We have been focusing on some business things for the last couple of posts. I wanted to take this opportunity to pull some more images from the Lighting Essentials Pool at Flickr and recognize some wonderful work.
We aren’t the biggest Flickr Forum, and we aren’t the most famous. But we have a hell of a pool of photographers who recognize some of the subtleties of light and composition and gesture. As always, please click on the image to be taken to the photographer’s Flickr page to see more. This is a collection of images that I want to share, but all of the images deserve a viewing. Visit the forum for a real visual treat.
We have completed the first half of the year. And we have been to some great places that I have always loved visiting, and also been to some places where I have never been before. It is simply amazing to me that I have met so many incredible people who want to learn to do what they do a bit better. We have had beginners take a huge step forward and professional shooters discover new directions and style. From coast to coast, it has been my pleasure to meet and work with talented photographers and models and assistants, and have a lot of fun.
The workshops are not like most. I do not have a long Bio section where I drone on about all the cool stuff I do. That’s all a waste, you know. People come to the workshop to learn lighting, not hear a bunch of self serving crap. I don’t sell anything at the workshops… DVD’s are given freely, as well as a workbook that gets updated as we go along. I rarely shoot on these workshops, preferring the students maximize the time and get the images they want. And we rarely finish until well after dark. Sometimes staying up until wee hours discussing photography and Photoshop and models and business. For two days. It is an intense workshop, and it will most definitely make you a better photographer. At my workshop, photographers are involved for the entire time. Doing, learning, doing, discussing, doing, thinking and doing. I think you see a trend there. I call it a hands-on workshop for a reason.
I have enjoyed writing the business oriented posts, and I will get back to the lighting soon. I am semi-officially going to start consulting with photographers who need to change it up. Not simply a business tune-up, nor am I in the “portfolio review” business, but a comprehensive look at how photographers can develop new strategies in this ever changing environment. From personal growth, and self assigned portfolio work, to social media and creating an identity, we will go through a 2 month process of creating a new ‘brand’ for your work. This is intense, and it will be very demanding on the photographers who take part. It is one on one with some group work at points within the time frame. Photographers must be committed to undertake this, and there will be time considerations that will have to be met.
If you are interested, drop me a note and I will discuss it with you by phone or Skype (send contact information). We will officially announce the consulting on October 1. However, if you are interested in the first small group to go through, it will be August and September. Photographers must have a portfolio, and website as well as agree to commit to the work. In the end you will have a new portfolio, new brand, a list of contacts and a website that will show your work off as well as help you get noticed.
My next post on 10 Things a Photographer’s Website Should Have is coming up Saturday. Enjoy this post of excellent images from the LE Flickr Forum.