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A Must-Read Book

Recently, I stumbled across a blog entry somewhere about this guy who supposedly traded a paperclip for a house.  It seemed crazy, so I researched it a little more.  I eventually ended up at the website and realized I HAD to have this book. After Amazon dropped it at my doorstep, I started into it right away.  Next thing I knew, several hours had past and I was 3/4 of the way through the book.  Its one of those kinds of books. Basically, it chronicles the quest of a guy named Kyle MacDonald in his attempt to “trade up” from a paperclip – all the way to a house.  Like most things in life, the trades themselves are not the most interesting part – but rather the people he meets along the way and how the whole incredible project unfolds.  It is a great, uplifting book and well-worth adding to your holiday reading list. If you’d like to read if for yourself, here is the LINK to Amazon.  Enjoy! I’ve also added it to my list of recommended reading on the website.
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Social Media For Photographers

Is social media something a photographer needs to be concerned with these days? Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to groups of photographers all over the country. One common thread I have seen is that people are very undecided on social media. Most people are doing Facebook, some are doing LinkedIn and a very small few are doing Twitter. They aren’t sure if it is something they need to do and don’t want to waste a ton of time and energy on it. I’ve bounced back and forth on the topic myself, but have finally settled on the side of “yes- you should do it.” There is no doubt that social media is here to stay – at least for the next several years. Remember when Facebook first started and none of your friends were on it…. now EVERYONE is on it. Because it takes such a relatively low amount of time to get started, there is really no reason to wait. At the very least, you can setup an account and have your name out there. When people are in need of a service, they aren’t running to the Yellow Pages anymore –
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The Photographer’s Experience

Buying camera equipment is always a love/hate thing with photographers. A friend recently sent me this great article on the whole photography buying cycle. Enjoy! http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2010/05/letter-to-george.html
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Colorado

Just got back from a fun weekend in Denver. I was speaking to the Professional Photographers of Colorado in Denver. What a great group of photographers! We talked about everything from running the home studio to participating in print competition. The only bad part of the weekend was watching my beloved Cowboys get destroyed by the Vikings – but hey, you can’t have everything!
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Tennessee

Just got back from a great trip to Tennessee. We got to do the whole Memphis thing – with tours of Graceland, Sun Records and the Gibson guitar factory. What a great musical weekend.From there, we headed to Nashville where I received my Photographic Craftsman degree from The Professional Photographers of America. Great trip!
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Mentor Booth at Imaging USA

I will be at the Mentor Booth at Imaging USA in Nashville next week. Hope to see you there. (info below) ****** PPA Print Competition Mentor Program Reserve Your Appointment Now Take advantage of free consultations with PPA Jurors/Mentors from PPA’s Photographic Exhibition Committee (PEC). These personal evaluations by some of the world’s best photographers can help you significantly improve your craft. Ask questions, receive information and tips on creating exhibition-quality images, and get the inside track on how to earn merits towards the prestigious PPA Master of Photography degree. Due to the extreme popularity of these mentor sessions, a limited number of appointments will be available and must be scheduled in advance. Contact PEC Administrator Jim Dingwell to reserve a time for your review. Jim Dingwell jdingwell@ppa.com
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