Posts Tagged ‘Digital 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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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.

Photo copyright Harrington College of Design

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Keeping your digital camera in tip top shape is the result of continual maintenance rather than periodic cleanings. Follow the seven steps outlined below to keep your camera clean and functional, inside and out, for all your digital photography work and digital photography class work!

  1. Remove fingerprints and dust from your camera lens before and after taking pictures. Use a blower brush to remove any dust particles from the front and rear lenses. Then carefully clean the lenses with a very fine tissue paper or micro fiber cloth and an alcohol solution designed for camera optics. Be very gentle – these lenses are costly to replace and any carelessness can easily result in unwanted scratches.
  2. Clean areas where dirt can build up over time with a blower brush or a canned air duster. Make sure your blower brush has very fine bristles to avoid any unintentional damage. When used carefully, a canned air duster helps remove dirt from the crevices between the very small buttons on your camera. NEVER use the canned air duster to clean the lens, sensor or shutter chamber.
  3. Clean the outer casing of your camera. Although this is mostly for aesthetics, any dirt that accumulates on the outside can work its way inside over time. Run a blower brush over your camera and wipe it down with a lens cloth or dust cloth.

Keep reading tomorrow for more tips!

Photo copyright Harrington College of Design

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Harrington Digital Photography instructor Susannah Holmes (aka Susannah Lancaster) had an opening reception on July 23rd and is currently being featured in a great local coffee shop through mid-August! If you are near Evanston, stop by, grab some coffee and homemade gelato, and check out Susannah’s great work in person at:

linz and vail (coffee shop)
2012 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
July 15th – August 15th
Located right off of the Metra UPN North Line, Central Street stop.

In case you missed the feature, Susannah was recently chosen as the Harrington College of Design 2010 Instructor of the Year by our students!

Always awesome to see our talented Harrington faculty work featured near and far!

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Last Friday the 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition opened at the 33 Contemporary Gallery located in the Zhou B. Art Center. Entirely devoted to different aspects of self-awareness, the show features works ranging from representational to conceptual explorations of self-awareness in a variety of media.

Within the show was Harrington Photography college instructor Tim Arroyo’s awesome work below! In addition to being selected for the show along with over 100 other artists, his photo was chosen as the poster image for the show, and was used in the print and video marketing for the event.

One of the unique features of this show is the ability for attendees to use their cell phones to call a number specific to a piece to learn more about the work. Here is the description that was used for Tim’s work:

“This work titled ‘The Dream Voyager’ by Tim Arroyo is part of a series of works titled ‘Stage 5’ named for the sleep stage where dreams occurs. The works in the series are surrealistic in nature, and are visual interpretations of imagery extracted from Tim’s dream journals.

‘The Dream Voyager’ is a digital composition of photographs, who serves as a metaphor for Tim’s subconscious mind. In the photo the body decomposes and recomposes as it travels in and out of dreams through the oblong-shaped portal. The balloon head serves as both a navigator and narrator, who leads the dreamer on a journey through the psyche providing clues to the interpretation of the dreams.

This photograph was printed on a 24”x30” hand-coated sheet of Arches printmaking paper, and printed with pigment-based archival inks by the artist.”

Find out more about Tim from a past blog post or see more of his work at http://timarroyo.com/

Interested in seeing the entire show? It runs through mid-August:

7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition
33 Contemporary Gallery at the The Zhou B. Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609
Show runs now – August 13th
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 4 pm

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