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Top 5 Ways to Get Photography Clients

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Starting a business takes a lot of work. Growing that business is even harder. Once you have reached the limitations of your own network off people, how do you get new clients? In this video I discuss some of the most effective things I did to grow my photography business and my web development business. Here are my Top 5 Ways to Get Photography Clients and grow your business.

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Photographer Reviews Microsoft’s New Surface Pro (2017)

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How well does the New Surface Pro (2017) perform when used to process and edit photos in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop? It definitely is not going to replace my Dell XPS 15, but it’s a pretty cool mobile tool for editing. Check out my overall thoughts. Check out the New Surface Pro here: http://amzn.to/2tqBgY7 Check out the Signature Type Cover here: http://amzn.to/2s6FKjh Check out the Surface Pen here: http://amzn.to/2upek8K Surface Pro Review on State of Tech: Video Transcript: Hey what’s up, it’s Jerad with Ditch Auto, and this is the Microsoft Surface. It is thin and sleek, and light. And pretty cool. So, as a photographer, I’m always looking for the best tools to help me do my work and be the most effective photographer that I can, and also tools that help me be more creative. So, the Microsoft Surface has always appealed to me because of its touch interface, it’s stylus, the fact that it is a laptop, it has full Windows on it so it can run Photoshop and Lightroom, and all that good stuff. So, as a photographer, is this something that I could use? And I wanted to answer that question. I mean, I had purchased the Surface Pro 3 a few years ago, and although it was fantastic, I feel like maybe it was just a little too early for me. I wasn’t ready to make that full commit to windows. I was using Mac at the time, and still really like the Apple’s Macintosh platform, but I’m just …

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Week #25 – Photo Challenge Reflection

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This week will be the final week of the “Weekly Photo Challenge.” Originally I wanted this to be a year long challenge but I have came to realize that producing a weekly video as I have been is not really teaching much. My plan was to instruct and challenge. The videos lately have been nothing more than a challenge to go out and take photos and that does not really require a video. So what’s next? Rather than producing weekly challenge topic videos I will focus my attention on producing videos that instruct and there will be a challenge component at the end. So this week being the last week of our weekly photo challenge I wanted to reflect on what we have done so far. Look through all of the photos you have taken as part of this challenge and share your favorite with the group. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #25 challenge photo to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1572328582791004&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Gear Used to Film this video: Sony a6500: http://amzn.to/2sQMMw7 Sony FE 24-70mm f.4 G Lens: http://amzn.to/2sNjZbY Atomos Ninja Inferno: http://amzn.to/2rKXiVM Rode NTG4 Mic: http://amzn.to/2sMJNVI Westcott Flex 1×1 Bicolor LED Light: http://amzn.to/2sRc9Oa Collapsible Green Screen: http://amzn.to/2sQKTiU My gear used in this video: Camera – Sony a9: http://amzn.to/2rfZapu Lens – Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS: http://amzn.to/2srWpkA Accessories – Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip for α9: http://amzn.to/2scD7yX Lexar …

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Week #24 – Ten Angles – Photo Challenge

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The images you capture are only as good as your perspective. All the technical photography knowledge in the world can not replace having perspective. This challenge of capturing Ten Angles of something will force you to look at something from different angles. If you have ever wondered why what you saw did not translate well into a photo, capturing ten angles will help you find what it was that your eye saw first. In this challenge, find something you want to photograph. Take ten different photos of it and choose your favorite. In the Ditch Auto Facebook Group, post your photo to the Week #24 album and let us know how Ten Angles challenged you and how you decided on the image you chose to submit. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #24 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1563773910313138&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge My gear used in this video: Camera – Sony a9: http://amzn.to/2rfZapu Lens – Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS: http://amzn.to/2srWpkA Accessories – Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip for α9: http://amzn.to/2scD7yX Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB SDXC SD Card: http://amzn.to/2r8RXTP Here are my Ten Angles for this week’s challenge taken in the order I captured them. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and …

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Week #23 – Product Photography – Photo Challenge

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Product photography connects us to the things we desire. A good photo is all a product needs to sell itself. This weeks challenge is about capturing the essence of a product in a way that helps connect it with the viewer. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #23 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1556974937659702&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some product photos for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge is about. See those videos here: https://ditchauto.com/ditchauto/announcing-ditch-auto-weekly-photo-challenge/ When you have created the image you want to submit for the challenge, return to the Facebook group and upload it as a comment under the post for this challenge. This challenge will be pinned to the group all week, so it should be the top …

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The Sony a9 is Here!

