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 …

How to Be Relevant in 100 Years?

I’ve been on the road last month and had a really interesting week going from Chicago to Milwaukee to Minneapolis. I stopped at the headquarters and museums of two companies that have been around for over 100 years. I never really though about my work and what will happen to it in such a long time. It’s always been more about 5-10 year plans, but never a hundred! So as I walked around the museum of Harley-Davidson, and then Red Wing Shoes, I kept thinking about what it takes to survive such a long time and still be one of …

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 …

What Kind of Presence Photographers Need on the Web in 2015?

Things are changing very quickly on us, or I should say that’s what we do to the photo world collectively thanks to the technologies around us. In the old days there was a completely different set of things you needed to promote and sell your photography. You’d have a printed portfolio, other print materials, your contacts that in those days were just business cards without web address, email, and social handles. When I started getting more serious about my photo work, I experienced this shift on myself as well. My old printed portfolio album is dusting in one of the boxes …

Three Things That Matter in Your Photography in 2015

I’ve been thinking lately how all the boundaries we assume to be present on our way to photographic success and dissolving by themselves over the last few years. There are many new trends and opportunities that you and I can leverage to let the world know about our photography. You can be your own broadcaster, you can collaborate with brands more easily these days, you’re a brand that people are interested in  because what you create is your own community and your own world within. Google Plus didn’t become a success, but they were right when they came up with Google Circles …

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 …