Photography that sells »

[1 Aug 2010 | 26 views]

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First question is should you or shouldn’t you?
 
My belief is that this is an under-used tactic, I suppose there’s a sort of British reserve that says its a bit vain to put your own face on a business card.
 
But, if you’re like me, you’ve got 1,000’s of cards and frankly I can’t put a face to most of them.
 
I think your photograph on a business card will help you stand out and be more memorable …

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Planning for photography »

[8 Jul 2010 | 15 views]

 
What many people don’t know is that all digital cameras create slightly soft, unsharp images.  If you have a point and shoot compact camera, then it has smarts inside it which add sharpening to the image after the picture has been taken.
 
On professional shoots, the photographer will shoot without sharpening, and after processing the image in whatever way is required will finally sharpen the image depending on how it is going to be used.
 
If the image is to be used for print or publication, then there is one technique.   If …

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Planning for photography »

[17 Jun 2010 | 320 views]

 
Two completely different takes on the same theme, bright, high-colour tights, both are very stylised images, clearly studio, clearly posed, clearly no attempt at being naturalistic at all.
 

The two shots convey completely different moods, both in the way they are lit and they way they have been post-processed.  In both cases additional Photoshop work has been done to the hair and make-up and of course special attention has been paid to bringing out the vibrancy of the colours.
 
The top, being essentially a darker image is known by photographers …

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Planning for photography »

[10 Jun 2010 | 25 views]

 
OK, as you probably know I normally caution against going with the cheapest option:  quality, reliability, talent, equipment, etc.
 
But, this situation is a little different, you’ve got someone trying to get into the market and hence offering very low price (or even free).   They have been up-front about it – which is a plus in my opinion, not all newbies will tell you.
 
So, clearly you are taking a risk, you may be spending little, but you are still investing time and effort for nothing.
 
You can’t really judge their …

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Planning for photography »

[3 Jun 2010 | 105 views]

 
So you’ve got your article for your blog, or your web page update all ready to go, it just needs a picture to illustrate.  Many people promptly turn to google image search to find the picture they need, without being aware of the risks and legal situation involved.
 
Pretty much any picture on the web, and any picture you find in google will be copyright to somebody – and they will have a claim against you if you use their image without permission and/or payment.
 
4 DANGERS
 
1) The easy one, the drop …

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