Ask A Photographer Podcast https://www.biblino.com A weekly show that features photography related questions on general photography, Workflow, Editing, Business, Marketing and Tips Sat, 16 May 2020 10:11:28 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://www.biblino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-B-32x32.png Ask A Photographer Podcast https://www.biblino.com 32 32 Welcome to the Ask a Photographer Podcast.<br /> <br /> A weekly show that answers user submitted photography related questions on general photography, Workflow, Editing, Business, Marketing and Tips. Submit your question at http://www.biblino.com/ask/ Mike Biblino: Photographer and Blogger clean Biblino.com A weekly show that features photography related questions on general photography, Workflow, Editing, Business, Marketing and Tips Ask A Photographer Podcast http://www.biblino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ask-A-Photographer-Podcast.jpg https://www.biblino.com Weekly What Photo Equipment Do I Need For Event Photography? https://www.biblino.com/014-what-photo-equipment-do-i-need-for-event-photography/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:16:56 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=533 https://www.biblino.com/014-what-photo-equipment-do-i-need-for-event-photography/#respond https://www.biblino.com/014-what-photo-equipment-do-i-need-for-event-photography/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Nicole who asks: Question: What Photo Equipment Do I Need For Event Photography? I prefer not to specialize and want to exposed myself to lots of different types of photography. Such as corporate events, christenings, bar mitzvahs, weddings and sports. What type of cameras, lenses and other equipment do I need […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/014-what-photo-equipment-do-i-need-for-event-photography/">What Photo Equipment Do I Need For Event Photography?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Nicole who asks: Question: What Photo Equipment Do I Need For Event Photography? I prefer not to specialize and want to exposed myself to lots of different types of photography. Such as corporate events, christenings,



Today’s question is from Nicole who asks:



Question: What Photo Equipment Do I Need For Event Photography?



I prefer not to specialize and want to exposed myself to lots of different types of photography. Such as corporate events, christenings, bar mitzvahs, weddings and sports.



What type of cameras, lenses and other equipment do I need to be a successful event photographer?



In today’s episode:



We discus the topics



* The basic photography kit  – 2 cameras,  2 lens and a flash* Backup equipment* Lens choice is key* Lighting equipment* Batteries and flash battery packs* Camera straps* Camera Bags



The basic event photography kit – 2 cameras, 2 lens and a flash



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With a basic kit you want at least two camera bodies, two lenses and one flash.



That will get you through 99% of what you want as a event photographer. Having a short lens and a long lens will cover the focal range.



Having two camera bodies will help you have a bit of a back up as well, if one fails, double duty there. And having a flash will help you when it comes to low light situations, which a lot of the events that you listed here are mostly indoors as well,]]>
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Pet Photography: Can You Make Money From Photographing Pets? https://www.biblino.com/pet-photography/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:46:36 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=1106 https://www.biblino.com/pet-photography/#respond https://www.biblino.com/pet-photography/feed/ 0 <p>Given the bond that some pet owners have with their pets, I would say absolutely, you can make money with pet photography. I have a friend that she looks after animals that have been neglected that she gets from the pound and looks after them for a few weeks or even months, and then gives […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/pet-photography/">Pet Photography: Can You Make Money From Photographing Pets?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Given the bond that some pet owners have with their pets, I would say absolutely, you can make money with pet photography. I have a friend that she looks after animals that have been neglected that she gets from the pound and looks after them for a few... Given the bond that some pet owners have with their pets, I would say absolutely, you can make money with pet photography.
I have a friend that she looks after animals that have been neglected that she gets from the pound and looks after them for a few weeks or even months, and then gives them back so they can find a permanent home, which I think is absolutely wonderful.
She has her own pets, and her house, at any given time, could have up to eight animals, mostly cats, but there are a couple of dogs as well.
Now, I know that, what I’ve noticed, is that she is quite, I guess I wouldn’t say obsessive, but she loves them, and you can tell by the way that she treats them. She treats them like regular kids. They’re her fur babies, as she puts it.
When her pets, have a birthday, she dresses them up, gives them a cake, puts a great background, just similar to what you would expect if you were to take your kid to go get the cake smash.
That’s, in essence, what she’s giving the animals, especially her dogs, is a cake smash. She dresses them up, puts a cake in front, and then the dog absolutely annihilates the cake, and she photographs that, and does that every year.
I find that very interesting, because if you can find people to pay you to do a similar thing, I absolutely think you definitely can make a living from it.
Can you make a living just from photographing pets? Well, I guess it really depends on how you’re marketing yourself, doesn’t it?
So, I guess before we move on, we probably should talk about, what is pet photography?
 
What is pet photography?
I think, in its most simplest form, it’s basically photographing animals, or our pets, in the same way that we’d photograph humans.
What I’ve noticed is there’s a couple of ways you can photograph them, and that’s just like you would have a photo session outdoors.
You can also photograph them indoors with lighting that was potentially set up for a human.
Dramatic lighting, lighting that shows off certain features, and it’s pretty amazing what some examples you find on the internet are. It’s pretty cool, the extent that people go to.
When you look at the photos, you can tell that there’s a personality with these pets, and that’s what they’re trying to achieve. It’s definitely a skill, because as people say, never work with young children or pets, and with that in mind, for you to photograph a pet, you really have to be into pets, so you’ve got to be a cat lover or a dog lover.
Don’t forget, it’s not just limited to furry animals. I’ve seen people photograph things as snakes, and other type of animals, and I guess if you can find a type of animal that you love and you can show that that’s the type of thing you want to do, and find the people that will pay you for it, well, absolutely. I definitely think you can make a living from it.
How to find pets to photograph?
There’s a few ways you can do this, and I guess using your own pets, if you have some, would definitely be a way to do it. If you’ve got a couple of cats or dogs, that’s a great way to start your portfolio.
You know your own pets, their personalities, can they take direction from you.
Sometimes there are animals that are very good at that, and sometimes they’re not very good at that, and there’s no different to working with young kids. Sometimes they listen, and other times they don’t.
The other thing is, think about your existing customers.
I often have customers coming to me and saying, “Okay, we’re going to do an extended family portrait, a family portrait session, and it has 15 people.
My grandparents do have a dog. Is it okay if they bring the dog with … It’s only going to...]]>
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How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing and Make It Easy? https://www.biblino.com/017-how-do-i-crop-my-photos-for-printing/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:20:41 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=568 https://www.biblino.com/017-how-do-i-crop-my-photos-for-printing/#respond https://www.biblino.com/017-how-do-i-crop-my-photos-for-printing/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Melissa who asks: Question: How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing? When I print my photos I get white space at the top or bottom of the photo.  The attendant at the kiosk said i need to crop my photos.  I’ve now noticed there is an option to crop with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/017-how-do-i-crop-my-photos-for-printing/">How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing and Make It Easy?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Melissa who asks: Question: How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing? When I print my photos I get white space at the top or bottom of the photo.  The attendant at the kiosk said i need to crop my photos.



Today’s question is from Melissa who asks:



Question: How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing?



When I print my photos I get white space at the top or bottom of the photo.  The attendant at the kiosk said i need to crop my photos.  I’ve now noticed there is an option to crop with the aspect ratio of the camera or for a print size in Lightroom.



How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing?



In today’s episode:



We discuss:



* No right or wrong to crop your photos* Cropping for the end result* Cropping to compose your photo* Shooting wide to allow for cropping* 2:3 aspect ratio



And with cropping there is no right or wrong way in general.



Photography being a creative medium, you can crop any which way you want. But what I would give advice in this case, is to crop for the end result. So, your end result being that you’re trying to print your photos, you haven’t mentioned which size.



Generally, if you’re printing, say, to like an 8 by 10, and you haven’t cropped the photo, or it’s not resized in the correct size, you’re going to get, say, the white lines at the top and bottom, which you’re pointed out here.



Cropping for end results, you should be doing that anyway, because it just makes life a lot easier. Generally, what I would do is use the aspect ratio of my sensor, which is two by three, three being the long side on the bottom, and the side being two. The aspect ratio of an 8 by 10 photo is, I think, four by five, which is close to a square. Three by two, which is what most people’s sensors are, it’s actually a rectangle, which would explain why you’re getting those white bars.



RESIZE YOUR PHOTOS IN LIGHTROOM FOR PRINTING



If you can imagine, it’s trying to shrink the photo into the paper. There’s two things happening. One, you’re going to get the white bars, because it shrinks into it. Or, if it tries to fill the pieces of paper completely, because your photos start off as a rectangle, and it’s trying to fit it more into a square shape, you’re going to lose the two sides, or the top and bottom. So, you’re going to lose some of your photo.



Not generally good if you’re taking portraits, because you’re going to chop heads off and the like. So, that’s just something to think about.



So, generally what I would do, if in lightroom, would when I crop, I would set it to the aspect ratio of two by three, which is what my sensor is, crop the photo in such a way that, of course, it’s pleasing to the eye.



Now generally, when you’re taking photos, you’d want to pre-visualize what your photo’s going to look like, so how the cropping’s going to be, and then how the light’s coming in, and how you’re going edit it later on.



If you can pre-visualize, say, the cropping and what you could do is either crop in camera, meaning that you use your feet, or if you’ve got a prime lens or use the zoom to zoom in. That way that’s how you’re cropping in camera.







And when it comes time to printing, you print to a print size that is suited for that aspect ratio, which would be like a 4 x 6, an 8 x 12,]]>
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What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot? https://www.biblino.com/016-what-should-i-wear-to-a-photoshoot/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:08:29 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=542 https://www.biblino.com/016-what-should-i-wear-to-a-photoshoot/#respond https://www.biblino.com/016-what-should-i-wear-to-a-photoshoot/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Brian who asks: Question: What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot? I’m a portrait photographer and attended a friends wedding as a guest a little while back. I couldn’t help notice that the videographer was dressed very casually,  cargo pants and a polo that seemed stretched and not ironed. While the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/016-what-should-i-wear-to-a-photoshoot/">What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Brian who asks: Question: What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot? I’m a portrait photographer and attended a friends wedding as a guest a little while back. I couldn’t help notice that the videographer was dressed very casually, Today’s question is from Brian who asks:
Question: What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot?
I’m a portrait photographer and attended a friends wedding as a guest a little while back.
I couldn’t help notice that the videographer was dressed very casually,  cargo pants and a polo that seemed stretched and not ironed.
While the photographer was dressed all in black and on the back of his t-shirt had his company name.
Typically when I do my photo sessions. They are in the park with families so I’m wearing a t-shirt with my logo on it and jeans.  I’m usually rolling on the ground playing with the kids trying to get casual photos.
Everyone has a different idea as to what is acceptable dress code. So I was wondered what should we be wearing to a photoshoot?
In today’s episode:
We discuss:

* Comfortable clothes are key
* Match your clothes to your clients
* Branded  v non-branded clothes
* Good fitting clothes
* It’s not a fashion show

That is true. What is acceptable dress code? Because we all do different types of photography and photographing indoors, you’d obviously be wearing different types of clothes compared to if you’re rolling around in the park very similar to what you’re doing and what you’re doing when you do portraits of families.
I think that what you’re wearing is acceptable because you’re matching your clothes to your clients or the situation at hand here.
 
Now, I should say I’m not a fashionista. I have no if you call that fashion, right? I’m very boring when it comes to my clothes that I wear. In fact, what I do is I actually match my clothes to my clients.
If I’m actually going to a wedding, I’m actually going to wear very similar clothes to what a guest would wear.
I wear a shirt and tie and pants, obviously. I don’t wear a jacket because I use a holdfast camera strap ,which has two cameras attached to it and I can’t wear a jacket because it keeps on catching.
Matching your clothes to your clients or the environment I think is key. It just projects a bit of professionalism.
If I’m out photographing the young family, I’m going to dress smart casual. If they got young kids, I may wear some jeans because I may be kneeling a lot to get down to their level that type of thing.
Same thing applies if I’m going and photographing a corporate event. I photograph an event where it was a lunch and it was business people so with one camera I could go around and photograph using shirt and tie and a jacket.
I think it’s just common sense.
 
As to branding and non-branding, you know you point out that the photography here had his branding on his back.
I don’t know I mean that’s just a personal preference. Same thing applies if you’re just wearing all black. It’s simple. You got one outfit. You don’t have to think and some people expect people in the background. You’d often see roadies or sound engineers are all wearing black. People just expect that from photographers and I don’t know.
It’s just personal preference if you ask me but wearing good fitting clothes that fits you well, that are not too baggy. They don’t need to be expensive and of course it’s not a fashion show.
You’re not there to be the center of attention even though, yes, I know you’re directing people if you’re doing group photos and that type of things at weddings.
You’re not there to stick out. I think if people just think it sensibly and you don’t have to go overboard and buy expensive clothes because of the wear and tear in it especially pants if you’re kneeling a lot.
I think that if also if you’re a girl,]]>
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How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business and WIN https://www.biblino.com/how-to-deal-with-a-bridezilla-in-your-business/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:03:53 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=653 https://www.biblino.com/how-to-deal-with-a-bridezilla-in-your-business/#respond https://www.biblino.com/how-to-deal-with-a-bridezilla-in-your-business/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Joy who asks: Question: How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business I have been researching wedding photography for awhile now.  I’ve 2nd second shot with friends who said I have the personality for wedding photography. It would be a dream if i could shoot weddings, even if it’s part […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/how-to-deal-with-a-bridezilla-in-your-business/">How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business and WIN</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Joy who asks: Question: How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business I have been researching wedding photography for awhile now.  I’ve 2nd second shot with friends who said I have the personality for wedding photography. Today’s question is from Joy who asks:
Question: How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business
I have been researching wedding photography for awhile now.  I’ve 2nd second shot with friends who said I have the personality for wedding photography.
It would be a dream if i could shoot weddings, even if it’s part time. One thing that is stopping me is the fear of having to deal with a bridezilla.
How do you deal with bridezillas in your business?
Answer:
We discuss the topics –
What is a bridezilla or groomzilla?
A bride or groom whose behaviour is seen as demanding or unreasonable when planning their wedding.
How to avoid a bridezilla

* Set and meet their expectations, on first contact. If you can’t offer the service or products they are after, let them know.
* Have a contract drawn that covers you from events that are out of your control
* Make sure they fill out a timeline and it’s possbile to achive.
* Offer advice and make sure if you have spoken over the phone, they you follow it up with an email.

