Here’s How to Freshen Up Your Your Old and Stuffy Looking Stock Business Photos

Here's How to Freshen Up Your Your Old and Stuffy Looking Stock Business Photos No matter how young and beautiful your models are for business stock photos, buyers often feel that the images come across as stuffy and old-fashioned. That’s not just a guess, it comes from many years of experience in the industry. Here are a few things you need to pay attention to when working with models for a business photo-shoot that will help make your business stock photos more attractive to buyers. [ Read More ]

Wedding Photographers And Videographers Need to Stop Blaming Each Other

Wedding Photographers And Videographers Need to Stop Blaming Each Other Wedding photography is not what it used to be. I don't mean this in a good way or a bad way, it just seems like with any advancement in technology comes a new challenge. Many couples today want both still photos and video of their wedding. This makes sense since it is often the biggest day of their life. Does that mean we now have videographers to deal with in our shots? No, it's a two-way street. We, as professionals, both have to work together to deliver the best possible product to the lucky couple. Saying someone got in the Continue reading "Wedding Photographers And Videographers Need to Stop Blaming Each Other"

Maximize the Speed of Your Online Photography Portfolio With a Better Export Strategy

Maximize the Speed of Your Online Photography Portfolio With a Better Export Strategy Contrary to delusional beliefs, not everyone is hooked up to a high-speed connection capable of streaming 8k video at magnificent buttery smoothness. Extremely fast connectivity is an amazing thing that is still out of reach for the vast majority of users. You can't assume that the viewers of your website are going to be piloting a computer hard-lined into the latest fiber optic goodness. Instead, we have to optimize for the most common user in order to give them the best experience possible without sacrificing image quality. [ Read More ]

Instagram Hashtags for Travel Photographers

Travel is a pretty popular photo niche, and interest in these images goes beyond the traditional photography circle. Think: travel companies, airlines, guides, magazines and blogs for example. These companies and content producers all need great photos and often look for inspiration from popular travel images, which of course includes turning to Instagram. So what’s… The post Instagram Hashtags for Travel Photographers appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

In a Photographic Journey, Placing Dots Is as Important as Connecting Them

In a Photographic Journey, Placing Dots Is as Important as Connecting Them I am a doer. I pride myself on getting things accomplished. Doing things rather than talking about them. I even keep a strict log to make sure that I make the absolute most out of every 24 hour period. Productivity is my spirit animal. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that a bit excessive? The answer is more than likely yes. And I don’t open that way as a means of boasting. Like many, my greatest strength is often my greatest weakness. My obsessiveness over getting things done has driven me to compile a diverse list of accomplishments (and Continue reading "In a Photographic Journey, Placing Dots Is as Important as Connecting Them"

Obsession: The Divide Between Making Hundreds to Thousands as a Professional Photographer

Obsession: The Divide Between Making Hundreds to Thousands as a Professional Photographer I’ve learned a lot over the past 15 years as a professional artist. I’ve learned a lot about fear, failure, and success. I’ve been fortunate enough to mentor and educate thousands of photographers all over the world. Even as a young four-year photographer who many would still consider “green,” I’ve taught photographers from all walks of life, all levels of advancement, and even some who had reached a level of comfortable success. [ Read More ]

“Production House Cinema” by Kurt Lancaster – a planet5D book review

Production House Cinema - Starting and Running your own cinematic storytelling businessSo, you want to be a commercial filmmaker? Something you may not know is that it is a LOT of work. But much of it is the “not fun” part of running a business to be able to be a commercial filmmaker. Kurt Lancaster has written a couple of books (Like the popular “DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras [Paperback] by Kurt Lancaster”) and Kurt does a phenomenal job in his new book “Production House Cinema – Starting and Running Your Own Cinematic Storytelling Business” (official CRC publishing pagein
Production House Cinema - Starting and Running your own cinematic storytelling business
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Why Professional Photographers Should Work For Free

Why Professional Photographers Should Work For Free Free? Working for free? When I started out, being asked to work for free made my blood boil; Didn’t people know I had bills to pay, rent to make, black T-shirts to buy, rounds of beer to shout, girls to woo? These things cost money, and it still makes my blood boil when I’m asked to work for free. And yet I often work for free. Confused? Here’s how working for free is a good thing and how to ensure your blood doesn’t boil in the process. [ Read More ]

The Costs of Producing Photography Gear

The Costs of Producing Photography Gear We all have or will want to buy gear that is out of our price range or that we think doesn't have enough value compared to another competitor's products, and we'll choose what we can afford today over what might be a better piece of equipment bought later. I'm certainly one of those photographers that learned what I value after committing to several manufacturer's products over others that I tried and had to abandon due to their workmanship, cost, or my actual need. Maybe you are going through this internal debate now with a lauded piece of equipment that will Continue reading "The Costs of Producing Photography Gear"

10 Tips On Getting Your Photography Exhibited in a Gallery

Having your photos displayed in a gallery is an excellent way to put the spotlight on your hard work. In this 10 minute video by Shutterbug, photographer Jordan Matter runs through 10 tips on how to get your photographs exhibited.

