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How to survive making a living with Travel Photography.

Travel photography is not always going to make you a lot of money, but the freedom of the lifestyle can be particularly attractive.  Living life on your own terms and being your own boss can be a great motivator.  You have the flexibility to take on any project you want, and reject the ones you don’t.

working on the beach

You don’t have to take the plunge immediately; you can start by doing things in your vacation time, and spending weekends photographing in your own town.  Wherever you live, it’s exotic to someone else.

Here’s what else to do before you go:

  • Get all the education you possibly can while you can. Acquiring skills in writing, in technical photography knowledge, in geography, human interest and art is all going to be useful when you have only your skills and ideas to live by.
  • Build up a portfolio and put in the images that you want to be paid to shoot. Don’t use things that you don’t enjoy doing or you’ll end up doing more of them, because people will think you like them.
  • Set up a photography website to host and license your images. Choose one that links through to purchasing prints. This can save you time and makes it easier for the client to purchase your products.  It can be automated throughout the site, and the customer will have very little interaction with you. It’s very time effective for you.
  • If you have no obligations, mortgage contracts, loans, or people to take care of, then you can reduce your expenditure considerably. If you give up paying rent, you also don’t need to pay the gas and electricity bills either.  You can choose where to live, in hostels, hotels, camping, in any country you like.  ( Within visa restrictions etc.)
  • It may be helpful if you’re located somewhere that the exchange rate is favorable to your salary currency. This effectively makes your hotel bill cheaper, and you can afford a higher standard than you would elsewhere.
  • Be prepared to take any assignments. Be flexible and open minded on what jobs you take.
  • Set up accounts with micro stock sites. It may not make you a lot of money, but it should become a steady income. Think about the unusual images you could take for these sites, because the usual angle has already been done so many times.
  • Set up your laptop with all of your photo editing software. Have everything you could need ready, PortraitPro and LandscapePro will save you time on editing in Photoshop, and they can both be used as plugins to Photoshop.
  • Be prepared for anything you might find. Have an app for model releases; you don’t want to not be able to use the image because you missed getting the stranger to sign a release.
  • Look for apps that will save carrying extra things.  In fact, anything you can carry in an app effectively weighs nothing.  Maps, editing tools, ebooks, you can carry all kinds in an app and you’d have your smartphone with you anyway.
  • Keep your kit lightweight. Remember not to take everything you could possibly need. It weighs a lot and you’ll regret carrying that spare lens when you are so tired you can’t make it up the next staircase or mountain peak or down the next road to get the shot. The best camera is the one that you have with you, and having to make do with the reasonable camera you have with you can make you more creative to get the shot you want.

Girl with laptop and camera

When you do leave on your travels, there are some things you need to remember while you’re away to help you stay organized and productive:

  • Keep regular hours when you can. Do what you should to avoid jet lag; don’t work through the night because you’ve just left somewhere where you’d normally be awake at that time. Sometimes that means staying up a little longer, sometimes it means going to bed before you’re ready.
  • Stay focused every day. You need to stay focused on the 2 or 3 things that you need to achieve each day to continue making a living. Set achievable goals, and make sure you do them. Don’t get overloaded by trying to do too much in one day, just take each day at a time and make each day productive.
  • Make room for down-time. Every day that you take a break, is a day that you don’t make any income. This is tough when you’re your own boss. You still need to have the discipline to put in a day’s work, and also to give yourself a day’s break.  There’s no one to throw you out of the office if you’re still working at midnight.
  • Don’t underestimate the people you meet. You never know who you might meet when you’re traveling.  Travel is a great opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise have bumped into.  Step out of your comfort zone and go somewhere you wouldn’t usually think about going. You might be surprised, and you might find your next project.
  • Do your photo editing as you go. If you’re taking lots of images every day, then will need to back up your photos and should do your editing regularly. Discard the images that won’t make the cut often too, so you’re not storing images that you’ll really delete when you get home.
  • Doing your basic photo editing in PortraitPro or LandscapePro. Doing it while the original is still fresh in your mind, and while you still remember what you wanted to portray in your image is useful.

 

Declaration of Independence

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in photography.

There’s a holiday weekend ahead and it is a great chance to put some time in to your own personal projects, and personal development.   As a freelance or self employed professional photographer you have a great deal of freedom in your work.  You make choices every day that affect how you work, how you run your business  and how you choose to be perceived.

It is your choices that make your personal brand unique. It is what brings people to you, for your unique style and vision.  This allows you to stand out and be different in a world where the market is becoming ever more saturated with people trying to become photographers.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Ben Franklin. 

Choosing to continue learning and developing yourself is an investment that will reward you time and again.

Taking the time out of your regular schedule to learn more about your software, perhaps PortraitPro or LandscapePro which will help you achieve more in your personal work and in your professional life.

There are many incredible, professional photographers who use PortraitPro in their everyday work, and you can read about some of them right here on the PortraitPro blog.

PortraitPro’s batch processing mode can help you speed up processing your images from a particular shoot.  Create a preset, and then set it as the default, and then do your batch processing and all your images from that particular batch, perhaps one shoot,  can be processed with exactly the same style of portrait editing you require.

Don’t miss out on the whole holiday weekend. Batch processing saves you so much time and effort, you have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones, and do what you love; taking more photos.

If you love what you do, then take the holiday weekend to spend some time on your own projects and create something wonderful, and unique to you.   You have the Liberty to pursue the Happiness you want in your Life.

Check out our 4th July Pinterest page for more ideas for this holiday weekend.

LandscapePro software

Anthropics Technology announces LandscapePro

 

We’re delighted to announce this week the launch of our brand new landscape editing software, LandscapePro.  

Just like PortraitPro, LandscapePro  is available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software radically simplifies and speeds up outdoor and nature photo retouching. It includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other powerful features. With one-click presets and targeted editing available, users can create beautiful landscapes in seconds.

Woodland before and after

LandscapePro is a new way to enhance pictures that rises to the challenges and nuances of landscape photography. It assumes no prior knowledge or technical skills, and photographers can create unique, dramatic effects quickly.

“Inspired by the success of Anthropics’s PortraitPro software, we are delighted to introduce a new product to help photographers expand their creativity and take landscape retouching to the next level,” said Andrew Berend, CEO, Anthropics. “LandscapePro offers an innovative and easy way to create stunning landscape photography, and can be used by novices or experienced photographers alike. As its intelligent controls uniquely adapt to the features of each photo, it enables photographers to do incredible things with their outdoor photos simply by using sliders.”

Easily enhance landscape photos. LandscapePro contains a host of unique tools to enable anyone to create beautiful scenic photographs.

  • Intelligent selection tools.
  • Unique editing controls that adapt to the photo.
  • Easy-to-use slider interface.
  • No technical skills required.
  • LandscapePro Studio handles RAW files and can be run as a Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in.

Wedding image LandscapePro

 

 

Check out the LandscapePro video here. 

Download your trial of LandscapePro today.

 

 

Bride with gold chair

9 tips for photographers on how to book more high-end weddings

Wedding season is nearly upon us, and as a wedding photographer, you know that weddings come in all shapes and sizes. To be successful, you need to focus on the type of wedding that you want to book regularly.

Would you rather book more, low budget, affordable wedding photography, or would you rather book a few higher end, higher budget weddings, that you can put all of your energy and creativity into, and deliver a really high quality product that you’re proud to show off?   If the answer is higher budget weddings, then you need to do what you can to position yourself as the best quality, most trust-worthy product in the market. People with lots of money have it because they’re very careful about what they do spend it on. Make sure your product is the thing that they value and are willing to pay for.

