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Want to Make an App with Adobe Creative Cloud?

Posted: May 8th, 2013

[By Richard Harrington] Like many of you, I’m digging in to learn about digital publishing.  Adobe has a compelling solution with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, which is included with a Creative Cloud membership.  This tool lets you create apps that work well on tablets and can serve as a starting place for your digital publishing [...]

Invest in Yourself

Posted: February 13th, 2013

[by Richard Harrington] One trend I notice more and more is that people are not staying current in their training.  Whether it’s business practices, gear, or software, things are changing faster than ever.  As such, I wanted to list a few opportunities coming up to increase your knowledge.  Some of these are conferences, some are [...]

Two Letters — DP

Posted: January 10th, 2013

[by Richard Harrington] The letters DP may mean digital photography to you.  Or perhaps director of photography if you have a cinematic background.  Here’s another meaning, digital publishing. I have been diving deep into the world of being a digital content creator.  The tools are now in your hands (or could be almost instantly).  I [...]

Rates keep going down…so change the competition.

Posted: December 17th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] This past year, there was increased downward pressure to lower rates.  More and more, my company was being underbid by our “competition.”  I use competition in quotes because the companies we’d generally lose to would not play by the rules. They didn’t carry insurance, they weren’t properly charging, they flew by night [...]

TAP! 2013 – eBooks, Apps, Savings & more

Posted: December 14th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] A lot of clients are getting interested in building electronic books and apps.  Did you know that you might already own (or could easily get) the tools you need? You can start creating ebooks and tablet apps without ever needing to learn how to code. Create interactive annual reports and marketing materials [...]

Negative Lighting with the Lenskirt

Posted: August 23rd, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] I just came across a new piece of gear that’s specifically designed to remove light, and I love it.  The Lenskirt is essentially a portable lighting hood designed for when you need to shoot through glass, but don’t want reflections. This makes it the ideal tool for shooting time-lapse or video from [...]

Getting the InBox Under Control

Posted: August 16th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] Missed messages, slow responses, lack of courtesy.  All of these lead to a loss of business and a hit on our professionalism.  But the deluge of email is overwhelming and keeping up on it (plus all the social media messages) seems like a full-time job. Here’s a few tricks I use to [...]

Amplify Your Social Media with HootSuite

Posted: March 30th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] These days you’ll hear a lot about the “miracles” of social media.  My take is that this is simply a new name for a practice that’s existed since the start of the Internet. I remember being in college and belonging to online bulletin boards and groups about some of my favorite hobbies [...]

Progress Billing

Posted: February 15th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] Billing is one of those subjects that can often be an uncomfortable conversation.  While you may not be comfortable talking about money, your client will be a lot happier if there are clear expectations that define the business terms. Every video or photo project should be split into progress payments. The benefits [...]

Do You Have Klout?

Posted: February 10th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] One of the hardest parts about being diligent in your social media efforts is the feeling that you aren’t really accomplishing anything.  Sure a few Likes or Retweets may give you a temporary belief that you “matter”.  But it’s really hard to know if you’re making any real progress. Fortunately there’s [...]

Easy Tip to Avoid Accidently Erasing Memory Cards

Posted: February 3rd, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] I have a tendency to carry a lot (and I mean A LOT) of memory cards on a shoot.  Between shooting panoramic photos, time-lapse sequences, and HD video, I burn through memory cards faster than most.  I find myself needing to be certain that I avoid accidentally erasing data. Here’s my strategy [...]

Recommended Reading

Posted: December 15th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I know a lot of photographers are thinking about motion and video. This is a complex subject with many interdependent skills.  I recommend here several books that I personally use (or wrote) to keep my business running smoothly. The Visual Story, Second Edition: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital [...]

Build a Relationship with Your Readers

Posted: December 7th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While writing a viral blog post may seem important, long-term success comes from maintaining the readers (and clients) you already have. To do this, you must build a meaningful relationship with your audience. Here are a few ways to initially connect and  then build on that connection. Stay Focused What is your [...]

The Impact of the Camera Phone and Citizen Journalism

Posted: November 10th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While much justifiable criticism has been levied against the evolution of cellphone cameras, there is a tremendous beneficiary… journalism.  We know have a literal global network of camera operators with the ability to capture newsworthy events and transmit usable photos. Many photographers dismiss this technological shift. After all, how can a point-and-shoot [...]

Putting the Fun Back Into Work

Posted: November 4th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] For most of us, we got into photography because it was fun.  Sure the prospect of making a living off something we enjoyed was exciting; it was a dream job. But then reality set in… what was once fun increasingly became work. I liken the entire dynamic to that of a marriage.  [...]


Posted: September 28th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I spend part of my career speaking at industry conferences. This gives me an opportunity to see who’s exhibiting, as well as talk to vendors and photographers to see what’s on their minds. I wanted to quickly share five things that I’ve noticed popping up more and more. Consider adding these areas [...]

Carry It… Check It… Rent It…

Posted: September 23rd, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While I’m not a road warrior, I easily log 50 flights a year for my job. I’ve had to travel with equipment all over the world for both photo and video projects.  Traveling just gets more and more expensive these days.  Here are a few rules that I apply to getting there [...]

Know Your Enemy

Posted: September 13th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] There are several reasons you might not be paid by a client (and most have little to do with a dissatisfied client, aggressive behavior, or conspiracy).  Here are a few practical strategies I employ at my office. Use s systems of deposits. We will bill incrementally for work.  An initial deposit, another [...]

My Favorite Bookmarks and Why

Posted: August 15th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] Clientcopia – This site lets me know that everyone has crazy clients. Good for a laugh and a pick me up. Basecamp HQ – I use this online project management tool for both my companies.  This keeps me organized and ensures open communication with my clients. Apple Trailers – [...]

Save Your Photos for Web and Mobile Delivery

Posted: July 29th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I frequently see other photographers struggle in preparing their files for the Internet.  Some make files that are ridiculously big and take forever to download.  Others accidentally resize or flatten layers during the process and damage their files.  But I understand, you probably didn’t study to be a web developer. Fortunately, Photoshop [...]

Where Does a Teacher Go to Learn?

Posted: July 22nd, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I’ve been writing books and teaching for about a decade. People mistakenly think that just because I get paid to share my technical thoughts that I must somehow know everything. As if. I began my professional career as a journalist.  What I know how to do is find answers  I also happen [...]

My Summer Reading List for People Adding Video to their Workflow

Posted: June 30th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I am often asked by photographers which books I recommend to learn video.  There are several, but I wanted to offer you my top choices that I think are most helpful.  The links will take you to Amazon where you can read reviews and the publisher’s description as well. The Visual Story, [...]

Not on Twitter? Now’s the Time.

Posted: June 21st, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] Apple recently unveiled that Twitter would be tightly woven throughout the next version of their iOS.  IF you didn’t spot this trend, let me put it a new way: welcome to the tipping point.  Apple is about to make Twitter a default method for sharing news, photos, and information with your contacts.  [...]