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Propaganda Photography

propaganda

Propaganda is often considered in a negative light. Wikipedia describes it as: “Propaganda is communication that is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda…” Propaganda is frequently associated with political regimes, suggesting images of World War II or the Cold War. At uni I studied propaganda art and media and became fascinated … Read more

Managing Digital Assets with Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge Digital Asset Management

Adobe Bridge is often overlooked as a professional multimedia browser. It works like Mac Finder and Windows File Explorer. You can view items on your computer. connected hard drives or network drives and navigate through your folder structure. However Bridge supports hundreds more file types including images, audio, PDFs, movies and more. It’s a bridge … Read more

The Photographer’s Magic Box

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Just two decades ago photographers would perform feats of magic. As alchemists they could magic up invisible images onto paper or a plastic substrate using chemicals. As a soothsayer a photographer could foresee an image, invisible to others, and move lights, camera, reflectors to create it. Many, many decades ago the photographic process involved a loud, … Read more

STEAM Powered Photography

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

A great number of the people I photograph have occupational or professional skills qualifications. Most of my clients have a degree in one of the humanities. Many subjects and clients studied a mixture of both at university. STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have been a focus and STEM is still a buzzword in education. … Read more

Intellectual Property

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Intellectual property covers many areas. Here I want to look specifically at copyright and moral rights. How it affects content creators and those who use their content. Some of the what, why and how. Disclaimer! I am not a lawyer and anything you read here should be clarified with qualified legal advice for your own … Read more

The Caring Professions

healthcare-photography

I’ll let you in on a little secret: my favourite clients are those in the caring professions. Meeting the people who change other people’s lives for the better is always an honour. Being commissioned to photograph and document the working life of nurses, doctors, teachers, surgeons, scientists, carers, those who protect us and many others … Read more

CPD for Creatives in Isolation

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Many of us are now in self isolation, working from home or under shelter in place orders. I wish you the best and hope that you’re OK knowing this will eventually end. It could be a good time to catch up on Continuing Professional Development. I have a backlog of training earmarked for later and … Read more

Get Off My Lawn

Sydney opera house photography

Many professions have been disrupted by technology over the last 20 years. Professional photography is one of them. For most of last century the journey to becoming a professional photographer was predictable. There were a few avenues for entry and several barriers. Now there are many ways to photograph “professionally”. Olden Days Measures for defining … Read more

Why I quit Facebook and Twitter

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The photo above is the first and only one I posted on Facebook. After 14+ years on the two major social media platforms last year I closed my accounts. I only ever used them for business so what follows may not apply for personal use. I did however decide to keep LinkedIn. What As a … Read more

Nice People Finish First

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Your attitude and personality plays a key role in getting work as a professional photographer. At least here in Australia. Overseas clients and colleagues tell me that’s not always the case. I’d love to hear your experience on Linkedin. There is the stereotype of the brilliant artist as a prima donna. That may work for … Read more