The Business of Photography

Tip-toeing your way through the minefield that is Freelance Photography can be a daunting task. Posts in this category focus on pricing, negotiating, networking and finding work as a freelance photographer.

What Is The Best Aperture and Focal Length For Portraits?

Get The Basics of Portrait Photography Right. You’ve probably asked yourself what is the best aperture and focal length to use if you’re just getting started in portrait photography. You can produce very different effects with your subjects by changing the aperture and focal length. Depending on the style of portrait you’re planning to take, […]

Psychedelic Images of Tokyo by Jean-Vincent Simonet.

Psychedelic Experience. Tokyo at night can be a near-psychedelic experience in itself, and this is echoed in the warped images created by Swiss photographer Jean-Vincent Simonet who prints onto plastic paper then washes the photograph with chemicals, all part of his latest body of work entitled In Bloom. After visiting Tokyo, Japan for the first […]

X-Ray Apparatus & Concrete Pyramids: Guy Hollaway’s Photography Studio.

The Process Gallery. Distinctive works are created using X-Ray equipment, housed in a concrete pyramid chamber, by British photographer Nick Veasey, who has had a studio built and completed by Guy Hollaway Architects. Inquisitive. Designed to be an “inquisitive piece of architecture” the Process Gallery, as it is known, stands alone in an open field […]

Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards Reveal Hilarious Winning Images.

World’s Funniest Animal! And the world’s funniest animal photograph of the year goes to a squirrel who thinks he’s Tommy Cooper, writes The Express. The world’s funniest animal photograph of the year has been judged to be what appears to be a cheeky squirrel pictured performing what has been described as a Tommy Cooper impression. […]

Analogue Limelight

In an increasingly digitalised world, why is there still a special place for the physical? After connecting on Instagram around two years ago, James Moreton and Raph Hurwitz conceived AllFormat – a global photography collective. After developing a loyal community of followers, as well as selling-out two published zines, the group has since expanded to […]

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 […]

Jacob Cockle: in Life & in Death.

A life lived in the sea was a favourite past-time of one Jacob Cockle. Whilst learning to walk at a tender young age he also began to learn to swim and his natural element became water. Any opportunity to film surfing was the best of all options because he loved it so much – photographing […]

How a Shot Went Viral is Revealed by The Royal Wedding Photographer.

Viral popularity and huge amounts of praise were received for one particular photo during this past weekend as the world’s attention was captured by the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The details of how the picture in question came to be have now been revealed by the photographer. After the wedding ceremony […]

Wildlife Photos Reveal Dirty Tricks as Insiders Spill: “There’s a lot of fakery.”

From trained tigers to glued insects many photographers are revealing the fakery in this niche as one such photographer lost an award for allegedly using taxidermy in a shoot. Inauthentic Capturing a shot at the entrance to a national park was how Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral managed to create an image of an anteater but […]

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 […]

Leading Publications Sever Ties With Bruce Weber and Mario Testino After Sexual Harassment Allegations.

Last year, the so-called “powerhouse photographers”, both Mario Testino and Bruce Weber were investigated as several allegations surfaced of sexual harassment leading many media companies, the likes of which including Condè Nast to sever ties with the pair. Times Up 2017 saw the rise in profile of sexual harassment cases and so it became a […]

Worst Portraits Ever.

This is not a joke, apparently. Professional photographers and those in the business of photography alike appear to be stunned at the unbelievable rate of what is being hailed as the worst portrait session of all time is being shared online and going viral. Bad Portraits Lee Morris, writing for Fstoppers, admits that he’s seen […]

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 […]

Google’s Nik Collection Resumes Development After DxO Buyout

Resurrection of Popular Software The resurrection of the popular photo editing software Nik Collection is taking place. For the benefit of the photographer community the continued development of Nik Collection comes about after DxO announces that it has acquired the platform from Google, who, after months passing, said that they were ending development and abandoning […]

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 […]

Recreating the sunset…without the sun

I made absolutely no secret of the fact that I got my very first National Geographic Traveller commission earlier this year. It was, without a doubt, the proudest moment of my career so far, and I’m not ashamed to say so. I wrote a lengthy piece about it for the Summer Newsletter where I explained […]

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 […]

Using Lightroom to edit your iPhone photos

Even with the new iPhone 7 causing a stir with its brand new camera functions, the old iPhone 6 is still a heavy-hitter when it comes to High Quality images I always tell those who join me on my Beginner’s Photography Workshops that activating the shutter is just the start, and learning how to edit […]

Who Needs a Photo Studio to Get the Job Done?

