Which Professional Photographic Body Should I Join? As you progress in your photography, you may consider joining a professional group for your particular genre, or a more general national/international photographic society. These groups don’t tend to come cheap, however, so here we look at what some of the larger ones in the UK have to offer. The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) While some would question whether this is technically a professional photographic body, there are certainly lots of p
How to Build a Photography Website That Works For supposedly visual people, it’s surprising how many photographers massively fail when it comes to designing their websites. Now, websites have been around for over 20 years, so there is no excuse for this any more, particularly if you run a photography business. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in coding or pay big bucks to employ some whizz-kid designer; often it’s just about following a...
Thinking of setting up your own photography website? Here are our 5 top tips on what to include and what to avoid if you want a successful photography website that works.
Photography Visionaries By Mary Warner Marien There are lots and lots of books about great photographers but Photography Visionaries, published this month by Laurence King, is one of the better examples I have seen. Author Mary Warner Marien, a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at New York’s Syracuse University, covers some the most influential photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day, and pulls of this difficult task with aplomb. Her book sticks to a chronological order
Photography Visionaries By Mary Warner Marien covers some the most influential photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day, and pulls of this difficult task with aplomb
Where To Go For Photographic Days Out On Mothers Day Mother’s day is on Sunday March 15th this year, so here are some tips to ensure you get some great images of your ma that everyone will treasure long after the event. We’ll start by looking at some photogenic places to take her, before moving on to some specific portrait techniques. 1) Gardens Gardens are starting to look better at this time of year so if it’s nice weather this...
How about a lovely portrait for Mother's Day? In this article to not only give you some hints and tips on where to go but also how to get beautiful images of the most important woman in your life.
TIPS ON HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN 365 PROJECT Taking a picture every day of the year – a so-called 365 project – is a great photographic discipline as well as a lot of fun. One of the biggest problems that amateurs face is that they get rusty after a while, and miss great photo opportunities (and great light) as they have to spend time reminding themselves of key functions and settings, particularly if they only go shooting a couple...
Have you ever considered embarking on a 365 project? - Taking a picture every day of the year. Hashtag365 is the record of a daily photographic odyssey by a young Dutch duo Sjoerd Spendel and Lennart de Jong, who started their 365 project over three years ago.
Nikon upgrades the D7100 SLR. Nikon has announced a new DX-format (APS-C sensor) SLR, the D7200. This is an important upgrade of the popular D7100, with the emphasis on autofocus speed, improved connectivity, and a much bigger buffer. The sensor is a 24.2-MP DX-format chip and as with its predecessor, it does without an optical low-pass filter, which, Nikon claims, will deliver sharper shots straight from the camera. Removing the optical low-pass filter has become pretty standard on SLRs these..
Nikon upgrades the D7100 with a new DX-format (APS-C sensor) SLR, the D7200. It goes on sale from 19th March with the emphasis on auto-focus speed, improved connectivity, and a much bigger buffer.
5 Great Tips for Photographing Your Children & Their Pets Hooray! The weather is getting better in many parts of the world which means it’s a perfect time to photograph kids and pets in the garden – or even indoors if it’s still rather inclement outside. Kids and pets are a great pairing for photography as they tend to be spontaneous and great fun, and you can end up with something more meaningful than just a static portrait of them...
Why not take some gorgeous photographs of your children with their pets? In this article we give you 5 Great Tips for Photographing Your Children & Their Pets
First Look At The New Nikon D810A We are not halfway through February yet but it is turning into a bumper month for new camera releases. Last week saw the upgrade of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the new 50.6MP SLRs from Canon, and now Nikon has announced the D810A, which it claims is the first full-frame D-SLR engineered for astrophotography. This is a modified version of Nikon’s D810, a 36Mp bruiser which used to the highest resolution SLR you...
Nikon has announced the D810A, which it claims is the first full-frame D-SLR engineered for astrophotography.
How to Photograph Chinese New Year While Hogmanay may seem a distant and bleary memory, the fun is just about to start in East Asia. The Chinese New Year officially stars around February 19th, and it’s celebrated by Chinese people all over the world; meanwhile areas as diverse as Vietnam and Tibet also celebrate their new year in February. So, even if you can’t get over to China this month, most big cities with a community of Chinese descent will...