bride wearing large gold dress

  • You need to make sure that you’re found in the best places, so think about where these people might go to, and then be there. Country clubs, golf clubs, country houses. Find a way to work with the top venues in your area, and make sure people know who did the photography for them.
  • If you live in a small town, you may need to cast your net wider if you want to attract really high end clients. Think about the cost of getting to the big city, against the cost of not attracting these clients.
  • Be prepared to travel. Highest end clients may actually want a destination wedding. Check out our tips on being a destination wedding photographer.
  • Advertise in the media that your anticipated clients will read. You need to be in the luxury wedding magazine, or travel magazine, not so much in the local paper, though it’s always good to have a good local reputation too.
  • Make sure your high end clients will talk about what a great person you were to work with. Often discretion is the key, so you may be disappointed, but you won’t be able to advertise your work with your highest end clients, but hopefully, they will pass on your details to their friends.
  • Offer only high quality, high cost packages, but be sure the cost represents the very highest quality work and materials.
  • Position yourself as an authority on quality. Perhaps writing about other high quality vendors, wedding planners, venues, caterers, complimentary high end products that your clients will also want to use, on your blog.
  • Don’t forget the power of networking, getting to know all these other vendors is well worth it so that they might recommend you to their clients too.
  • Use the best quality photo editing software you can buy, which doesn’t have to mean the most expensive. PortraitPro portrait editing software has a huge range of photo editing tools to help you achieve the best possible portrait photo.

Try out PortraitPro today and see how great quality portrait editing software can help you achieve a look your higher end clients will want to see.

 

 

Wedding couple on the beach

PortraitPro Portrait Editing for Professional Photographers at Destination Weddings.

Portrait editing for destination wedding photography can be tricky. You need to be prepared for different situations and scenarios.  Photo editing can take a long time, but it doesn’t need to.

With a destination wedding you’ve got a much longer trip than usual. You need to think carefully about what equipment you will take with you. You might be travelling for a long time to get to the destination, and you will probably be away on the job for a much longer time than just the wedding. You can take PortraitPro with you anywhere you take your laptop.

People who are having a wedding weekend might want to have the professional photographer around for more than just the wedding day.  They might want the rehearsal dinner and perhaps also the day-before preparations to be covered by the official photographer.  They might also want have the post wedding brunch covered too.  Even with a very informal post wedding brunch, it can be nice to have some professional images too. People will be much more informal, but it can offer the chance for some great candid shots.

It’s important to remember that you might also pick up clients who are having their destination wedding in your city.

This will reduce your costs in traveling to the location, but you might again pick up a weekend long shoot.  As a professional photographer, you need your to be prepared for both types of destination wedding.

Speed up your professional portrait photography workflow

It’s important to get your images to your wedding clients reasonably quickly. If you can manage to get their wedding photos back to them by the time they get back from their honeymoon, then you’ll catch them while they’re still at their most excited about the big day.  You can greatly speed up your portrait editing process with PortraitPro Studio Max, and therefore get their wedding photos back to them quicker.

You can create presets and set the batch processing to use that preset in the batch you upload. For more information on creating your own presets check out our earlier blog post here.

Tell us about your recent destination wedding photo shoots on our Facebook page and check out some more ideas on our Pinterest page.

Try PortraitPro for yourself today!

Woman in red dress

People who buy often buy more

When booking a studio session with you, your standard deal will include the client receiving some images, but it’s a good idea to start with just a basic package, and allow for additional purchases.

It’s easier to get people to make more purchases, once they’ve decided to make one. People have a need to justify their original decision. Making more purchases makes it better, makes it more valuable, and it validates the original decision. If it is wise to buy more, then it is wise to buy in the first place.

So if they book a studio portrait, you may want to offer them one standard image from the session, and then a series of upgrades they can add on after:

  • The services of a makeup artist and stylist during the shoot, so they look their very best.
  • The portrait retouching with PortraitPro you do with their images after the shoot. You can now adjust the makeup in PortraitPro too, meaning they can get even more looks with just one session.
  • The digital copies of their edited images. – You don’t want to put out anything less than your best work, so only give them the edited images.
  • A range of different prints offers, a variety of sizes for different purposes, but it helps to define (for yourself) what purpose they would serve for the customer. (A wedding package, a senior’s package, graduation package, large families, small families, etc.)

