Celebrating Earth Day 2013 As A Photographer

43 years ago, Earth Day officially became a celebration throughout America. It started out in much the same way as every movement does. A US Senator from Wisconsin decided to take action after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that … Read more

Turning Your Photography Into A Global Mission

Turning Your Photography Into A Global Mission

James Balog’s photographs have been exhibited in more than one hundred museums and galleries. His work has been featured in magazines like National Geographic, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. He’s won awards such as Outstanding Photographer of the Year from the North American Nature Photography Association and Person of the Year from PhotoMedia magazine. … Read more

10 Eco Friendly Gadgets For The Photographer

There is one thing for sure – every photographer loves gadgets. It starts with a camera, then a lens or two, then you graduate into computer equipment. Whether you are a photographer, or have a photographer in your life, here are some fun gadgets that will make what you do even more fun.

DoDoCase

Love your iPad as much as I do? Then look for a fun way to protect it too. If you love the look and feel of a good book, you’ll love DoDoCase.

Grassy Lawn Charging Station

Charging stations are mandatory any more in any office. Instead of having a mat lying around, how about adding something more sophisticated?

Solar Globetrotter Kit

Whether you love to head out for a day trip, or spend several weeks traveling the globe, try out this solar globetrotting kit to keep all your electronic gadgets charged and ready to go, no matter where you are.

USB Rechargeable Batteries

Tired of throwing away a ton of batteries? If you are in the market for rechargeable batteries, check out these – USB rechargeable batteries can be recharged from any USB port, at home, office or on the go.

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Try WWF As A Green Photographer

Do you promote yourself as a green photographer? Then it’s important to find as many green tools as possible to run your business. WWF is a new project, a new software program, with a goal of eliminating the need for printing. With traditional PDF documents, you can convert just about anything to a viewable format … Read more

How To Market Yourself As A Green Photographer

Want to stand apart from the competition? Take a current trend and incorporate it into your photography business.

In Professional Photographer Magazine’s web exclusive article, Marketing Yourself as a Greener Wedding Photographer, they provide several steps to promote yourself as a green wedding photographer. Weddings definitely seem to be the key field of choice for greening up your business. But even if you run a portrait, commercial or even fine art photography business, you can still promote yourself as a green business. Here’s how.

1. Be genuine
If you want to promote yourself as a green photographer, you must become a green photographer. You can pick up many books at the library or bookstore on going green as a business, such as Smart Green by Jonathan Estes or Green to Gold by Daniel Esty. Or search online for what it means for a business to become green. You’ll quickly find a wealth of tips on a variety of ways to make your business more eco-friendly.

Then look at your business practices and policies as a whole, and start making changes. It may be moving your studio back home to avoid using gasoline. Or finding the best eco-friendly printers for your business cards and brochures. Green products – you can find a running list of green suppliers for photographers at Greener Photography.

You can also look for organizations (such as Greener Photography or the Green Business Association) that will show you how to become a green company, and provide you with the credentials as well.

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7 Ways To Make Your Photography Eco-Friendly

7 Ways To Make Your Photography Eco-Friendly

A few months ago I wrote 5 Ways A Photographer Can Go Green and gave you some great tips for getting started on becoming more efficient in what you do. ecofriendly photography

Going green has been the big push for 2009, with no stops in the foreseeable future. So I thought I would continue on with that list, and add 7 more things you can do with your photography business to turn it into an eco-friendly studio.

1. Recycle. The easiest way to get started is by recycling everything you have. The largest waste a studio will have is paper; buy a recycling bin and put all your paper there instead of the trashcan. It requires about two thirds less energy to make a ton of paper from recycled paper instead of using wood pulp from trees. Recycle your ink cartridges from your printers, refilling when possible. Also find places that will recycle or refurbish your old electronics and photographic equipment when you move onto newer items.

2. Conserve energy. Andrew and I have a home office, and for most of the day, we’re in one small section of our home. Instead of heating the entire house, we keep it at a low 62 degrees, and use a space heater to heat the room we use. There are many things you can do like this. Replace all of your light bulbs with eco-friendly ones. Keep the thermostat down a degree or two in the winter, up a degree or two in the summer. Also keep lights, equipment, and computers off unless you’ll be using them.

3. Stay unplugged. Most of us have power strips and power cords plugged in all over our office and home. With computers, iPods, camera equipment and phones, it seems like we have to be plugged in all the time. Instead of leaving the chargers plugged in all the time, only plug them in when charging. Not only can this save you money from electrical use, but it will also help keep CO2 out of the atmosphere.

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5 Ways A Photographer Can Go Green

The world is a buzzgreen living with talk of “going green”. I was in the bookstore earlier this week, and was amazed they now have an entire section on green living. As a photographer and a business owner, I’ve lived an eco-friendly life for a long time. But once you start focusing on it, it is easy to come up with more things you can do.

Here are 5 ways you can start living greener as a photographer.

1. A great place to start is to become a member of Greener Photography. It’s a way of connecting with other photographers dedicated to finding environmentally safe ways to run your photography business. [Check out my article on working virtually]

2. Use eco-friendly products. GP Albums just announced a new eco-friendly photo album, The Green Photo Album. It’s made from 100 percent recycled content, and the pages are processed chlorine free, acid free and lignin free. They’re also made with electricity generated from windmills – how cool is that!

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