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?
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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
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?
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 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
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
This would really depend on who your client would be. If your client is a company that has established policies and procedures. Then they may also involve someone from human resources. Then something more formal might be needed and it would really depend on what they're asking from the candidates. E.g cover letter, resume and portfolio of photos. Alternatively if … [Read more...] about Do I need a Photography Resume to find a Job as a Photographer?
To make money from photography you will need to cover your costs before you start making any money. Yes, technically if someone were to give you money for a photo you are making money. But let's look at it this way. If your equipment costs you $1,000, $50 for travel to that cool location for the photo shoot. You need to sell $1,050 worth of photography … [Read more...] about How to Make Money From Photography (An honest Guide)
Today’s question is from Brian who asks: Question: What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot? I'm a portrait photographer and attended a friends wedding as a guest a little while back. I couldn’t help notice that the videographer was dressed very casually, cargo pants and a polo that seemed stretched and not ironed. While the photographer was dressed all in black and … [Read more...] about What Should I Wear To A Photoshoot?
Today’s question is from Joy who asks: Question: How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business I have been researching wedding photography for awhile now. I’ve 2nd second shot with friends who said I have the personality for wedding photography. It would be a dream if i could shoot weddings, even if it’s part time. One thing that is stopping me is the fear of … [Read more...] about How To Deal With A Bridezilla in your Business and WIN
Today’s question is from George who asks: Question: Should I Watermark My Photos? I want to protect my photos online, personally i find watermarks look ugly. Currently I have two logos one a simple picture and one just as text. I've also noticed a lot of photos on Instagram don’t have a watermark is this a new trend? What should i do, Watermark or no … [Read more...] about Should I Watermark My Photos When Posting Online?
Today’s question is from Amy and she asks: Question: I am trying to maximize my time with 15 portrait sessions that I booked from a recent offer. Last year I had roughly the same amount of clients from a similar offer, but failed to do five of them. The Weather and the clients busy schedule resulted in lost money. My sessions are 1hr - 90 min long. What is … [Read more...] about The Best Time Of Day For Portrait Photography
Today’s question is from Mark and he asks: Question: My wife and I are taking a cruise in Europe for our anniversary. Since i’ve never been to Europe before I’m going to bring my Nikon D800 because of it’s image quality. My preference is to take as little as possible, but not sure what lens or if I would need a tripod or a laptop for backup? I use a D800 and I … [Read more...] about What Camera Equipment Should You Bring On Vacation
Today’s question is from Benjamin and he asks: Question: The other day when downloading photos I noticed the folder system had some foreign characters and I could not access my photos. When I put the memory card back in the camera and tried to view the photos the word corrupt appear on the LCD Is it possible to get my photos … [Read more...] about How To Recover Corrupted Photos From Memory Cards
Today’s question is from Angela asks: Question: A couple booked me for their wedding. We hit it off straight away and the couple really like my photo journalistic approach. I am also super excited as their wedding is at a venue I've never photographed before. The problem is I received an email from the bride, after completing my standard forms. I have a … [Read more...] about What To Do When The Bride Gives You The Shot List From Hell
Today’s question is from Mary asks: Question: I have a lifestyle blog, myidlemoments.com and I’m finding it difficult taking photos indoors with my mobile phone. The type of photos I take are of food for recipes or general how-tos. At the moment I’m reluctant to post any photos because they look so bad. My photos tend to come out dark, fuzzy or sometimes … [Read more...] about How To Use A Mobile Phone To Take Photos For Your Food Blog
Why do people on the internet list their camera settings when they post a photo? e.g F5.6 ISO 1600 6 minutes exposure It seems that the settings are only specific to them and it doesn’t take into account post processing. I know this for a fact as I took an astro photography photo in a very similar location and the settings were way off. … [Read more...] about Stop Telling People Your Camera Settings (It’s Not Helping Anyone)