Photography Competition Mailing List

After a few people requested it, I’m opening up a mailing list to keep photographers in the loop when it comes to photography competitions and prizes. There are loads of opportunities out there for photographers, you just need to know about them in order to take them! It’s my goal to send out an interesting and diverse list of competitions and prizes each month, from big to small, and include a few tips and tricks along the way. So if you want to join in and perhaps dip your toe into the competition and prize world with your photographs, drop …

How I Make Time For Photography

I always wish I had more time to do the things I love, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. It can be easy as a hobbyist to suddenly realise that you’ve not picked up your camera for a few weeks, let alone shot anything you love. To be honest sometimes this happens to me too – being primarily an academic and a journalist means that sometimes I let my photography slip. This always makes me unhappy. I know that if I’m feeling a bit down it’s probably because I’ve not exercised my photographic creative muscles recently enough. So I …

Natural Light Product Photography Ideas

Photography isn’t the easiest skill to learn, and product photography is considered a particularly difficult kind of image making. Even seasoned professional photographers in other fields get pretty stumped when it comes to shooting product images because it can be a highly technical genre. Ideally every person selling products would have the budget to pay a specialist product photographer. But the reality is that those running small businesses often don’t have that kind of luxury. Lots of photographers will tell you that you need loads of expensive lights, a huge space, and lots of technical know-how in order to shoot …

Sourcing Props for Natural Product Photography

It’s made me happy over the last few years that small business owners have moved towards a more natural product photography style that doesn’t require the technical know-how of a perfect white background shot. That’s not to say that natural product photography doesn’t require any photography know-how, but I certainly think it’s easier to achieve in a small space and on a budget. I covered some of the basics of natural light product photography here on another blog, but I think that styling the images is also really important. Sourcing props can be really tough when you’re a beginner – …