Don’t Make This Same Pricing Mistake I Made

True story: many years ago, at least 20, I got a call from a client who I had never worked with and who was looking for a stock photo. At the time I was in Portland Oregon and known as a local stock photographer with a large library of images.

This client requested a selection of images for which I do not recall just what the subject was, but we sent a selection over and sometime thereafter she called to negotiate a price.

After describing her usage I did as I always do: told her I would call her back. This is an important strategy because it gives you time to think about the usage for it the specific market instead of having to name a price immediately while on the phone.

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How to Know if You Have Found Your Photographic Vision

How do you know when you have found your vision?

There is much talk throughout the photo community about finding your vision and strategies to find your own.

I have wondered if this means that when you don’t find it you will never graduate from mediocre to magnificent.

What exactly is finding your vision’?

Is it when you have the ability to observe light and composition better? Is it the ability to pre-visualize so you know exactly how you will capture the subject and once done, the photograph is magical?

Maybe you have ‘found your vision’ when you win a photo contest or license an image, or you are simply producing a higher number of stunning images than others?

And then who decides when you have found your vision: you or the viewers of your images?

In the world of photography, how good we are as photographers is often tied to our creative self esteem.  Like much in life, photographers as well self impose a rating system as a way to measure their photographic worthiness.

Does this mean then, if we love our images and no one else does, we have failed at finding our vision?

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Before You Quit That Day Job, Think About These 5 Crucial Steps

I recently read an article by a noted photographer describing the lessons learned when he up and quit his day job to launch a photography business. A few years later, he was horribly in debt and feeling he was done as a photographer.

This is not a new story. We have heard it before and we’ll hear it again. There are many photographers, or those who want to be photographers, who think “when I build it, they will come.” While this maybe the case for a few who achieve instant recognition, it is not the case for most.

I have been in this business for 31 years. It does not get any easier! It often seems that it only only gets harder.

If you have a job now and are thinking you want to go full time as a photographer, there are some important considerations you should think about. Like ALL businesses, careful planning and preparation is required for a photography business as well. Before you quit your day job and head out to make it big, here are 5 reasons your photography business might fail:

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Mike Tittel Describes How He Photographed a Subaru-Trek Campaign

Mike Tittel is an adventure sports photographer from Utah with an impressive resume of client projects and adventures. Last year Mike traveled to Wisconsin to meet personally with agency creatives and the result was Mikes first assignment: a location assignment photographing the Subaru Trek Mountain Bicycle Team.
The project came about quickly and was on a tight time frame, required several assistants, and travel to Colorado. Mike shares some of the challenges of handling a high end assignment so quickly.

Q: So, you have been marketing to this client for some time and it finally paid off with this nice project. How much time did you have to plan and what pre-production requirements were there?

This assignment came about rather quickly so we had very little time for planning and pre-production. Luckily for us, Trek had a very clear vision of what they were after and where they wanted to shoot. Really it was a simple as pulling my crew together (more on that later) and pulling permits for the desired locations. Thankfully the permitting office in Boulder was extremely efficient and made that process fairly painless. Since this was a team shoot pretty much all of the logistics relating to riders and bikes were handled by the team manager and mechanic. Without their help it would have been extremely difficult to pull everything together in the amount of time we had.

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