwarztrauber

The Formula for Regret

March 4, 2010

Formular for RegretWoulda. Shouda. Coulda.

While not grammatically correct, I think these three words correctly describe the feelings experienced, at one time or another, by every human being. All three can be summed up by one word. Regret.

For many it becomes a ritual. A habit. A way of life.  Sadly, these folks often find the success they desire elusive

But when they come to understand how the universe works, and align their actions with the forces at play, they can quickly join their more successful counterparts.

Understanding how things work not only makes it easier to succeed, but faster too.

If you are experiencing regret in any area, the root cause is most often described by  something I call the “Formula for Regret“.

Simply stated and shown by the “photo” graph above, Your Intentions Quickly Fade over Time.

If you think about the successful accomplishments in your life, times when you got done the things you wanted to do, even the small things, you will always find that you dug right in. You had a thought, jumped right in to do what you had to do, and in short time the thing was done. You experienced success.

Conversely, if you examine your regrets in life, you will find a pattern of delay. There was something you thought you wanted, an intention, but maybe weren’t exactly sure how to get it so you procrastinated. After a time you found yourself justifying not getting it (your regret) by saying that you probably didn’t want or need that thing after all.  But still, a tiny smidgen of regret stayed with you. Maybe for years and years.

The “Formula for Regret” can work for or against you. If you understand that your intentions fade, lose power quickly over time, you can use the formula to begin at once taking action to move closer to the thing you want. Even if you don’t know exactly how to get it, take some action, any action. Even just finding out who to ask  helps you make progress and keeps your intention alive.

A motivational speaker, Joe Vitale, has a famous mantra based on this formula, he says, “Money Loves Speed”. Many successful stories in business are tied to those who did something first, not necessarily best. Ray Kroc opened the first fast-food hamburger chain. Notice the word FAST in there. Not “THE BEST” just fast. Here we have “The Original Pancake House”. Thousands of restaurants sell pancakes, but without even knowing if they were good, if I were looking to eat pancakes and knew nothing about the other restaurants in town, I’d want to got to the “Original” pancake house. They were first, still here –  must be good.

Most folks go to their graves with more regret for the things they DIDN’T DO than for the things they did do. So if you’re tired of regrets and wish to enjoy a great deal more success in your life, TAKE ACTION ON YOUR INTENTIONS QUICKLY!

Stop second guessing (our human intuition is remarkable accurate when working for the good), stop procrastinating, and start taking action immediately on the thing that is most troubling you today.

These days, many folks who got layed off regret not starting and owning their own business. Many of my readers (you?) may have considered starting a photography business. If that’s you, TODAY is the best day to put your intentions to work. If you don’t, I guarantee they will fade over time and in 5 or 10 years, you’ll still be where you are right now. Only you’ll be weary from carrying regret.

Look to the right hand column for proven solutions that banish the “Formula for Regret” from your life, replacing it with happiness and prosperity.

Robert Schwarztrauber

Camera Cures aka Pictures of Health

June 1, 2009
Snow Geese Family

Snow Geese Family

It is widely accepted in psychological circles that colors can effect the mood of the people who view them. Blue is often described as a calming color while red is said to excite. Yellow is cheerful and black depressing.

A persons mood can also be effected by the subject portrayed in the scene. Certain landscape scenes have a calming effect while certain city-scapes tend to increase tension.

Hundreds of studies can be found that document a viewers reaction to pictures (paintings and photographs).  What surprised me however, was how little  documentation (almost none) could be found that gave evidence of the therapeutic effects of TAKING photographs.

I came across one clinical observation in my searching that really gave credible evidence to the benefits of taking photographs.

It was described in the book, “The Strengths Model” by Charles A. Rapp. In the section titled, “Talents and Skills” the author told of a hospitalized man with mental and physical abnormalities (pg.95). He descibed how when this man was directed to pursue his passion for photography (even though his photos never sold anywhere) he was released within 2 months from the hospital with a clean bill of health. Even more compelling was the fact that he never again returned to the hospital in the subsequent 20 years until his death from pneumonia.

Merely pursuing a hobby that interested him, photography in particular, was enough to set this man on a course to a long and healthy life.

Anyone interested in photography can tell you that there is a calming effect of searching for and always finding the beauty in this world. Any photographer will tell you of the zen-like focus of attention one comes to when consumed with creating an image. You block out all others problems and concerns in your life, you cannot consciously hear the sounds around you, you cannot see disrtactions beyond the viewfinder. You are at once consumed by the scene you hope to capture to the exclusion of all else.

