March 12, 2018
To compete or not….
I wrestle with the idea more than not. I think there is a definite positive to the competition scene in the world of photography, but it is also AMAZINGLY discouraging. I have turned down more times than I can count.
I sent a submission to the San Diego County Fair competition just a few days ago. It is the first time years. I gave up years ago after being rejected so many times. It took me a long time to learn to appreciate the rejection. Once I did, I really began to evolve me skills. I reached out to friends that were more successful than me to ask for advice and criticism. I took that and really worked on my skill. I then entered very small and very local “competitions” that amounted to nothing more than a bit of bragging rights and maybe being published in a small local paper. This led to entering and being accepted to Open Call gallery shows. Finally, I felt I was ready to enter a bigger, international competition. Hence entering the fair.
Now, I do believe that being published, winning comps, and being gallery shown does lead to credibility as artist. Big call outs are intimidating, so look around and start small. Ask for critiques. And, most importantly, learn to edit your submissions. This last point was especially difficult for me. I have some images that I just love, but they never get the traction I would have expected. Prepping the fair submission is a great example. I sent a friend about 15 different images that I loved. She very candidly said “Yes, No, Yes, No” to every single one of them. She was very direct. It was difficult to hear, but it made for a great selection of just 7 images. Editing your self is challenging at best, but is vital to the process.
Put yourself out there. That is how you grow. It is ok to fail. That is also how you grow.
Start small, think local, and shoot often. You will be surprised with what can happen.
February 27th, 2018
Hashtags and other fun stuff.
I, like the rest of the known universe, am on Instagram. I, like a lot of people, struggle with it as a marketing tool. As such, I have been reading up on things and listening to various podcasts to try and gain some insight into this. Needless to say, there is a TON of info out there and it all conflicts with everything else. One podcast says “the more hashtags, the better” as it will increase your exposure. Another says “use wisely as too many can dilute a brand”.
This creates quite the conundrum. On the one hand, I have only a handful of followers (about 570) and on the other hand, I want to put a professional foot forward. I understand the idea of “more is better”, but I really begin to question the quality of those impressions and as an extension, followers.
The opportunity here is to set the tone early. Be smart with the tags, engage where I can, and create amazing content, and create a nice brand that people would be willing to get behind. “Quality over Quantity” is the path for me.
The next big topic was the tags themselves. “Which ones do I use?” This one was much more straight forward. Give information about the image and incorporate Second Level tags as well as the “Big” ones.
This is something I really haven’t done much of, but makes a whole lot of sense. The huge tags have millions of impressions. If you are not in the top 6 or so, these tags won’t do you a ton of good. So many people use the tag that you sill quickly be shuffled down the list. The suggestion was to use the second tier tags. I like this idea since the people looking through them are a bit more serious about the specifics of the tag. / subject.
Sooooo, time to implement this whole idea! Fingers crossed!
February 24th, 2018
So, I’m a little late to the party when it comes to Podcasts…
About a week and half ago, I decided to start listening to podcasts in the truck on the way to work. I have about 35 mile drive and loads of time, so, made sense to listen to casts that would benefit me in my goals with the company. I have latched onto a couple that seem to be a great starting point.
- “The Wildlife Photography Podcast”: This one really seems to be in line with my goals for my images. I have only listened a few casts, but I’ve picked up some great information that I feel will move me forward.
- “The Chase Jarvis Live Show”: This one I have high hopes for. I became aquainted with Jarvis’ work several years ago when I found a Youtube channel based out of Hong Kong that brought together some of the most amazingly talented photographers, gave them cheap ass toy cameras, and sent them out on a challenge. I found this really inspiring as it showed that you don’t always have to have the best equipment to capture a really great image.
Now, the goal here is pick up tidbits that can help accomplish the endgame. Wading through the marketing and social media quagmire is intimidating to say the least. There are so many pitfalls. Thanks to nuggets of wisdom from the Wildlife cast and from another cast, I have made a few adjustments. Part 1 was switching a business profile on Instagram and getting more specific with the hashtags. Part 2 is that we, GHE, are now on Pinterest. A lot of really good points were made about Pinterest and demgraphics of its users, that it is a no-brainer.
