Finding a gift for the photographer in your life is sometimes hard. As photographers we can be obsessive, and we do a ton of research before we buy anything which is why we are particular when it comes to our photography equipment. But, It's not always the case we do have a fun side and appreciate most gifts related to our hobby and more times than not would like … [Read more...] about 29 Gifts For Photographers You Wouldn’t Mind Keeping Yourself ( 2023 Version )
Cropping your photos for printing is easy once you know the size you want to print them at. If you don’t crop your photos to the correct size they will print out with white space around your photo. This is the issue that Melissa had and sent in a question to the podcast. She says when she took her photos to get printed at a photo kiosk, she was told to crop them to the … [Read more...] about How Do I Crop My Photos For Printing and Make It Easy?
The perfect wedding photography workflow can be broken down into 3 main sections. Pre wedding - first contact with the bride and groom. Planning for the wedding day, setting expectations, signing contracts and taking payment. Wedding day - photographing the event and meeting the bride and grooms expectations. Post wedding - post processing and … [Read more...] about Wedding Photography Workflow ( 27 steps )
Neil sent me an email asking for help to sort through thousands of photos. He said he took a one week holiday to France with the family and ended up taking over 25,000 photos. He made the mistake of leaving his camera in burst mode. Now he has multiple photos of every photo he took on holiday. He uses a Mac and Lightroom for editing. What is the best way to sort through a … [Read more...] about This is How to Sort Through 25,000 Holiday photos quickly
Today I want to talk about customer service for event and wedding photographers. In particular the first point of contact and how in general photographers are slow to call new customers back. I had a bride contact me and say that she had been emailing and calling different wedding photographers for 2-3 days, and I was the first photographer to answer her … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t You Calling Your Customers Back? Don’t Be A Lazy Photographer
Last minute cancellations can seriously affect the cash flow in your photography business. What's worse is if you have multiple people wanting the same date, and if you don't have the capacity to photograph more than one session at a time, it adds a lot of stress when someone cancels a session and you struggle to fill the spot. You can limit client cancellations by … [Read more...] about What should I do if a client cancels at the last minute?
Anyone looking to earn extra money, has at some point wondered can photography be a side job? There are many types of photography that you can do as a side job. Such as stock photography, event photography and headshot photography to name a few. For a detailed list of photography side jobs, the equipment needed and when you are expected to work, keep on … [Read more...] about Can photography be a side job
Luke wants to know, Do I need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos? I was having a conversation with a friend, He said you don’t need Photoshop or Lightroom as there are plenty of other packages that will do the same. Luke, thanks for your question. Yeah, your mate is right. You don’t really need Photoshop or Lightroom to do any of your photo editing, unless you have a … [Read more...] about Do I need Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos?
Knowing which sports photography equipment is right for you, will depend on the competition level of the sports and the location the games are played at. What I mean is the sports photography equipment that is used to photograph indoor sports needs to be more specific for the task, such as photographing in low light conditions. You need a lens with a fast aperture and a … [Read more...] about Sports Photography Equipment: Camera equipment for fast action sports
Let's talk about camera bags that are suitable for amateur photographers, that are able to hold 1 - 2 camera bodies, 3 - 4 lenses and some room for your photography accessories. Today's question came from Oliver, who says he has a camera system that consists of a Nikon DSLR and 3 lense, 1 flash and lots of memory cards, cable release plus batteries. He … [Read more...] about Best Camera Bag For an Amateur Photographer
Today I will be going through the process of creating a photo portfolio for your website. I received a question from Dean who says, I’m looking at starting a career in photography. I need to build an online photo portfolio to attract future customers. My interests are street photography, family portraits and headshots What are some tips for creating a portrait … [Read more...] about How to Create A Photography Portfolio For Your Web Site ( 8 tips )
Today we will be looking into how much equipment you need to start a photography business. Paul sent in a question and said, I often get asked to photograph different events like parties and dance concerts for friends. They offer to pay me, which has made me wonder. What would be the least amount of equipment needed to start a photography business? I have a … [Read more...] about How Much Equipment Do I Need To Start A Photography Business?
Today we are going to be discussing, as photographers, should we work for free? Maxwell sent an email saying, The forums he is a member of have had a lot of talk about working for free and how this can negatively impact you and your business. The post was directed at new photographers, giving away their services for free just to portfolio build, while making it hard … [Read more...] about Should photographers ever work for free?
Today we are going to be talking about photographing a friend's wedding, what to expect and should you do it in the first place? Angus sent in a question and said, my friends like my street photography photos and I’ve taken photos of them in the past just for fun. When meeting with them they said they have confidence in me. The problem is I've never photographed a wedding … [Read more...] about Should you Photograph A Friend’s Wedding? (4 tips)
Ian asks, any ideas on what I can do to challenge myself in my photography? This is a really good question, especially for anyone that’s photographed the same type of photography, or a genre of photography all the time, you may get a little bit stagnant. But it might not be your fault as some types of photography have restrictions, such as access to your subjects like in … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to challenge yourself as a Photographer
To take better photos with any camera it simply comes down to understanding your equipment, technique and practice with a major emphasis on taking lots of photos. I was asked a question by Connor on the podcast who recently got a new digital camera for the family. He and his wife have made it a point to learn how to take better photos of their kids. He wanted to know … [Read more...] about How To Take Better Photos With A DSLR Camera
Working out how much to charge can be confusing if you don’t know your numbers or the customers you’re servicing. First you need to know your cost of doing business, cost of goods, then you need to work out if people are willing to pay for the work you're offering, because your local market will also play a part on how much you can charge. I received a question from Alex … [Read more...] about What Should I Charge For A Photo Shoot?
So you decided to start a photography business and you're going through the necessary steps to set up your new business. One of those steps should be working out your cost of doing business to see if it's a viable venture you should pursue. In fact if you have been in business for a while It's also a good way to cut costs by looking at a high level view of your spending … [Read more...] about Cost of Doing Business Calculator for Photographers
Camera lenses are an excellent way to expand the capability of your camera. But buying a new lens can be expensive, for the budget conscious, second hand lenses or pre-owned lenses are a good way to get the lens you want at a fraction of the price. Buying second-hand can also give you the opportunity to purchase a branded lens for your camera rather than a third party lens … [Read more...] about 10 tips when buying a second hand lens ( Avoid getting ripped off )
Finding the correct exposure fast is something all photographers try to consistently do, especially when under pressure like during a portrait session or when photographing an event. There are a few fail proof techniques you can do to achieve the perfect exposure. Which can be used using manual exposure and semi automatic modes like AV and TV. Today’s question is from Gary. … [Read more...] about 10 Tips To Find The Correct Exposure Fast