The Art of Photography and Film

Five Things to Remember Before You Open Your Own Studio

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Photography | 0 comments

Five Things to Remember Before You Open Your Own Studio

I’ve touched on this sort of thing before, but it certainly bears repeating: being a photographer and running a photography studio are not the same thing. They’re not mutually exclusive–many people do both–but being good at the one doesn’t inherently make you good at the other.   Don’t believe? Try switching it around. Think of someone you know who is a whiz at accounting or business management … someone who is good at business. To your knowledge, the person has never touched a camera that...

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3 Great Ways to NOT Get Paid for Work

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Photography | Comments Off

3 Great Ways to NOT Get Paid for Work

I have a small blurb that gets printed on the bottom of every invoice I send. It simply says, “I’d love to give my friends a discount … but my enemies don’t use my services.” That’s my philosophy, and I try to stick to it: my rates are extremely reasonable, so except in rare cases, I don’t give discounts and I don’t do free work. But everywhere I look, I see freelancers practically (and in many cases, literally) giving work away. Especially with newbies, it can easily become a trap that sets the...

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My Wedding Client Wants a Refund: Now What?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Photography | Comments Off

My Wedding Client Wants a Refund: Now What?

One of the biggest draws to photography as a profession also happens to be one of those things that can get you into trouble: creative vision, artistic license … call it what you will, we’re always looking for that perfect shot, the one that transcends the mundane and puts the “extra” in extraordinary. If you’re doing portfolio pieces, this is fine. But in certain commercial scenarios–weddings are a prime example–sometimes the client wants ordinary. Some people simply can’t see beyond clichés … and if...

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Going It Alone: 4 Great Resources for Starting Your Photography Business

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Photography | Comments Off

Going It Alone: 4 Great Resources for Starting Your Photography Business

Here’s a joke: What’s the difference between an amateur photographer and a professional? Answer: An amateur photographer also has a full-time job. A professional photographer is MARRIED to someone who has a full-time job. (cue laugh track) That’s not always the case, obviously, but it certainly has a ring of truth: for most of us, photography is an avocation, not a vocation. But haven’t you at least dreamed of having a business card that reads Your Name Studios and included the title “Photographer”? Because...

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How Can Photographers Adapt to Mobile Commerce?

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Photography | Comments Off

How Can Photographers Adapt to Mobile Commerce?

As commercial photographers, we are increasingly being asked to optimize our images for digital implementation. First it was for websites, then for tablets; now, customers are demanding images that feature hi-res clarity (ideal for sales) at ridiculously low file sizes (for faster load times. From the retailers’ perspective, this makes perfect sense: on average, mobile now accounts for more than half of all online traffic around the globe. More and more, people are browsing and shopping online stores through mobile devices, even on the...

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Do Photographers Need Professional Chargeback Help?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Photography | Comments Off

Do Photographers Need Professional Chargeback Help?

As a professional photographer, chances are you don’t have an immense wealth of knowledge when it comes to payment industry regulations. However, that subject is one in which what you don’t know can hurt you. What is a Chargeback? These days, chargebacks are most commonly associated with online transactions, but they do still occur for card-present businesses. A chargeback is essentially a kind of bank-enforced refund. The practice is based on old payments industry infrastructure dating back the early 1970s and intended as a way of...

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Best Places to Shoot Landscape Photography in Arizona

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Photography | Comments Off

Best Places to Shoot Landscape Photography in Arizona

Arizona has breath-taking scenery and draws thousands of photographers every year. Both professional and novice photographers set out in search of the perfect shot and spend weekends traipsing through backroad territories trying to find it. Before you head off chasing the light, assemble the equipment you need. Your camera. It seems self-explanatory, but double check your camera bag and make sure the camera is there. Check the memory card (and bring a back-up!). You will never regret having an extra, but will always regret having to stop...

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Best Online Portfolio Sites for Photographers

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Photography | Comments Off

Best Online Portfolio Sites for Photographers

As a photographer, one of the most important tools you have is your portfolio. The ability to showcase your work to potential clients, while building an online presence is essential to growing your business. Fortunately, these tasks can be easily handled by today’s web technology. Building an online portfolio no longer requires specialized coding knowledge or extensive web training. The platforms available today make it easier than ever for even the novice photographer to create a stunning portfolio of work in very little time. Not sure which...

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From Fashion Photography to Professional Portraits

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Photography | Comments Off

From Fashion Photography to Professional Portraits

My friend Leah was always interested in photography, and she has a knack for bringing out the best in clothing through her photos. She is a part-time photographer for a local clothing boutique, though recently she got into doing professional portraits after another friend asked her to do headshots for her LinkedIn profile. Recently we had lunch and I asked her how it feels to go from fashion photography to corporate portraits, which is my inspiration for the post today. Listed below are some tips she shared for photographing professional...

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The Beautiful City: Urban Landscape Photography

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Photography | Comments Off

The Beautiful City: Urban Landscape Photography

Pristine natural areas aren’t the only places to get beautiful shots with interesting shapes, contrast, and texture. Cities can also be inspiring places for photographers to practice their craft. Urban landscape photography can make us look at our cities differently, delighting us with fresh perspectives of streets and buildings we see every day. If you are interested in trying out urban landscape photography in a city near you, keep the following tips in mind to produce shots above and beyond the average tourist. 1. Get out early....

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