So, Stay tuned to see how things shape up, and find us on Instagram and Pinterest!
January 10, 2018
For me, the new year always brings self evaluation. How can I become a “new me”?
Several years ago, I read a book called “Legacy” by James Kerr. Its about how the All-Blacks rugby team is so successful and how lessons learned from them can be carried over into so many other things. I have found a lot of inspiration in this book with 2 points in particular becoming mantras for me.
- E tāku mōkai, he wā poto noa koe i waenganui i te wā kua hipa me te wā kei tū mai. You are but a speck in the moment of time situated between two eternities, the past and the future. BE A GOOD ANCESTOR Plant trees you’ll never see
- Waiho mā te tangata e mihi. Let someone else praise your virtues. SWEEP THE SHEDS Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done
Part 1 says to me, understand life will go on after you. I am building something that I hope, one day, one or both of my sons can get involved with and eventually take over. I need to lay a foundation that they can build from. This is true not just with GHE, but in Life.
Part 2 is one of my favorite sayings. “Sweep the Sheds”. Just because you are the boss, you are never to big to the mundane stuff. With GHE, I am there building the booth and tearing down. I am right there with everyone doing heavy lifting and getting dirty. In my day job, I am right there cleaning out water bottles and folding towels.
2018 is going to be a good year for us. 2018 will be a foundation building year. We are spending time on back end stuff to build a better company and create more interaction with our fans. It will also see the debut of a print done by my old son.
So, here’s to 2018!
January 2, 2018
The first post of the New Year!! Welcome to 2018 everyone. We at GHE have some high hopes for this year as we continue to make steps forward. More Art, more shows, more photographs, more travel, and most importantly, MORE FUN!
Now, don’t forget, we do have a New Year’s sale still going. 25% off everything in the shop. Hit the “Shop!” button on the front page and check out all the images.
Use the code: ZPGMET
Now unfortunately, I haven’t gotten an original art up yet, but there still a load of photographs to choose from. Adding art is one of the top priorities for the new year. Soon I promise.
December 23, 2017
Happy “Whatever Holiday you celebrate” !!! For us, it’s Christmas. I’ve been fortunate to travel further afield than the average bear. Over the years, this, plus my upbringing, has allowed me to celebrate the variety across the globe…people, traditions, and beliefs. This time of year has become a time to celebrate family, history, and tradition. From all of us here at GHE, Happy December Celebrations!!
December 21, 2017
Wow! 2 days in a row!!
I am doing some fine tuning on the shop. I am adding several images that are available on a TON of different items.
Click on the “Shop” Button on the front page…
Check it out, spread the love, share the word!
December 20th, 2017
Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!!
I’ve started to fine tune some things here on the ol’ website. Mostly just flow stuff. I did add a few images of some new painting I just completed. Really excited about the work. GHE has a few new things in the works and 2018 should be a pretty good year for us. Stay Tune!!
December 7th, 2017
Well, there you have it….Today started the official “2018 competition Season” for me. I officially submitted to the “Fourth Annual Street Shooting Around the World Exhibition – 2018” at the LA Centre for Photography. It has been years since I have entered any competitions. I met absolutely zero success in the past and was quite discouraged. So, I took another tack and worked to advance my skills. I now feel I am in a better place and made the decision about 5 months ago that 2018 would see me reentry into the competition arena. I have a few more slated for the Spring, so fingers crossed I get in to one or two!
December 4, 2017
UGH! Where has the time gone!?! The Fall is ALWAYS so hectic for me. The demands of the day job are huge this time of year. Now that December has finally rolled around, the art side of life is starting to heat up. I have done a string of small 4in x 4in painting and am working on some larger canvases as well. I was also accepted into yet another Gallery Show thanks to the amazing staff at La Bodega Gallery here in San Diego. I feel like I am failing everyone by not getting updates out regularly. I am trying to make a concerted effort to change that. Over the next 3 weeks, I will update the shop, add some new images, and some dates for shows/cons. 2018 will also see my entry into the competition arena for the first time in a very, very long time. Fingers crossed on that one.
