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 …

Stormy coast at Phillip Island, Australia

Photography : A Deadly Undertaking

by Simon Patterson It can be a dangerous world out there for photographers. Whether we’re trying to find that perfect angle or capture the decisive moment, sometimes photography can be deadly. And not only for people who take crazy risks for their images, as we shall see later on. But first, the paparazzi are one type of photographer that many people love …

My Favorite Venice Photo Locations

My Favorite Photo Locations in Venice

Who doesn’t love Venice? And who doesn’t love to photograph Venice? For someone who visits Venice for the first time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities and risk missing some of the best locations. Over the years, I’ve ended up compiling a list of my favorite locations to which I return again and again to photograph them …