The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Brian Adams

Brian Adams

Hip to Be Square

In this week’s episode we speak with photographer Brian Adams, about how listening to his intuition led him to medium format film photography and encouraged him to start a company of his own at a young age. This same intuition turned to action has carried him through a career with Getty Images and has informed his work bringing attention to the tragedy of the disappearing Alaskan Native coastal villages, being stolen by the erosion of global warming.

About Brian Adams

Brian Adams is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York specializing in environmental portraiture and medium-format photography. His work has been featured in both national and international publications, such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian, The Observer, and many others, and his work documenting Native Alaskan villages has been showcased in galleries across the U.S., including the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska …

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Use the Right Click in Lightroom 3 (Video Tutorial)

photographer jared platt

So many questions can be answered by simply right clicking in Lightroom. If you want to do something to anything in Lightroom, try right clicking it and see what you get. This is just a short list of things that the right click can do and by no means exhaustive. Just right click everything in Lightroom, even the little triangles at the edge of the screen, or the individual section headings on the left and right panels. Spend 20 minutes just right clicking. It will answer so many questions that you will no longer have to ask me about. As much as I like being needed… I’d rather have you exploring and discovering things for yourself.

And if you are on a mac, you do have a right click, you just need a mouse with a right click button. Or hold down the control key and click. (This is the point …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Brody Dezember & David Salomone

Brody Dezember

They Bailed But They’re Back

In this week’s episode, we speak with photographers Brody Dezember and David Salomone about their roller coaster relationship with Pictage. We examine all the ups and downs of that relationship in our investigation of how a company can cast off past failings and regain the trust of its displaced evangelists.

About Brody Dezember

Brody is a Utah native, but dreams of living someplace in Montana.  There is something about the rivers and mountains that makes him love being there.

He stepped into photography when he was an early teen and has loved photographing everything from landscapes to some of the most outrageous weddings all over the country.  Over the past 7 years he has grown his business to being one of the most sought after studios in the state, but it hasn’t always been easy.  In the beginning he worked overnight shifts at a retail job and spent the …

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How to Integrate ProSelect and ShootQ

ProSelect Screenshot

What’s new with Q?

Experience the new integration between ShootQ & ProSelect, the revolutionary presentation, projection & sales software that transforms your client’s cozy living room into your sales center!

ProSelect Integration learn more…

Create an experiential sales environment in your client’s home or in your own studio. Boost your sales by using projection tools to sell photos. Crop and compare photos in real-time. Project actual size photos onto walls. Easily export client orders from ProSelect and import directly into ShootQ. Correspond Products in ProSelect with Products in ShootQ. Include those products in reports for a refined view of your business growth. Connect orders from ProSelect with existing clients and shoots in ShootQ. Impress your clients by displaying their orders and invoices in their private client portal! Photo thumbnails for ProSelect orders are imported into ShootQ and shown to clients. Benefit from ShootQ’s invoice tracking & reminder features with imported ProSelect orders!ProSelect sold separately.

Cooler Calendaring

When you send appointment requests to clients, …

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Hootsuite to Manage Your Social Media Workflow

Hootsuite for Professional Photographers

In a short period of time, Hootsuite has become the dominating force on the social media monitoring platform of choice. It’s a glorious web/mobile application that handles Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress (and more) updates to multiple profiles. Half the battle of social media is understanding, the other half is managing it 🙂

(Disclaimer: I am in no way shape or form affiliated with Hootsuite or getting paid to share. This posts stems from years of managing multiple brands and needing to simplfy.)


There are many ways to send Facebook posts to Twitter, Twitter to Facebook, WordPress to Facebook and Twitter, etc.  Hootsuite is a tool that allows you to send updates to all of these profiles and monitor the response—all at one click of a button.

Using Hootsuite, you can designate specific times to devote to social media instead of being distracted by it all of …

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Three Essential Skills for Today’s Wedding Photographer

Photographer and Pictage & ShootQ Community Team Member Katie Humphreys

Times….they are a changin’.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard some of the doom and gloom that’s been rumbling in our industry. And although the photo industry is different than it used to be, this isn’t necessarily bad news. The photographers who are able to successfully navigate the changing industry landscape are still running successful businesses and have adapted to ensure that their business will still be around in the years to come. Whether you’re just jumping in and are new to the industry or you’re a seasoned pro, here are three essential skills that will help you succeed.

1. Choose your Words Wisely.

As you’ve built your photography business, at some point you probably were told about the exercise of choosing a few words to describe and characterize your brand so that you promote a consistent message. This is a great exercise and useful in helping you define …

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The Photo Life Podcast: An Interview with Kirstie Tweed

A Better Place to Be

In this week’s episode we speak with photographer Kirstie Tweed, owner of Orange Girl Photographs, about how a small town can surprise you with a turn of events you couldn’t have imagined. Kirstie shares the decisions that brought her to a small town in rural Canada and how following her heart and intuition has yielded far greater results than all the planning and logic in the world could have.

About Kirstie Tweed

I was given the name Orange Girl in high school for driving a 1973 orange superbeetle, dying my hair orange and wearing orange everyday, the name and my love of orange has stuck with me. I attended art school in Canada before moving to San Francisco to work in an art galley and exhibit my fine art work. I moved to New York for a brief year to work for a fashion photographer and photograph musicians before …

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Are You a Specialist or a Generalist?

Photo by Wedding Photographer Mike Larson

Are you a Specialist or Generalist? Today we’ll talk about what this means, why it matters & how to figure out which category you belong in. Specialization and generalization are two totally different approaches to doing business. Business owners tend to adopt a bit of both practices, but doing so actually ends up hurting their business.  I’ll admit that over the years I’ve done my share of this as well. That’s why I want to start this dialogue and share some of what I’ve learned about making intentional choices and clearly developing a purpose for a photography business.

Are you a Generalist? A generalist is a person (or business) whose skills, interests, and/or habits are evenly distributed and unspecialized.

A generalist has NOT chosen a single category or niche to operate their business within, but instead does a bit of everything. There are a lot of these businesses in the photography industry.

Wedding Photography …

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How to Design Folded Press Printed Cards

Introducing the latest addition to Pictage’s line of greeting cards – the Folded Press Printed Card

They’re easy to design, order and sell and are perfect holiday cards, save-the-date reminders, thank you notes, and announcements.

See them in action; watch this video!


Pro members: Get $30 off your first order. Premium members: Get $15 off! See details. If you’re a Pictage member, these cards have been added to your catalog. Adjust your retail price here. See wholesale pricing here. Not a member? Request a price list from our Sales team here, or email the team at Learn more about Pictage products and services and take a free test drive! …

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The Story Behind My I Heart New York Engagement Sessions

themed engagement session photo by Jason Groupp

I heart NY.

I’ve been putting off writing this blog post for quite a while now. Don’t get me wrong; I’m honored to be asked by The Photo Life to write about ANYTHING I do, I just don’t like to write. I mean I have the world’s most neglected blog on the planet.  That said, somehow I have been able to amass over 6,000 tweets.

So, when I sat down to write tonight, I wondered what I could say to tell the story of my I Heart New York sessions in a new and different way. Recently, I’ve been taking a new approach to things. I’ve been making the conscious decision to tell the honest truth – no sugar coating – just raw thoughts and feelings.

So, here’s the honest truth about I Heart New York (IHNY).

About 8 years ago made the decision to walk away from my commercial photo business and pursue …

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