So I am surprised not to find more accounts online which tell of the wonderful effects of photography on the human mind and body. I know it has effected me by increasing my fitness through walking to find great shots to share, it has increased my mental sharpness and focus, and it has increased my economic condition through the sale of photos.

Please share your stories with our readers in the comments below.

How has photography improved your mental or physical health?

How has it improved your economic standing during these difficult times?

I know informally from conversations with other photographers, but lets see if we can help more folks by sharing our results here in writing.

Your comments are welcomed below!

I Have a Dream…Like Susan Boyle

May 1, 2009
tA Brighter Dawn

A Brighter Dawn

Today I want to share an inspirational video with you.

It’s a very moving story of someone who pressed on despite her obvious “handicaps”.

Someone who pressed on, determined to follow her dream, though from all outward appearances she was ill suited for the lofty dream she held in her heart.

But she had two things going for her that would not allow her to fail. Her persistance and her talent.

Most of us have talent, at one thing or another. Most of us lack persistence.

One of my talents and passions happens to be photography. But I let that talent lie dormant for a great many years. Only recently did I decide that I must share my skills and abilities so that others might discover the many great benefits of photography – better health, greater wealth, and wisdom.

Take a look at this inspirational video of Susan Boyle (below) . If after watching it you DECIDE that your dream involves taking up a camera to create wonderfully stunning images of the magnificent world in which we live, or if you want to capture the innocent smiles of children as they play, or pets as they always amuse us, come on back here and read through the posts.

Check out the helpful resources in the sidebar. Everything here is built and tested for helping you to pursue your dream. Photography can inspire your life in ways you could never imagine.

Let the sun rise on your dreams today, just as it did for Susan.

To borrow the words of a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,

” I have a dream!”

And I’m living it, and sharing it with you. Let’s all be inspired by Susan. Let’s dust of our dreams, pick up our cameras (if that’s your passion too) and share our gifts with the world. If you won’t do it for yourself, please do it for us! Please, please  surprise us (or someone!) today with your special, secret talent.

Watch Susan share her gift here:

Robert Schwarztrauber

Recession Beating Income from Digital Photo Biz

January 27, 2009
Simple to Make with NewPhotoBiz 1.0

Simple to Make Money with NewPhotoBiz 1.0

If you’re looking to finally start your own business to ease the layoff worries, or to supplement your income on a part-time basis, or maybe you’ve already lost your job and are wondering how to make ends meet, then here’s a new product that might make it easy for you.

It’s called NewPhotoBiz 1.0 by a professional photographer named Scott Voelker. He has created an amazing “business-in-a-box” that just might get you earning $1000 per day creating amazing photographs of children from your digital camera. Using his custom “Anne Geddes” style templates, anyone can create photographs no mother could ever resist – and do it in just minutes!

One client who purchased NewPhotoBiz 1.0 earned $6000 their first month – working only 3 days per week!

I purchased his program and was blown away by how thoroughly he takes you through every step from beginning to end. Beginners have everything they need to start a successful business today…and pros can jump right in using his amazing templates to add $100 to their existing products.

This is a rocket to success in a fun, photo business. No matter how tight the money gets, moms are going to buy pictures of their kids. This business beats the recession, is easy to start, and you can earn as much as you like. Working as many or as few hours as you like. Full or Part-Time!

You’ll kick yourself if you don’t check it out. Here’s the link with a complete description and the  100% satisfaction, no questions asked guarantee:

NewPhotoBiz 1.0 Lite

If you’ve ever thought of taking simple pictures to earn cash, you must get this program. Check it out now before it’s gone!

Remember, this program is ALL you need to make your dreams come true in 2009. I’ve never seen anything offered on the internet this good, this thorough.

P.S.  With Scott’s  How-to VIDEOS you can also learn a ton for FREE!     The photo of two girls in the leaf was created in less than 10 minutes using Scott’s program. Pretty cool, huh?  I don’t recommend many products highly, but this one packs in a lot at a bargain price. Even if you never go pro! You’ll have the best kids portraits to show off to friends and family! They’ll be drooling with envy. And begging you to do one for them!