Dealing with complaints

* Don’t respond straight away, think the problem over otherwise your tone my come across as aggressive.
* Must respond within 24 hrs and try phone first
* Think of it from her point of view
* talk the issue with a college first before responding
* Have a solution to the problem that will benefit the bride and not you.

 
 
How do I deal with bridezillas as my business?
I run, I run the opposite direction.
No seriously, it’s one of those things that sometimes can’t be avoided. When your question came in, I actually had a bit of a chuckle because I was actually in the same position as you a few years back, about five years ago. I had this mindset that every single person I was going to meet was going to be difficult, partly due to the photographers I was speaking to and asking them had they done any wedding photography and what did they think of it?
The first thing that came up was, “Oh yeah, it was really difficult dealing with the bride, they wanted everything.” I guess reality TV doesn’t help either, it makes the regular wedding drama and it’s just full of drama, everything’s going to go wrong and yes, stuff does happen.
I haven’t been in a position where I’ve seen a bride go ballistic at the most smallest thing because I don’t know, the flowers were rearranged or incorrectly or the wrong one or they’re too small or I don’t know. I mean, I just haven’t really come across anybody that full on.
And bridezilla basically is someone, it’s basically someone whose behavior’s seen to be really demanding and unreasonable when they’re planning their wedding.
I think a lot of the times you’re not really going to get to see the stress of what goes into the bride and groom planning their wedding.
Let’s be honest, they are spending a lot of money for one day and I think they should be allowed to have things, well they should have things perfect. If they order for something they should get it.
I think that out of all the vendors, the wedding photographer is one of the most important. I know we always say that about ourselves but our photos, well their photos, are going to be with them for the rest of their lives.
And that’s why it’s important to make albums for them and not just give them digital files or even prints, wall prints.
But that aside, I think, get the negativity out of your head and just do it.
Do what you believe is right for you because wedding photography as a genre is really, really special.
You’re witnessing something that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for two p...]]>
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I’ve Been Asked To Photograph A Friend’s Wedding, Should I Do It https://www.biblino.com/ive-been-asked-to-photograph-a-friends-wedding/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:16:49 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=488 https://www.biblino.com/ive-been-asked-to-photograph-a-friends-wedding/#respond https://www.biblino.com/ive-been-asked-to-photograph-a-friends-wedding/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Angus who asks: Question: I’ve been asked to photograph a friend’s wedding They like my street photography photos. I’ve taken photos of them in the past just for fun.  They have said they have confidence in me, but I have never photographed a wedding before. I have all the equipment I need including backup […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/ive-been-asked-to-photograph-a-friends-wedding/">I’ve Been Asked To Photograph A Friend’s Wedding, Should I Do It</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Angus who asks: Question: I’ve been asked to photograph a friend’s wedding They like my street photography photos. I’ve taken photos of them in the past just for fun.  They have said they have confidence in me, Today’s question is from Angus who asks:
Question:
I’ve been asked to photograph a friend’s wedding
They like my street photography photos. I’ve taken photos of them in the past just for fun.  They have said they have confidence in me, but I have never photographed a wedding before.
I have all the equipment I need including backup equipment.  But i’m not sure if I should photography their wedding as my first or even how much I should charge them?
In today’s episode: I’ve been asked to photograph a friend’s wedding

* How much to charge for your first wedding
* Offering the photos as your wedding gift
* Setting expectations for the bride and groom
* Having a contract for the couple to sign
* Understanding the flow of the day
* Using this as an experience to decide if you should pursue wedding photography

How Much To Charge For Your First Wedding
This is a tricky one because it comes down to your confidence level here.
Clearly, your friends have trust in you and they like your photography as a whole, which is excellent. You have the equipment by the sounds of things. It’s really comes down to you of how comfortable you feel.
There are going to be people that have been listening this podcast who are professional photographers and they’re going to say don’t do it because you could stuff it up.
You know what? They’re right. What they have to understand is sometimes brides and grooms that want photography done for their wedding ask friends because of they want to save money or they feel more confident with a friend doing it, or thirdly, they don’t value photography as a whole and they just want to get it done the cheapest way possible.
Irrespective of that and don’t worry about people giving you negative advice and saying you’re not to do it, but what I think you should do is maybe use this as an opportunity to maybe think about doing wedding photography.
Think of it this way, right, they’re friends. You could potentially offer this as a wedding gift to them and by doing so, you can say I am going to photograph your wedding. I have no prior experience. I will photograph a portion of the getting ready, the actual ceremony of course, and a portion of the reception. After that, you’re allowed to sit down, enjoy the meal, and enjoy the festivities.
Setting Expectations For The Bride & Groom
I think that if you think of it that way because you asked if you should charge and I think you shouldn’t, especially for being your first wedding and, you know, if you offer it to them that way and then maybe you can get them to sign maybe a one page or a document that says you’re not going to charge and you’re only going to do it under these conditions.
I think that they would be understanding, you know? I think anybody would be wrapped to get photos, irrespective how good or bad, for free. Okay? Maybe not bad, but you know what I mean.
The fact that they like your straight photography, which a lot of wedding photography is candid moments, which is what happens in street photography. You’re photographing people, sometimes with their knowledge, other times not. Some differences are, is that there are parts of the day that you have to command attention to what’s going on.
You may want to ask somebody to move to a particular part of the house if they’re getting ready to give them more flattering light or if you’re doing group photos, you’ve got to get people in line and then use the assistance of the bride and groom to wrangle, or even bridesmaids for that matter or groomsmen, to wrangle guests and family members into order.
Get them to help you to set things up. I’m sure everybody wants the day to go smoothly,]]>
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Should I Watermark My Photos When Posting Online? https://www.biblino.com/009-should-i-watermark-my-photos/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:04:16 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=443 https://www.biblino.com/009-should-i-watermark-my-photos/#respond https://www.biblino.com/009-should-i-watermark-my-photos/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from George who asks: Question: Should I Watermark My Photos? I want to protect my photos online, personally i find watermarks look ugly. Currently I have two logos one a simple picture and one just as text. I’ve also noticed a lot of photos on Instagram don’t have a watermark is this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/009-should-i-watermark-my-photos/">Should I Watermark My Photos When Posting Online?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from George who asks: Question: Should I Watermark My Photos? I want to protect my photos online, personally i find watermarks look ugly. Currently I have two logos one a simple picture and one just as text. Today’s question is from George who asks:
Question:
Should I Watermark My Photos?
I want to protect my photos online, personally i find watermarks look ugly.
Currently I have two logos one a simple picture and one just as text.
I’ve also noticed a lot of photos on Instagram don’t have a watermark is this a new trend?
What should i do, Watermark or no watermark?
In today’s episode: Should I Watermark My Photos?

* What watermarking is a personal preference
* People will steal your photos regardless and crop out your watermark
* Using a watermark as a branding tool
* Adding a Watermark in the photo
* Adding a Watermark to a border around the photo
* Adding contact details to Metadata  / IPTC details
* Free template for Facebook & Instagram

What Watermarking Is A Personal Preference
I personally find. It’s one of those things where a lot of people think it’s a bit old school, and when digital photography became popular you would put your watermark to kind of show this is your work, and then of course people put it there to deter people from stealing their work. And what I found, people are gonna take your work regardless if you put a watermark or not.
People Will Steal Your Photos Regardless
I’ve had clients where they’ve gone to the extent and cropped out a quarter of the photo and this is from a portrait section, so they’re missing a good part of their torso … to put it on their Facebook and  Instagram. It just annoys the hell out of me, the great lengths people go to. It’s amazing. So, sorry, George, but you can’t stop people from stealing your stuff online. If you have a website you can disable right click, but then if you post photos on Facebook, one of the menus, I believe, it even ask you the question, “Do you want to download the photo?”
So lot of people that are on Instagram that don’t have a watermark, I think a lot of it’s got to do with aesthetics. Because, as I mentioned, when you got a watermark, and you’re trying to prevent people from stealing your photo, maybe a client or somebody that just wants to do silly things and profit from it, you’ve got to put it in such a ridiculous spot, like in the middle of the photo to deter people. But then it just makes your photos look crap.
Using A Watermark As A Branding Tool
And I think using watermark as a branding tools as opposed to a deterrent from people downloading your photos is probably a better option.
Having your logo, it could be in the corner, or it could actually even have a white background around your photo, and then having the logo on that border. That’s a technique that I’ve started to use lately. I find that it … I still have my branding there, and everything I put online has that. It’s not gonna stop people from stealing your stuff, but if clients see it enough, or friends of clients see it enough, they will ask about you, and hopefully your past clients will pass on your details.
Now, the idea of protecting your photos online, there’s a few things you can do. You can have plugins that disable right click on your website, on your WordPress website, or some of the better known photo websites out there have that ability built in. Which is good, but people can of course take a screenshot of your photos and take ’em that way.
Adding Contact Details To Metadata / IPTC Details
One way that I have been doing for years of keeping, I guess, my photos not completely protected, because that’s impossible, but at least keeping my information with them. And that’s actually using metadata within my photos, the IPTC details. Both Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, Photoshop, any good editing software will allow you to add that.
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Why Aren’t You Calling Your Customers Back? Don’t Be A Lazy Photographer https://www.biblino.com/why-arent-you-calling-your-customers-back/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:25:15 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=495 https://www.biblino.com/why-arent-you-calling-your-customers-back/#respond https://www.biblino.com/why-arent-you-calling-your-customers-back/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s episode is a little bit different. We going away from the usual listener submitted questions. I wanted to talk about customer service.  In particular the first point of contact. I had a bride contact me and say that i was the first person that answered their enquiry. she had been emailing and calling for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/why-arent-you-calling-your-customers-back/">Why Aren’t You Calling Your Customers Back? Don’t Be A Lazy Photographer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s episode is a little bit different. We going away from the usual listener submitted questions. I wanted to talk about customer service.  In particular the first point of contact. I had a bride contact me and say that i was the first person that ... Today’s episode is a little bit different. We going away from the usual listener submitted questions.
I wanted to talk about customer service.  In particular the first point of contact.
I had a bride contact me and say that i was the first person that answered their enquiry.
she had been emailing and calling for 2-3 days and i was the first one of answer.
This is a worry!
In today’s episode: Why Aren’t You Calling Your Customers Back?
We discuss the topics:

* First interaction with the client is the being of your photography workflow.
* Set expectations on your contact page
* Having templates on hand to streamline your client process
* Customer service is everything to your photography business
* If you have time for social media. You have time to respond to your customers
* Tips to starting a new business

Today we’re going away from the usual schedule of listener submitted questions, and we’re just going to talk about customer service for a little bit.
And the reason why I’m doing this, is I’m seeing a growing amount of people contacting me, saying that they’re glad that I finally did answer the inquiry, because the other photographers that they’ve spoken to never got back to them. And that’s either via email, or even by phone. Which, I find that just mind blowing because, you know, we all know how hard it is to get leads, good quality leads that is. So, I just, I feel very bad for this customer that called me last week. She said that she spent two to three days trying to contact a photographer for her wedding.
I don’t know the circumstances of the other photographers, and it could have been their day off, they could have been shooting elsewhere, who knows.
But the fact that nobody got back to her after almost three days, is just, I think is actually appalling and it gives us photographers a bad name.
First interaction with the client is the being of your photography workflow
I think that if we can just talk about customer service today, and just cover the basics of, well, setting expectations, you know? From my idea of photography workflow, is from the moment you interact with a customer, to the moment you deliver the final product.
If we can just look at how customers contact us, and our websites are probably one of the most common way that we will receive leads. And, I think that what we could potentially be doing is actually setting the expectations of our customers, and by doing so, we’re letting them know that we’re going to get back to them after one or two days, and for them not to worry.
Set expectations on your contact page
So what I tend to do is actually put a couple lines actually. Along the lines of, “Please fill out the below form and I will be in contact within 24 hours. If you wish to speak to me sooner, you can contact me via phone.” This does two things. One, for the people that aren’t in a rush, they’re more than welcome to use their email, and they will know that I will get back to them within 24 hours.
If it’s something a little bit more urgent, they’ve left their sessions a little bit late and they have a bit of a deadline, which has happened many times, it’s nice to actually have your mobile phone there so they can contact you quickly.
So you know, setting the expectations is one area that we can start with.
Having templates on hand to streamline your client process
Having templates, that when our prospective clients call us, we have templates that we can use over and over again.
And, you know, if someone contacts via email, and they’re just asking about pricing or availability. Well, there’s no reason why we can’t have a little...]]>
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How to Create A Photography Portfolio For Your New Web Site https://www.biblino.com/012-creating-a-portfolio-for-my-new-web-site/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:09:41 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=517 https://www.biblino.com/012-creating-a-portfolio-for-my-new-web-site/#respond https://www.biblino.com/012-creating-a-portfolio-for-my-new-web-site/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Dean who asks: Question: Creating a portfolio for my new web site I’m looking  at career in photography.  I need to building an online portfolio to attract future customers. Street photography, family portraits and headshots are my interests. What are your thoughts on hiring models vs real people. In today’s episode: Creating […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/012-creating-a-portfolio-for-my-new-web-site/">How to Create A Photography Portfolio For Your New Web Site</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Dean who asks: Question: Creating a portfolio for my new web site I’m looking  at career in photography.  I need to building an online portfolio to attract future customers. Street photography, Today’s question is from Dean who asks:
Question:
Creating a portfolio for my new web site
I’m looking  at career in photography.  I need to building an online portfolio to attract future customers.
Street photography, family portraits and headshots are my interests.
What are your thoughts on hiring models vs real people.
In today’s episode: Creating a portfolio for my new website
We discuss the topics:



* Shooting for free
* Paid models make your job easier
* The added bonus of using real people
* Using ads to get people to photograph : gumtree.com.au craigslist.com facebook ads
* Photographing what you want to photograph
* Having a contract made up
* Asking for critiquing
* Organizing your portfolio on your website



