Detour – Intro

Sometimes life takes you down a road you didn’t expect.

Coming soon, the story of a brave young girl whose “detour” we hope will inspire you.

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The Photo Life Podcast- An Interview with Photographer Alan Weiner

Photographer Alan Weiner

The Road Not Taken

In this week’s episode, photographer Alan Weiner discusses stepping away from the big city, outlines the unique challenges of the photojournalist who turns to the world of weddings and reminds us how a single image can actually change the world.

About Alan Weiner

Alan Weiner is a wedding photographer living in Portland Oregon. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Since then he has worked as a contract photographer for The New York Times Atlanta Bureau, a corporate freelance photographer for Pepsi, IBM, Frito Lay, Coke-a-Cola and other, as well as worked with photographer Denis Reggie shooting celebrity weddings and corporate events. Alan also co-founded The Wedding Bureau and has been CEO since it’s beginning in 1999. Photos by Alan Weiner.

About the Host- Travis Schreer

Travis is a wanderer who has a life-long passion for helping creative people realize …

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Do You Have Style Integrity?

on location engagement shoot by photographer mike larson

Take a look at most of the big companies, and they have a Graphic Standards Manual containing guidelines for the proper use of their identity, logo, and style of marketing. It describes authorized usage for communication of all kinds, with consistency and with purpose. You would never see the Nike swoosh above the Nike text part of the logo, as it always is placed below the text. You would never see more than one Apple logo on the same product, and there is an order to which the style, size, colors and organization of everything is used. Every company has what is called a standards manual, where the designers of the logo give parameters for the color, logo, size and the details for every possible variation. More often than not, this is very specific, and does not allow for use beyond that which the designers designed. …

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Survive the WPPI Madness

Studio 54 Party at WPPI

Oh the stories from our very first trip to WPPI… No, Jeff and I didn’t get crazy, stay up all night, and party until the wee hours of the morning doing Saki bombs and shouting “this is sooooooo staying in Vegas! Woo hoo!” Nope. We pretty much woke up, wandered the trade show floor by our two little selves, sipped some coffee, and tried to make eye contact with anybody that would talk to us. Awesome.

I can say with confidence that eventually it got a lot better than that.

Even though we felt completely overwhelmed at our first WPPI, this conference has proven to be a dynamic and integral experience for our business. Even though we felt totally isolated going into it that first time, we made quite a few friends that first year that made the entire trip more than worth it. And I say that with fervor because those …

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The Photo Life Podcast- Discovering Personal Work with Matt Mendelsohn

photographer matt mendelsohn

Park that Car, Drop that Phone

In this week’s episode, photographer and writer Matt Mendelsohn shares stories from his exciting personal portfolio and discusses why you should occasionally sweep “the bottom line” under the rug and embrace a project simply because you feel it needs to exist.

About Matt Mendelsohn

In his twenty-three years as a photographer, Matt has covered the White House, crawled around in Egyptian tombs, and photographed celebrities like Jennifer Anniston and Nicole Kidman. He’s been the director of photography of a 27 million circulation weekly, the photo editor of the news section of the nation’s largest newspaper, and has photographed some 450 weddings in the last decade. Matt also worked for the United Press International. There, he covered the White House, the invasion of Panama and the fist Gulf War.

In 2001, Matt’s brother, Daniel, called with an interesting proposal: join him on a trip back to the family home …

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Understanding Vibrance and Saturation in Lightroom

photographer jared platt

The Lightroom Podcast: Vibrance and Saturation from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and photo enthusiast throughout the world.

Jared Platt’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is coming to San Francisco and Seattle January 11 and 13 2011. Sign up and learn more at

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5 Reasons to Document Your Photography Studio Workflows

workflow flow chart

Running your own photography business takes the kind of time and energy that can be mentally and physically draining. With so many deadlines and due dates, phone calls and special requests from clients, and other immediate, pressing issues at hand, it’s hard to take the time to take a step back and make sure everything is running efficiently and effectively. Balancing your immediate tasks with your long term goals can also seem daunting. And making sure nothing slips through the cracks is something that can keep you up at night.

While there’s not quick fix software or methodology to adopt for solving all of the stresses and burdens of running a business, having step-by-step documentation of your workflows can help. These aren’t necessarily charts or graphs, as you might traditionally associate with the term ‘workflow;’ however it’s important to identify each step associated with each process, no matter how …

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