Bird, Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word

A couple years ago I got the wild idea it would be interesting to start a new hobby. Bird watching sounded good. I purchased a decent pair of Bushnell (waterproof, just to make sure) binoculars for 100 bucks and set out to spot some bird species as well as flora and fauna. The great outdoors! I didn’t see many birds the first few weekends with my new (waterproof) binoculars. I became bored rather quickly and soon those Bushnell’s were gathering dust on my closet shelf. Shortly thereafter I relocated from Missouri to South Carolina. Surely there were birds in the south. I also thought to myself that there must be an easier way to view birds other than walking through the woods and searching the tree tops for whistling sounds or flying creatures rustling the limbs. Eureka! ( As Archimedes once exclaimed) I have it! So guess what I did? I set up a bird feeder in my front yard. I had more birds the first day than I did in weeks of tree-top watching with those Bushnell’s. My first seed was a variety seed which attracted many birds but I learned very quickly what most birds really love. Sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds seem to work the best and I am well on my way to identifying nearly 20 different species of birds in my little bird community and having a great time. Photographing birds is a bit trickier. Even with a telephoto lens patience is not only a virtue but a must! But the rewards are well worth it. I still use the Bushnell binoculars and I hope you enjoy (just a few images) I have recorded here this summer here in Florence, South Carolina.

CLIcK on First Image to VIEW ALL Fully!!! 🙂

Disclaimer: I have done my best to identify these birds properly. I do have a B.S. degree but I’m certainly not an ornithologist. Please feel free to comment or correct me (I won’t be offended) if I have made any errors. I am still learning. Birds are kewl! Photography is the bomb!

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Fakebook

Is Fakebook good for your business? I guess we (Studio 63) are about to discover if placing promotions or ads, spending hard-earned casheola, and advertising on Fakebook is really worth it.

Studio 63 recently placed a paid promotion to “raise local awareness.”
Only time will tell.

Update 7/21/2017 I figure we got about one interaction per 1000 people. That’s one person visiting my Fakebook page or clicking on a post. I have quit advertising on Fakebook. I’m not certain the cost is worth it but I’m certainly not an expert on social media.

Thinking about the web: personal.

I had actually started a Studio 63 home page in late 2016. I liked Squarespace, subscribed, and worked on the site a few months posting many images. I did a web site in college and it turned out pretty good but I think I need some professional advice this time. Its more than just posting images. On my home site I need to think about; What is my objective? How do I utilize this site to grow my business? How should I market my services? Etc. The solution is for me to be seeking out some people who are web savvy in the next couple of weeks. I want my site to be easy to navigate and fun for visitors but also to fulfill my own vision which is to arrange consultations and obviously get new photographic and video projects.

I continue to learn more with each shoot as each individual shoot provides its own challenges. I am becoming much more comfortable with the Mark II and so glad I made the decision on this camera. Its very cool.

Grand Opening

I decided to launch Studio 63 in 2017 with a “Sweetheart Special.” I put together this ad rather quickly in PS. My first Valentines Day couple were recently engaged. Thank you Tim and Leah! The mylar balloons kept moving around but we made it work. Anyone who has worked in photography knows this is a fantastic deal. My goal is to provide professional photography services in this (Pee Dee region) area at rates that working folks can afford.

I now have the studio operational. The photos below are of Tim and Leah and some images of the first studio shoot.

I utilized the Mark II body, nifty fifty, and the 18-135mm. I tried shooting around 65-75mm focal length with the 18-135 so that I would be closer to the optimal 85mm for portrait work since I have an APS-C sensor size on the Mark II. Most of my portrait work to this point had been outdoors or on-location with fill flash. Obviously shooting in the studio will present its own challenges.

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Studio 63

For the year 2016 I saw a lot of challenges, overcame more obstacles, relocated to the east coast, and even weathered through hurricane Matthew! After much contemplation, I have finally decided to quit running from what always seemed my true destiny and become the professional photographer. Yes indeed. I’m confident that Studio 63 will bring a breath of fresh air to SC and provide a new, affordable option for those seeking professional photography and video services here in the Pee Dee region. Please check out our Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/studiophoto63/

I will be posting the home site for Studio 63 in early 2017 when we officially launch! Thanks for your support!cd8b4686