Money changing hands at Nizwa market, Oman

Nobody Cares How Much Your Bills Cost

The other day I saw a photographer post the following rant online (paraphrasing):  For a single shoot, professional photographers spend on average: 1+ hours talking with customers and preparing a session, 1 to 3 hours for the session, 10 to 30 minutes on post-processing and retouching each photo, 5 or more hours on travel, printing, binding, and delivery They will …

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

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 story about a restaurant that has recently become popular or has received …

How To Make The Most Of Photography Conferences

Photography conferences are great occasions to learn something, meet old friends and make new acquaintances, and get to visit new cities. Many photographers, however, often come home from a conference feeling they have missed something and haven’t made the most of their time there. These kinds of events can be expensive, so I think it pays off to prepare oneself …

Two ways to photograph in the rain

by Simon Patterson Capturing the mood of the pouring rain in camera can be difficult. Standard auto or aperture-priority modes often miss the feel of a rainy day, and leave us with unsatisfactory flat looking images. I was recently caught out on the street in a sharp downpour with camera in hand so I decided to try two techniques to …