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November 21, 2017
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25 Places To Sell Your Photographs

Want to know how to make money with your photographs? Check out my ebook, “25 Places To Sell Your Photographs.”

You can purchase this, and my other ebooks for photographers and writers, at www.CreativeCauldron.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 16, 2017
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Photo – The Mysterious Moon

Several years ago I went outside to shoot a meteor shower, but it was too cloudy. Instead I took a series of pictures like this. They were shot about 10 feet from my front door.

To see a cool video I made with these images, go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvfyOS45vlk

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 15, 2017
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T-shirts Make Great Gifts

Are you like me, not only going crazy buying Christmas gifts, but gifts for people with birthday’s in December? I have 7 friends and family members who have birthdays in December. All before Christmas.

If you’re in my situation, or just want to simplify your Christmas shopping, check out my Nature Inspired T-shirts. You can see and purchase my T-shirts at https://shop.spreadshirt.com/NatureInspired

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 13, 2017
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The Creative Way To Business Success In Photography

Many people who have a photography business suffer from tunnel vision, and this costs them money. They set up a studio for portraits, products, food or models. Or they go out in the field as sports, nature or street photographs. That’s fine, and the photographer can make a decent living. But with tunnel vision, they are so focused on their niche that they miss a lot of business opportunities. Don’t get me wrong. A niche can help, but there’s no law saying you have to stay there, or can’t expand some.

Always be on the lookout for opportunities to sell your photographs or photography skills. You are the photographer, so you know how they can be used. Whereas, someone at a business may have no idea that photographs could help them, or all the ways that photographs can be used.

My old photography instructor, Al Belson was a master at finding and exploiting business opportunities. When he wanted to vacation in another country, he would determine what business’ would have an interest in the country he was going to. For instance, when he went to Italy, he made a list of businesses (banks, restaurants, travel agencies, etc.) that had a link to Italy. He then visited those businesses with a portfolio of his current images, and a price list for his framed prints in various sizes.

If a business wanted prints from his future trip, they put a 50% deposit down. When Al returned from his travels, he would put together a portfolio of images, and go back to the businesses. They would choose the prints they wanted, and pay the other 50%. Al would then make the prints, deliver and hang them. The 50% deposit paid for his trip. The other 50% was profit.

Another time, he bought an imported car. Custom work needed to be completed at the factory before a car could be shipped, so it took a couple of months for his car to arrive. Since all of these cars needed custom work, he convinced the dealership that it would be great for business if they gave customers a big, framed photo of the car they bought. While a customer waited for their car to arrive, they could hang the photograph in their home or business to show their friends what they had purchased. Their friends may then also decide to buy one of these cars.

So Al was hired to photograph all the body styles and colors the car came in, and printed large photographs for the dealer to give out. Al made money (and also received a discount on his car), the dealership increased customer satisfaction and sales with the photos and their clients could brag to their friends about their new purchase. Everybody won with this project.

Al constantly looked for, and found, ways to promote his business and increase his income.

To develop this skill, ask yourself:

  • What clients can use the photographs I already have?
  • When shooting for a client, how else can these images be used by the client?
  • Are there clients who aren’t using photographs, or using bad ones, that I can help with great photos of their product or service?
  • “How could my photographs be used here?” Ask this question when you go into any business.

The key to a successful photography business is to find a need then find a way that your photographs can fill that need. Be a problem solver for the client, make the client’s life easier, and show them all the ways that photography can help them. Do this, and your business will be a huge success.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 9, 2017
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Photo – Daffodil On Film

I shot this daffodil many years ago on film. It was a simple setup.

The flower was in a small vase that I set on a low table. Behind it is a chair that I draped in black velvet. For the backlight I set my strobe a little behind and to the right, but I only used the modeling light, no flash. I also had a very subtle soft focus Cokin filter over the lens. The camera was on a tripod.

It was a lot of fun making this image.

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 8, 2017
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Business Tip – Free Standing Display

Free standing displays are a great promotional device, and they can be used at almost any venue.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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Jeff

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November 2, 2017
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Photo – Dried Mud

I love to photograph the shapes of dried mud. The area where I took this photo is now completely covered with plants and bushes.

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

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Jeff

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November 1, 2017
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Business Tip – Mouse Pads

Mouse pads give you a nice big area for a photo and ad copy. The touch pad on my work computer died recently and I’m using a mouse again. It’s a lot cheaper than a new computer. Give mouse pads a try.

More business tips on my blog at www.TheCreativesCorner.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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October 25, 2017
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Photo – Lightning

I love Fall, but I can’t wait for Winter storms, and more lightning.

More photos at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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October 23, 2017
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Business Tip – Baseball Caps

Baseball caps are great for promotion. You can put graphics, words, pins and more on them. I received one from a Las Vegas casino years ago, but it’s still in my trunk in case I need a hat when changing a tire. Every time I see it I remember the casino, and if I wear it, it advertises the casino to everyone around me.

More promo ideas at www.TheCreativesCorner.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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