- Love some of the pictures I’ve looked at so far. I find them an inspiration to improve and get pictures like yours! Have you thought about adding info on each picture? Ie if they’re in AWB / daylight / CWB. Also if they were shot in P / M / AV…(question cut off)
-I have been blogging for five years. I use blogspot. I just started the 365 project and I have been doing it on the same blog mixed in with all my other posts. Do you think I should start a separate blog for my 365? I also post my 365 project at 365Pr (question cut off)…
-How do you organize your pictures? Do you put them in folders based on date or subject or something else? Do you name all of your files? I’m afraid my pictures will get out of hand if I don’t start organizing them soon!
-How do I build up my portfolio without people stepping all over me? I don’t want to end up a shoot and burner. But I also don’t know how to go about finding people to shoot without them expecting every shot on disk.
-What is next on YOUR list of things to learn about, photography-wise?
Love some of the pictures I’ve looked at so far. I find them an inspiration to improve and get pictures like yours! Have you thought about adding info on each picture? Ie if they’re in AWB / daylight / CWB. Also if they were shot in P / M / AV…(question cut off)
Thanks! Unfortunately, part of your question got cut off. I did see though that you asked if I could post some info with my pictures. I typically only post the info like shutter speed, ISO, and aperture if I’m teaching something about that. I take all my photos in manual mode. If there is ever anything in particular about a photo you are wondering about feel free to ask in the comment section of that post. Thanks for your suggestions. I will definitely keep them in mind :O)
I have been blogging for five years. I use blogspot. I just started the 365 project and I have been doing it on the same blog mixed in with all my other posts. Do you think I should start a separate blog for my 365? I also post my 365 project at 365Pr (question cut off)…
Well, I have several blogs and am a big fan of that. I have a private family blog, last year I had a Project 365 blog and then I started this blog. I like to keep my blogs separate and to keep with a theme. If you are comfortable with sharing your family blog with your 365 then go for it. Do whatever is easiest for you :O)
Do you have any suggestions on photography magazines?
Mmm…I get The Professional Photographer magazine. I really like it. But that is the only one I can recommend since I don’t know about any other ones.
How do you organize your pictures? Do you put them in folders based on date or subject or something else? Do you name all of your files? I’m afraid my pictures will get out of hand if I don’t start organizing them soon!
I organize by year->month->date with a name of some sort. For example, the photos I uploaded today are in the 2010 folder – > December -> 12-28-10 Emma silly faces. This way if I’m going through my folders quickly I don’t have to try and remember what day it was. I used to only save by a name but your computer wants to put those in alphabetic order and that messed me up. I do not name my individual files but after I edit them I put them in a subfolder for print or web. So, if I saved one of todays photo for print it would look like this – 2010 ->December ->12-28-10 Emma silly faces->print. This why my original is still in tact and I know where the edited photos for print are. This seems to be a good system for me. Your question got cut off after – Currently, I put them in folde…Let me know if you need anything else :O)
You seem so nice and helpful. Do you ever get frustrated with the photography?
Thanks! Of course, I get frustrated! I have days where I’m uninspired and when I try to take photos of the girls and they don’t turn out the way I want. The great thing about photography is there are tons of places to find inspiration and lots of new things to learn.
Will you do a “Project 365″ next year? If not, do you have any projects planned?
That is the question on my mind lately. I have LOVED doing the Project 365 and have learned SO much!! I love looking at the moments I captured that I probably wouldn’t have caught if I wasn’t doing this project. If I don’t do a 365 again then I will probably do a 52 week project.
Would you consider doing a “workshop” or something like that for us locals? You write so well and I know we would benefit from some “hands on” lessons?
First off, thank you for your kind words! I actually have been thinking of doing a photo walk/workshop type thing. It would probably only be for a small group at a time so I could provide enough one-on-one help. I will try and get something together after the holidays. Hope you will join us!
OK. Rookie question. I think I get it, but can you tell me what SOOC actually means?
Straight out of the camera :O) Don’t worry, it took me a long time to figure out all the abbreviations :O)
How do I build up my portfolio without people stepping all over me? I don’t want to end up a shoot and burner. But I also don’t know how to go about finding people to shoot without them expecting every shot on disk.
I think that if you explain what you will be doing and educate your clients then maybe their expectations won’t be crazy. I know when I have taken photos for friends, before we even go to take any photos, that I will be taking a lot of pictures but will only be showing them the top 30-40. Educating them is your best bet! If you lay it all out ahead of time and in writing, then if they come back and ask for all their photos you can say you already explained that. As far as finding people to practice on, maybe start with friends. If you do a great job and the experience is wonderful then they will tell their friends and you will begin to build a client base. If you are planning on using their photos on the internet, don’t forget to get a model release form filled out as well :O)
Plus some more advice from some of our readers:
Megan – If you are going to shoot for other people in any form, please, please come up with a contract that is signed before any pictures are taken. Think about including what to expect (will you offer prints, digital images with print release, all images on cd?) a model release (if you plan to use the images in any way you will need the subjects signature releasing you to do so) and maybe a release of liability. I am not in business, nor portfolio building, but I have ready many (many!) stories of those who wish they had taken steps to protect themselves with a contract when they first started. Good luck to you!!
