Couldnt make this stuff up

Most of the people you deal with are honest, polite, understanding, and nice. Yet there are some who really make you wonder. After receiving some very goofy calls, we decided one day to start keeping track of some of the more interesting excuses for failing to pay. I thought you might find some of these comments entertaining as well as educational. I use the word educational, because I don't want you to think you are some kind of weirdo when you start getting these calls yourself. Also, you...

Success leaves clues

Why are some studios successful while others are just barely paying their lab account Generally, success has little to do with nice pictures. Unfortunately, many photographers think that all they have to do to improve their business is take better pictures. There are others who confuse being busy with being successful they think that if they are busy, they must be making money. I don't know about you, but to me, success is measured not by how busy I am, but by how much money I am keeping (not...

Dont rest on your laurels

League boards are constantly changing. As their kids grow and are not involved in the league anymore, most parents resign from the board. Board members also resign over disagreements between members, changing shifts at a job, and for many other reasons. Every time this happens, it means you are dealing with a new crop of photo experts people you'll need to educate to get or keep a contract with the league. This changing of the guard also underscores the need to get everything right. But just...

The basic poses

Many simple things can be done to help your subjects look better in their photographs. Let's start with a basic head-and-shoulders pose. If there's one flaw that's common to most head-and-shoulder portraits, it's that the camera angle is too low. Look at a high-school yearbook, and you will see many students looking down at the camera. In my opinion, the lens should be several inches above the subject's nose. This will cause your subject to look up at the lens,...

Indoor shoots

Studio Background

Typically, if I am photographing a band or sports league in a single location I will use a large backdrop. This is another way of communicating the professional quality of my work. Photographing baseball leagues, high-school bands, soccer leagues, etc., inside with a themed background has a lot of other advantages, too. First, you can use your own studio lighting, so you do not need to contend with harsh sunlight or conditions that change over the course of the the day, as you would...