As many of you know, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires bloggers such as myself to disclose any relationships we have with businesses we might happen to mention in print. The idea behind this is transparency. They want bloggers who are paid or given perks by businesses to tout the goods and services of said businesses to be up-front about it. This seems entirely reasonable to me. There's enough cynicism in the world without people having to worry that the reviews and endorsements they read are in fact paid ads.
That said, I must admit I've been slow getting around to this; not because I have anything to hide, but because it should be obvious to anyone familiar with Shutterfinger that I ain't in this for the money. For starters, I've got no affilliate ads. One or two affiliates have asked if I'd be interested. So far I've politely declined. Frankly, I don't think either I or the affiliates would get much benefit from such ads. I devote so much space to writing about photography rather than photo equipment that it's hard to imagine anyone being motivated to buy something, especially a particular brand of something, just from having read one of my posts. However, if you are motivated to buy something, that's fine too. It won't benefit or harm me either way.
I do have past and present business relationships with photo marketing companies though. In the past I was a contributing editor to print magazines such as Camera & Darkroom and Petersen's Photographic. I have written dozens of equipment reviews for them, have owned or used every major brand of photo equipment there is, and still write a review from time to time. The most recent was my review of the Pentax K-7, posted on Mike Johnston's blog, The Online Photographer. At present I have a Pentax K-7 on extended loan. It's a delightful camera, as are the Canon EOS 30D, Nikon FM3A, and Olympus OM-1 cameras I own and use on a regular basis.
I am also currently working on a paid writing project for Canon's Digital Learning Center. Canon has loaned me an EOS 7D, a 100mm f/2.8L macro lens, and a 580EX II Speedlite to photograph. My last deliverable is due in week. Once I'm done, the results will be published on Canon's DLC website, the equipment gets returned to Canon, and it's back to business as usual--which, as far as profiting from photography is concerned, is barely any business at all.
That's pretty much the extent of it. I am on good terms with a few photo marketing companies and I do occasional writing work for a Canon product website. No one pays me to promote their products on this or any other blog, nor would I accept such work if it were offered.
Keep in mind, however, that I gladly accept donations from my readers who, so far, have not asked for anything in return other than I "keep up the good work"--which is what I intend to do. (And if you're wondering why there's no photo attached to this post, it's because I'd have to use a single camera to produce it and God forbid I should give the impression that I favor one camera over another.)