DPP Solutions: Establish Your Value

How you’ll be valued is at least as important as how you structure your pricing for a wedding job

In The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, a young d’Artagnan asks the brooding yet wise Athos for advice in a matter of the heart. Athos pointedly refuses even to hear the question, saying that people ask for advice for one of two reasons: So they can blame someone afterward or so they can go ahead and ignore it anyway. For wedding photography,... Read more

Business Tech

Make Instagram work for you

Instagram made its inauspicious debut as an app for the iPhone on the social-media circuit on October 6, 2010, and it’s now the seventh-highest ranked social-media platform out there. Unlike any other social-media platform, Instagram focuses only on photography, which means you need to care about this platform. Yes, Facebook is number one, with... Read more

Save The Date

In a field that’s crowded with talented competitors, we get some insight from a group of innovative and successful wedding pros about what works

Wedding photography is a fierce sport. Ferocious technical skill and a jam-packed mental playbook are the fundamentals you’ll need just to step foot on the field. And, of course, a well-defined, signature style keeps any star in the mind of the public. But what truly wins games, separating the pros from the fauxs, is a sharp business mind. With... Read more

View From The Top

Energy, flexibility and a fearless attitude—pro beauty photographer Courtney Dailey shares insights on how to keep clients coming back

When trying to put together a portfolio for her makeup work while living in Detroit, Michigan, Courtney Dailey couldn’t find anyone doing the New York-style beauty shots she had in mind so, since she had a camera and experience photographing friends in college, she decided to shoot them herself. "Really quickly, my photography business... Read more

Persuasive Promos

DPP talked with professionals about their creative stand-out promotional materials

Anyone outside the photographic industry may assume that all photographers simply have a line of clients waiting for their time. But we know that beyond the location scouts, production meetings, gear rentals and shoots themselves are hours spent working on self-promotion. In addition to social media, e-newsletters and events is a niche realm entirely... Read more

DPP Solutions: Self-Promotional Mailings

Beyond email, think about using hard goods to promote your business

While there’s lots of emphasis on skills and gear in professional photography, getting your work and name out there is equally important. You can be the best shooter in the world, with the best equipment, but if no one knows about you, you’re not going to get a lot of work. Self-promotional mailings are one good way to get your name and... Read more

DPP Solutions: Drone Laws

Can you legally use a drone for a work shoot? Well, it’s complicated.

Unmanned aerial vehicle-based photography and videography are on fire right now. Better known as drones, small remote-controlled quadcopters fitted with GoPros or similarly sized cameras are being used by hobbyists to capture amazing footage. The DJI Phantom has become the de facto standard, thanks to its combination of simplicity, compact size, low... Read more

Mini Docs

Learn storytelling in motion and promote yourself through short documentaries and behind-the-scenes videos

With the Nikon D90 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, video was introduced to the still camera. The immense popularity of the devices for filmmaking caught the manufacturers by surprise in many ways, as they had originally intended the feature as a way for photographers to provide supplemental material for still clients. Only five years later, and video... Read more

Promotional Benefit Or Rights Grab?

Is social media synonymous with a loss of rights over your images?

There seems to be no shortage of commentary regarding the potential pitfalls associated with posting photographs on social media. Even discounting the more emotional aspects of the debate, there’s reasonable concern among photographers that posting images to social media will result in a loss of rights and/or control over such images. One aspect... Read more

Make Use Of Instagram

The service is frequently scoffed at by professional photographers, but it can be a boon for your business

Among professional photographers, Instagram may be one of the most reviled photography websites today, but its success is a reminder that we need to remain open-minded to succeed in our quickly evolving market. Looking past the novelty of photo filters and a square format, Instagram has filled a large hole—easy publishing and distribution of images... Read more

DPP Solutions: Model Release Basics

When it comes to both image sales and protecting yourself from liability, this simple form can be a lifesaver

A model release is simply a liability waiver from the subject of a photograph that allows the said imagery to be published. Model releases can be complicated, but they don’t have to be. Even a handwritten note with signatures, if properly documented, is all that you’ll need to cover your bases. If snapping a picture of an interesting subject... Read more

Pay Attention To The Details

The social world of the Internet gives pros a lot of benefits, but you need to understand the Terms of Use to understand what rights you’re giving up

In the course of setting up an online account, I was presented with a license agreement spanning 24 screens. As I started to review the terms of the agreement, I was struck by the thought that most people’s eyes would glaze over by the third or fourth screen, assuming they even made it that far. And since the window with the license agreement... Read more
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