Increase Your Income in 2009

January 2, 2009

Just a short post today, as the new year begins, to remind everyone that it’s not enough to be great at taking pictures. I have no doubt that there are great photographers across the planet wondering where their next dollar will come from.

Great income comes from great marketing.

Here’s a new link to one of my best resources, Clayton Makepeace and his crew over at The Total Package.
Go here for great money making techniques that will send your income soaring. (I almost forgot to mention…it’s FREE!)

Also, don’t forget to get your copy of
“How To Pay The Rent With Your Camera – THIS MONTH!”  from “Dan the Man” – who knows all about making money with your camera.

Here’s that great ebook link again:

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

Robert Schwarztrauber

“How To Pay The Rent With Your Camera – THIS MONTH!”

December 22, 2008
 Holiday Gift Ideas

Short on Cash?

Turning Photos Into Cash

How great would it be if someone were actually PAYING you to capture photos of beautiful, wonderful, or just plain fun things?

If you’re like most people who get the photo bug, you start taking pictures because it’s just great fun.

Nostalgia. When you come across something beautiful, or something wonderful, or something fun you want it to last forever.

Snap! Got it. Now, with picture in hand, you can feel that same feeling over and over again. Flip out the picture…ahh, you feel great again.

Where would we be without our photo memories! In fact, next to saving their children and pets, people will most often run back into a burning building to save their precious photographs!

Now just think how great it would be if someone were actually paying YOU to capture photos of their kids, their pets and their whole family!

Imagine that people will come to you and ask to have their picture taken. One simple technique could have folks handing their cash over to you.

A great new book has just been released which can have you getting cash fast – using your CAMERA to make you money!

A master of creating cash from your own photography business,
photographer DE has assembled this great book to help photographers of all skill levels go behind the curtain to discover proven techniques, in use, that get you PAYING customers. It’s about simple, slap-yourself-on-the-forehead, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that techniques by photographers from across the country. All sharing their secrets.

And get this! For less than you’d pay to buy one person a holiday gift, you can have ALL the tips, techniques and strategies in this book!

What’s more, you could pay for all the holiday gifts you bought this year from just ONE tip in this book!

Or, as the book is titled, see “How To Pay The Rent With Your Camera – THIS MONTH!”

It’s priced at just $27 now, but I can’t believe he’ll give away so much for long. Click the blue link below and pop on over to get your copy securely from Clickbank now.

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(But you might not get any sleep tonight once you get these great
ideas rolling ’round in your head. I know I didn’t!)

And remember, it’s risk free when you purchase from Clickbank.
If you’re not satisfied for ANY reason you can simply get your money back with their generous return policy. But when just one of DE’s proven methods can earn you back $100’s, I don’t expect you’ll be needing that refund if you’re serious about making money using your camera!

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Copy This Orchestra for BIG Photography Profits

December 20, 2008
Doggy Basket

Doggy Basket

Last night I attended an amazing holiday production by the
Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Now most people think nice classical music (or boring!) when you mention going to the symphony. Being a holiday presentation tends to worsen their regard since they already know all the songs.

Not too exciting they imagine.

But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the spectacular show put on by this talented group of musicians. And that’s where the lesson begins that can teach (or remind) photographers an awful lot about achievingtheir maximum potential.

Most “normal” orchestral events differ very little from listening to music on a CD except for the ticket price and the polite applause heard between songs. You watch a sedate group of musicians sit and play for hours on a rather stark stage. In my estimation, a 90% auditory experience coupled with a 10% visual experience. If that style of performance has changed in 300 years, it’s not by much.

Therein lies the problem. We live in a society raised on television. We’re a visual society now more than ever. More than any other time in history we want, ney expect, excitement to come blasting in through our eyeballs MTV knew that. And now it seems there can be no stopping the proliferation of YouTube style videos that are popping up at a phenomenal rate. (see the trend?)

Million dollar opportunities spring from nowhere when you include visual stimulus in either your product or its presentation.

We demand visual excitement in our lives.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra has rocked up the old Christmas standards. Athletic performers of boundless energy playing electric guitars and violins to songs like “O Holy Night” rock the house. You get keyboards and rockin’ drum solos set to a laser and pyrotechnic light show that rivals the biggest
names in rock-n-roll history. They get it.

They saw the trend to visual 10 years ago and took action – building a touring group that plays to sold out venues everywhere. Their great show is easily 50-50 in terms of visual to auditory. Half great sound, half great visual show. They added excitement to their music in a very visual way and now reap mega-millions annually for their intelligence

And that’s what we need to do as photographers. Add excitement!

