Posts Tagged ‘education’
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go with others.”
– African proverb.
I was recently asked about the benefits of joining a photographer’s organization. While I’m a strong believer in joining a local group, except for PPA, I didn’t know much about the many national photographer’s organizations. So I spent an afternoon doing some research. Here’s a list of the groups I discovered. Maybe one of them is a good fit for you.
While doing the research, one of the comment I read over and over was that the best group to join is the one that is the most active in your community. If you live in Detroit, it might be the DPPA. If you live in Boston, it might be the Boston Camera Club. Everyone agreed that spending time in an active organization will not only “recharge your batteries” but will make you a better photographer.
The other comment I read repeatedly was that a professional should join either the PPA or ASMP for the equipment insurance. Photographers wrote that the peace of mind the insurance provides is worth the cost of the membership.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
JD will host Sabina Cavalli for the PPA Merit Class titled “Stunning Sports Portaits” on Saturday November 8th from 9am to 5pm in the lab training room (directions).
In this day-long workshop Sabina Cavalli teaches you how to create a “sportrait,” a sports portrait so incredible that clients will do a double-take! This course is your opportunity to stop being average and go for the amazing!
You’ll learn how to set up the perfect lighting and create compositions that truly highlight your clients. Discover the various poses that work best, and how to photograph each sport differently. From lighting ratios to backgrounds, editing and everything in between, you’ll discover how to develop your signature style that will stand out from the rest!
Friday, September 12th, 2014
What’s better than belonging to the world’s biggest association for professional photographers? Going to the industry’s longest-running photographic convention for free!
If you sign up for a new PPA membership, you will also get entrance to Imaging USA Feb 1-3, 2015 in Nashville. This includes the Expo, speakers and programs, networking opportunities, and a program exclusively for new members.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Angela Lawson, CPP, and Sam Sarkis, M.Photog.Cr. will hold PPA Super 1-Day Photo Workshops for photographers interested advanced training or in achieving Certified professional Photographer status.
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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Viruses are fun! Who doesn’t want some foreign teenager remotely controlling their PC in order to sell Viagra online?
Unfortunately, it is harder to get a virus than you think. You have to randomly click links in suspicious emails that, if you had actually read the email, you’d normally delete.
So to help you out, here are 7 clues to ignore in an email if you want to get a brand-new virus on your PC.
1. You don’t know who the email is from. AutoFacebookReminder has the word Facebook in it, and you use Facebook, so it must be from Facebook, right? Ignore this.
2. The email is personally addressed to you. Actually, it is addressed to your email name, but that is just like your name. Close enough to ignore.
3. The sender’s email address is nonsense. Facebook is in California, but their employee named Vvmtxcnf is from the Austin, Texas office. It could happen. I’d ignore it.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Professional photographer and studio owner Karen Goforth will hold an evening seminar titled “Smart Marketing for 2014″ on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Livonia. Directions here. The event is hosted by the Detroit Professional Photographer’s Association.
Karen, along with her husband, Buddy, own and operate Irresistible Portraits. IP is one of the most successful studios in North Carolina. Now in its 24th year, sales annually reach more than $600,000. Find out what IP is doing to stay fresh and offer new ideas, promotions and products to entice their clients to visit them again and again.
According to Karen, ” In this ever changing industry, we all are trying to reinvent ourselves and keep our clients coming back for more. Being focused and persistent is key to continually getting clients in the door. Because of the economic situation and competitiveness of our industry, you have to work harder than ever to prove yourself to your clients.”
Learn how creating a plan for the year can help to create repeat business. Karen will explain how to plan your marketing strategy with little to no expense, using the tools you already have!
Registration begins Feb 18th at 6:30pm. The seminar starts at 7pm. Cost is $29 for DPPA members and $45 for guests.
For more information, contact Greg Ockerman @ 248-946-1193 or Info@DPPA.net.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
JD is proud to be a co-sponsor of Geff Gump’s Sports Photography Seminar on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
Jeff is one of the top photographers in this market. He’s figured out the “secret sauce” to shoot high-volume sports profitably. His staff shoots dozens of sports teams in a day. He will share what had made him one of the top youth sports photographers in the nation. Don’t miss this money-making opportunity! Click here to learn more.
The seminar will be held at Holiday Inn in Livonia (directions here). Registration begins at 6:30 pm, the seminar begins at 7 pm. Cost is $29 for DPPA members, $45 for guests.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Remember Heathkits? Nobody does anymore. But back in high school, Billy Maxwell and I built a Heathkit Computer kit from a box of parts. As a result, I got an early start in computers that has benefited me for years.
The BigShot is like a Heathkit digital camera.
You buy a BigShot (or give it to your kid as a gift), assemble it with a screwdriver, and when you’re done you have a real, working digital camera. As you put it together you follow the descriptions, illustrations and demonstrations on the website to learn technical concepts like optics, mechanics, electromagnetism, electronics and image processing.
In other words, you will learn how your DSLR actually works. (more…)
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Have you ever found yourself “tongue-tied” in front of a potential client? Do you get nervous when it is time to talk about your fees? It may be because you lack self-confidence.
According to Nicole Glaros, Managing Director at Techstars.com, we can train ourselves to improve our self-confidence using a simple technique similar to visualization used by professional athletes. During a talk I attended at Brand Camp in Detroit, Nicole claimed she had taught it to dozens of professionals over the years, and each was able to drastically improve their self-confidence.
Here are the 4 steps:
Monday, September 9th, 2013
(c) Sam Sarkis Photography
Sam Sarkis will give a talk titled, “It’s A Go for Launch.” Preparing Your 2014 Wedding Season Success at the regular monthly meeting of the Professional Photographers of Western Michigan on September 16th at 7pm at the Comfort Suites, 350 Dodge Street, near Grand Rapids (directions).
According to Sam, “Every success begins with detailed and specific preparation. NASA doesn’t just roll the Space Shuttle out on to the launch pad and light the engines! They have specific and detailed preparation protocols that they must go through to ensure a successful launch. So should photographers!”
During the evening, Sam will walk through the essential checks a photographer should go through to ensure the launch of their wedding business success in 2014.
Essential “checks” include: