I almost didn’t read all the way through this article. It was pointed out to me, and I was told it was an “eye-opener” for self-employed photographers. Well, the first half was a bit boring and pretty obvious. It was late and I was close to calling this one done.
I’m glad I kept going, though. Page three and four really ARE eye-openers. It details the reality of waiting for clients to call and taking assignment rates that sound good – until you really add up your expenses. Read it for yourself (and stick with it to the end):
I’m dealing with much of this right now. How do I keep moving in this tough market? How do I make sure I’m bringing in enough work to make a difference? How do I keep up to date with technology and competition without blowing my budget on new gear, computers, software, etc?!?
There may not be many answers in the article, but it does raise enough questions to get you thinking…
The web is full of wonderful photography-related stuff. For example, you can read Victor online:
Victor is a publication put out by the Hasselblad people, and it is filled with interesting images. I’m sure the print version is even nicer, but I don’t have the $76 to waste on four issues. I’d rather just register my email address and enjoy the online version for now.
I’ve done a lot of successful shoots using only one or two lights. I believe in the “less is more” philosophy. There are several good tutorial videos located here, and a couple discuss one and two light scenarios:
Maybe I’ll make a few tutorials one day. But right now there’s not much point. This guy does such a nice job in teaching some basics.
A lot of useful info can be found here:
From the updig.org website:
The UPDIG guidelines aim to clarify issues affecting accurate reproduction and management of digital images. These guidelines were created to establish photographic standards and practices for photographers, designers, printers, and image distributors. The guidelines cover Digital Asset Management, Color Profiling, Metadata, and Photography Workflow.
I’ve been asked to be a judge for a corporation’s employee photo competition. I’m curious to see what type of work there is to judge. I remember seeing the artwork up along a hall at the JC Penney corporate offices years ago and thinking there were some decent artists among their company.
Of course, this company is an energy company, not exactly an artist’s collective. I picture energy companies as having a bunch of scientists and a bean counters. I bet I’ll be surprised and see some pretty good stuff, though. A few of those scientists may have a creative bug in them. Heck, a few of those number crunchers may, too… We’ll find out soon enough.
Check this out:
I will definitely consider this, once I get a 5DmkII. Have you ever noticed that your pics seem just an inch or two off focus from where you “thought” you had focused. For the most part, an inch or two isn’t a big deal, but it can make or break certain shots.
This won’t solve any user focusing issues (in other words, you still need to focus properly), but it will fix any minute discrepancy in the camera’s set-up. Now, I just need to get a 5DmkII. One thing at a time…