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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

What a Professional Photographer Delivers

George Lawrence's Giant Camera

For 150 years professional photography has been delivered in a common format. Images were processed using standard formulas for predictable, repeatable results. Commercial photographers would supply their clients with prints, film and before that glass plates. This would be repurposed for printing or other type of reproduction. While digital offers infinite ways to process images … Read more

Spring Cleaning

SensorKlear Loupe

Spring is almost here, at least for those of us in the southern hemisphere. It can be a good reminder for those in photography to do some regular cleaning.   Sensor Cameras with interchangeable lenses are prone to getting dust of the sensor. The more that you change lenses increases the chance of dust. You … Read more

Truth in Photography

Pinocchio image by André Koehne

Photography has always been subjective. We believe what we want to believe. Our history is edited, whether it’s words or photographs. There is no way to give a completely objective viewpoint. Every image we create or manipulate has the baggage of our life experiences, prejudices, culture and the time we live in. As a creative … Read more

Kids Learn Teachers, Not Subjects

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In the middle of drafting this I attended a talk by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg where he said, “Kids learn teachers, not subjects“. Many subjects from school have proven useful in my photography career. The lessons that really stick with me were by passionate teachers who demonstrated them in unique ways. Art I’ve written before how my … Read more

Leadership

Mark Scott promoting leadership to school principals

Firstly, I’m not writing this to imply that I’m a leader. Rather these are my observations from decades of meeting, working with and photographing hundreds men and women in diverse leadership roles. This includes political, business and spiritual leaders. Style There are trends in leadership styles that come and go. The best leaders are those … Read more