En de winnaar is...

Vorige week konden mijn nieuwsbrief-abonnees de cover van Flash!, mijn nieuwe (Nederlandstalige) boek over flitsfotografie kiezen. Nu de stemming officieel afgelopen is, kan ik niet alleen bekend maken welke de winnende cover wordt, maar ook wie de drie gelukkigen zijn die een exemplaar van het boek in de bus mogen verwachten tegen einde maart. Wil je volgende keer ook mee de cover helpen bepalen, of wil je gewoon op de hoogte gehouden worden van nieuwe workshops of handige Lightroom-tips in je mailbox ontvangen, schrijf je dan in op mijn nieuwsbrief via de link in de rechterkolom.

Dit waren de zes cover-kandidaten...

Maar liefst 642 mensen vulden de enquëte in. Als die nu allemaal ook nog een boek kopen is de eerste druk al goed op weg om uitverkocht te raken :-) Ook ene Vladimir P. uit Rusland zou naar verluid gestemd hebben, maar zijn email adres was niet te traceren. 

En de winnaar is...

Om zeker te zijn dat ik een goeie cover koos, heb ik twee statistieken gemaakt. De eerste keek enkel naar hoeveel mensen een bepaalde cover als eerste keuze aangeduid hadden. Daar kwam Cover 1 als winnaar uit de bus: bijna 4 op de tien kiezers stemden voor deze cover. De tweede populairste was Cover 3. 

Welke cover was het meest populair?

Om ook rekening te houden met de tweede en derde keuzes, gaf ik in de volgende statistiek een eerste keuze drie punten, een tweede keuze twee punten en een derde keuze één punt. Ook hier kwam Cover 1 als beste cover uit de bus: 

Totale score per cover (3 punten voor 1e plaats, 2 punten voor 2e plaats, 1 punt voor 3e plaats)

Zelf had ik als eerste keuze ook Cover 1 gekozen, maar mijn persoonlijke tweede keuze was Cover 5, die globaal gezien laagst scoorde. 

En de winnaars zijn...

Volgende drie mensen mogen een boek in de bus verwachten: Bart Van Eynde, Thea Kolsteeg en Anita Six. De winnaars worden persoonlijk gecontacteerd. Ben je niet bij de gelukkigen, dan heb ik toch nog goed nieuws:

Bestel het boek nu en vooraf en krijg het eBook gratis in je mailbox!

Het boek gaat nu naar de drukker en wordt ten laatste eind maart verwacht. De 250 pagina's tellende full colour gedrukte versie zal 32,95 € kosten (inclusief verzending binnen België en Nederland). De PDF eBook versie (verwacht tegen begin midden februari) zal verkrijgbaar zijn voor 24,95 €. Tot 1 maart krijg je bij aanschaf van het gedrukte boek het eBook helemaal gratis!

 
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De herwerking van mijn boek over flitsfotografie bleek een veel grotere klus dan oorspronkelijk gedacht maar het is eindelijk zo goed als klaar. Het boek wordt dubbel zo dik als zijn voorganger en naar mijn bescheiden mening ook dubbel zo goed! Er moet nog één belangrijk onderdeel afgewerkt worden: de cover. Naar goede gewoonte wil ik de lezers van mijn blog om input vragen. Hieronder vind je 6 ideeën voor coverfoto's. Geef in het formulier hieronder je keuze van je top-3 door.  

UPDATE: Gelieve niet langer de Comments te gebruiken maar het formulier (anders wordt het boek nog een maand vertraagd door het telwerk :-) Heb je al in de comments geantwoord, dan hoef je het formulier niet opnieuw in te vullen.

Je mag in het veld opmerkingen gerust ook je keuze verantwoorden of zeggen waarom je een bepaalde foto zeker niét zou nemen, maar dat hoeft niet. Ik ben op zoek naar de sterkste cover, de meest sprekende die het best aansluit bij de inhoud van het boek. Dat hoeft niet noodzakelijk de mooiste foto te zijn of het mooiste model, al kan dat natuurlijk... Je kan op een foto klikken om hem groter te zien en dan met de pijltjes naar de volgende grote foto navigeren.

