Upcoming Talk In London – Telegraph Outdoor Show

I’m happy to say that I’ll be flying over to London next month to talk at the Telegraph Outdoor Show during an event organized by Outdoor Photographer magazine.  I’ll be speaking on Friday, Feb 14th and Saturday, Feb 15th.  For more info on the show, you can check out their page here. There will be question time at the end of my talks, but I’ll also set aside a little extra time after that for Shutter Muse readers to come and chat to me personally.  This talk will primarily be about my winter sports photography work but many other fantastic …

Read more

Save 94% On Photography eBooks, Videos & Presets

This is the kind of deal I don’t think I’ve ever seen in the photography marketplace so it definitely warrants a quick post.  Many of the world’s best photo educators have pooled their training products into an amazing bundle and are selling it for a crazy discount for just 5 days!  I’ve already downloaded the whole package and there’s just so much to take it, it’ll keep you buy for the whole of 2014. Photographers include: Richard Bernabe Martin Bailey Nicole Young Jim Goldstein Karren Hutton ….. and many more. The number of products is quite incredible and normally the …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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!).

Read more

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.

Read more