Turning down photography work – when the alarm bells ring

cup of coffee on wooden table top

When that job just isn’t worth doing

Sometimes it’s worth waiting before saying yes…

The other day, I had a phone call from another photographer asking for some advice. They had accepted a job, at a price, without first working out how long it would take, or some of the additional costs it might [...]

So, you want a large format printer?

Large panoramic print coming out of iPF6300 printer

Some thoughts for photographers looking for a much bigger printer

Not just wide – long prints too

There comes a time when printing your work at A3+ (13″ x 19″) on a desktop printer seems a little small. Maybe you’re tempted by a 17″ width printer, such as the deservedly popular Epson 3880 [review] [...]

I am not a ‘Canon Man’

What does your choice of camera brand say about you? Or… ‘What camera did you take that with’

Using my 24mm tilt shift lens in Seattle. My ‘walk round’ lens of choice in big cities ;-)

The other day I was talking to a few people at the Focus show in Birmingham – one [...]

So, your friends say your photos are good…

Can you make it as a pro photographer?

After all, your friends are telling you that you’ve got talent. People look at some of your photos and say – “They’re nice”

Surely that means that if you find the right place, people will get out their cheque books and start paying you for what you [...]

Again, the death of film… pt.94

Kodak to sell its film business

How much longer?

In an announcement, they say they have “initiated sale processes for its market-leading Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses.”

Now that includes a lot more than just films, but the film business is the one that will have some photographers worried (I note that the [...]

Just what does ‘Pro’ mean for camera equipment?

Should I only buy ‘pro’ cameras? Does it help me become a better photographer?

Keith in Seattle

As a working photographer, I need to be able to rely on the equipment I use on jobs. Someone is paying for my time and what I’m taking photos of may not be repeatable.

The kind of [...]

Photographing tiny stuff

Creating a sense of scale for photographing small objects

Very small, but how small

I’m often asked to provide commercial macrophotography services for capturing images of quite small items, and whilst the images may convey all the detail required, they may not give an idea of size to the casual viewer.

Look at these [...]

Industrial photography in a foundry

Casting the steel A few notes about a photograph produced for an industrial client.

This is as close as it’s safe to get.

The molten steel could fracture the mould. Unlikely, but this is not a place for the close up wide angle lens ;-)

Pouring molten steel into a mould at a steelworks

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The photographer working for free

As a pro photographer, is there a place for ‘free’ work?

Is this a free lunch?

One of the traps that many new photographers fall into is the ‘Pictures for credit’ ruse.

It goes like this:

“We’d love to feature your work in our website/brochure/magazine, but we’ve no budget. If we can [...]

Selling cameras in the UK and a changing market for photography

Cameras, a seriously shrinking market? What’s this got to do with me as a pro photographer?

Although there’s an underlaying recession here in the UK, I was surprised to see just how much the UK camera market has shrunk between 2006 and 2011.

Not what’s on offer at UK camera sellers

Figures in a [...]