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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The Photo Life Podcast- An Interview with Jared Platt

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The Business End of Your Business In this week’s episode we visit with Jared Platt, Phoenix Photographer and educator, and examine the new pressures that impact us in the digital age. Jared shares some practical workflow advice as well as some philosophical suggestions for keeping your feet on the ground in the modern world.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional wedding photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 10 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 15 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Currently, Jared is traveling the country teaching his Lightroom Workflow Workshop, which significantly improves every photographer’s post production workflow. Jared has …

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A Look Back on Blog Posts from 2010

This year has brought about a lot of changes at Pictage, in the Community Team, and on this blog. We started out as the Pictage Blog, developed a new editorial direction, and are finishing the year as The Photo Life, an educational resource for professional photographers.

We’re proud of what has been built this year and are excited for what the new year brings. As we reflect on 2010, we’re thankful to the many blog contributors that have taken the time to make The Photo Life such a great resource for professional photographers. Before 2011 begins we thought it would be fitting to look back on some of the blog posts that represent The Photo Life and the fabulous contributors that have made it what it is today.

If you’re interested in becoming a contributor to The Photo Life blog, visit the “Submit” page.

–The Community Team

Christa Meola- Top 10 Ways to Increase …

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The Photo Life Podcast- An Interview with Miki Johnson

The Photo Life Guest Miki Johnson

You Are the Sum of Your Bytes

In this week’s episode we visit with Miki Johnson, former senior editor at American Photo Magazine, and discuss ideas for mastering social media and her exciting Matchstick Workshops, a program encouraging multi-discipline collaboration between creative professionals. Post a review on iTunes for a chance to win a LowePro Fastpack 350. Email podcast@pictage.com after leaving your review.

Get to Know Miki Johnson

Below Miki shares her background as well as images that shed light on her life and her love of photography.

I was born in Athens, Ohio, and received a journalism degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As editor of the liveBooks RESOLVE Blog, and before that as senior editor at American Photo Magazine, I both observed and experienced the recent reordering of worldwide media. While this has scared and confused some people, it excites me — my goal now is to instill that excitement …

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5 Tips for Increasing Your Portrait Sales

Family Holiday Card by Justine Ungaro

All the time I hear about successful wedding photographers dabbling in portrait photography who can’t figure out how to actually make any money shooting portraits. It has nothing to do with their photography and everything to do with the way they run their businesses. And it’s no wonder, considering that it’s a whole different business model and needs to be approached in a different way. For weddings, we make most of our money up front by selling packages. Prints or album upgrades after the fact tend to be more of a bonus income stream. If portrait clients were willing to spend thousands up front then we wouldn’t need to worry so much about how many prints we sell. But unfortunately this just doesn’t seem to be the norm in the world of portraits. So if you are struggling with making portrait sales, here are just a few things you can …

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What frustrates you about the photography industry? Come on. You can share. What really gets under your skin and makes you want to scream? We all have something that eats at us about this business. Would you be willing to share your feelings in public, unabashedly, for the whole world to see and hear? These five photographers, all with varying years of experience, do just that. We thank them for their willingness to be so open, to share their feelings, and say things you know we all at one point are feeling or thinking, but often are afraid to say. Are you ready to get…RAW?

This film debuted at PartnerCon New Orleans, 2010 as part of Jim Collins’ keynote presentation.

Produced by Dare Dreamer Media.

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Don’t Touch That Dial: Setting Lightroom Camera Defaults

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Don’t Touch That Dial: Setting Lightroom Camera Defaults from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Don’t touch that dial… unless you have to. If you set your camera defaults in Lightroom, you may not have to. Setting Lightroom camera defaults is a great way to save time in the develop process of your Lightroom workflow.

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 Seattle and San Francisco in January and to Texas and Colorado in the early spring. Sign up and learn more at www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

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The Photo Life Podcast- An Interview with Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse

We’re thrilled to launch a new educational and inspirational podcast called The Photo Life. Read more about The Photo Life podcast below as well as listen to the debut episode, an interview with former White House photographers Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse.

Welcome to The Photo Life Podcast

Everyone loves a good story. The Photo Life was created to inspire and educate professional photographers by exploring creativity and business. The Photo Life podcast is your destination for candid and informative conversations with leading photographers and creative professionals. Tune in, hear their personal stories and learn how they succeed.

History in Mirrors May Be Closer Than Appears An interview with former White House photographers Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse

In this week’s episode of The Photo Life, host Travis Schreer speaks with Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse about the time they each spent documenting the First Family for the White House. They explain how, despite times of …

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Mirrors & Shoes – Joe Buissink

If you thought you knew celebrity photographer Joe Buissink, well, think again. In this short film Joe gets RAW and shares information about his life that may shock and amaze you. Then in the extremely poignant and eloquent manner that has become Joe’s trademark speaking style, he makes a strong connection and analogy between the personal demons from his life, and the world of professional photography today. You will come away from this film seeing Joe differently, and you just may see life and your photography differently as well.

This film debuted at Pictage PartnerCon 2010 in New Orleans.  We’re thrilled to share it with you as part of The Photo Life film series. 

Produced by Dare Dreamer Media.

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Brain Dump- Clearing the Clutter to Think Clearer

Years ago I found myself sitting at a conference listening to the speakers who had amazing ideas and instead of soaking up these great ideas, I was thinking about every small tasks I had to accomplish immediately when I got home. I was listening to their big business ideas, I was taking notes but somehow it wasn’t all getting through, it wasn’t sticking. The things they were saying had my gears turning, but my brain couldn’t organize these ideas quickly enough to formulate an execution plan. I was instead, creating more mess for my brain to filter. It was feeling like it needed a really long vacation not 100 more “to do’s” rolling around.

On the plane home I decided to try something. I took out a pen and paper and began writing down everything I was thinking. Everything from “do laundry” to “book a trip to Tahiti” I made the …

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