Luminar Sky Packs discount. Let’s face it, Skylum Luminar changed photography forever, and for good reason. They have created the best software to do sky replacement in just a few clicks. And that my friends, is awesome.
Even though I am an ambassador for Luminar, that is not the reason I am saying that. I truly love the software and I think most serious photographers also love it.
When Luminar marketplace came around I was thrilled to be part of it, and not only that but also to be able to purchase other sky collections from other amazing photographers. Let’s face it, the more tools we have at our reach, the more creative we can get with our creative vision, and that is a fact.
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When this software first came out, ( and I was one of the first people to use it before it went to market ) I knew it would change the photography game forever. I mean replace the sky with a couple of clicks?? That’s just amazing. I quickly realized I had a massive collection of skies, and I wanted the world to have them. Why not, the more beautiful images out in the world the better. And to know that I am helping your creative juices flow, well that’s just a big bonus.
So I decided to put all my sky collections, in one place and sell them for a great price. Remember that all my skies have been remastered, meaning edited, and made to perfection so you can create stunning images.
My store is called SkyOverlays.org and I have all my sky collections there, and my own brand of clothing called Focus. This was such a hot item last year and the year before that I had to bring it back. Drop-in and check it out. If you like something pick it up for a discounted rate. All my readers get 15% off. Use discount code edin at check out! I promise you are going to love these and come back for more. These are just some of the epic skies on SkyOverlays.org.
I promise you will absolutely love these sky collections, if not, shoot me a message, and I will give you your money back. You have nothing to lose!
Stay awesome and I can’t wait to see your photos with epic skies all over them.
Let’s talk about watermarks. I have had a watermark on my images since I can remember. However, I have never really liked it. It’s just a plain boring font at the bottom of my pictures.
It doesn’t look horrible, but it does not seem significant. It just does the job. I recently discovered PhotoLogo, and everything changed.
Photologo is a company that will design your name is a really cool way. It’s not precisely your signature, but they do a fantastic job creating a photography logo for you. It takes about 2 minutes to order, and they have it ready for you in a couple of days. I have seen a lot of these around online, and I was wondering how they did it. Now I know, and I am happy I found them.
Here is how it works. Once you go on the website, you have to tell them how thick you want it and how curly. It’s seriously that simple.
This brings you to step number two. All you have to do is fill out this simple 3 question form.
The third step is the check out page, and they currently have a sale. And that is it. Seriously is that easy? Yes, it is.
After I ordered my photography logo all I had to do was sit back and relax. Once I received my order, like a kid waiting for Santa Clos. Once I opened the file, there were 4 signatures. 2 black, one in high resolution and one in low-res, and 2 white ones.
Keep in mind this is not my actual signature. However, it makes for an excellent clean looking beautiful one-off watermark. What do you think? Check out the images below with my new photography logo.
Do you use a watermark? Did you get a photography logo? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
How to make money with your blog is something everyone wonders about. I certainly did when I first started my blog.
Why does every photographer need a blog? The answer is simple, to get your message out there and to make more money. A blog is critical to everyone trying to run a photography business.
Let’s break it down. When you have a blog, you can offer things to sell. These can be digital downloads, classes, courses or merchandise. You can even sell email access to you or a skype call to your readers. You would be surprised how many people are actually looking for this sort of services. These are things you can’t really offer on a photography portfolio site.
Starting a blog is not as hard as you would imagine, and it should be priority number one right after launching your portfolio website.
If you look at most great photographers, they all run a blog. Not only can you sell things out of your blog, but Google loves blogs. Every time you post a blog, Google ranks you, and the more you post, the better you look in googles eyes.
What is that mean, well if you want to do work in a local market, all you have to do is write a blog post about the area you live in. Such as “best places to eat,” “best places to photograph,” “things to do” etc.
You get my point. These are things people are continually looking for on google, and for a great reason. Because there are tons of blog posts on the internet about such things.
I recently did a podcast with understandphotography.com where I talk about how I make money from my photography blog. It is crazy to me to think of all the photographers out there, that do not have a blog. I can assure you that as soon as you start a blog, you will be closer to making more money as a photographer.
How to edit drone photos. This is a question that I have gotten from many people recently. I have put together a class where I cover exactly how to edit drone photos to make them pop.
I have been shooting with drones for a long time. The perspectives you can get with this awesome little machines are insane. However, you need to know how to finish this images. Taking them is just step one, editing them is just as important as taking them.
In this easy to understand Lightroom course, you will learn how to finish your drone images like a boss. I cover all the basics and go into detail about why I do what I do.
Going over the basic panel, the lens corrections, the detail panel, tone curbs and explain every step of the way. I try to keep my classes short and simple so everyone can understand and start applying these techniques to their workflow right away.
I have been editing with Lightroom for 9 years and knowing what every slider does is very important. If you are ready to take you drone images to the next level check out my class. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you can watch it for free.
You get two months free when you use this link. I also have other classes on there that will help you take your photography and your photography career to the next level.
Drop by check it out and upload some of your drone images. I can’t wait to see them.
If you want to edit your drone images with just one click check this out.
How do you use the contrast slider in Lightroom? The best Lightroom tool that almost always gets underused by most photographers especially beginner photographers is the contrast tool. It is an intimidating tool because if used incorrectly, you can potentially destroy your image.
The contrast tool is my favorite tool to finish an image with. Once I edit a photo the way I like it, (landscape, portrait or any kind of image) I always go to my contrast slider to finish it up.
Contrast makes the photo look real, it makes it look like a finished image. If you are ever in doubt of how to edit a photo or what you need to do to an image to make it pop, always go to the contrast slider.
When you watch the video below, you can see that the image above looks really good after I edited it and before I touched it up. However, once I brought up the contrast the photograph came alive. It made it look so much better. Like a suit without a tie, the contrast slider is the tie to finish off the suit.
Contrast is just as important as anything else, but I always give it a bit more love than all the other sliders. Contrast brings the colors of an image together, it darkens the right spots and it makes your sky pop.
When you use contrast correctly in combination with all the sliders in Lightroom, you will see a very large difference in your images.
Contrast should always be adjusted in all of your images. Once you start to do it and getting familiar with it, you will see there is nothing to fear.
In this video, you can see how I use contrast to bring my photo to life and to finish it off before sending it off to print.
If you are looking for a Miami Event Photographer or any other event, you came to the right place. You can reach me through my contact page. As the leading Miami Corporate Event Photographer, we can take care of any event no matter the size. If you are a photographer and want to know a bit more about Event Photography and what it takes to make great photos during such an important event please read on.
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All You Need to Know About Corporate Event Photography
As a leading Miami corporate event photography team, Edin Chavez Photography Studios stands out with its unmatched photography and use of state-of-the-art equipment. Corporate event photography seems to be the new deal but there are several things many photographers do wrong; a better business courtesy leaves every client happy and satisfied.
Corporate event photography is one of the many specialties in the photography industry, and it involves taking photos of special company events. Most photographers make their living from this kind of photography as many companies hold regular events like conferences, cocktail receptions, marketing events, dinners, trade shows, seminars, and parties, among others. It is a profitable market with a captive audience – the company’s employees and officers. As a Miami Event Photographer, I have seen it all.
Here is what you need to know about Corporate Event Photography
Corporate event photography is not like a fashion shoot or street photography, but all the photos must still tell a story. Most subjects taken are either moving or on the move which shows a more formal environment. A good corporate photographer will be able to come up with creative shots even if there is no such opportunity in the events.
If you can consider the scheduled time, you will notice that corporate event photography pays well because the event starts at a particular time and also ends as scheduled. What a client that pays you will request from you is great work; so it important to know some basics of good corporate event photography – you can simply start by learning more about your client and the event itself.
Getting to Know Your Client (Very Important)
When it comes to corporate event photography, the first thing you need to be a good corporate event photographer is to know your client. Read and research all about the company. Find out from people what makes the company unique and get information about its success story. Ask a lot of questions on the initial meeting and make sure you know and understand exactly what they want and need.
After getting to know the client, get to know about the event
You now need to know and understand your assignment that is the event. Knowing that you will be shooting an awards ceremony for the company’s employees is not enough, you need to have relevant information about the event. Examples include; what’s the story behind the awards? How were the awardees chosen? And what awards will be given away? These and other questions will give you an insight of what your client wants from you. Get as much insight as you possibly can about the event.
