Florida Birding Festival in St Augustine
After looking forward to the return trip to St Augustine, FL the day finally arrived. Reading on Facebook one will always see great photography and stories as related by photographers from all over the world. Because of my age I realize many photographers have become significant and others have just left the business. And trust me it is indeed a business... Many of these photographers are supported or at least subsidized by great camera and lens manufacturers and assorted other photographic entities. Many of you know that my particular background is in the Photo Lab industry. Birds were really popular as lecture subjects.
Recently I went into a partnership with Nick and Katie Daniels as owners of Atlanta Canvas and print. It is an online only inkjet photo lab http://atlcanvas.com essentially located within our homes which are adjacent to each other. Many photographers print their own work so it is obvious that our business will not become a huge entity such a some of my previous ventures. Our intention is to become known for service and quality and to only serve a limited customer base. Large canvases and prints that are not capable of being printed on the small printer devices that most folks buy will be our forte! This low overhead approach is the only way to keep costs within a manageable range after having purchased new equipment to support our customers. Modern day economics really preclude a heavy physical retail presence in our business plan. At any rate we have begun to try to make our business visible to the public by using Facebook and other social media. This has begun to pay off but is a slow and tedious activity at best. It was at this point that I decided that one of these famous photographers might be interested in some kind of a sponsored relationship with this company. The Florida Birding Festival has been active now for several years and features speakers with significant reputations as wildlife and nature photographers. I attended four days of events featuring speakers listed in no particular order, George Lepp, Charles Glatzer, Robert O'Toole, Vinny Colucci, and Tim Grey. As it turned out the cost of such a sponsor relationship was just out of our range. Maybe in the months to come some our readers will help us to find a big name photographer that will help us reach out to our customers! Each of them represented their craft in a really superior manner. Many would revel you with how to use software to make final corrections to your images for presentation or how to "hunt" your subject with better success by wearing colors that would not frighten birds for example. It was a demanding few days with significant rewards for anyone interested in improving their nature photography.
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