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Keith W Springer’s Top 3 Tips for Getting Started in Professional Photography

 

 

Getting Started in Professional Photography

In any career, you don’t become an expert overnight. It takes patience, practice, and putting in the time to become exceptional in your chosen field; and this includes photography. If there’s one thing that you need to continuously do to become a great photographer it is this; practice, practice, and practice! Even when I was already getting paid for my photography services and being recognized for my work, I knew I still had a lot to learn. That’s why I kept on trying new techniques to improve my skills—all while acquiring new ones.

1. Practice and learn. To reiterate, practicing can greatly improve your skills so go out and shoot as frequently as possible. Do it on your lunch break, in the morning before leaving for work, or on weekends when you’ve got more time. It doesn’t matter when you do it, just do it!

2. Keep a journal. Every time you go out to shoot, I would suggest that you jot down notes particular to that day’s shoot. Keeping a photography diary can help you remember specific details that helped you capture that perfect shot, or remember certain components or elements that affected the quality of your shots.

3. Learn from others. Read books, blogs, magazines and other materials on photography. If you can get in touch with the photographer mentioned in the articles you’ve read, ask questions. If you have a colleague or buddy who’s into photography as well, discuss techniques and tips. I regularly receive questions on photography from readers through my blog and I am always happy to share what I know. Someday, when you have enough experience, it’s going to be your turn to be asked about tips and techniques, so be generous about these as well.

On that note, do you have tips or techniques you wish to share with other readers of this blog? Please let me know. Let’s all help one another achieve our goals of becoming experts in our field!

 

 

Photography News 1/19

Harvard Offering Free Digital Photography Class – Click Here

While the opinion here is the best way to improve your photography is to get as much hands on experience as possible. When Harvard offers a free digital class so you can learn the basics, it seems like a difficult importunity for beginners especially to pass up. The class will take 12-15 hours and you know it will be good information as it will be put on by Harvard…yes that Harvard. Check out the link for more information.

New YouTube Show Wanderlust to Debut – Click Here

Anyone who has been looking to get a look into the life of travel photographers may find this new show on YouTube interesting. It will follow Tony and Chelsea Northrup as they show off their life as travel photographers. They actually started this back in 2014 but are just ready to share it now. Some of the site they visit are California, Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills and Yosemite so it seems like they will visit some cool spots.

Photography Becoming Main Stream – Click Here

While I do not play video games I have to admit that this was a really cool story. Essentially one of the biggest video game releases of the year for one of the biggest franchises decided to incorporate photography as a main aspect of the game. It is always good to see photography becoming more main stream and it is definitely worth a read.

Photography Tours: Exploring Worlds Through Your Lens

Why Join a Photography Tour

I love joining photography tours, especially now that I’ve officially retired from professional photography. I’ve got the luxury of time now and what better way to spend it than doing what I love? I highly recommend that you sign-up for at least one photography tour every now and then, particularly if you’re still learning about photography.

Your guide can take you to the best spots in your itinerary—hidden gems that a regular tourist may not be aware of. Are you looking to catch the perfect sunset? Or perhaps capture wildlife in their unguarded moments? Your photography tour guide can take you to the best spots for these photos! Additionally, your guide may take you on routes that aren’t too touristy, so you won’t have to deal with crowds and delays. It can be quite challenging to take pictures when you’re dealing with a crowd; and it can actually affect your creativity and mood.

But for me, the best part about joining a photography tour is meeting new people with the same interests as yours. You get to swap notes, share tips and tricks, and learn from others who may have more experience than you. And you may even land a photography gig along the way!

The tours don’t have to be overseas. Sign-up for a photography tour at a national park near you even if you’ve been to this park many times over already. You might be surprised at the new spots that you could discover from your guide.

There are hundreds of sites on the Internet that offer excellent photography tours. I’m sure you can find one that suits your preferences and your budget. Let me know what you find; maybe I can join you on your tour!

Explore, have fun, and learn!

If you’ve been on a photography tour before, please share your experience with us. We’d love to hear all about it.

 

 

Toddler Photography 101

 

 

Toddler Photography 101

Taking photos of a toddler can be fun and exhausting at the same time. If you aren’t used to photographing toddlers and this is your first time to get paid for it, I would suggest that you take indoor photos—inside your studio or the parents’ house or any other indoor location you and the parents agreed on. A toddler photo shoot in a controlled environment is easier for a first-timer like yourself.

Talk to the parents about your ideas for the shoot: backdrop, scenes, props, and such. Take their ideas into account as well and finalize the details. It would also help if you spend time with the toddler—once or twice before the shoot. Allowing the toddler to get used to you will definitely work to your advantage.

Also ask the parents what kinds of toys the toddler likes to play with so you can have these ready on the day of the shoot. The toys will distract the toddler, and you can take candid shots while he or she plays. You can also use these as a reward for doing specific poses.

On the day of the shoot, allow the toddler to poke around in the studio first before the actual shoot. Don’t force the poses right away. Take candid shots first and then work your way up to the poses that you want. The bottom line is to make the shoot a fun activity for the child, and this is where the parents can help. They can appease the child if he or she suddenly throws a tantrum.

And by the way, have healthy snacks and beverages ready but try to avoid giving these to your subject before the shoot as food can make them sleepy.

These are but the general basics of toddler photography. I will delve into this further in my future posts so make sure to come again soon!

 

 

Photography News 1-4

Improve Your Photography Skills in 52 Weeks – Click Here

I think this article is extremely helpful and really put together well. You see a whole bunch of articles speaking about improving your photography with these 10 simple steps but this 52 week challenge will definitely improve your skills. For anyone who is looking to become a better photographer this is a great article to read if you are really committed to honing your craft.

The Joy of Photography – Click Here

With any hobby, especially one that you are taking really serious and that is really personal to you there is that point when it comes it starts not to become as fun at is use to. It is always important to remember that hobbies are suppose to be fine and not exhausting. Check out this article to remember why you love photography….because it is fun.

Best Way to Learn is Through Hands On Training –  Click Here

Just like the first article spoke about improving your photography skills and really just any skill over an extended period of time. This article speaks about the bets way to train is really getting hands on with someone who may be more experienced then you. Check out the article for more information in regards to this.

Throw Out the Jitters: Tips for Wedding Photography

More About Wedding Photography

Weddings are beautiful and magical, and it is the job of a wedding photographer to capture these moments and immortalize them in photos. Your gift to the bride and groom are the photos that tell the story of the most memorable day of their lives.

It’s understandable if you feel a little jittery about your first wedding photography booking, but you can overcome your jitters with a little preparation.

1. Make a list of the shots you wish to take. Before the wedding, tap into your creative juices and come up with shots that you think will best capture the day’s perfect moments. Review this list once or twice and add or subtract (or leave it as is) as necessary.

Of course, picture-perfect moments will most likely present themselves during the wedding and these might not be on your list so watch out for those as well. Having a list of shots, however, can help you cover the bases.

2. Come prepared. Bring extra batteries, memory cards (make sure you have enough storage), tripod, lenses, and other accessories that you think you might need.

3. Arrive early. There’s nothing more stressful for the couple than finding out that they’re wedding photographer isn’t at the venue just when they’re minutes away from exchanging their vows. You will need to take pictures of the couple and their families as they are getting ready for the wedding so make sure that you’re at least an hour early at the hotel or venue to take pictures of the couple, entourage, the gown, candles, rings, and other wedding paraphernalia.

4. Talk to the couple about photos that they want. Before the wedding, you should talk to the couple about the shots that they want to be specifically included. Even if they say it’s all up to you, try to press them for a few of their preferences. If possible, take test shots.

Is there anything you wish to add? Please feel free to let me know.

 

 

Tips for Beginners: Wedding Photographers

 

 

Preparation is Key for Wedding Photography

Now that you’ve landed your first wedding gig, you should take the time to learn as much as you can about wedding photography before the big day. After all, this first gig could really launch your career. I strongly advise against “winging it.” So without further ado, here are a few tips that I’d like to share with you:

1. Visit the location. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to the place before or not. You should visit the location of the ceremony and the reception at least several days before the wedding. You should get a feel of the place; check the lighting, sections and backgrounds that you can use for the photos, and such. Take in as many details as you can. You should also check the weather on the wedding day.

2. Make a list of all your gear and accessories. Don’t just grab everything that you see on the day of the wedding, throw these inside your bag and head for the location. Make a list of all the items you’re going to need—and then some—and then pack according to this list. Also, pack on the eve of the wedding (or several days ahead if you’re going on a destination wedding).

3. Bring an extra camera. You don’t have to buy a second camera for this. You can borrow from a friend or relative. Having two cameras you can use interchangeably (with different lenses) can make your shoots go smoother. Changing lenses on a single camera takes time, and you could lose the moment once you’ve gotten your camera ready.

