Month: February 2013

Landscape Photography In Your Own Backyard

An aspiring landscape photographer could be forgiven for thinking that their chosen pursuit is an extreme sport. The image of a fit and willing outdoorsman/woman hiking into remote wilderness with tripod slung over the shoulder, spending days camped alone in a tiny tent, living off dried noodles and other equally tasteless survival rations, is one that magazines and certain photographers love to portray. It is an appealing image, and is not without substance. Remote wilderness has a lot to offer the landscape photographer in the way of inspiration and, with a little luck, unique new images to add to the portfolio. If you are prepared to put in the effort and forget about the comforts of home for a while, the rewards are there for the taking. But for most of us, heading off into the wilds for extended periods doesn’t fit easily with life’s other commitments. We dream about… | Read the full article

Filters for Landscape Photography

My love affair with photography began way back in the days of film and well before personal computers were a reality. One of the obvious differences between then and now is that back then, you couldn’t open your image on a computer and adjust the white balance, saturation, contrast or the distribution of light and dark tones. The darkroom gave you scope to play around with some of these things, but most photographers relied heavily on filters to manipulate a scene to their liking at the time of capture. Modern software programs like Photoshop provide alternatives to a lot of the work previously done by filters. But as clever as it is, there are some things software can’t do – or it can’t do it as neatly and efficiently as a filter can. There are three kinds of filters that are still commonly found in a landscape photographer’s kit: polarisers,… | Read the full article

Marketing Tips for Your Photography Business

Starting a business is the easy part, marketing and advertising it is something much different. If you have decided you want to start a photography business, you will want to create a few marketing plans to market yourself as a photographer and get new business. As with any business and marketing, there is not a one-size fits all approach – you will need to try a few options until you find one that fits with your budget and needs. Here are a few photographer tips from around the world that have started a photography business: • Word of Mouth – One of the easiest and least expensive methods to marketing your business is to provide exceptional customer service. Take special care of your clients – one way to leave a good, lasting impression is to send them a thank you card after a photography session. Reward your previous clients with… | Read the full article

Types of Photography

If you are an amateur photographer, you might be surprised to learn about the dozens of types of photography out there. Whether you want to use the old fashioned method of taking pictures or you want to specialize in something unique like Digiscoping (more about this later!) then you will be pleased to know there are variations of this wonderful hobby or career option to likely suit all interests. Here are some of the known, and lesser known, types of photography: Aerial – Using aerial transportation to get overhead shots or images is exciting and gives photographers an amazing vantage point for a wide view. Aerial transportation usually involves a balloon, plane or helicopter – beautiful shots of landscape or city lights are wonderfully captured through aerial photography. Architecture – Art comes in all forms and architecture is beautiful in its own right. Archways, ornate carvings or stunning landscape all… | Read the full article