Behind the Image #15 – Lord Byron is my Spirit Animal

Self-portraits have become a major part of my photographic practice over the past eighteen months or so. What started as a way to test and develop ideas has become something that stands alone on its own merit. Recently I’ve been inspired by images that I see on my PhD research …

design resources for photographers

Ten of the Best Design Resources for Photographers

If only a photography business was purely about taking photos. Unfortunately, while that might be the dream for many, it is very rarely the reality. Many photographers find themselves needing to do small design jobs. Business branding, website building, even building packs for advertising and pitching. Thankfully you can get …

Valentine’s Day Dating as a Female Photographer

It was never easy, dating as a female photographer. It was always hard to find men that weren’t somehow intimidating by my photographic career. If I tried to date men who weren’t photographers they were inevitably intimidated by the male models that I used to photograph. They would compare themselves …

More Photography Kit: Is It Really The Answer?

It’s an age-old question that photographers often ask themselves. Will more photography kit really improve the pictures that I take? It’s easy to say a quick yes or no, but in reality, the true answer is far more nuanced. You can take great photographs with the simplest gear. Just a …

Photographing Cosplay and Costume Portraits

Photographing cosplay has become huge over the last few years. Lots of photographers are trying it out and heading along to conventions to meet cosplayers and take pictures. But what about trying it in a more controlled environment? Either your home studio or out and about on location? I love …

photography competitions in January

Photography Competitions in January 2020

Towards the end of last year, I participated in a Facebook thread about competitions. Someone said “wouldn’t be it great if there was a newsletter that reminded us what competitions to enter” and I said… “I could do that.” And so the idea of a newsletter about photography competitions in …

Architecture Photography and Storytelling

Architecture photography is one of those genres that seems to be often overlooked. But buildings are all around us, and they make a great subject to practice many different kinds of photography. They’re useful for far more than just a simple lens test. Architectural photography can enable you to practice …

New Year's Resolutions for Photography

New Year’s Resolutions for Photography

Every year I try and make some new year’s resolutions for photography. At some point in January, I sit down and take stock of what I achieved last year, and where I want to go in the next twelve months. It’s a cathartic process, one that always seems to reinvigorate …

quote graphics for social media

Quote Graphics for Social Media

Most photographers just post their images on social media. But have you considered breaking it up with a few words from someone you admire? Posting a quote every now and again on your social media can reveal your personality and motivations as a photographer. The best thing about it is …

Fine Art Photography

Creating Fine Art Photography Images

My very first article for Digital Photography School was an article on fine art photography. Many people that I’ve talked to over the years believe that you need highly elaborate setups or expensive props in order to shoot fine art. I wanted to show that this wasn’t the case. So …