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Uit de stemmen zal ik drie namen kiezen die elk een exemplaar van het gedrukte boek winnen!

Dat boek zelf zal normaliter vanaf medio maart te koop zijn, het eBook al vroeger. Ik houd jullie uiteraard op de hoogte wanneer dat zo is! Alvast bedankt voor je mening!

5 Day Deal 2017 Photography Business and Marketing Bundle

Over $2.200 of resources for only $97

If you've followed this blog, you probably know about the 5 Day Deal. The folks at 5 Day Deal bundle photographic training resources, Lightroom presets, video tutorials and Photoshop actions into one heavily discounted bundle. Starting now, they have a new bundle out, which is very interesting because it touches on the business and marketing aspects of photography. As a professional photographer, expecially if you're a one-man-band, you're really only using a camera 10 percent of the time. The rest of the time is spent on marketing, finding new clients, putting in bids, doing your taxes, and so on. Yet, most of the training available always focuses on the creative part of photography or on postprocessing.

This bundle is a much-needed change from that. It's a must-buy for anyone who is making or is thinking of making aake a living, either full-time or part-time, in photography. At only $97 + tax, it's one of the best investments you can make, especially knowing that the full retail price of the bundle is well over $2.200. Some of the individual courses in the bundle cost more than the bundle price. Where's the catch, then? There isn't any, other than the fact that it's only around for 5 days, until noon on January 24th, to be exact.

My top-5 of what's included

There's something for everybody and if you get tired of the marketing and business talk and advice, there are even a couple of creative resources as well. Check out the full list of resources here!

1. Susan Stripling's Wedding Business Fundamentals

The wedding photography industry is probably one of the most competitive businesses out there. It's really a mine-field and the fact that you're photographing a once-in-a-lifetime (well in some cases twice-in-a-lifetime) event won't ease your mind as a budding wedding photographer. This course covers over 300 pages and dozens of videos with do's and don'ts to help starting and more experienced wedding photographers alike with marketing and pricing. 

Normally, this resource is $199 by itself, now it's included in the Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017.

2. Perfect Facebook Ads: The Photographer's Guide by Photography Spark

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Ever tried Facebook ads? It's a minefield. Or should I say, a swamp. A swamp that sucks your hard-earned money away faster than you can earn it. Yet, if you play it right, Facebook ads can help your business tremendously. This in-depth eBook will teach you all you need to know and the mistakes you should avoid when setting up a Facebook ad campaign.

Normally, this resource is $99 by itself, now it's included in the Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017.

3. Marketing Bootcamp 2.0 by Donal Doherty

Like the previous resource, Donal also talks about Facebook ads but that's just one of the subjects. He also covers the importance of automation (after all, you don't want to spend too much time on repetitive tasks. You want to photograph, right? Donal also covers blogging, Instagram and Google Adwords. 

Normally, this resource is $60 by itself, now it's included in the Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017.

4. What Should I Charge by Joel Grimes

This is probably the biggest question facing the beginning professional photographer after 'Where do I get my clients' (on which there's also a course in this bundle, by the way). Too many starting (and even more experienced) photographers have no realistic idea about prices. It's so hard to put a value on your own work. Charge too little and it's hard to raise your prices afterwards. Charge too much and you run the risk of not getting a job in the first place. Joel Grimes knows what he's talking about: he's a very successful commercial photographer and in this one hour course, he covers positioning yourself in the market place, how to avoid pricing pitfalls, and how to successfully prepare a bid.

Normally, this resource is $80 by itself, now it's included in the Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017.

5. Mastering the Model Shoot on Location

In any photography business, it's 80 percent business and marketing and 20 percent shooting. That's why after 4 business and marketing oriented resources, I'll finish this top-5 with a creative resource. Frank Doorhof, himself an example of a highly successful photographer, has included his 100 minute Mastering The Model Shoot on Location video. 

