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5 Resources Every Photographer Should Know About

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a part time enthusiast, there are some fantastic resources out there that can help to improve your photography skills and get your photographs seen by the masses.

Although dark room photography has many great attributes, for the modern photographer digital platforms allow for an unprecedented amount of control, creativity and distribution.

Check out these 5 amazing tools that you can use to take your digital photography to the next level:

Live Books

If you are looking to create an online presence, Live Books is the perfect platform to work from. With a strong focus on visually stimulating page layouts and design templates, Live Books makes it simple for you to create a professional webpage that you can direct fans and potential clients to. With a host of easy to use features and invaluable help from the site’s design team, you can create an incredible website in no time

Digital Photography School

Whether you are a seasoned professional or you have only just bought your first digital camera, the Digital Photography School will help you to improve immensely. A community of expert photographers share their know how on this site through an abundance of in depth tutorials and quick guides. Packed full of photography tutorials, equipment reviews, guides, and post production insights, this site should be on the radar of every serious photographer.

ShootQ

Any freelance photographer will know how difficult it can be to keep a track of personal business management. From creating and tracking invoices and client orders, to collating business leads and keeping on top of finances, ShootQ can do it all. Correct organization and administration of your photography business will lead to higher profits, and less time spent trawling through paperwork.

License Stream

If you are looking to monetize your photography work, License Stream is a perfect platform to upload, advertise, and distribute your pictures from. With advanced tracking on images, License Stream will automatically check that your images are being used under the correct licensing agreement and that you are not missing out on revenue owed. This site offers much more freedom to the photographer in terms of advertising and promotion opportunities, meaning you are not reliant solely on a stock image site to sell your images for you.

LabPrints

LabPrints is the perfect resource for anyone wishing to upload, advertise, and distribute their photography online. The easy site navigation and useful tools make the entire process from upload to delivery effortless and efficient. This great application enables you to control the printing and distribution of your photography work from the comfort of your own home, safe in the knowledge that the finished products will be of the highest quality.

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Finding the Right Shot While Traveling the Globe

More and more photographers are discovering new opportunities in their travels around the world. We all know that when the right image or inspiration finds us, no vacation can hold us back from acting on it.

Italian photographer Eddy Galeotti has applied his affinity for shooting his homeland to capture the beauty that’s found in other countries as well. What lessons can Galeotti offer as you plan your professional travels?

1. Love the traveling first and foremost.

Even before Galeotti was a photographer, he loved to see the world. If your heart isn’t in the journey, you won’t uncover your passion for shooting.

2. Make due with the access you have.

It can be frustrating if you lack credentials to get inside some of the world’s most famous attractions. In a nutshell, this is a setback you’ll frequently have to deal with. Instead of sulking, turn your attention to the panorama around you. No two cities are exactly alike, and figure out how to highlight the individuality of these landscapes.

3. Get creative.

Since so many photographers have shot famous landmarks and locations before, it could be challenging to offer a new look on an old spot. Seek out the details or views that others may not have honed in on when they visited. Make your perspective an original one.

Here are some of Galeotti’s best shots from his travels:

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Read more about Galeotti’s travels on Shutterstock’s blog.

Danny Groner is the manager of blogger partnerships and outreach for Shutterstock.

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How to Find Beautiful Models (Without Paying Them)

Have you been hitting your head against the wall wondering how to find models to shoot?

Well, we’ve got some good news…

Beautiful models are only a click away, and no you don’t have to pay them!

Free Models, Huh?

Yes you heard us right, free models that are both beautiful and professional. Finding gorgeous models that are willing to work for free is not actually as hard as you may have imagined. You just need to look in the right places.

Photo by Thiru Murugun

Where to Look

So where do you look?

There are plenty of sites out there offering a place to create, share and connect with other photographers, models and all sorts of creatives such as hair stylists, make up artists and even designers. Check out some of these places below:

 

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Once you find a site that you vibe with, (personally we love Model Mayhem) all you have to do is sign up for a free account, set up your portfolio and start searching for your dream model. Ever heard the phrase TFP or TFCD? Basically this translates as Time For Print or Time For CD where both you and the model exchange your services for free. You get a free and willing model and the model gets free photographs to enhance and grow their portfolio. Everyone wins!

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How to Find the Cream of the Crop

With so many models competing against each other, it can be hard to navigate these overly populated sites. Finding the cream of the crop so to speak, can be tricky, but once you know a few proven tricks and tips you’re inbox will be flooded with beautiful models begging to shoot with you.

  • Optimize your portfolio – It’s all about editing. You might have loads of great landscapes or journalistic shots, but they won’t be the ones to catch the eye of a beautiful model. Keep your portfolio clean and simple, and use only your very best images. Less really is more!
  • Get critiqued – One of the best elements of these creative platforms is the forums. Criticism can be hard to take, but it will only help you to improve.
  • Aim high – Don’t be afraid to approach models that are out of your league. The more experience they have the better. Complete newbies can be difficult to work with as they have no idea what they are doing.

Photo by Celebfashion LA

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Finding your wedding photographer – Making your choice

The time has come to make a choice, and if you’re anything like me, it wasn’t an easy one. In part 6 of our “Finding your wedding photographer” series, we will explore the process of making the final choice.

