Posts Tagged ‘commercial photography’

Many people may not like negotiating with clients, but if you’re in the creative industry, solid negotiation skills are a must.

From knowing what you’re worth to how to prepare for a call with your potential client, PhotoShelter recently released a webinar on how photographers should negotiate with potential clients.  In the webinar, Blake Discher, a successful Detroit-based freelance photographer who specializes in editorial, advertising, corporate and portrait photography sheds some clarity into a subject that many digital photography and commercial photography professionals may need some tips on.

In the webinar, Discher shares, “I want to be the guy in town that is the easiest to work with, and by that I do not mean by bending over or by being the cheapest. I want to listen to that client carefully, find out exactly what they need and find out a way to give it to them, find out a way to make it work.”

The webinar is about 40 minutes long, and well worth it if you can find the time: http://vimeo.com/27036957

Learn more about the subject from Discher by visiting his blog http://groozi.com/, or following him on Twitter at @bdischer.

Webinar by PhotoShelter

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At the Montgomery film premier on August 18th at Harrington College, over 60 people showed up to express their support of the independent film created by Harrington College of Design Photography college alumn Casey Miller: a film that was received with resounding acclaim!

The Harrington Student Government sponsored and provided a great introduction to the film. On the making of the film, Casey shared, “Through it all: missing memory cards, learning lines, fixing lighting, finding locations, replacing actors, losing assistants, designing props, wardrobe, adjusting sound, filming during actors finals, reshoots, etc., I have a finished film I can be proud of, and to say I’m wise from the experience is a HUGE understatement. I will always appreciate the help Dirk Fletcher (head of the Photography Department at Harrington College of Design) gave me when filming and editing the movie, and the help Harrington and the Student Government gave me with putting together the showcase.”

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The night wrapped up with a standing ovation –proof that all those involved in the film had their hard work well appreciated!

Read about the movie’s plot here and about the making of Montgomery here.

Photos courtesy Brian Flynn and Dirk Fletcher

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An educator through and through, Harrington College of Design Photography college instructor Tim Arroyo is a vibrant Chicago photographer who recently initiated a Chicago Photoshop User group through Adobe. The group is dedicated to learning and sharing all that is Photoshop, and is open to all levels of experience.

On the User group page, Tim shares, “I constantly encounter many Photoshop users, but there are no groups to support them. I want to start this group as a way of communicating and uniting those individuals about PS, via meetings, training sessions, and fun PS-related activities. I hope to bring in practicing professionals as guest speakers to demonstrate techniques and workflows using the application.”

The group already has 27 members after being open for just a few weeks! Interested in joining or know someone who might be? Check it out at http://chicago-photoshop.groups.adobe.com/

Learn more about Tim Arroyo (shown above) by visiting his site or by searching for him in this blog (just look for the search feature to the right or at the very top of the page!)

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Earlier this year I highlighted Linda Bergonia, a Harrington alumna, whose exciting career path eventually led her to Food Photography – check out the interesting three day feature here. Linda is still keeping busy and innovating as she goes along: I recently caught wind of her latest project, FollowSpot Media, where she has pulled  together a team of other food professionals, marketing, video and social media partners to create gorgeous marketing videos and push them out on the interwebz.

FollowSpot Media creates engaging (food related) online videos to achieve their clients’ business goals. Linda shares, “We are storytellers who create a new solution to marketing problems. We are changing the web-based video model. We have pulled together a strong partnership with team of experts who are truly passionate about food and telling the stories behind the chefs who make it. We focus on this art as a specialty, not merely an area of service. We shape your message with an innovative approach to appeal to your audience.”

Their story telling passion for food is clear in a few great examples of their work featured below:

Girl and the Goat’s Sauteed Cauliflower

One of the partners that comprises FollowSpot’s team is Forward Motion Media; another Harrington Graduate, Jon Hamblin, is a part of the FMM team and worked on the video below, a sake program preview for the newly opened Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar:

Union Sushi Sake

Other FollowSpot team members include Total Dish Marketing and Nimble Social Media, also integral in taking Union’s concept to market.

It’s always very exciting to see what our alumni are up to in the field! If you are an alumni of Harrington College and interested in sharing your story, email it to me at info@harringtoncollege.com

About Linda Bergonia:
Linda Bergonia is an alumna of the Harrington College of Design and heads up the  FollowSpot Media team. In addition, Linda owns her own photography firm, Bergonia Photography, which specializes in food, chef, and restaurant photography. Linda Bergonia works closely with chefs and other food-and-wine professionals to create photographs and video that do more than show an image–they tell a story. Visit Bergonia Photography at www.bergoniaphotography.com.

Videos courtesy FollowSpot Media. Photo courtesy Bergonia Photography, videos courtesy FollowSpot Media

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Yesterday I shared three great tips for keeping your digital camera in top shape for all your digital photography needs: from commercial photography use to those creative shots you take for your digital photography class, keep reading below for some more advice to keep your camera functioning!

  1. Do not overcharge your batteries and never mix old and new batteries. Overcharging can cause leakage, and
    mixing old and new batteries can cause a great deal of damage. Also, be sure to remove the battery when the camera is not in use and store it in a corrosion-resistant container.
  1. Don’t delete pictures one by one and always safely remove the memory card from your computer. Instead, delete batches of pictures after you’ve uploaded them.
  2. Store your camera in a clean, durable protective camera case when not in use. Make sure the case is padded enough to protect your camera from any unintentional knocks or falls, and always keep it in a dry area that does not get too hot. Keep the camera case itself clean to avoid the transfer of dirt.
  3. Clean the memory card slot with a canned air duster to avoid dirt build-up. Be gentle when doing this – you do not need a full blast of air to clean this tiny crevice effectively.

Following these seven simple steps will keep your camera functioning properly each time you use it. Take care of your camera, and it will be able to take care of your commercial photography needs for a long time to come.


This article is presented by Harrington College of Design. Contact us today if you’re interested in developing marketable knowledge and career-relevant skills with one of our industry-current degree programs.

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