It’s Q&A Friday so I’m going to get right to the questions. And at the end of today’s post I’ll announce the winner of the super cool Digimarc Professional watermarking plug-in.
Q—Laura – Is it better to focus on one type of photography or to try to be more well-rounded? I personally love doing still life work and think that’s where my talent is, but I’ve also been told it would be smarter to “branch out.” What’s your take on this?
A – It all depends on what your end game is. If you’re intending to solicit clients then you need to have a cohesive portfolio that tells the client what type of photographer you are, or more importantly, what they can expect from your work. I think there’s a natural tendency to seek out other forms of photography simply as part of the growing process. I’ve spent several years working on studio photography only to find that it wasn’t my passion, but I didn’t leave empty handed. I have a better technical understanding of lighting and a new appreciation for studio photographers. I’m all about being a well-rounded photographer providing it doesn’t blur my focus on what I’m passionate about. I would rather be very good at few things than crappy at a 100…;)
Q—Laurie– I know you are a Lightroom user. How user friendly is it?
A—Lightroom is very intuitive but like every photo editing program it takes time to master. There are tons of free online resources available for the beginning to advanced user, for some options, check HERE. The best thing to do is download the trial edition and give it a whirl for 30 days.
Q—Marci– I went to a concert the other night and the boys asked me to take photos…hmmm. I was in the front row, my 18/55 was not close enough… I could get all the guys in, but not really what I wanted. My 75/300 was awesome for a single close up and the goofy faces they were making. However, I really need something in between. What do you recommend that would do the job?
A– I would have probably taken my 24-70mm and my 70-200mm. I can photograph almost anything with those two lenses. One of the key factors at a concert is light, so you really need to make sure you’re taking a fairly fast lens (a lens with a large aperture).
Q—Chris (via-Twitter)— What do you do for music (royalty free) for your slideshows? Hard to find music for a price I can charge clients.
A—This was a darn good question so I threw the question back out into Twittersphere . Here are few suggestions: http://www.affixmusic.com/, http://www.mobygratis.com/film-music.html , http://www.jamendo.com/en/ . I have used Jamendo’s Creative Commons music in the past. I would love to add to this list if anyone else has any suggestions.
A few announcements:
Scott Kelby’s Third Annual walk…if you’re going to be in Yellowstone on July 24, then consider signing up for my walk.
Yellowstone Workshop: I still have space available for my upcoming Yellowstone workshop.
And finally, the Digimarc Professional Watermark winner is….drum roll…..wait for it….Kim Johnson. Congrats Kim! But, remember everyone wins! Use the code “batdorff” during checkout on Digimarc’s site and receive 30% off. Let me know how you like the software.
Have a great weekend everyone.