Mike Kelley’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture 3’ Is Now Available

Mike Kelley's 'Where Art Meets Architecture 3' Is Now Available Mike Kelley and Fstoppers have teamed up once again to produce the third installment of Where Art Meets Architecture. Over the past few years, creating images for realtors, architects, interior designers, and property management companies has become a booming industry for professional photographers. In this tutorial, Mike focuses on how to photograph the hospitality market including how to shoot hotels, resorts, and rental properties. For the first time in his career, Mike also shares everything he knows about the business of commercial architectural photography including pricing your work, creating bids and contracts, marketing your business effectively, and building licensing fees Continue reading "Mike Kelley’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture 3’ Is Now Available"

Camera Shop Spotlight: Are Brick and Mortar Stores Still Relevant? Spoiler Alert… Yes.

Camera Shop Spotlight: Are Brick and Mortar Stores Still Relevant? Spoiler Alert... Yes. I was 14. After a year of mowing lawns and shoveling driveways I had finally saved up enough money to buy my first real camera (a Canon S30). At the the time, online stores like Amazon barely existed. Still growing in their late-90s infancy, the global online marketplaces we have become so accustomed to (like eBay) were barely a blip on the retail radar. Instead, I got in the car, and my mom drove me to an amazing place that felt like the center of the photography universe. Housed in an old bank (vault and all) was this incredible, gear-packed Continue reading "Camera Shop Spotlight: Are Brick and Mortar Stores Still Relevant? Spoiler Alert… Yes."

Finding Success as a Photographer

Finding Success as a Photographer If you are like me, and many others, you love photography. It is something you think about constantly and wish it could sustain you full time if at all possible. So you set out to become a photographer and then… [ Read More ]

Does Your Photography Website Really Work?

Does Your Photography Website Really Work? My background was in design and web development before I was a photographer. So in my eyes, it's easy to see a connection between design and photography, and how that should translate to a photography website, however I am still surprised at how many photographers’ websites are very much behind the times. Mostly because most photographers are not designers or programmers. I see them using flash, or splash (intro) pages, saying “click here to enter website.” I want to talk about some basic practice that is absolutely essential in today’s world of websites. [ Read More ]

What Makeup Artists Wish Photographers Knew

What Makeup Artists Wish Photographers Knew

Makeup artists are an invaluable part of the creative team for many photographers. In fact, there are certain genres of photography that rely so heavily on makeup artists that we simply couldn't work without them. Unfortunately, there seems to be a few serious problems cropping up between makeup artists and photographers.

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Several Ways Photographers Can Earn a Little Extra Income

Several Ways Photographers Can Earn a Little Extra Income There are a lot of variables to consider when discussing the income we generate from our photography. Aspiring professionals often site a lack of work when defending their status as either hobbyist or part time photographers, but the truth is often a little more complicated than that. When times get tough, many creative photographers use the skills they’ve collected to generate income in other ways. [ Read More ]

Is Paying to Advertise in Wedding Venue Brochures Worth It?

Is Paying to Advertise in Wedding Venue Brochures Worth It? There’s a big trend in the business of weddings. In the old days, when venues had to walk to the bus stop uphill both ways in the snow, they also designed and printed their own wedding brochures. These handouts are given to every couple who comes into the venue. They typically feature some nice photos of the space, sample menu options, and a list of their “preferred vendors.” Lately, venues have started to contract out their brochure design process, and most of them are using the advertising firm Hawthorn Creative. Let's try and figure out if it's worth it Continue reading "Is Paying to Advertise in Wedding Venue Brochures Worth It?"

