How to build your photographer's skill toolbox

How to Build Your Photographer’s Skill Toolbox

A good carpenter would never show up to the worksite without his toolbox loaded with every tool that the job might require. He may not use all the tools each day but they are there and ready when needed. Do you have all the “tools” you need to do the proper job? A skilled carpenter…

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How to use PPA's judging guidelines to improve your photography

5 Ways to Use PPA Judging Guidelines to Improve Your Photography

Have you considered putting your photography into a competition for judging? If you’re just starting out, you may need a bit more practice before you to start to compete, but even just sitting in on a print judging or understanding the judging guidelines will open your eyes to the many elements that go into an award-winning…

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When photographers put you down

What To Do When Other Photographers Put You Down

As a new or hobby photographer, what do you do when other “professional” photographers try to put you down? Unfortunately, this happens far more often than it should. Like in any industry, some people may be afraid of giving away their “trade secrets,” or they may fear losing out to the competition. We recently received…

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Why slow learners make better photographers

Why Slow Learners Make Better Photographers

In the beginning, I had no idea what I was looking at. Nothing seemed to make any sense, no matter how many times I read it over. I’ll be honest… I felt pretty discouraged. This was supposed to be pretty basic information – shouldn’t I be able to understand it? Do you ever feel like you’re…

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My client forgot to show up! What do I do?

My Client Forgot to Show Up or Came at the Wrong Time! What Do I Do?

Last week’s blog post was about accidentally double booking two clients (see post here). This week, we’re going to take a look at the “flip side” of this. First, what do you do when a client mistakes their session time and shows up unexpectedly? Second, what about when a client forgets they have an appointment…

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the 5 Stages to becoming a professional photographer

The 5 Stages of Becoming a Professional Photographer

Whether you’re just starting out or having been photographing for years, it can be helpful to identify and understand what stage of the process you’re at. This allows you to better understand what has to be done in order to work your way up to the next level of success as a photographer. At Hobby…

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How to Find Photography Clients, Part II: Creating Partnerships

In last week’s article, we talked about setting the foundation for finding new photography clients, and we gave you a free workbook to help you get stared. This week, we’re going to dive in with the tactics behind the first new way to bring in clients… …Local partnerships! We mentioned a question in the last…

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The Key to A Successful Photography Business (Hint: It’s not your camera skills)

The hardest part of transitioning from a hobby photographer to a professional photographer is well, doing the hard stuff that makes a business run. Most of us have no problem practicing for hours on end – working on our lighting, trying different angles to improve composition, putting our kids or friends to work to improve…

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Mastering Your Camera

“The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost…

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Photographer Library - Hot Shoe Diaries

Photographer’s Library: Master Lighting with The Hot Shoe Diaries

In an earlier blog post entitled “Build Yourself a Millionaire’s Library,” I spoke about some of my favorite business books that covered marketing, sales and self-improvement. For fun, since we all love learning about photography, I threw in one of my favorite photography books- The Hot Shoe Diaries- Big Light From Small Flashes by Joe…

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