5 Reasons to Document Your Photography Studio Workflows

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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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Choosing Images to Deliver to Wedding Photography Clients

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In selecting images for delivery to the client, we want to make sure we’re delivering enough images to tell the story of the wedding day while making sure that we’re not overwhelming the client with too many images. The purpose of this article is to provide a few objective guidelines to help with the very subjective image selection process of the wedding photography workflow. In general, we should be aiming for around 800-1200 per wedding, but there is no magic number and each wedding will have unique circumstances.

Overall Guidelines

The overarching question you should be asking yourself as you go through the images is the following: “What is the purpose of this image?” Each image needs to have a purpose. It needs to portray and emotion or idea, whether it be passion, love, romance, beauty or happiness. The exception might be family formals or some detail or venue shots. Sometimes, …

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Understanding White Balance & Color Temperatures in 8 Simple Steps

Like articles on many photography concepts, white balance tutorials can range from overly technical and hard-to-understand to basic and lacking information. We’re here to give you the SLR Lounge spin on the concept and present you with enough information to help you have full control over your photography while staying away from the technical terms and “astro-physics” that can make it hard for many of us to grasp these concepts. If you follow these 8 steps, you should have a good enough understanding of white balance, kelvins, and color temperature to start experimenting with the different settings and lighting set ups. As with almost any photography concept, after enough experimentation, you should eventually have a full mastery of the subjects.

1) Realize Your Limitations

Before dismissing this article as irrelevant, realize that shooting in RAW is not the absolute white balance fix. First and most importantly, there may …

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10 Overlooked Engagement Photography Tips

“Top 10″ tips on the net, for any subject, can be a big fat waste of time. They often present a high-level overview of existing content, stating obvious points without really teaching anyone anything. To avoid this pitfall when discussing tips for engagement photography, we decided to stay away from obvious tips, such as “choose the right lighting, choose the right location, be personable, etc,” as these are all things that almost every photographer is already doing and therefore not worth rehashing. Instead, we want to focus on the less-obvious, often-overlooked aspects of an engagement shoot that can help you improve your overall product and avoid some of the “what-could-go-wrongs” during your shoots.

10 Overlooked Engagement Photography Tips

1) Start with a Basic Portrait Session – What differentiates your photography style from others is probably not how well you take basic portraits, but it’s important to get your session started with …

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How to Apply Textures to Images Using Photoshop

Many of you have asked us to put up an article on how to texture photos. The fact is, that there are many articles on the web that show you how to texture photos, but it is tough to find high quality articles that give you practical examples and directions that you can apply to your photography business.

This article will walk you through step-by-step on how to texture your photographs using Photoshop, and we will also give you the tools and knowledge to know how to play around and create your own unique style of texturing. So, let’s get started!

Process Your Image

1. Select Your File – Before we get to texturing, we need to first select a file that is correctly processed. This means that you have already color corrected the image and made it look the way you want. While we use Lightroom for this process, many of you …

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8 Wedding Photojournalism Tips

Before photojournalism became an established style of wedding photography, the industry seemed firmly entrenched in a standardized set of perfect cliché-looking shots and effects. Wedding photojournalism transformed the industry. Instead of creating picture perfect scenes for every moment, the wedding photographer strove to capture the truth and realism in the actual moment with his or her creative vision. The result was photography that was no longer standardized as a canned product sold from the shelf of your grocery store. Rather, each client got customized pictures that may not have been flawless, but were perfect in capturing the actual emotion and atmosphere of the scene.

Whether or not this should be the primary style of any wedding photographer is a topic of another conversation, as many (including myself) believe that the best results come from a nice balance of multiples styles of photography. However, in this article, I want to focus solely …

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