Photographers-Education

 This page is to help with education of photographer’s

 

I do quite a bit of one on one tutoring.  If you need help with your camera, lighting or software often a session or two will get you on the right track. Give a call if you are interested.

Sending files with ease with DropBox or YouSendit, the altenative to FTP.

I have both students as well as clients that often need to send and receive files. Dropbox, YouSendit and similar programs make it pretty easy to share your files. While FTP is probably the best and fastest way, as well as the most secure. Most of my clients seem to prefer the Drop Box approach. I will FTP when a client asks for it.

 

I have often been asked how a photographer can stay relevant and ahead of the gang.  It seems nearly everyone thinks they are a photographer soon after they get a digicam at Christmas.  Next thing you know ,they think they can make a living being a photographer.  Six month’ s  later, they see dollar signs of all the money that should be making. Often they have a regular job and never understand the value of quality work. Rarely do they, realize the  time involved for a project.  As a result they go out and work for nothing or close to it.   Often they do not pay taxes in this income, are not registered as a business and this only adds to the confusion. It is hard to have a small business when you don’t really know all the aspects of running a business.

How is a pro supposed to work with that? The answer is actually very simple- do work that is “untouchable” something that the advanced amateur cannot keep up with . In marketing terms it is call the ” differentiating advantage.”  Shooting it right is the first place to start.  I will often ask my students, “that’s a great shot, can you do it again?  Can you repeat what you have done?”

I cannot count how many clients have called me to “clean up” after a cheap photographer really couldn’t deliver the goods.  My suggestion is to let them know the value you bring in the first place, and often that will save the embarrassment to their superiors. Not to mention the time wasted, trying to save a few bucks, only to find it is more costly than doing it right in the first place.   We are all guilty of that, how many times have you bought the part, or the tool, and realized you were out of your league? I am shaking my head as I write this, as I am the first to think I can do it myself.  I have finally learned differently.

I have also had clients amazed at how efficient I am- (read fast here)  I charge by the project and usage- not by the hour. I think clients appreciate it when you don’t waste their time.  If time is indeed money- well if you got it done right the first time, and in less time. Everyone wins. This is another example on how it may look more expensive but it can actually be less expensive if the talent you hire knows what to do in the first place.

Another great suggestion is to learn  post-production skills.  I tell my students that the initial image capture is just the basic image on the canvas. Here we take it to our interpretive idea that the client hired us for in the first place.  Getting the image right is important, but so often it is only the first of many steps that need to happen.  So many photos we see in print, online, and everywhere else are photo composites.  Photos that are planned and often shot in parts and then combined and created in post production.  The shot here is a good example.  It is a combination of several shots as well as some parts of the image that were created in software.

 

 

I have been asked many times if I teach one on one photography or Photoshop or Lightroom.   The answer to both questions is yes.  I have found some of the most valuable help comes from those I am mentoring having a purpose to get together in the first place.  Often it might be a simple calibration issue, maybe needing to understand flash, or F stops, or how to……..?    I feel pretty confident that after over 30 years of experience I will have the solution to your situation.  If you think you can use some mentoring , please contact me if you desire such training. I am happy to work with both the beginner as well as the professional.  I can safely say that after being a longtime, full time photographer I have quite a lot of knowledge to share. If you are more interested in classroom teaching,  I teach at the local college- Gateway Technical College. Currently the classes I am teaching include: Intro to Digital Photography, Advanced Digital Dhotography, Business of Photography, Studio Photography and Field Photography.   Send me an email and I will let you know what classes I am currently teaching.