Ever wanted to make the jump from amateur photographer to pro? Laurel Housden, The Photo Enthusiast, and The Queen of All Contests on Digital Photography Life comes on today to talk about her transition from enthusiastic amateur to paid photographer.
Laurel is a long-time listener of our previous podcast, and the information she learned from pros like Scott Kelby, Rick Sammon and Kevin Kubota inspired her to try her hand at becoming a professional shooter.
Laurel shares how she got her first clients, how she promotes her business and what photo and processing techniques she uses to capture her stunning images. Like us, Laurel loves the plug-ins from Nik Software, especially Color Efex Pro 3.0.
Laurel's a terrific photographer and a great friend - we wish her all the best as she becomes, we're certain, one of Florida's premier photographers.
Our first photo contest is over, but you can check out the entries at dplife.smugmug.com.
Speaking of SmugMug, did you hear Laurel talking about how much she loves her SmugMug account? She loves it even more because she got such a deal - 50% off the first year of service by using the code provided to listeners of Digital Photography Life. You should too. We've heard from a number of listeners who have signed up for SmugMug on our recommendation, and every single one of them has raved!
SmugMug is our favorite site for sharing and selling your photos. You can set your own prices and make as much or as little as you like! SmugMug has two fantastic offers just for our listeners:
- 50% off your SmugMug service at any level (enter code "Flickr" at checkout). This is a fantastic discount and you should take advantage of it in time to share your holiday photos!
- A free camera strap to any listener of Digital Photography Life: This one is just crazy. A high-quality camera strap that replaces the neck-slicing piece of canvas that your camera's manufacturer condescended to include with your DSLR. Get your freebie here.
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