Normally, this resource is $35 by itself, now it's included in the Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017.

The total value of this top-5 alone is $473. But there's plenty more. In fact, let me give you one more tip myself. 10 percent of the sales of this bundle go to charity. But during checkout, you get the option to double the charity amount (It's called 'Charity Match'. This will cost you only $19.47 extra and if you do, good karma will come your way by way of some extra free content, like Serge Ramelli's Interior Design Photography Bundle (a $147 value by itself), Kevin Kubota's Lightroom Presets Workflow Collection (a $49 value), Blake Rudis' Beginners Guide to Photoshop Actions ($29 value). The 5 Day Deal is a no-brainer and the Charity Match option is a no-brainer within that no-brainer.

The Charity Match option costs 20 dollars extra in exchange for which you receive $400 worth of extra content and you also get that warm, fuzzy feeling of having doubled your charity contribution!

The Charity Match option costs 20 dollars extra in exchange for which you receive $400 worth of extra content and you also get that warm, fuzzy feeling of having doubled your charity contribution!

If you're even only remotely interested in becoming a semi-professional photographer, this will do so much more for your career than any filter, camera bag or leather strap ever will!

Just don't forget, the sale of the Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017 ends forever at noon, January 24th (PST).

The Fujfilm GFX Files, Part 2 - More videos

A video interview with about the GFX and the accessories I used in India

As you could read in part 1, I have been using the brand new Fujifilm GFX in India and Belgium for a couple of weeks. I also made a 3 minute video about it for Fujifilm. Well actually, I did not make that video: fellow X-Photographers Matt Brandon (www.thedigitaltrekker.com) and Serge Van Cauwenbergh (www.fotografieblog.be) filmed it - entirely with X-T2 cameras by the way - and Matt also edited it. In case you haven't seen it yet, here's that video:

On the way back from Varanasi to Delhi, Matt interviewed me about the GFX, but also about some of the other accessories we have been using, like the SMDV BRiHT 360 and the SMDV Speedbox 85 that you can see me use extensively in the video. We also talk about using monopods and tripods and how to back up images like this while traveling. You can check out the video interview on Matt's site. There's some cool 100 percent close-ups of shots!

Check out my video interview here.

Check out my video interview here.

More GFX Challenge videos

If you haven't overdosed on GFX news by now, here are the latest GFX Challenge videos that Fujifilm have released:

Ollvier Wehrli - Switzerland

Watching Oliver's beautifully filmed video gave me vertigo. I guess I'm not cut out to be a landscape photographer!

Joshua Loh - Singapore

Joshua Loh appreciates the small form factor and fast focusing capabilities of the GFX. I also take away from the video that I really need a Mercedes SLS to complement the GFX... That car features in no less than three GFX Challenge videos :-)

Supalerk Narubetkraisee (Thailand)

Supalerk also lauds the universal nature of the GFX and has a couple of really nice star trail photos in his video.

Shiro Hagihara (Japan)

Shiro - like me - appreciates the EVF which lets him decide on exposure and color without having to take his eye off the viewfinder. He loves the Velvia simulation for his landscape work. He says the GFX lets him capture details that even his eyes could not see.

Saiichi Nakmura

Saiichi's work involves still life photography with water. The video offers an interesting view into his studio set-up. He praises the quality of the CMOS sensor and the standard 4:3 aspect ratio which he finds better suited for commercial use.

Jonas Rask and Palle Schultz (Denmark)

The detail and sharpness of Jonas' lifestyle shoot images with a biker almost bite you from across the screen. A must-see if you're into motorcycles or good-looking guys :-)

Sangsun Ogh (Korea)

Sangsun takes us to a shoot of a model wearing traditional Korean attire. Needless to say, the resolution of the GFX helps to bring out every little bit of texture.

Knut Koivisto (Sweden)

Knut appreciates the fact that the camera works as well in the studio as it does outside of it, in the streets. He uses the X-T2 and the GFX intermittently. For him, DSLRs have been sidestepped now.