We’re always on the lookout for high-quality educational opportunities for our readers. The folks over at the American Society of Media Photographers have an upcoming webinar that looks interesting. The event is free if you attend it live.
The New Photojournalism: Revolutionaries Speak Out
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Through the years, I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. While every project is unique, it often seems that the problems remain the same. If you are doing a personal project, think of yourself as the client. Here are a few questions I always encourage asking at the start of any video project: […]
The growth of broadband video has had an impact on the viewing habits of its users. Want to increase your business opportunities, start making and posting videos for your clients. Befiore you say it’s too hard… consider these facts. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in 2013: 31% of American adult internet […]
Trey Ratcliff has made a tremendous impact with HDR photography. In this talk he addresses how technology has changed the way we create awareness, connect ideas, and portray the world. Have a listen as this is a great talk that will expand how you think about photography and the role of the photographer in society. Be sure […]
Note: Welcome to Melissa Niu, who’s joined the Photofocus team. Be sure to follow her on Twitter. Coming from a broadcast journalism background, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of the most unique talents from various respective fields. My life right out of college was spent chasing down the stories and thoughts of professional […]
Whether you’re a new professional or thirty years into your business, there’s always the chance of landing a deadbeat client who doesn’t pay their bill. But there are several reasons you might not be paid by a client (and most have little to do with a dissatisfied client, aggressive behavior, or conspiracy). Here are a […]
My “style” of photography tends to be bright, colorful and very cleanly processed. This food photograph is well-represented by that look. © 2013 Nicole S. Young, All Rights Reserved We’re excited to welcome Nicole S. Young as a regular contributor. Be sure to circle her on Google +. Several years back when I was just starting out as a […]
This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University — August 11-14 in Chicago. “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He […]
This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University — August 11-14 in Chicago. I know everybody would love to just close the book on 2012, but even though we’re half way through this new year, think about last year for a minute. As you analyze last year, think about […]
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Join RIch and Scott as they take a quick look […]
I know it’s a cheesy image for the title, but it’s an image with a story so bear with me. I made this picture a few months ago and it happened to be at a pivotal time for my family. We were visiting Oregon from Utah and were suddenly considering moving to Oregon, and life […]
Creative professionals are facing a wealth of problems when it comes to pricing. I have found that many are running a race to the bottom. Gear keeps getting cheaper, which is a good thing in many ways. The problem lies in the cost barrier. Being a professional used to have a certain barrier to entry with gear, […]
Pricing photography is the second hardest thing you will ever do as a professional photographer. (Finding the right clients is the first hardest.) It’s very easy to make mistakes when pricing and once they’re made, it’s hard to recover from them. So start out right. Here is a run down of some very basic advice […]
What’s the difference between a cozy house and one that’s too small? What’s the difference between international and world class? Are you a portrait photographer or a portraitist? Are you a an image maker or a picture taker? Do you take pictures or make photographic art? I think you get the point. If you’re trying […]
Everyone – and I mean everyone has a camera. So what can you do to stand out from the crowd? Here are five tips. 1. Develop your own style Ever seen an Ansel Adams photograph and known it was by Ansel before you saw his signature? That’s because he had a certain style to his […]
Recently, I half jokingly posted this Tweet on Twitter. “I’m consulting with a wedding #photog studio selling against a studio doing $500 weddings. Our new ad – “We fix $500 wedding photography.” I repeat, I was half-joking. I knew it might be a bit controversial given the fact that people who inhabit social media tend […]
If you are a pro or going pro, you have probably realized that the business side of photography is just like any other business. It’s hard work. I’ve been at it a while and I’ve compiled this list to help you grow RIGHT NOW. 1. Own Your Own Zip Code Don’t spend another second worrying […]
Photo & Post by Dane Sanders Editor’s NOTE: This is a guest post by my friend Dane Sanders. He’s got lots of good things to say to photographers who want to go or stay pro. Visit http://fasttrackphotographer.com/ to learn more information about Dane. Since we photographers are largely made up of independent Creatives looking to […]
Sony makes first loss in 14 years. Microsoft has its first down quarter ever. Unemployment is rampant and in the USA, the housing market is just now bottoming out. This isn’t news. We’re stuck in a worldwide recession. The economy — to put it simply — sucks. We will come out of this. Things will […]
Sink or Swim – it’s up to you
Photo and post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick on Twitter
No doubt the economy is in bad shape – with the stock market chart looking like a bad histogram (with all the shadows blocked up and no highlights).
Like most of my professional photographers, my business has been affected. Book sales and workshop attendance is down. Magazines are shrinking (some have gone out of business) – reducing the available pages for articles. Shooting fees are being reduced, and stock photography sales are slower. The list goes on.
I know a few photographers who feel as though they are drowning in this economy, and I don’t blame them. However, to encourage them, I share this quote: “You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there” – Zig Ziglar
Me? I stepped up my game. You? The choice is yours, sink or enjoy the swim.
Here’s a look at a few of the things that I’ve done to keep me riding on the high seas, along with a bit of advice to navigate through these troubled waters.
With workshop attendance down, I started my own workshop right here in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. I had wanted to do that for years, but hadn’t, because, rather than organizing everything myself, I just wanted to show up on site for an organized workshop (set up my the Maine Media Workshop, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Popular Photography, Venice School of Photography, and so on). In less than a month, the workshop, during which the group will shoot at the largest Buddhist temple in the United States, as well as in and around Croton, was sold out. Sure, it’s a lot of work setting up my workshop, but I love it – because it is totally mine.
My advice: set up your own workshop, even if it’s only with a few students for starters. Use your house as home base, as I am doing. Keep expenses down. Read More
I bought an audio book, a movie and a song at the iTunes Store last week. This week I bought an iPhone application and another song. What would happen if Apple ever opened up the iTunes Store as a publishing platform for photographers? What if we could sell photo books, prints, posters, greeting cards, calendars, […]