Note: this is the final post in my 3-part series titled "100 Things I've Learned about Photography in 10 Years". You can catch part 1 here and part 2 here.
I hope you've enjoyed this series. Today it's time for the epic conclusion :)
Here we go with the the final group of 40:
61. Keep a folder/journal of the times when work you’ve created for someone has truly made a difference. Maybe you created an image of a family member of theirs that has recently died. Or a special newborn shot. When that heartfelt appreciation comes in (and it’s noticeably different than regular appreciation), take note of it.
62. Remove the ‘sent from my iPhone’ or similar email signature from your mobile device. Leaving it shows people that you are available to read/reply every moment of the day.
63. Your word is everything among clients and colleagues. Treat it as such.
64. Creating your style may take a while. It took me from 2005-2009 to narrow my focus to what I liked. And I’m still refining parts of it with every shoot.
65. Play with a ring flash, and then try using it only for slight fill.
66. If you get into off camera lighting, you will find yourself preferring either speed lights or strobes. Try to use them both for different shoots. You’ll quickly learn the pros and cons of each. Eventually you’ll use both on the same shoot for some particular reason.
67. Research your commercial clients as much as possible. Knowing what they’ve got going on is a great conversation starter.
68. Keep an idea file of shoots you want to do. I use Evernote for this.
69. When you come across cool shots/poses, take a photo and then store it in Evernote. There you can use tags (for example “female, standing”), and always reference it later if you need quick ideas.
70. Experiment with all sorts of lights - strobes, flashlights, pen lights, fluorescent, etc.
71. Anytime a client suggests having drinks or a meal after a shoot, take them up on it. More relationship-building happens here than during the shoot, usually.
72. If you put a light on a stand, use a sandbag. Always. Trust me on this. If you travel for a shoot, consider purchasing 'water/sand bags' that you can fill up with water on location. That way you can fly with just the empty plastic bags.
73. If you have children, you still need to take the time to photograph them doing their thing, even though after a long shoot the last thing you want to see is a camera.
74. Wired tethered shooting has always worked better for me than wireless.
75. Pack snacks/bars/etc in your bag for every shoot.