While there is still a place for the standard portrait, there is an even greater opportunity for photos that excite. Photos that people get all hyped up.Photos that people can’t wait to show and tell their friends about.

Photos with that “WOW!” factor.

And now, thanks to SV, a master of photography techniques and marketing, ANY photographer, amateur or pro, can add the equivalent of a rock band’s light show to their photographs.

SV has created a unique way to add extreme visual excitement to your photographs.Best of all, it’s simple and easy. He has a great way of showing you how, and, no surprise, he uses FREE videos to let you in on his secrets.

Discover more about how to add extreme visual excitement to your photos and boost your income substantially at :

Changing the Veteran’s Memorial

November 11, 2008
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran's Memorial

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Changing the Veteran’s Memorial

Armed with a few basic photography techniques
anyone can take a nice photograph. Letting Photoshop
deploy some tactical moves in a digital software
program can supercharge your efforts.

Today, in honor of the Veterans who
served to keep our great country safe
and free, I thought I’d share this photo
of the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial.

This  beautiful Marine Corps Monument is located
on the banks of the “Mighty Niagara” River
in North Tonawanda’s Fisherman’s Park.
The sculpture by James J. Hartel
along with the U.S. Flag, Marines and
POW flag make for a wonderful scene against the
powerful heavens in the photo on the right.

But, to demonstrate what you can do with
wonderful digital editing software like
Photoshop, I have also included the original,
not so dramatic photo on the left.

To create the final scene (right) the original
photo was STRAIGHTENED to show a level horizon
line to the eye, it was CROPPED to cut out the
building on the far left and some shrubs down front.
It was then adjusted for exposure LEVEL using
the histogram. Then, CURVES were used to
sharply contrast the light and dark extremes
of light.But this made the golden sculpture
too dark, so a DODGE & BURN technique was used
to lighten only the sculpture, making it stand out.

So as you can see, just 5 simple steps took this
so-so photo on the left and created a much more
dramatic photo on the right.

Everyone serious about creating exceptional
images from even meager talent should spend
time to learn a few basic skills in a software
program like Photoshop or the more basic,
Photoshop Elements.

(The Conrad Kania Detachment of the
Marine Corps League created this project
and it was dedicated May 8, 1999.
It is a living,on-going monument honoring
all Marines past, present and future; air,
land and sea; Regular and Reserve; active or
retired; peacetime or war service.)

Robert Schwarztrauber is a photographer, author, speaker,
copywriter and marketing consultant who regularly shares tips
through this site and

Concentrated Focus

September 15, 2008
You Toucan Relax

You Toucan Relax

Is it any wonder so many folks walk around totally stressed-out these days?

Between all the advertisements that beg for our attention, bosses who question our actions daily and family responsibilities, we’re forced to make thousands of mini decisions each and every day. Exhausting work.

We’re constantly pulled this way and that to answer a zillion unrelated questions. Rare are the times when we can give our undivided attention to just one task.

And that’s the problem.

Ever notice how when you’re working quietly (uninterrupted) on JUST ONE thing, be it a favorite hobby, or intricate task at work, or even just reading a book – my how the time flies? And you leave that period of concentrated thought feeling more relaxed rather than more stressed?

Ah-hah! Yes. Concentrated thought, concentration leads to less stress. Feeling good.

And that is exactly my point when I say that photography (your camera) can be the ultimate tool for achieving better health – better mental health in this case.

You see, our eyes are constantly scanning the world to receive input. 140 degrees of peripheral vision being scanned 50 times/second puts a massive load on our brains.

Now imaging that instead of looking at 140 degrees of wide vision we narrow that down and only let you see 20 degrees looking through a camera’s telephoto lens. Now you’ve got 120 degrees less to look at.

Instantly the input to the brain is decreased. Less input, less stress.

Try this experiment for yourself:

Use the longest lens you have for your camera, maybe 200mm for your DSLR folks. If your camera of choice right now is a zoom point-and-shoot camera, zoom to the maximum setting and see how much less you see cluttering up your view.

Practice photographing animals or something else from far away. Remember to hold your camera very still (better yet brace it against a building wall or other solid structure to prevent the blur that magnifies itself at these longer lens settings…or best is to use a tripod if you have one.)

