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What is photography used for?
Photography has many uses, more so now than at any other time. Closely linked to advances in technology the scope of how and what we photograph is rapidly expanding. Communication Visual media crosses many barriers: language, culture, literacy and age engaging a diverse audience. With only a quick glimpse an image can tell a story […] Read More
Media Pro, DEVONthink and Databases
I’m a long time user of Media Pro, a visual cataloguing application by Phase One. Starting as iView over 23 years ago it’s one of the longest running DAM apps of its type. It’s also one of the last standalone, single user digital asset management programs. Designed for creatives it’s used mostly by photographers. Like […] Read More
Is There Any Value In Formal Photography Education?
The traditional path to professional photography started with a formal education at a brick and mortar college. Students could assist photographers during or after graduation for hands on practical experience before establishing their own businesses. Now, just as with photography itself, education has been disrupted by technology. Potential pro photographers can learn online through random […] Read More
Photography Portfolio Ethics
There are many aspects to finding a photographer. These may include, experience, location, availability, price and personality. Part of evaluating whether any creative is a good fit for your job involves looking at a portfolio of their work. But what if the work you’re presented with isn’t their own? Stock Photos Many businesses use stock […] Read More
Five Basic Photoshop Mistakes
As a visual communicator I’m hypersensitive to images that have been badly Photoshopped. Here are some common mistakes in no particular order and how to avoid them. 1. Distorting An Image When Transforming It. A photo has a set aspect ratio and when rescaling it using a tool like Transform it’s easy to accidentally […] Read More
Customer service is important to me, both as a service provider and as a consumer. I value good customer service and aim to offer the same to my clients. Great customer service makes a big impression on me and my spending habits. This post is about my personal beliefs and not meant to be a […] Read More
Why I Don’t Miss Film
Many “experienced” photographers pine for the pre-digital days of photography. To be clear I’m not referring to Millennials discovering film and vinyl for the first time. I’m talking about photographers who began photography when film was the only option. Skill Film meant you had to “get it right in camera”. There was no chimping (looking […] Read More
Back Up – It’s That Time Of The Year!
Around year end is a good time to review your back up. Specifically, how your personal images are stored. Here are five things to consider. 1. Do You Even Have A Back Up? You should at least have an extra copy of everything. On another hard drive or in the cloud. Ideally have three copies […] Read More
Teaching is a vocation. It’s a calling for those individuals who shape our lives and those of our children. The most quoted section from Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten tells us the rules of a civilised world are taught that first year at school. As with any parent […] Read More
Tips For Attending A Photography Conference
I’ve been attending photography conferences for decades, both as an attendee and as a presenter. As a professional event photographer I’ve also covered all types of conferences for corporate clients. Some Do’s And Don’ts For Attending Do register early online. Using a service like the Eventbrite platform makes it easy for attendees and organisers. Do research […] Read More