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Episode 013 – Be an Entertainer and Sell the Experience



Step up your game by becoming an entertainer as well as an owner/operator.  This episode, scratchy voice and all, talks about going all-in and stepping into the role of being an entertainer and selling an experience rather than just pictures.  It should be fun for you as well as for the guests.


Episode 012 – Copyright Law and Photo Booths



It’s not the most exciting information but it is terribly important and essential.  This week I talk about copyright law and its implications in designing templates.  You will learn what it is, how Fair Use really does not apply to photo booths, and what you can do to keep your business safe and clear of any copyright issues.  Below I have included a PDF file with the important points of the copyright discussion and links to more information on the law, as well as some links to stock image sites.

Copyright Information


Episode 011 – Lighting



Lighting for a photo booth is pretty straight forward, but what happens when the standard setup changes?  Broken or burned out bulbs, ambient light coloring, these are all easily managed if you know which settings on the camera you need to work with.  I go over the four camera settings that will help you conquer lighting issues, as well as discuss the importance of using a light meter.


Episode 010 – The 4 Types of Events, Part 3 – Indoor Events



This episode brings to a close our three-part series on the four types of events by discussing indoor events.  Both canopy and open booth events indoors come with less variables than their outdoor counterparts, but there are still a couple of considerations that need attention.  I also discuss a Darkroom feature that many people are not aware of; adding QR codes to your screen and print templates.


Episode 009 – The 4 Types of Events, Part 2 – Outdoor Events



In this second part of our three-part series I talk about running events outdoors.  Canopy and open booth events held outside come with some special considerations.  I cover the important technical issues as well as discuss tips on protecting your booth and your gear.  Below is a link to a wonderful tool to help you determine the placement of your booth in conjunction with direct sunlight, The Photographer’s Ephemeris, as mentioned in the episode.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris website

 


Episode 008 – The 4 Types of Events, Part 1 – Introduction



We start a three-part series this week on the four different types of events you can do with your booth; canopy indoors, open booth indoors, canopy outside, open booth outside.  In this first part I define each event type and give a top-down look at their basic differences and the specific considerations that must be given.  Parts two and three will get into more details of indoor and outdoor events and their strengths, weaknesses, and preparation guidelines.


Episode 007 – Tools of Your Trade, Now and in the Future



This week I talk about the tools you have at your disposal for your business, as well as some ideas on what you can acquire down the road.  When you have a vision of what you want your photo booth business to be like it’s important to know and understand the tools required to get there.  Your photo booth has a great deal more tools than you may realize.  Let’s discover a few of them, and talk about some additional tools for expansion.


Episode 006 – Templates and Darkroom



It’s a giveaway!  Listen to hear how you can receive two Darkroom template sets exclusive to Strike A Pose customers for free until September 22, 2017!  Knowing how to work with templates in Darkroom is paramount to continued success and expanding your brand.  This week I talk about the importance of working with templates, whether you are a beginner or if you are an advanced owner looking to broaden your template library.  Template store links, as well as graphic editor links, are included in the PDF document below to help you get going.

Template and Graphic Editor sites


Episode 005 – The 72-hour Checklist



This week I talk about using a checklist to prepare well in advance for your events.  Preparation is often the deciding factor between success and failure at an event.  I go over a standard checklist to follow starting 72 hours before an event.  Below is a PDF file of that checklist to help bet you started.

72 hour checklist

Photo Booth Emergency Kit (in case you missed it)


Episode 004 – Camera Jargon



This week I talk about some important camera terms.  Aperture, shutter, and ISO.  What they mean, and how to work with them to get the best pictures from your photo booth.  Mastering these three settings will enable you to deal with any changes in your lighting situation.

We also have a GIVEAWAY this week!  Send us an email by clicking on the Send Us A Note button in the top menu and you will be entered to win a FREE copy of Tom Ang’s book Digital Photography Essentials.


Episode 003 – Common Technical Problems



This week our episode is a little bit longer in length as I discuss some of the most common technical issues that can crop up during an event.  I begin with listing items to build your “emergency kit” to keep with the booth.  You can download a PDF of that list below:

Photo Booth Emergency Kit

Tom Ang’s Photography Basics Book:

Basics of Digital Photography with Tom Ang


Episode 002 – It’s Your Business, Own It



You’ve started your own business.  Now it’s time to own it.  In this episode I talk about the necessity of learning the core fundamentals (basics) of your business, as well as the importance of educating yourself on the components of your booth.  To aid in that endeavor I am providing the following links to valuable external resources:

Windows 10 Operating System Basics

Basics of Digital Photography with Tom Ang


Routines – How they help you and your business



In this first episode I talk about establishing routines, how they help you and your business.  While it sounds mundane a committed routine can help you save time and look professional.  We would also like to hear about any routines you create by sending them to us at podcast@sappb.com.