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The Executive

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Someone once said that executive portraiture is basically a still life problem. Still, crabby execs do things like turning up for their portraits early while you’re still setting up and insisting that you shoot right away because they have a meeting. On one annual report shoot an angry VP of Something-Or-Other walked into the setup and said, “I don’t have time for this crap!” I replied that I understood completely, but that it was his…

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Dealing With Security

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This is one of those situations you can never be too prepared for. I often do commercial architectural photography projects that involve public locations. Security or police may be notified or notice photography going on and may become suspicious. People tend to feel uneasy when someone is photographing certain areas. I wish I had an answer to why but it depends on the situation. Here is my advice to help make things less painful. First…

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Blog Smart

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In the past few months, I’ve worked with a number of photographers who are struggling with their blogs.  Their technology is fine – they’ve been successfully managing their blogs for several years and have worked out the kinks.  They post regularly and have a rhythm down.  Their site analytics reveal lots of unique visitors who leave lots of nice comments. Their blogs are perfect in every way except one. The community they’ve spent all this…

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Attracting Readers to Your Blog

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Attracting new readers is a big part of the blogging game. Many people keep blogs for their own satisfaction. It’s a place to share their thoughts or show off their creative efforts. But deep down inside most bloggers want more readers and subscribers. They want their blogs to be successful. In order to be a successful blogger, you need a plan. You need to develop a theme and focus on the type of audience you…

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Your Blog As A Client Resource

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Blogs are a great extension to a website. They keep people updated on recent activities and are a great way to bring up some constructive discussion. Another great way to use a blog is to educate and inform. For me it comes down to the topic of the week and what’s on my mind. If I have a great photo shoot or personal project, I may share some images and talk about the challenges involved….

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Top Ten Blogs I Read and Recommend

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  Copyblogger – great tips on writing WSJ.com: The Middle Seat Terminal – Wall Street Journal’s blog on travel Philip Bloom’s blog about video and filmmaking CNet Digital Media News – blog about digital media Guy LeCharles Gonzalez – marketing blog Seth Godin’s blog about marketing Mac Video News – current news in the video world Fresh DV – all about digital video Your Life is a Trip – travel and life  

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