A Plug for Lynda

Over the past year, I’ve spent a LOT of time at Lynda.com and I cannot recommend this valuable resource enough.  If you’re not familiar with Lynda.com, it is a library of video tutorials that focuses on software education, but also ventures out into other topics such as photography. 

For example, If you want to really learn Photoshop (any version), I cannot stress enough that you should check out Deke McClelland’s series on whatever version you have.  If you want to learn the fundamentals of photography, or perhaps freshen up on a few concepts in composition, Ben Long has several excellent videos.  I highly recommend his Black and White series.

At $25 a month, it’s well worth it if you have the time to put into it.  And you’ll need lots of time.  One of Deke’s series on masking is twenty five hours worth of adjustment layer goodness.  And yes, I have watched it in its entirety, along with many of his other tutorials.

PHP, Microsoft Office, Windows 7, and Quickbooks are just a sampling of things that you can learn through Lynda.com.  I highly recommend.

Diving In

You can have all the greatest ideas and the best plans in the world, but until you act on them, they’ll never amount to anything.  As I was reading Alain Briot’s “Marketing Fine Art Photography” this past December, I decided to take action.  I have been studying photography for two years and have decided that I would like to expand my audience.  More than that, I would like to make an income from what has been a very expensive hobby.  “It’s time”, I decided.

So on January 14th of 2012, I registered Herschbach Photography LLC and have spent the past few months putting my ducks in a row.  Ordering supplies, building a website, gettings business insurance and sales tax registration, etc.  It’s a lot of work considering I also work a full time job.   I still have several things on my “to-do” list, including creating this blog which I am now writing, but each week I do something to progress my business.

To be honest, I don’t know which direction I will be taking this blog.  I like to consider this being “flexible” instead of “indecisive”.  I hope to post updates concerning my business as well as content concerning photography.  I hope that you will follow along as I take the plunge.