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Attention Everyone: Meeting Date Sept. 12th
Our September meeting is scheduled for September 12 because of the Labor Day weekend holiday. Please make a not of it on your calendars.
ATTENTION ACTIVE PPSO Members - During the announcements period from about 6:30pm to 7pm we will be discussing some needed changes in our application and the bylaws of PPSO. The board needs your input and your votes to make these changes to allow PPSO to continue to grow and meet the needs of a changing market. We would like to change several of the membership categories so that full and part-time photographers can serve on the board. We would like to add at least two new categories of membership as well. Without these changes we cannot find the board members we need and effectively run the organization and reach new members as well (for example people who are just starting their career as full or part-time photographers). Look for an email with documents for your review. Board members can be reached HERE
Why Continuing Education is important
Tonight you will learn some of the easy ways to improve the quality of your work for your customers. Each thing that you learn can take you another step above competitors in your market who may care less about quality. Anything you can do to provide a better quality product for your clients can be used to bring VALUE to your clients. Consumers are willing to pay more when they can see a qualitative difference in the finished product.
Our special guest is the knowledgeable Rob Kumler, owner of K&R PhotoDigital in Northern Kentucky. Here are some of the things that he is offering for us as continuing education and professional growth and services.
√ Rob has indicated that he will be giving away a door prize for the evening
√ Discount Sensor Cleaning for attendees
WHILE YOU WAIT or SHIPPED back to you by THURSDAY. Bring your camera bodies that need sensor cleaning to the meeting. He will be available from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm to do while-you-wait digital camera seniors cleanings at a special discounted price for attendees of this meeting. He will also stay after the meeting for some time working on while-you-wait sensor cleanings. If he can not get to your camera, you can still take advantage of the special pricing by leaving your camera with him and he will have it cleaned and shipped back to you by Thursday (with Friday as a day to spare if you need your camera for the weekend). THE SPECIAL PRICE FOR ATTENDEES IS GOING TO BE $45 (Regularly $65) and only available for attendees
Presentation From 7pm - 9pm
√ What's NEW and valuable for improving the quality of our products to customers? New cameras, lenses, lighting and more
Rob, as I said is a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge and is always on the cutting edge of new things that can improve the value of our work for our clients. I have asked him to bring the latest and the greatest new technology and share with us how it can be used to help us to better serve our clients and increase our value in the market. He will be bringing items that you can ask about, handle, and consider for your own business.
√ Lens and Equipment RENTAL, when and why?
It often comes up in photography groups online, "Have you ever rented a lens and WHO should I go to and why?" I've asked Rob to tell us about his lens and equipment rental program (not just cameras and lenses) from the perspective of a business owner. When should I consider rental? What are some cost ranges? What lenses and equipment are most popular and why?
Learning about renting equipment and why this might be a benefit to your business from time to time is very good knowledge to have BEFORE YOU NEED IT. You'll be able to ask questions and hear how other photographers use lens and equipment rentals to have flex-growth in dealing with new opportunities without having to invest large amounts of money up front.
√ The Importance of color calibration and color management as a professional - Easy tools
A couple of years ago Rob did an entire presentation on color management for professional photographers. It was fascinating and a bit over my head. This time I have asked him to review some of the basic tools for achieving professional color in our final products to our clients. What are the basic and easiest tools to use to calibrate, match, and balance our images whether we are printing or sending our images to one of the quality professional labs. This will be a portion of his presentation this evening. Ask your questions and get your answers from someone the major labs use and trust.
√ Camera & lens FOCUS & color CALIBRATION - what it can do and when you may need it
One thing he mentioned is that he is getting more work in the area of camera and lens focus calibration services. I have asked him to share about what he is finding and why professionals sometimes come to him to have their equipment tweaked in one way or another.
√ Last of all, Q & A period
This is your opportunity to ask that question that you've always wondered about. Rob works with top labs and camera manufacturers and suppliers on a regular basis helping them to produce the best quality of product for their clients. He is always cutting edge, but his knowledge is both long and deep.
You may have a question about your own camera and issues that you are perplexed about. You may have questions about how to monetize the value of investing in some of the new gear or technology for your business. Rob has the answers, I guarantee it.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PPSO AND THIS MEETING: If you have any questions about PPSO or this meeting, feel free to call and speak with the current president, Peter DeMott or any of the current board members HERE
Podcasts for continuing education
I personally enjoy podcasts as a way to increase my knowledge in business practices and many other topics. The benefits of an audio podcast is that you are not stuck in front of your computer while you are learning. I have been able to listen to podcasts while mowing the lawn, cleaning out horse stalls, and other menial tasks.
This is a podcast that I sometimes listen to, SIX FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST, and I thought I would share this one. It is just over an hour long, but the owner of the photography business is interviewed about how they went from $1500 weddings to $4000 weddings in a period of about 4 years. The business continues to grow, but how did they do it. The podcast covers motivation, training, learning, workshops, business education and more.
I hope you will listen:
Consider making podcasts a part of your continuing education program as a professional photographer.
How do you like to get continuing education as a professional photographer? Use the comment form below and share your favorite ways.