Are you looking to photograph the chinese new year celebrations? In this article we explain how and what to shoot to get the best from this most colourful and exuberant new year festival.
Valentine’s Day – we love it. After a long, dark winter, it is the first real hint that spring’s on the way, and is a time of year that is sure to melt even the most cynical heart. To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, here’s a great offer. We have arranged with Arena Flowers to give away a free bouquet of roses to the first four people to book a course with MyPhotoSchool between 13-15 February. What’s more, if you book...
Here are 4 great tips for lovely Valentine's Day Portraits. To include outdoor portraits, indoor portraits, focussing tips as well as what gear to use.
Why Aren’t My Shots Sharp Enough? Lack of sharpness is one of the biggest problems in photography, along with blown out highlights, poor composition and other easily spotted rookie errors. While autofocus systems on digital cameras are more powerful and intuitive than ever, they can’t work miracles and often you need to ensure your basic camera craft is there to keep your shots sharp. Don’t assume you can fix softness in software either – while the Unsharp Mask feature in...
Why Aren't My Shots Sharp Enough? In this article we give you 6 top Tips For Pin Sharp Images every time.
If you are stuck for photographic inspiration and feeling a bit frustrated that you don’t live in the middle of some amazing national park, then you should definitely check out this new ‘complete works’ collection of the work of Stephen Shore. Shore, born 1947, is a US photographer best known for his ‘vernacular’ American photography, which means he eschewed the dramatic canyons and peaks of somebody like Ansel Adams and instead focussed on gas stations, business parks and other subjects...
Is this the most boring photography book in the world or is it a work of art? Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places - The Complete Works is about to be published in hardback and is sure to divide opinion.
Video Tutorial with Downloadable Practice Images This week we look had we correct a series of seven images in Lightroom and then export them into photograph to create a panorama. Two useful techniques in this weeks monthly video tutorial, The first in Lightroom when we look at how to correct a series of images for lens distortion and colour enhancement before exporting them into Adobe Photoshop and converting them into a Panorama The lens correction involves correcting a wonky...
Video Tutorial: Panoramas Using Lightroom & Photoshop with downloadable practice images included
Are Posed Images True Street Photography Or Are Candid Images The Only Ones That Count? I recently got involved in an interesting debate on the Facebook page of the APF Magazine Street Photography Group about ‘staged versus candid’ when it comes to portraits in street and travel photography. One of the senior members of the group seemed to criticise an image of an Indian saddhu for being staged, and came up with this equation. "Guys – it’s really not so...
Are posed images true street photography or are candid images the only ones that count? What is best for street photography?
The news that Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger recently got stopped by police for using a tripod on Hampstead Heath in London shows that even the great and good aren’t immune from hassle when it comes to photography. So, here’s a quick update of what you can and can’t do as a photographer in the UK. Please note this is written as general advice only for readers in the UK, and is NOT legal advice or guidance. While other countries like...
Do you know your rights as a photographer? If you were stopped and questioned by police or security would you know where you stand? In this article we explain what you can and can not do as a photographer out on the street.
After a long, dull winter, things start to get lively again in March and St Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to bring out the green on Tuesday March 17. While not everywhere celebrates it with the same gusto as Dublin or Boston, chances are there is something St Paddy’s-related going on where you live. Pubs and bars The Irish (and wannabe Irish) are known to like the occasional drink, so bars are often great places to soak up the craic –...
Customer Care For Your Photography Business Customer care is one of the bedrocks of modern marketing theory, but there is much more to it than replacing faulty goods or giving refunds, like the customer care desk at a big supermarket. It’s much more about being customer-focussed – anticipating and meeting customer needs, making clients feel valued, seeking and listening to feedback, and so on. Here are some ideas of how it can be used in the sphere of commercial photography....
Looking to improve your Customer Care For Your Photography Business? Customer care is much more about being customer-focussed – anticipating and meeting customer needs, making clients feel valued.
