I’m James Robertson, a new addition to the Fstoppers writer staff and a full time commercial photographer/studio owner for the past year. I’ve joined the team to bring content to the readers who may find themselves either ready to jump into the professional world, or have already and are looking for tips to make life easier. I thought it would be good to start with an article that will give everyone some tips on simplifying the work load that comes with the industry through organization and planning ahead.
If you are a professional, or an aspiring professional photographer, you rely on your photographic work to bring you financial rewards. Self satisfaction alone, won’t pay rent, put gas in your car, or food on the table. If you want to earn money from your pictures, then you will have to find someone to pay you for them. Here are a few strategies that you can implement to start selling your food photography!
Just about everyday another person is complaining that Facebook is only sharing their posts with a handful of their fans. They tried links, they tried pictures, videos even just posting text and throw their hands up in the area frustrated by the lack of people seeing their posts. I recently stumbled on this infographic that cleverly explains how Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm is broken down. Great information worth checking out if you plan on trying to use Facebook successfully. [more]
Canon fans were left wanting more after the announcement of the Canon Rebel T5i. Fans everywhere made comments on how it wasn’t much of an upgrade from the t4i, and just a money grabbing attempt from Canon. Perhaps Canon has finally admitted that they’re the same camera, as they’re using old T4i ads, for the new T5i. [more]
With social media ever present in our daily lives, it’s easy to turn to photographers across the world for critiques. Photographers everywhere, some much better than you, some much worse, will climb out of the woodwork to tear your work apart, or give it the praise of a lifetime. Because of this, its so easy to get caught up in the thoughts of other working pro’s opinions about what to do next. Stop. [more]
By far one of the most influential and yet devastating things I ever realized in my career was that Photography alone is not a viable path to become wealthy or even truly financially independent. In fact a few days ago CareerCast.com released a list of 200 jobs, ranked from best to worst, and photographer came in at #172, beaten soundly by garbage collectors. [more]
Here’s an oldie but goodie about the secret of success in creative work. It was a talk given by Ira Glass which was then turned into an animation by David Shiyang Liu. It’s less than 2-minutes long and has some fantastic advice for creatives. I have witnessed a lot of friends in the industry really struggling with their own work right now and so I thought sharing this would be relevant for all those in the same position. Read after the jump for the entire quote. [more]
This week PhotoShelter released Creating A Successful Photography Portfolio, a free downloadable PDF filled with information from some of the top marketing consultants and photo editors in the industry.
The guide has great input from Neil Binkley of Wonderful Machine, photography consultant Amanda Sosa Stone, photo editor and marking consultant Jasmine DeFoore, Grover Sanschagrin of PhotoShelter and photo editor Stella Kramer. [more]
There is fierce competition among the top digital imaging companies, fighting for several billion in dollars worldwide. I have examined Olympus and Sony in the past, and this year I wanted to bring in Canon and Nikon to see how their last fiscal year treated them. Though the publicly filed information tends to be pretty vague in specific company categories (instead opting to give general aggregated sales), I was able to get some approximate final sales numbers in digital imaging for these four companies. Let’s answer the big question: who came out on top? [more]
If you are like me, your image library is full of personal shoots and client images that were never used. Instead of just letting those images collect dust on your hard drives, now these images may have a new home. The people at Image Brief partner with designers and advertisers and pair them with photographers who may just have that perfect image for their campaign. [more]
If you’ve been hired to photograph a wedding, there’s a very good chance your clients will also want you to take engagement photos. Recently we released our 14 hour long wedding tutorial How to Become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer which covers everything about how to start a wedding business. Lee Morris previously released a sample called How To Light Posed Photos In a Church but today I wanted to share a free excerpt on making the most out of your client’s engagement session. [more]
Couples getting married often purchase wedding insurance to guard against any unexpected accidents or issues involving vendors. A recent report by Travelers insurance found that 58 percent of all vendor issues involved photographers. Vendor-related issues led the survey as the leading cause of wedding-related problems with photographers leading the field by a wide margin. [more]
When working with models, you’re often plagued with the idea of trade shoots and working for free. You could blame the hobbyist, the models mentality, or just the nature of that industry. Regardless, it can be discouraging for those who are trying to make a living with photography. Through discouragement, Todd Merrifield has developed a set of forms and diagrams, helping those to determine paid vs free work. [more]
Guest writer, Adrienne Erin is an amateur photographer/designer and freelance writer who does social media marketing and has found that Pinterest is a fantastic social space to market a photo business, given the visual nature of the platform. She has shared 5 simple steps at how to get started on Pinterest.
Pinterest is the most visual of the emerging social media platforms, and this makes it an ideal platform for a photography business looking to reach new clients. If you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, it serves as a sort of virtual pinboard. [more]
Ryan Moore is a professional retoucher. He recently wrote a list of five tips that can help save your client time and money. Saving time and money doesn’t just benefit the client. It also lays a firm foundation for an ongoing relationship between the photographer and the client.
According to Moore, “there are many contributing factors in a modern day retail campaign, [more]