Finding a Makeup Artist


Finding a makeup artist can be a daunting task. If your career is moving in a forward direction and you have more and more inquires about someone who can do hair and makeup at a shoot – it might be time to find someone to work with. In my experience many makeup artists (MUAs) do hair so it never hurts to ask when you find someone to share a gig with. Continue Reading

Turning Your Home Into Studio


The beauty of art is that it can be created anywhere. If you think that you need a full blown studio to create some great photos then you’re wrong. All you need is a bit of ingenuity, some space, and the knowledge of how to use the tools at your disposal. I started my business in 2013 and regularly use my apartment as a studio (props to the wife for sticking with it!) Using the space I have and constantly reworking how I shoot has yielded tremendous results. As a photographer you need to know how to cheat your surroundings and guide your client’s eye to what your eye sees. Make sense? Good. Continue Reading

Networking For Beginner Photographers


If you’re a hobbyist or a pro photographer it never hurts to network. However, for a lot of folks it’s tough to get motivated enough to actually attend a networking event or sell yourself to a stranger. At some point you’re just going to have to suck it up and do it. BUT when you do just make sure to prepare yourself. Most networking events are the same. Sometimes there’s a bar, which makes things a lot easier. Other times it’s a corporate event or a crowd funded situation where you can find some really great genuine folks to connect with. There are some events which you may have to pay to attend so you may want to scout those events with reviews before you commit. Continue Reading

How To Capture Stunning Milky Way (Night Sky) Photos

Milky Way

Milky Way photography is no longer a novelty. We get to see stunning examples of Milky Way photography almost every other day. Social media is filled with fantastic photos from this genre captured by creative photographers. This is not an easy genre of photography, but by no means is an impossibility either. You need a bit of luck, some tools and plenty of preparations to come through with great results.

There are some basic requirements in order to successfully make good photos and Milky Way photography is no different. These include some basic tools and adherence to the rules of photography. Continue Reading

Studio Portrait Lighting with a Single Softbox, Flash and Reflector

Portrait with a single softbox

Starting out as a professional photographer you always have to decide your priorities. Should I get a new lens? Should I invest in an extra light or get that light meter that I always wanted? One thing is for sure. There is no limit to what you can buy and money unfortunately is only finite. Before you start getting $5,000 wedding contracts and call ups from automobile companies you need to start humble and squeeze the most out of every penny. It also has its advantages. When you have mastered the art of working with bare minimum equipment, you can really excel with top of the line equipment. Continue Reading

An Introduction To Stop Motion Photography

Introduction to Stop-motion Photography

Let’s first make a distinction between stop-motion photography and time-lapse photography at the very beginning. They are sometimes used (incorrectly) interchangeably. Stop motion is to some extent similar to what time lapse is in the sense you have to take a lot of pictures in both cases. But that’s the only similarity. The key difference between the two is that in time-lapse the framing does not change but in stop motion both the framing and the subjects in it alters position. It is these small changes in position and framing between each shots that give stop-motion photography its uniqueness.

Stop motion when compared to time lapse is a lesser used technique simply because it requires a whole lot more work to complete a single video. The editing process is a lot more intense and so is the actual process of setting up your camera and shooting the images. On the plus side, however, you can create a minute or two length stop motion video right on your table and with a little bit of creativity and imagination make the result very good. Continue Reading

Lens Choices for Wedding Photography, What Works and Why?

Wedding Photography Lenses

Coming from a social background where weddings are considered as much a union of two souls as of two families, I have been brought up in an environment where people see weddings as the cultural extravaganza of the season. To be honest they are just that, at least in my culture, with lots of singing, dancing, rituals and customs.

As a wedding photographer you have to be both skillful and innovative, bordering on the extremes, even stretch your style to shoot beyond your comfort zone and make the most of a tight, hectic and rigorous schedule in order to come out smiling with the images you had planned for. Continue Reading

How to Say “NO” to Clients

How To Say No

Part of being a photographer is dealing with a wide variety of people and personalities. If you have any experience as a commercial or full time photographer you know that every person you shoot a job for is different and sometimes not every gig goes the way you want it. That comes with the territory when you’re on your own as a photographer. We are our own boss and that’s step one to remember. If someone is hiring you they are hiring you for your work and not to boss you around. Folks tend to make that mistake. Sometimes they think you are working FOR them instead of WITH them. When that happens by all means put your foot down and set boundaries without being disrespectful. Continue Reading