It’s coming to the end of 2015, around this time theres a flurry of new cameras coming on the market that we all want to get our hands on. For most of us that means upgrading our gear to stay ahead of the curve. For me personally I decided to take a step back. Instead of getting that new dream camera, I went back 10 years, and picked up an obsolete vintage digital camera. It’s turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my career. Continue reading article
Photograph what you love. If you’re photographing a subject to get more likes or followers. Taking on projects because you think it will bring in clients and more revenue, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. You want to take photos of the things that interest you and that you’re passionate about, you want your images to come to you naturally. For me this was very important, I did want to be taking photos of things just for that future paycheque when it comes to personal projects. I’ve got a 9 to 5 job photographing in a studio which I’m grateful for, but I remind myself that nothing lasts forever. Because of this I need to always look for other forms of income, and I would love to get paid to capture what interests me. Continue reading article →
Time is what makes photography special. Most people like photos because they can capture a moment in time and preserve it. It’s one of the many archiving tools we have. It’s what the masses like about photography. Continue reading article →
I’ve been asking myself this so many times, and keep coming back to it, time and time again. I love taking photos. I love seeing the end result and enjoy the aspect of creating images. I know I need to pay the bills and put food on the table. We all work and do those bread and butter jobs, I’ve done my fair share. I want to raise a question we should all ask ourselves “what makes you happy?”. Continue reading article →
It has been 4 years since I decided to pick up the camera and make photography my soul living. I have succeeded and failed at many parts on my journey in the business of photography. I’ve made this list for you. To share the lessons I’ve learned, and if at all possible shed some light on aspects that many people overlook.
Remember to take everything on this list with a grain of salt. My journey will be different from yours, and we all need to find our own path. I hope you find these 101 tips and guides helpful. Continue reading article →
We all have that voice in our heads that tells us we are not good enough. That our work or passion will not stand the test of time. But If you never try, you will never know. Maybe your work won’t be any good when you first start off making photos, but at least you have started. You work will get better, you just need to take that first step. Once you start, you can begin your journey towards progress. Continue reading article →
I’ve found that going out and shooting and building your confidence is a great first step. Now I’ve hit a point were personally I need to do more than just framing and shooting photos. I get the feeling sometimes through this method of working that I’m still not a photographer, just a camera operator. My steps so far has been to learn my camera and the content I want to shoot. But the medium I wish to cover keeps changing and I haven’t settled on one genre yet. Maybe I just need to cover different stories or photo essays and my style will flow naturally. Continue reading article →
In today’s social media world, you might feel the need to post and upload your most current work or photos. It can be a habit, need, recognition or self-gratification. Who doesn’t want likes on their photos, it makes you feel good, right? knowing people like your work feels good. But this can be a double-edged sword. On one side you are uploading content that keeps you relevant and in the eyes and mind of your audience. On the other side your work could be subpar to what you are truly capable of. If only you gave yourself the time to develop and edit your work. Continue reading article →
Do you find that you keep telling yourself “If I just get this”, “If I save and buy this, my photography will be that much better”? That lie you tell yourself, to get that faster lens or camera, or that changing your style will make you happier. No mater what I do, I always seem to start looking at alternative gear and styles, I can’t help it. I seem to think that getting a 28mm over my 35mm will make everything better.
The trick to snapping yourself out of this, is telling yourself “but then what?”. What do I mean by this? Lets say you get the gear, you get everything you wanted, now what? You still can only shoot with one camera and one lens at a time. The more options you have the more unhappy you become, because you have more options to master. You start questioning, did I pick the right option? You become a jack of all lens and cameras, master of none.
I strongly suggest, and I’ve done this myself… down grading. Personally I’ve gone from a 24 mega pixel camera to a 10 mega pixel camera. And you know what I found, images look the same on the screen and print (unless you zoom into 100%). The upsides are, file sizes are smaller, and my camera gear kit has gone down to one camera, one lens. Less to carry, less to worry about, less to insure.
I’m trying to be very monk with my gear. Being content with what I have. I keep telling myself the more limitations you have the more focused you will become. The more creative you will have to be.
Now before you say this is the stupidest thing ever. Why would I want to limit my options and creativity? The main reason I’ve decided to leave everything and only use one camera and one lens is… style. My photos have become consistent, the same look, feel, sharpness, vignetting and colours. The amazing thing you start to notice about using on kit, is it starts to become a part of your style, people start to recognise your images and associate them to your name.
So getting rid of gear envy is hard. You will have your weak moments. Remember to be content with what you have. Do you really need that extra light? Is window light apart of your style? Do you need that 85mm 1.4? or is everything in focus your style? Once you remove options you can begin to focus, and master your kit. Be consistent with using one type of gear, start focusing and moulding your style. Become a master of one type of gear, don’t be another cookie cutter camera operator, chasing megapixels.
OK so before I can start doing street (social) photography I need a camera. I normally use DSLR’s professionally, but a massive camera like this would just gets to heavy carrying around town all day. My weapon of choose is Leica M8, using a 35mm prime lens. Continue reading article →