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They say "you either got it, or you don't," but when it comes to leading with charisma - you can learn it.

According to Olivia Fox Cabane's book The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, people aren't born charismatic. They acquire it through knowledge and practice.

With charisma, you'll become more influential, persuasive and inspiring. People will become magnetically drawn to you, trust you, want to learn from you.

Charismatic leaders "cause followers to become highly committed to the leader's mission, to make significant personal sacrifices, and to perform above and beyond the call of duty," says Robert House, a Wharton School business professor.

We've compiled the most interesting points to help you rise to the top of your game.

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Photographic Inspiration

Ugly Is Pretty, Bad Is Good

Stop trying to make your models into glamazons all the time. Let them be themselves, unruly, imperfect and human. The fantasy of fashion is wonderful, but sometimes simplicity and imperfection is refreshing. Try a shoot with no makeup and hair styling. Better yet, try using intentionally ugly clothing.

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Is assisting a farse

Is being a photographer assistant a bad choice?

Are you an enthusiast? Are you still soul searching?? Are you not confident in your own work and abilities? It is a unique questions to ask you self.

Do you want to pick up habits that are not necessary correct? Do you want to deal with other people’s clients and expectations? Don’t you want your own clients?

Don’t get me wrong assisting isn’t bad but it might not necessarily match your needs and teach you how to correctly shoot. Other objectives to why you want to assist no matter how well intentioned, it is futile.

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“Yes, back it all up!!”

I have said this time after time to students, other professionals and enthusiasts after it happening to me some time ago.

So, with that in mind, I figure I’d share our studio’s backup protocol. This post is long and is directed at photographers, videographers, or creative studios and is NOT for the weak of heart. It’s not like most of the snipits I like to post, however I think it’s important and there’s not much info out there for those of us who need powerful backup solutions. While no backup solution is perfect, you need to develop a system that stands up to the rigors of your business, so here’s to sharing for anyone that cares about this stuff…

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Work Flow in General

In the traditional darkroom workflow is critical. Without paying attention to proper formula, temperature, exposure and sequence creating a predictable print was near impossible. By following a careful workflow the myriad of variables could be harmoniously managed and an accurate print could be created.

Digital optimization requires the same attention to detail to create a predictable print. Ignoring proper sequence in digital optimization will unlikely share the same disastrous effect it would have in the darkroom but it can have an adverse affect on the final output. By creating a flexible workflow that reflects individual needs one can avoid unnecessary image degradation and insure the quality of data that goes to the printer.

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