Other cameras at the wedding?!

June 11, 2010

What to do?! What to do!!!

Well, for anyone who’s photographed weddings before, you know the feeling; you go in for a photograph and there are hoards of the bride and groom’s family and friends there with their own cameras! But they hired you!? So what do you do? What should you feel? Should you say anything?? Well, I found this discussion interesting and have had it with other photographer friends of mine before. Check out this article from WPJA.com. It addresses this very subject and does so very well!

WPJA.com is a great resource for wedding photojournalists. Check it out!

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PhotoVision – Education and solutions for pro photographers!

April 16, 2010

I love PhotoVision! I LOOOOOVVVEEE PHOTOVISION!! Do you understand what I’m trying to say here?! PhotoVision has been around over a decade and has tens of thousands of pro photographers learning from them.

PhotoVision has much to offer in the way of educational videos. I ran across their products around five or six years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. The DVDs I bought back then are still helpful and I love to go back and watch them all the time.

PhotoVision offers other stuff as well like products such as calibration targets but what they are most known for and rightly so are their instructional videos.

For a yearly subscription, you can receive their videos six times a year. They also have other DVDs available with all subjects related to portrait photography from top portrait photographers in each given genres such as children’s photography, wedding and senior portraits. Names such as Kirk Voclain, Kia Bondurant, Sarah Petty and Sarah Antisdel. What they ask for membership is so worth the money. If you haven’t purchased their videos before you can go back and get 2009 at a very discounted rate! But even full rate is worth it in my opinion.

Also, check out their facebook page!


Should I put down the big bucks on a membership?!

April 8, 2010

In the massive photography industry, there are so many resources for photographers that we can feel overwhelmed at times.

Feeling stressed about all your options?!

I recently ran across a very helpful site called Photog Vendors.  With all the choices when it comes to products  and services such as ebooks, photography forums, lighting, print labs, credit card merchant accounts and workshops, one can get lost and foolishly waste lots of money.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were one place you could go to get reviews from other photographers about sites and products and services they are considering spending their hard earned cash on?

Well there is and it’s called Photog Vendors. There are many more products and services to be found there as well.  I won’t name specific things but there were online schools, workshops and other products that I was VERY interested in checking out. However, they all cost money and I couldn’t find good reviews on them anywhere. This site gives you an opportunity to see what other photographers are saying about these very sites, products and services.

One in particular, an online photo forum for pro photographers has always appealed to me but I didn’t know if it was worth the high cost they were asking. Photog Vendors contained dozens of reviews, most of which were extremely positive about this site. This cemented my confidence that the money spent would be worth it.

So the question, Should I put the big bucks own a membership?! Only after you check out Photog Vendors. It’s free and very helpful.


Todd Owyoung’s Concert Photography

April 2, 2010

No Doubt

Music is something that we don’t usually think of when we think about photography. Imagine if you will, going to see one of your favorite music performers play and you get to shoot the show.

Roots

Todd Owyoung

The excitement of being on the side or front of the stage doing what you love (photography) and being able to shoot one of your favorite bands is really a rush. Unfortunately, when the lights start flashing red, blue, green, on, off, on, off, on, you’ll find that things can quickly become difficult as your light meter does sprints from one side of your view finder to the other. Please allow me to introduce to you Todd Owyoung. Todd is a Professional Concert Photographer whose work will give you the feeling of being in the front row.

John Mayer

Todd’s work has been published in publications such as Spin, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, Entertainment Weekly, and Billboard Magazine. Some of Todd’s portfolio includes Metallica, Kiss, Aerosmith, John Mayer, Dave Mathews, Willie Nelson, and many others

Todd’s site is full of fantastic and inspiring concert photography. His work captures the excitement of the show. His site contains a “gear” section in which Todd discusses in detail the gear he uses for each situation.

Street Drum Corp

Todd also writes about how to meter under the constant change of lighting while shooting a concert. If you’ve shot a concert before you know the challenge with the lighting changes. It can really be crazy, but fun! Todd also provides tutorials and Q&A’s on how to capture some great shots under extreme lighting conditions.

The Devil Wears Prada

If you’ve ever wanted to get into concert photography Todd’s site, I Shoot Shows is a great place to check out.


$$$ Why is wedding photography so expensive?!? $$$

March 27, 2010

So why do wedding photographers charge an arm and a leg?!?

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.

Anyway, take time to read this article. It’s fantastic and I think you’ll get some great advice, insight and reminders out of it! Thanks Exodus Photography!


Don’t Let Your Genius Go Unnoticed!

March 21, 2010

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.


Quick and Easy Editorial Head Shots

March 18, 2010

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!