You can start the process of turning people in to repeat customers by thanking them with a small gift, or extra.

A small handwritten thank you note after the customer has made their purchase will help to keep their purchase valuable, reminding them of what a great person you were to work with, and that their time with you was well spent.

You can offer special extra items to your service for repeat customers, or those you’d like to become repeat customers.

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For instance, the portrait retouching could be the thing that you decide to “throw in for free”, because although it’s valuable to them to have retouched portraits, and you’d never want to give your clients a completely unretouched image,  your portrait editing can now be so easy and fast, that you can afford to offer it as a “free” extra.

PortraitPro will pay for itself in just a few sessions. Try it out today, and see how easy your portrait editing can be. 

Father and Son photo shoot potrait

People don’t buy what you sell.

You’re a great photographer, you have your own clear sense of style, you get regular bookings and plenty of referrals. And you sell lots of studio portraits, book several weddings per year, and always sell an album or 2. Sounds great right?

So how can it be better? Maybe you don’t realize that people don’t buy what you sell. They don’t come to you for a canvas to fill their wall space, they come to you for that warm fuzzy feeling when they see their whole family having a great time, and it’s there to greet them when they walk through the door after a tough day.

They don’t buy the album from you to have it gather dust in a drawer for 20 years, they’re buying something that will stand the test of time, and remind them how they felt on that special day. And it will be there for their children and grandchildren too. It will be a reminder of all the people who cared for them and wanted to be a part of that special day in their lives.

People who come to you for a family photoshoot don’t just want the images you provide. They’re coming to you for a great time, to enjoy some quality family time, doing something all together. It’s up to you to deliver them a fantastic experience as well as great quality images.

You’re not just a photographer, you’re a problem solver. Their problem is how they will record the moments in their life that they want to remember forever.

You are the solution to their problems. Sure they’re hiring you because they like your style, but you have to make sure that you’re answering their problems. How to portray their family in the best light, how to keep the kids entertained so they’ll sit still and smile for the photos. No one wants a grumpy child in a photo forever, or a long term reminder of a fractious teenager.

You need to be organized and know what you’re doing, be focused and clear in your instructions.

Not that there’s no time for messing around, having fun is what it’s all about, but as the professional, you need to know what you’re doing, and keep your mind on the end product. If it’s a wedding day, your time is very limited, so you have to make sure you’re capturing every necessary shot. Part of what they’re paying for is your professionalism.

Mother and Daughters portrait

When they come back to view your images, remind them that it’s not just a canvas for their living room wall, it’s a reminder of the great memories they made that day together, whether it was in the studio with you, or on their wedding day, or other special event.

It’s that warm and fuzzy feeling over and over again. It’s worth far more than what you’re charging, it’s priceless.

Your time is valuable too, and you also don’t want to spend hours locked in the editing room, you want to be out there photographing clients, or spending your own quality time with your family.

Portrait editing can now take you minutes not hours, leaving you plenty of time to spend making your own memories too.

PortraitPro Studio Max has the automatic tools needed to retouch lots of images at once, so you can let it do the hard work, and leave you more time to spend on other things.

Try PortraitPro for free today.

Woman street fashion

Fashion Week – Opportunities to get some great images for your portfolio

Everyone who comes to town for Fashion Week, whether it’s New York, London, Paris or Milan, are likely to be making a statement with their fashion.

It’s a great way to get some fresh and interesting images for your portfolio. The locations of the events are listed online, so you can catch people arriving on the street. They’re all expecting to see photographers, so they’re very willing to be photographed. Plus, everyone has made an effort, and dressed in their most interesting outfits.

In fashion it can seem like anything goes, so feel free to be really creative.  Doing something out of the ordinary can help you develop your creativity. As many of our professional photographers have told us, it’s often your personal creative work that people will see and hire you for, especially if you’re aiming to find work as a commercial photographer.

If you’re lucky enough to get in to a catwalk event then you’ll get even more opportunity to capture the latest fashions, but it’s the candids you’ll capture on the street.