Tips On How To Photograph Spring Flowers As I look out of my home office window I can already see spring flowers are getting established here in the UK, so it’s the perfect time to start to brush up your flower photography techniques. Getting natural-looking images of early spring flowers is a different skill to shooting still-life flowers or even formal gardens in high summer, so here is a quick refresher of the equipment and skills you need. Camera and...
Spring is on it way and this is a fabulous time for flower photography. Here are some great tips on how to shoot early spring flowers including Snowdrops, Daffodils, Magnolia, Wisteria & Clematis.
Wedding Photography: How Much Can I Charge? Wedding photography is one of the few areas left in mainstream commercial photography where you can make money – which is why it’s become so competitive. With high-resolution full-frame SLRs such as the Nikon D610 now available for around £1500 ($1500) and even Canon’s massive 50Mp 5DS just over three grand, ($3000) it’s not surprising that many photographers with intermediate-level skills consider investing in one of these cameras and having a go at..
Do you want to know how much you can charge as a wedding photographer?? In this article we explain the dangers of being too cheep as well as finding your USP and what price bracket best suites your services.
25 Years Old And Still As Controversial As Ever! Adobe Photoshop, the image editing software that’s so commonly used it’s become a verb (‘to Photoshop’) is 25 this week. The program as we know it dates back to in 1987, when Thomas Knoll developed a pixel-imaging program called Display. It was just a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor, but after collaborating with his brother, John, the two began adding features that made it possible to...
25 Years Old And Still As Controversial As Ever! Here we give a brief history for Photoshop from its beginnings as a program called 'Display' to the present day.
Clive Nichols Flower & Garden Photographer Clive Nichols is one of the UK’s leading garden, flower and plant photographers with a stock collection of over 60,000 images. We are proud to now have Clive as a tutor, and here he talks about his career, technique and inspirations. What do you need to be a garden photographer? Patience, as you have to wait for a garden to be at its best. Sometimes the weather can spoil the whole season and you...
Do you love flower photography? In this article we interview master garden & Flower photographer Clive Nichols and ask him to reveal some of the secrets of his success.
iPhone 6 Camera Review Apple’s iPhone 6 has been around for a while and with Christmas over, there are now some good deals to be had. The market has moved on though, and the iPhone 6 is far from being the only game in town when it comes to cool smartphone-camera features. The quality of the camera (and the accompanying apps) is often a key consideration when buying a new smartphone, so with this in mind, let’s see what the...
iPhone 6 Camera Review The quality of the camera (and the accompanying apps) is often a key consideration when buying a new smartphone, so with this in mind, let's see what the iPhone 6 offers serious photographers who are considering using it as a back-up device for their main camera
Why Networking For Pro Photographers Is So Important To A Successful Business Running a professional photography business is just that, a business, and once you have got all the techniques nailed for your particular genre and bought all the gear, there are lot of wider business lessons to learn. One of the best things you can do for your business is to be a good networker. By this I don’t mean you need to become some oily schmoozer who makes...
One of the best things you can do for your photography business is to be a good networker. It's simply about making the most of that crucial maxim, 'people do business with people.'
Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII Review: First Impressions The Olympus OM-D E-M5 raised the bar for compact system cameras when it was released back in 2012, being a digital ‘reimagining’ of the classic Olympus OM 35mm SLR. The OM-D was aimed at pros as well as well-heeled amateurs, and although Olympus hasn’t been able persuade a large number of leading pros to trade in their SLRs, it’s got some big names on-board. The company has now announced the E-M5 Mark II....
Olympus Announces New OM-D E-M5 MkII Looking for a review of the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII? Read on to find out our first impressions of this exciting 16Mp Four Thirds camera
It’s very easy to overlook one of the biggest advantages of digital cameras over film cameras – namely the ability to change ISO on the fly. ISO is simply a measure of light sensitivity, and digital ISO adjustment is a revolutionary breakthrough. If you wanted a faster ISO or ‘film speed’ on a film camera you literally had to put in another roll of film. With digital cameras you can choose from the whole range, from low ISOs (say 100)...
Want t avoid noise at higher ISO? In this article we explain than noise isn't always a factor at higher ISO and how to limit its affect both in camera and post production.
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