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The Chef’s Rules Of Photography

Are there rules in photography? I guess that if I were to ask this question without further qualifications, the answers would mention the rule of thirds or something just as silly. That’s not what I have in mind, however, so allow me to explain. I recently finished reading The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness, …

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 …

Homelands of the Vikings 3 – Saint Petersburg

Homelands of the Vikings, Part 3: Saint Petersburg

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

The Gap

These days I often catch myself reflecting on ways that we can get better at our work–be it photography or any other creative endeavor–that go beyond the simple advice you can find in online forums and YouTube videos. Consequently, I am more receptive than ever to learning about the meaning of art, psychology, self-improvement, the life, the universe, and everything! …

Valérie Jardin

“Street Photography, Creative Vision Behind the Lens”, by Valérie Jardin (a Book Review)

Street photography is something that many try to practice, but few take the time to really study, maybe because they think all it takes is to bring a camera onto the street to feel like Henri Cartier-Bresson. Street Photography, Creative Vision Behind the Lens, by Valérie Jardin is a book for all those who would like to learn more about this elusive …

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, …

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 …