Notice that as you concentrate on just getting a good picture of your subject, you are conscious of fewer sounds around you, of people movements nearby and literally all of your senses have been hijacked to work on capturing the image you are focused on.

Yes…you have entered “The Zone”.

Now your only trick will be chiseling enough time out of each day to grab your camera and get in “The Zone”.

But rest assured the more you get there, the better you’ll feel.

The bonus to your more relaxed body (as if we need anything more than that!) is while all this mental body repair was going on, you actually did take some cool pictures to share with your friends or family.

Ah…sweet recognition.

When you think about it…everything in this world that’s really great is here because someone concentrated on one single thing. Tom Monaghan -Dominoes Pizza, Donald Trump -real estate, “The Colonel” -Fried Chicken and every great professional sports player. Does Tiger squander his focus? Bet not.

While we don’t all aspire to be focused at that level, we could all use just a bit more. And photography is one great, easy way to get your RDA of all the benefits it brings. Grab your camera and start today!

Keep watching this post. Later on I’ll post my 10 best tips on how to get, “In the Zone” using ordinary stuff in and around your house that you might sell for cash. Because getting cash automatically makes me feel better! How about you?

Now go relax!

Robert Schwarztrauber

NEXT: Where to share your pics for maximum recognition and prizes…Picture Posts Online


September 13, 2008
Hungry for More?

Hungry for More?

Be tenacious!

Tigers starve last in the jungle.

I’ve recently come to find a great strategy for dominating your market.

Before I put the word out to y’all, I’m putting it through the paces. Testing.

If all goes well…I’ll be sharing that info with you right here on this blog.

Tonight, I’ll share one part of the strategy you’ll need to begin reaping the rewards of total domination!

This nugget is financial in nature. We could all use a bit more money right?

Pop on over to:

Here you’ll begin to discover the hidden power of your camera to become ATM, Fitness Machine and Powerful 100% safe and effective health supplement.

Guaranteed you’ll find MOTIVATION here.

Robert Schwarztrauber

Turning Photos into Cash

September 11, 2008
Happy Hamster Sells!

Happy Hamster Sells!

If you’re like most people who get the photo bug, you start taking pictures because it’s just plain fun.

Nostalgia. When you come across something beautiful, or something wonderful, or something fun you want it to last forever.

Snap! Got it. Now, with picture in hand, you can feel that same feeling over and over again. Flip out the picture…ahh, you feel great again.

Where would we be without our photo memories!

But just think how great it would be if someone were
actually PAYING you to capture photos of beautiful, wonderful
or just plain fun things?
What if your photos could get published in print for all the world to see, to share the joy along with you?

What if you could win awards, prizes, cash?

Suddenly, photography is a whole lot more than FUN.

Well, surprise!

Millions of dollars are paid to photographers every year.

Not just professional photographers, but average Joes and Janes too.

Best of all, you can start right in your own home town.

Shelly Perry of AWAI’s “Turn Your Pictures Into Cash” instructional program is getting regular checks from stock photo agencies for pictures she took of her family “doing things” and such simple things as “curtains”.

Rich Wagner has made multiple thousands from a small town picture of a “pumpkin patch”. Cows sell well too.

I can’t do justice describing their stories here in this limited space, but if this sounds interesting to you, and you can take a simple picture, you should go directly to the AWAI website now for more information:

Meanwhile, if your going to take pictures anyway, a few of your best subjects will be:

People Portraits, Pet Portraits, Photos of News Stories in Progress (fires, car crashes, local topics of the day), Publicity or products for a business, or ebay products.

Where can I sell my photos?
Who’s buying?

Families, Grandparents, Pet Owners, Businesses, Media, Newspapers, Magazines and Websites, Stock Photo Agencies all are happy to pay you for the type of photo that interests them. Sell at flea markets and art shows too.

Don’t worry about being a pro. Well focused, well composed, well lit pictures that tell the story or communicate the emotion are all that is required. Not some fancy artistical interpretation all blown up with special effects.

Good useful pictures sell.

Photographs as artistic Interpretation on the other hand…now that’s a tough sell.

Check out the AWAI website. You can get ideas for 101 Things You Can Get Paid to Photograph.
Even if the program is not for you there are loads of great tips to be found… for FREE!

And YES! I recommend it because I bought it and have made money because of it. I’ll bet you can too.

You can be fit as a fiddle, with a mind sharp as a tack, but if you have no money to do the things
you love, you’re simply not living life to the fullest. You’re not complete.