If you’re not yet ready to brave the crowds at fashion week, but you’d still like to get some images for your portfolio, and experience the fashion show atmosphere, try looking for a smaller event you could get in to first.

Catwalk fashion

Try searching for free events you can attend during fashion week, or try going to an event out of Fashion Week first, when the crowds, and the atmosphere won’t be so intense.

Check out the free fashion show every Friday afternoon at Galeries Lafayette, in Paris.

We love fashion portraits, check out what we like on Pinterest. 

Get magazine-quality portrait editing software here!

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Interview with a Pro – Dustin Meyer

This week, PortraitPro was lucky enough to get an interview with internationally acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer, Dustin Meyer. Dustin is sponsored by Nikon and has been featured in a range of publications including USA Today and Rangefinder Magazine.  We asked him to share his story with us.

PortraitPro: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

Dustin Meyer: I actually started out in the music industry. I was a singer since age 8 and it was supposed to be my life endeavor. I was an opera singer at SMU for several years and was about to relocate to NYC to go into the music industry. However, I had a sort of creative awakening when I bought my first manual SLR. A Minolta SRT-202. A piece of crap honestly, but a workhorse of a camera. I had to teach myself every aspect of shooting because of that beast. After I entered in a few images to a photo contest at Southern Methodist University, I won 1st and 2nd place in two categories, so I figured it was something I was good at. That’s when I realized that singing was always a part of me, but was I doing it because I loved it, or because it was expected of me? There was no doubt in my mind that it was actually photography that I loved. Making a career from it was only secondary.

PortraitPro: How did you come to photography and how did you come to make it your career?

Dustin Meyer: I’ve always had an interest in photography, but it really didn’t come to light until I got my degree in photography in college. The program covered every area imaginable, from studio to lighting, business, history of photography, fine art, darkroom and printing, to digital and film. Ultimately, my passion is working with people to understand their background and personality. I’m mainly a people person I guess, and my photography just sort of evolved around that. My career took off right after I graduated. Mainly because we just started our family and I needed to bring in some income. Fortunately, I landed a job as a wedding photography assistant with a former professor of mine, catering to politicians and celebrity weddings. Needless to say, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Over time, I started offering senior portraits, headshots, and other commercial work to my clientele. It took a while to get here, but eventually it became my full-time job and passion.

PortraitPro: Who are your inspirations?

Dustin Meyer: I get a lot of inspiration from other photographers. I’m always looking for new ideas and techniques when it comes to shooting. I think that’s true for a lot of professionals out there. One of my favorite wedding photographers is Jose Villa. I just love the look he gets from shooting film, the soft colors, the simple composition, everything about it. It’s not the exact kind of style I try to replicate, but it’s always refreshing to look at work that’s different from my own. Some of my favorite iconic commercial photographers are Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger, David LaChapelle, and my all-time favorite is Dan Winters.

PortraitPro: You take only a few clients a year and specialize in creating entirely personal experiences for your wedding couples; working closely with them to come up with ideas. Why is this so important to you?

Dustin Meyer: I think collaborating with clients is key when it comes to creating unique images. I can’t be the only one to come up with all the ideas. Couples have a particular look in mind when they come to me, so I do my best to make that come to life. It allows me to look into their personalities and create something different from every other shoot I’ve done. I love new experiences and testing my knowledge every time I pick up my camera.

PortraitPro: Which of your photographs is your favorite and why?

Dustin Meyer: Oh boy, this is a tough one! I guess perhaps my favorite wedding photo of all time would be this one:

Houston Wedding - Hotel Zaza

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Over the years, I realized that a lot of my music background had come to influence my photography. Lighting, posing, staging, environment… all of it. This image was taken at a wedding in Houston, TX next door to the Hotel Zaza. The couple was truly amazing, with so many ideas but open to suggestions. Their wedding day portraits were the most important part of their wedding day, carving out an entire hour and a half dedicated to just pictures of the two of them. They really gave me a lot of latitude for their photos, so I pushed my limits accordingly. I was really happy with the results, but not as much as they were.

PortraitPro: What is your most treasured memory from shooting weddings?

Dustin Meyer: My favorite part of the wedding day is the portrait session. Especially if they opt to do a First Look before the ceremony. Getting to witness their first glimpse of one another is truly unforgettable. It’s charged with so much emotion, that I can’t help but get caught up in the moment. It’s a good thing my face is hidden behind my camera, otherwise they would probably see me crying right along with them!

PortraitPro: What is the most challenging part of being a wedding photographer?

Dustin Meyer: Timing. So much is going on during the wedding day, and they’re depending on me to get the best images possible. All while meeting multiple deadlines in the same day. Sticking to a timeline is tough, but essential for shooting weddings. My advice is to go in with a solid outline of the day, and literally make every second count. Visualizing ahead of time the kind of images to take is extremely important. Scouting the location and knowing your camera settings before the big day is a huge help to staying in the zone while shooting. I always tell photographers to get their head out of their gear and into the moment happening right in front of them. Otherwise, you’ll miss some of the best shots.

PortraitPro: If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring wedding photographers, what would it be?

Dustin Meyer: Another tough one! My best piece of advice to aspiring wedding photographers would be to always remember what you’re passionate about when it comes to shooting weddings. Whatever it may be, whether it’s working with people, shooting beautiful details, creating dramatic shots, or playing around with gorgeous lighting. Keep your passion going. Protect it. Don’t let your business make you forget why you love taking pictures. Your business should support your passion, not the other way around.

PortraitPro: As well as being a busy professional photographer, you also create photography and photo-editing tutorials. How do you find the time and why do you think tutorials are important?

Dustin Meyer: I wish I had an easy answer for that one. I’ve always had a passion for teaching. Everything I’ve learned along with way was either taught to me, or I had to figure it out on my own. Either way, it takes a lot of time to learn and keep up to date with the photography industry. I guess my goal is to teach others from the mistakes I’ve made over the years as well as pass on what others have share with me. When it comes to the videos, my ideas come from issues or problems I face in my own career. Having time for my personal life is my ultimate goal, so I think solutions that help me save time are my biggest lessons to pass along. As far as finding the time to record and edit the videos, part of it comes from my filming training in college. It’s a fun alternative to just doing the same thing day in and day out. It’s a chance for me to show what I’ve learned, as well as get some feedback from others about their experiences and solutions. Honestly, I have no idea where I find the time to actually record and put together my instructional videos. But when I’m done publishing a new one, it’s just as gratifying as shooting pictures, but in a very different way.

PortraitPro: What’s in your camera bag right now?

Dustin Meyer: My must-have gear is a consists of my Nikon D810, three Nikon SB-910 flashes, and radio transmitter/receivers. My lenses consist of a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, a 14-24mm f/2.8, a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. Plus a ton of memory cards.

Professional wedding photographer Dustin Meyer is based in Austin, TX. To get more tips for improving your own photography, be sure to subscribe to his Youtube channel.  

Happy Thanksgiving from Anthropics Technology

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Anthropics Technology.

It’s time for Turkey dinners, family fun, and celebrations. It’s a busy time of year, and it’s important to take time to stop and remember what you’re thankful for.

We’re thankful for all of our users, and their feedback on what they like about PortraitPro.  We introduced in version 15, the feature most requested by photographers, the new makeup tools. Without our customer’s feedback we wouldn’t know what they wanted, and we really do listen!

We’re thankful for all our staff, working tirelessly to develop new tools to make sure that they’re the best that they can be, or to answer all of your customer support questions and help you to get your work done faster and easier than ever before, leaving you plenty of time to spend with your loved ones this Holiday.

We’re thankful for our ever- growing social media community, over 340,000 fans on Facebook, and our Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ pages.

We’re thankful for all the journalists and reviewers who have so much enthusiasm for PortraitPro and continue to review our new features and tell you what they think of our software.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving from PortraitPro