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Working for myself and being a photographer is a dream. But like every other profession, there can be difficult things to handle. I also enjoy being very real with clients, friends, and collaborators on the peaks and valleys of self-employment and being a creative.
Clearly you know this by now, but I'm really into lists. It's much easier for me to write (as well as read!) content in list-form. So here we go!
What about the worst parts of your job? It's always interesting to hear about the parts that aren't general knowledge for people outside your industry.
One of the quickest ways to kill your confidence and lose your ability to create great work is to look at others doing similar work in your industry.
I have a problem (a BIG problem) with the idea of looking for inspiration in other photographers' work. Sure, I love Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, and Lindsay Adler as much as the next photographer, but I don't look at their work before going to shoots or before editing photos. I don't even really look at their websites, social media platforms, or industry magazines in which they've been featured.
Over the past year, I've gotten really good at knowing what I'm good at, and where I need to grow. (Where I need to grow is another story for another day, I promise.) What I'm good at is realizing how I can help myself grow, rather than hurt that beautiful process of creativity. Here are some things to help you strengthen yourself in the same way:
I hope these thoughts are helpful. They've helped me get inspired, stay inspired, and best of all, not lose hope about my own work, self worth, and ability to create beautiful things.
You've got this!
The first day of fall is only 6 weeks away! While the vast majority of my work is commercial photography, I still get requests to take lots of family photos every fall. This post will list the things to consider when scheduling fall photos for your family.
I hope these are helpful to you this fall!
All the best,
Have you ever wanted to take a beautiful photo of the moon? It can be accomplished with a nice camera in a few easy steps. Since the next full moon is this coming Monday, August 7th, you'll be all ready to test your new knowledge!
WHAT YOU NEED
STEP 1: SET UP YOUR GEAR
Place your zoom lens on your camera and attach the camera to the tripod (or place it on a surface that can easily face the moon while staying perfectly still). If you have a remote shutter release, plug it in to your camera. (This is highly recommended since pushing the shutter still makes your camera move slightly.)
STEP 2: CHOOSE THE RIGHT SETTINGS
This part might take some time, so be patient! Zoom in as far as you can, and be sure the camera is centered on the moon. Set your camera on the following: shutter speed of 1/500, aperture of f/10, and ISO of 100. Using your remote shutter release, take a test photo. Adjust settings as needed - this may take a while! (Don't understand how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO work together? Sign up for my October 1st workshop!)
STEP 3: MINIMAL POST-PROCESSING
Load your photos to your computer, choose a favorite, and open that file in your preferred photo editing software. Crop the photo so that the moon takes up a large portion of the frame. Brighten or darken, and make any change to color or white balance as you prefer.
Final step: post your photos! I'd love to see the gorgeous images you make, so don't forget to tag me when you post to social media.
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