Every few weeks I ask for Flying Solo questions and this weeks line of them had a recurring theme. The majority of the questions had to do with how do you make it as a photographer. How do you get more Facebook interactions. How do you do better SEO. How do you get more people to want to pay you. No one said photography was going to be easy but there is one surefire way to get people to pay attention and that is to do quality work. Quality work trumps all!!!!
If there is one so called Secret Rule to being successful at photography it would be that Quality Work Trumps ALL. Everything starts with quality work. If your work is subpar it will not resonate with people. So no matter how much SEO, Facebook advertising, begging and pleading you do, if your work is not quality you will not get the job.
Please do not be scared away by that statement because for the longest time I myself was doing subpar work. The first few years I was shooting no one would hire me not because of my age but because my work was not up to par, yet. Yet is the key word there, it took me a good 8-10 years of shooting to actually start producing “Quality” work. If you thought the jobs would just show up a few months after starting you are mistaken. There are always those few that bust through quickly but for every one of those there are thousands who have to take the long road.
One of the questions I posed to you guys is would you like me to put together some sort of guide to help you navigate the business side of photography? Like I said in RAW talk this guide won’t tell you the “secret method to being a success” as I don’t think anything like that exists. But what it will do is give you the tops and tricks I personally use day in and day out to try and make it as a photographer.
The FroKnowsPhoto 2014 Holiday Contest and SALE is in FULL SWING and you can take advantage of that right here http://bit.ly/fro2014sale . All t-shirts are on sale for only $11.99 each and each order will come with a Wheel Of FRO Scratch off card for your chance to WIN one of 47 prizes valued at over $7,000.
As always we had Photo News, Gear Of the WEEK and the Wheel Of FRO.
Thank you to RODE Microphones, ATOMOS, everyone on the Wheel Of FRO and you guys for your support.
EARMUFFS What a FANTASTIC Eye Opening and Inspiring Interview with Amelia Davis RAWtalk Episode #110
Rawtalk #110 Show Notes/Times
00:00:07 – Show start
00:03:10 – Keira Knightley photoshoot
00:07:53 – Fro scratch off cards – Plastic Printers
00:09:16 – What do you want for the holidays? What sales?
00:10:25 – Photo news
00:24:24 – Are you going to the F-Stoppers Bahamas workshop?
00:37:35 – Interview preface
00:39:17 – The Haight book giveaway
00:40:58 – Amelia Davis interview about Jim Marshall
01:22:43 – Gear of the week – Cinevate Hedron slider
01:26:51 – Wheel of fro
Some of you might know the work of Jim Marshall others may have no idea who Jim was, but I can guarantee you that you all have seen his work knowingly or not. I never got the chance to officially sit and interview Jim before he passed away. But when I ran into Amelia Davis at Photokina I knew the next best thing to an interview with Jim would be to interview Amelia.
When Amelia mentioned she would be doing a book signing of “The Haight”, Jim’s latest book, I jumped on the opportunity to set up an interview. What a FANTASTIC interview it was. Amelia was so open and honest and the conversation just flowed. We learned so much about Jim’s past and what made the man tick from someone who was very close to him for more than a decade. Sit back and get ready to laugh, smile and be inspired by the stories that Amelia Davis shares with us.
To purchase Jim Marshall’s latest book “The Haight” please click here.
Did you get a chance to see the nude photo Keira Knightley posed for? Well if not I took it upon myself to replicate the photo almost to a t, sans the beard. Find out why she posed nude and why I decided to spoof it.
What would you like to see on sale in the FroKnowsPhoto Store for the holidays? If there is something in particular please be sure to let me know via twitter, Facebook or YouTube.
Photo News with Stephen is fun as always, get caught up on last weeks photo news this week a whole week after it was actually news.
For gear of the week we showcased a slider by a company called Cinevate who make some really killer well thought out and built video products.
The show ends with some Wheel Of Fro where I decided to spin it twice and twice it landed on the same thing, oh well.