When you talk to your client about the event details and ask questions like; will there be a pre-event shoot? Is there a required outfit? What time should you be there? Get all details ready for the event for easy preparation. Other important questions include Wi-Fi available in the venue? Is there a place I can set up my work area during the event? Will another photographer be present at the event? And always ask for a shoot list. This will make your life a lot easier when it comes to getting the job done and done right.
Things to Do Before the Event
Some days before the event day, you should start preparing yourself and your equipment.
1. Study the venue – You can get a layout of the venue from the client If possible. This will allow you to study your angles and plan your shots ahead of time. You will be able to choose the best angles for each shot so that when the event comes, you won’t be struggling to have a right shot.
2. Get a copy of the complete event program (or schedule) from the manager or the organizer of the event. This will give you an idea of the flow of activities. Furthermore, this will help you draw up your plan. This is especially important when there is an awards ceremony and or a red carpet event. You must know your times.
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3. Invest in a good outfit – Always remember that you are going to a corporate event, not a night out with friends or a fashion show. You have to adhere to the motif or theme of the event. You must blend with the guests present at the event. Guests wear formal or semi-formal attires most of the time at corporate events.
During the Event
As mentioned above, you should look like a professional when you blend in with the guests. You are also expected to act accordingly about this. When dealing with such industry, it pays to be courteous and respectful. Below are some tips that will help you perform better during the event.
1. Move around the venue slowly – When you do this, you will be finding good subjects. You can make use of zoom lens if you cannot be as close as to your subject as you want. To make this better, you can bring one long zoom and one short zoom lens. This way you have lots of options when you are at the venue.
2. Always ask for permission before you take a photo of someone or a group of people. Introduce yourself to them as the event’s official photographer, and they will almost always allow you to take their photograph. Please keep in mind some people do not want to be photographed. Do not let that get you down, just keep making your way around and keep shooting.
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3. Try to get shots from different angles as much as possible. This is where pre-checking of the event venue is important. You will always have a better result with more varied shots. Varied shots will also give you different perspectives. Always try to get creative with your photos, remember you are the photographer and that’s why they hired you. Make use of interesting angles and perspectives to have nice shots. Keep angles interesting to keep the photos interesting. You can shoot between floral arrangements if available etc.
4. Do not take photos of people eating. Particularly when they have their mouths wide open! You can use the dinnertime to rest and review your first shots instead of taking photos.
5. In addition to the point above, you should also avoid taking photos of presenters and speakers with their mouths open. In this case, you can take continuous shots of the speaker and later choose the ones which are good and don’t show the speaker or presenter in a non-desirable pose or angle, only pick the best shots.
6. Take candid shots of people and always try the flash on and the flash off. See what looks best. Point your flash toward the ceiling of the venue, this will bounce a nice soft light on the guest. This will also reduce red-eye in your pictures because the red eye is caused when light enters the subject’s eyes at a right angle.
7. Work well and work fast – this is because corporate clients often ask for most of the photos at the end of the event or a day after the event. Your work must be beautifully done and very fast.
8. Don’t be afraid to have fun with posed shots. Always challenge yourself to get more playful even though the organizers may want a variety of shots of attendees. Most event organizers just want the ‘grip and grin shots,’ and this works mostly with interesting or famous people.
9. Always have a plan on how to use the photos before the corporate event. If it is a repeatable event, you may want to make the photos as evergreen as possible (meaning keep it fresh and relevant). Avoid anything that might feel dated or a unique location.
10. Use abstract shots for marketing. While it is important to take shots of attendees having fun, you can also get shots of abstracts that are not focusing on any individual. This is good if your client will be using your corporate event photographs for marketing.
Aside from zoom lens (I highly recommend this one), you should also carry the following equipment along whenever you do corporate event photography:
An external flash (though one might be okay for you, you may need 2 one as back up)
Extra camera (in case your camera stops working in the middle of the event)
Extra memory cards and batteries (as many as you can in the case of unforeseen circumstances)
A tripod or monopod stand (this is important if you will have to stay in a fixed position for some time)Try as much as possible to be at the event early enough to make a good impression on your client. This will also give you a bountiful time to set up. If you enjoy and love what you are doing and if photography is your passion, you will enjoy every single time spent in a corporate event.
I hope this post was useful. Please leave me a comment below if you have any questions. Happy shooting.