Monthly Archives: June 2015

Motivation with Goals, Support, attitude

Motivation for photographers

We’ve talked about the importance of goal setting, and goal setting goes very well with motivation.

Goals tell you where you’re going, and working towards achieving them keeps you motivated.

But what is motivation and how is it important to a photographer and their business?

Motivation is the forces that cause a person to behave in a particular way or move in a particular direction.

Motivation is important to a professional photographer because if you’re in the situation of working for yourself, which many are, then you are your own motivator. If something doesn’t go so well, you have to have the inner drive to keep going despite any setbacks.

If you’re running your own business and employing more staff than just yourself, then you may find it useful in the workplace to consider a variety of motivational theories for instance, Herzberg’s two factor theory, which is an extension of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These theories help us understand what helps people to stay motivated, or why they do what they do.

Staying motivated is important to people working in creative businesses. If you’re working alone, you have to have a great amount of self-esteem in order to keep promoting yourself. You are your product, your creativity is your unique selling point, and you have to believe in yourself so you can sell your work at a fair market value.  As Pedro Aguilar  told us last year, it’s important to also spend some time working on your own creative work, doing things not just for clients, but for yourself, and you’ll often find that you’ll get a commission based on something of your own work that captures the attention of a new client.

Keeping your ideas fresh when you’re working on your own initiative can be a challenge to anyone working for themselves. In a creative business it’s particularly important.

The Support team at Anthropics is here to help you keep your software up to date, and help you learn new skills with your software.

Want to learn something new with PortraitPro? Check back here!

Check out the blog on Smart Photo Editor for new ideas on getting more out of your photo editing software.

Don’t forget to share ideas with other PortraitPro users on our Facebook page too.

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5 Networking Tips (That Will Improve Your Photography)

Whether you’re running a successful business or simply starting out in photography, good networking skills are crucial in helping you grow and improve.

Here are 5 of our favorite tips for better networking that will also help you become a better photographer.

Take the Initiative

It can be nerve-wracking to put yourself out there but whether it’s deciding to go to your first networking event, striking up a conversation once you’re there, asking a stranger if you can photograph them or capturing the decisive moment, taking the initiative is the first step to success.

Remember, you fail at 100% of the things you never try!

Ask Questions

Instead of worrying about being interesting, be interested. Asking people about themselves, and being interested in their replies, is a great way to put people at ease.

You may also learn that they have a skill or connection that will allow you to work together in a mutually beneficial way.

When photographing clients, asking them about themselves will help them to relax and open up in front of the camera, helping you create more natural portraits. This can be particularly useful when working with children.

Be Generous

Instead of wondering what someone can do for you, think about what you could do for them. It’s better to be remembered as someone who was willing to help, rather than someone who was out for themselves.

Helping someone out might open you up to unexpected opportunities or give you a skill that you were lacking before.

When taking street portraits, you should offer to send your subject the final image. Not only might you gain a new client, but the knowledge that someone will see the images will encourage you to do your best.

Carry Business Cards (and have a great website) 

It’s important that new contacts can find you, and your work, quickly and easily. Have a great, clear business card that drives people to your website.

Your website should showcase only the best of your work, which means learning to critically view your own portfolio. Take a step back and really look at your photographs from a client perspective.

Look for images which don’t deliver and consider how you could improve next time.

Follow Up. 

When you make a new contact, be sure to follow up with an email soon after. This will stop your business card lying forgotten in their desk forever. Let them know that you enjoyed meeting them and suggest opportunities for further discussion.

Similarly, when working on personal projects be sure to review your images soon after a shoot. It’s easy to back up your images and forget about them in the bustle of everyday life but there may be something really great in there that you missed the first time.

Do you have a great networking tip? Share it on our Facebook page.

 

Photographing Street Art

Noticing the details is what street photography is about; capturing the essence of a place, or a person, to really give an insight in to the soul.

One of the often overlooked details in a place is the street art. So often graffiti is unsightly but it’s becoming a more recognized art form, and artist’s works such as Banksy (if they can be removed,) are selling for hundreds of thousands.

Many cities have specially designated places for street art and murals. One place that has a good street art project is the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.

Street art, South Street Philly

Street art on the corner of 6th and South Streets, Philadelphia.

An image search for Mural Arts Philadelphia will find many, many more images like this.

