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Tips for Photographing Newborns

Photographing newborns is a joyous occasion and one that photographers shouldn’t take for granted. There are few things more special than capturing the beauty of a new bundle of joy that has recently entered the world. For all their volatility and unpredictable nature, newborns present photographers an incredible challenge. But with this challenge, photographers can be sure to push their skills to the limits. If you’re thinking about improving your newborn photography skills, consider these tips.      Patience and Confidence are Necessities So you’re probably thinking that babies aren’t able to identify confidence in a photographer. Regardless of whether they can or not, the more important aspect is that you’re able to connect with the baby in an emotional manner. A manner which brings out their happiness, or one which can soothe their worries. This is one of the hardest aspects in life for a parent, yet alone a… | Read the full article


Shooting Better Maternity Photos

Maternity photos are one of the best mediums to highlight the beauty that is pregnancy. The context is also quite a unique moment, as not only are you capturing the magnificence of an expecting mother, but you’re also responsible to portray the bundle of joy that will soon enter the world. In this sense, you’re working with a subject who is often shy and reserved about the appearance of their body at this time, and a subject who isn’t visible on camera. These considerations can make maternity photos a difficult challenge, but here are some words of advice to help the cause.     Understand What Your Client is Comfortable With Before you start a maternity session, you should work with the mother to understand her personality and what she is comfortable with. It goes without saying that the style of maternity shots can range considerably, but ultimately, you want… | Read the full article


Travelling With Your Photography Gear

As a professional photographer, getting around with all your equipment is no easy feat. Once you start to travel for work, or take your gear with you on your travels, this difficulty is only compounded further. Not only do you have to be mindful about packing fragile equipment, but you face constraints surrounding the size and weight of your luggage. However, despite these irritating factors, there are certain things you can do to reduce the inconvenience you face.   What to Take Of course, deciding what to take depends on the exact nature of your trip and whether it is strictly for business, or pleasure as well. With that said, opt for versatility and functionality rather than taking every single piece of equipment in your possession. You’re better served by taking fewer lenses, ideally zoom lenses which are adaptable. What is sometimes overlooked from the packing process is cleaning materials…. | Read the full article


How Improved Fitness Can Help You as a Photographer

As more and more people jump into the fitness scene in increasing numbers, there’s little doubt that the way we take ownership of our health has become a priority for many. Most however, photographers included, don’t necessarily associate or recognise the benefits that fitness can play in their profession. From the physical aspects, to the mental components, improved fitness can help you become a better photographer.   Aside from the obvious physical health benefits that come with fitness – including the lower likelihood of a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes – it can also play an important role in boosting our memory and thinking skills. Now considering photography is by no means an easy profession – particularly since you are also managing a business at the same time – keeping your mental state finely attuned is imperative to cope well under the inevitable stress. Furthermore, with the role it may… | Read the full article


These Tasks Will Help You Become a Better Photographer

As we all know, overconfidence and complacency can be a photographer’s own worst enemy. Being able to recognise one’s technical deficiencies is one of the best ways to continually improve your photography skills. Ultimately, if you’re not learning, you’re not trying hard enough. Next time you have a chance, incorporate these tasks into your schedule to help you become a better photographer.   Step in Their Shoes This is less about creativity than it is about execution. If you have a favourite photographer, or even some favourite shots that you’ve collected, go about trying to recreate the work. Perfection isn’t the be all and end all with this task, so long as you’re picking challenging photos that test and broaden your skills.   Stay Away from that Magic Wand Given the processing capabilities of today’s editing software, it’s easy to become accustom to fixing everything on Photoshop. What this means… | Read the full article


Getting Your First Photography Job With No Experience

Starting out in the photography industry is an experience that places photographers straight into the deep end.  Like many of today’s high demanding professions, it’s often expected that you’ll have a wealth of experience under your belt before applying for jobs or taking on new clients. But what are new photographers to make of this catch 22 situation?   Build a Network One of the common themes of today in just about any line of work is your network. There are no shortage of options when it comes to networking events for professionals, and photographers are also afforded the benefit that their work is discussed online and in the community via forums and message boards. Of course, there’s always the tried and tested method of doing work for friends and family to begin with, which in turn has the potential to snowball to third parties.   Furthermore, educational courses, workshops… | Read the full article


Budget Items Every New Photographer Needs

When entering the industry, new photographers are often constrained by a tight budget. Perhaps you’re yet to secure a reliable client base, or overheads are eating into your earnings. Naturally, lining up some quality gear is often at the top of the list for many newbie photographers, even if it isn’t as important as the person behind the camera. With that said, there’s nothing wrong with picking up a good camera and a versatile set of lenses. But there are also some budget items photographers should considering carrying. Not all of the items will necessarily influence the outcome of your work, but they will sure make your job easier.   Portable Flash Using a flash isn’t just for night time work. In fact, there are many applications you could well find yourself benefitting from using a flash in an indoor setting. Portable flash units, often referred to as speedlights, provide… | Read the full article


Earning Extra Money as a Photographer

Even at the best of times, making a career through photography can be challenging. From an abundance of competition, to price sensitive clients, or even the growing trend where anyone who owns a mobile phone now considers themselves a photographer. You can see, it’s not easy. With that, photographers should consider diversifying their offer by extending into other services. Here are 5 ways you can earn extra money as a photographer.   Run workshops There’s two different angles you can approach this from. If you’re a veteran photographer who has developed a skillset and portfolio that is the envy of your peers, you’re well positioned. This is because you have considerably greater flexibility in terms of your target audience and the prices you charge. On the other hand, if your career is still a work in progress, there may be opportunities to share your insights about the industry with beginners… | Read the full article


Tips for Macro Photography

There are times where you just want to incorporate that little bit extra detail into your photos. Macro photography is the perfect approach, while also a thoroughly challenging and enjoyable experience. Naturally, the process is all about a close up, but is macro photography really as straightforward as that? No, not really, but take heed of these points and you’ll deliver impressive results.   Use a suitable support If you’re using a regular lens, one of the difficult aspects when shooting close ups at ground level is ensuring the camera remains steady. Rather than trying to find a support for your hands or body, instead consider one for your camera. For example, specialty tripods or even cushions and beanbags can be great as props to minimise any movement. Similarly, where appropriate, you can use one of your hands or a purpose made device to steady the object that you are… | Read the full article


News Photographers, The Times They Are A-Changin’

The legendary Bob Dylan put it best when he penned the infamous song, ‘The Times They Are A –Changin’. The tune, which has been used as an emblem of protest and uprising in recent decades, speaks volumes about where we are at today with news corporations and photographers in Australia.   Last month, News Corp made the announcement that it would be cutting jobs across its offices throughout the country, with photographers facing the prospect of redundancy. The company initially distanced itself from the gravity of the claims by downplaying the impact of the job losses, saying the business would transition from a “one hundred percent in-house model to a hybrid model where we retain a core team of specialist photographers combined with freelance and agency talent”. In recent days however, the number of photographers facing redundancy has been quoted as being up to 70.   What we’re seeing are… | Read the full article