turd (noun) : A lump of excrement One of the advantages amateur photographers have over pros is that the only pressure we experience is self imposed. We can shoot anything we want, experimenting to our heart’s content. If we come back with nothing from a shoot, there is no real cost apart from our own disappointment. No big deal. As soon… Continue reading "Polishing a turd in camera"
Author: Simon Patterson
An African safari is a most exhilarating experience. Here are 10 tips for amateur photographers who want to make the most of their up-coming safari holiday. 1. Gear up! The internet’s keyboard ninjas who say “camera gear doesn’t matter” have clearly never been on safari. Occasionally you can get lucky and stop your car within 20 feet of an animal… Continue reading "Photography on safari : 10 essential tips"
Capturing the mood of the pouring rain in camera can be difficult. Standard auto or aperture-priority modes often miss the feel of a rainy day, and leave us with unsatisfactory flat looking images. I was recently caught out on the street in a sharp downpour with camera in hand so I decided to try two techniques to capture the mood… Continue reading "Two ways to photograph in the rain"
The internet provides an amazing platform for content creators. Never before have individuals had such a chance to present their creations to the whole world. The flip side of such wondrous opportunity is the fact that others can so easily use the content to tear people down. And thus trolling was born, fuelled by the relative anonymity provided by the internet. Trolling is when provocative responses are posted by those trying… Continue reading "The Seven Types of Trolling Creators Face"
It can be a dangerous world out there for photographers. Whether we’re trying to find that perfect angle or capture the decisive moment, sometimes photography can be deadly. And not only for people who take crazy risks for their images, as we shall see later on. But first, the paparazzi are one type of photographer that many people love to hate. Freelance… Continue reading "Photography : A Deadly Undertaking"
Are you improving at photography? We probably all ask ourselves the question, yet often we don’t know how to find the answer in any meaningful way. It is something that has nagged me for years, so I finally decided to find out if I really have been improving. Here is how I did it. The challenge The challenge that set… Continue reading "Is Your Photography Improving?"
As a serious amateur photographer (primarily landscapes), people sometimes ask me how much I would charge to shoot something for them. I’ve never charged to shoot photos for someone else before, so how should I respond? A couple of months ago, a friend referred me to a local music promoter who was seeking photography services. The promoter emailed me and… Continue reading "How Much Should an Amateur Charge?"
Here’s how I paid $304 for a print worth $192. We decided to have a canvas print made, to hang on a wall at home. A friend had posted a discount voucher on Facebook for cheap online canvas printing, and my wife chose one of my images from the hard disc. Perfect! Or so we thought. A friend had posted… Continue reading "How to Pay Extra for Printing"
So you want to take great photos on your next holiday and you need to travel light. Which camera is the best? Of course, the answer is “it depends”. Here’s how I approached the decision to find the best travel camera system for me with my $2,000 budget. What’s important and what’s not My holiday to China includes attending tourist attractions,… Continue reading "The Best Travel Camera"
Dear Sir We have never met in person, but I feel compelled to write after seeing your posts on the internet. I’m an enthusiastic young photographer who’s trying to learn how to create meaningful art with my camera. I think you may be able to help me. You, in contrast to me, have been there and done it. I only started… Continue reading "To: That Grumpy Old Photographer"