 
Paid models make your job easier
Hey Dean thanks for your question mate. In regards to hiring models as opposed to finding real people. There’s bit of a difference as to the end result of what you’re going to get with your photography as you can imagine.
Now if you’re relatively new, hiring a model that is experienced in regards to posing themselves and understanding how to interact with a camera can help you ten fold because your job will be so much easier.
You literally just have to set up the lighting, if you’re using natural lighting, it’s even easier and then it’s just a matter of interacting with the model and you’ll get the desired photos.
Now there’s pros and cons to this though because some models I guess there’s no easy way of putting this but some models are very good looking and which is not a bad thing but the thing is that when you’ve got a portfolio on your website people like to see themselves especially in portrait photography or family photography.
They want to be able to picture themselves in your photos. Otherwise they may not be able to relate to your photography so if say for instance some of the poses look a little bit too posed what we would see in a magazine. They may get put off with that. So that’s just something to think about.
Also when some people do family portraits they’re not perfect. They’re not really perfect in the sense that there’s giggles and laughter and sometimes the posing is not 100 percent but the facial expressions and reactions are what parents and people see themselves.
Do they look good in that sense.
So that’s just something to think about. There’s nothing wrong with using professional models. I’ve done it a few times in my early career.
What I did learn when I first was transitioning from sports photography to portraits and Family portraits and weddings and really help me to try and understand good posing was.
Now mind you the few times that I did hire a model I didn’t learn everything but I could see the difference of what somebody that knew what they were doing compared to somebody that say was like a family that was going to get their first portrait session with you or even if it was a second.
It’s worlds a part. So just keep that in mind that hiring a model may give you a false sense of security because they will make your job a lot easier and that’s what I found.
And when I edited the photos the model knew how to direct her face towards the camera and how to move her body in an pleasing way so it meant that the photos turned out spectacular actually. They’re really, really good. In fact they came across too good in the sense that when I put them up with all the other family portraits that I had on the website, you can definitely tell which one was a model and which one was a regular family.
The added bonus of using real people
Now hiring or getting a regular family to pose for you is kinda t...]]>
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What Is More Versatile 24-70 mm or 70-200 mm For Wedding Photography? https://www.biblino.com/24-70-mm-or-70-200-mm-for-wedding-photography/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:53:21 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=1001 https://www.biblino.com/24-70-mm-or-70-200-mm-for-wedding-photography/#respond https://www.biblino.com/24-70-mm-or-70-200-mm-for-wedding-photography/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Zane and he asks: Question: To cover a wedding successfully,  Am i able to cover a wedding with either a 24 – 70 mm or 70 – 200 mm. Which one is more versatile? Would i be better to use a prime instead like a 50 mm Answer: Topics Discussed in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/24-70-mm-or-70-200-mm-for-wedding-photography/">What Is More Versatile 24-70 mm or 70-200 mm For Wedding Photography?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Zane and he asks: Question: To cover a wedding successfully,  Am i able to cover a wedding with either a 24 – 70 mm or 70 – 200 mm. Which one is more versatile? Would i be better to use a prime instead like a 50 mm Answer: Topi...



Today’s question is from Zane and he asks:



Question:



To cover a wedding successfully,  Am i able to cover a wedding with either a 24 – 70 mm or 70 – 200 mm. Which one is more versatile? Would i be better to use a prime instead like a 50 mm



Answer:



Topics Discussed in this Episode:



* Getting ready photos* Wedding ceremony photos* wedding reception photos* Wedding portraits, bridal photos and   large group photos* Prime lenses



Extra Reading:



Photo equipment for event photography



Start a photography business with this equipment first





Hey Zane thanks for your question.



Really any one of those three lenses that you mentioned, you could shoot a whole wedding. You will definitely get different looks to the wedding and you will also get some restrictions with your photography as well.



Now it’s not to say that any one of those lenses is gonna make your photography worse or better, it just really comes down to the environment that you’re photographing in.



So to answer your question let’s look at the four different areas you would photograph on a wedding day.



So the first would be the getting ready photos. The second obviously would be the ceremony. Then there’s the wedding portraits or even the group photos. And then of course the reception.



Getting Ready Photos


















So if we start at the getting ready photos, well most people when they get ready for a wedding, it’s either in a hotel room, they’re unit or condo, or could be a house, their parent’s house or even their house.



A hotel room, from my experience, I don’t know maybe it’s just me, I attract a certain type of client, but there’s just stuff everywhere. There’s bags, because people have come in from interstate or they’ve just stayed there for a day or two and they’ve just brought so many bags.



And then you’ve got to move furniture around, or even you’ve got to pick up and move bags out of the way to make the room look nice and clean. In that environment using a 24 to 70, because it’s so cramped, works quite well.



Sometimes even using an even wider lens like a 16 to 35 mm, work out really well for you. But also, if I say maybe take a little bit closer shots, I want to do maybe some portraits of the bride or groom, guy’s putting his tie on.



I can really zoom into his hands tying the tie or even buttoning his jacket up. The same applies for the bride, putting in earrings or if they’re getting makeup done. So you can potentially use both lenses and it just really depends how much room you’ve got on the day.



Wedding Ceremony Photos


















The ceremony is one of those locations where you’re really at the house rules. If the minister or priest says no flash then there’s no flash,]]>
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The Best Time Of Day For Portrait Photography https://www.biblino.com/the-best-time-of-day-for-portrait-photography/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 01:58:06 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=946 https://www.biblino.com/the-best-time-of-day-for-portrait-photography/#respond https://www.biblino.com/the-best-time-of-day-for-portrait-photography/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Amy and she asks: Question: I am trying to maximize my time with 15 portrait sessions that I booked from a recent offer. Last year I had roughly the same amount of clients from a similar offer, but failed to do five of them.  The Weather and the clients busy schedule […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/the-best-time-of-day-for-portrait-photography/">The Best Time Of Day For Portrait Photography</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Amy and she asks: Question: I am trying to maximize my time with 15 portrait sessions that I booked from a recent offer. Last year I had roughly the same amount of clients from a similar offer, but failed to do five of them. Today’s question is from Amy and she asks:
Question:
I am trying to maximize my time with 15 portrait sessions that I booked from a recent offer.
Last year I had roughly the same amount of clients from a similar offer, but failed to do five of them.  The Weather and the clients busy schedule resulted in lost money.
My sessions are 1hr – 90 min long.
What is the best time of day to get maximum amount of portrait session done.
Answer:
Topics Discussed in this Episode:

* Photography session length
* Choosing a time that works for your client
* Choosing a location to suite the time of day
* Booking fee & contract to secure your clients
* Logistics of multiple sessions in a day
* Back up , food & water

Photography session length
Hey Amy,  Thanks for your question and congratulations on those 15 sessions that you booked from your recent offer. You’re obviously doing something well with your advertising and congratulations.
I really like hearing success stories like that. To answer your question, what is the best time of day? Well the thing is, if you get the conditions right, you can photograph all day long.
There are three things that come into play if you’re photographing out doors.
There’s the session length, the choosing the time of day that works for you and your client, and the third being the location that suits the time and day that you’re photographing.
So let’s start with the session length. The session length you’ve got here for one, one and a half hours long. That standard I generally do a similar type of length of session.
I actually sometimes go over to a couple of hours depending on the client and/or how far we’ve traveled to get to a location.
But I think if you can work this smartly, you can actually do it in an efficient way that you can condense your session a little bit to allow you to get the quality of work that you and your clients are used to but also fit more fit more sessions within the day.
So, if you can maybe keep your session down to one hour, now that would include at least 45 minutes of solid photographing and then have 15 minutes there as a buffer for you to have a quick chat with your client in the beginning of the actual session so you’re going to get them warmed up, walk into the location. I like to greet my client.
If there’s any kids, you know, just have a chat with them or try to make them laugh somehow, but all while we’re actually walking to the location.
Then we start photographing or try to go as solid as I can for about 45 minutes or 50 minutes and then giving you say maybe 5 or 7 minutes at the end just to say goodbye to your clients, and to thank them, and then also to let them know what the next stages are in regards to the process of getting their photos.
I mean, this is the type of thing probably would already explain to them on the phone or if you met them in person, but it’s nice to tell them again to keep it in the back of their mind.
So, if you do in-person sales, you’d let them know that there’s viewing session coming up in the next week and you’d be contacted via email or you’re actually booking the time then, whatever it may be, however you may have your procedure set out.
Just remember, if you keep everything within an hour, it will allow you to do say two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon quite comfortably allowing you to have a nice, big break in the middle of the day to hydrate, and just rest, and feed yourself because if you’re photographing say four one-hour sessions, that’s quite a lot of session that you got to be, I guess, energetic, and on the ball, and think creatively, and try to get the best quality of photos.
Also,]]>
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What Camera Equipment Should You Bring On Vacation https://www.biblino.com/what-camera-equipment-should-you-bring-on-vacation/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:38:01 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=877 https://www.biblino.com/what-camera-equipment-should-you-bring-on-vacation/#respond https://www.biblino.com/what-camera-equipment-should-you-bring-on-vacation/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Mark and he asks: Question: My wife and I are taking a cruise in Europe for our anniversary.  Since i’ve never been to Europe before I’m going to bring my Nikon D800 because of it’s image quality. My preference is to take as little as possible, but not sure what lens […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/what-camera-equipment-should-you-bring-on-vacation/">What Camera Equipment Should You Bring On Vacation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Mark and he asks: Question: My wife and I are taking a cruise in Europe for our anniversary.  Since i’ve never been to Europe before I’m going to bring my Nikon D800 because of it’s image quality. Today’s question is from Mark and he asks:
Question:
My wife and I are taking a cruise in Europe for our anniversary.  Since i’ve never been to Europe before I’m going to bring my Nikon D800 because of it’s image quality.
My preference is to take as little as possible, but not sure what lens or if I would need a tripod or a laptop for backup?
I use a D800 and I have 14-24mm f2.8,  35mm f1.4,  24 – 70mm f2.8,  24 – 120mm f4,  70- 200mm f2.8, polariser and tripod
Answer:
Topics Discussed in this Episode:

* Preparing for the trip
* Lens choice
* Tripod
* Backup
* Camera bag choice
* Camera safety

Related reading:
Cull and sort 25,000 holiday photos
Best Camera Bag For The Amateur Photographer
 
Preparing for the trip
G’day Mark, thanks for your question.
Congratulations on your anniversary, I think it’s a great place to spend your anniversary with your wife. I think you’re both gonna have an awesome time, and I would love to see some of your photos when you get back.
Now, what should you bring? Great question, because it’s one of those things where if you don’t prepare, you will bring everything, and we don’t want that.
I’m glad that you’re on the same mindset, where you said you want to bring as little as possible.
Preparing for the trip is vital. Knowing where you’re gonna be going on your trip will obviously dictate the type of lenses that you bring and the type of equipment.
If you’re gonna be going on, say, tours to cathedrals and museums and places where you’re gonna be indoors, then a wide angle lens will suit you there.
If you’re gonna be able to go and run the streets, maybe something a little bit longer will also suit you there. If you’re gonna go to both, well what do you bring?
Lens choice
You’ve got the 14 to 24 lens, and that’s super wide and that, I think, would work well for you in tight spots. I’ve noticed you’ve also got the 24 – 120. It’s an F4 lens.
I like that focal range because it is wide, not super wide, it’s wide enough to take some panoramas, if you want to stitch some photos together in Lightroom or Photoshop.
But also, you’ve got the 120 mill, which is, it’s not as long as your 200 mill lens, but the fact that you’ve got a Nikon D800, it’s got so many megapixels, you can crop into it and you probably won’t notice the difference.
Also, you’ve got a high ISO on that camera as well. Even though it’s an F4, photographing indoors I don’t think is gonna be too much of a problem for you.
If I had to take one lens, I reckon it would be the 24 – 120mm. If I had to take two, I recommend the 14 to 24 and the 24 to 120 would be my pick.
You won’t need the 70 – 200,mm as much as it’s a really nice, sharp lens, it’s just become bulky and I think you want to be as light as possible on a trip, especially if you’re gonna be walking around lots, exploring the different cities.
My choice, one lens: the 24 – 120, or two lenses: include the 14 – 24mm.
Tripod
Now do you need a tripod? That’s a very good question, and it’s back to preparing for the trip. Are you gonna have the ability to see the closer you’re visiting at night.
I know that when I went on a cruise, we had to be back by I think five most days, because since we’re going to a different country every day, while we ate at night, had dinner and enjoyed the night life that they had on the ship,]]>
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How To Recover Corrupted Photos From Memory Cards https://www.biblino.com/how-to-recover-corrupted-photos-from-memory-cards/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:42:43 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=873 https://www.biblino.com/how-to-recover-corrupted-photos-from-memory-cards/#respond https://www.biblino.com/how-to-recover-corrupted-photos-from-memory-cards/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Benjamin and he asks: Question: The other day when downloading  photos I noticed the folder system had some foreign characters and I could not access my photos. When I put the  memory card back in the camera and tried to view the photos the word corrupt  appear on the LCD Is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/how-to-recover-corrupted-photos-from-memory-cards/">How To Recover Corrupted Photos From Memory Cards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Benjamin and he asks: Question: The other day when downloading  photos I noticed the folder system had some foreign characters and I could not access my photos. When I put the  memory card back in the camera and tried to view t... Today’s question is from Benjamin and he asks:
Question:
The other day when downloading  photos I noticed the folder system had some foreign characters and I could not access my photos.
When I put the  memory card back in the camera and tried to view the photos the word corrupt  appear on the LCD
Is it possible to get my photos back?
Answer:
Topics Discussed in this Episode:

* How to recover your photos
* Wait for the status light to stop flashing
* keep your cards away from moisture and Dust
* Always format the memory card in the camera
* Back up to the 2nd memory card slot
* Use well known memory card brands
* Used a good card reader

Related reading
Recover photos with software
 
How to recover your photos
G’day, Benjamin. Thanks for your question.
Man, that sucks, doesn’t it? I’ve had this happen to me and you get this sick feeling in your stomach and it’s just … It’s not nice, is it? And you just think, “What on earth have I done?” Thankfully, there is software that you can use to hopefully recover your photos.
I made the mistake of formatting a card. I used the software that I’m going to recommend to you. It recovered the photos. As to how well it’s going to work for you, I’m not 100% sure. Corrupt files are slightly different to a card that may have been formatted.
So, what actually happens is that, say for instance you’re formatting your card … File structure on the computer’s saying, “These photos or these files no longer exist here.” You’re welcomed to start writing to the card.
But in fact, if you were to use software to recover the files or photos, you will get all those photos back, provided you do not start writing on the memory card.
What you should do is avoid writing on the memory card that you’ve got now, put it aside, download the software that I’m going to link to.
It’s a knowledge base article on the SanDisk website. I personally use SanDisk cards and that’s the reason I’m recommending here.
There’s a trial version. If it works for you, I believe you pay a small fee and it’ll allow you to recover your photos. I can’t guarantee you that it is going to bring those photos back, but it’s something you can at least try.
I use SanDisk cards, the Extreme version, and it comes with the recovery software, which is a nice little added bonus.
As I mentioned I’ve used it before on a number of occasions and it’s worked quite well. So, I hope that gets you out of trouble there, Benjamin.
6 Tips to prevent corrupt photos
What I want to do is give some tips to yourself and to anyone else that may have had issues with data lost, but also to help prevent data lost for any of the new photographers out there.
 
1. Wait for the status light to stop flashing
The first thing would be is the status light needs to stop flashing before you do anything like take out the camera battery, remove the memory card or even turn off your camera. You know there’s a little light that flashes on the back of your camera. This is basically the camera telling us, the photographer, that there’s some processing going on, but also I’m transferring photos to the memory card.
So, the photos come from the buffer, which is the memory on your camera and get transferred to your memory card, but don’t go directly to the memory card.
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How Much Equipment Do I Need To Start A Photography Business? https://www.biblino.com/how-much-equipment-do-i-need-to-start-a-photography-business/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:06:49 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=855 https://www.biblino.com/how-much-equipment-do-i-need-to-start-a-photography-business/#respond https://www.biblino.com/how-much-equipment-do-i-need-to-start-a-photography-business/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Paul asks: Question: I often get asked to photograph different events like parties and dance concerts for friends. They offer to pay me, which has made me wonder.  What would be the least amount of equipment needed to start a photography business? The equipment I have is a camera body, 2 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/how-much-equipment-do-i-need-to-start-a-photography-business/">How Much Equipment Do I Need To Start A Photography Business?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Paul asks: Question: I often get asked to photograph different events like parties and dance concerts for friends. They offer to pay me, which has made me wonder.  What would be the least amount of equipment needed to start a p...



Today’s question is from Paul asks:



Question:



I often get asked to photograph different events like parties and dance concerts for friends. They offer to pay me, which has made me wonder.  What would be the least amount of equipment needed to start a photography business?



The equipment I have is a camera body, 2 lens and a Macbook.



Answer:



Topics Discussed in this Episode:



* Minimum equipment required* Backups* Insurance* Contract* Website



Related reading



19 Must Do Tasks When Starting A New Photography BusinessReinvesting back into the businessWhat Photo Equipment Do I Need For Event Photography?What Should I Charge For A Photo Shoot?How to avoid getting ripped off when buying a 2nd hand lensPhoto accessories that should be in your camera bag



Good day, Paul. Thanks for your question.



Minimum equipment required



What’s the minimum amount? Well, one camera body, one lens, one memory card, one flash, computer, and that’s it, really. That’s minimum. That’s the utmost minimum you can use, Paul. We all know that if we’re in business and we want to be professional and we want to be the type of person that wants to do the right thing for our customers, then having backups is definitely the way to go.



I used to photograph with just one camera lens, one body, one memory card, and a computer that was five years old, and I’m thinking now it just makes me cringe.



If I had to photograph late in the afternoon, it was a struggle. Anything past 1600 ISO was just so grainy and the computer, once I loading it in to the computer was just so slow. It took 40 minutes to download the photos off from the camera. I’d go and have dinner, come back, and it’s still hammering away. Thank God I don’t do that anymore and I’ve progressed from there.



When I upgraded, I upgraded to another camera body, which wasn’t the same model. There are pros and cons to that. You’ve got two camera bodies, which is great. You can have two different lenses on them, but also as a backup if you’re only just using one lens.



The other one can just sit in your bag or even the car. What I noticed was is that because the cameras were a few years apart, the quality of the photos that came out of them was words apart. Low level ISO, I could shoot 6400, even higher, and be quite comfortable with the other camera, with my first camera was, anything after 1600 ISO, it was just so grainy, you might as well just pack up and go home. It was really bad.



I had two different cameras. Of course, one became the backup, which I slowly didn’t use over time, and then as I got more clients and put more money into the business, it got to a point where I could actually purchase two camera bodies that were exactly the same, and it made life a lot easier.



I’m not saying you need that straight away, Paul, but just giving you the options and what actually means having two camera bodies that are the same,]]>
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What To Do When The Bride Gives You The Shot List From Hell https://www.biblino.com/what-to-do-when-the-bride-gives-you-the-shot-list-from-hell/ Sat, 27 May 2017 03:11:49 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=847 https://www.biblino.com/what-to-do-when-the-bride-gives-you-the-shot-list-from-hell/#respond https://www.biblino.com/what-to-do-when-the-bride-gives-you-the-shot-list-from-hell/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Angela asks: Question: A couple booked me for their wedding.  We hit it off straight away and the couple really like my photo journalistic approach. I am also super excited as their wedding is at a venue I’ve never photographed before. The problem is I received an email from the bride, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/what-to-do-when-the-bride-gives-you-the-shot-list-from-hell/">What To Do When The Bride Gives You The Shot List From Hell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Angela asks: Question: A couple booked me for their wedding.  We hit it off straight away and the couple really like my photo journalistic approach. I am also super excited as their wedding is at a venue I’ve never photographed... Today’s question is from Angela asks:
Question:
A couple booked me for their wedding.  We hit it off straight away and the couple really like my photo journalistic approach. I am also super excited as their wedding is at a venue I’ve never photographed before.
The problem is I received an email from the bride, after completing my standard forms.  I have a section in one of my forms that asks are there any special request.
What I receive was a huge list of photos to take throughout the day.  I’m worried that I won’t be able to get all the photos or potentially may need a second shooter as the majority of photos looked to be setup and it’s not the way I photograph.
I don’t want to disappoint them, how do I let them know I can’t take all the photos they’re asking for?
Answer:
Topics Discussed in this Episode:

* Set the expectations of the bride and groom straight away
* Offer suggestions and potential compromises
* Give them a time frame how long a photo will take
* If you need help, get an assistant
* Have a clause in your contract to protect you about missed photos

 
G’day, Angela. Thanks for your question.
I have a rule of thumb that I need to contact or get back to a client within 24 to 48 hours at the very most, and I do this just so it to separate myself from other photographers, because from what I’ve heard from clients, is that photographers tend to be a little bit slack in getting back to people, and sometimes it’s like a week or so.
And the reason I’m telling you to get back to them super fast is, the longer you think about this, Angela, the more it’s going to fester and it’s going to drive you nuts, isn’t it?
It’s like you’re going to put different scenarios in your head. Am I going to lose the job? Are they going to be cross with me? Are they going to snub me on the wedding day? Are they just going to go and hire someone else?
The fact that they’ve gone through the process of meeting with you, and they mentioned that they like your photo journalistic approach, which you need to explain and set the expectations for the bride and groom straightaway and let them know this is how you photograph. And explain to them how those photos are taken.
Yes, I know that some photos, when we take at a wedding, they are kind of set up halfway or maybe a little bit more and we try to put our brides and grooms in the best light, but at the same time we’re maybe making comments or joking around with them, and that’s how we get them to laugh.
And there are other moments where we just, things just happen, just kinda like, I guess like a birth, right? There’s a buildup to a birth, and then it reaches its climax and then the big occasion happens. Well the same thing happens with photography, doesn’t it? There’s little moments that happen.
Sometimes they go as quickly as they come. The little moments that may be with the father of the bride or the mother of the bride or something with the bridesmaids, and then there’s other times where they’re really exciting and things just happen and you couldn’t have planned it better yourself.
Now by people giving shot lists, and I know that sometimes it can be annoying, especially when they take a shot list from a wedding website that says, “The 50 must have photos from your wedding,” and it kind of builds this type of if you haven’t got it your wedding is not complete type thing. We’re always trying to compare ourselves.
What you need to do, Angela, is contact the bride, or the groom, but it’s best if you actually speak to both of them at the same time. If you can’t, just with the person that you’re actually most comfortable with.
In this case,]]>
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How To Use A Mobile Phone To Take Photos For Your Food Blog https://www.biblino.com/how-to-use-a-mobile-phone-to-take-photos-for-your-food-blog/ Thu, 04 May 2017 13:11:04 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=814 https://www.biblino.com/how-to-use-a-mobile-phone-to-take-photos-for-your-food-blog/#respond https://www.biblino.com/how-to-use-a-mobile-phone-to-take-photos-for-your-food-blog/feed/ 0 <p>  Today’s question is from Mary asks: Question: I have a lifestyle blog, myidlemoments.com and I’m finding it difficult taking photos indoors with my mobile phone.  The type of photos I take are of food for recipes or general how-tos. At the moment I’m reluctant to post any photos because they look so bad. My photos […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/how-to-use-a-mobile-phone-to-take-photos-for-your-food-blog/">How To Use A Mobile Phone To Take Photos For Your Food Blog</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p>   Today’s question is from Mary asks: Question: I have a lifestyle blog, myidlemoments.com and I’m finding it difficult taking photos indoors with my mobile phone.  The type of photos I take are of food for recipes or general how-tos.
Today’s question is from Mary asks:
Question:
I have a lifestyle blog, myidlemoments.com and I’m finding it difficult taking photos indoors with my mobile phone.  The type of photos I take are of food for recipes or general how-tos.
At the moment I’m reluctant to post any photos because they look so bad.
My photos tend to come out dark, fuzzy or sometimes with strange colors.
So my questions is,  Is it possible to use my mobile phone to take photos for my blog, or will I need to upgrade to a DSLR?
Answer:
Topics Discussed in this Episode:

* Dark Photos are due to not enough light
* Fuzzy or unsharp photos could be due to unsteady hands
* Strange colors in photos happens to when you photograph indoors, adjusting the white balance solves this problem.
* Plan your photos and setup
* Use natural window light
* Editing your photos using the build in photo app

G’day Mary, thanks for your question and absolutely you can use your mobile phone. You don’t need to upgrade to DSLR to take good photos.
In fact, if you did you probably would get very similar results if you were to leave it on auto and take the photos. The reason why your photos are coming out the way they are is the conditions that you’re photographing, it is less than ideal.
Dark Photos
Your dark photos means that there’s not enough light within the room to illuminate the scene and therefore the photos come out dark.
Fuzzy Photos
The fuzziness where your photos becoming fuzzy, well that’s because the auto focus may not be focusing correctly or even if you move the camera or the mobile phone in this case, ever so slightly and it’s just caused a little bit of shake and it’s made the photos come out a little bit more not as sharp.
Strange colour casts
The strange colours that you mentioned, well that’s actually got to do with different colour sources within your house. Things like fluorescent lights, incandescent lights, even down lights that you have in the ceiling. They all give off different colour casts and sometimes you may get orange in your photos or blue or green and it makes it less than ideal really, but it’s just how it is. There’s ways we can fix that by editing or even using external lights, but I want to keep this whole exercise for you nice and simple and as cheap as possible.
We’re going to try to use all the things that we have around the house, so we need a light source, we need a table, we need your mobile phone, some software on your mobile phone to edit the photos ever so slightly. Also a big piece of cardboard to help bring extra light onto our food or crafts, if that’s what you’re doing.
Using a window as a natural light source
Let’s start first of all with our light source, and what I want you do Mary is to go find the biggest window within your house that you can put a table up against.
The reason why we’re doing this is that I want this to be your main light source, and I want the table to be there because we’re going to be photographing on the table and we’re going to try to achieve photos like what we see online or even magazines that are selling food products, food bloggers that are photographing their food in this scene, where everything looks nice and bright and airy.
We’re going to try to replicate that, and it’s very easy to do.
You just need to find the right time of day where the light is perfect coming through your window, and the way we find that is if we can see the sun when we look out the window then it’s going to be too harsh.
The light is going to come too bright and it’s just going to make our photos look very white and overe...]]>
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Should I Use One Big Catalog or Many Smaller Catalogs In Lightroom? https://www.biblino.com/should-i-use-one-big-catalog-or-many-smaller-catalogs-in-lightroom/ Sun, 09 Apr 2017 05:37:00 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=780 https://www.biblino.com/should-i-use-one-big-catalog-or-many-smaller-catalogs-in-lightroom/#respond https://www.biblino.com/should-i-use-one-big-catalog-or-many-smaller-catalogs-in-lightroom/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Adam asks: Question: Should i put my photos in one big catalog or is it best to have lots of smaller catalogs? Answer: We discuss the topics – What is the Lightroom Catalog? What can the Catalog do for us? Searching and filtering your photos using exif and metadata Collections, different […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/should-i-use-one-big-catalog-or-many-smaller-catalogs-in-lightroom/">Should I Use One Big Catalog or Many Smaller Catalogs In Lightroom?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Adam asks: Question: Should i put my photos in one big catalog or is it best to have lots of smaller catalogs? Answer: We discuss the topics – What is the Lightroom Catalog? What can the Catalog do for us? Today’s question is from Adam asks:
Question:
Should i put my photos in one big catalog or is it best to have lots of smaller catalogs?
Answer:
We discuss the topics –

* What is the Lightroom Catalog?
* What can the Catalog do for us?
* Searching and filtering your photos using exif and metadata
* Collections, different wasys to use collections to organise our photos in Lightroom
* Having a sound back up solution
* Makeing sure your have a consistant file system to store your photos outside of lightroom
* Tips to maximize the performance of Lightroom

Hey Adam, Thanks for your question. This is a very good question because we all would have asked ourselves what on Earth do we do?
Do we chuck all our photos in one massive catalog or do we break it up into smaller catalogs?
If we’re in business we could have a per shoot or if we’re just managing our home photos, or photos for our family, I should say, it could be per vacation or someone’s birthday or something like that.
What do we do? It just depends on how you want to manage your photos and what really works best for your workflow.
Today I’m going to go through just some information about the Lightroom catalog, some scenarios of how myself and some of my colleagues use Lightroom. There’s many ways you can do it and it just comes down to what you feel comfortable with Adam.
Before we even think about the Lightroom catalog, let’s talk about file structure and backup. If you’ve read the blog long enough, you’ll know that I’m very into workflow and I’m very particular of how things are set up on a consistent basis.
Creating a file system to store your photos outside of lightroom
If I put my photos in one location with a particular file structure, I expect all photos to be done that way. That way just allows us consistency and also allows me to find photos easily if I ever want to find them outside of Lightroom.
I put links into the show notes about the file structure that I use. I’ve mentioned that before in the past. I won’t repeat it now.
Having a sound back up solution is key
Also, backup system. You need to have a very sound backup system, irrespective if you’re using Lightroom or Photoshop Elements or Photoshop or any other software. You need to have a good backup system.
Having your photos in three locations, and this could also apply to your documents within your business or even family documents, electronic documents, you got to have three copies. One on the computer, second on an external hard drive and then, a third copy either in the Cloud or in another external hard drive or system that’s different from the location that you’re in so it’s location dependent.
I know. Could that be going a little bit extreme? Well, if your computer crashes, something happens, right? Then you’ll have the external hard drive. Well, if something extreme happens to the house, right? Touch wood that doesn’t happen. Then you’ve got a third copy.
That’s just how it is these days. The same thing would apply if you had paper copies or photos. If you’ve only got one copy of them, well then, you’re opening  up to disaster there.
Maximize the performance of Lightroom
That’s just a couple of things to think about before you even go into the catalog. You have to have those things set up and just one more thing. A lot of people talk about Lightroom getting slow and getting bogged down and that.
It can happen.]]>
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Stop Telling People Your Camera Settings (It’s Not Helping Anyone) https://www.biblino.com/stop-telling-people-your-camera-settings/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:01:03 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=752 https://www.biblino.com/stop-telling-people-your-camera-settings/#comments https://www.biblino.com/stop-telling-people-your-camera-settings/feed/ 2 <p>Why do people on the internet list their camera settings when they post a photo? e.g  F5.6   ISO 1600  6 minutes exposure It seems that the settings are only specific to them and it doesn’t take into account post processing.  I know this for a fact as I took an astro photography photo in a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/stop-telling-people-your-camera-settings/">Stop Telling People Your Camera Settings (It’s Not Helping Anyone)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Why do people on the internet list their camera settings when they post a photo? e.g  F5.6   ISO 1600  6 minutes exposure It seems that the settings are only specific to them and it doesn’t take into account post processing.