Turns out a simple white background and a couple of strobes is all you need As promised yesterday, over the next few weeks I’ll be re-sharing photography content with you from the past 12 months. Today’s post has been taken from the 2015 Recap Newsletter When Disney illustrator Pernille Ørum asked me to provide her […]

Remember: You don’t know EVERYTHING

How a recent photography workshop taught me how to focus ”The D800 isn’t very good for sports photography,” said my very unreliable source. It was my first summer here in Copenhagen and I was working for a company photographing running events. I didn’t know it at the time, but this guy would go on to […]

Summer Update

“Your blog entries don’t show up in my news feed anymore” Never fear, dear reader, I have not died or disappeared. Summer has truly been upon us these last few weeks and with the warm weather comes a calendar full of events and photoshoots. Unfortunately it means I have abandoned my post and my writing […]

Testing your business ideas

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com What I learned from my week of blogging Day 7 of the Blog Challenge is here, and I am fucking glad! Forcing myself to take time out of my busy schedule for the last 168 hours has been, quite frankly, a fucking nightmare. Right now, for instance, […]

Vanity Blogs

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Is this blog really about you, or me? The phrase ‘vanity blog’ entered my vocabulary earlier today. I discovered it by chance whilst reading a political article, where the blogger himself had used the words to describe his own blog. Up until that point, he said, he […]

Deadlines and Prioritising your workload

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com 3pm – time to write The question is, what does one have to say on the topic of photography today? I actually have a half-written blog post just waiting to be finished sitting right here on my desktop, but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow, or […]

12 hour day

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Starting early and finishing late to get the job done It’s late in the day, but there’s definitely still time to bang out a blog post before the sun sets. By the time I click ‘publish’ on this entry I would have passed the 12-hour mark; completing […]

Whoops. I missed one!

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Jumping back on the wagon So Day Three of the Photography Journal experiment simply bombed. Perhaps it was the warm weather, or that it was my first and only day off for the entire week, or maybe it was the fact that my family were returning home […]

Journal Challenge Day Two

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Work, sunshine, work, parties, repeat Day Two of the Daily Journal experiment, and I’ve had to force myself to start writing. I’ve got exactly 97 minutes before I need to be somewhere else, and in all the years I’ve owned this clock on the wall, this is […]

Journal Seven Day Challenge

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Time to try something different OK, so straight off the bat I’ll get to the point: I’m clinging on to the imaginary wall that is Google, and looking down isn’t an option; I want to climb to the top. Everything I do on the internet (at least, […]

Taking Risks

This blog entry first appeared on the journal page at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Why photographers need to stick their necks out once in a while If you’ve read the blog post immediately before this one then you might be aware of my new Periscope Series, The Busy Photographer. No? Well, to those of you who have no […]

The Busy Photographer

Being a freelance photographer isn’t all fun and games I’m sitting here on a Tuesday morning feeling a little confused by this whole photo industry thing. On the one hand it’s a fun, challenging and often rewarding job to have, but on the other it’s the cause of a lot of unwanted stress. Yes, I […]

Becoming a Confident Photographer

Despite improving as a photographer over time, an image from my days as a trainee still remains one of my all-time favourites Nerve-wracking. That’s the best way to describe the first three months working as a trainee photographer for a newspaper. Don’t get me wrong – exciting, fascinating and illuminating are all great words, too, […]

Marvel or DC: What’s your business model

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Superhero genre is here to stay forever. That’s according to Disney chairman Bob Iger who announced this week that their Marvel films (and Star Wars) will be gracing our screens for years to come. With a wealth of untapped characters and returning fan favourites, who can blame the studios […]

Press Trip to Crete: Part Three

The mixed emotions of being a Travel Photographer Once again, olives reigned supreme on the fourth and final day of our Press Trip. I completely ignored them at the breakfast table, settling instead for some eggs and some sort of chocolate cake. My head was absolutely pounding from the night before and the lack of […]

Press Trip to Crete: Part Two

Long Days and Pleasant Nights At a height of 848m above sea level, Father Andreas’ Shepherd’s Shelter – known locally as a Mitato -sits on the slopes of Crete’s highest point, Mount Ida. Getting there with a hangover was not fun, and my drinking companions from the night before were feeling similarly delicate. As the […]

A job offer I really really wanted

However you earn money to keep your business going, never lose sight of your goals Over the past few years I’ve learned a great deal about running a business and adapting my photography skills to different genres and clients. I’ve never classed myself as a wedding photographer, for example, but I found work as one […]

Angry Dude Flips Bird

Dealing with confrontation as a photojournalist Who the hell is this guy? And why is he holding a can of lager in one hand, and giving me the Finger with the other? We have to go way back to the winter of 2005 to get a bit of background story for today’s journal post, which […]

Networking to find clients

How meeting people can get your photography business off the ground Maybe you’re at that point in your photography career where you’re asking yourself, “Where the hell are all the clients at?” Two-and-a-half years ago I was asking myself that very same question, and rightly so! My first-born was just months away from being born and […]

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 […]

Danish Imports: The Freaks

“I won’t tell you the name I was born with, because what’s a name, anyway?” These are the words of wisdom from the polite, baratone vocals of the tattooed gentleman that is Enigma. Covered from head to toe in jigsaw puzzle tattoos and sporting a pair of silicone horns to boot, Enigma and freak show […]

Using the per-image pricing model

How to charge accordingly for the creative services you provide I’ve been at this freelance photography game for over three years now, but I can assure you there’s much still to learn. And as usual, pricing sits right up there with the best of ‘em. If you’ve come directly to this blog post from Twitter or […]