So You Want To Be A Photographer…

At what stage of photography are you? Are you an amateur just thinking about getting into the business? Or are you a seasoned professional who’s been at it for years?

In either case, you’ll find this infographic to be funny, inspiring … and right on target. There really is so much to do when you want to be a photographer.

so you want to be a photographer

Photographers Love Valentine’s Day

Flowers, Chocolate, Hearts and the color Red…all connections to Valentine’s Day.

If you are a Boudoir Photographer you may have seen a boost in your business prior to this day….

If you are a wedding photographer you may see a boost in your business after this day…

But we can all appreciate the warm feelings that arrive today.

Here is a fun comic strip from one of our favorite photography cartoons – What The Duck

Valentine's Day What The Duck

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

15 Things You Should Never Say To A Professional Photographer

What are some of the funniest (or maybe scariest) things your clients have ever said to you? I know we always said we should write a book with all of our experiences. Clients can say the most amazing things – and most of the time they don’t even realize the implications of what they are truly saying. Take a look at these 15, then come up with your own.

 

The Only Thing That Limits Us Is Our Imagination

How do you interpret the world? What is realistic … and what isn’t?

What if you could take different pieces of reality and put them together? What story would they tell?

Take a look at this video and see how quickly it turns your perspective around.

Artwork is truly in the mind of the beholder. And Erik’s tips to combine photographs can really make you think not just about combining multiple images into one, but also how you will tell stories with multiple images.

  • Photos combined should have the same perspective
  • Photos combined should have the same type of light
  • Make it impossible to distinguish where one image starts and the other ends.

Ultimately, in order to get just what you want, it takes planning. What are you going to try next?

Photography Flatland: A Wedding Deconstructed

When photographing a wedding, there are many elements to each object, person or event that we capture with our digital camera.

This video takes a look at each and breaks them down in a creative way that showcases this wonderful event.

A unique, behind the scenes view of a setup photo shoot in action:

 

Fauxtographor Creative Tablets

New medication helps photographers meet the demanding pressures that our industry brings, and helps you stay focused.

Man, That’s A Nice Camera

Sometimes clients say the darnedest things. There have been been many times I’ve just sat there staring, wondering if they really know what they just said.

When was the last time you were asked, “can I just print my own copies” or “can you Photoshop this out”? If so, you should really appreciate this video…. Shtuff People Say to Photographers

 

What are your client saying to you in your Photography Business?

The Newest Beauty Secret … Fotoshop by Adobe

Do you love parodies? Do you love finding the Photoshop mistakes they make in some of the biggest magazines in the world? Then you’ll love this – Fotoshop by Adobe

Released 5 days ago and already approaching 1 million views, this video will make you laugh at how unrealistic our expectations really are when it comes to beauty.

Hey Photographer – Are You A Storyteller?

One of the things that set us apart from other photographers early on was our storytelling. We didn’t believe photography was all we had to offer. Instead, we chose to take it to a different level and offer storytelling through our albums. We regularly sold three to five albums to our clients, so I guess they loved it as well.

Storytelling involves many things. It involves thinking ahead of time about what you want to capture. It involves understanding what will happen and being there ready and in position before it does. It also involves being ready for the unexpected as well.

Dig Deeper: 7 Tips For Visual Storytelling

I ran across a great series of videos today by Ira Glass who hosts This American Life on Public Radio. He has a series of four videos in which he goes over his ideas on what it takes to be a storyteller – all are good and worth listening to.

But it’s a compilation video that really caught my eye. The way its written can be an inspiration to any creative artist. It may be just what you need as you begin planning for a New Year.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Perfect Gifts For The Photographer In Your Life

When you’re a photographer, you wind up with gifts that are somehow always related to the business. And while you’re tree can only hold so many cameras and miniature photographers, there are some really cool things that you’ll be moving to the top of your wish list this year.

Phone Lenses

What’s the one thing missing from your camera phone? The ability to have multiple lenses for every situation. Not any more, thanks to this series of lenses, Choose from fisheye, macro/wide angle and telephoto lenses – or get the series and save, plus free shipping.

iPhone Lens Dial

Like the idea of different lenses for your iPhone, but don’t want to carry all of them with you? Check out the iPhone Lens Dial. Now their conveniently in place and ready for any situation.

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