Janell – I totally agree with making a contract, even a simple, straight to the point one. I haven’t done much PB, but I have had experience with people wanting every image burned on disk. I try to tell people that even if i take tons of shots, most of the time only 30-40 actually turn out. LOL. I’ve heard of so many photographers getting burned with people not appreciating or valuing their time and work. I think you also have to be picky about who you want to PB with.
What are some of your favorite photography blogs to browse? Professional photogs, tutorial sites… anything photography related?
Oh, there are so many!!
My favorite sites for tutorials:
My favorite photography blogs aren’t all professionals but mainly fellow 365er’s who continue to inspire me everyday!
A dear friend who is getting her photography business up and running
What do you think of those “professionals” that are doing photoshoots yet don’t even shoot in manual?
I don’t like this question :O) I don’t want to offend anyone :O) Personally, if I’m looking for a professional to take my family photos, I look for someone who shoots on manual.
I realize some people buy a nice DSLR camera and think they are ready to start charging people, however, I don’t think it is the camera that makes you a good photographer. I think you need to know how to use it :O) Here is an amazing article who explains it so well!
“Your Camera Takes Nice Pictures”
You all know I’m a big advocate of shooting in manual, otherwise, I wouldn’t have started this blog :O)
What do you do when you give constructive critiques, and then you get backlash back? or it seems like the person gets offended, even if they asked for critiques? How do you handle that situation?
Yikes! That is a tough situation. Maybe the person asking for critiques wasn’t ready to hear them. I remember in one of my workshops, I submitted what I "thought" to be just the most amazing picture EVER! The teacher would give us critiques and it wasn’t anything terrible only a few tips to make it better, but I was super bummed. I called my husband and was pretty down for the rest of the day. I slept on it and the next day I reread the critique and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was the first time I read it. The critiques were super helpful and I have used them to improve my pictures :O)
It can be very hard to read the tone of someone’s comment. This can lead to confusion and hurt feelings sometimes. Maybe that is where some of the hurt feelings came from.
Honestly, if the person really got their feelings hurt, I would apologize and explain that wasn’t my intent. You could say that since they had asked for critiques you were just giving your opinion on some tips to improve their photo.
I’m sorry if this happened to you!
If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph anything, where would you go?
I would love to go to Europe and photograph all the little details that make Europe so romantic and historical :O) Are you funding my trip?? he he Thanks!!
What were some of the most useful things you learned in your workshops?
In my first workshop about photography basics, the most useful thing I learned was about CWB. I know it may sound crazy but that answered so many questions for me. I took a workshop on “Finding the Light”. I became obsessed with backlighting and silhouettes from that one. In another workshop, I learned to challenge my creativity and think outside the box :O) Workshops from Clickinmoms.com are amazing and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have grown since taking them. I am addicted to workshops!!
Do you know how to post multiple pictures on one blogpost from flikr?
No…do you?? :O) I have always used Picasa but since Lightroom can publish photos straight to flickr for you, I’m trying to use flickr more. Some days though, flickr and I are not friends. If you figure it out will you please tell me :O)
ADDED: A friend emailed me answering this question for you :O) Thanks Megan!!! I must have read your question wrong…oops, I thought you meant with one click. I’m lazy like that :O) Here you go:
You need to make sure you’re in the “edit html” tab in blogger, then go to flickr, go to the picture you want, click “share this”, choose “grab the html/bb code”, decide which size you want (I always use the largest for my blog- but I’ve told LR to export them at the correct size… not everyone would have done that :)), make sure html is chosen (bb works for posting pics on CM) and then double click in the box with the code and command c (control c) to copy it. Click over to your blogger page and paste the code in the edit html box. Repeat steps for however many pictures you want. Then you can either add your text here or when you click over to the “compose” tab. Once I’m done in the html tab I click over to compose and highlight everything and choose the centered orientation.
What online workshops would you recommend? Which were the best in comparison to the cost?
The only ones I have taken that provided feedback (which I think is SUPER important) are the ones from Clickinmoms.com. You have to pay a small fee to join that website but it is worth every penny. Workshops in general are not cheap (at least not the ones I’ve taken) Clickinmoms.com is currently offering Rock Your Camera 101 which will open at 4pm EST on Thursday. This workshop is AMAZING!! There are only 35 slots for full participation but you can do the study along. This allows you all the material but you aren’t able to post your assignments or ask questions. I recommend doing the full participation if you can. It is worth it!
Here is a link about RYC 101
Keep checking out Clickinmoms.com since they offer workshops often.
Your pictures on your site are always so vibrant and sharp. How do I get my pictures looking like yours once I put it on the web?
First off, thank you :O) Some of my photos I sharpen in Photoshop Elements 8 and others I just use the sharpening tool in Lightroom. I run an action over the ones in PSE 8 that I got off of the I Love Photography forum. If you join the forum (it’s free), you can click the link below and it should take you to the free action. When you publish your pictures to the web it naturally softens them so it helps to sharpen them.
Free web-sharpening action
What is next on YOUR list of things to learn about, photography-wise?
There is so much!! Please remember, I’m on this journey with all of you too :O) I really want to take a workshop through Clickinmoms.com about Advanced Creativity and Composition. I also want to learn about panning and the biggest thing on my list is to learn more about editing especially using Lightroom.