Beginner Photography Guide uses affiliate links

When I write articles they are based on my own experience and the resources I use to satisfy my desire for life long learning. However, some of the links, in some of the articles, point to marketplaces which offer products for sale and these are called “affiliate links.” These affiliate links route traffic, while also tracking that it really is me sending a business the traffic. If you decide to make a purchase I may make a small amount of money for what you’ve purchased.

Ethical referrals

I will only recommend something if I use it myself, or if I have first hand information from reliable sources. For example, I shoot with a Pentax and a Nikon camera and use Pentax, Nikon and Sigma lenses. This means I don’t have personal experience with Canon, or Sony or…. you get the picture I’m sure. However, I know photographers that do. Therefore, in addition to providing my own personal posts, reviews or comments about a personally used product I may, from time to time, include products based on the experience of others.

This is good news for you, because affiliate payments help to defray some of the costs of maintaining this website, and allows me to continue to offer my experience without charging you for access to a number of my articles! Affiliate payments are simply a “thank you” from the vendor for referring interested viewers, and in no way cost you anything!

Things to consider

Regardless of common perceptions, it’s certainly NOT free to own and run a website! Everything from images to hosting costs money and that’s not even including my time.

So, to be up-front… I don’t make a living with affiliate links and while the money I make is certainly appreciated, it doesn’t make a dent in the cost of the site. I write because of my passion for photography, and to help beginning photographers discover the passion and excitement that comes from seeing the light come on in their new-found avocation, not to push affiliate sales.

And finally: Angela Patterson is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com and amazon.ca.