The Q & A Show | Photofocus Podcast January 7th, 2017

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Scott Bourne answers viewers photography questions.

Q&A Podcast Questions

#1 From Grae in Reedley, CA

What tricks, or otherwise do you have for shooting in low and mixed outdoor lighting? Specifically in the area of photographing active fires (think firemen, not camping.) On the side I shoot active scenes with local fire departments and am looking to improve night scenes.

#2 From Jeremy in Grass Valley, OR

How does crop factor affect a lens? Would an 8.5mm lens on a 10x crop factor sensor give you the nice pleasing look of an 85mm lens (pretending that the glass quality were the same for both)? I've always thought that it was the compression/distortion that made a lens good/bad for portraits and I would think that a wider lens--even on a crop factor camera--would still lack the compression of a longer traditional portrait lens.

#3 From Todd in Gary, IN

I am thinking of getting a compact camera for travel. Do they still make any point and shoot cameras and are they worth considering in an age of great smart phone cameras?

#4 From Amy in Lima, OH

I am thinking of getting an action camera like the GoPro. I noticed lots of companies are making these little cameras now. Is the GoPro still the king of the hill?

#5 From Abby in San Diego, CA

I’ve seen people use a flashlight in low light situations to paint an autofocus target on a dimly lit subject. Does this really help and if so how does it work?

#6 From Hanson in Miami, FL

I’d like to design some photo shoots where the pictures come out looking like the subjects were lit on a movie set. Do either of you know how they design and set up the lights to give that Hollywood effect to a scene?

#7 From George in Washington, D.C.

Is there any advantage to studying other forms of art such as painting or sculpture in order to improve photography? I am trying to develop a better eye and wondered if going cross discipline could help. Have you ever tried this or heard of anyone doing it?

#8 From Yuki in Tokyo, Japan

I am planning a trip to the USA to photograph national parks and monuments. Does your government allow people to make photographs on National Park land? Will I need to get a permit? Is it legal?

#9 From Alison in Walla Walla, WA

I want to start photographing head shots since I will be moving to New York to work with the theater community. Are there any tips or tricks to shooting a good head shot you can share?

#10 From Dick in Elgin, ILL

What is the advantage of setting your white balance in camera verses just adjusting it in post (assuming you shoot RAW?)

#11 From Henry in New Orleans, LA

This is for Scott - when you photograph birds in flight, do you shoot in aperture or shutter priority and why?

#12 From Lawrence in Boston, MA

I want to shoot with strobes. Do I still need a light meter or can I rely on the camera’s metering system assuming I am using TTL flash heads?

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In this renewed, reinvigorated episode of The Mind Your Own Business Podcast, Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen discuss some powerful New Year's resolutions to set up to put your photography business on the path of success for 2017.

Want to add to this list of resolutions? Send Scott an email at to tell him yours. For the first dozen people who email Scott within the United States, Skip will send them a free copy of his book Going Pro: How to Make the Leap From Aspiring to Professional Photographer.

Specific topics of discussion include the following:

  • Keep in mind that the first quarter of 2017 is typically a slow time for most markets. Therefore, it's the perfect time to do some house cleaning for your photography business.
  • Clean up your online galleries. Only show "wow" images on your website.
  • Plan to get your book keeping and marketing in order. It's time to get your systems in place.
  • Build a stash of blog posts for the first quarter (and then some). Aim to release new blog posts 3 days a week.
  • Start working TODAY on your holiday promotions for the year. Aim for 6 promotions.
  • Start planning your 2018 photo calendar creation. Come up with a cause related theme that ties into a community charity, and also bring in some of the members of the community to be featured in your calendar. Add some key dates in the community to bring into the calendar.
  • Pick a cause to work with for the year.
  • Sometime in January, have lunch with your number one competitor.
  • Start preparing for tax time.
  • Plan the conventions and workshops you will attend.
  • Try to be as nice as you can to other photographers.
  • Study other types of photography and art. It can complement your existing skill set.
  • Pledge to up your game and bring up the quality of your work. Aim to be spectacular across the board in your business.

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