For all the Photo News Stories and more please go to http://FroKnowsPhoto.com/rawtalk-110
A big thank you goes out to RODE Microphones, Atomos, Allen’s Camera, Cinevate, all the companies on the Wheel of FRO and you guys for continuing to support the show.
This is what you need to change asap if you have not.
I could not figure out why I did not sleep until my alarm on Sunday and then I realized why. The clocks here in the US and part of Canada were supposed to be changed aka FALL back. That brings up one of the biggest mistakes many photographers make and don’t realize it until weeks or months later. They forget to change the time in their camera and wonder why they are off by an hour. If you haven’t changed your time stop what you are doing and go change it.
Have you entered to WIN the Atomos Ninja Star yet? We have been running a contest and you have until the end of this month to get your entry in. You can see the full contest rules right here. http://froknowsphoto.com/atomos-ninja-star-contest/ Right now we have under 10 entries so you have a better shot at winning this if you simply try and don’t wuss out.
Stephen and I discuss our trip to NYC for the annual PPE Show. We chose not to shoot any content up there since we already did our show coverage from Photokina in September.
We hit you with the weeks Photo News recap followed by FLYING SOLO the one thing that the world can agree on that they like, well maybe.
I hope you enjoyed the show. The show would not be possible if it wasn’t for good people like you as well as the shows sponsors who fork over the money to allow us to continue to bring you bigger and better content. Thank you RODE Microphones, Atomos, Allen’s Camera and all the companies on the Wheel Of FRO, we greatly appreciate your help.
Click Here to take advantage of the special 50% OFF Launch price of the FroKnowsPhoto Guide To DSLR Video.
With the release of the FroKnowsPhoto Guide To DSLR Video Todd and I sat down around the RAWtalk Table for a special Flying Solo Episode where we answer your Flying Solo Questions.
A little while ago on Facebook I asked you guys for questions you had about making video with your DSLR. Hundreds of solid questions came in and Todd and I take the RAWtalk to answer them in as much detail as possible.
Some people may say this is simply a marketing video to bring awareness to the FroKnowsPhoto Guide To DSLR Video, well it is. But I can tell you something, we do not hold back any information in this 1 hour 30 minute video. If someone had a hard hitting question we gave it an equally hard hitting answer with as much information as possible.
Even if you are not interested in the new guide I think you will learn something new that you can put into practice today.
If you would like to to purchase the FroKnowsPhoto Guide To DSLR Video at a special 50% OFF Launch price please click here FroKnowsPhoto Guide To DSLR Video.
I will explain the title in just a second but first I want to thank everyone for their condolences on Lil’s passing. We had the funeral on Monday just a few days shy of her 104th birthday. Can you imagine what she saw in her life? From 1910 on she was part of one of the largest technological advances in known human history. May she rest in peace and not be forgotten.
Now onto the title of this weeks Episode. I was attending my cousin’s wedding and a family member had a 5D Mark III with a flash on it sitting front row closest to the center isle. Every time someone walked down the isle they were snapping three or four images. The main photographer was down the isle trying to get the pictures and all I could see was the guests flash every single time.
I did not bring a camera to the wedding, it wasn’t my job. There was a photographer who was paid very well to capture the moment and they do not need guests with cameras getting in the way. The moral of the story is if you are not shooting the wedding leave your camera at home and enjoy the event. More on this RANT during the episode.
PLUG ALERT PLUG ALERT – RODE is giving away a Stereo VideoMic X or a K2 Tube Microphone and all you need to do is take a few minute survey to get entered. Go to rockro.de/survey for your chance to win. You have until Nov 10th to get entered.
Stephen brings us his news stories of the week and Sutter decided to shave his hipster head for some reason.
Gear of the week is pretty ICEY and cold and FLYING SOLO get’s cranking with solid questions.
Thank you to Atomos for their killer NINJA that we use on our center camera. Thank you RODE for the Broadcaster Microphones. Thank you to everyone on the Wheel of FRO and thank you to YOU GUYS.