It took me 6 weeks to get my Instagram engagement up

It was mid May and I was packing my duffel bag. I had 3 days to spend in Santa Barbara with Sony and I was pumped! It was the Kando 1.0 trip I wrote about before. Also, I wrote about why I stopped blogging, if you haven’t checked that one out, it’s pretty entertaining and just bare bones truth. So when I got to the Kando experience, I kept thinking I should’ve picked up my social media game.. I shouldn’t have come here with just a few posts in 2017 that I did and this super inconsistent sharing schedule that …

Why I stopped posting on the blog and socials and thoughts on the current state of the market

I have to start by saying that most of my success in photo and later in business world came from the initial blog posts and initial reviews I’ve done on this blog. So for that, I will be forever grateful. I consider myself pretty successful. I’m an ambassador for Sony cameras and an Artisan Of Imagery for Sony (BIG DEAL FOR ME!), I have an e-commerce business that got its initial boost from this blog, and I’ve been doing alright with print sales – my main real source of photo income. I have been pretty committed to blogging in all …

What happens when you photograph the same subject 30+ times

Other photographers often ask me about the best way they can become better shooters. My answer is always the same – shoot the same subject matter over and over again. It helps in quite a few ways, and in this post I’ll go over the 5 things that I learned by shooting in series. I’ve shot American Contemporary Ballet company over 32 times in the last 3 years. It’s quite a lot considering you’re almost always in the same studio, shooting the same people, in often the same costumes, mostly with the same light, and also doing it all unstaged. …

Why You Should Shoot in Series

It’s been a while since I published something new on the blog. In part because after holidays I promised myself a short break from writing, and also in part because I was so busy on the business side. I haven’t been shooting as much lately, but when I do I have a total blast. A few weeks ago I spent three days shooting American Contemporary Ballet, the company with whom I spent the last two years capturing their rehearsals and performances. I’ve been thinking lot about writing on shooting in series and importance of that.I think this photo collection below …

Sony’s Sky HDR App Review

It took me some time to fully absorb the idea that firmware updates and apps are the modern reality of the future. In the past you needed to get better hardware to see improvements. Computers needed new components, phones needed new batteries, new accessories, and so on. Today a simple firmware update or an app can make you very happy and get you the tools you were looking for. I got my hands on the new in-camera app by Sony. It’s called Sky HDR and I took it for a shoot in an early afternoon to see if the future …

Photography Websites and 7 Things you Need to Do for Yours

There are numerous articles on websites: how to make one, how to promote it, and so on. It always seems that there are more articles about this stuff than people actually taking actions on these suggestions. I find that often the advice is too broad and not actionable, so I put a list together that is simple to digest, that is relevant to everyone, and that you can keep close as your checklist for the future. My website is an important part of what I do and I run into situations I shouldn’t have let happen. But this happens to everyone! Many …

Being a Brand, an Ambassador, and an Influencer

We’re living in an interesting time. It’s difficult alone to be both a business person and an artist, but now we have three more interesting and relatively new areas where we can make an impact. I’ve mentioned this many times this year, but we truly are becoming brands of our own. We do not necessarily need to have someone to present our work. We’re in full control of how we present our work, to whom, how we package it (text and visuals at the very least), and how often we broadcast. I know these might seem like completely incompatible to …

Why What You Shoot on Film Matters

I really enjoy shooting film. I never say I’m a pro at it. I live and learn and see what works and what doesn’t. It seems that fewer and fewer people who shoot commercial projects or consider themselves pro photographer ever pick up film cameras these days. It’s mostly the generation, with people like me, who were born on the edge of film cameras and digital cameras. We were not born with iPhones and we didn’t know what Facebook is. I think because we were and are in the middle of these two worlds, it’s very interesting to figure out …

Why You Need a Manual Prime Lens in Your Kit

I heard an expression today that when you go on vacation, you always remember the low moments, the high ones, and the ending. That led me to think of my journey this year and how really crazy things have been. It’s a roller coaster. That led me to think of some of my high moments this year and there is one event that always comes to mind first. It was an end of a long day and I had to squeeze in a late evening shoot. I was pretty exhausted but this just had to happen. It was a ballet …

Quality Portfolio vs. Quality Blog Posts

I never really though I’d have a successful blog. I put a lot into the preparation and creation of each post. I take it seriously. But at this point i feel that I’m getting into this zone where some people may see me as a blogger and not as a photographer. Same goes for people who do workshops. “They are not real photographers,” some may say. And even though these are the comment we usually try to just ignore, it bothered me that no matter how awesome my photos were before, I had barely any visitors on the website. Now …

History Of Success #3. Interview with Richard Photo Lab.

When I first came across Richard Photo Lab, I had no idea about film nor printing actually. It’s always intimidating and stressful for me to be in such situations where I’m a complete newbie. Every single time I spoke with someone at Richard, I always got even more than I asked for. It’s just how they do things. I’m not a newbie anymore, in many ways thanks to the people who work at Richard. For the last two years we’ve worked on numerous projects together for my clients. I bothered them with all my questions. I called several times in …

How to Shoot Product Photography

In the last year I’ve published numerous gear reviews. I enjoy shooting products for photographers and pretty much never get paid for that. It’s more of a personal quest to get the gear I like, to shoot and review it, and share my thoughts and images on the blog. I always am very selective of what I photograph and how and it’s a pretty lengthy process from start to finish. I recently was looking for articles about shooting products on white background because I nedeed to get some of the pins and patches photographed in a lightbox for the store. …

Things I learned from my Leica M6

I’ve had my Leica for almost two months now. It was a birthday gift and the one that I totally didn’t expect. It’s the dream gift for any photographer I think, so I was jumping in the living room surrounded by roses and unwrapping the original white matte Leica box. Inside of it my new M6 was peacefully looking at me as if it was wishing to be with someone like me for a very long time. It was weird, but pretty cool. At that moment my life felt a bit like a Pixar movie where everything comes alive, has …

Running Multiple Websites and Social Media

Introduction It’s a pretty logical desire to be successful. As photographers, we often find ourselves trying out multiple paths and at some point run into a situation where we do several potentially disconnected things. For example, I am a photographer, but I recently launched an online store. I know many people who combine wedding photography and fashion photography. Others shoot architecture and food. Each of these areas and subject matters has a very distinct group of customers that want to see very specific things. You can’t show someone a half naked model and then present your wedding ceremony photos, just …

Twitter for Photographers

Many of the top photographers with large social media followings always praise Twitter and how powerful it is. I never got why. Honestly, this is the social network that I am always most hesitant to create new accounts for. What am I going to do with my 50 followers? So what if I put hashtags and start following some people? It’s always been a waste of time in my opinion. I considered Twitter to be the most useless social network for photographers. So time after time I’d hear someone speak about the power of Twitter and time after time I’d …