Tips & Tutorials

Professional Photography Bodies – Are They Worth Joining?

Which Professional Photographic Body Should I Join? As you progress in your photography, you may consider joining a professional group for your particular genre, or a more general national/international photographic society. These groups don’t tend to come cheap, however, so here we look at what some of the larger ones in the UK have to offer. The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) While some would question whether this is technically a professional photographic body, there are certainly lots of professional photographers…

Posing vs. Candid: What’s True Street & Travel Photography?

Are Posed Images True Street Photography Or Are Candid Images The Only Ones That Count? I recently got involved in an interesting debate on the Facebook page of the APF Magazine Street Photography Group about ‘staged versus candid’ when it comes to portraits in street and travel photography. One of the senior members of the group seemed to criticise an image of an Indian saddhu for being staged, and came up with this equation. “Guys – it’s really not so…

Pro Photo Websites: 5 Design Mistakes To Avoid

How to Build a Photography Website That Works For supposedly visual people, it’s surprising how many photographers massively fail when it comes to designing their websites. Now, websites have been around for over 20 years, so there is no excuse for this any more, particularly if you run a photography business. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in coding or pay big bucks to employ some whizz-kid designer; often it’s just about following a…

Photography & The Law: Know Your Rights

The news that Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger recently got stopped by police for using a tripod on Hampstead Heath in London shows that even the great and good aren’t immune from hassle when it comes to photography. So, here’s a quick update of what you can and can’t do as a photographer in the UK. Please note this is written as general advice only for readers in the UK, and is NOT legal advice or guidance. While other countries like…

Book Review: Photography Visionaries

Photography Visionaries By Mary Warner Marien There are lots and lots of books about great photographers but Photography Visionaries, published this month by Laurence King, is one of the better examples I have seen. Author Mary Warner Marien, a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at New York’s Syracuse University, covers some the most influential photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day, and pulls of this difficult task with aplomb. Her book sticks to a chronological order,…

How to Photograph St Patrick’s Day

After a long, dull winter, things start to get lively again in March and St Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to bring out the green on Tuesday March 17. While not everywhere celebrates it with the same gusto as Dublin or Boston, chances are there is something St Paddy’s-related going on where you live. Pubs and bars The Irish (and wannabe Irish) are known to like the occasional drink, so bars are often great places to soak up the craic –…

Competition + How To Make It A Very Photogenic Mother’s Day

Where To Go For Photographic Days Out On Mothers Day Mother’s day is on Sunday March 15th this year, so here are some tips to ensure you get some great images of your ma that everyone will treasure long after the event. We’ll start by looking at some photogenic places to take her, before moving on to some specific portrait techniques. 1) Gardens Gardens are starting to look better at this time of year so if it’s nice weather this…

Pro Photography: The Importance Of Customer Care

Customer Care For Your Photography Business. Customer care is one of the bedrocks of modern marketing theory, but there is much more to it than replacing faulty goods or giving refunds, like the customer care desk at a big supermarket. It’s much more about being customer-focussed – anticipating and meeting customer needs, making clients feel valued, seeking and listening to feedback, and so on. Here are some ideas of how it can be used in the sphere of commercial photography….

Hashtag365

TIPS ON HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN 365 PROJECT Taking a picture every day of the year – a so-called 365 project – is a great photographic discipline as well as a lot of fun. One of the biggest problems that amateurs face is that they get rusty after a while, and miss great photo opportunities (and great light) as they have to spend time reminding themselves of key functions and settings, particularly if they only go shooting a couple…

How to Shoot Early Spring Flowers

Tips On How To Photograph Spring Flowers As I look out of my home office window I can already see spring flowers are getting established here in the UK, so it’s the perfect time to start to brush up your flower photography techniques. Getting natural-looking images of early spring flowers is a different skill to shooting still-life flowers or even formal gardens in high summer, so here is a quick refresher of the equipment and skills you need. Camera and…

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