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10 Useful points for making the most of your new camera.

Getting a new camera is always exciting but getting the most from it requires a little help . I love a good gadget, I have far more photography kit than I really need but I can’t help myself when the sales or trade shows come along.  Getting a new camera makes me feel like a kid at Christmas – I hope you have felt the same way with your new toy.  Our beginners courses are full in January of excited new photographers all eager to get the most from their camera yet who share the same tales of disappointment and frustration when trying to get to grips with all the buttons and features.   Its very easy to get frustrated by all the terminology and…

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Getting your camera off fully automatic

Why turn fully automatic off on your camera   For many people a shiny new digital camera – whether that be a neat little compact, fancy looking hybrid or impressive DSLR offers a whole world of opportunity however that new piece of kit also presents a big problem. You open the box peer inside before holding your new gadget and then normally fire off a few shots feeling rather pleased. The big problem then presents itself – what do all the buttons do and what happens if I move away from fully automatic?     We tend to get five types of attendees on our beginners photography courses – see if you fit into one of the categories:   (1) Those paralysed with fear that…

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Think you are cut out to become a professional photographer? Take this quiz

Want to become a professional photographer? Test your potential.   There’s no doubt about it, being a professional photographer is a pretty great way to make a living however as with all things in life it isn’t quite as easy as it seems and it certainly isn’t for everyone.  The majority of photographers I know work for themselves which has both pro’s and con’s about it but I like to think that the pro’s outweigh the cons.  Becoming a pro snapper isn’t any harder than running any other business although the idea of it seems to appeal to a big group of people not all of which see it through though – it my experience these guys probably wouldn’t make it working for themselves in…

Taking outdoor portraits

How to take great portraits outside (on location)

How do I take photographs of people outside? Being able to take a lovely portrait image outside is always rewarding but for many people they can never quite get it right.  More often than not your subject ends up either squinting, becoming a bit too dark or one side of their face becomes overly bright whilst the other is clothed in darkness.   It is a strange fact that the majority of people I ask know one rule of photography and yet that rule is wrong – try it yourself, heres the question. “When taking a photograph of a person outside where do I as the photographer want to stand relative to the subject and the sun?”   90% of the delegates who come onto…

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Top 10 tips & tools to drive customers to photographers websites

Top 10 tips and tools for photographers websites to gain traffic As a working photographer the chances are that you are self employed and always keeping an eye on your website is a central cog in your marketing strategy.  It is important to understand fully the role that your website is playing within your business – is it used to generate leads? act purely as a brochure? an e-commerce site for converting leads to paid up clients? the list goes on. Once you have defined its role and undertaken your keyword analysis then your next task is to ensure that you are driving traffic to it and so below I have listed some of the keys tasks, tips and tools I employ for maintaining a…

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Professional Photographer – the value of a great team

Working with a Professional Team The more time I spend surrounded by photography the more I recognise the need to have a great team around me.  When you start out in photography it can be a scary place as there is so much to learn and the chances are you will be working for yourself so you need to quickly learn how to run a business.  It is very easy to become focused upon all of the activities you need to undertake and work so hard at achieving a variety of roles that you take too much on yourself. You need to recognise early the value of calling on other for help and to create a great team around you – intact you need a…

Commercial Photography – The hidden gem

Becoming a commercial photographer Without doubt the majority of photographers who come to train with us at Unshaken Photography and are considering a career behind the lens are looking towards focusing upon portrait and wedding photography. It is a fair enough consideration as it appears to be a great industry to work in and one that fits nicely around your family commitments. However many photographers are actually missing a trick by failing to consider commercial photography as an option but actually pays very well. Commercial photography these days covers a broad spectrum of disciplines including products, services, portraits, locations and events and therefore offers great variety to your working life. I would admit that I don’t find product photography the most exciting and I rarely…

Student successes – Introduction to portrait photography course

Taking Great Portraits – Introduction course in Chelmsford, essex We had a great day here at Unshaken Photography Training yesterday with a team of new portrait photographers as we took them from limited knowledge to taking some super images as you will see below. The guys on the programme we pretty much all new to working with studio lighting so we started with the basics of talking about the basic lighting equipment to moving onto posing, lighting set-ups and then some key tips on post production (editing) primarily in Lightroom but also with some additional plug-ins (Imagenomic Portraiture). Most of the delegates were also looking to get into taking their skills professionally so for those guys we went into looking at some commercial fundamentals including…

Children Photography – How to take great kids photographs

Natural or Posed – what works best? There is always a raging debate in the Wood household as to work works best ‘natural’ children’s pictures or ‘posed’ set-up shots./ In all truthfulness you can split out posed from set-up shots but I like to group the two together as I am a little biased. My preference when taking children’s portraits is to use location based natural shots as I find that providing children with a location they find interesting and stimulating allows them to relax and for their character to come out. Obviously choice comes down to parents when booking a portrait session and consideration needs to be given to: Time of year (weather, how popular a location is, availability of shade, etc.) Where the…

Landscape Photography Training Day

Capturing the beauty of a garden through Photography What a day to be out shooting a garden we had on Monday. The sun was shining but we had some great skies to play with – and thats the key for me. I think a great landscape shot can be made or broken by some stunning cloud formations and we were spoilt. If I can offer any advice on capturing a lovely landscape shot it would be to look up and make sure that you expose the shot to capture as much detail as possible in the sky – in fact many of the shots we took on Monday were so under exposed you would be shocked by Lightroom is a wonderful gift for us photographers….