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Month: November 2017

Photography without Photoshop

Photography without Photoshop

It’s undoubtable that Photoshop is a fantastic tool for photographers and lots of the professionals out there swear by being able to tweak their images in order to provide clients with a perfect service or create a style that might have been impossible without the help of photo editing.

However, it isn’t imperative to use Photoshop or any editing tool for that matter to achieve fantastic quality images, take a look at the brilliant images on this top 100 best photographs without photoshop list for some great examples of the affects you can achieve even without the handy Photoshop editing tool at your fingertips.

For those of you out there that argue that Photoshop shouldn’t be used at all and that it lends photography to merge more closely with graphic design than it should, this article might have the odd useful tip or reminder in there.

However, this post is less about a stance on photo editing than that. I can agree with both sides of the argument to a point one side being that a photograph can be made beautiful in its purest form and the other side being that when working for a client any tool there is available to you should be used to ensure client satisfaction and the best results possible.

What this post is saying is that if you are right at the beginning of your photographic journey and you can’t get your hands-on editing tools like Photoshop it might not be the end of the world. In fact, it may actually benefit you and help you learn how to get some great results pre-editing.

Here are some ideas of ways in which you can get picture perfect images with less editing:

  • Reduce the need for post-production by knowing the goal of your photos and selecting lighting and sets that will lend themselves to your desired outcome. For example if you are looking for an image to be used on a valentines card or advert you might want to consider a romantic backdrop with subdued natural lighting and your subjects posed in a way that you can take close ups and angles that make the image ‘glow’ with romanticism without the need of touching up or adjusting
  • If you don’t have the option for post editing you might also want to consider taking similar shots in different locations so that you can have some options when it comes to lighting and backdrops
  • Get up close and personal with all the workings of your camera. If you know how to use the tools in your hand effectively then you’ll reduce the risk of mid-shot panic and be able to get in tune with the right shutter speeds for the subject. Generally if your shutter speed is low then shots taken in darker locations will come out better and vice versa but practice, practice, practice and don’t be scared of the manual!
  • You can often get great scope, contrast and lighting on an image that will naturally look fantastic just by using the location and lighting you have available wisely. This will take research and practice so don’t give in easily.

Now if the reason you aren’t editing your images is simply due to lack of financial investment to put into programmes then don’t despair, there are a few decent editing tools out there you can use for free to get you started, take a look at things like GIMP, The NK Collection or similar tools you can download for free online (try to get recommendations and research them before downloading though).

 

 

How Does a Photographer Make Money?

How Does a Photographer Make Money?

So, you’ve been playing around with photography for a while now and you think you’re getting some pretty great shots. In fact, you think they are as good as if not better than some of the images you see out there for sale! It’s starting to make you think you might be able to get in on the action and turn the hobby you love into something that might even make you a bit of extra money, even better it might actually be able to bring you a full income! So now you have the notion in mind, where do you start?

To make a little bit of quick cash from your photos consider using sites like GraphicStock or other stock image sites. The downside to this is that you are unlikely to make an awful lot of money but on the plus side it will give you a good idea if the images you have taken will sell to a digital audience. It’s a great place to start if you already have a ton of images and you’re happy to just make a little bit of extra money on the side from them. If your shots are particularly artistic then you might consider doing some prints that you can put up for sale in local coffee shops, restaurants or even sell as prints at craft fairs.

Already gauged your audience, sold a few pieces here and there, think you are ready to turn your hobby into a business? That’s great news! Consider these tips before jumping in:

  • It’s a pretty saturated market so make sure your work stands out from the crowd and you really know your audience and your clients needs
  • Word of mouth is a great asset so if you have already done some work for clients then try to gather as many reviews as possible
  • Make yourself known. You won’t get enough work to make your business a success unless people can find you so tackle 3 things; a great website, great local SEO and fantastic social profiles

A photographer’s biggest asset it their portfolio and as a newbie you won’t have as much to show prospective clients as some of your competitors. Combat this by; making sure the images you do have in your portfolio really shine, sell yourself by making sure you demonstrate fantastic customer service, understand their needs and most of all make it obvious that you absolutely love what you do. If a client thinks you are going to be as enthusiastic about their project as they are then that might just give you an edge over a more seasoned but disinterested competitor.