South Street Philadelphia is particularly famous for its art. It’s off the beaten track, away from the tourist spots and the historical landmarks that Philly is known for; but for those in the know, South Street is a great place to capture the essence of the City of Brotherly Love.

As with any city, do your research before you go. Check out any particular points of interest and make a list of things you want to find, and then you can be more focused in your wanderings.

In San Francisco it’s Clarion Alley, and in London, you want to check out the East End, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Brick Lane, although Camden and Soho are also known for their street art too.

There is street art in every city, but some cities have really embraced providing legal space for the artists. Whatever kind of art you produce, whether it’s photography, paintings, paintings on walls, we’ve all got an opinion to express, and photographing the work can help its message to be transported even further.

Check out our Pinterest Board for more Street Art around the world.

If you’re photographing in a large city, it’s often hard to capture the image without people in the photo. You might want to keep those people in your images; they are all part of the urban landscape.  You can use your portrait editing software to ensure that these people look their natural best.

Smart Photo Editor can give you some great effects to really enhance your images.

Download a free trial of PortraitPro here, and Smart Photo Editor here.

Summer with a camera

50 Ideas for Summer Photo Challenge

If a 365 day photo challenge seems too much, how about a project just for the summer?

Taking on a project can help to stimulate your creativity.  Just as having a business goal can keep you focused on where you want to get to with your business, having a goal for your creativity can keep you focused on being creative; helping you to think outside the box.

Check out our 50 ideas for summer photos:

  1. Ice cream
  2. Fireworks
  3. A full moon
  4. Colorful flowers
  5. A picnic
  6. Childhood friends
  7. Daydreaming
  8. On the beach
  9. At the park
  10. Grilling out
  11. Chilling out
  12. Fun in the sun
  13. Cool drinks
  14. Sunglasses and sun lotion
  15. A June wedding
  16. 4th July
  17. August vacation
  18. Labor Day
  19. Museum visit
  20. A silhouette
  21. Pets enjoying the sun
  22. Summer sports games
  23. Sunrise
  24. Black and white
  25. Something red
  26. After dark
  27. A special occasion
  28. Making waves
  29. Something that flies
  30. My favorite food
  31. Close-up
  32. A new friend
  33. Things that grow
  34. A treasured moment
  35. My favorite place
  36. Something tiny
  37. Laughter
  38. Shadows
  39. All dressed up
  40. Something exotic
  41. Movement
  42. Words
  43. A low angle
  44. Curves
  45. Leading lines
  46. On the street
  47. A kiss
  48. A self-portrait
  49. Reflections
  50. Happiness

Don’t forget to use PortraitPro on your people photos, and why not try out Smart Photo Editor for everything else?

Now why not share the results with us on our Facebook page?

Check out our Pinterest pages for more inspiration.

Download your free trial of PortraitPro here.

 

Goal Setting for Photographers

It’s important to write down your goals, and keep them somewhere you can look back on them regularly to see if you’re going in the right direction.

There is a suggestion that those who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. 

Focus on the positive, focus on the things that you do want, rather than the things you don’t want. There’s also a suggestion that thinking about the things that you don’t want to happen, will send you there anyway.

What do you want to achieve with your business?  Do you want to be the leading high school photographer in the area?  Which area? How do you define your success terms?

Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic, Time Bound

Setting goals should be SMART.

There are many definitions to this acronym, but a good one to use here would be:

Specific – Make your goals specific; you need to know what it is that you are going to achieve.

Measurable – Have a method by which you will measure your success. It doesn’t have to be sales turnover, but it could be. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?

Agreed – Agreeing it with your business partner will make sure you’re both on the same page, but if you’re your own boss, then writing it down will keep you focused too.

Realistic – You can’t offer all things to all people, so don’t stretch yourself too thin. It’s better to have smaller goals and achieve them, and set a new one, than to never reach something because it’s too ambitious.

Time Bound– Have a time frame in which to work. It’s also better to have set a goal and almost have got there by the deadline, than to have a deadline that’s so far away that you can put it off forever.

Taking action now is the key to successful goal setting. Knowing where you want to go is important as it gives you an idea of where you might begin to take action to get there.

If you want to increase your sales revenue as a portrait photographer, then one of the ways you might be able to achieve this is to spend less time in Photoshop. PortraitPro can help you spend less time in Photoshop by automatically retouching your portrait photographs. Having more time will mean that you can book more clients in the same working time, and generate more sales revenue from a wider customer base.

Take action now; download a free trial of PortraitPro today!