Every day I spend time surfing and checking out all kinds of links, resources and videos. And when I find great ideas, I save the URL in a special file as a reminder for future posts or stories.
As I was looking at some of them today, I realized that many of these sites have many meanings, and can inspire you at different times for different reasons. Whether you are stuck in your business, and donâ€™t know what to do next. Or you just need a little inspiration during a few minutes of down-time, here are a few items that can trigger a host of ideas for you.
A Great Site To Help Our Military
Iâ€™ve written about photography with a cause before, and fully support combining your love of photography with a charitable cause you believe in. The latest one Iâ€™ve found is Yellow Ribbon Photography, which works to boost the moral of our service men and women serving overseas by giving their families free professional photography sessions.
Want Creative Business Cards?
Start by watching this video â€“ these cards can give you a dynamic presentation, and are perfect if you are looking for a way to WOW a few people within your niche. Then check out the Cardnetics site to order. I havenâ€™t seen them in person, but can immediately think of a variety of campaigns they would be perfect for.
QR Code Art
By now Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve seen a QR code a time or two. They are fun little codes you can put just about anywhere, and have someone instantly be lead to a URL of your choosing just by capturing it with their smart phones. While I love the QR code concept, this story takes QR codes to a whole new level. Check it out. It makes you wonder what you could do with your own QR codes.
Social Resource For Photographers Interested in Modeling/Fashion Industries
If you are into fashion, product or commercial photography and you regularly are on the hunt for great models, you may want to give One Model Place a try. Itâ€™s an online social community exclusively built to help connect models, photographers, agents and clients together.
Software To Play With
You probably use Photoshop and Lightroom to manipulate your images. But what other software packages do you use to let the creative juices flow? Check out Alien Skin Software for a few new ideas.
Want a green alternative to your professional greeting cards and calendars? Photographerâ€™s Edge has a variety of options for you. They offer a green guarantee that all will be printed on recycled stock, use soybean based inks, and use FSC certified suppliers.
Create Magic Through Music
For a truly unique experience, why not have custom music created just for you? Look through this website and you are sure to get a ton of ideas on how to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Their focus is on the experience â€“ and they do it well.
Become A Discovered Artist
If your dream has always been to make it big in the fine art niche, you have to check out DiscoveredArtists.com. Itâ€™s a great resource to connect photographers with interior designer and art collectors.
If you spend a lot of your time in processing, ColorChecker may be for you. The ColorChecker Passport allows you to quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit.
While some photographers receive a degree from a university, and many more head down the self-teaching road, in either case there is a certification process that can make you stand out from the crowd. The road to certification includes a comprehensive written exam measuring your technical expertise, and a submitted portfolio reviewed and approved by a panel of judges.