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My thought and ramblings on Photography and whatever else come to mind. What you will NOT find here is anything dealing with everyday photography topic that tend to divide people, cameras, lens, programs, Adobe, etc. This is my opinions and in todays world I do not have the time to deal with all the drama that it will generate

Planning is the Key to a Photography Journey
Planning is the Key to a Photography Journey
Covid did a number on all of our plans to travel. Last year I had planned a trip to New York City to spend time photographing the city in the fall. Hopefully this year the trip will take place. But what I learned while waiting for the all clear is that I did not really know the city of my...
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
First, Happy PI day everybody! Time to take a break from our diets and have a nice slice of hot apple pie with ice cream J  This week I am attending a virtual conference on Wild Life photography presented by KelbyOne.  Now you may ask, John are you planning on going on...
Leaving Ones Comfort Zone-Godox Sysem review
Leaving Ones Comfort Zone-Godox Sysem review
As I continue to stretch my comfort zone and try new types of photography, I have found that having off camera flash an essential part of my work flow.  As well as having an off camera flash that was wireless.   Up until now I have been using a set of PocketWizards that...
The day I photographed a Pope
The day I photographed a Pope
For the past few months I have been cleaning up the garage so that I can turn it into a studio for my Pet Portrait photography.  While going through a box I came across an old Kodak Tourist Camera that was my Paternal Grandmothers.  Looking at this camera brought back some memories of...
Switching to SlickPic for my new WebSite
Switching to SlickPic for my new WebSite
I have been spending a lot of time this week on my new web site I though I would write a review of Slickpick.com.     For most  of  2020, I spent time on getting my Etsy store up and running.  Once I had that to a point where it was generating some income, I...
Leaving One's Comfort Zone-Splash Photography
Leaving One's Comfort Zone-Splash Photography
2021 is the year that I got out of my photography comfort zone and started to try forms of photography that are not very common, but very interesting and challenging.  Splash photography is one of the most challenging and the one that I decided to start with.  So far in the past 6...
Why I should be on Instagram
Why I should be on Instagram
“Vast majority of the population use social media and it would be silly not to take advantage of them” Dave Williams-Travel Photographer and Aurora Addict. Did you ever wonder why so many people and companies seem to be making money off of Instagram? That is because they are using...
Just a Random Thought
Just a Random Thought
This week I had the pleasure of attending a virtual conference on travel photography.  Each presenter discussed their own take on what makes a good travel photo, one that tells the story of your trip, evokes some type emotion and one that makes the view want to travel to that...
Why you should share you Photography Knowledge-SME
Why you should share you Photography Knowledge-SME
SME-A subject matter expert is an individual with a deep understanding of a particular job, process, department, function, technology, machine, material or type of equipment. Through the ages, knowledge transfer has played a major role in how society has grown. Monks transferring the...
LEAVING ONES COMFORT ZONE
LEAVING ONES COMFORT ZONE
When we are in our comfort zone there is feeling of being stress free.  When we are truly in our comfort zone it can give us a very positive feeling. Leaving our comfort zone puts us at the risk. We are all familiar with this most famous quotes that what does not kill you will make you...
Selling on Etsy (Part 6 of 6)
Selling on Etsy (Part 6 of 6)
This week will be our last post in the Etsy series, and our last post for the year. Last week we reviewed creating a Shipping Profile.  What I left for this week was if you should offer free shipping as well as how to process your orders.   Free Shipping: If you visit my site you will...
Selling on Etsy (Part 5 of 6)
Selling on Etsy (Part 5 of 6)
Last week we looked at how to fill out the first 4 sections of the template. This week we will look at setting up a shipping profile. As defined by Etsy, A shipping profile is simply a collection of shipping-related settings that you can apply to item listings in one fell...
Selling on Etsy (Part 4 of 6)
Selling on Etsy (Part 4 of 6)
Now that we have the basic store set up, we can start to load our first image and set up a product template that you can use for most of the additional photos you may load. But first there are a couple of things that you need to think about and set up before loading that first image. There are 5...
 SELLING ON ETSY (Part 3 of 6-Updated 31 Jan 2022)
SELLING ON ETSY (Part 3 of 6-Updated 31 Jan 2022)
This week I want to walk through how to create a store on Etsy and the first steps in loading your first photograph. But first, I forgot to mention something last week.  Over the past few years over 40 states require 3rd party sellers to collect and report Sales Tax. SO what does...
Selling on Etsy (Part 2 of 6)
Selling on Etsy (Part 2 of 6)
My intentions this week was to talk about the next 3 steps of selling on Etsy, Cost of doing business, opening the store and loading your first photographs.  However, I had an incident this week with a Customer so I thought I would focus on the Cost of doing business. This will include...

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