Namibia – 50 Shades of Desert

Namibia – 50 Shades of Desert

By Simon Patterson Safe airline arrival into Namibia? Check. Camping equipment supplied with hire vehicle? Check. Wheels attached firmly to the vehicle? Only one wheel nut missing, so near enough. Let’s drive! Of course, we only realised a wheel nut was missing after a tyre went flat on a lonely desert road. With no mechanic for many miles, we had no …

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 …

Homelands of the Vikings 2 – Helsinki

Homelands of the Vikings, Part 2: Helsinki

by Bob McCormac This is a multi-part article encompassing my 20-day trip to the Nordic countries that spawned the Vikings and where they left their mark on civilization. In most areas, those direct influences have long since been erased but the impact on the cultures is still apparent in each country. Some of the articles also cover the neighboring countries, …

Sukhothai, Thailand

Never Criticize Other People’s Work

I was recently on an Internet forum where people usually post their own photos. There, somebody had commented on a photo that somebody else had shared and the entirety of their comment was “Truly horrible.” That’s what they wrote, literally. Reading such comments never fails to upset me and, whenever you tell those people that their comments are out of …

Homelands of the Vikings 1 – Stockholm

Homelands of the Vikings, Part 1: Stockholm

by Bob McCormac This is a multi-part article encompassing my 20-day trip to the Nordic countries that spawned the Vikings and where they left their mark on civilization. In most areas, those direct influences have long since been erased but the impact on the cultures is still apparent in each country. Some of the articles also cover the neighboring countries, …

Thailand in Two Weeks: More Bangkok

Thailand in Two Weeks: More Bangkok

This is the second in a series of articles about Thailand. Start here to read the first one. All photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 and various lenses. Bangkok is rightly famous for its beautiful Buddhist temples, but truth be told, one can only visit and photograph so many wats and Buddha statues before it all starts getting quite repetitive. One …

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 …