Sound Advice for Photographers

Thank you Patt Flynn! Every now and then along comes an amazing tool that, after using it for awhile, you wonder how you lived without it. Well, thanks to Pat Flynn over at SmartPassiveIncome.com, I learned of this free online (cloud) tool that does something that anyone working with multimedia online should be aware of. It’s a an audio normalizing and leveling tool called Auphonic. Getting Level Before learning of Auphonic, I was using an awesome tool called Levelator. Basically it was a drag and drop process. I’d record audio, or a video (then strip the audio off) and drop it on the program. Levelator would go to work crunching the audio, and “normalizing” it. The resulting file would sound better and be ready for either editing or uploading. Essentially, Levelator contains algorithms that “look” at the audio and does its “level best” (couldn’t resist) to keep everything at a constant audio level. This is critical for we podcasters as we might find ourselves doing interviews with folks of varying microphone quality and ambient room noise. Bringing the hosts audio to the same level with the guest, and then bringing everything up to normal level results in pro-quality audio. This extra effort can separate a podcast that the audience struggles to listen to, from the one that is recorded so well that they can instead focus on the content. Progress means fewer steps One of the unfortunate steps involved with using the Levelator was that for video files it requires stripping the audio off of the video files before processing it through the software. This is because Levelator only...

The Business of Wedding Photography

Have you ever considered quitting your day job to become a full-time wedding photographer? You had done the “math” and figured if you shoot just N weddings per year, you could easily trump your yearly salary, plus you’d be getting paid for taking pictures! Something you already love doing? Hold your horses there slick. It ain’t that simple. Veteran wedding and event photographer Daniel McGarrity breaks down the facts involved with making a living in the wedding photo biz, and provides some valuable tips on how to correctly position yourself in today’s market for the best chances of...

My Favorite Lightroom 5 Features!

Welcome to a quick overview of some of my favorite features in Lightroom 5. Watch these short videos to get up to speed on some of the most amazing tools in the de-facto digital asset management application for photographers. Download Lightroom 5...

Marketing with Trey Ratcliff

Have you ever wondered how those high-powered, globe-trotting, Google-plussing photographers manage to do it all? Seems like they’re always either posting online, or otherwise “socializing”. But how do they manage to do it all WHILE also creating those images we all love to see? What are the secrets behind growing a massive follower, friend, like, and +1 tribe online? Influential photographer/entrepreneur Trey Ratcliff, CEO of StuckinCustoms.com joins me in this interview to discuss all of this and more. We talk about how Trey is able to manage being a sought-after photographer, husband, Dad, CEO, and world traveler. You’ll also get some valuable tips on how you can start moving in the same direction. Hint: it’s not as difficult as you think. Spoiler — think diversified income streams. Grab the course Trey mentioned, use the code “STUCKINCUSTOMS” for 20% off!...
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