It took me longer to pick my photographer than it took me to pick my dress. I tried to take my budget, my must-haves, and all the other tips we’ve talked about in the series, but as always, it is easier said than done. My photographer, like my dress, was love at first sight, but I wanted to see what else was out there.

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So I followed the rules, and played the field. I met with other photographers but to be honest, I was comparing them back to that first one. Jillian Bolender of Focused Photography in Cambridge, Ontario, was excited about my wedding; she shared my vision and willing to work within my budget.

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Jillian Bolender
Focused Photography

Meet Jill
Jill called me after a bridal show where I had spoken briefly with one of her associates. She pursued me. This got my attention. She offered to take me out for coffee to meet her. We had a great conversation and I peppered her with questions.

I asked Jill what she would recommend asking a photographer you are meeting for the first time and here is what she suggested. The most important points to ask about is the experience, equipment, and attitude of the photographer. She also suggested you ask about their training and what insurance they offer.

“This is a big one,” Jill told Visual Photo Guide. “Most people don’t even think about insurance… for your photos.  What if something horrible happened and all of your wedding photos were gone?” Focused Photography’s coverage guarantees your money back and also protects your photographs; ensuring that no matter what happens, you will have beautiful pictures. “Not that you would ever want to do this, but we would be able to re-stage your wedding day.”

My fiancé and I were looking for candid, unique, and personal pictures of us and close family. We didn’t want the cliché standard poses and no line ups. Jill got that and I felt like she was excited about it. I got the feeling that Jill shared my vision – I am sure I can trust her to capture our vision of what we want.

DSC_9464-2Jill said that the connection with your photographer is paramount. “Without this personal connection, the couple will in all likelihood be less than satisfied with the experience itself and the finished product. Having a photographer that takes the time to get to know each couple’s personalities and interests makes all the difference.”

It was this connection that sold me on hiring Jill to capture the memories of our wedding day.  My fiancé knew it the moment I told him about her, and each time I came home with another photographer suggestion he said, “Why don’t you go with Jill, you know you love her?”

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Jill and I have been in contact throughout this process, I wondered what made her stick it out with me through changing wedding dates and indecisive moments. What makes a photographer take pictures?

“My motivation comes from many things; one is seeing and hearing how happy my clients are after they receive their photos, it is very rewarding!” Jill told Visual Photo Guide. “Another is the creative juices that flow when meeting with a new couple and hearing of their hobbies and interests and how I am going to incorporate that into their photos to make them unique.” Jill’s goal is not only to make her clients happy but to create lasting relationships.

I believe Jill when she says, “Photography is my true passion, and I feel absolutely blessed to be able to do what I love and have fun while doing it!” I am sure I’ve made the right choice.

Thank you to Focused Photography for the use of all these images.

 

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Finding your perfect wedding photographer – Playing the field: dating photographers

The most important thing you can do when picking a photographer is meeting with as many as you can, taking a look at their portfolio, and asking them what they can do for you. Your photographer should match your style and preferences. The only way to do this is to meet with several photographers and ask them questions.

In the first part of this series we talked about how to meet photographers, now in this second installment, let’s talk about what to do once you’ve acquired a few phone numbers.

What’s that got to do with dating?
When I first told this theory to my fiancé, he couldn’t understand what dating had to do with finding a photographer. The same rules apply to finding your soul-mate as to finding your wedding photographer.  Go out of coffee (often the photographer will treat), meet them at your venue and talk about shots, or go to their studio; whatever works best for you. The important thing is to meet with them and finding out if they match what you need.

Ask a lot of questions
Explain what makes your wedding special and the unique obstacles whether they be time restraints or an unphotogenic member of the bridal party. The men in my family don’t smile and my fiancé fits right in with them. My one photographer I spoke to said this wouldn’t be an issue. She said she could still take beautiful pictures and that she is use to dealing all sorts of bashfulness.

Be sure to ask her ideas for unique posed photos which will compliment your theme or your personality. My fiancé and I are fond of odd angles and less traditional shots.  One photographer I spoke to took the time to walk around my venue with me, looking interesting backdrops for our pictures.

Finally, ask the photographer what she can do for you and why you should choose her. The answers to this question were the most useful in my notes. Photographers told me through their answers where their passions and priorities lay. One photographer informed me that my pictures would be insured with her company;  guaranteeing a re-shoot should anything be lost.

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Look at pictures
While you’re looking at their portfolio talk about what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t worry about being polite, if you think that a picture would be better in black and white, say so. Mention if you like detail shots or not. The more your photographer knows you the better your pictures will turn out.

Never commit on a first date
I loved the first photographer I met with, but I resisted the urge to sign papers then and there even before speaking with my fiancé. I still may go with her services, but I’m glad I have taken the time to think.

Photographers understand that you’ll what to check out their competition. Meet with several photographers. Compare not only prices and packages, but also personalities. It is important to find a photographer that fits into your budget but also shares your vision.

You also want someone who returns your emails; who knows your name, and who not only wants your business but your pictures to be exactly what you want them to be. When you find this photographer, don’t let her get away.

You’ll just know
A good photographer can adjust to your style, but it’s best if their style suits you. Just as you knew that your fiancé was the right person for you, you will know your photographer. Something will click, but it is still best to ask a lot of questions and find out as much as you can about your photographer.

Part 3 – Finding your wedding photographer Creative ways to make the budget work

 [Image credits: wickendenvonderauvisuals]

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