15 Things Photographers Should Not Do

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What should professional photographers not do?

Here is the best list of  15 things photographers should not do:

Do not do these things:

1.   Equipment is important, but it is not the core of photography.  It will not make you a better photographer.  Photographing makes you a better photographer. Don’t focus on equipment.

2. Do NOT leave your camera at home.  Always have a camera handy.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed great opportunities due to a little laziness. Not to mention security, my house has been broken into twice because of people watching my gear. I learned my lesson and called Home Security Guide they helped with home security and I haven’t had any trouble since.

3. Do NOT photograph using the same techniques every time.  Your work will deteriorate, the perfect way to not grow as a photog. Here are some great photography tips: http://photographyconcentrate.com/secrets-successful-photography-blogging-how-make-it-worth-your-time/

4. Do NOT ignore the value of your copyright.  If your copyrights are not valuable, why are people working so hard to get them?

5. Do NOT take every assignment.  Every photographer has a few specialties.  Just because a job is offered to you doesn’t mean you should take it. Most of the time people want something for nothing, and you end up working way more than what you’re paid for.

6. Do NOT do everything yourself.  Hiring the right people to support you makes you look better.   Focus on the photography.

7.  Photographers need to separate themselves from the competition to survive. Do NOT be the same as someone else. Take a look at photography technique of this real estate photographer: http://www.grahamrealestate.com/albany-bahamas

8. Do NOT ignore the math.  Make sure the job allows you to make money and not suck you dry.

9. Do NOT forget to plan in advance.  The more you plan ahead, preparing your team and equipment, the more successful the assignment or outing.

10. Do NOT ignore blogging.  Blogging is great for search engine optimization.

11. Do NOT ignore social media. Social media is one of the best ways to share your images with potential clients.

12. Do NOT put sensitive photographs on the web.  Easy to understand this one.

13. Do NOT forget other lens options.  Try all lens types.

14. Do NOT forget your tripod.  As much I don’t like using a tripod, you never know when you might need it.

15. DO NOT try to fix everything in Photoshop.  It cannot fix everything.

 

Leave your comments below on what you would add to my list!

The Business Behind Photography

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Photography is great, it’s an amazing hobby and one of my favorite expressions of art. If you’re like me you got to a point in your life where you finally decided that you wanted to take this hobby and turn it into a business.

This is where you may have seen things get hairy, you probably didn’t realize all of the expenses that can be added on to a business, the problems that you may face and the difficulties and challenges. Now that it’s no longer a hobby you need to find clients, you need to keep them happy, and most of all you need to make sure that you still love what you do so that you get the best work possible for clients.

Today I’m going to go over a few things that I’ve found really help me in my journey to building up my business.

 

1. Don’t be afraid to be a business


This can be a difficult challenge for someone who is not familiar running a business. It’s your hobby so you love it, you don’t want to sell out, but you also want money. This means that sometimes you may need to take on work that doesn’t sound as appealing, sometimes you’ll have to give up some artistic direction to your client who may have their own opinions on how things should work.

You will also need to invest back into your business. Hire an email marketing agency to ensure that the proper work gets done. Quit worrying about your personal credit (no need for cheap credit repair here) and start building up a business credit account.

I can’t stress this enough, most photographers I know who fail, fail because they never built anything up for themselves. You need to take the money you make and invest it back into building up your business, get some Facebook or Adwords ads, start building a following and things will really take off.

 

2. Dress for success

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Dressing for success means you need to show up looking like you know what you’re doing. This sometimes will change depending on the situation and what you’re doing a photoshoot for. Whenever I first meet with a client I’ll wear my best outfit. For me this means dress clothes. If you’re a guy I recommend checking out some nice watches to wear, check out this citizen nighthawk review or this seiko skx007 review for ideas.

 

When I go do the photoshoot I’ll dress for the occasion. If it’s a formal event such as a wedding I’ll wear something I would wear to a wedding. However, if it’s not I’ll dress appropriately, a swimsuit for the beach is fine, recently I did a photoshoot for a yoga wear company and wore my best yoga pants. This really helped me feel comfortable in my environment and kept me from distracting other people.

 

3. Give yourself a vacation

 

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Once you begin to be successful it will be very easy to feel overworked. Most self-employed people that I know never take vacations, and this is not healthy. Set some time aside and feel free to travel. This is what I love about being my own boss, I get to set the schedule! Recently I went on a 7 day long Japan tour! This really helped me relax and remember why I started my business in the first place.

Well that and the goal to buy some bahamas real estate and move next to the beach! Have a good week guys! Let me know if you have any questions.

New Calibre De Cartier Diver Review

Continuing the watch layout style of “more blue is better,” Cartier revealed a blued variant of their Calibre De Cartier Diver at SIHH before this year (read our Citizen Nighthawk review). As with a number of its own peers, this easy colour swap manages to impart this somewhat dressy Cartier diver with an allure different from that of the first black-dialed variation.

While few dive watches really see use as tools for scuba diving, many watch buyers want a wristwatch together with the ancillary qualities of a dive watch (solid building, great legibility, water resistance, as well as a nonchalant manly attractiveness). Within the big marketplace for everyday dive watches there’s a demand for higher-end products that keep some semblance of their origins that are toolish. A similar thing has occurred in the last twenty years to SUVs. What was once a tool subsequently became popular for its versatility that is powerful and was co-opted by the high-end marketplace. Consider the difference between a brand new Grand Cherokee as well as an old Wrangler, or a Merc 280G vs a modern G65.

Inside its nicely in-depth instance, we discover the 1904 MC movement of Cartier, sporting double barrels that offer more consistent torque over the 48 hours of power reserve. With a 4Hz speed and 27 jewels, the 1904 MC isn’t particularly fancy, but it’s a competent movement that locates a fitting house in the Calibre de Cartier family.

I presume it is a powerful addition to the lineup. I presume the blue actually satisfies the nautical feel of the Calibre de Cartier Diver’s aesthetic while the black variant is definitely a classic appearance. The blue is an even more powerful suit for the solid gold variation. While the two tone has a specific allure, the total 18k pink gold variation actually rips off the knob.

If this is your life this could be your watch.

Accepting the chance that I’ve digressed, on wrist, the Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue feels unique, which is the essential component for a watch in this section (that being, watches that must fight the powerful Rolex Submariner). The variation of the rubber strap revealed at SIHH (and in these pictures) seems to have been replaced with a blue variation of the strap revealed in Ariel’s review linked to above. The present blue strap has really tried and it is exceptional; perfect for this particular form of watch, and comfy, sporty.