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Hey guys! I’m Mark from Shotkit, a site which features what the world’s best photographers carry in their camera bags.
Some of you might know about Shotkit already. Some of you may even be featured on the site! Either way, I look forward to having you part of the Shotkit Community :-)
Leigh has kindly let me do the occasional Guest Post on this awesome site.
As well as photography and camera gear, I’m also passionate about online marketing, social media, design and a few other random things.
Follow @shotkit on Twitter if you’d like to join in the fun!
Anyway, I’m here today to do a bit of shameless promotion! I don’t feel bad about it though, because I genuinely think what I’m about to tell you will be very useful to you…
Invest in Knowledge & Inspiration
We all spend lots of money on camera gear, but sometimes forget to invest a little into knowledge and inspiration.
What I mean by this is spending a little of our hard earned money on books, (here’s a good list to get you started), workshops (anyone going to Fiji?), tutorials (did you know Leigh’s a social media guru?!) and so on.
If you’re a professional photographer, photography related ‘investments’ of this kind are all tax deductible expenses, so it should be a no brainer if you want to improve your photography and grow your business.
The Shotkit Book
Recently I’ve just finished putting together the first ever Shotkit Book. It’s taken a few months of hard work and the input of over 30 of the world’s best photographers, but we got there in the end!
You’ll recognise names such as commercial photography and Photoshop guru Scott Kelby, Wedding Photographer Gabe McClintock of ‘that Iceland wedding‘ fame, Formula 1 photographer Darren Heath, Jeremy Coward, Dave Hill, Sam Hurd, Ross Harvey and many more.
You’ll be able to take an exclusive peek into their camera bags, to see what cameras, lenses, flashes and other gadgets they’re using, which might even help you with your next photography related purchasing decision.
If you opt for the recommended iBook version of the Shotkit Book, you’ll also be able to enjoy full screen interactive galleries of all the photographers’ best work, all viewable offline on your mac or iPad.
As well as the photography and camera gear of over 30 world class photographers, the Shotkit Book features a unique new video interview series that I think you’re going to like.
Six Tips for Shotkit
With this video interview series I wanted to interview world-class photographers and experts in certain industries, and come away with actionable tips for you guys to use straight away to improve your photography and grow your photography business.
With Six Tips for Shotkit, you’ll be left with an awesome set of tips you can implement straight away.
It’s a mixture of technical and non-technical info that I’m really confident you’re going to love.
The Shotkit Book includes the first 3 of the Six Tips for Shotkit series:
1. Improve your Wedding Photography – with Lindsay & Daniel Stark
Lindsay and Daniel Stark are great teachers as well as great photographers, and I’m so happy they are involved in this informative and fun video.
I don’t want to give away too much, but it’s 45 minutes worth of awesome material (yes, ‘6’ tips usually means a few more tips than that)!
One stand out tip for me was a trick to help you out in a situation where you have a subject and a completely uninspiring location, and only a few minutes to get a photo of something amazing. We’ve all been there…
2. Grow your Instagram – with Robert J Hill
I don’t need to tell you how important it is to grow your Instagram following, but perhaps something you didn’t know is that there are photographers out there who are booking their clients almost entirely via this one social media platform.
Robert J Hill is one of them. At last count, he has over 28,200 Instagram followers who are engaged and actively following his work.
This guy is an Instagram beast, and I’m so happy we spent 45 minutes discussing his Six Tips for Shotkit on growing your Instagram.
3. Improve your Photojournalism – with Kirsten Lewis
Kirsten Lewis is an expert at integrating into her surroundings, and at the same time being in total control of the situation, ready to react and capture every fleeting moment.
Although Kirsten’s speciality is photographing families and children, you’ll learn about true photojournalism from this video – the art of remaining invisible and documenting real moments, and doing everything it takes to be in the right place at the right time.
Kirsten shares a lot of great information that goes much deeper than camera settings and gear (although we do cover that of course).
Limited Time Pricing
The Shotkit Book is crammed full of over 170 pages of great content and I’m confident you’ll love it. If you don’t, let me know and I’ll happily refund you :-)
The Introductory Price is just $15. You can buy it by clicking the banner below. If you’ve already bought the book, feel free to leave a comment with your feedback.
Thanks so much for your support! Mark