Cheap Polaroid Close-Up Filter Review

Each Polaroid close-up filter punches well above its weight in terms of the creativity and utility that they add to my photography go-bag. They are a mainstay of my photography kit. They live in my camera kit ready to help me shoot creatively when I’m out and about. If you’re …

Still Life on a Budget

As I’ve said before, I used to work full time as a product photographer, and still life photography has always been something that I’ve been keen on. My current setup is a camping table in the window of my studio. Don’t believe me? I photographed it earlier this week for …

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 …

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 …

Fine Art Photography

Creating Fine Art Photography Images

My very first article for Digital Photography School was an article on creating 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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …