As a portrait photographer, I found this video hilarious. Check it out!!!
Today I want to showcase a company I love, Manfrotto!
I have used many tripods and tripod accessories, but Manfrotto is my gear of choice! They are heavy duty, well worth the extra money you pay and they last forever. They are exceptionally well built and used by professionals world wide.
Manfrotto manufactures other brands as well such as Gitzo, Kata, Avenger, Litec and Brilliant Stages, to name a few. They are unmatched in their quality and they make everything from tripods, to trusses, to tripod heads, to bases and more.
This Italian based company, in my opinion, is the standard by which I hold all other companies in light of. If you are searching for a tripod or lighting support, look no further than Manfrotto!
Have you ever heard this question? If you are a wedding photographer, I am sure you have. If you are not, you may have thought it! Well, photographers from Georgia, Exodus Photography, seek to answer that question in a series they are writing on their blog called, Choosing the right photographer for your wedding.
I think the article and series are very well written, make some great points and I think it would be a great resource for photographers to look at to remind themselves that they should not stray from the cost they are asking when offering their services for a wedding. Stick with the price and realize that wedding photography is expensive, but that depends on what side of the camera you are thinking about. Sure it is expensive to the bride and groom, but is also expensive to the photographer. We have to charge enough to make the job worth it. Otherwise, it doesn’t make much financial sense.
I find it interesting to read about other photographers. It’s always fun to read about others that share our passion. I put together a few questions that I thought I would ask you (our readers). I’d like to know a little about YOU and your photography journey. I guess it’s only fair that if I’m going to ask you these questions I should start by answering them myself, which I will do in the comment section. Feel free to answer all or the questions or just the ones you want to answer. Thanks for stopping in at Cool Photo Sites and look forward to hearing from you.
1. What type of photography do you prefer to shoot?
2. Do you shoot for a hobby or for a living?
3. What specifically are you working on to improve? Name one.
4. Canon, Nikon or other?
5. I’m stealing this important question from a friend…..Coke or Pepsi?
6. Is there something you’d like to see on Cool Photo Sites?
7. What editing software do you use and what has been your best learning tool for it?
8. Who is your inspiration(s)?
9. Do you use lights or natural light?
10. What inspires you to shoot?
Today’s post, I want to brag on Got Print, the online place I get all my marketing materials done.
I tried them a few years ago for full color business cards and I haven’t looked anywhere else since. They do fine work. The material, printing and customer service is awesome. I have had issues with my printing before, but their customer service was very helpful and we worked out the issue very timely. I always use them for promotional material, wedding postcards, etc.
They are very affordable and the quality is in my opinion the best I’ve seen for this type of printing. In a world where there is so much competition, it is good to know that there is a place that I don’t have to wonder if I can trust them or if this is really the best place to use. In my opinion they exceed much of their competition by far.
If you are interested in printing brochures, business cards, flyers, etc. you have to check these guys out!
Today’s site is called Cool Photo Blogs. I found this site a long time ago and I have to say it is an amazing site that showcases blogs from around the world.
I like to go there weekly and find new photo blogs. These sites showcase photographers work. They aren’t necessarily instructional or helpful in anyway. They are however gallery sites. They are true photo blogs. It is inspiring to see so much good photography from around the globe. Of course, there are great amounts of poor photography as well. But that is expected on a site like this.
The premise of this site is to showcase photo blogs, but it is also a site that allows viewers to vote on the sites that they like and then in turn the site awards the winners. It is really a great place to find photographers that in my opinion I would never find otherwise.
If you have a photo blog, I would suggest checking it out and even submitting it to this site.
Today’s site is an amazing blog that is the epitome of cool. I could try to sit here and explain what “The Cool Hunter” is all about, but I’ll leave that up to them. Right from the site, here is a description of what they are all about:
Led by founder Bill Tikos, The Cool Hunter celebrates creativity in all of its modern manifestations. Since its inception in 2004 The Cool Hunter has become the world’s most-read culture and design site, a leading authority on all things creative and a truly global hub for what’s cool, thoughtful, innovative and original. We value global relevance, not trends, channeling our discoveries to our worldwide audience.
The Cool Hunter is a natural fit for its readers – creative influencers who stay in the know and ahead of the curve. Global in outlook, culturally discerning, The Cool Hunter readers are connected, creatively aware, confident, stylish and sociable. They value architecture, design, style, music, fashion and entertainment. They work, play and travel internationally and bring with them distinguished tastes and a demanding appetite for quality information.
The Cool Hunter is not a trend-spotter, trend-watcher or trend predictor. We select and celebrate what is beautiful and enduring from all that is sought-after in architecture, design, gadgets, lifestyle, urban living, fashion, travel and pop culture. We remain relevant by staying ahead of and outside of trends and fads — the fickle shifts in taste and style. The Cool Hunter digs deeper, finding tomorrow’s icons and classic phenomena. We are a prized reference point of choice for a global creative community.
I love it. They are what we want to showcase on our blog. I think photographers who seek to be relevant and contemporary need to dedicate time to this blog on an ongoing basis. I find it a source of creative inspiration and realize that it is possible to be the one who will do something that others will strive to achieve: to have creative success that would be a goal in someone else’s eyes.
It is indeed a site worth being part of your weekly creative routine. A great source of brain stimulation here.
Today’s post is a tremendously helpful and inspirational video about self promotion and creativity.
Contrary to popular belief, talent does not always get noticed. Behance’s Scott Belsky breaks down the necessity of self-marketing for creatives. This video explains how and why genius talent can certainly go unnoticed if it isn’t put in the right context and it isn’t talked about to people that matter, your clients, customers and those who could spread the word about you.
If you are in the photography business or want to be, you have to check this video out. I hope it inspires you like it did me.
Today’s site just blew me away! I am so happy I found it. I am surprised I’ve never heard of it. It is called Crash Taylor – The World’s Best Interview Site About Photography. It was love at first site. I totally fell in love! He interviews the best of the best. Photographers that specialize in portraits, weddings, fashion and even sports. He features a new interview every month and the photographers are so interesting to read.
Here is a segment from his site where he discusses exactly what he does:
“Welcome to photographer interviews by Crash Taylor. Every month Crash will be interviewing a photographer whose work pushes the boundaries of our profession to create images that are emotional, edgy, original, and most of all capture a unique moment in time. Whether you’re an amateur or seasoned pro, Crash hopes these interviews will inspire you to stamp your own imprint on the landscape of great photography and become the best and most innovative photographer you possibly can be.”
Crash is an award winning wedding photographer from the UK and was voted one of the top ten wedding photographers in the UK by Professional Photographer Magazine.
He is certainly accomplished and he knows what good photography is. He is able to ask the right questions. The questions that answer what we all want to know about these photographers. His questions are indepth and the interviews are beautifully written and put together.
I look forward to reading through them all. I am sure it will take me some time. But it will be worth it!
From the extremely helpful site called ShootSmarter.Com, comes a great and concise article about shooting editorial shots that are quick and painless to the subject, photographer and everyone else involved, but primarily to the subject who normally is someone who doesn’t have much time to spend with you.
ShootSmarter.Com is jam packed with helpful articles that I think are worth checking out on a daily basis. This article was written by Rob Provencer, but he’s only one of many talented authors on this site. It should be at the top of the list for portrait photographers wanting to educate themselves constantly. Their articles are called appropriately called Smarticles . Read them daily and you will get smart!
An smarticle and site worth well checking out and bookmarking!