Spend a few hours on the web on any given day and you’ll stumble across about fifty gajillion blog posts and Twitter links. Most will provide an unending amount of photography goodness and information; some can be applied to your own creative ventures. However, reading all those posts takes time and if you spend the majority of your day reading, that means that you’re not spending the majority if your day shooting and marketing. Believe me, I keep learning this the hard way.
Bearing that in mind, here are four very informative blog posts to check out today. Read them and then move on. Don’t get sucked into the BlogosphereTwitterverse; give yourself a break from all that today. Go out and take some photos, visit a client or work on your next promo piece. Take a hike. Go eat ice cream. Do anything but sit in front of your computer. After all, it’s summertime — go outside and play!
1. The Typical Mistakes Made by Photographers on The Photoshelter Blog. Great video post by John Harrington, who’s the author of Best Business Practices for Photographers. If you don’t want to take the time to watch the 13-minute video interview where John talks about the common mistakes that burgeoning photographers make, you can always just read the five bullet points under it.
2. The Game Theory of Discovery and the Birth of the Free-Gap by Seth Godin. A few months ago, you might remember that I wrote a piece here on The Photoletariat about the Economics of Free. In his post, Seth explores the growing disconnect between creating worthwhile content and getting paid for it. It’s a very relevant topic for us as photographers, since many of us seek financial compensation from our craft and artistic content.
3. 3 Types of Social Media Updates on The Driven Business Blog. This concise post will remind you how to best manage your Facebook and Twitter usage and engage with your audience. We all need a refresher course on this topic from time to time. Anyway, good read. Worth your time.
4. Five Things Every New Lightroom User Should Know by Bret Edge. More and more photographers are diving into Lightroom these days. It’s a awesome program that can help you organize your images and manage an effective workflow, but only if you take the time to setup an efficient process. In this post, Bret outlines the things that are guaranteed to save you time and energy down the road.
Note: I had originally chosen 5 great blog posts, but unfortunately, photographer Anne McKinnell is currently having website troubles. That’s her beautiful photo at the top of the page. Look and enjoy, and as soon as her site is back up, I’ll link back to her post.
Senior contributor Dan Bailey is a professional adventure, outdoor and travel photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.
Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter.