I know we've been focusing on digitally rendered images for some time now. So that is why I've started the topic of live nature. I know you will all agree that we have to step back from our hyper-connected world every now and again to marvel at and appreciate mother nature. Hence the serene image above. I'd like to call everyone to action to go out and snap the most picturesque photo as possible to add the new nature folder. You'll find it in the members section in the normal place.
Anyways, we're going to keep this one pretty short. Samantha and I think that we should actually start with water-themed photos. So in the next month or two I'd like everyone to visit an ocean, lake, and river and get us some great pics to add to this category. We're still planning that 3 day trip to the beach, so if you want to hold off on that one, that should be fine. But visit a lake anyways if you get the chance. For most of you in town, that shouldn't be a problem Also, I'm trying to arrange the scuba training for early the first day, that way we should be able to get some fantastic underwater shots (and yes, they will provide the cameras).
In the meantime, here are some good pics which should give you some inspiration. Remember, as always, we'll be gunning for shots of this quality.
Now, even though we're deviating from our more recent projects, I don't want anyone to think we're done with computer generated images. Graphics design will still play a large role just not for the next few weeks. For those of you who we're nearly complete with this part of your portfolio, go ahead and take the next couple of days to finish (and I'm sorry for not getting back to the ones wanting that article so I'll post it here: http://www.gradschools.com/programs/graphic-design-multimedia). If not, consider holding off until later next month.
It's also important to know that we'll be getting more into public visibility. I know marketing is probably not among any of our strong suits but it's necessary to know a little so that people can find our work. Because I know many business contacts in the web marketing industry, I'd like to refer everyone to a couple different resources. Youtube has plenty of helpful videos on marketing for photographers and artists. I also, suggest that you understand Search Engine Optimization. This allows your websites to be found easier when people search for your work but don't know the exact URL. I suggest following this link http://moveyouup.com to this company's wordpress site as they give a good amount of basic information on how this process works. And then there is plain old word of mouth. I can't tell you how many times I've met students, professors, or admirers at one of our functions who say they heard of me through one of their friends. Or through Facebook or something because of one of their friends. Everyone needs to make sure to start building relationships immediately. The problem with a lot of artists is they don't really start building relationships until after they complete many sets of work. From there, they often feel that they've wasted a lot of time when they should have been at least making casual conversation.
I'll be sending everyone one more reminder email about our trip later on this week. Be excited! We're going to get some of the best pictures yet!
And of course if you need anything, be sure to send me an email or text.
Hi, all, I just wanted to say how impressed I am with the photos everyone is sending. There are some beauties in there for sure. I'll be compiling them and my own into more specific groups over the next couple of weeks. Keep it up! We should have a very impressive presentation at this year's art and photography show. If you need further details on that or think you may not be able to make it personally, send me an email ASAP. In the meantime, here's a great video I found related to our work. It should help run over some of the basics of photography again just in case you wanted to brush up. See you all soon.