Everyone has a camera. Learning what to do with it is the challenge. Photo by Matt Gillooley
Learning to be good at photography is a lot harder than most people let on. We’ve all heard it countless times how nowadays everyone’s a photographer. That may be true, however when I was first learning I never had the guts to call myself a photographer. I never felt my images were good enough to claim this skill. I may have owned a camera, but did that make me a photographer? So how does one improve?
I went to a brick and mortar school. But if I would be honest, I don’t think it help me that much. I didn’t really start growing in my photography till after the digital era began. I could browse the net looking for classes or website that might help.
Over the past several years photographers have started coming out with how-to photography e-books. Just as the digital world made cameras accessible to everyone, e-publishing has done the same with knowledge. But let’s not stop there: video. YouTube and Vimeo have changed the way we learn.
Recently I had an email from a reader who had some basic photography questions. He was dealing with some pretty common issues that most beginners deal with. He has been frustrated that his images, though taken in some very exotic locations don’t seem to grab the viewer. After I looked over some of his images and made some strong suggestions, I got the email below. Continue reading →
This week we will be looking at what it takes to create a well done and communicative multimedia photo essay. I will be introducing you to some of tools it takes to create these effective presentations. We’ll also be taking a look at the type of photos you need in an essay to build the story up and keep the interest of the viewer. Continue reading →
Lately I have been trying to bring in some more clients in South East Asia. As a result I have been developing more promotional tools. Now you must understand, I am not a expert in self promotion, but in my naiveness I figure; 1. they want to know your passion, 2. they want to see your work and 3. they need some way to contact you. The materials also have to be eye catching and inline with your vision. So to that end I made a simple promo kit that looks nice and contains contact information, a DVD slide show and an introduction letter on a postcard. I tried to give it a theme and a feel that communicates my vision and passion. You can view the video below.