Blowing own trumpet. The Gorgeous Chans

Time for new thinking. Blow your own horn!

The advent of digital photography on top of the earlier birth of the Internet created an epoch, it heralded a new era. It will be both liberating and challenging at the same time; once we come to accept that the world of freelance photography has changed, and understand what those changes mean. We will indeed need to blow our own horn!

business planning, marketing, sales, startup
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Crisis of Proliferation

In 1976 the French thinker, Jacques Attali, identified a looming problem for music and musicians; that he called the "crisis of proliferation". It was prescient but the music industry is only recently begun to properly acknowledge the problem. Arguably the same is true in other fields including photography.

stock photography, business, picture library, photo library, market, marketing, sales
The Journey

Getting Serious with Fuji

I established that the Fuji X series would meet most of my photography needs in my last post on the subject. I was at the point where I needed to start using it seriously to understand what the Fuji system could do.

Fuji X, X-T1, camera system, compact system camera, camera, mirrorless
USS Constellation

The sailing ship effect and DSLRS

The times they are a'changing. The dominant camera technology of the last fifty or more years is being challenged. Digital photography means the single lens reflex (SLR) camera is facing the prospect of being replaced by mirrorless system cameras or even, for many users, by the smartphone.

camera, dslr, camera system, compact system camera
Bruce Gilden, Face, Professional Photography magazine

Rethinking Bruce Gilden's 'Face'

My original reaction to Bruce Gilden's latest work 'Face' was negative. Like many I disliked it and felt it was exploitative or even dehumanising. But as I wrote on a Facebook group "To be creative it is necessary to view work that you do not like, or even causes discomfort. Let yourself be challenged"

Playing games, Monopoly

Why game the library system?

I have been reading comments on various stock photography forums and I am troubled, and relieved. Troubled that so many people who are trying to licence their images through libraries, especially crowd sourced, seem most focused on gaming their libraries' ranking systems. On the other hand I am relieved.

stock photography, picture library, photo library
Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm zoom lens

First year with Fuji X system

It was late spring 2013, I had made my decision and bought a Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm kit lens. I would now start on a long term evaluation to establish whether the Fuji system could replace my excellent, but too heavy, professional Canon outfit.

Fuji X-T1, Fuji X, camera, review, mirrorless, compact system camera, CSC
PC synch socket on Fuji X-T1

Why is a PC socket professional?

It has long been suggested that cameras for professional and enthusiast photographers should have a coaxial socket for flash. Why?

Canon 1Ds3 and Fuji X-T1 basic outfit

Changing systems: a big decision

I have only changed camera systems twice in my 45 years in photography and one of those was from Canon FD mount to the Canon EOS system with autofocus. I share the reason behind my current change and the decision making process.

camera system, Fuji X, mirrorless, camera, compact system camera
Testing the water

I find my style and need a new business plan

As I wrote in a previous article I have been grappling with finding a personal style. I reflected on the possibility, desirability and acceptability of personal style for freelance and especially stock photographers. I may be getting there.

style, business planning


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