Photography tips and advice

How to take better pictures. That’s the question on every photographer’s lips, even those who have been doing it for years. We can all improve our skills, so I hope you find these blog posts extremely useful when you need some help.

UV Photography: tips for blacklight.

Blacklight photography can be great for shooting portraits so we are “shedding some light on the dark art” to reveal the secret of mastering ultraviolet photography! You would most commonly see blacklight, or UV lighting, in nightclubs. White objects radiate with a bluey glow because of the ultraviolet lighting. Some subjects take on a completely […]

The Five Best Photo Locations in Copenhagen.

A summer break in Copenhagen is highly recommended if you have never been to Denmark. The sun and heat is enjoyed by all the locals. As an introduction to the most common places you must visit we’re presenting you with this 3-hour photo walk. If you wish to cover more area more quickly bicycles are […]

Off-Camera Flash Photography To Help You Perfect The Strobist Effect.

One of the easiest ways to achieve amazing portraits is to utilize off-camera flash. You’ll be amazed at how you can transform your photos by simply taking your flash off-camera if your only experience of using flash is the disappointing result you got with it fitted to the camera’s hotshoe. Whether it’s the dramatic results […]

The World’s Creamiest Bokeh.

Full-Frame 50mm Lens with Aperture of f/0.35. The world’s creamiest bokeh (definition: the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image) can be whipped up to give us incredible subject separation through the use of huge apertures. In exciting news, the world’s first f/0.35 50mm autofocus prime lens has been manufactured but is […]

Making a Living in Photography in 2019.

How Viable is it Being a Professional Photographer? Whilst being both stuck in its ways and simultaneously forever changing, photography is indeed a strange profession. The majority of the profession work in a very different way to the old guard who still reign at the top. The world looks on as the UK braces herself […]

Nobody Talks About The Problem With Camera Phones.

The camera itself was the biggest problem with camera phones once upon a time. Released in 2000, the J-SH04 was one of the world’s first camera phones. Things have come a long way since then. Tiny 0.11 megapixel images was all it could shoot. To give their phone a legs-up above the competition some mobile […]

What Is The Focus of Your Photography?

Does your photography have a point? And how can your images engage with more viewers? You can help define your photography by implementing these few very helpful following techniques, especially if you have reached that stage where it may be a struggle to clearly answer those opening questions. If you are grasping for creativity and […]

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, […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 tips for awesome autumn photographs

This blog post originally appeared over at matthewjames.dk Autumn: Mine and many other people’s favourite time of year. The food is amazing, the fashion and clothing gets more interesting, and the world becomes softer to photograph. But how can you make the most of this time of year with your camera and capture all the […]

Danish Imports: The Neuropyschologist

This blog post originally appeared over at matthewjames.dk Grasia Maria Banegas initially moved to Denmark from Honduras in Central America as a volunteer for MS (Action Aid Denmark), to join an educational program called Global Change, where she trained to become a campaigner and youth facilitator.  Coming from one of the poorest and most dangerous […]

The importance of taking a break

The biggest problem with being self-employed is trying to find time to switch off. I know plenty of people who run their own businesses and work 12 hour days, and maybe take a day off at the weekend. We tell ourselves, that such-and-such needs doing, or these 17 emails need answering, and so we get […]

Danish Imports: The Psychologist and her son

Due to some technical issues we’re running a little behind here, so let’s get back on track with our Danish Imports exhibition from last year’s photo exhibition. Today we take a look at the life of Chilean Psychologist Paula and her son. Paula Cavada gives multiple reasons for moving from Chile in South America to […]

Finally back online with the journal, but who’s it for, exactly?

This blog post first appeared on the journal page of www.matthewjames.dk Well that was an annoying five days, in regards to the journal. Just when I was starting to get in to the flow of writing regular updates I decide to go tinkering with the HTML code in the background (to make the user experience […]

Danish Imports: The Boxer

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk The next story from last year’s Danish Imports photo exhibition comes from Michal Jezierski, who had a very long and interesting story to tell about his move to Denmark. Michal is perhaps one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and is full […]

Teaching Photography in Copenhagen

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk One area of photography I don’t shout about too much is my Shooting Copenhagen Workshops, but after this week it’s probably about time I gave myself a pat on the back and shared the story behind them with you. In the months (years […]

Finding locations for great Wedding Photography Portraits

Another wedding came and went yesterday. It was an all day wedding, and those are mentally and physically demanding; especially when working alone. Imagine for 13 hours you’re trying to keep thoughts fresh and exciting, whilst remaining relatively anonymous and talking to yourself. Before any wedding I like to go and visit the location/s beforehand […]

When Matthew Met… Britney Spears

Wednesday, 30th September 2015 – Learning from mistakes – The Britney Spears Lingerie Fashion Show It was my biggest opportunity to date and I messed it right up. The good news is, I learnt from it – I think. It was exactly 12 months ago – September 2014 – and I had a press pass […]

Danish Imports: The Journalist

Continuing the Danish Imports theme, today we take a look at Brazilian Noemia Colonna’s story. “Sometimes it’s good to be like the Brazilians,” is Noemia Colonna’s advice to the Danes. “We’re easy-going, more flexible and and not too obsessed about planning and privacy. Breaking the rules is a great way to see what happens out […]

Danish Imports: The DJ

This is the third instalment of my Danish Imports blog posts, looking at the stories behind people’s decisions to live, work or visit Denmark. Today’s story focuses on Danish DJ, Nikolaj Yu Andersen. You can read previous stories about Meriel or Luke if you’d like a quick recap regarding the ideas behind the images and […]

First Published Photo. Ever!

It felt gooooood! This was the very first photograph I had published anywhere ever. It was back in 2004 and I was still slaving away for the very cool Internet Bank, Egg Plc. But for several months I’d been chipping away at a City & Guilds Photography Course (Home Learning) and it was going slowly, […]