Why do people on the internet list their camera settings when they post a photo? e.g  F5.6   ISO 1600  6 minutes exposure



It seems that the settings are only specific to them and it doesn’t take into account post processing.  I know this for a fact as I took an astro photography photo in a very similar location and the settings were way off.    My version of the photo came out very over exposed.



3 reasons photographers list their camera settings



* It was a way for new photographers to learn.* It would be better to learn the basics of photography first* It can be helpful If: Straight out of the camera settings (SOOC) for comparison



It’s a way for new photographers to learn



Hey, Liam, thanks for your question. Why do people post the settings online? Quite simply, it was a way for people, and it still is, as a good starting point to help them learn about camera settings. If you want to get out of auto mode, you’ve got three settings you’ve gotta play with, which ones do you change and what should they be?



Is it useful? I really don’t think so, and you’ve hit the nail on the head there, Liam. It is specific to the person that’s taking the photograph, because even being in the same spot, as you’ve pointed out, got you different results. Things like the conditions that you’re taking the photo in have massive, massive influence of how your photo is.



It could have been very dark. It could have been other objects within the photo that were reflecting light and made everything over-exposed. It could’ve been anything really. The lens that you’re using could allow more light, or the sensor was more sensitive than the camera that was being used by the other person. There’s a lot of room for error there, just by letting people know your camera settings.



I know that some people do list the type of camera, and then the lens, and some people have even said they’ve post-processed the photo. I think some of that is just to let people know what they’ve done to the photo. It’s not always about, “Hey, this is the settings to use to get the same result,” because you’ve also pointed out that some people don’t even point out how much post-processing they’ve done to a photo, so therefore we kind of get this idea that as we see the photo, it’s straight out of the camera. I know some people list that, but it’s not always the case.



Why do people do it? It’s been going for ages. I know when I first started digital photography in 2004, forums were a big thing back there, and that’s what people did. They’d post the photo and the first reply would be, if they didn’t post the settings, they’d say, “What were your settings?” It was just a way for people to learn. But I agree with you completely there, Liam, it’s specific to the person and you don’t always get told the information that you should know, especially how much post-processing was done.



It would be better to learn the basics of photography



We could probably learn photography in another way that would help us. Now, I know that for new photographers, to learn the three most important things when we’re taking a photo, aperture and f-stop … Sorry, they’re two of the same things. F-stop and ISO and shutter speed. They’ve gotta just go ahead and try and take photos, and make mistakes, and learn from that, but they also have to know why they’re using those settings.



By using, say, 2.8,]]>
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Gain Confidence With Your Photography So You Can Charge More https://www.biblino.com/how-to-gain-confidence-with-your-photography/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 04:18:52 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=717 https://www.biblino.com/how-to-gain-confidence-with-your-photography/#respond https://www.biblino.com/how-to-gain-confidence-with-your-photography/feed/ 0 <p>Today’s question is from Jenny who asks: Question: I’m In the newborns and family portrait space, When i look at other photographers,  It’s depressing as they are so much better than me.   Currently I have about 2 clients a month, which is not enough if i want to make this a proper business. I recently […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/how-to-gain-confidence-with-your-photography/">Gain Confidence With Your Photography So You Can Charge More</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Today’s question is from Jenny who asks: Question: I’m In the newborns and family portrait space, When i look at other photographers,  It’s depressing as they are so much better than me.   Currently I have about 2 clients a month, Today’s question is from Jenny who asks:
Question:
I’m In the newborns and family portrait space, When i look at other photographers,  It’s depressing as they are so much better than me.   Currently I have about 2 clients a month, which is not enough if i want to make this a proper business.
I recently dropped my prices in a hope to get more customers, but this resulted in the wrong clientele and they just wanted everything for cheap.
Most families want the digital files not many want products.
What am i doing wrong? How do I get out of this rut?
Answer:
We discuss the topics –

* Set goals for yourself
* Learn to edit better

– Youtube and CreativeLive are excellent sources for free videos on photography

* Improve your photography technique
* Put yourself out of your comfort zone
* Don’t drop your prices, add value instead
* Offer and Sell products before digital files
* In person sales can help your sales
* Talk to other photographers and network

 
Additional reading:
Learn to get your exposure during a portrait shoot
Take better photos
What should I charge for my photography 
The business of photography
 
Let me just assure you that you’re not the only one that goes through this.
I go through this on a regular basis, especially if I’m photographing in places that I haven’t done before. I’ve looked at photos online to get ideas, and I just get what, you know? Love the way they have posed and edited the photos. I really hope that I’ve got the same conditions on the day.
It just comes down to experience. If you’re not as experienced as some of the photographers that you’re looking at, then, you’re going to think, “Oh, wow. Their stuff is amazing.” If you’ve got the same experience, I bet you could achieve the same, if not, better photos, okay? Don’t. be too down on yourself, Jenny.
What is it that you like about the photos?
Now, let’s just think about how we can get out of this rut, as you’ve put it.
I think first things first is setting yourself goals. If what you see from other photographers and what you like about them is things like their editing or the way how they’re carrying themselves on social media or doing their blog posts or how they’re doing their sales, well then I think you need to put some goals in place to keep yourself on track.
Now, I don’t think you should be always looking at other photographers, because you’re just going to drive yourself nuts. It’s great to get inspiration. What I recommend is you try to run your own race, Try to basically better yourself every time you do a session.
Don’t worry too much about other people. It’s okay to check in every now and again to see how other people are going, but more importantly, if you shoot a session this week, next, next week when you shoot another session, make it better than the previous week. It’s as simple as that.
You’ve just got to just have that mindset that, “I’m going to be better than I did the previous week. If I keep on doing that, it will just compound. I’ll get better and better and better,]]>
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Is There Ever A Good Time To Work For Free As A Photographer? https://www.biblino.com/should-photographers-work-for-free/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:15:33 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=695 https://www.biblino.com/should-photographers-work-for-free/#respond https://www.biblino.com/should-photographers-work-for-free/feed/ 0 <p>The forums i’m a member of has had  a lot of talk about working for free and how this can negatively impact you and you  business. The post was directed at new photographers, giving away their services for free just to portfolio build. Is there ever a good time to work for free as a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/should-photographers-work-for-free/">Is There Ever A Good Time To Work For Free As A Photographer?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> The forums i’m a member of has had  a lot of talk about working for free and how this can negatively impact you and you  business. The post was directed at new photographers, giving away their services for free just to portfolio build.



The forums i’m a member of has had  a lot of talk about working for free and how this can negatively impact you and you  business. The post was directed at new photographers, giving away their services for free just to portfolio build.



Is there ever a good time to work for free as a photographer?



The right time to work for free as a photographer



* The consequences of working for free or cheap all the time* Building a portfolio* Charity work* Personal work* New type of photography



Hi, Maxwell. Thanks for your question. Is there ever a good time to work for free?



Absolutely, there is a good time to work for free. We all probably have done it and probably still do it some point within our careers and there’s nothing wrong with giving stuff away for free provided that you get some sort of benefit back.



I know that it sounds selfish, but let’s be honest. Our time is very, very important. We could be spending with our families. We could be doing a whole heap of other things. If you’re giving your stuff away for free, you should definitely be getting something back from it.



Now, just before I run through some of the things that we could give away for free and how it will benefit us, let’s just go on the other perspective of basically negatively impacting you and your business.



The consequences of working for free or cheap all the time



Now, it can. Think of it this way. If you’ve got a whole heap of photographers that are charging $5,000 for their services, they have nice premium products, nice service, come in, they give you drinks and nibblies, and they put a nice slideshow together and basically, they pamper you.



Your products come in nice packaging and basically, it’s a full service. They don’t sell anything that’s unframed. If you want to get digital files, it’s at a premium because what they’re trying to sell you is these large wall collections and albums and beautiful other products. That’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that.



Then, if you’ve got a whole heap of people coming in that’s either giving away their stuff away for free or for very, very little cost, if it’s only a few people, not a problem.



But, when this starts outweighing the amount of people that are providing a premium service, it starts to dilute what photography is. Therefore, diluting the price and changing people’s perception … I can’t talk today, perception as to what the cost of photography should be.



If you’re paying $5,000 for a nice collection of framed prints and canvasses, and you may get some digital files with that and a book, and here you are giving your digital files away, which you can do anything with for next to nothing or nothing, that’s how I can see it affecting the industry as a whole, if we get a lot more people that come in and saturate the market with cheap photography.



Now, if your photography is really, really good and you’re giving your stuff away for free and you’re just doing it because for love of it, that’s one thing.



If everyone is doing that, then that’s a problem for the people that provide a premium product because they’re, first of all, trying to match … Sorry, first of all, they’re trying to provide a premium product.



If you’re providing just a good quality and even providing things like frames and stuff like that, but for next to nothing, you’re doing at a cost,]]>
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Upgrade camera equipment or reinvest back into the business? https://www.biblino.com/upgrade-camera-equipment-or-reinvest-back-into-the-business/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:57:58 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=675 https://www.biblino.com/upgrade-camera-equipment-or-reinvest-back-into-the-business/#respond https://www.biblino.com/upgrade-camera-equipment-or-reinvest-back-into-the-business/feed/ 0 <p>After a couple of years in business I have saved up a small amount of money. Should I invest the money back into my photography business or buying new equipment to update aging cameras and computer equipment. Where you can spend money in your business to get someone kind of return. either by reinvesting or […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/upgrade-camera-equipment-or-reinvest-back-into-the-business/">Upgrade camera equipment or reinvest back into the business?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> After a couple of years in business I have saved up a small amount of money. Should I invest the money back into my photography business or buying new equipment to update aging cameras and computer equipment.



After a couple of years in business I have saved up a small amount of money. Should I invest the money back into my photography business or buying new equipment to update aging cameras and computer equipment.



Where you can spend money in your business to get someone kind of return. either by reinvesting or upgrading your current equipment.



9 Pros & Cons to upgrading camera equipment and reinvest money into the business?



Reinvesting back into your photography business



* Using Studiopress sites to update your existing WordPress site so you don’t have to worry about updates, backups and security. Learn more about StudioPress Sites here* Advertising such as google adwords to get more leads* Paying other people to help you in your business* Branding e.g. new Logo* Take someone out for coffee to network



Updating your camera and computer equipment



* Gaining more confidence in your photography by upgrading you camera* Buying new equipment for added cash flow* Increasing your productivity with a faster computer* Investing in your Back up system



Hey Helen, thanks for your question, and it’s great that you’ve saved up a little bit of cash. It means that your business is making a profit, which is awesome.



Now, what would I do? I would actually reinvest back into the business, only because I would try to maximise my profits. If I’m buying new camera equipment or computers, it would mean that I may not see the results straight away.



Whereas if I was to say, do something like advertising, I could hopefully get a return on my money. But having said that though, everyone’s different.



I’m not too sure what type of equipment you have, or how old your computer equipment is, so what I’ll do today is just go through the things that you potentially can spend your money on, and just talk through some of the things that can come from that.



Reinvesting back into your photography business



I’ll start with investing back into the business, and what I would do is advertising.



Advertising



I really like Google AdWords, the fact that I can set up ads and bid for certain keywords within my local area. And as we all know, when you want to go find something, you always jump on Google, right? So, it’s one way that you can get results quite quickly, or leads quite quickly, without having to do a whole heap of work.



Now having said that though, you can’t just set and forget Google Ads, or any ads that is. Facebook included, Instagram and Pinterest, and all that stuff. You’ve got to keep on top of it, so if you don’t, you can end up spending a lot, a lot of money.



Because in effect what you’re doing with say Google Ads, is you’re bidding for a keyword. It could be like New York wedding photographer. It could be portraits New York. Whatever it may be, right? And, there’s obviously other photographers bidding for the same thing. The more people that bid, the higher the cost of the price of that keyword.



I’ve seen wedding keywords go as high as 10 dollars or so, depending on the time of year. A couple of years back, I noticed that, and obviously I did not bid for that, because what in fact was happening, is that if you are successful in that bid, and the customer had clicked on your link, your ad, which is in the top four spots of when you search for something,]]>
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How To Take Better Photos With A DSLR? https://www.biblino.com/020-take-better-photos-dslr/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:31:46 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=628 https://www.biblino.com/020-take-better-photos-dslr/#respond https://www.biblino.com/020-take-better-photos-dslr/feed/ 0 <p>After recently getting a new DSLR for the family.  My wife and I have made it a point to learn how to take better photos of our kids.  What are somethings to consider when taking photos of the kids? 13 ways to take better photos with a DSLR Learn your camera equipment – Read the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/020-take-better-photos-dslr/">How To Take Better Photos With A DSLR?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> After recently getting a new DSLR for the family.  My wife and I have made it a point to learn how to take better photos of our kids.  What are somethings to consider when taking photos of the kids? 13 ways to take better photos with a DSLR Learn your ...