So, stay tuned, bare with me, and find us on Instagram! (@dennisgreenhill)
September 16, 2017
Well, I finally added a shop link. It’s about time, I know. I only just added it, so there isn’t a ton up right now, but I am working on it. The summer was really hectic with Comic Con and then a last minute trip to Taipei to work with USA Waterpolo at the World University Games. Now that the dust has settled some, my top priority was the shop. I am happy that I finally have something up to say the least. :)
July 30, 2017
Well, I'm behind on updates here. Loads to catch up on.
My 20th Comic Con is in the books. It was one of the most successful ones I've ever had. We sold a ton of original art and prints. It was really exciting.
I am slowly working on a retail site. I hope to have it up soon.
Finally, I have a couple gallery shows coming. Totally excited about those. I will post dates in the next day or so.
May 13, 2017
I’m finally getting around to adding some videos and v-blogs. I will set up a nav button on the side for you all. It’s been a really long time since I messed with video footage, so I am still getting back in the swing of things. Bare with me . :)
Also, I am working a CV and some testimonials which I will be adding soon.
April 16, 2017
Happy Easter All! Religious beliefs aside, this is just a nice day to celebrate family. As you can tell, I have been really far behind on updating and maintaining this site. So, here we go!! A couple of weeks ago, we did WonderCon in Anaheim. It was the first time that we have exhibited there. Well worth the effort. Tons of connections and loads of information. I am happy with how we ended up. The only draw back is that the whole house ended up really sick. I am 2 weeks into it and am just now feeling better. Good times!
Secondly, I have added a new page showing happy customers with art they have purchased. I get such a warm fuzzy feeling when someone spends money on an original piece. :)
March 5, 2017
Last night was awesome. It was the opening of the “Living in the City” show at The Studio Door gallery in North Park here in San Diego. It was such a blast. The wife and I were able to meet up with people, have a look at all the wonderful works, and just enjoy ourselves. There was a good amount of buzz around my image, “The Lonely Walk”. It is the top image on the picture above. Shot in Hong Kong, it will be the subject of one of the video blogs when I get around to doing those. :)
March 1, 2017
Friday opens a new gallery show with one of my pieces! The gang at The Studio Door in North Park have created such great opportunities for people like me to “break” into the art/photography world. It is definitely humbling when a gallery owner says “This is amazing and it looks even better in person”. With each gallery show, it is just another small step to acceptance.
Ok, enough of the sappy stuff! I ordered a small microphone for my camera so I can begin doing the V-Blogs. I think I will start with the piece appearing at The Studio Door this month titled “The Lonely Walk”. This weekend I will post up more photos including the ones that will subjects of these videos.
Beyond that, it is crunch time around the studio as preparations are in full swing for WonderCon at the end of the month. It will be the first time that I have exhibited there, which is odd since I have been exhibiting at San Diego continuously for nearly 20 years. I am really looking forward to it. I think it will be a great opportunity for us.
Feb. 05, 2017:
A crazy load of stuff going on around here! I’m back to work full time at the day job while trying to prep for 2 gallery shows and 2 comic cons. A ton of art sitting on the table that needs attention. But, with each passing day, I think I am making small steps forward. We will see!!
Feb 11, 2017:
So, I finally got my hands on a GoPro. Now, I have been wanting one for a long time. I have seen some amazing stuff out of these little guys. The creative versatility is staggering. I am a creative guy, but was a bit overwhelmed at the potential of this camera. I shot some test footage yesterday and was amazed at the results. I can’t wait to explore its full potential!
Feb 16, 2017
The mind races with ideas for the GoPro! One suggestion was to use it to create organic videos about some of the more popular images I have taken. I think this could be a great idea. Several images have had a positive affect on people and there are stories behind each one… The Lions, The London Eye, some of Seal and Sea Lion pictures (check them out on Instagram!), etc. I had never really thought of putting myself in front of the camera to tell the stories. But, the more I have thought about it… the more I like the idea. So, over the next month or so, I am going to start putting together videos that give a behind the scenes look at maybe 10 images and art pieces to give you all a look behind the curtain. :)
La Bodega Gallery Star Wars Art Show:
What a thrill. The show opening was awesome. Such a fun place and great people. So, the big news is, my image of “Gunfighter #1” SOLD! I am so excited. Now, on to the next show down there - “Black and White” in January.