What Photography Task Are You Doing Every Day?

18 05 2011

So you want to be a full time photographer – what have you done in the past week?

Human nature has us doing the things we love, and avoiding the things we don’t.

If we hate sales, we’ll let the customer control the entire buying process.

If we hate networking, we’ll wait around for the phone to ring.

The trouble is, as a business owner, you can’t wait for things to happen, or you won’t be in business for very long. You have to control the situation, and make sure everything comes to you.

So my question to you is, “what have you done in the past week?”

To find out, take out a notebook and record everything you do this coming week. Don’t leave anything out. Even if it seems trivial, write it down. You may find things like:

  • answering email – 30 minutes
  • shopping for camera equipment – 60 minutes
  • surfing websites – 60 minutes
  • photoshopping sample photographs – 50 minutes
  • talking on phone – 45 minutes
  • buying office supplies – 50 minutes

· and so on

Now that you have your list, what does it say about your business? Are you doing things to grow your business, or just plain busy work?

While you do have to spend time on the above mentioned items, if your entire week looks like that, you’re not accomplishing goals that will grow your business. You should have things like:

  • networking function – 90 minutes
  • mailing postcards – 45 minutes
  • cold calling – 30 minutes
  • blogging and Twittering – 30 minutes per day
  • trade show booth – 1 day

Most of your time should be devoted to revenue earning tasks – or your business will no longer exist in a mere few months.

Now that you’ve seen what you’ve been doing with your week, try and write goals for the following week. Change your tasks to revenue tasks – and stick with it. Your business will thank you.

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HDR Photography – High Dynamic Range Technique

10 12 2008

We’re heading out this weekend for a business retreat – and to have a change of scenery. The Rockies are beautiful anytime of the year, so we thought we’d head up to a few of our favorite places and try are hand at a new technique – HDR photography, or High Dynamic Range technique.

HDR creates amazing images – almost surreal – that gives you a sense of being in a different time and place.

HDR is created through tone mapping using bracketed exposures. To create one image, you end up taking a series of images – one at the correct exposure, a variety under and over exposed – and combine them into one dynamic image.  The highlights and shadows are all represented, giving it the surreal look.

HDR technique

photo source petervanallen

HDR technique 2

photo source joep r

HDR technique 3

photo source smashingmagazine – check out the other 35 shots

I pulled just a couple here to show you what other photographers have captured. If you’ve experimented with HDR, I’d love to see your work.





Digital Photography Image modifier

6 11 2008


Found a really nice resource for digital photographers.

RGBmachine is a fast and easy photo editor based on original researches in the field of digital image processing technologies.
It allows the user to rotate, resize, crop, correct color and remove red-eye problems in the fastest possible way. RGBmachine is focused on performing the most frequent and common actions. Due to this emphasis on simplicity, it is naturally faster and easier than any other complex and expensive photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. This means that RGBmachine is the best solution for the users who have a mountain of photos to process. The site offers a free trial version to test the software out

Five advantages of RGBmachine:

1. It uses a folder-to-folder batch framework. RGBmachine orders all photos from the input folder as a chain, avoiding the laborious task of editing photos one-by-one. This obviously Read the rest of this entry »





Photoshop Action – Curling Page

24 09 2008

Create an action that will add a curled edge to any image.

 

With this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a curled effect to an image in just a few easy steps. This tutorial use the Warp filter added on CS2 and newer Photoshop editions

Let’s open a photo to start with for applying the effect to. For this tutorial, I’ve selected a stock photo

 

To start, we need to rename the background layer. I have renamed mine to “Curled Page”

 

Now we need to use the Marquee tool (Keyboard Shortcut – M) and select a small area

 

Next we need to add a gradient to our selection. Start at the inside corner and drag to the outside corner of the image

 

Now deselect (Select->Deselect) or (Ctr+D)

 

Next go to Edit->Transform->Warp.

 

Drag the bottom right point towards the center. Press enter when you are happy with your results.

 

Add a drop shadow to your image

 

Add an additional layer for a color background

 

Finished Image.
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Digital Photography – Gimp – Versatile Graphics Manipulation Package

31 05 2008

The internet has created some amazing products for the digital photography industry. While everyone likes to use cutting edge programs like Adobe Photoshop, some prefer to save on the retail and search for alternatives. Well, thanks to open source and combined minds, a program is on the net that allow graphics manipulation. Gimp is an image graphic package loaded with amazing features in a compact and free price tag.

Here a just a couple of the full feature that this amazing program has:

gimp1Customizable Interface – Each task requires a different environment and GIMP allows you to customize the view and behavior the way you like it. Starting from the widget theme,  allowing you to change colors, widget spacings and icon sizes to custom tool sets in the toolbox. The interface is modulized into so called docks, allowing you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their own window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden.gimp2

Digital Retouching –   GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.

Visit the gimp.org site to download the latest version and see what a collective community can do with your next digital photography image.





Multiple Digital Photography Image Editing

23 05 2008

Multiple Image Editing Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. splashupWith all the features professionals use and novices want, it’s easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once. Splashup runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photosharing sites, and even has its own file format so you can save your work in progress. Photo sharing services all work the same in Splashup, including Splashup itself. Edit your images easily, from anywhere. 





Photoshop your Photography – How to get inspired with your photography #8

5 02 2008

Grab your favorite digital photography image and open it in Adobe Photoshop. Be creative, add a new element which adds some interest, experiment with some filters, colors or effects. Add some text to the image to bring an emotional expression to life. – Get inspired today!

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