The portfolio review is likened to speed dating for good reason — you often have only 20 minutes to make a lasting impression. Whether you are having a one-on-one chat in a prospective client’s office or meeting at a photo festival round robin with several reviewers, here’s some advice for how to succeed… and, hopefully, put yourself in contention for future visual opportunities. As the saying goes, “you never have a second chance to make a first impression.”
A couple weeks ago, fellow Fstoppers writer Peter House wrote an article on focusing your work. I got excited at the possibilities of him giving tough love on the photography community as a whole. This article however, while exceptional, was centered on focusing your business efforts to grow to new clients. I’m here to do it a little different, and going to tell you what you’re doing wrong and why you need to stop. [more]
Photoshelter has some pretty sweet webinars relatively regularly, and this week they’re hosting one on aerial photography: “How Eric Cheng Is Democratizing Aerial Photography.” Eric Cheng spent over 10 years mastering underwater photography before deciding to try his hand at aerial videography. Now he’s already turning the industry on its head with a new innovation that allows photographers to capture above-ground footage without the massive expense of a helicopter. [more]
If you’ve ever wondered how much time a good make up artist can really save you in post on your stills images, you might want to take a look at the absolutely stunning before and after shots in this article. Believe it or not, no Photoshop was used in the making of any of these images, this is all done the old fashioned way – straight out of camera.
Every week, we ask our eclectic group of writers to weigh in on a question that is asked in the comments from our own readers. The questions can be anything relating to photography, and we invite everyone to participate in our segment called “Fstoppers Answers“. This week, we ask “Corporate Headshots for Local Realtor Firm. Ten Clients, One Headshot a Piece. What do you charge and why?” [more]
Before my trip to Russia in August I wrote about what we should keep in mind when choosing our clients. While in Moscow, I photographed my own best clients and I thought it would be very interesting to find out how we, photographers, get chosen too.
Needless to say, there are many factors that influence relationships between creative professionals and those who hire them. But I thought that interviewing my own clients could be a great case study and we all could learn something from their answers. [more]
As many of you know, Fstoppers.com has 2 video products currently for sale; Peter Hurley’s: The Art Behind The Headshot and our wedding tutorial How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer. Today we have expanded and created the Fstoppers store that will house some of the best digital photography products on the web. [more]
Welcome back to our series on pricing your commercial photography. A few weeks ago we released Part 1 of the series which explored the benefits and pitfalls of working for free. As we explored the topic it became evident that working for free has its place but in order to create a sustainable and professional industry we must educate our community on the importance of properly pricing their work. Thus in Part 2 we will begin by showing you my personal approach to laying out a commercial invoice and the thought process behind the layout. [more]
It’s been 7 years since Google spent a whopping $1.65 billion on the video sharing website YouTube. Although many questioned the potential of the popular video sharing site, Google’s decision has proven to be a good one. YouTube now hosts an impressive 450,000,000 monthly visitors. To put this into perspective, Vimeo is the 8th biggest video hosting site with just under 17 million unique visitors per month. With companies like YouTube controlling the market, it’s hard to imagine much optimism for a small startup company hoping to compete with these video giants. [more]
If you use Bing, you’ll notice that in the image search, they added a Pinterest bar on the righthand side. This new feature brings up pinboards with whatever key words you’re searching for. With the new feature it pulls directly from Pinterest and shows you in a minimized sidebar. Here are a couple tips to help make sure you are properly naming your pins and taking advantage of the new feature. [more]
A few days ago I wrote a post about Animoto’s new theme that I designed. Although I’m sure a few of you will take advantage of it, I forgot the mention the really important part; they wanted me to give out a discount. Click here to save $50 on a year of Animoto Pro. [more]
Like a kid in a candy shop, I stood on the bright fresh green grass, eyes wide open watching the Arizona Cardinals on their practice field. I wore my media badge like an Olympic gold medal. This was my first time shooting professional sports and I was quite excited to be there. At the end of the day I walked away with some great photos, but even more important I learned a lesson in the art of mastering your craft. [more]
Fstoppers Answers – If There Was One Piece of Advice You Could Give a New Photographer, What Would it Be?
Every week, Fstoppers turns to its writers with years in the professional photography industry to answer questions submitted from the public in a series called “Fstoppers Answers”. This week, we answer “If there was one piece of advice you could give a new photographer, what would it be?” [more]
Animoto.com has revolutionized photo slideshow creation. I believe that for my wedding photography business in Charleston, slideshows are the most valuable form of marketing I have. I’ve always had one problem with Animoto though, most of their themes were really over the top. That was until they let me design my own. [more]
Focus is a word we are all familiar with in photography, but is the same true in business? The purpose of focus as it relates to photography is to keep what we want to see, and to draw attention away from the things that might otherwise distract us. The concept is almost second nature to many photographers, yet seems so foreign when you see how they run their business. [more]