1. Pay For It

Matter recommends finding an art fair near your location, and submit your work in hopes of getting a booth. You may be able to make money selling prints this way, but more importantly you will get the opportunity to speak to people about your work and build an audience.

2. Build Relationships

3. Have Your
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10 Tips On Getting Your Photography Exhibited in a Gallery

Having your photos displayed in a gallery is an excellent way to put the spotlight on your hard work. In this 10 minute video by Shutterbug, photographer Jordan Matter runs through 10 tips on how to get your photographs exhibited.

1. Pay For It

Matter recommends finding an art fair near your location, and submit your work in hopes of getting a booth. You may be able to make money selling prints this way, but more importantly you will get the opportunity to speak to people about your work and build an audience.

2. Build Relationships

3. Have Your
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Why Camera Gear Costs What It Costs

In the last couple of weeks, my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket, the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Then, somebody sent me a link to a well-known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments were almost wholly negative with more than one contributor stating “You can buy this from insert website name for $7″ or “I got one from China for $5 and it works just fine.” Fantastic. What you actually did is perpetuate a cycle of
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Will Business Kill Your Passion?

Will Business Kill Your Passion? “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” What an inspiring, hopeful idea. Unfortunately, it’s not always true. According to this article on USA Today, only about 20 percent of businesses last past their first year, and even less survive past the five-year mark. So, what happens when someone falls in love with photography and thinks to themselves, I should start a business? The answer is: a lot of stuff that is not related to photography and, sometimes, the death of a passion. [ Read More ]

3 Ways to Find Clients While You Sleep

Being a great photographer is only one part of turning it in to a full-time job. You’ll also need some business chops, and these 3 tips from photographer Moshe Zusman will give you some ideas on how automate client acquisition. In the 6-minute video above, Zusman discusses 3 vital components to his lead and booking workflow. He begins with explaining how he uses Facebook, Google and Yelp for diversified targeted ads. Zusman says that he actually gets the majority of his clients via Yelp. Next, at 5:12, Zusman talks about his website and how he SquareUp to manage bookings. This
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What The Photo Editor of VanityFair.Com Wants

I’m always trying to stay up-to-date with editorial and commercial photography trends. Once a month, I’ll skim through magazines like GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, ESPN, Rolling Stone, and others to get a sense of who’s shooting what and which styles are emerging. Last month I was flipping through Vanity Fair when I caught Chiara Marinai’s… The post What The Photo Editor of VanityFair.Com Wants appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Now That You’re Outraged, Register Your Damn Copyright

Photographer Max Dubler struck a nerve with an article documenting the theft of one of his downhill skateboarding images. After finding a skateboard brand using one of his photos without authorization, he did as he always does – he contacted the offending party and requested a payment of $25 for social media usage. Dubler’s straightforward,… The post Now That You’re Outraged, Register Your Damn Copyright appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

When Marketing Your Photography, Always Keep the Audience in Mind

When Marketing Your Photography, Always Keep the Audience in Mind These days, there are endless ways to get your images in front of clients, and it is more important than ever to put your best foot forward at all times. A tight and well curated portfolio is absolutely essential; trimming the fat and staying true to your brand. But keeping a consistent brand and level of presentation isn’t the same as duplicating your presentation, and to best reach your intended audience requires consideration of the end-user experience. [ Read More ]

Picr Launches Beta, Aims to Be One-Stop Management Studio for Photographers

Picr Launches Beta, Aims to Be One-Stop Management Studio for Photographers Today Picr is joining ranks in the photography community with a bold statement: Picr does it all. The U.S.-only Picr Beta will aim to be your one-stop shop for everything you need to run the business end of your photography. From lead generation, client management, and financial earnings reports, to hosting your website, delivering your completed photo projects via client galleries, and re-generating follow-up repeat client work. [ Read More ]