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 …

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 …