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I recently received the Sony a9 I purchased as a pre-order and have been putting it through the paces. I am excited to report back and share my findings with everybody. The biggest question I have been receiving is whether or not it is worth the added cost over the Sony a7rII. The jury is still out on that decision. I have to spend more time with the camera to determine if it’s worth the price. This camera is geared toward Sports Photographers, but I was intrigued when I saw the zero blackout of the shutter. You can continuously look through the shutter as you take photos and not be interrupted by a photo preview or anything distraction. You can just continue to shoot. It’s hard to explain, but it’s amazing. Here are a couple of photos I took with my Sony a6500 of the camera while I waited for the Sony a9’s battery to charge up. Make sure to follow @ditch_auto, @jeradhillphoto, and @jeradhill on Instagram to see more photos as I continue to test the Sony a9. Check out the Sony a9 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2su7T4p Check out the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2suh7xj

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Week #22 – Sports Photography – Photo Challenge

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Early on in my photography career I turned to sports to teach me how to be fast on my feet. As a wedding photographer I knew that I needed to be able to react to my environment quickly to assure I never missed the shot. Over the years I have been able to photograph several sports I enjoy being a fan of. Part of truly Ditching Auto is understanding your camera settings to the point they become second nature. When you grab your camera you already have an idea of where your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO need to be. It is easy to find something you like to photograph and never venture from it. Trying your hand at different photography genres will help you grow as a photographer when you are capturing the things that are near and dear to your heart. Find a sport happening near you this week and try to photograph it. If nothing is going on near you, grab an athletic friend and photograph them practicing. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #22 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1550853481605181&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some sports photos for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take …

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Week #21 – Food Photography – Photo Challenge

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Food is near and dear to our hearts. Food is a huge part of just about every culture. Food is an important part of our lives. As a Photographer, I have had opportunities to take photos of food professionally, but I also enjoy capturing meals that I want to remember. This week’s photography challenge is to capture food in your own unique way. When you are considering your camera settings, keep in mind that you want enough depth of field to have an appropriate amount of your subject in focus. This means settings your aperture according to the amount of your food subject that you want sharp. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #21 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1543302675693595&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some food photos for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo …

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AMGEN Tour of California Stage 2 Photos – Jerad Hill

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I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to photograph the start of State 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California for the City of Modesto. I took over 300 photos today and went through them quickly to pull out a few. It was a very bright day with high-noon sun, which makes it challenging to get good photos of people. All photos were captured with a Sony a7rII and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens from Sony. I had other lenses on me but decided the 24-70mm was going to be the best fit. You will notice that my camera settings did not change much except for when the action started. I typically make my exposure adjustments by changing the aperture on my camera. The only time I keep a wide aperture is when I am looking for a shallow depth of field. Because I was worried about shade vs sun shots, I did not use any ND Filters on my lens. I was photographing all around me. One second I would take a picture of the stage which was shaded and the next second I would be capturing the crowd. I may post a few more to my social media profiles, make sure to check them out: Instagram | Facebook

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Week #20 – Retouching – Photo Challenge

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This week we are going to spend some time behind the computer editing photos as our challenge is on Photo Retouching. In this video I walk you through the retouching of a photo I captured while in San Francisco last week. You can go out this week and capture a new photo, or you can retouch a photo you captured earlier on in the challenge. It’s totally up to you. If you do not have Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, you can get a free trial here: http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #20 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1534401296583733&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here is the before and after of the photo I retouched for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge …