As I unpacked my gear at a recent photo shoot for a local publication, I suddenly flew into panic mode: I realized I had left my card wallet on my workstation 30 minutes away.
Then I remembered that I had a 2GB compact flash card in my glove compartment. I took a deep breath as a relieved smile spread across my face.
A Russian photographer recently asked me what subjects he should shoot for microstock in order to maximize his earnings. He said: “I’m thinking cosmetics, photos of girls putting on makeup, girls and guys on the beach, girls in business suits with laptops, glamour club shots of girls in glam clothes, sometimes near crystal disco balls, modern dancers…”
In this installment of “Ask the Photo Business Coach,” I answer the following question submitted by a Black Star Rising reader: “After a prospective client shows interest, what’s the best way to close the deal?” I shot this video in Red Rock Canyon, so I apologize for the wind!
Many years ago, when I was having trouble finding my path as a photographer, I asked my friend, the Canadian photographer John Max, for some guidance.
Time Inc., the biggest publisher of magazines in the world, recently made an agreement with the AP, Reuters and Getty Images to license any and all non-exclusive images at a flat rate of $50, regardless of size or placement. This means that magazines like Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated — which used to pay $200 or more for a 1/4 page — will now have the same images for $50.
Is it time to institute a system of floor prices for the use of rights-managed images for editorial purposes? Is there any price so low — $50, $30 or $20 — that the image creator would prefer not to make the sale?
Last month, I was fortunate to receive a Certificate of Special Merit at the Human Rights Press Awards from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and Amnesty International in Hong Kong. I won the award based on the publication of images in a Black Star Rising piece on Chinese coal miners.
The results of a massive four-year photography project are on display through Jan. 9, 2011, at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Called “Palmetto Portraits,” the exhibition features the work of 24 photographers who have created 275 color and black-and-white portraits of residents of the Palmetto State.
In this post in my video series on survival strategies for photographers, I explain why I offer printed products to my customers to earn more while presenting my business in the best light.
All of us at one time or another ask the same question: “Is my life meaningful?”
We fear the thought of an existence that starts on a birthday we celebrate year after year until we perish, leaving seemingly nothing behind. We struggle to find meaning in everything we do, however trivial.
In this month’s “Ask the Photo Business Coach,” I answer the following question submitted by a Black Star Rising reader: “Should I put my pricing on my Web site to attract more clients?”
Two months of anti-government street protests continued today in Bangkok, as more and more photojournalists have arrived from around the world to capture the story in images.
In this post in my video series on survival strategies for photographers, I offer a few tips for using Facebook as a low-cost marketing tool for your photography business.
I am tired of seeing rights-managed sellers refer to microstock as $1 images. That is not what most people are paying, particularly those personal users who buy very few pictures.
Actual prices are substantially higher, even for the smallest, Web-use only file sizes.
It’s the end of the semester. As usual, when I reflect on the past 14 weeks, I’m left with more questions than answers. In this column, I will cover some of the issues that I have been thinking about as an instructor in the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
One of the toughest things for a photographer to do is to say “no” to new business, even if it’s a bad deal. Especially in today’s environment, your prospective clients have an arsenal of pick-up lines — ranging from sweet talk to coy bluffs — to make bad deals sound like good ones.
In this post in my video series on survival strategies for photographers, I look at some low-cost and no-cost ways to attract new business in a down economy.
A few weeks ago, a gallery owner asked me where I got my inspiration. I’m sure he expected me to rattle off names like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz or Robert Frank — so my answer surprised him.
One of the best ways I’ve found to improve my photography is to make enlargements of my favorite pictures. I got a reminder of this recently when I had a showing of my work at a local coffeehouse.
Do you have a killer elevator speech? In other words, can you tell a fellow passenger the essence of your business before the elevator stops at the ground floor?
If you are at a networking event meeting potential clients, your elevator speech is a great way to introduce yourself and sum up your business in a nutshell. But there are other advantages, too.
Editor’s note: Black Star Rising is pleased to introduce a new series of video blog posts, “Survival Strategies for Photographers,” featuring Sean Cayton. Sean is a successful Colorado Springs wedding photographer and frequent contributor to this blog. In his first video post, he shares some ways he keeps in contact with his customers to drive repeat business and referrals.
I’ve spoken with many photographers who tell me it’s difficult for them to make small talk while photographing people. Whether they are shooting portraits, corporate headshots or professional models, they have a reluctance to engage their subject on a personal level.
In this month’s “Ask the Photo Business Coach,” I answer the following question submitted by a Black Star Rising reader: “What’s the best way to follow up on a photography proposal or estimate — without seeming too annoying?” I walk you through the process I recommend, step by step.
Photographers now have another option for spending their hard-earned advertising dollars. Last week Twitter announced Promoted Tweets, a service that finally moves them into the paid advertising space. Is this service one that photographers should seriously consider? And how does it compare to current advertising options such as Google AdWords and Facebook?
After spending a substantial part of my 20s making repeated self-financed trips to Asia from my native Australia, I made the decision to relocate for a year or two. I figured I would save money that way, while minimizing the usual travel frustrations. I chose Taiwan — for no other reason than I had a friend who lived here.