Archive for August, 2010

GPS – The Greatest Technology For Photographers Who Tr...

August 29th, 2010

A GPS is nothing new, but if you’re a little behind the technology curve, you may not have bought your own GPS just yet. What are you waiting for? If you’re a traveling photographer, it is really a must-have item. Before you think about getting another lens or upgrading cameras, put your money to practical use by getting a navigation system. You’ll wonder how you ever did without one.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a GPS:

How recent is the GPS? If your GPS has out-of-date roads, you’ll find yourself frequently frustrated. We had one major interstate in our area that underwent a major change, and our old GPS kept telling us to t[...]

Top 10 Wedding Videographers

August 26th, 2010

After hunting on Google for videographers and looking at hundreds of websites, here are the best of the best from the videographers I found. Great wedding videos are a rare find online. Most videographer samples either make you fall asleep or get sick to your stomach, but not these guys. I’m sure you’re wondering, so I’ll let you know in advance that we did not include ourselves in the list. Please let me know if you’ve found any other amazing videographers. Enjoy!

1 http://www.studiomsv.com/

2 http://www.iqvideography.com/

3 http://www.blueskyfilms.com/

4 http://www.lovestorymedia.com/ (per videographer’s request, changed fr[...]

Wedding Photography For The Craigslist Photographer

August 23rd, 2010

While there are many professional photographers posting ads on Craigslist, our studio included, there are some photographers who apparently defy the known laws of the universe by being able to take “amazing” wedding photographs even though the only thing they’ve previously photographed is flowers and sleeping babies. If you fall into the group of photographers who is an “expert” without ever shooting a wedding before, here are a few things to keep in mind.

This is a camera. You probably already own one of these, which is why you feel you’re qualified to photograph weddings. Reality check: I personally own many hammers, but I wouldn’t call myse[...]

Photography Startup – Managing Stress

August 17th, 2010

Let me start by saying that I don’t claim in any way to be an expert in managing stress. It seems like even when I’ve managed to neutralize some stressful situations, there are plenty other scenarios that still manage to stress me out. I’m only hoping to communicate a couple things that may help you avoid some of the stress I have gone through.

Stress is not always bad Hear me out on this one. It’s not that stress is ever desirable, but it can lead to some important changes. For example, say you’ve got no time for editing sessions because people are booking sessions from sun-up to sun-down. You’re feeling overwhelmed because you don’t have tim[...]

Photography Startup – Going Pro

August 13th, 2010

You have a life-long dream of being a full-time photographer. You’ve heard from all your friends that you’re the best photographer they know. So how do you know when it’s time to quit your day job and pursue photography as a career?

To answer that question, you really won’t ever know with 100% certainty that it’s time to make the step to full-time. There are no guarantees. There are some good indicators that you’re ready though, so don’t just jump in without doing your homework.

The easiest way to go pro is to work at a studio. This is a lot safer than starting your own business. Do an internship and prove you’ve got what it tak[...]

Photography Startup – How To Price Sessions

August 12th, 2010

So your friends have found out that you take pictures all the time, and now they’re asking you to take pictures of their family. So how do you price your session so you’re not losing money? Here are some thoughts on how to price your photography so you’re not getting the short end of the stick.

Start Small If you aren’t an expert at taking portraits, don’t set your rate where all the seasoned veterans have set theirs. You want to start by making all your clients VERY happy. You want them to spread the word about your amazing photography don’t you? If you set your price too high, that could mean they move on to another photographer, or they may end [...]

Photography Startup – 5 Books You Need To Read

August 10th, 2010

I’ve probably read close to a hundred books now on business. Here are 5 of my favorite books that I think you’ll love too. These books have made an impact on how we run our business, so I’d say they’re definitely worth a read. They’re not specific to photography, but you’ll definitely find them useful in starting a photography business.

5 Principles for resetting your brain to think like Da Vinci. More for learning how to think than it is for tackling one specific problem.

How your business looks to the outside world makes all the difference. Learn ways to find a spot in the mind of the consumer.

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Adobe Lightroom – Getting Serious About Photography

August 7th, 2010

If you’ve found yourself sorting through thousands of pictures on a regular basis, Adobe Lightroom could be a real timesaver. For us, what used to take hours, now takes about half the time using Lightroom. The concept is simple: use Lightroom to take care of all the photos at once instead of one at a time like Photoshop.

In our old process, we would create a new folder with a copy of all our pictures and use Windows explorer to delete files out of the new folder for anything we didn’t want to keep. Then we would individually open, crop, adjust levels, and make any further edits needed to an image before saving.

Now that we have Lightroom, we just import all our images[...]

3 Ways To Monetize Your Photoblog

August 3rd, 2010

Google Adsense Adsense is probably the easiest way to start making money off your photography blog.  Sign up for a new Google account, or you can use your existing account.  From the main page, click on Advertising Solutions and choose Adsense.  You’ll be walked through the process step by step until you have code that you can easily paste into your blog template.  The ads served will then be automatically tailored to the content you have on your site – ie photography.  A word of caution about Adsense: keep an eye on the ads because there’s a good chance your competition will be advertising on Google’s network, and their advertisements may show up on[...]