After recently getting a new DSLR for the family.  My wife and I have made it a point to learn how to take better photos of our kids.  What are somethings to consider when taking photos of the kids?



13 ways to take better photos with a DSLR



* Learn your camera equipment – Read the Manual!* shutter speed, aperture and ISO* Take photos everyday* Take lots of photos* Framing and composing* Slow down and previsualize the photo* Learn to read the light* Simple post processing* Using lightroom presets* Keep your equipment simple* Hold your camera properly* Clean your equipment* Printing your photos



Hey Connor, thanks for your question.



Let’s start off with learning your camera equipment because really, this is the most simplest and most basic thing you could do with a new camera.



You’ve to learn what all the dials are, you’ve got to learn what all the buttons and menus do. Even if you don’t use them, you will down the track. You just need to know where everything is.



Learn your camera equipment – Read the Manual



To do that, other than playing with the camera is to actually read the manual. I know, boring, but you’ve got to do it. It’s one of those things where the manual will basically tell you how the manufacturer expects you to use their camera.



Same thing applies for anything, right? We’ve all got to read the manual if we want the optimum results here.



The manual also has other things such as troubleshooting tips, which are usually at the back of the book. It also talks about accessories. It even tells you, I know my manual, it even tells you how to hold the camera.



It’s one of those things where as much as we loathe reading manuals, you’ve just got to do it. What I find is looking at the index and just finding different topics that I want to learn about cuts at that boredom because after the first couple of chapters, you think, “What am I going to get?” Because it’s usually the most basic at the beginning. Yeah. Just skip to different chapters if you’re finding it a little bit boring. That way, hopefully, you will get something out of it.



Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO



As you’re getting out of auto mode, and you use the camera for a little while, auto will take you to a certain degree. Auto will take you to a certain point once the conditions become a little bit trickier or you want to get a little more creative, that’s when you need to know about the manual modes or the creative modes and then also knowing your shutter speed, aperture and ISO.



The ISO is how sensitive the sensor is to light. The lower ISO, which is you would generally use when it’s very bright, and the high ISO is when it’s quite dark like indoors, if you don’t want to use any flash or even with flash.



The aperture dictates how much light is coming through the actual lens. Also shutter speed, you use that to freeze your objects or say for instance, you got somebody running and if you have a high shutter speed, you will freeze the action. If you have a slow shutter speed, you’ll make the photo be blurry, maybe make it washed out because it’s allowing too much light in.



They all allow light basically into the camera. Changing one affects the others. What I do recommend is if you are going to change anything, you just change one of these at a time. Don’t change them all. Putting your shutter speed, then aperture and then maybe changing ISO, maybe that could be one way you can try.]]>
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How Do I Get Better At Photo Editing? https://www.biblino.com/019-how-do-i-get-better-at-photo-editing/ Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:31:02 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=602 https://www.biblino.com/019-how-do-i-get-better-at-photo-editing/#respond https://www.biblino.com/019-how-do-i-get-better-at-photo-editing/feed/ 0 <p>I love taking photos everyday. But, I’m frustrated when it comes to my post processing.  I am a member of a few Photoshop and Lightroom facebook groups. WOW, the skill of some of the people are just amazing.   Changing backgrounds, removing objects, swapping heads. There have been times I wish I can could remove distracting […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/019-how-do-i-get-better-at-photo-editing/">How Do I Get Better At Photo Editing?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> I love taking photos everyday. But, I’m frustrated when it comes to my post processing.  I am a member of a few Photoshop and Lightroom facebook groups. WOW, the skill of some of the people are just amazing.   Changing backgrounds, removing objects,



I love taking photos everyday. But, I’m frustrated when it comes to my post processing.  I am a member of a few Photoshop and Lightroom facebook groups. WOW, the skill of some of the people are just amazing.   Changing backgrounds, removing objects, swapping heads.



There have been times I wish I can could remove distracting objects. Do you have any tips on how to get better at editing my photos?



9 ways to get better at photo editing



* Getting it right in camera * Shooting RAW* Using layers in Photoshop* Creating virtual copies in Lightroom* Using presets to edit and as a starting point* Free and Paid edting classes at Phlearn* Free and Paid edting classes at Creative live* Free edting videos at Youtube* Practice, practice, practice



Hey, Lily, thanks for your question.



This is one of those questions that it’s kind of, there’s no right or wrong. Should we be processing our photos to the nth degree that it doesn’t look like a photo? Should we be removing objects from our photos? There’s no right or wrong. What you want to do is completely up to you.



Now, having said that though, there’s probably a few things that we should do before we edit our photos. Getting it right in camera, as much as we can, will help reduce the editing of our photos later.



Now, I’m not talking about head-swaps and things like that at this point. There’s a time and place for that. You know, if we can get at least 90% of our photos completed in camera, so our composition, our lighting, that type of thing, if that’s all worked out, we could reduce a whole heap of time and a whole heap of worry as well from ourselves.



You mention here that you wish you could remove distracting objects. That’s fine. You don’t mention as to what the objects are but it could be people, it could be lampposts, it could be all sorts of stuff.



Things is, before you actually photograph, you should be composing your photo in such a way where you don’t have these distracting objects in the photo, right?



I know that there are times you just can’t avoid that and, you know, if you’re at, say, a landmark and you want to remove all the people, then that’s different, right?



You’re more than welcome to go and remove it and clone everyone out. You know, it’s one of those things that, if you can pre-visualize your photo and get as much done in your camera, you’ll save a lot of time in the back end, which is the editing part.



Knowing basic editing techniques such as how to light and dark a photo, how to add sharpening, how to do contrast and work the highlights, these are basic tools everybody should know how to manipulate.



Shooting in RAW



Before we start removing heads and objects, we should know that. Working with a file format such as RAW will help editing our photos later on because, with the RAW file format, there’s just the information from the camera.



It’s not post-processed like a JPEG. So, with the RAW file format, when you bring that into your editing software of choice, the photo’s going to become quite flat because when we take a RAW photo it actually shows us the JPEG version on the back of the camera and everything looks nice and punchy and the nice colours.



What I do like about the RAW format is the latitude in exposure and some of the settin...]]>
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Best Camera Bag For The Amateur Photographer https://www.biblino.com/018-best-camera-bag-amateur-photographer/ Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:30:29 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=591 https://www.biblino.com/018-best-camera-bag-amateur-photographer/#respond https://www.biblino.com/018-best-camera-bag-amateur-photographer/feed/ 0 <p>My system consists of a Nikon D700 and 3 lense, 1 flash and lots of memory cards, cable release, batteries. I’m looking to add another camera body when i get the money and maybe a prime lens. I don’t always take the whole kit with me. I currently have a lowepro backpack and it holds […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/018-best-camera-bag-amateur-photographer/">Best Camera Bag For The Amateur Photographer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> My system consists of a Nikon D700 and 3 lense, 1 flash and lots of memory cards, cable release, batteries. I’m looking to add another camera body when i get the money and maybe a prime lens. I don’t always take the whole kit with me.



My system consists of a Nikon D700 and 3 lense, 1 flash and lots of memory cards, cable release, batteries.



I’m looking to add another camera body when i get the money and maybe a prime lens. I don’t always take the whole kit with me. I currently have a lowepro backpack and it holds my kit nicely, but is very empty when I only take one lens and camera out with me.



I’ve looked online and came to the conclusion. No one camera bag is going to work for every occasion.What are your thoughts?



What is the Best camera bag for the amateur photographer?



* Choosing the right bag for the job* Small pouches / bum bags* Sling bags / messenger bag* Back packs* Roller bags* Making you own camera bag



Hey Oliver, thanks for your question. I have to agree with you there mate, there is no camera bag that will suit every single occasion.



I must have accumulated at least 10 bags over the years and each serves a different purpose, and I assure you it does, and I assure my wife every time I buy a new one it does too.



Just like a pair of shoes, there’s no pair that suits every single occasion, but there is a pair of shoes for every occasion. I just made that up, I don’t know.



Anyway, back to bags. The thing is with choosing your backpack, it comes down to how much equipment you want to carry obviously, right?



I think, when people go out photographing, I see this quite often with new photographers, is they take the whole kit and the don’t necessarily use all of it or even, other than just what’s in their hand so, I think thinking that way is probably a good way of going.



Now, you say you’ve already got a backpack and it holds your kit nicely, well you know, if all you’re worried that when you go out by yourself, so when you go out and you’ve just got one camera and one lens, you may just need a smaller pouch or a smaller sling bag or even a bum bag or a small backpack that will hold that and some accessories.



Small pouches / bum bags



The Lowepro sideline shooter bum bag is no longer sold by Lowepro.  As an alternative the  Lowepro Inverse 100 AW or Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney Is a good solution.    Try these pouches, Thank Tank Skin set



That’s what I would recommend. Now if you’re using your bag for storage, which I guess a lot of us would do, put our stuff away and then store it wherever, then having a bag that accommodates everything in one location is also an option.



You can see why people have more than one bag, it’s just, your kit grows and you obviously need more place to store your stuff.



What I would start with is obviously what you’re taking with you and if you’re saying you’re taking one kit, so one camera and one lens, I tend to use a bum bag. I’ve got a Lowepro Sideline Shooter, it’s called. I’ve had this for I think close to 12 years. It’s one of the first bags I purchased.



It has several zips, one that opens up the whole thing from the top and I can go in. Also it has a few other pockets on the side.



It has one zip that it gives me quick access but predominantly it’s just like a bum bag. It’s one big pocket with some mesh pockets on the outside and mesh pockets on the inside. Really, really cool. I have my camera with a 50mm or 24-70mm, no grip, it’s just in there and it fits quite nicely.]]>
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How To Challenge Yourself To Better Your Photography https://www.biblino.com/015-how-to-challenge-yourself-to-better-your-photography/ Sun, 27 Nov 2016 01:13:02 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=532 https://www.biblino.com/015-how-to-challenge-yourself-to-better-your-photography/#respond https://www.biblino.com/015-how-to-challenge-yourself-to-better-your-photography/feed/ 0 <p>Any ideas on what I can do to challenge myself in my photography? 7 ways to challenge yourself to grow as a Photographer Trying different Genre of photography Limiting your equipment Photographing in less than favourable conditions Start a project Recreation of old photographs Shoot only in b&w Limit the amount of photos, cover up […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/015-how-to-challenge-yourself-to-better-your-photography/">How To Challenge Yourself To Better Your Photography</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Any ideas on what I can do to challenge myself in my photography? 7 ways to challenge yourself to grow as a Photographer Trying different Genre of photography Limiting your equipment Photographing in less than favourable conditions Start a project Recr...



Any ideas on what I can do to challenge myself in my photography?



7 ways to challenge yourself to grow as a Photographer



* Trying different Genre of photography* Limiting your equipment* Photographing in less than favourable conditions* Start a project* Recreation of old photographs* Shoot only in b&w* Limit the amount of photos, cover up the LCD



Ian thanks for your question, and this is actually a really good question, especially for anyone that’s photographed for a while.



If we photograph a type of photography, or a genre of photography all the time, we can get a little bit stagnant so this is why I find this question good because we should be challenging ourselves every now and again, and that’s how we can grow as photographers.



Try a different Genre of photography



Just a few things to think about Ian, and the first one would be to try a different genre. Okay, so you know, if we’re photographing street photography well then do something completely different like landscape photography, that’s so far removed from that type of photography. You’ll learn something, especially how light falls on objects, you know maybe try architectural photography, or even if you’re always outdoors photographing, get inside and do something like still life, or product photography, or real estate photography. Something completely different, so that’s one thing you can try.



Limiting your equipment to push yourself



Another thing would be to limit your equipment. You hear a lot of people using walk-around lens like a 50mm and a camera body and that’s it. You know, they’re using their feet to zoom in, and I think that’s a really, really good thing. You don’t need to purchase other equipment, if you’ve got a zoom, that’s perfectly fine, just set it on one focal length and just don’t touch it, and just use your feet to zoom and that’ll be a very similar thing. Other thing would be maybe limiting your shutter speed or limiting your ISO, you know, that’s a couple of things you can try there.



Photographing in less than favourable conditions



Put yourself in less than favourable conditions. So if you’re always photographing in a very well-lit environment, you know, put yourself in a condition where it makes you think about where you’re going to put your subject, or how you’re going to illuminate the area, are you going to get some flashes that you can potentially bounce off the walls to illuminate your subject, or are you going to have, put them closer to say a window or something. Something a little bit different.



Start a photo challenge



Another thing would be to try a project. Now you would have heard people doing 365-day challenge, these are good, but I just think that a whole year is a really, really long time, and you’ve got to be really dedicated to do that, so I think starting off something slow like maybe a day, go to the city, catch a bus, train, ferry, whatever it is to get you there.



Once you’re there, spend a whole day you know, start from the beginning of the day to the end and photograph something that’s of interest. It could be maybe standing on the corner and just photographing people walk by, and just seeing what you get.



Another thing could be maybe bringing attention to an organisation, and maybe do a day in the life, or a week in a life, or a month in a life, you know, that type of thing, so you build up a series of photos that you can document how.]]>
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What Should I Charge For A Photo Shoot? https://www.biblino.com/013-what-should-i-charge-for-a-photo-shoot/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:56:44 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=522 https://www.biblino.com/013-what-should-i-charge-for-a-photo-shoot/#respond https://www.biblino.com/013-what-should-i-charge-for-a-photo-shoot/feed/ 0 <p>My prices haven’t been updated since i started my business. My costs have increased and my skills have improved enough that i feel comfortable to increase my prices. I sell prints, albums and digital files. I don’t charge a session fee, should i be?  What is a good starting point for my prices. 7 tips […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/013-what-should-i-charge-for-a-photo-shoot/">What Should I Charge For A Photo Shoot?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> My prices haven’t been updated since i started my business. My costs have increased and my skills have improved enough that i feel comfortable to increase my prices. I sell prints, albums and digital files. I don’t charge a session fee, should i be?



My prices haven’t been updated since i started my business. My costs have increased and my skills have improved enough that i feel comfortable to increase my prices.