4. Work with another photographer. Ask someone to work with you; it could be someone you know, or you could ask the bride and/or groom to hire another photographer. It would seem like a crazy idea to split the project with someone else, but having another photographer with you on the wedding day can actually work to your advantage. You each can take care of specific shots—you for the bride and groom, and the other for the entourage or parents. You get the idea.

I will be talking more about wedding photography in my upcoming posts, so please stay tuned to this page.

 

 

Photography News

Pictures Up Close of Tiny Animals –  Click Here

If there is one thing this photographer likes it is pictures of animals, especially up close of tiny animals that usually do not get the spotlight. If the title of this article did not already catch your attention then feel free to skip this article but if you got as excited as me when you read the title then you will not be disappointed by these amazing pictures.

Flickr Users Beware of Yahoo Hack – Click Here

Per experts of the biggest hack in history it looks like users of Fantasy Football and Flickr could be in danger of getting their information stolen as well. Check out the article for more information but if you use any of these services through Yahoo we recommend you check to make sure you are good to go.

Beautiful Photography of the Lost – Click Here

I dont want to spoil the whole article for you but one of my favorite things about photography is the ability to take something that most people would just over look and make it into something beautiful. Check out the link to see more of what I am talking about.

4 DSLR Accessories You Can’t Live Without

Camera Accessories Every DSLR Owner Should Have

Camera accessories can make your life so much easier, especially when you have to shoot in the middle of nowhere. When I was just starting out in photography, I must admit that I didn’t think much about the accessories that I needed to make my shoots run more smoothly; that is until I ran into a few snags that either completely halted my shoot or limited my shots. Below are my top 4 recommended accessories for a DSLR owner.

1. Camera bag. A camera bag has all the sections and pockets that you need for your gear. This bag isn’t just made to help you carry your essential gear; it also protects your camera and gear which can considerably extend their longevity. Stuffing everything inside an ordinary bag could make it difficult for you to locate what you need when you need it, and often requires you to take everything out to find that extra battery pack or the lens that you need.

2.Extra battery. Speaking of batteries, you should always carry an extra pack, especially for outdoor location shoots. The last thing you need is to run out of power in the middle of your shoot!

3. Reliable tripod. There are instances that require a tripod to capture the perfect shot, and you’ll never know when you’re going to need it so it’s always best to have one with you during your photo shoots.

4. Shutter release controller. You can choose either a wired or wireless shutter release controller, depending on your needs and/or preference. A remote shutter release controller helps you take pictures more steadily especially when you use a slow shutter speed. The least amount of vibration can cause your pictures to come out blurred, so it’s best to have the remote controller to avoid shaking the camera.

There are other accessories that you may want to purchase for your DSLR like a lens cleaner, polarizing filter, and a padded neck strap but these are the top 4 must-haves, in my opinion.

Is there an accessory you can’t live without? Do tell! I’d love to hear all about it!

 

 

3 Key Points to Consider Between a DSLR and Point-and-Shoot

Should You Get a DSLR or a Point-and-Shoot Camera?

If you’re considering doing some serious photography—something that’s way more dedicated than the usual selfie or random photo during dinner—one of the things that you might have spent a lot of time on is deciding whether to use a point-and-shoot camera or get yourself a more professional camera, like a DSLR.

There are three things that you can take into account about these two cameras to help you decide.

1. Quality. As can be expected, a DSLR camera gives you better-quality pictures because it has more features and adjustment options (full frame sensor, shutter and focus speeds, improved sensitivity to light, and lens options).

However, this doesn’t mean that your point-and-shoot won’t be able to produce good pictures too. If you can learn how to adapt to the limitations of this camera, you can come up with quality pictures as well—perhaps not as wide ranging as a DSLR, but still good shot nevertheless.

2. Depth of field. With a point-and-shoot, your depth of field is fixed or very limited, which basically means it doesn’t allow you to separate the foreground from the background. With a point-and-shoot, you get the entire scene in full focus.

With a DSLR, you have the option to separate your subject from the background, putting more focus on the subject and shooting the background in softer tones.

3. Night photography. If you’re interested in doing night photography, a point-and-shoot camera isn’t ideal because it has a low capacity to adapt to low lighting and darkness. With a DSLR, you have more settings options, and you have a wider selection of lenses that you can mount on your camera.

It’s also worth mentioning here that a point-and-shoot camera is more portable (slip it in your pocket or purse and you’re good to go) and more affordable. However, a DSLR is longer-lasting which means you can enjoy for many more years (if you properly take care of it) compared to a point-and-shoot.