Slow and steady wins the race…….

We have heard the saying many times “Slow and steady wins the race” and over the past 30 years of being a photographer I do have to agree with that statement.  In this day and age it seems like instant is everything, instant potatoes, instant text messaging and instant success takes precedent over the slow and steady philosophy.  Over the past several months I have had the pleasure of talking to a number of photographers that got me thinking of how far we have come from the slow and steady approach to running a business, especially a photography business.  One photographer that had been in business just over a year told me they were revamping their business and changing from one specialty to another because they had not achieved success in that area after the 14 months that they had been working in it.  Another photographer was changing their entire approach to shooting weddings as they thought that this new way would bring in more business, that was after 8 months of being a wedding photographer and not getting enough bookings.  A couple photographers that I know completely switched camera systems last year as they figured a new camera system would make them more money.

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Photoshop

As many of you know I am a BIG fan of Photoshop, some days spending 8 – 12 hours using it.  But at the same time I am not a fan in any way of Photoshop CC – the version that you rent for X dollars every month.  That being said I need to clear up some misconceptions of Photoshop CC as there is a lot of misinformation kicking around about it.

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Focus Modes

Continuing on the list of questions that I regularly get is “What are the three focus modes on my camera?” This is referring to the One Shot, AI Focus, AI Servo settings and people always wonder what they do and which one to use?

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Actions for Photoshop

Continuing on with popular questions that I get is “Should I buy actions for Photoshop or Elements?” First what is an action? An action is a program that installs inside of Photoshop or Elements and does specific things like making the images sepia or saturated or unsaturated, etc, etc. Many people will know by now …

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What editing program should I get?

I get asked a lot from people “What editing program should I get?” and I always say the same thing.  If you are just starting, or have been doing photography for a while, get Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Why? Because it will do 90% of what most people will want to do with a picture, from colour and density corrections to removing a flaw to adding text Elements will do it.

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One big question

I still get the one big question from people that I meet, and it is the question that got me started into teaching. No it is not “How much money do you make?” or “Why are you a photographer?”. It is “If you could tell me one thing to improve my photography what would it …

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