Three Lessons I Learned from a European Cafe

Three Lessons I Learned in a European Cafe

It was the danishes that made me think.

Well, the coffee too. (But mostly the danishes.)

This past winter, my husband and I took a trip to Europe to celebrate our five year anniversary and over the last week of our trip, we developed a morning routine that consisted, quite simply, of danishes and coffee. We’d sit at a nearby European cafe on bar stools facing the window and watch people pass by on the sidewalks. We watched grown men biking to work, children running up the sidewalk, and young teenagers in love. We would sit, enjoy our danishes and people watch. When we returned home after our trip, I realized that even compared to so many great tours and activities, these mornings at the cafe were perhaps my favorite memory of all.  Somewhere between our danishes and the quiet walks in the city – in the middle of my “not doing” …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Holly Andres

There’s No Place Like Home

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, we speak with fine art photographer and professor Holly Andres, as she takes us behind the curtain of the often mysterious world of the professional fine art photographer and shares some of the stories and concepts that have motivated her work as well as her conviction that making art can bring pure joy to life. About Holly Andres

Since receiving an MFA from Portland State University in 2004, Holly Andres has had solo exhibitions in prominent galleries worldwide. Andres has been featured in Exit Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Art News, N.Paradoxa, Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times and Art Ltd. – which profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35.

Andres’ new series, The Fall of Spring Hill, is currently premiering at her Portland-based gallery, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art. …

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Top Ten Galleries Every Photographer Should Visit

A Gallery New Orleans

Call me old school. Go ahead, it’s true. I love seeing photographs in galleries. Not the galleries confined to a computer. I’m talking about the ones with walls.

There’s just something magical about stepping into a gallery and approaching large photographs hanging around you. It’s like meeting a kindred spirit for the first time; by standing face-to-face, you have a chance to savor their subtle nuances, to get lost in the rich hues of their eyes. Above all, you feel comfortable exploring, discovering and learning.

Sometimes, my palms sweat as I walk into a favorite gallery and glimpse a new exhibit. Rounding the corner of Canal and Chartres in New Orleans, I instinctively look up, toward the worn wooden sign and bold red door marking the entrance to A Gallery for Fine Photography. It was the first real photography gallery I visited, when I was a high school student discovering my passion …

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Syncing Color Labels Between Lightroom 3 and Bridge

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You may have noticed that even though your stars ratings, your adjustments and even your keywords sync between Lightroom and Bridge, your color labels do not. This is a simple problem to solve in the preference options in Lightroom and Bridge. This Lightroom Podcast deals with making your color labels sync between Lightroom and Bridge.

Syncing Color Labels Between Lightroom and Bridge from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is back on tour. Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Savannah and Orlando are all on the schedule Starting on May 4, 2011. To learn more and sign up for the workshop, go to

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 …

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10 Things I Learned Shooting Corporate Events

Economist NYC Business 2007 in New York City

I’ll never forget the day I shot my first corporate event. I rented a Nikon D2h and an 80-200 2.8 lens.  An hour into the shoot my neck was already killing me and the client had already told me to stand in the back because my camera was “making too much noise.”  It was there, at some Economist Conferences Event, that my life as an event photographer began.

In a sense, I “cut my teeth” in wedding photography by shooting corporate events.

Corporate functions such as a “lecture style” event can be very difficult to shoot because of the limited aesthetic range and the rigid situation.  Finding an artful way of representing them with the camera can be a real challenge. By taking the time and energy to make art out of each event, I was preparing myself as a wedding photographer. It was the persistent search for art in every event …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Jeff Dunas (Part 2)

Jeff Dunas

A Seat at the Table

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, we continue our discussion with Palm Springs Photo Festival founder and veteran photographer Jeff Dunas about the increasing responsibilities of the photographer to create the future for our industry as well as methods for approaching our primary outlet: the photo book.

About Jeff Dunas

Jeff Dunas is a fine art, portrait and documentary photographer and the founder of of the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

1954 Born in Los Angeles.

1971 Began photography professionally. Completed two years at University of California at Los Angeles.

1972-1980 Contributed photographic essays and portfolios to publications worldwide on a freelance basis.

1974 Established residence in Paris, France.

1981 Founded Melrose Publishing Company. Captured Women published in 6 languages.

1982 Mademoiselle! Published in 3 languages.

1983 Founded Collector’s Editions Ltd., mail order distributor of fine art photography publications.

1983-7 Published twenty four fine art photography books by various authors, including Paper Dolls by Art Kane and By the Sea …

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3 Quick Tips for Husband and Wife Photography Teams

photographers justin and mary marantz

This is part three of The Photo Life Blog Series, True Life: I’m Married to My Business Partner. This series explores how husband and wife photography teams find success when their business and personal lives collide.

1) Compartmentalize. Decide up front who is going to be responsible for what tasks that need to get done in the business. Even if there is some overlap, it’s so great to know where the buck stops on all the different parts of your workflow. That way if something doesn’t get done, then it’s really clear who needs to step it up. And the ever-dreaded blame game can be avoided! 🙂

2) Go out on a date with your spouse, leave your business partners at home. Talk about The Office, plan out that trip to Ireland, dream up your next house projects, heck update each other on your new choice of breakfast cereal if you have to. …

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Get Out There! How Getting Away Has Grown Our Business

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You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do.

At the end of the day, your job is an extension of your life. We learned this lesson the hard way, and we’re still learning it. We’re learning that sometimes the best thing you can do for your business is to give it some space. Wide. Open. Space.

As most photographers would say, we’ve always put our clients first. In the six years we’ve been in business, we’ve held tight to this philosophy, knowing that our clients are our greatest partners. In every decision we made, the guiding voice in our heads told us that making ourselves available to our clients would naturally bring us success. And so, we made ourselves available. We answered business phone calls after 5 pm. We shared our Sunday afternoons so we could accommodate our clients’ schedules.  We rearranged our plans when an album …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Jeff Dunas (Part 1)

Jeff Dunas

Right of the People to Peaceably Assemble

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, founder of the Palm Springs Photo Festival and veteran photographer Jeff Dunas speaks about the power of sharing and finding a common voice in the photography industry and the efforts that the Palm Springs Photo Festival makes to provide a forward-thinking, professional platform for that voice to be forged.

About Jeff Dunas

Jeff Dunas is a fine art, portrait and documentary photographer who has amassed an amazing body of work focusing on the nude, blues musicians and street photography. He is also the founder of of the Palm Springs Photo Festival which brings together the best photographers, curators, editors and educators. It was one of the best events revolving around photography held in this country and includes workshops, presentations and portfolio reviews. You can discover more about Jeff’s work by visiting his website.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Dunas.

About the Host …

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How We Find Success in Dependent Systems

Collaboration in Husband and Wife Photography Teams

This is part two of The Photo Life Blog Series, True Life: I’m Married to My Business Partner. This series explores how husband and wife photography teams find success when their business and personal lives collide.

Dave and I have been working together for five years now. Initially, it was hard and some days it still is, but I don’t think we would have it any other way. Erin Youngren wrote an excellent post last week about how they function best by using what she termed “closed systems” in which each person has their own tasks independent of the other person. We do this to an extent (and after their article we are exploring what additional systems we can “close”), however we have found that having what we’ll term “dependent” systems have been hugely beneficial to our business.

As Jeff and Erin point out, “dependent” systems are often frustrating, and slow. However, we …

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