Where to make a living in photography in the digital age ??

Do it as a dedicated professional, catering to the segments of the market which value our craft.

Monkeys do evolve, and so must professional photographers.

The niche at the high end of professional photography has been getting harder and harder to reach, in many ways…

Due to the influx of part timers and iPhone and Android photographers, there have been fewer and fewer jobs out there for the true dedicated professionals.

It’s become harder just to gain the experience to arrive as a professional.

It’s been getting harder to approach clients who value photography.

With the evolution of technology, in terms of gear, software, printers, and deluge of images both ho hum and OMG good, it is harder to impossible to achieve that level at which one may rest on ones laurels.

And yet, there is always room at the top.

Some people at the top still value professional photography.

This said, the middle and bottom are and have been gutted.

An influx of people, many of them very talented amateur photographers, many with limited business experience, many faced by a pool full of big, small and very hungry fish, are giving away the farm.

With no farm, the crop of customers has been dying out…

Ever try joining those spam sites for people who desire family photos for $100?

Some are so spamy, once you join and they have your email, try opting out… Good luck.

Why get a wedding for $5,000 when you can get one for $500 from cousin Bob?

Why pay $2,000 for a boudoir shoot, when Aunt Jen will shoot it for $300?

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Recent Firmware Update Fix for D-Link 655 Wireless Router and Galaxy S-4 (T-Mobile) compatibility issues

There is a fix to the D-Link 655 N wireless router and Samsung Galaxy S-4 compatibility issues…

On a  recent upgrade of my Galaxy S to a Samsung Galaxy S-4, to help with various presentations of my photography to clients and prospects, I ran into significant networking issues..  Both wired and unwired.

Instead of an iPad or similar, I use the Galaxy’s fairly large bright screen and handy pocket size to be able to make presentations on the fly…. I also use it to make phone calls…

This was put at risk almost immediate  Router Crashes with the D-Link N+ 655 that happened as soon as I started using the Galaxy S4, and required a router reboot.. and only worked for a few mins there after…

Turns out it was a know issue… Don’t believe me?  Google it… I did.

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Panoramas for Google Maps

Been busy getting precertified for taking panos for use in Google Maps…

Pretty tricky stuff, lots of it under NDA… So I cannot tell you how I do it…

It is pretty cool thou…

Here is a pano tour I did for a local business:


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To use it, just click and drag around each pano frame… or use the navigation chevrons to move from pano to pano.

What’s not to love, right?

As you can see, the tours are fully imbeddable into ones site.

The shots were taken using a Canon EOS 20D 8.2MP Digital SLR, of all things…

 

D7100 24.1 Megapixel Nikon DSLR in DX format announced and available for preorders

Nikon D7100 DSLR, 24.1 Megapixels, 24 Megapixels

Nikon D7100 DSLR

Adorama and Amazon are taking preorders for the 24.1 Megapixel (MP) D7100 for $1,196.95. These are scheduled to go into full release and ship as they become available from Nikon on a rumored release date of March 21, 2013.

From what I can glean from the tech specs on the Nikonusa tech specs, the D7100 seems like a Nikon D7000 platform using a Nikon D5200 sensor at 6,000 x 4,000 pixels and 24.1 MP.

In addition to the standard D7000 feature set, the D7100 seems to include a further 1.3x crop mode at 4,800 x 3,200 pixels (13.5 MP) and maybe one or two other nice Continue reading