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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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This feature is continued from yesterdayHarrington College Admissions Advisors, Jennifer Griffith shares what sets prospective students apart when being considered for Harrington!

“In addition to being motivated, creative and having done their research, a great prospective student has talked to their friends, families, spouses and loved ones – the people who are going to be supporting them through college morally, emotionally, and sometimes even financially. College is a tough transition for any type of student, whether they are coming right out of high school or an adult returning to school after some time, and the best candidates not only have the passion for their industry but someone to support them while they do it!

Also, they know they are ready to live in Chicago, the nation’s capitol for Interior Design, the world’s 3rd largest market for Digital Photographers, and a main hub for agencies, firms, and advertising. They know our program is here and they want to see their education through to its fullest potential by attending school in an area that offers opportunities for students, interns, practical experience and employment after graduation. Our candidates aren’t just waiting to find a school that’s the right fit, they are making it happen and are ready to change their lives and career path TODAY.

Last but not least, the design industry, regardless of major, thrives on communication and the ability to meet deadlines. Our best candidates are organized and on top of meeting deadlines from the start of the admissions process and as they are working towards acceptance. This best prepares our candidates for the class style, completing assignments, and getting prepared for the professional world.”

Does this sound like you? Then it’s time to give us a call!  Keep reading Monday when I’ll share more insight from Jennifer on what professionals essentials help you get in to each of the programs!

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We often get questions from prospective students on what we’re looking for in our potential students… To get some info from those who know best, I spoke with Jennifer Griffith, one of our wonderful Admissions Advisors who actually has a background and education in clinical psychology! Jennifer works with students coming in from out of state or the country to attend Harrington, as well as local students entering college for the first time directly from high school. This is what she shared…

“Ideally, a candidate for Harrington is both motivated and creative. Professional design schools can be tough to find, so these students are dedicated to their passion in Interior Design, Communication Design and Photography and they know how to do their research. Typically, my best candidates have been checking out professional organizations and groups, following blogs, reading popular magazines and articles, and finding ways to outlet their interest until they have formal training. For example, many interior design candidates are already re-designing their own spaces or doing so for friends and family. Photography students are out taking photos: even if they don’t have professional equipment, they may have taken some photo courses in high school or have a natural talent. Communication Design students also outlet their interest in a number of ways…painting, drawing, using Adobe Suite, etc., and they are ready to learn how to make an impact with design. Some of them have also done some job-shadowing, sought out internships, or connected with someone already in the industry.

They also research their industry and career possibilities to have an idea of what they may want to do after graduation. Our candidates didn’t just wake up and decide that design was for them-they live it every day and they are coming to Harrington to be best prepared for the professional world (and we are ready to provide that preparation!)

Keep reading tomorrow to find out more!

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Article courtesy Dirk Fletcher  

This feature is continued from yesterday…

The AV jack on the Canon 5D Mark II sends a composite signal, so I tested this signal on a 1DS Mark III and a 40D by feeding it into an LCD monitor and it worked without a hitch. On to step two: The obvious choice of using a finder from a Canon XL-series video camera was squashed by its inputs. All the XL-series finders have a component input, meaning red, green and blue signals are separated then fed into the monitor instead of a combined or composite signal, such as the 5D’s output. The Canon XL finder would cause an additional challenge that wasn’t necessary.

After consulting with a top Hollywood camera and Steadicam operator (my brother) it was learned that if you are concerned with focus and framing, a black-and-white, 1.5-inch CRT (little TV tube) finder was preferred over an LCD or Liquid Crystal Display. The contrastier image of the CRT makes critical focusing easier.

Perfect – I located a JVC professional CRT monitor on eBay, new in the box for less than $250 bucks.

Constructing the bracket took a little design consideration and some elbow grease. Due to its size, I decided the best approach would be to mount the finder vertically on the 5D’s hot shoe and spin the eyepiece backwards 45 degrees. This allows you to hold the camera much as you would hold a Hasselblad with a 45-degree prism in your hands.

A crude ‘break’ was used to bend the flat aluminum stock around the finder after using a mill to create a dovetail to match the finder’s receiver plate. A plastic hot shoe was used as to not risk shorting the pins on the cameras hot shoe. I finished the mounting bracket with glossy black epoxy paint and added an accessory shoe to the top for mics or wireless accessories.

I did employ the services of a professional video repair facility to properly identify the pinout on the din cable that needed to be converted to a RCA signal input and 12-volt power input.

Power can be served through a variety of sources, ranging from a wall transformer, car plug, 8 AA holder or my preference, a 12-volt, 5Ah battery from Batteries Plus, which is available for about $30. This same battery can power my location LCD monitor.

This article is not intended to be a how-to but should be used as a source of inspiration and jumping off point for the chronic equipment dabbler and mechanically inclined.

Article originally published in The Digital Journalist Camera Corner by Dirk Fletcher, January 2009. See Dirk’s update to this article at his blog here.

Interested in finding out more about Dirk and reading another one of his articles? Simply type in “Dirk Fletcher” in the search feature at the top of this blog to hear more!

Photos courtesy Dirk Fletcher 

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I always enjoy sharing the articles that Harrington faculty are writing out in the field… I came across this gem written by Digital Photography Department Chair and instructor, Dirk Fletcher, back in 2009 who actually has a book  coming out soon this December. Enjoy!

Article courtesy Dirk Fletcher

Having been lucky enough to see an early sample of the new Canon 5D Mark II in early 2009, I, like others, quickly began to realize the potential and meaning of this remarkable camera. As the lines between the still and motion world have long been converging, this camera is the single step that may blur the lines beyond recognition.

Canon’s efforts to serve the photojournalist’s need to provide both still and motion from the same event inadvertently changed the face of the independent filmmaker. Suddenly, the marvels of Red Camera’s Scarlet, and the affordable CineAlta Sony EX-1 seem overpriced and unnecessary. A camera with the ability to use the fantastic top shelf and readily available ‘L’ optics coupled with affordable and equally plentiful media, this sub-$3,000 camera packs a punch that we will all be reeling from for some time to come.

This isn’t being written as a praise piece for this camera (couldn’t tell, right?) but as a source of inspiration for all. After handling the camera for only a few minutes (under the watchful eye of a Canon technical guru) it was apparent that one of the largest factors keeping it from being truly embraced by the independent production world is its lack of a decent or real finder. Others will argue the focus modes will be problematic but the real issue is one of the same: using a decent finder, one should be able to focus while filming without issue.

So, while waiting for my new 5D to arrive started out as a test of patience, it has turned into a pretty fulfilling design challenge. In order to shoot video, the mirror flips up and the camera’s live view engages and the photographer (operator, cameraman, whatever?!?) views the scene on the vertically mounted 3-inch screen. Not quite ideal from an ergonomic perspective.

Enter the challenge: the adaptation and installation of a professional video finder.

Keep reading tomorrow!

Article courtesy Dirk Fletcher

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