If you're interested in getting into e-commerce through your website, there are some good services to check out
In part one of this article (Digital Photo Pro, March/April 2006), we looked at a number of options for creating an online presence for the busy pro photographer. Just being online is enough for many, but more and more pros are discovering that the web is a great way to market their work and generate revenue with online sales. In part two, we take a look at what's involved with setting up an Internet storefront and selling your work online.
Making a polished and professional-looking website doesn't have to be an all-consuming endeavor. A number of companies can have you up and running at a low cost and with a minimum of hassle.
Let's face it—most of us already spend more time behind a computer keyboard than we'd like, dealing with Photoshop, digital asset management and e-mail. The last thing anyone has time for is learning HTML and how to create a website for showing and selling our work. In recent years, a number of options have become available to pro photographers who want to have a compelling website without requiring a lot of time, energy and money to maintain.
There's an art and a science to framing photographs. Steve Gorman is a professional photographer who also runs one of the most respected framing shops anywhere.
When I was growing up, my parents had a framer. I don't mean we went to a framing store like Aaron Brothers; I mean we had a framer. He was an artist by trade and had opened a small framing shop where he'd contemplate the perfect complement to whatever new piece of artwork came in from his clients. The shop was small and cluttered and, as a kid, I was admonished not to touch anything—an impossible request of a boy surrounded by such cool props as mat boards, framing rails and specialized tools that he had never seen before.
Creating a cover image for a major magazine, Douglas Dubler accepts no compromises
As a beauty photographer for the last three decades, my obsession has been for ultra-high quality in the images I create. When film ruled, my primary tool was a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II fitted with a Mamiya 210mm APO lens and Fujichrome Astia film. That combination gave me the sharpest image with the most neutral skin tones possible.
If you want to have the respect of your models, give them the respect they deserve—and leave the rose at home
“Are you gay?” The question came from an 18-year-old model wrapped in a partially see-through blouse. “No. Why do you ask?” I responded. She explained that in spite of my being very young, backstage at a fashion show and surrounded by stunning half-naked women, I was acting surprisingly professional. I was 19 and on the first fashion assignment of my career.
Making your site stand out in the vast universe of the World Wide Web is key to generating interest and ultimately business, but the hot design also can attract some unscrupulous and sticky fingers
In fashion, we use the word “look” to describe someone's style. Why we don't use the word “style” to describe someone's style, I'll never know, but there it is. It's a person's look that differentiates him or her from the rest of society at large. Oh, you know, “She has such a fabulous retro–'80s twist on a contemporary red–carpet look.” Our look is important to us.
Know your rights and responsibilities when it comes to the usage of your photographs
You'd never leave thousands of dollars worth of camera gear unattended on a busy public street. It would be foolish to risk the loss of the very thing that ensures your ability to make a living. So while most photographers take great precautions to protect their expensive cameras and lenses, there are a surprising number who fail to copyright the images that they have created with that same equipment.
While it can be a powerful tool for getting your work noticed, Creative Commons presents problems for unwary photographers
Imagine you’re a photographer trying to get your work noticed. You’ve heard that Getty Images and some publishers are utilizing the photo-sharing website Flickr as a way of locating stock images, so you open a Flickr account and upload images. Read More...
Amid changing technology and an increasingly difficult business environment, schools and teachers who are training tomorrow’s pros have their work cut out for them as they struggle to push forward while creating a foundation built upon the past
There’s no denying that the digital era has been a boon in the field of photography. There have been more advancements over the last decade than in the entire history of the medium, leading to more possibilities for exciting and dynamic imagery than ever before. Read More...