Summer Roundup: Your Questions Answered

Summer Roundup: Your Questions Answered

We’re back to bring you another roundup of our Question of the Week videos, in case you’ve missed any. This batch of questions we heard a range of helpful topics from PhotoShelter company and friends.

The videos below cover how to interview subjects for video, which IPTC fields are most important, tips for keeping your love of photography alive, what traveling photographers need to know and how to make sure your website is photo editor-friendly. Scroll on to get the scoop.

Kicking things off, Libris Content Marketing Manager and former TV Reporter Kristin Twiford shares her tips for interviewing subjects for video. 

Kristin’s POV:

  • Always ask open ended questions (Why and How vs. Yes or No)
  • To ease nerves, start with a conversation, then ease into the interview.
  • The more interviews you do, the more comfortable you’ll be both sides of future interviews.
  • Don’t forget to ask if there’s anything they’d like to add.

Travel and Landscape photographer Ken Kaminesky shares how to keep your love of photography alive, even in the slow times.


Ken’s POV:

  • Always try new ways to keep things fresh and get inspired.
  • If you’re passion is waning, step out of your comfort zone. Look at work from other photographers outside of your niche.
  • Take advantage of all the resources available at our fingertips in this “Golden Age” of photography.
  • Changing things up can open a world of opportunities that would have never been possible otherwise.

PhotoShelter Product Manager Karin Magary shares with us what IPTC fields are the most important to fill out and why. 


Karin’s POV:

  • There are two main reasons to fill out IPTC info:
    • Searchability – Getting found online.
    • Ownership – Making sure you get the credit.
  • Important Searchability IPTC fields:
    • Headline
    • Description
    • Keywords
  • Important Ownership IPTC fields:
    • Copyright
    • Image licensing
    • Contact URL
    • Contact email
    • Contact phone

New York Times Sports Photo Editor Jeff Furticella sat down with us to share exactly what Photo Editors are looking for in a photographer’s website.


Jeff’s POV:

  • Your website should have big, clear pictures.
  • Your website should showcase a variety of work.
  • Your website should reflect who you are and what you’re all about.
  • Your website needs to have your contact info up front and center.

Libris Client Services Associate and veteran traveler Marie Frei gives us the low down on what every traveling photographer needs to know. 

  • Use Google Maps to save locations and download an offline version of your map.
  • Check out the Google Trips app for destination research.
  • Use Instagram hashtags and location tags to “pre-scout” a location and determine the best time to shoot.
  • Use the PhotoShelter Mobile App to keep your images safe, and always have access to them on the go.
  • To avoid roaming and data fees, unlock your mobile device and pop in a local sim card.
  • Research local meet-up groups to meet new people and get inspired.

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