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How To Make Money In Photography

Often when it comes to professional photography, I get asked one simple question. That question is – How do you get clients to pay? It’s not uncommon to have some troubles jumping from the TF (Trade For) world into the paid world, so I’m here to share with you the tip that every single Fortune 500 company has used to get payment out of clients and build a successful business. [more]

The Guide To Pricing Commercial Photography Part 3: What Are You Worth?

What am I worth? This is a question every new photographer ultimately asks himself. If you’ve ever wondered what you should be charging your clients and what the best way to go about it would be, keep on reading. I will go over how to determine your personal creative fee and how to present it to your client in a way that makes sense. [more]

Remember that “Constructive” Photo Critique You Made? This is How You Sound

When reading comment sections on photography blogs or on photography groups, I often get the feeling people always think they are better than everyone else. People go on rants with heinously bad comments about photos they don’t like and degrade anyone who is creating art that they might not even understand. Many times photographers feel like they give constructive criticism when the opposite is often more true. [more]

Focus Your Attention

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]

Tips For Making A Better Video Demo Reel Which Can Get You New Clients (Part 2)

How can you take HOURS of footage from completely different projects, and edit together a montage that’s only a few minutes? Here is the second part of the Making A Better Demo Reel article where I’ll share a few techniques on reducing the number of clips you have, selecting music, and more. [more]

Become A Better Videographer – Shoot Like A Video Editor

For those of you who shoot video, want to get better at shooting video, edit your own video, or edit video shot by others, this article is all about you wonderful guys and gals. As someone who is editing a lot, I thought this short video was fantastic. The great hints and tips provided here are totally free, you don’t have to buy anything to get something out of this article, and if you aren’t doing this stuff already, this is guaranteed to make you both a stronger video shooter, and a producer of stronger edits.

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An Open Letter To Adobe Lightroom

I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom rather intensely for several years now. Overall I’ve been quite happy with how the program streamlines my workload, organizes my photos, and how often it get’s an update. Having said that, I am rather surprised that Adobe hasn’t improved one area of Lightroom and it’s wasting both me and my clients valuable time every week. The following letter is written on behalf of photographers everywhere that use Adobe web galleries. Please share this so Adobe listens and improves. [more]

The Staggering and Transformative Power Of Make Up Artists

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.

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Case Study: How & Why Our Best Clients Choose Us

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]

Beastgrip Universal Lens Adapter Turns Your Phone Into The Camera You Already Have

Let me start this by making it clear that I am all for innovation and unique ideas. Useful products and powerhouse entrepreneurs shape the world we live in. The Beastgrip is certainly unique and if you’re looking to turn your phone into an SLR, go for it. The thing looks like it would do well in the phoneography arena. Perhaps some of you will want to [more]

UPDATED: Nikon’s D610 and Canon’s T5i are Proof That Brand Loyalty is One-Sided

When Nikon released the D610, I’m sure that many of you (myself included) initially reacted with joy. “Hooray!” we said. “They’ve fixed the problem of the D600! Nikon made things right!” But then I let things sit for a few hours and I realized, Nikon did no such thing. They didn’t fix anything, no more than Canon “fixed” the T4i when they released the T5i. Hooray? No. Not hooray. [more]

Suspension Kit for Tripod is a Product You’ll Probably Never Need

Most camera bags have a place to fit your tripod. It adds weight to your camera bag, but it keeps the tripod out of the way while being easy to grab if need be. Apparently, MindShiftGear is unaware of this ancient advancement on tripod holding technology, and are now building harnesses for you to awkwardly strap a tripod to your body. [more]

The Terry Richardson You Don’t Know

After reading the comments on the Miley and Terry article I wrote the other day, it made me realize how many people are in the dark about Terry Richardson’s talent. I am a huge fan of Terry, mostly because he has an ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude but he turns out some pretty glorious images when you aren’t paying attention.  Most people when they hear the name Terry Richardson they think creepy, old, incredibly lucky photographer who gets to see a lot of boobs. But in reality he is highly talented and brought in millions last year for doing much more than mediocre white wall shots. [more]

Terry Richardson and Miley Cyrus, at it Again (NSFW)

Terry Richardson and Miley Cyrus are completely, as you’d say in middle school terms, MFEO. Or made for each other if you can’t remember that far back. They both have taken the spotlight and thrust it upon themselves by stepping out of the box and making people want to see whatever they’re going to do next. Apparently in their world it just means a whole lot of nudity which may or may not entail Miley thrusting herself into an Arizona Grapeade.

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What Does Obamacare Mean For Photographers?

Today registration opens around the country for the new Affordable Healthcare Plans (a.k.a. Obamacare) which will take effect on January 1, 2014. People on both sides of the fence are fired up and expressing their support or disgust for the plans. It got me thinking though: What does this mean for self-employed photographers? [more]

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