An African Photographer Inspired a Gucci Campaign

The landlocked African country of Mali gained its independence from France in 1960. Right around that time, a young photographer opened a small studio in the capital of Bamako and started taking photos of the burgeoning youth culture that was creating its own version of the swinging 60s and 70s – freed from colonial restraints.… The post An African Photographer Inspired a Gucci Campaign appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Selling Your Images (Part II): Downloads & Licenses

Pretty much regardless of your specialty, there’s always an opportunity to make some extra cash with digital image sales. If you’re a stock photographer, this is your bread and butter. The nice part? With PhotoShelter, digital downloads and licensing is fast and easy to set up. And, you can even “set and forget” just like… The post Selling Your Images (Part II): Downloads & Licenses appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Great Photos but Unhappy Clients? Don’t Sacrifice Your Signature

Great Photos but Unhappy Clients? Don't Sacrifice Your Signature I stepped into photography world over 10 years ago and was lucky enough to have a wide variety of clients from different parts of the world. This made it essential for me to be flexible while negotiating or taking jobs despite cultural differences, from Armenia to U.S., from Mauritius to South Africa, Singapore, various European countries, and more. Usually you will get hired based on your portfolio, but sometimes there are clients who don’t understand much about photography. This is where the danger is. Everyone wants to get top results for the money they spend by hiring you, Continue reading "Great Photos but Unhappy Clients? Don’t Sacrifice Your Signature"

A Comprehensive Guide To Pricing Your Wedding Photography

A Comprehensive Guide To Pricing Your Wedding Photography If you've ever thought about shooting a wedding, you have probably wondered: "How much should I charge to shoot a wedding?" In this free excerpt from the wedding photography tutorial, "How to Become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer," we are going to talk about pricing your wedding photography. In addition to this free lesson, we are offering a limited time discount if you'd like to purchase the full tutorial. Simply use code WED75 at checkout before April 30th, 2017. [ Read More ]

Why Retouchers Don’t Get Paid (and What They Can Do About It)

I recently saw yet another story on Facebook where a retoucher got screwed by a client. It’s always sad to see this happen. Over the years, I have managed to build a ripping-off-proof on-boarding and payment workflow to make sure I never end up in that kind of situation.

The Story

It usually goes something like this. A retoucher finds a new client. “New” is key here, since it rarely happens with clients you’ve successfully worked for at least once before. The retoucher gets in touch and takes on a project. When they deliver the project, the client either disappears
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Why Retouchers Don’t Get Paid (and What They Can Do About It)

I recently saw yet another story on Facebook where a retoucher got screwed by a client. It’s always sad to see this happen. Over the years, I have managed to build a ripping-off-proof on-boarding and payment workflow to make sure I never end up in that kind of situation.

The Story

It usually goes something like this. A retoucher finds a new client. “New” is key here, since it rarely happens with clients you’ve successfully worked for at least once before. The retoucher gets in touch and takes on a project. When they deliver the project, the client either disappears
Continue reading "Why Retouchers Don’t Get Paid (and What They Can Do About It)"

Bye Bye, Pentax? Ricoh May Kill Off Its Camera Business

Pentax has a long legacy in the modern history of photography, but its days may be numbered: Ricoh is said to be considering killing off its consumer camera business, which is bleeding money. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Ricoh is working on radically reviewing and shrinking its camera business, which has been losing money for the company as smartphones have made things difficult for consumer camera sales. In addition to shrinking its activities for brands such as Pentax and GR, Ricoh is reportedly also considering pulling out of the personal camera market entirely. Ricoh originally acquired Pentax from Hoya
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I Got 1099 Problems, But the IRS Ain’t One

I Got 1099 Problems, But the IRS Ain’t One A couple of weeks ago a tax-pro-turned-photographer named Brandon Scott helped us navigate the approaching tax deadline with some helpful tips. Now that most of us have (hopefully) filed our 2016 returns, I thought it would be a good time to chat about 1099 forms. If you're like me, you not only hire independent contractors, but you act as one too. Here is a rundown of all things 1099. [ Read More ]

Call Sheets: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Call Sheets: What They Are and Why You Need Them Whether you're shooting for a client or just creating something for your portfolio, working with a team of people can be one of the most difficult and intricate parts of the job. Don't worry, because there is a simple piece of paper that can make your life a whole lot easier; it's called a Call Sheet, and I'm going to tell you why you need one. [ Read More ]