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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

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Chris & Jordan's first impressions of the Fujifilm X-T3

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The Fujifilm X-T3's video specs are so impressive that the camera it most makes sense to compare its output to is Panasonic's GH5. With a little help from the DPReviewTV crew in Calgary, we've shot some side-by-side comparisons between these two video powerhouses. We've shot them both at matched exposure settings and approximately matched depth-of-field setting.

An Unusual Bird to Find in Rhode Island

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The scissor-tailed flycatcher, also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise and swallow-tailed flycatcher, is a long-tailed bird of the genus Tyrannus, whose members are collectively referred to as kingbirds. Wikipedia

Scientific name: Tyrannus forficatus

Higher classificationKingbird

Rank: Species

Symbol ofOklahoma

Did you know: Scissor-tailed flycatcher has grey head and back, white throat and belly, dark brown wings with white edges and salmon-pink flanks, lateral sides of the body and bottom parts of wings.softschools.com

The Business Side Of Pro Photography: 3 Tips On Client Management

Gary Detonnancourt

At its core, photography is about making the ordinary look extraordinary.

 

But the business side of professional photography involves more than just a passion and creative eye for photography. Yes, running a photography business can be a great way to earn a living while working on your craft.

 

But, like any other entrepreneurial craft, professional photography has its own unique set of challenges. Aside from your technical proficiency with your tools, there are business legalities and operating costs to consider.

 

Whether it's lifestyle photography needed in London, corporate photography in the United States, or an experienced food photographer in Dubai, understanding the finer details of the business side of photography is important.

 

One of the most important ways of delivering a constant stream of income rests with word of mouth marketing. Your clients are your biggest advertising tools.

 

Managing your clients’ expectations is key to consistent work. When they’re happy with the end result, they become your biggest tool in garnering more attention and business to your company.

 

With that in mind, here is a list of the top three tips on client management.

 

1. Communication and meeting client expectations

 

Communication is the key to building long-lasting relationships.

 

In the same way that composition, lighting, and its ability to evoke emotion are important factors in a good photograph, successful photographers know the value of relationships for client management.

 

Long before a shutter clicks, you should ensure you’ve managed your clients’ expectations. A happy client is free advertising. And in the age of social sharing, clients who share your work through their social networks can potentially lead to new business.

 

Communicating before the scheduled event or photo shoot is the perfect time to clarify the nitty-gritty and any fine print. Miscommunication can only lead to a perceived misrepresentation which can, in turn, lead to catastrophic disappointment.

 

When communicating with your client, be crystal clear with the basics of your work. These can include:

  • Price

  • Delivery of the product

  • When and what to expect from the shoot

 

This will not only prevent misunderstandings but also protect you and your business against any potential lawsuits if disappointment does occur.

 

Show your clients your portfolio and photography gallery. Examples of your work are fundamental talking points between you and your clients. They can convey your artistic style and allow your clients to understand what to expect with the final product.

 

Whichever way you do connect and communicate with your clients; whether it's through social media, email, or phone, communicate in a professional and formal manner.

 

2. Scheduling and contracts

 

Clients who are clear on their expectations are clients who are happy with your work.

 

And just as important, clients with clear expectations understand the timeline of your creative process. Clarify the complete process. From booking to deposits, and the delivery of the final product, a clear contract manages expectations on both sides.

 

Schedule multiple consultations so nothing is missed and ensure both you and your client have copies of the agreed upon contract. Anything agreed upon between your business and your client should be done in writing. Your contract will include the important details you can refer back to when necessary. This should include the agreed-upon prices, turnaround times, studio policies, etc.

 

An outline of the process helps both your client and your company. Just as well, discuss your company’s overtime policy. On the day of your scheduled event or shoot, unforeseen problems may arise. It’s just a matter of fact. Shoots have and will continue to run beyond the previously stated end time. Be clear with your overtime policy during your contract agreement.

 

This will limit surprises on the day of the big event, especially when your client’s timeline extends beyond the hours you talked about.

 

3. Licensing and copyright usage

 

One of the biggest hurdles your business will encounter will be the unauthorized use, reproduction or amendment of your photographs.

 

Many clients simply won’t understand how copyright infringement works. At the end of the day, they’ll be so happy with your work that they’ll share it with their friends through social networks. And the technological advances of digital formats means there are more gray areas in copyright infringement than before.

 

To ensure you don’t lose potential income through copyright infringement, include your copyright and usage rules with your contract. Always put business legalities in terms that are easy to understand so there is no confusion later down the road.

 

Your finalized contract should clearly define ownership of your work. If you’re happy to sign the copyright of your photographs over to your clients, do so in writing.

