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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Do You Ask for Reviews?
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:24:08 PM »
That is interesting to know about WW. I am still learning more and more about them. I have an ethical inclination to not incentivize, though I can see the reasoning behind providing one. I can see 11 being enough to give people a good expectation of what it is like to work with you all, but I agree with seeking out more.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Do You Ask for Reviews?
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:45:31 AM »
We rarely ever ask for reviews, however, reviews have greatly helped our business. We have featured listings with theKnot and Wedding Wire though I just activated WW about a week ago. We have 8 reviews on theKnot but about two dozen clients I can think of that would give us a solid review. In order to get the Knot's "Best of Weddings" award you need 10 reviews within the last calendar year so I'm going to send an email out to some of our clients requesting a review. It is really an investment in your company and it seems to go a long way. We do not incentivize anyone, we just want to hear from them. We never ask for reviews on Facebook, though we have nearly 80. Every client that has ever reviewed us has given us a 5/5 which I appreciate, and I think it gives potential clients more optimism when booking with us.

I used to ask for reviews on Google, however, I had one silly little person write a negative review despite the fact that I have never worked with them, they have never been to a wedding we were present for, and well, they had zero ground to stand on. After contacting Google regarding, what I considered a frivolous review, they said that they could not do anything. I ended up deleting my Google account completely because of this one person's bad review even though I had several 5/5 reviews on my Google page as well. Reviews are powerful, and can help build or break a small business. (I still rank on page 1 of Google, so no harm there.)

All of that being said, I would monitor the location you choose to have the reviews placed. It is not uncommon for competition to write a negative review as I believe the case was with my only poor review.

I hope this helps, and I love your work.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:03:55 PM »
Am I the only one who tilted their head and thought that this was an odd little video?

Well executed though.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Wedding Photography / Re: Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:30:39 PM »
Jepabst,

Fantastic shot! Well planned, great execution, in a word, iloveit. Kudos, seƱor.

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade Path Advice...
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:09:42 PM »
I hate to be repetitive but am truly trying to give the best advice I can based on the fact that I have owned/shot with the 60D, 7D, 5Dii, and now have 3 5Diii's. I would get a 5Diii as well as consider selling the 50 1.4.

Keeping budget in mind, one of the 5Diii's I bought was $2,450 from one of the gray market sellers on eBay. If you watch for deals, they will come. I sold my 50 1.4 for $300 on Craigslist about a year ago. I only bought it for $320 via BH refurbished.

Since it looks as though you take excellent care of your equipment as well, I image you will have whatever camera you choose for years to come. Even if you only keep the body for 5 years and spend $2,500 instead of $2,000, you are looking at $100/year or less than 30 cents a day to get the camera that (I believe) you would be the happiest with.

If you decide the 5Diii is not the best option, I would consider the 7Dii as the best alternative for what you are looking for.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cloud storage
« on: October 11, 2014, 03:21:01 PM »
I use Backblaze. Unlimited storage, inexpensive, and it backs up my external hard drives.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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My wife threw away one of my shoes once. Keep in mind, ONE of my shoes. The other was found underneath the bed a couple of days later. Luckily, we both run the business so hopefully at least our equipment is safe.  :D

Cheers!
-Tabor

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My wife threw away one of my shoes once. Keep in mind, ONE of my shoes. The other was found underneath the bed a couple of days later. Luckily, we both run the business so hopefully at least our equipment is safe.  :D

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:22:59 PM »
I just bought a 5Diii through BVI and had an awesome experience. It even came with the USA warranty cards. I wouldn't think twice about buying from them again.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:32:08 PM »
I have two 5d3s with me on any and every gig. One has a 24 or 35 on with a 600EX, the other has the 85 or 70-200 on with a 600EX. We also bought another 5D3 to go alongside our second shooter's 5D2. I find it extremely handy to have two bodies on at any time. We carry our equipment around with double-harness Black Rapid Straps which are also extremely handy to have when carrying two bodies.

All that being said, I don't believe you will need two bodies for landscape. Instead, I would invest those dollars into either a supreme camera body or awesome glass.

I mainly shoot weddings, portraits of various types, and corporate events. I have found two bodies to be extremely useful during those times, however, on the rare occasion I shoot landscape, I take an extra lens and keep the second body behind.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:30:07 AM »
I use a wordpress layout designed by elegant themes for my primary site, http://photosbytabor.com. After years of SEOing I have finally cracked page 1 of Google for practically every category. You will also find a gallery link to my other site which is through SmugMug. I use the two different sites to keep my primary site fast(er), but still display full galleries for people to view. If this is an option you were looking into, I would recommend it.

You can find my gallery site at; http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

I like the first one more (http://photosbytabor.com), I was thinking of more or less the same thing. Did you use smugmug for this? (i am a bit confuse)

Thanks.

I used Smugmug for the gallery site, http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com and pay them a ton of money each year, but I also sell enough prints that it is worth it to have them host the images.

My main website, http://photosbytabor.com I created using the ePhoto theme which was coded by a company called Elegant Themes who create themes for Wordpress sites. It is hosted through Host Gator, (who I am not thrilled with, but their inexpensive).

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:07:05 PM »
I use a wordpress layout designed by elegant themes for my primary site, http://photosbytabor.com. After years of SEOing I have finally cracked page 1 of Google for practically every category. You will also find a gallery link to my other site which is through SmugMug. I use the two different sites to keep my primary site fast(er), but still display full galleries for people to view. If this is an option you were looking into, I would recommend it.

You can find my gallery site at; http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:45:12 PM »
If it helps ease the nerves of anyone cautious about ordering from GetItDigital, I have ordered from them multiple times as well as 6ave, BigValueInc, 1080photo, and a few others. Each transaction has been wonderful, especially my recent 5Diii purchase from BVI.

Sometimes I receive a US Warranty card, sometimes not, but always incredible condition.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:46:51 PM »
Just ONE more...  ;D

In more seriousness, I got by with one for a long time, was excited about having two, (I always shoot with two bodies), now I have three, (though one is a 430ii), and I'll be buying another 600 as well as a couple of Einsteins per RL's suggestion. I think of RL as the lighting guru, so I would heed his advice when it's given.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:40:42 PM »
Excellent post.

I own a good amount of Canon gear, only used a Nikon once, and the button layout was confusing. That being said, had I begun with Nikon, Sony, whoever, I'm sure the Canon layout would have felt very foreign.

It always cracks me up when wedding guests attempt to one-up the superiority of their xyz system over the gear I'm using. If theirs has better DR, autofocus, MP, whatever, that's cool, I like my Canons.

I often mention to clients that the debate is similar to the superiority of Ford, Chevy, and Dodge in the truck world. They all make excellent machines, I just happen to own an F150.

Thank you for the refreshing, real world, take on the different systems. It is good to know at least some one has done the experimenting.  ;D

Cheers,
-Tabor

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