Dealing with clients can suck!!! The biggest complaint that I hear from photographers is that they get tired of fighting clients for every nickel and dime, even after being paid. A customer will book a wedding, family, grad, etc and after paying a deposit or even paying for the entire package they will start to try and get extras, change things or try and get money back as they “don’t need this or want that”. So to help with this issue I came up with a program a few years ago that I used when I did weddings.
Getting a great picture is as much good fortune as anything. I know many great photographers that understand their camera inside and out but they do not get any really great images. I know other photographers that struggle to understand ISO and shutter speed but they get lots of great images. So why the difference???
I hear so often about people that put all their faith in what Google tells them. If something is wrong they Google it, if they want to know how to do something they Google it and while I do the same thing when I am stuck I do it with a lot of caution. It is not just Google that can be an issue it is any place that offers free information or FREE courses and classes. The other day I listened to a guest on the radio tell about the pitfalls of listening to on-line results with respect to medical diagnoses and how much someone can be messed up by the results. If you want to know how bad it is just Google something like “Red bump on arm” and see the results, anything from a cancerous growth, to a steph infection, to a poisonous spider bite when all it was was a mosquito bite.
After reading many posts on various forums about printing and using color profiles (canned VS custom) it got me thinking. I decided to do some tests to see the difference between provided profiles from Epson and paper manufacturers and the profiles that I make.
Epson 3880 (x2)
Colormunki Photo running the new I1 Studio software
With my daughter getting ready for her first trade show I thought I would dig up an old post on trade shows. You have to understand if you have never done a trade show that they are the best thing for your business and yourself and the worst thing all rolled into one. Here are a few items to watch out for to make it the best it can be.
– There is a spot on my image…… cannot be sensor dust, I just cleaned it!
– A week later – The spot is still there, that is strange!
– A month passes – The spot is still there, it is not so bad I can live with it.
Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images. If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images. WHY? Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image. But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time. This is true in other areas as well. I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad? You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?