MindShift Rotation 180 Giveaway Winner

Last month we ran our very first Shutter Muse Giveaway.  We partnered with MindShift Gear to give you guys the opportunity to win their awesome Rotation 180 Professional backpack.  We ran the contest on Facebook and the winner was randomly selected by the contest software on Boxing Day.  Patrick Kawahara from California was chosen as the winner and his pack has already been shipped out to him! Safe to say he was pretty darned excited to win it when I contacted him 🙂 UPDATE: Patrick kindly sent this photo of him with his prize.  AWESOME! This was just the fist …

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MindShift Gear Filter Hive Review

I’m excited to be able to bring you guys an exclusive first look at the MindShift Gear Filter Hive, a new photographic filter organizer that handles both round and 4×6 filters.  At the time of writing this I’m the only person outside of MindShift Gear to have one of these so this is a very special first look.  The latest word is that this product will begin shipping in February and you can use the link in the section below to get a shipping notification. Video Review Filters of some sort are almost always a part of any outdoor photographer’s …

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10 Essential Audio Books For Photography Business Owners

Free Audio books to help creative businesses I find myself on a pretty continuous quest for knowledge, it’s just who I am and how I work.  The problem is that I lead a busy lifestyle, not just with work, but also ‘play’.  Striking a balance is an important part of a healthy lifestyle but I struggle to find the time to read as much as I would like to.  Audio books are a great way to solve this problem because I can listen on the plane while I’m traveling, or while I’m out walking the dog or riding my bike.  Audible is the worlds largest provider of digital audio books so it makes sense to take a look at the best resources that they can offer to help photographers.  Now obviously audio books don’t lend themselves to showing images so these books are more aimed at the business side of things.  Realization that you are in fact, (or about to embark on becoming) a self-employed entrepreneur when you are a photographer, is the first step to a successful business.  You’ll have to manage your marketing, communications, accounting and business development on top of your shooting schedule.  That’s a lot of balls to juggle and you really can’t afford to drop any one of them.  This list of audio books is a collection of the best books for creative business owners or simply people who want to make their work stand out from the crowd.  The first two in the list, The War of Art and The 4-Hour Workweek are absolute MUST READS (or must listens!).

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50 Powerful Ways To Increase Your Photography Website Traffic

Increase photography website traffic You want to increase your photography or other creative business’ website traffic right?  Of course you do!  We have websites so that clients can find samples of our work and the more visitors we have to the site, the more potential clients we are putting our photos in front of.  Whether your business model is selling fine-art prints or attracting commercial and editorial clients, I guarantee you there’s room for improvement right away. I’ve complied this extensive list of instantly actionable tips that will give your site an immediate traffic boost.  There’s no one magic bullet though and you’ll have to work at it, but these tips are easily achievable and many of them just take a couple of minutes to carry out so there’s really no excuse.  You don’t want to give your competitors the upper hand do you?

It’s worth noting that whilst some of these tips are specific to photographers, many of them work well for any website and  especially sites for other creative businesses like videographers and graphic designers.

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Find Out If Your Adobe Password Was Hacked!

150 million Adobe accounts were hacked and the passwords were posted to the internet. Adobe seems to think they don’t have to notify everyone about this. My password was hacked, yet I never got a note from them to tell me. Thankfully there is an easy way you can find out of yours was one of the compromised accounts…