Rants and Raves
You know, nothing grinds my gears more than a company that has the means to pursue image licensing, stealing an image. It’s even worse when that company is one dedicated to another creative field where theft of intellectual property is rampant.
Once again, our favorite lady, Melissa Munding of Melissa Munding Photography comes through with a bit of gold for all of us.
Coming from a fine art background, she’s been torn to shreds in her past and developed strategies to learn and grow from it.
So with no Ado whatsoever, from Melissa:
Well, pretty simply it seems.
Weddings Unveiled Magazine decided that they had no interest in running an ad with the image of a same sex couple. The backlash has already spread far and wide.
And in our opinion, deservedly so.
Once again, we find ourselves in the position of reading advice for photographers on how to get into the business that leaves the MEAT of the matter out and glosses over some of the most important steps.
Yeah, practice a ton! But BEFORE you start accepting money, BE LEGAL…seriously. It’s incomprehensible to us that purported industry “rockstars” have the cajones to come out with advice that will inevitably lead to failure.
I know I know, we’re photographers so why are we talking about a production companies demo reel? As a director of photography myself on multiple projects, I’ve come to learn that cinematographers are the greatest storytellers using only light, sound, color, and perception. Whatever medium we choose, our end result should be to capture and present a story that captivates, moves, and stirs up emotion.
Recently, one of the ShutterCliq team members, Jay Gough, was fortunate enough to be selected to attend CreativeLIVE in Seattle as a studio audience member, for the Zach and Jody post wedding workflow workshop. We really wanted to relate the entire CreativeLIVE experience as much as blog post and some images possibly could.
We’ve gotten tons of messages from people saying that there’s no way some of the concepts and tips we’ve given here, could be useful in their business because “I do fine when I do mini sessions for $45 and include the disc. I get em in and I get em out and I’m making money.” Or, “I don’t need to read any books or do any learning. My business is fine.”
When I first saw this list last year, I found it incredibly humorous and informative. Now eight months later, I found that this list is more vital than ever. How to Steal Like an Artist is a top 10 list that breaks the boundaries and jumps out of the box that everyone else is thinking in.
creativeLIVE is one of our favorite sites for many reasons. Names like Sue Bryce, Don Giannatti, Zack and Jody Gray, Jasmine Star, Bambi Cantrell and MANY MANY other AMAZING photographers, give you an insight into their workflow and businesses, the likes of which you will never get at any other workshop.
There’s a LOT of content here on ShutterCliq that we have found for you to use in your Photography Business. But with an increasing amount of content, cutting to the chase and getting to the content YOU need, gets tougher all the time!