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May, 2013

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TIPS60 – Nobody likes a Braggert

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 talking about your success or lack thereof. I'm John Harrington. In the field of photography frankly, in any field, you don't ever want to be bragging about how much money you made on any given assignment or any given month or any given job. There's a kenny rogers saying from one of his songs, “”You never count your money when you're sitting at the table, there will be time enough for counting when the deal is done.”” I definitely subscribe to that notion whether I had a great month or not so great month or a particular job that I was really excited about. I generally do not discuss the success or lack thereof I've had in any given month. I would encourage you to do so. Talking about your successes, especially talking about how much money you made or didn't make really is not a good idea when it comes to talking to your colleagues, talking to your clients, because if you talk to a client and you tell them, “”Oh, I did this $10,000 job the other day”” and they're only paying you $1,000 that might not go over too well or they might think you don't need them next time and they'll call someone else. So don't talk about money especially with clients and don't brag.


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TIPS60 – The value of The Picture Licensing Universal System

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 the value of PLUS. I'm John Harrington. PLUS or the Picture Licensing Universal System is a industry standard that allows you to license your work in a way which everyone knows about and understands what you're saying. So, if you're referring to and ad slick or you're referring to a bus back or bus shelter where your pictures being licensed. Everyone understands that what that means and there's no ambiguity because the Picture Licensing Universal System, PLUS, which is free. Check out the URL below. Really explains it, everyone's gotten together ad agencies, media, art buyers, stock photo agencies, everyone's gotten together and agreed on exactly what the licensing language is so that there's no misunderstandings. In addition PLUS is creating this registry which will help photographers and image buyers connect if someone's got an image, they're trying to find who owns the rights to that photograph, they can reach out to them and find them through the PLUS registry.


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TIPS60 – Product Commentary – Spyder LensCal Camera/Lens Calibrator

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:One of the things that a lot of cameras have a problem with, no matter what professional grade camera you are working with, is that every lens and every camera combination are not perfectly calibrated, perfectly matched to them, to each other. Now you can take and send your cameras off to Nikon Professional Services, Canon Professional Services what have you and have them do all the calibrations for you. There is a fee and obviously you are without your cameras for a while. There's a really great solution that we encourage, it's actually called the Spyder LensCal tool. What's great about the Spyder LensCal tool is that it lets you focus on an exact known position and have the camera say that it's in focus at that point and then if it's actually not, off by a millimeter, off by a few inches it can actually be adjusted in camera. The camera remembers each of the lens positions for each of the focus points for the lens positions and it's a really great tool to make certain that everything you shoot that's in focus really is in focus.


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TIPS60 – A good job grows clientele, a bad job costs you clients!

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 the value of any given client. I'm John Harrington. When you're talking to a client, they've decided to call you they've made a whole host of decisions about whether or not they want to work with you. The only reason they are calling you is because they're considering working with. So you to want to make sure that all of the things that went up to that phone ringing, don't get lost and all of the sudden the job falls apart and you don't get a chance to do that work. The challenge of course is once you keep that client, and make them happy, recognize that that client, that one job, for conversations sake let's say it's a $500 job, is all of a sudden going to parlay itself over the course of a lifetime relationship with that client into ten plus jobs. Even if you're only getting one job a year, it's going to be a lot. So any given job that is worth $500, if you keep that client, is going to be worth ten times that or $5,000, but if you make a mistake and screw up that $500 job costs you that same $5,000 down the line because they're not gonna call you back.


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