How to make more time for your photography (and feel less guilty about it)

How to make more time for your photography

How to make more time for your photography

Photography is great fun but there’s no denying it’s also time consuming — especially if you want to get better, learn new techniques and create stunning images like the ones we see in galleries and magazines.

That’s where the problem begins.

In our daily hurly burly there’s precious little enough time to do all the things we need to do without taking time out for ourselves. We spend so much time doing what’s expected of us by others there simply isn’t enough left for anything else.

Grabbing a few hours to indulge ourselves in ungratuitous pleasure makes us feel guilty because there are a million and one other things that need our attention:

  • the unfinished report that needs to be ready first thing tomorrow
  • your daughter’s ice hockey training
  • doing the daily chores

You know the kinds of things, all the ‘stuff’ we all have to do as part of our busy lives.

What if I told you making more time is easy?

It’s just a question of Continue reading How to make more time for your photography (and feel less guilty about it) »

How to run a successful photo-shoot

How to run a successful photo-shoot

Running a successful photo-shoot is all about Preparation, Planning, Communication and Leadership. As the photographer, it’s your responsibility to deliver the images and you’re 100% accountable for anything and everything that happens on your shoot.

Don’t be fooled into thinking a successful photo-shoot is all about creating amazing images — the photography is only about 10-20%. Most of the work is in organising and leading your team. When you get that bit right, creating amazing images is far, far easier.

This article looks at what you need to do Continue reading How to run a successful photo-shoot »

What is Aperture Priority and when should I use it?

What is aperture Priority? When should I use it?

First things first, Aperture Priority is your ‘go to’ mode for almost all your photos. It’s the mode I use all the while unless…

  • Time is an important element of the image
  • I’m using studio flash
  • I’m in a situation that demands or requires full control over the camera

If you use the fully automatic mode (green rectangle on most DSLRs) at the moment, I’d encourage you to switch over to Aperture Priority (Av on Canon or A on Nikon) for a while at least Continue reading What is Aperture Priority and when should I use it? »