Archive for December, 2009

Thank You and Happy New Year!

Posted: December 24th, 2009

[by Susan Carr] Dear Friends, I want to take a moment and thank you, our readers, for making this blog a success. We launched this endeavor nine months ago and our community has been growing steadily ever since. I also want to express my gratitude to our talented contributors for sharing their insights on all [...]

Take a Look

Posted: December 23rd, 2009

[by Thomas Werner] Some beautiful and interesting work. Take a look and allow yourself to see in a slightly different manner.

Action Trumps Inaction

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

[by Charles Gupton] Although it’s against my perfectionist nature, I am finding that with today’s fast changing market conditions, I’m needing to make a huge number of decisions without first having all the information I’d like to have in hand. However, as I look around, I’m seeing way too many people living in fear of [...]

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Posted: December 21st, 2009

[by Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua] Sometimes, when you feel completely overwhelmed and out of control, a day off is not only a good idea, it is absolutely necessary. The piles of things to be done will still be there, but you’ll be in a better place to deal with them.

How I Learned to use Twitter without being Consumed

Posted: December 18th, 2009

[by Charles Gupton] At first blush, I found Twitter to be nothing but noise. Thousands of people (and companies) screaming “look at me, me, me!” A large number of them, when they run out of anything meaningful to say (which is fairly quickly) simply get a book of quotes and tweet their way through them. [...]

Did You Know?

Posted: December 17th, 2009

[by Ed McDonald] You can find a review of the top six (Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter) Social Media Terms of Service agreements online at the ASMP website.  The report presents recommended best practices, considerations, common terms used, and hypothetical situations photographers may face when images are posted on social networking sites. Find this on [...]

Blogs and Your Business

Posted: December 16th, 2009

[by Jay Kinghorn] About six months ago I began blogging regularly and I can safely say it has become one of my best business planning tools. When establishing an audience online, you are constantly striving to provide that audience with meaningful, thoughtful, useful information. In turn, you’re committing yourself to thinking deeply about your craft [...]

Got Google Goggles?

Posted: December 15th, 2009

[by Rosh Sillars] For those still in doubt about the growing importance of social media, please consider the following ideas. Approximately 80 percent of people with Internet access use search engines to find or review products and services. Google, the No. 1 search engine, recently announced that social media activity would be displayed along with [...]

Social Media – Conversation or Bullhorn?

Posted: December 14th, 2009

[by Charles Gupton] For more than a year now, I’ve been wading into and through the murky waters of social media (SM). I have found the process challenging at best with a lot of frustrations in the process. All though I’ve learned a tremendous amount along the way, I still have a long way to [...]

Are You Thinking About a Video Camera Purchase?

Posted: December 11th, 2009

[by Gail Mooney] Before you decide on which video camera to buy, work backwards and make sure your editing software and platform will be compatible.  Check out these compatibility charts from Adobe and Apple.

Blu-ray Discs for Backup

Posted: December 10th, 2009

[by Peter Krogh] Consider Blu-ray disks as an way to backup your files. The dpBestflow project recommends that write-once media, such as CD, DVD or Blu-ray disk can provide needed protection for your valuable images. Many people feel that DVD is just too small, at 4 GB, to be worth the hassle. Blu-ray can hold [...]

What About Flickr?

Posted: December 9th, 2009

[by Thomas Werner] Art buyers and art directors look for photos in the places they are most familiar and comfortable with. Put your photos up on Flickr, a large number of art buyers and photo researchers look for, and purchase, images there.

Insurance?

Posted: December 8th, 2009

[by Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua] When was the last time you updated your insurance? I mean sat down with your agent and looked to see what you really need, and planned for the future, too? Don’t keep putting it off.

It is Quick Tip Week …

Posted: December 7th, 2009

[by Paul Bartholomew] With so many online accounts these days we become very vulnerable to hackers. I had my blog hacked this past year and decided on an easy solution. I created a much longer password that’s easy to remember by combining two passwords together. So far it’s been working.

Great Idea for Your Holiday Promo

Posted: December 4th, 2009

[by Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua] As we head into the holidays, photographers are trying to think of holiday promos. I have the perfect solution: next year plan ahead and decide what to do in, say, July or August. Sorry. I know that sounds harsh, but the reality is, if you haven’t planned out your promo by now, [...]

Three tips for Holiday Promos & Gifts

Posted: December 3rd, 2009

[by Judy Herrmann] 1) Don’t get lost in the “Holiday” shuffle – this time of year, everyone’s getting way too much stuff from way too many people.  Do something simple for the Holiday-with-a-capital-H season then pick a different date to show your clients how much you value and appreciate them.  You can use a smaller [...]

Make it Personal or It Isn’t a Gift

Posted: December 2nd, 2009

[by Thomas Werner] When giving a gift to client don’t give something that is too expensive and don’t give something that is a self promotion. Expensive may make a client nervous, and self promotion really isn’t a gift. Try a small ten or twelve dollar book of photography. It feels more personal, can be tailored [...]

Navigating the Gift-giving Minefield

Posted: December 1st, 2009

[by Charles Gupton] This time of the year between Thanksgiving and Christmas draws our attention to not only giving thanks for the rich blessings in our lives, but saying “thank you” to people who’ve helped us make progress in our lives during the year. But it can be a very awkward time because of the [...]