I sell prints, albums and digital files. I don’t charge a session fee, should i be?  What is a good starting point for my prices.



7 tips to working out how much you should charge for a photo session



* Working out your cost of doing business e.g insurance, monthly charges, equipment* Working out your cost of goods e.g. print costs, packaging, postage etc..* The NPPA have a calculator to help you get started.* Session fee can help cover your costs* Prices can also be dictated by things out of your control.  Local market and skill level as an example.* Listening to your customers* Business tips for photographers



Alex thanks for submitting your question and good on you for getting the courage and the confidence to raise your prices.



We should all be doing that every so often to keep on track with making more and more money in our business but as you’ve mentioned the increase in your costs, so vendors may be raising prices and that’s something we should always be aware of because otherwise we’re just wasting money and not making a profit, we’re actually losing money.



It’s one of those things where it’s very hard to give you a definite answer but what I want to do is go through a couple of tips to get you in the right direction and things like working out the cost of doing business is a good start.



Working out your cost of doing business



It looks like you’ve done that before and what I do recommend is going to the NPPA website and it actually has a calculator and this calculator basically has places where you can put in different things like electricity, costs for accounting fees and other subscription fees, you know, things like for your web hosting and software subscription like adobe creative cloud, write down the things that you pay for on a weekly, monthly, and yearly … And add it all together and then divide it by 12 and that will give you your monthly costs or breakdown of how much you need to make per month to keep the business running. And that is before we’ve even made a profit.



You must know your cost of goods



Now the other thing is things like cost of goods. So you mentioned that you sell prints, you sell albums and you do digital files.



The cost of goods directly applies to anything that you physically do but also digital as well in fact. So things like printing costs, you know, your printers, postage, packaging, delivery costs if you’re doing it personally or obviously postage if you’re sending it out and how much does it cost to actually edit a photo or even a session if you’re just doing digital files and that’s something to always be on top of because that changes the most because a session could be shorter, it could be longer and that’s just something you need to keep on track of.



So if you put a little bit of buffer meaning that you know you add … Put a little bit of extra charges in there to counter for that you won’t get yourself into trouble.



And you know, adding those two together; the cost of goods and the cost of doing business will get us a very minimum cost before we even make a profit and that’s just to get our products made and to keep our business running.



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Help Me Sort Through 25,000 Photos From My Holiday https://www.biblino.com/008-help-me-sort-25000-holiday-photos/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:52:18 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=430 https://www.biblino.com/008-help-me-sort-25000-holiday-photos/#respond https://www.biblino.com/008-help-me-sort-25000-holiday-photos/feed/ 0 <p>I took a one week holiday to France with the family and ended up taking over 25,000 photos. I made the mistake of leaving on burst mode. Now I have multiple photo of every photo I took on holiday. I  use a Mac and Lightroom for editing. What is the best way to sort through […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/008-help-me-sort-25000-holiday-photos/">Help Me Sort Through 25,000 Photos From My Holiday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> I took a one week holiday to France with the family and ended up taking over 25,000 photos. I made the mistake of leaving on burst mode. Now I have multiple photo of every photo I took on holiday. I  use a Mac and Lightroom for editing.



I took a one week holiday to France with the family and ended up taking over 25,000 photos. I made the mistake of leaving on burst mode. Now I have multiple photo of every photo I took on holiday.



I  use a Mac and Lightroom for editing. What is the best way to sort through a large amount of photos?



The quick & easy way to organize your holiday photos



* Downloading & Organizing your photos* Learn to cull your photos like a pro* Using photo mechanic to cull your photos* Using Lightroom to cull your photos



Neil, if you don’t mind me saying mate, that’s a bucket load of photos for one holiday. Sorry. All right. The thing is, it’s easy done.



It’s really, really, really simple but, I know that you mentioned you got lightroom but Neil, I think that for this instance, I think that the best thing to do would be to cull your photos outside of lightroom and only because that it’s going to be, if you were to import 25,000 photos into lightroom and then have to sort out which ones you want to edit, which would be quite overwhelming because of so many photos in one area and then of course, you should remove all the photos that you don’t plan on editing and it can be quite messy.



What I would recommend is two things. One, to set up a simple file structure to hold your photos for the purpose of culling and also, editing and two, using an application called Photo Mechanic.



Photo Mechanic is a photo browser. It’s used by professional photographers in sports photography or editorial photographers. It’s super fast to open photos at full screen, even raw files. It’s really, really cool.



I’ve been using it for many, many years and I actually use it for even a small amount of photos, not just for a large amount of photos.



A wedding, I can go through 2,000 to 3,000 photos in 40 minutes to an hour from a wedding, when I’m culling and I’ll go through, maybe three  cards – four cards and it’s super fast.



This is what I suggest you do; first things first Neil, get yourself a beverage.



Downloading & Organizing your photos



It’s going to take a long time. Get yourself a beverage and get yourself comfortable. I would grab all your cards, have them ready because we’re going to create a simple file structure.



I should note that the culling and also, the organisation of photos, I’ve written an in depth articles that takes you step-by-step on how to do this but for your case, I’ll just briefly go over it.



How to cull photos



How to organize photos



Now, I would create a folder called, France 2016. Within that folder, you create a folder for every single card and label it; card one, card two, card three, so on and so forth until you’ve gone through all your cards.



Now, download one card to each corresponding folder until they’re all in your hard drive. From there, the next thing you should do is create a folder called selects.



This selects folder is going to have all the photos that you want to edit and import into lightroom because what we’re going to do, we’re going to get rid of all the raw downloaded photos from your hard ...]]>
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Should I Use Ads In My Photography Business? https://www.biblino.com/007-should-i-use-ads-in-my-photography-business/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:23:33 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=427 https://www.biblino.com/007-should-i-use-ads-in-my-photography-business/#respond https://www.biblino.com/007-should-i-use-ads-in-my-photography-business/feed/ 0 <p>Should I use ads in my photography business? I’ve been in business for just over two years.  Word of mouth has worked very well for me. But I was wondering will online advertising work for my photography business to get more customers ? How to use ads in your photography business? Attracting more customers What […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/007-should-i-use-ads-in-my-photography-business/">Should I Use Ads In My Photography Business?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Should I use ads in my photography business? I’ve been in business for just over two years.  Word of mouth has worked very well for me. But I was wondering will online advertising work for my photography business to get more customers ?



Should I use ads in my photography business?



I’ve been in business for just over two years.  Word of mouth has worked very well for me. But I was wondering will online advertising work for my photography business to get more customers ?



How to use ads in your photography business?



* Attracting more customers* What happens to referrals when you raise your prices?* Brand awareness* Creating a landing page* How much to spend on Ads?* Google Adwords* Facebook Ads* How Retargeting ads work* Google analytics* Adding code to your wordpress website – From your wordpress admin console, Go to theme settings >> Header Scripts



Hi Tony That’s excellent that you’ve got word of mouth working for you. That is one of the best and cheapest ways of getting new customers.



That’s really good that you’ve got people recommending you. And you know what? The thing is, when that happens, your job is a lot easier to get the client. So good on you.



What happens to referrals when you raise your prices?



Now, one thing I should note is that, as you increase your prices, this word of mouth can actually dry up. And what I mean by that is that if you’re charging, let’s say, $500 for a portrait session, hypothetically speaking, and as soon as you raise your prices, to, say, $800 the following year, or the following season, those previous customers will be referring you to their friends and family for that lower price point.



And when they come to you, they’ll go, “Oh well, hang on, price is a lot more.” And then they’ll have to weigh up if it’s still a good fit for them.



There’s nothing wrong with you increasing prices, and it’s definitely recommended, because as we start off and we progress through our journey of becoming a better photographer and a better businessperson, we need to do that. That will eventually, I guess, dry up to a certain degree.



Ads to attract more customers



You asked about, “Will ads work in your photography business?” And short answer is, yes, it will. There’s a couple of things you should be aware of. One, it can get quite expensive, depending on the type of ads that you do. And today we’ll be talking about Google ads and Facebook ads.



The other thing is that you could be attracting the wrong type of clientele. So you need to set up your ads correctly.



Some of the pros that you’re going to get from having ads — now mind you, these ads can run 24 hours a day, be targeted to a particular demographic in your area, and it can attract more customers than what your current referral base is giving you.



So you can, you know, cast a wider net, maybe just in your town or could be even the neighbouring town, and so on, so forth.



Ads for brand awareness



The other thing is that you can create brand awareness by having ads running, and we’ll get into the retargeting in a second, but that’s basically adding a little bit of code to your website so that every time somebody goes to your website, they will receive ads that follow them around the internet. Which sounds very, very creepy, but it is very effective for brand awareness.



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Do I need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos? https://www.biblino.com/006-do-i-need-photoshop-or-lightroom-to-edit-photos/ Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:36:26 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=418 https://www.biblino.com/006-do-i-need-photoshop-or-lightroom-to-edit-photos/#respond https://www.biblino.com/006-do-i-need-photoshop-or-lightroom-to-edit-photos/feed/ 0 <p>Do I really need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos? I was having a conversation with a friend.  He said you don’t need Photoshop or Lightroom as there are plenty of other packages that will do the same. Free alternatives Photoshop or Lightroom Using the software that comes with the camera Using software that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/006-do-i-need-photoshop-or-lightroom-to-edit-photos/">Do I need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Do I really need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos? I was having a conversation with a friend.  He said you don’t need Photoshop or Lightroom as there are plenty of other packages that will do the same.



Do I really need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos?



I was having a conversation with a friend.  He said you don’t need Photoshop or Lightroom as there are plenty of other packages that will do the same.



Free alternatives Photoshop or Lightroom



* Using the software that comes with the camera* Using software that comes with your desktop or laptop* Free software such as Gimp* When to use Photoshop or Lightroom



Luke, thanks for your question. Yeah, your mate is right. You don’t really need Photoshop or Lightroom to do any of your editing.



Using the software that comes with the camera



When I first started, I was using the software that came with my 20D, the EOS Solution Disc. I’m not too sure exactly what it’s called but it had basic editing software and then I believe their was also a copy of Adobe Elements, which is a cutdown version of Photoshop.



From memory, I think I only really used the brightness and levels tools and didn’t really do much else. A bit of contrast, I think if that. Yeah, your friend is definitely right. There’s definitely other packages out there that will do similar jobs.



Now, there’s software such as GIMP, which is completely free. There’s software that comes with your computer like iPhoto or even the editing software that comes with Windows 10.



There’s definitely other software that will do a similar task. Now, why would you want to use Photoshop and Lightroom over the others?



Well, there’s a few reasons. With Photoshop, it’s a massive, massive software package.



There’s so many things you can do. To be quite honest, unless you’re digitally composing and really, really getting into manipulating an image, you’re only really going to scratch the surface like barely 2%, if that, of the tools of Photoshop which is why people say, “You don’t really need Photoshop.”



There is a bonus that you could go online and just go to YouTube or Google and type in “How do I edit a photo in Photoshop?” or “How do I edit a portrait?” and you’re going to find so much information and that is one bonus is that you don’t necessarily have to go to a class.



You can just Google what you want and there’ll be so many people posting information online for you to just absorb.



When to use Photoshop or Lightroom to edit your photos



Lightroom is one of the packages that was designed for photographers. You can tell by the features that are in Lightroom that that’s the case. For instance, the catalogue which I have an online store or I guess library for all my sports images.



There’s over 10,000 images of editorial and club photos that I’ve been taking over the years and they’re all key worded. If you would have typed in your name, you will find your image or your club. By having Lightroom, I can replicate the same thing on my hard drive.



I don’t have to go online so I can take down all my images. When somebody calls up and they want an image, I can just type in their name and go, bang, here you go.



Features like that in Lightroom are definitely a godsend and definitely make life a lot easier. Plus, the things of actions, little actions in Photoshop and also presets in Lightroom which make life a lot easier.



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I Have A Facebook page, Do I need a Business website? https://www.biblino.com/005-i-have-a-facebook-page-do-i-need-a-business-website/ Sat, 10 Sep 2016 01:32:29 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=398 https://www.biblino.com/005-i-have-a-facebook-page-do-i-need-a-business-website/#respond https://www.biblino.com/005-i-have-a-facebook-page-do-i-need-a-business-website/feed/ 0 <p>Is a website for my photography business necessary? I’ve just started out in photography and have a following on Facebook where I have been getting some work. What’s the point of a website if I’m already getting work from Facebook? The Pros to having a Business website? Somewhere to send prospective clients. You control what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/005-i-have-a-facebook-page-do-i-need-a-business-website/">I Have A Facebook page, Do I need a Business website?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> Is a website for my photography business necessary? I’ve just started out in photography and have a following on Facebook where I have been getting some work. What’s the point of a website if I’m already getting work from Facebook?



Is a website for my photography business necessary?



I’ve just started out in photography and have a following on Facebook where I have been getting some work.



What’s the point of a website if I’m already getting work from Facebook?



The Pros to having a Business website?



* Somewhere to send prospective clients.* You control what your customers see.* A website is the modern day shop front.* Less distractions to your customers* WordPress.com v WordPress.org* 99c domains* What pages you should make if you have a website.* About, portfolio, contact page, faq, services



Somewhere to send prospective clients



Look, the thing is … I believe you do need a website. Certainly in the past, when I have received work from … Just a little bit of a back story, I used to do editorial sports photography.



You know, the little byline would have my name and my website. Most of the time, it actually just had my website. People would actually find me through the newspaper, and you know, purchased images, or even inquiry for work.



The thing is, is that it wasn’t consistent, and I couldn’t track it. Now, Facebook is one of those things where, you know people can share a lot of information. That’s great. You know, you can share your blog posts. You can share photo’s, you know keep your follows up-to-date. That’s great.



You control what your customers see



The thing is, is that you don’t own that social media. You know, same thing applies with Instagram, and Twitter, and Snapchat. They could, in effect, change the way, how they display your photo’s. They … I mean, lately, Facebook has been restricting how much of business page has reached, to its users.



This is actually quite annoying, because, you know, in the past, we were quite fortunate to get a lot of reach. You know, you post a photo, and hundreds of people would actually see the photo.



Now, it is a lot less than that, so … I mean, it obviously depends on how many people you have following you, but … What I’m trying to say is that … Look, yes you can get work from elsewhere. You know, social media is one of those avenues, and I think we all should have social media accounts. As to which accounts we should have, that comes down to where your customers are.



