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... and I'd like your help figuring out what folks are interested in. I get asked my advice quite often, at shows, here on ArtFairInsiders, and elsewhere. If you're interested in photography (and who isn't, nowadays, what with cel phone cameras & easy digital cameras), what would pique your interest?

I've got a survey going over on Survey Monkey. If you have five minutes to give me your opinion, it might help you focus your thinking about photography, as well as help me out.

And I'm going to do a drawing out of all the responses for a free workshop. If you're not local to Michigan and you win, that's okay. I'll figure out some other cool prize.

Here's the link. And thanks!

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Based upon what you said in response HERE ON AFI IN PAT SORBINI'S "PHOTOG ADVICE NEEDED" THREAD, I'd want to know more about this stuff. I am less inclined to go on a trip with you to a location. But learning the new software and possibilities with it? Yes. All this new computer post processing is so different than darkroom. We were considerably limited in what we could do, and most of the time that was a considerable benefit to the medium for die-hard users, yet a deterrent for many photogs. I think that's how the medium got so wrapped up into letting someone else do the printing and developing and darkroom work for them.

Don't get me wrong, Barrie. I have lots and lots of images that are beautiful location shots. But the landscape has changed so dramatically, that post-production is now an integral part of what we do as photographers. It's very hard to separate the two. One way to think about it is that the field capture is to some degree, just gathering source material.

Jim, I'm forwarding your survey to a friend who has taken numerous photography trips, and who has your work hanging in her house. As she is not part of our business her comments should be helpful too.

Thanks, Connie. Any and all comments are helpful, if not necessarily actionable!

Jim, I make more money on big workshops than big shows. The trick is finding enough people to fill multiple workshops and finding time to market workshops while marketing fine art since the customers are a totally different market. I do get some workshop clients from amateurs cruising shows to see what photographers are showing but cross selling doesn't happen. Email me if you want more info.

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