Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A new photo community

I am taking Maria Piscopo's Orange Coast College class, 'The Business of Photography,' because I need it to regain my sanity. All the information she is handing out is solid gold to me. The reason is, I tried making it as a professional photographer without the business know-how. It was extremely frustrating and I got nowhere. See, they didn't teach me anything about business in art school.

So to all of you who have not yet tried your hand at running a photography business, and don't necessarily realize the importance of this class: trust me, paying careful attention and applying what you learn in this class is even more important than being a good photographer. You can be a great photographer and poor, if you don't know how to sell yourself. On the contrary, you can have a thriving photography business with poor to average photos, if you're a great businessman. We see it all the time, don't we.

This blog is about creating community amongst us photographers. We usually are our own bosses and work independently of any other photographers. It's everyone for themselves. It doesn't have to be that way. Together we can make our businesses and industry much stronger. That is the future.

What are you struggling with in your photography? In your business? What have you learned that we could benefit from? Let's help each other out! I am passionate, ambitious and dedicated to becoming a successful professional photographer. If you feel the same way, then I'm all ears. If this sounds like I'm trying to rally the troops, it's cause I am. I have no idea where this blog thing is headed or if anyone is even reading this, but whatever. I like the concept and I feel we could all benefit from it. Ok enough blabber from me. If you guys have comments, suggestions, throw them out. This is an open forum. We are allies in this adventure. Remember that yo!

28 comments:

Kathryn LeBoye Photography said...

All the advice and help we can give each other is a win-win situation. Thanks Greg for starting this blog.

Here is my contribution for today:

After setting up your web site add a visitor tracking code. I am using Extreme Tracking @ http://extremetracking.com/?home
It is great because it lets me know what search engine the consumer used to locate me. Plus, the city and state they’re located in.

Maria Piscopo said...

Excellent! Thanks Greg, i will use this to keep things up-to-date. Also, to answer any questions between classes.

Melinda said...

The class is great. I strongly recommend it as well. Like Greg said the business side is more important than the photography side unless it is just a hobby.
I have tried one free online press release service

www.free-press-release.com

but that only put a press release on their website and you then have to do additional work to get it out to Google etc. I am going to try

www.prolog.org

today to anounce my website http://www.NaturePhotographyWithAPurpose.com
(it is going to get redone and it is going through a lot of changes but I wanted to role it out).
I will let everyone know how prlog is.

kelley simpson said...

Hey Greg, you rock. That was fast... looking forward to the group. Thank you very much.

Maria Piscopo said...

kathryn-loved your direct mail postcard! see me at class for my comments.

Maria Piscopo said...

This is a duplicate because i am not sure which blog to put this on - important info!Okay kids - get busy going through your images for submission to the PDN Annual Photo Competition,
http://www.pdnphotoannual.com/
They have a Student Work category and PDN is probably one of the best to enter from a publicity point of view - one of our recent classes was public relations so this is your chance to show your stuff!

Maria Piscopo said...

Speaking of community...we talked a lot in class about 'giving back' and how photography for charitable and community groups would not only make the world a better place but you can also get some great images for your portfolio. So i am going to start posting charities on the blog and you all decide where your (photo)heart will take you...
This first one i had never heard of so you nature and animal photographers, listen up: The Humane Society of the United States collects old fur or fur-trimmed item that you don't intend to wear for its "Coats for Cubs Program." HSUS distributes donated furs to more than 200 licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the United States and Canada, which use the furs as surrogate "mothers" to comfort orphaned wild animals in their care. THE VIDEO IS HARD TO WATCH so you are forewarned. The link is http://www.hsus.org/furfree/campaigns/c4c/
Now go save the world and all my best to you, your teacher.

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Caryn said...

Great blog! I am in a business admin class at another college, and was questioning how to implement the business side to the photography side (like left-brain vs. right brain?) Anyways, cool stuff and I look forward to contributing if I can!!

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