 

Client management is fundamental to the continued success of your business. The better you foster a relationship, the easier it becomes to conduct business and generate revenue. Your clients are a crucial entry point to nurturing the success of your company. Be sure to do all the behind-the-scenes work beforehand. This way, when the big day comes, nothing will come between you and your subjects.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Barry Morgan is the creative force behind Barry Morgan Photography, which is a corporate photography company based out of Dubai. Firmly believing you should love what you do, to do your best. Originally hailing from a background in advertising agencies he now brings his business experience to create exceptional and effective marketing photography to help businesses achieve their goals.

 


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60 Great B&W Photos from the Masters

Gary Detonnancourt

This month morethanasnapshot will focus on black and white photography, culminating in a 5 Day challenge at the end of the month.  During this challenge you will get a short lesson and activity to complete.  It will run from March 27-31st and is completely free to join.

The images in this slideshow seem to lean more toward street photography.  Notice most of them capture a decisive moment and or tell a great story.  You may also notice a great range of contrast in the images from black to white.  These were shot on film and may not seem quite as sharp as we are use to seeing with digital images.

Learn B&W Photography by Studying Ansel Adams

Gary Detonnancourt

I wanted to write a blog post about Ansel Adams, but I quickly realized there were already some great resources that I couldn't improve on, which is why I thought it would be best to just share them with you and let you explore.

During the month of March, I'm going to run a 5 Day Challenge for improving your B&W photography.  Click on this link to join this free challenge.

In this video I'm going to talk about the work of Ansel Adams. Ansel is one of the most successful photographers of all time. He is largely responsible for starting the "California School" of photographers along with Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston.

During the month of March, I'm going to run a 5 Day Challenge for improving your B&W photography.  Click on this link to join this free challenge.

An in depth study of Adams's life and work. credit: PBS
 
For more info: http://www.silberstudios.tv This is the extended version of my visit to Ansel Adams' home and darkroom. You'll hear his son Michael talk about some of Ansel's most iconic images, including the breakthrough he had when he first visualized the image of Half Dome.

10 Reasons to do a Personal Photography Project

Gary Detonnancourt

1.  It's a great learning experience and it will give you plenty of practice to improve your photography.

2.  It will give you the opportunity to create a very high quality portfolio on a specific subject.

3.  Inspiration, when the going gets tough and ideas are not flowing, you can always go back and work on your project.

4.  A project gives you a starting point or framework that will allow you to expand your creativity.

5.  Doing a personal project is all about you.  You don't have to please anyone else, so let your creativity take you where you want to go.

6.  Get Social!  Engage with photography communities to discuss your work and get feedback.

7.  Focus:  spelling out a project over a certain amount of time will keep you on task.

8.  Commitment:  If you publish (in a community or on social media) your intentions to do a project, you will be much more motivated to complete it.

9.  Putting a project out into the world will give you some credibility, which may help you to get help with your project.  People on social media may suggest locations, models, props, etc...

10.  Doing a project will show off your skills and commitment to creating quality work or a sustained period of time.  This may help to draw fans and allow you to sell images or to book more jobs.  Just remember to show off the kind of work you want to do or sell.

I hope to see you in the Create Challenge during 2017, it's completely free and you can start the challenge at any time.

 

Tips for Adding Photos to Lightroom's Quick Collections

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Photography Challenge #1: Describe Yourself as a Photographer

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This is a free one year long series that will help you to make a personal photography project. I'm also offering a free Create Challenge Toolkit, which will contain all of the worksheets and resources that go along with this series.

TO SUBMIT YOUR CHALLENGE RESPONSE SIMPLY SNAP A CLEAR PICTURE OF YOUR COMPLETED WORKSHEETS AND POST THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW. CLICK ON THE BUTTON ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEETS.  Alternatively, you could simply type out your response.

Since this is my video, I should do the challenge too.  I have been doing photography for most of my life but I really began to study it around 2005, when digital was really coming in to its own. I am an opportunist with regard to my subjects, as I'm sure many people are. I tend to photograph subject that are easily available to me, however, I mostly shoot wildlife, portraits, and landscapes. I would say most of my quality work is of wildlife and beauty shots of models. I would say my style included images with vibrant colors and artificial light. However, these days I seem to be shooting more natural light and in Black and White so my style is ever changing. I frequently shoot with a 24-105 mm lens but my most frequent focal length is probably 600 mm since I like to shoot wildlife. I would say my photographic weakness is caring too much about technical things and not enough about creativity and capturing the decisive moment. I hope to be able to work on this throughout the year.