But you can have everything you want…physical, mental and financial health.

Your camera and photography… are the keys to the kingdom!

*** If this photo of our hamster and a dandelion can make money (and it does!) …imagine what you can do! ***

by Robert Schwarztrauber

Time for Life Changing Photography

September 10, 2008
Time for Change

Time for Change

It has changed the lives of millions over the years …now it’s your turn!

Remember, it’s not a drug. Not a pill of any kind or a nasty tasting liquid. It’s not an herb or potion or anything you have put in your mouth (or anywhere else inside your body for that matter).

Yet it has a proven chemical effect on the brain – stimulating the hypothalamus in our bodies to naturally produce more dopamine. In scientific studies, increased dopamine (a naturally produced hormone and neurotransmitter) has been linked to:

Increased Motivation – Gets you up and gets you going!
Increased Muscle Control – Hey, seniors…Anyone can do this!
(in fact dopamine depletion is the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease)
Increased Pleasure Sensation – You’ve earned a little fun time, right?
Increased Libido – When you feel good, well…
Increased Decision-Making Power – Clarity of thought returns!
Increased Sociability – Gets you out more, makin’ friends!

All the while you’re building new neuron pathways – as you learn and become more aware of the hidden beauty in the world around you and also as you learn and master more technical skills in photography.
Researcher are studying just how building new neuron pathways might ultimately help fend of the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease!

I know, I know! It’s amazing!

Now you know some of the secret reasons why millions of people love photography! I’ll bet even some long time photographers never thought about WHY they enjoy it so much.

Turns out…

Photography is like a drug!

…With no serious side effects!

Now it’s your turn. Digital technology has made it so much easier for everyone to get involved because these new automatic digital cameras give everyone a tremendous boost up in the quality of the pictures they take. (of course CAMERAS don’t take good pictures…PEOPLE do!)

Everyone can begin turning out photographs that will WOW! their friends by simply using a few of the tips outlined in my previous posts.

“Jump-start every day with an excitement and enthusiasm you haven’t experienced in years!”

Life takes on new meaning from the very moment you begin! The results are instantly gratifying. You’ll bolt out of bed, bursting with energy, bright and early each morning. Then, after launching your day with a healthy start, you’ll be able to sleep like a baby the following night. With no chemical side effects!

Mental focus improves – Dramatically! You’ll find yourself concentrating more on the happiest and most beautiful things in your world. Hours slip by – with not a single negative thought to bring you down. You’ll actually smile a lot.

Stress, nagging pains and ailments magically disappear! No thoughts of pain or discomfort. You’ll find you can bend, stretch and move like a hell bent kid on a playground. You’ll be amazed at how much your pain is caused by thinking about it. When you take your mind off your pain (or troubles) and FOCUS on something else intensely as you frame it in your viewfinder, magically your pain will disappear!

It’s the perfect spice for every interest! If you already have a hobby that gives your life meaning and keeps you busy, this can be the salt and pepper that really brings out the flavor of what it is you do. And a great way to share and show off your interests to friends, family, and dare I say, the buying public.

In my next post, we’ll look at how you can use photography to help pay for itself as well as your other hobbies.

Until then…Grab your camera and get out there!

It’s a fitness machine that helps you lose weight. It’s the “drug” of choice for feeling great with no side effects…it’s the cure for depression, anxiety, worry and pain, it’s your ticket to a life-changing adventure…

Now available without a prescription!

It’s your camera folks! It’s photography.

Be well!

PS: I’d love to hear your comments on how photography has made your life better – mentally, physically, financially. I’m doing research for a new book due out in October and I’d love to include your stories. If I use your story, of course I’ll give you a FREE copy of my book!

by Robert Schwarztrauber


Better Photos for Weight Loss

September 10, 2008
Delaware Park Rose Garden

Delaware Park Rose Garden


You’ve got the camera and you know you’ve got to get out and use it…
if you want to lose it. Pounds that is. Like most fitness equipment, the only time it provides a benefit is when you use it.

Heading out, camera in hand can give you a great cardio workout,
perhaps what will seem like the fastest hour of exercise you ever had.

So let’s get started.

Before heading out, you need to have a subject. A purpose. A focal point.
A good photo outing, like a good photo, must have a singular point of interest.

