Posts Tagged ‘advice’

What If Clients Don’t Really Need ‘Professional Photography’?

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Author’s disclaimer: This article is aimed toward commercial, business-to-business photographers. Consumer photographers may get something from it as well, but there are different market forces at work in that genre.

Yes… it is sort of a “link-bait” sounding headline, but I worked hard trying to figure out how to say it without sounding like I was tricking you into reading something far off the mark.

And here is why I think it is on the mark; photography has become ubiquitous. It has become the ordinary and the mundane, the avocation and the whimsical. With the advent of digital, 80-90% of the tools photographers needed to make photographs were eliminated. The learning curve was now no more than a bump for those wanting to simply record what they see as a photograph.
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Words of Wisdom for Photographers by Renowned Photojournalist Steve McCurry

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Last month, we shared a popular video in which photojournalist Steve McCurry talked about the danger of focusing on your destination so much that you miss your journey. That clip was actually from a series of videos in which McCurry shares wisdom he has learned over the decades of traveling the world and hunting for photos that will be remembered.
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24 Tips by Legendary Filmmaker Werner Herzog

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German filmmaker Werner Herzog is considered by some to be “the most important film director alive.” Writer and fellow filmmaker Paul Cronin recently published a book of conversations with the legendary film director, titled “Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed.” The back cover of the book features 24 pieces of advice by Herzog — words of wisdom he picked up over the decades.
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A Primer on Insuring Your Camera Gear and Making It Recoverable

If you’ve invested any significant amount of money in your camera gear, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s insured against loss or damage. If you’ve never really explored this subject before, here’s a helpful video that can bring you up to speed. It’s a 13-minute overview by the folks over at DSLR Video Shooter on the best services and solutions out there for making sure your gear is insured and recoverable.

Gear Insurance: Best Solutions, Tips and Tools [DSLR Video Shooter]

How to Create Value for Yourself as a Music Photographer

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Every year the barrier of entry for music photography seems to get lower. This isn’t a bad thing, in fact I think it’s awesome. But what it means is that the number of people working toward becoming music photographers is much higher. It’s not an uncommon thing to be a music photographer these days, and there are thousands upon thousands of us.
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Want to See Your Photos Used on Book Covers? Here’s How I Did It

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So you want to be on a book cover. Perhaps you’ve seen other photographers accomplish this but you’ve never quite known how. Maybe you walk through the stores scrutinizing and studying every book. I know I did.

It has always been a dream of mine to be on a book cover. Growing up, I was very shy and never had a lot of friends, so instead I read. Getting lost in each character was a comfort. I lived for the smell of the old paper pages.
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Hunter S. Thompson on the Problem of Focusing Too Much on the Technicals of Photography

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Back in February 1962, well-known journalist (and hobbyist photographer) Hunter S. Thompson sent a letter to Pop Photo magazine about the value of “snapshooting” and not focusing too much on gear and the technical aspects of photography. His thoughts show that the landscape of the photo world half a century ago may not have been too different from what we see today.
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How “Doing What You Love” Can Be A Realistic Career Option

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Here’s a quote from a recent article I read titled “‘Do What You Love’ Is Horrible Advice“: “It’s easy to confuse a hobby or interest for a profound passion that will result in career and business fulfillment. The reality is, that type of preexisting passion is rarely valuable.”

Um…no.
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On Being a Pseudo Wedding Photographer

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I’m going to be real here. When I first started taking photos, I never aspired to be a wedding photographer. But in life, one thing leads to another and all of a sudden – BAM! – you’re a wedding photographer (or at least a very good pseudo one).
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8 Steps to Arranging a Fashion Editorial Shoot

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If you’re a fellow fashion photographer, you have probably been in that usual situation in which you have to arrange an editorial shoot all by yourself. This can be really empowering, fun and creative… but also extremely difficult.
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