Having platforms such as Facebook, which, you know when people like, they basically … It’s kind of, when they like, and also tag friends, family, they kind of … It’s kind of like a referral, not quite. They’re basically saying, “Hey. I like this photo.” Then they tag someone and, “Hey. Take a look at this.” It’s kind of digital referral, without, you know saying too much, I guess.



A website is the modern day shop front



Now, with a website, it’s one of those things that, back in the old days when you used to sell a physical product, you would have a storefront. You’d have a shop. People would come in. You know you’d have your products displayed. Now, it’s a little bit different if your selling digital products, or now with everybody online, it’s the equivalent of a storefront really. I believe you really do need a website.



You know, I’ve had lots of people contact me, through my websites, because I’ve done a Google search for a particu...]]>
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What should I do if a client cancels at the last minute? https://www.biblino.com/004-what-should-i-do-if-a-client-cancels-at-the-last-minute/ Sun, 04 Sep 2016 05:39:33 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=392 https://www.biblino.com/004-what-should-i-do-if-a-client-cancels-at-the-last-minute/#respond https://www.biblino.com/004-what-should-i-do-if-a-client-cancels-at-the-last-minute/feed/ 0 <p>What should I do if a client cancels at the last minute? A Family contacted me through my website for a family portrait session. I spoke to the mother on the phone. I explained from start to finish how the session will flow and I even emailed my price list and available dates the same […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/004-what-should-i-do-if-a-client-cancels-at-the-last-minute/">What should I do if a client cancels at the last minute?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> What should I do if a client cancels at the last minute? A Family contacted me through my website for a family portrait session. I spoke to the mother on the phone. I explained from start to finish how the session will flow and I even emailed my price ...



What should I do if a client cancels at the last minute?



A Family contacted me through my website for a family portrait session.



I spoke to the mother on the phone. I explained from start to finish how the session will flow and I even emailed my price list and available dates the same day.They she emailed back and picked  a date and time to book the session.



The morning of the session I got a text saying. They had a family emergency and couldn’t make it.



I tried contacting the family a couple of weeks later to reschedule but they won’t answer my calls or emails.



4 steps to avoding last minute cancellations



* Explaining your product and services to your client.* People booking you because of fearing of missing out* The three emails / phone calls and your out rule.* Pro and con of asking for a Sitting fee or deposit.



Yeah, it is annoying and it’s … can be extremely, frustrating when people do … cancel at the last minute. You go to the trouble of explaining everything, booking a time, and setting aside time to prepare, and they cancel last minute. Now, it’s unfortunately, that this particular, client, may have, had a family emergency, but the fact that they’re not answering their phone calls, or emails, it means … I, personally, think it could, potentially, mean that they just didn’t want to go ahead with the portrait session, I’m sorry to say.



Now, the reason I say that, is I’ve, actually, had similar experiences. It can be frustrating, especially, if there are other people that want a session on the same day, or another event that you could be photographing that could a lot more profitable for you. That’s the frustrating bit.



Explaining your product and services to your client



I do like the way, how you explained everything to your client from start to finish, you’ve given her a price list, you’ve explained the products, you’ve told her how the day will go, had some time to think about it, and booked a day and time. You’re set, pretty much.



I don’t think there’s anything wrong you did in your session … over the phone consultation, but the reason why some people do cancel … sorry.



The reason why some people do book, and then cancel later could, also, be that they’ve contacted you for a service, and they think that everything is everything they wanted, and it could be the fact that they didn’t consult with their spouse. When they’ve gone and presented what’s going to happen, and get family photos, the other family members may just go, “No, we do not want that.” That does happen. That’s why it’s, extremely, important to speak to both people that will … basic decision makers for the family.



This is, especially, true when you’re trying to book weddings. You, definitely, need the bride and groom. Being in your case, with a portrait session … nothing you can do.



I do get a lot of clients call over the phone, and there is one person organising the whole session, so it is very common for one person to organise a session, provided that they have the backing from the rest of the family to go ahead with the session.



People booking you because a fearing of missing out



Now, the other thing is that people sometimes, book a session and then cancel, because they’ve come across your services and they thought, “Wow, this everything I want. It’s at the price point I want.

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How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying A 2nd Hand Lens? https://www.biblino.com/003-how-to-avoid-getting-ripped-off-when-buying-a-2nd-hand-lens/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:39:23 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=385 https://www.biblino.com/003-how-to-avoid-getting-ripped-off-when-buying-a-2nd-hand-lens/#respond https://www.biblino.com/003-how-to-avoid-getting-ripped-off-when-buying-a-2nd-hand-lens/feed/ 0 <p>A few things to consider when buying second hand lenses I’m looking to add an other lens to my kit, but can only afford a 2nd hand lens.   How do I avoid getting ripped off when buying a 2nd hand lens? Try to buy in person rather than online Checking for an visible damage […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/003-how-to-avoid-getting-ripped-off-when-buying-a-2nd-hand-lens/">How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying A 2nd Hand Lens?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> A few things to consider when buying second hand lenses I’m looking to add an other lens to my kit, but can only afford a 2nd hand lens.   How do I avoid getting ripped off when buying a 2nd hand lens? Try to buy in person rather than online Checking f...



A few things to consider when buying second hand lenses



I’m looking to add an other lens to my kit, but can only afford a 2nd hand lens.   How do I avoid getting ripped off when buying a 2nd hand lens?



* Try to buy in person rather than online* Checking for an visible damage on the exterior* Checking the glass elements* Checking for dust and mold* Bring a camera to test focus, both auto and manual* Don’t be forced to buy anything





Today’s question is from Tom he’s asking how do you avoid getting ripped off whenbuying a secondhand lens?



Hey Tom thanks for your question.



what I try to do is to buy in person so this allows me to inspect the lens and I also bring my camera with memory card.so first thing to do is to actually check any visible damage on the lens.



Over time as we use our cameras more and more with the camera strap on your shoulder or around your neck you are going to bump into things with it.so it’s natural for a second hand lens to have some sort of markings on them, ideally we want it to just be the lens hood to have markings



Check that the lens hoods doesn’t have big gashes or lots of scratches.



More important is that the lens itself doesn’t have scratches or dents.  If it does it might of been dropped or misused.



Also check that there are no scratches on the front or rear elements. If you see any, don’t buy the lens.



Checking for dust, mold and scratches



Next I would actually take off the the caps. The the front cap and back cap and point the lens to abright light source, could be a window or a light.



What we’re looking for here is dust and also mold. I’ve had a few lenses over the years both primes and zooms, and I’m know my zooms do tend to have one or two specks of dust which you know is from the lens zooming in and out.



Lenses that are over 10 years old or even a few years old, depending on where you photograph.  Is normal to have a little bit of dust because of zooming in and out.



Dust is gonna get in so what we don’t want to see is to see big pieces of dust and also we do not want to see lots of dust inside the lens.



Be careful of mold, It could be black, green / blue on the inside or even look like a water drop on the inside of the lens element.



I’ve noticed whenever I had a lens that was repaired, it started to grow mold shortly after.  It looked like a water drop on one of the elements and I find that once you’ve opened a camera lens after it’s been fixed it’s just never the same again.



So if you buy a second-hand lens that you need to fix that type of thing. It‘S never going to be the same again. I would definitely run the opposite direction as soon as I see that.  That’s for sure.



Testing  the lens on a camera



Testing to see how autofocus is like and making sure that it will focus at all f-stops.  That’s why you need to bring a memory card and camera.Just remember you don’t need to buy the the lens on the spot. You know that you have every right as someone buying something to try it within reason of course.



Within the confines of where the shop is or the person’s home. Don’t be pressured into buying anything that you feel 100 percent confident.That’s why bringing a camera body with a memory card and taking photos around that area where you’re in,]]>
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Which camera and lens combo for kids sports? https://www.biblino.com/02-which-camera-and-lens-combo-for-kids-sports/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:00:52 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=361 https://www.biblino.com/02-which-camera-and-lens-combo-for-kids-sports/#respond https://www.biblino.com/02-which-camera-and-lens-combo-for-kids-sports/feed/ 0 <p>The budget camera and lens kit for kids sports Which camera / lens should I get to photograph my kids sport?  I have two young kids  8yrs  and 10yrs  and they do gymnastics and soccer.  I currently use my iPhone or My Nikon point & shoot that is about 5 years old. Both cameras give […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/02-which-camera-and-lens-combo-for-kids-sports/">Which camera and lens combo for kids sports?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> The budget camera and lens kit for kids sports Which camera / lens should I get to photograph my kids sport?  I have two young kids  8yrs  and 10yrs  and they do gymnastics and soccer.  I currently use my iPhone or My Nikon point & shoot that is about ...



The budget camera and lens kit for kids sports



Which camera / lens should I get to photograph my kids sport?  I have two young kids  8yrs  and 10yrs  and they do gymnastics and soccer.  I currently use my iPhone or My Nikon point & shoot that is about 5 years old. Both cameras give me blurry photos.



Will a DSLR will give me better results? Which camera and lens would you suggest for my kids sport?



* Budget DSLR camera Nikon, Canon, Sony or Pentax* 70 – 200 ( Nikon & Canon )* IS v non IS* Mono pod ( Manfrotto monopod )



Yes!  you are right. The digital SLR will give you far superior photos than what a mobile phone or even a point-and-shoot camera that’s five or so years old.



Reason being that the technology has advanced but also the focusing on these two cameras is not as good, especially in low light conditions, when you’re indoors photographing gymnastics. You may get better results when you’re outside photographing soccer, so that’s definitely the case.



Inexpensive DSLR and lens Combo



Now in regards to suggesting camera body and lens, you know, you haven’t mentioned your budget, which is fine, so what I’m gonna do is give you the cheapest entry point here, because I think it’s potentially your first digital SLR.



What I would suggest is getting a camera body either from Nikon, Canon, Sony, or Pentax. They’re all good manufacturers, but getting a camera body that has a crop sensor, meaning that the sensor, when you put the lens to the camera, it magnifies it.



Now, going with Canon, they actually have a crop sensor that magnifies lenses by 1.6, so if I’ve got a 100 mil lens, I attach it to the camera, it’s gonna be 160 mils, which is gonna get you closer to the action. That would be my first thing to do.



I mean, you could go for a camera with the full-frame sensor. They are a bit more expensive. They have better capabilities in lower light but they’re, you know, for what you’re photographing and since you’re only just starting with the digital SLR, the crop sensor could be the cheaper option and better option for you.



Lens choice: 70 – 200 mm



As for lens choice, I think a 70-200 mm is a good choice. It’s a good range because, you know, you can do portraits with it of the kids. You can photograph from a distance with the soccer.



At that age, the pitches are smaller, they’re not full pitches, so, you know, you’re getting quite close to the action. You can zoom in and out as they’re coming towards you or going away.



It also, of course, if you’re doing gymnastics, you know, you’ll be up in the stands, you won’t be as close when you’re at the soccer,]]>
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8 Tips To Getting The Correct Exposure Fast https://www.biblino.com/01-tips-to-getting-the-correct-exposure-fast/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:25:50 +0000 http://www.biblino.com/?p=359 https://www.biblino.com/01-tips-to-getting-the-correct-exposure-fast/#respond https://www.biblino.com/01-tips-to-getting-the-correct-exposure-fast/feed/ 0 <p>I’ve recently started doing family portraits, but I’m finding that I’m taking a lot of photos just to get the exposure right. I start to get nervous because I feel i’m making the family wait along time for a simple photo.  I normally photograph landscapes and i bracket my exposure but using this technique for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com/01-tips-to-getting-the-correct-exposure-fast/">8 Tips To Getting The Correct Exposure Fast</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.biblino.com">Biblino</a>.</p> I’ve recently started doing family portraits, but I’m finding that I’m taking a lot of photos just to get the exposure right. I start to get nervous because I feel i’m making the family wait along time for a simple photo.



I’ve recently started doing family portraits, but I’m finding that I’m taking a lot of photos just to get the exposure right.



I start to get nervous because I feel i’m making the family wait along time for a simple photo.  I normally photograph landscapes and i bracket my exposure but using this technique for portraits is taking too long.



What are some tips to getting the right exposure fast?



Techniques to finding the correct exposure



* Practising before the session* Setting Shutter speed, Aperture and Iso* Using your hand to set your exposure* Using the grass to set your exposure* Using spot metering.* Setting your exposure as you walk to the location* Using the one of the family members people as a test* Telling them you’re taking a test shot





Today’s question is from Gary and he says: I’ve recently started doing family portraits but I find that I’m taking a lot of photos just to get the exposure right i start to get noticed because I feel i’m making the family wait too long just for such a simple photo I not only photograph landscapes and I break my exposure but using this technique for portraits is taking way too long



What are some tips to getting the right exposure fast?



Hey Gary, thanks for your question



Yeah that can be daunting especially when you’re just starting out.



You know you’ve got people looking at you, and I can understand exactly where you’re coming from.  I used to feel the same way when I first started and I did exactly the same thing.



The family is right there, and they would be standing patiently waiting for me.



The thing is you’ve just got to get your exposure right.  Before you put them in front of the camera. So you can concentrate on them, interacting with them and getting to laugh.



Practising before the session



So what I would do is practice without people in front of the camera.  That’s going to be the easiest way. Because you know you’re not going to get nervous you’re not going to get people looking straight at you.



Using objects like trees if your indoors, simple objects like a bowl of fruit, whatever it may be. I would only change one sitting at a time, so we know that we’ve gotta go set ISO, shutter speed and aperture.



Setting Shutter speed, Aperture and Iso



I would set my shutter speed first then my aperture knowing that if I’ve got know one person oy might be F2.8 or F 4 or a  group people, could be F5.6  or even F8 if it’s a big group of people.



Then using just the iso,  go up and down the iso until the needle is in the center.



Now of course you know you can change the shutter speed to fine-tune or even the aperture to get to you for your exposure but for this exercise. I just want you to concentrate on changing one setting at a time.



Using spot metering



Pointing the camera at the object and using the spot metering.



Spot metering uses the centre AF point autofocus point and what I like about using that.  The cameras only uses a small portion of the frame.



When you’re pointing to the camera at a really bright object.  You are gonna getdifferent rating. If it’s dark and it’s going to give a different rating,



Whereas the other exposure modes take a larger portion of the scene,]]>
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