- Practice Makes Perfect…and Gets Better Photos
- Tips for Starting Out in Commercial Fashion Photography (Video)
- Profitable Advice From a Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer (Video)
Posted: 07 Jun 2014 09:56 PM PDT
The effort you put into your photography directly affects the quality of your photos. It is a rule of life. Sometimes people are lucky, but most of the time, the result of little effort is little reward. Gary Player, a world class golfer, always said that the harder he practiced the luckier he got.
Why is practicing photography so important?
Our brains are amazing, and when we repeat something, it creates pathways to the brain. We develop something called muscle memory. This is really important in sports and physical activity and, to a degree, it affects your skill acquisition with photography. You don’t have to think as much; everything comes more naturally.
As you learn digital photography and acquire skills and techniques, they need to be regularly practiced in order for them to become entrenched in your mind. They should become second nature to you. A pianist has to practice her scales, even though they are tedious and monotonous. There is a good reason for this. When it becomes second nature, it allows your brain to concentrate on the intricacies of the performance. The same goes for photography. The creative photographer doesn’t concentrate on getting the techniques right but rather on the creative side of image taking.
3 Exercises to Make Practicing More Pleasant
1. Go on a photo walk
Get out of your home and into the outdoors. You’ll have more subjects and there is more variety to the images you can create. There is just something about the outdoors that makes you feel good. Set yourself a goal as to what you want to achieve and then work toward it. You’ll get good exercise and great images.
2. Shoot one subject in 50 different ways
This may seem difficult, but once you start it gets easier. Find something that you like or that appeals to you, then attempt to take fifty photos of it from different angles and in different ways. This really pushes you to the limits but what it gets you thinking outside the box and trying news things. I can promise you that you will come up with some great images.
3. Take the alphabet challenge
You can do this anywhere–indoors or outdoors. What you must do with this little challenge is take the alphabet or a series of letters in the alphabet and shoot objects that either begin with the letter or look like the letter. This task gets you thinking and, of course, practicing your photography.
The object of these little exercises is to give you ideas so that you’ll take more photos. One of the biggest hindrances for new photographers is deciding what to shoot. If you are not taking photos, you aren’t practicing. And practice makes perfect.
I teach photography for a living and my mantra is “practice, practice, practice and when you have finished practicing, practice more.” It’s the concert pianist, the top golfer, and the talented artist who practice the most that become the most proficient at what they are doing. Happy shooting!
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Posted: 07 Jun 2014 05:16 PM PDT
Commercial and fashion photographs are some of the most commonly viewed images in today's society. Making it as a commercial photographer is incredibly difficult, especially with competition from other photographers—not to mention the cost of gear and a crew. Tim Engle has been shooting for about 28 years since he first picked up a camera in middle school. Suffering from severe dyslexia, photography allowed him to be creative in ways he otherwise couldn't be and gave him a social outlet, as well. Below is a complete interview with Engle about his work:
Equipment Needed for Commercial Fashion Photography
The first thing that Engle emphasizes is that equipment is not as important as it seems. If the subject is right, it does not matter whether you are shooting with Nikon, Canon, or an iPhone. When he is asked what equipment to buy, he advises to get what your friends have. That way, you can share lenses and gadgets with each other. He also recommends you master your camera and lens. The more hours you spend behind the lens, the more your images will improve.
Some of the gear in his camera bag includes a Nikon D4, a 24mm-70mm lens, various prime lenses, a Nikon SB Speedlight, and a trigger system. However, Engle has always been creative with the resources he uses. Especially at the beginning of his career, he did not have access to the most advanced gear.
How to Be Successful in Commercial Photography
Gear aside, Engle shared a few valuable tips on how to be successful as a commercial photographer. Here are just a few:
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Posted: 07 Jun 2014 10:33 AM PDT
Graham Monro loves his job. He loves photographing people and capturing their personality while building relationships with his clients. As a professional wedding and portrait photographer, Graham Monro, has years of experience under his belt and his talent and passion for the job shows vividly in his work. In the short clip, Monro shares some of the insight he has gained over the years working with families and newlyweds in an effort to impart his wisdom on aspiring portrait photographers:
The clip comes off as a Canon advertisement of sorts; Monro shoots on a Canon 5D Mark III. But, looking past all the pretty cameras (or in my case, gawking at all the gear I wish I owned), Monro offers a lot of tips for those wishing to make a successful business out wedding and portrait photography.
How to Capture Personality in Portraits
How to Build a Strong Photography Business
As far as building a strong business, Monro says the best way to do this is to do a really good job. Give clients a great experience, deliver a superior product, and people will refer you. Word of mouth referrals are one of the best ways to acquire new clients and build a solid foundation for your photography business.
Go to full article: Profitable Advice From a Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer (Video)
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