Better Living Through Social Media

I was inspired to record this post by reading a post on Facebook by a friend of mine, who recently wrote: “I belong to a LOT of photography groups here on FB. I thought they would help me to become better at my art. Really all they’ve done is make me want to quit. If you haven’t noticed I haven’t …

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 …

Krka National Park, Croatia

On Valuing Your Work

I just happened to read this blog post by Jay Patel. He says: “Never give away your work for free. This could mean that you’ll lose out on some opportunities to gain immediate exposure, but it will help you become established as someone who is providing unique content… whether it is your photographs, article, techniques, or tips.” Valuable advice here, …