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A Career Shaped By The Photograph

Starting Out For more than three decades the biggest names in show business have been photographed by Derek Ridgers, but it all began by chance, one night in Finsbury Park, north London. With a Miranda SLR slung over his shoulder, Ridgers walked into the Rainbow Theatre on the night of 13 January 1973. He had […]

How Photography Can Be Ruined By Bad Habits

Leaving The Camera At Home Even if it’s your smartphone the camera you have with you is always the best one. Not every photo you take will be of commercial value or be photography-competition material. Nevertheless, if you leave your camera at home what use is it having a DSLR with an optimum lens and […]

Unethical Upselling

By offering additional products and services and convincing a customer to purchase them many types of businesses can make a lot of money and this type of “upselling” is a tactic that camera equipment stores can maximise their gains. But how far can this upselling go before it becomes unethical? Many furious photographers cried “scam” […]

How to live better as a Freelancer: Part Two.

In Part One I introduced the idea of doing less but earning more. To most people it may seem like a paradox. Indeed, in the past my own experience has taught me that going the extra mile can make all the difference, but at what cost? That’s the most important question here, and one I’d […]

What Camera Should I Buy?

Whether Novice or Professional Novice photographers, and even professionals, are constantly searching for the cutting edge in a hi-tech world and are keen to learn the tips and tricks to help them hone their skills. We want to help facilitate that process by building a community around professional photography so last year we wrote about […]

Master Class: Visual Language For Tech Leaders.

Tech Workshop Last Wednesday, bestbrains.dk ran a Master Class: Visual Language For Tech Leaders workshop which Matt went out to shoot. Participation in this event was strictly limited to a mere ten people and they were vetted by an entry assignment. Sorting the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. People With Diverse Backgrounds Coming […]

How to live better as a freelancer: Part One

What have I learnt after five years in the industry? Welcome back! Enjoying January, are we? Officially the most depressing month of the year, and for good reason. Waking up seems 10x harder than normal, as does leaving the house. Even my office is a dull place to be, which is why I chose to […]

The Trials of Obtaining a Press Pass

Who Qualifies, anyway? Around the time of 2012 to 2014 there was much debate surrounding who qualifies as a journalist enough to obtain press credentials, namely getting a press pass. Industry Bias According to NiemanLab, in 2014 a survey of 1,300 journalists found that established news organizations that employed words-based journalists got better access than […]

Standard Bearers of the Industry Can’t Be Undercut

So, how do we critically assess the competition in an ever-increasing market and not let production values’ standards slide? An interesting case-in-point is the story of a middle-man photography service called Soply – formerly PhotoPitch. Claiming to be a creative consultancy platform, Soply made it their business to link up professional photographers with both people […]

PBMJ: Now we are 2

I’ve only got one pair of hands… until now! Finding a solution to doing everything myself has long been at the top of my long list of priorities. I’ve found over the years, that it’s definitely getting easier to outsource some of the work I do, especially when students answer the call for unpaid work […]

Getting the Shot: RaiseNow Group Portrait

Somebody once asked me, “Do you find that it’s always the first idea that works?” in regards to planning and executing a photoshoot. I admit I had to think about it. Sometimes definitely, and in these scenarios you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Go home, stick the kettle on, […]

Fact: Danish Newspapers don’t care about swans!

How a chance encounter with a big white bird didn’t really amount to much In this industry, every day is a fresh start. Sure, you have the usual amount of daily tasks – social media, sending invoices, archiving images – but the commute to work every morning is a wondrous event, with ideas swirling around […]

Three Great Books to Improve Your Photography Career

Whatever your style of photography, these three books are guaranteed to change the way you work When I first started this journey of being a freelancer, I really didn’t have much of a clue about running a business. But the more jobs I got the more I realised what skills I needed to brush up […]

Danish Imports: The Opera Singer

We’ve come to the end of our revisit to the Danish Imports exhibition, and today we’re finishing off with somebody who I’m very fond of. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these interviews and the images that accompany them. A lot of love and time went in to the planning of the exhibition itself, and there […]

DO IT FOR MOM (Do it for Denmark)

It’s highly unlikely that you’ve missed this one, but if you’re reading this from outside Denmark then you might want to read on. This is the new tagline for a funny commercial that came out recently in Danish media. It’s a video that starts off with an older lady looking sad because she really wants […]

Super(villain)markets

Has anybody else noticed how unorganised a lot of the supermarkets here in Denmark are? I’d been living here for less than four hours when I was warned at the checkout in Fakta to always “check my receipt.” The warning came from a friend, not an employee or a sign in the store, and it […]

Best. City. Ever.

The rain clouds are gathering outside my window (and thousands of other windows I imagine) as I write this. But rain is one thing this city has seen very little of this year and I doubt any of us can argue that the weather has sucked. As the summer starts to wind down and we […]

Just a little room

“This isn’t a business, it’s a hobby,” says Leif Thingtved as he pours another fresh latte in to my cup. He lifts a plastic lid to reveal a selection of awesome-looking Danish pastries. “Croissant?” Space is a bit tight at Hotel Central and Cafe in Copenhagen. So tight, in fact, that I’m forced to take […]

Looking for highly-skilled foreigners

I’ve met far too many highly-skilled people here in Denmark who are not working in their chosen profession. Granted, these are challenging times and the financial crisis seems to be slowly infecting the country. But should an Indian doctor really be packing boxes in a warehouse when he could be saving lives? And should a […]