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August, 2012

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TIPS60 – Website Do's and Don'ts – Your Biography

Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump.

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TRANSCRIPT: Here are a few thoughts on what your biography should include on your website. I'm John Harrington. Bios on your website, or biographical sketches of you on your website need to really reflect who you are, but you don't want refer to yourself as a flighty person. You don't want to refer to yourself as a goofball. You don't want to refer to yourself in some kind of way that looks like you do you're just there to have fun and happenstance will take pictures for you. You're there to do a job. You need to let the client know you can do that job and you can do it right. Make certain there are no typos. I know that sounds like a no-brainer,but I come across photographers' websites everyday that have typos, bad grammar, and otherwise unintelligible speak on their bios. So make certain, when you're putting together a bio, you have someone else read it. Make sure everything is spelled right, capitalization is correct, it's really important that you're not only does your bio reflect who you are, but also should portray you in an excellent light.


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TIPS60 – Should you upgrade your equipment?

Here is one in a series of videos by the author of Best Business Practices for Photographers John Harrington, who also publishes the blog PhotoBusinessNews.com. In this segment John discusses the benefits of upgrading your camera equipment.

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“TRANSCRIPT: Part of your workflow for your business, your equipment workflow if you will, is the importance of planning for and upgrading your equipment. If you're Nikon shooter you probably shouldn't be shooting on a D2 right now or D2x. If you're Canon shooter, you probably shouldn't be shooting on an EOS IDs Mark I or Mark II. You need to be using current model equipment. It really does provide you with better quality visuals, better quality images, and not just about size, but of noise issues. The same holds true for computers. You should be upgrading your computers, you know, every eighteen months to two years. Again, that same time frame for your still cameras. Lenses maybe not so much so, but still cameras, computers should be getting upgraded. Software should be getting upgraded. You should not be working on photoshop CS1. Or any other older version it's not going to be able to open the files as you need and it really is gonna slow you down. So, I would strongly encourage you maintain a plan for upgrading your equipment. ”


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TIPS60 – Keeping Your Memory Cards Organized

Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump. This segment is about organizaing your memory cards.

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TRANSCRIPT: Here a few thoughts on organizing your memory cards. I'm John Harrington.

Obviously, we use memory cards for all the cameras were working with these days. Were no longer shooting film, as much as we have a nostalgic impression of film, we are shooting all digital. Organizing our memory cards so they don't get lost, files don't get misplaced is really critical. So one of the things that we do when were organizing our memory cards, is as we have fresh memory cards, memory cards that haven't been shot. We'll have them in our card wallet like this. When we shoot them well actually turn them over so that the back side of the memory card, with our phone number and contact information, is on it. Now. When we're done and bring those images into the office, well actually use post-it notes we use a set of 3M post-it notes here. The post-it notes get pulled out. They're actually just the right size for a memory card. They fit on the back, let us put some notes on there about exactly what's on there.


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TIPS60 – Sticking with your marketing campaign

Here is another of our videos offering tips and inisights into the business of photography. a transcript of the video is included after the jump. This one offers a few insights into the importance of sticking with your marketing campaign.

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TRANSCRIPT: Here a few thoughts on marketing and sticking with your campaign. I'm John Harrington.

When you're out there putting your information out in front of a prospective client some marketing studies have shown that you actually need to have that information in front of that client nine times in order for them to do business with you for the first time. One of the challenges, of course, is every time you place your information in front of a client they really only, one out of every three times is they only ever see consciously. So if one out of every three times they are seeing your information consciously and you need to actually put your information in front of them consciously nine times that's twenty seven times. Twenty seven marketing outreaches. So when you're starting your campaign, getting your information out there and you're sending out two or three promo pieces or promo emails or however you're getting your marketing information out there, don't be discouraged when you find out that no one's responding to you after the fourth, fifth or even tenth attempt. Because the reality is they've only ever seen it a few times. So stick with your marketing campaign.


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