To wander around aimlessly has it’s place, but as motivation to action it won’t work here. So decide where you want to go, (we discussed 3 options in the last post…the city, the beach or waterfront, or the park) pick one and go.

Once there you can begin your walk in search of great photographic subjects.

Keep in mind these secret photographer’s tricks to achieving really great shots:

1. Rule of Thirds: Imagine your view screen is cut by 2 lines vertically and 2 horizontally, creating 9 equal squares on your viewfinder. Always try to place the main subject of your photo along on of those horizontal or vertical lines. Avoid placing your subjects directly in the center box. You’ll see an instant improvement in your photographic skills.

2. Contrast: Light against dark or vise versa.

2a. Color Contrast: Imagine the color wheel (or better yet, get one) to see which colors are opposite on the wheel. Try to find subjects together that are opposite on the wheel for maximum visual interest (contrast).

3. Angles: Try to create a diagonal through your photos with streets, or grassy edges or buildings, fences or any natural element. Start it from the lower left corner of your viewer in towards the center of your photo. This helps to draw the eyes into and toward your subject. (See todays photo taken with a Nikon D40)

4. Focus: A couple of points here. Eyes should always be sharply in focus when photographing people or animals. To have your subject stand out from the background, blur the background by using a large lens opening on (D)SLR cameras (that means a small f number like f4.5 rather than f8 or f16).

Below are a list of subjects to look for. If you browse through magazines, retail stores or anywhere pictures are found, you will find that these are the most popular things that people like to look at. (if your interested
in the types of photographs that sell…send me an email)

Flowers, trees, gardens, garden paths, butterflies, stone walls, architecture colorful umbrellas, sea shells, fountains, statues, pets, animals, birds, reflections from puddles, windows, lakes, ponds, farmer’s markets, countryside, cows, horses, tractors, kids, couples, doors, churches, clocks.

Get out, look around with purpose and you’ll begin to see a whole new world reveal itself to you.

I guarantee once you get out there, you’ll be hooked!

Once you get home to look at the photographs you took, you’ll be like a kid on Christmas eve…eager for the new morning so you can get back out there again to capture more of the beauty that surrounds us.

All the while burnin’ calories without the dreaded…”exercise”.
Try to get that excited about your treadmill.

by Robert Schwarztrauber

NEXT: Photography: The Miracle Brain Food

The Ultimate Hand-held Fitness Machine

September 7, 2008

If you’ll do me a favor and suspend your disbelief for just a minute, I’ll introduce you to a secret weapon, a whole new approach to total mind, body and financial fitness.

I’ll show you, in the posts that follow:

  • How to take a common household item and use it in a unique new way. We’ll turn it into the ultimate lose-weight-feel- great-total mind-body-get-fit device that just might make you rich!
  • How everyone age 10 to 100 can jump start their day with an enthusiasm they haven’t experienced in years…if ever!
  • How to take great photographs with 7 very simple tips you probably never heard before.
  • How to turn any hobby into a profit center when you add this element of photography – now you can get paid for doing what you love!
  • A whole new secret world that you never existed until someone shows you how to “see” it. I’ll show you how to see it and from that point on you’ll look at God’s creation with a whole new appreciation and excitement
  • How photography can actually extend your life. I think it was Earl Nightingale who said,”The people who live the longest are the people who have something to do.” When you do it like I’ll show you, you refresh your body, your mind and maybe even your pocketbook! Best of all you can begin at any age…it’s never too late to start!
  • You can become famous, win awards (recognition, cash and prizes) in your spare time. Think back to the last time you won an award, felt great didn’t it? But for most folks, that feeling doesn’t come often enough. I’ll show you how to make it come early and often!

In the posts that follow, I’ll share my success stories with you along with tips, tricks and samples
of how photography has changed my life and the lives of so many others. Everyday folks who found it so simple and beneficial -once they were told of it’s secret potential.

If you’ll join me here, I’ll take you on a unique adventure. I’ll show you a fun, new way to create a younger feeling body, a sharper thinking brain and introduce you to several secret ways to make money with your new found passion – photography. Despite what you may have heard before,
it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, your current camera just might be the least expensive fitness machine you’ve ever bought!

Or, if you’re not interested in better health, clearer thinking, or more money, I’ll show you how to decorate your home with, “Government Art – How to get your FREE share of the millions spent every year.”

NEXT: 3 fun ways to use your camera to burn up to 432 calories per hour!