Better Living Through Photography

Better Living Through Photography, the Presentation

Here is a recording of one the two sessions I recently gave at the 2018 Out Of Chicago Summer Photography Conference. It’s a complete audio recording and slideshow. It will be like you were there with me and I hope you will find it informative and thought-provoking. This presentation, titled Better Living Through Photography, is one that I have spent …

Better Living Through Social Media

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Money changing hands at Nizwa market, Oman

Nobody Cares How Much Your Bills Cost

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Polishing a turd in camera

By Simon Patterson turd (noun) : A lump of excrement One of the advantages amateur photographers have over pros is that the only pressure we experience is self imposed. We can shoot anything we want, experimenting to our heart’s content. If we come back with nothing from a shoot, there is no real cost apart from our own disappointment. No big …

What Not to Do When Taking Photographs While Traveling

by Michael Schacht For your next travel vacation, you and your friends have finally decided on one of the most breathtaking places on earth – Maldives! You’re getting excited to see all the beaches, the local scenery, and experience the food there. It’s your first time to go to Maldives, and as much as possible, you want to cherish the moments …

I love shooting bands but thought that providing the service for free would be unfair to professional photographers

How Much Should an Amateur Charge?

by Simon Patterson As a serious amateur photographer, people sometimes asked me how much I would charge to shoot something for them. I had never charged to shoot photos for someone else before, so how should I have responded? Once a friend referred me to a local music promoter who was seeking photography services. The promoter emailed me and asked …

Think Like a Magazine Editor

[smart_track_player url=”http://media.blubrry.com/ucphoto/s3.amazonaws.com/ugocei-public/podcast/003-think-like-a-magazine-editor.mp3″ title=”Think Like a Magazine Editor” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ] Magazine editors want to see a story develop through pictures. I think a little example here will serve well to illustrate the concept. You can also take this as an exercise and do it on the next occasion. Imagine you are commissioned to shoot photographs to illustrate a …