Resources for photographers working in the wedding photography industry. I have been in this industry for over 10 years. And so, I have learned a thing or two about running a photography studio. These are resources for photographers.
Resources for Learning
A big part of being a photographer and a professional at that, is staying up to date, staying inspired and always learning. Therefore, learning is fundamental, and essential to being an artist. You should always be striving to honing your craft. Constantly looking for new technology to help you capture and express your inspiration in that moment. Think back to when you first held a camera in your hands. How excited, curious or even intimidated where you? You had a new, professional camera in your hands. Did you know how to use it?
Odds are, you didn’t know everything about. All the buttons, all the features. All you knew was that you wanted to have it. You needed to use it and learn to shoot better pictures with it.
- Main Media College
- Check your local college institutions for continuing education certificates or degrees.
- Santa Fe workshops
- Maine media workshops
- Peter Turnley
You can enroll for one day workshops during any one of these conferences.
- PDN Photo Plus Expo
- Look3 was a very cool festival to go to in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, I believe they will not be organizing a event this year (2018).
- Fearless Photographers, an association dedicated to educating and inspiring amazing photographers. They host workshops and conferences.
Check out their website for more info and become a member.
Resources for Staying Inspired
- Bookmark these websites, online magazines and newspapers:
Instagram accounts and #s you can follow
Try these suggestions for general photography. Then search for your specific niche, style or industry within the wonderful world of photography. Because you will find even more inspiration.
In terms of #s, try to search within Instagram the #s that you are interested in seeing. Follow these hashtags and make sure to use them in your post when they are relevant. In addition, look for hashtags that are not as popular. And also, use those hashtags. Your photos will be much more relevant this way.
Also, wether it’s artistic trends, retouching styles or technology upgrades, photographers have to stay updated constantly. We have to update our knowledge, our gear and our marketing. Times change. Technology changes. Ways to market your work change with time and your ideal client or follower changes as well.
While there are so any resources to keep yourself updated, none of them are for free. Your education is an investment. Just like your gear.
- The Lawtog: Stay up to date with your contracts, releases and invoices. There are so many great articles here.
- Skill Share
- Lynda: Online Courses
- Creative Live was created by photographers, for photographers. However, they have since expanded to other forms or art, writing and music.
- This very blog. My Journal. I have published various articles on multiple subjects regarding photography. If you check in once in a while, you can read all the new things I’ll be posting! Fun stuff!
Frequently asked questions:
Lastly, I’ll copy and paste a few questions I have gotten in the past few months.
- Is Youtube a good place to learn your craft? No. No, it’s not.
- How do I find my niche? I would say to research. A niche should be something you specialize in that no one else in your area does. Or at least not as well you do. It’s usually something you are very passionate about and maybe makes no sense at all at first.
- When are you hosting a workshop? Where is the info for your workshops? I teach one on one workshops all day everyday. You set your time and date, let me know what you want to learn and I will create the itinerary and curriculum. In either one session or up to 12 (one per month). Visit my website and enroll today. www.aliciakidd.com/workshops