Photography’s Commitment To The Environment

Photography’s Commitment To The Environment

When we think of sustainability our attention is obviously drawn to areas such as fossil fuels like oil and gas and, especially, these days, that is to what the media’s attention relates to also. However, with that being said, what people do on a daily basis and the industries that are more directly relevant to this should not be forgotten also.

Many enjoy photography as a hobby and in our time it has become an important pastime. So, like all other areas of commerce, we have to see photography also as an industry as well as just a means through which people capture their lives’ precious moments. So, with it being an industry, this means that it must have an environmental impact and we should take a look at it to evaluate the effects. Sustainability coverage has been a relatively shy topic for the camera industry so far. So, you might be wondering how the makers of the world’s most popular camera look at sustainability?

Big Names Called Out

Several sources, including the Center for Sustainable Organizations, have already labeled companies like Sony and Panasonic as unsustainable in the past. These companies have set up initiatives they plan to follow as a result of these investigations.

Reactions For Sustainability

Consequently, by 2040 renewable energy sources are to power 100% of Sony’s worldwide operations according to a recent announcement. In fact, renewable resources currently powers 100% of the company’s European operations. Additionally, by 2050 Panasonic wants to eliminate all of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Canon Leading The Way

Even though suspicion has been evoked about so-called “greenwashing” by many of these newer initiatives Canon’s commitment to sustainability reaches back almost 30 years. With the intent to recycle the company has been collecting copier toner cartridges since 1990. So that its printers and projectors use less power the company has been developing more compact versions which are lighter, in addition to its work in cameras especially recently.

Smaller Players Join

Startups are getting involved too proving that efforts to make photography a more sustainable business aren’t just coming from the huge companies. Take, for instance, Lomography, a film upstart hailing from Vienna, which recently announced the release of its new camera, the LomoMod No. 1. The company makes most of its camera parts out of cardboard. And although the other main feature, the liquid-fill lens, is made of plastic, the camera body is all cardboard, flat-packed to be assembled at home. This reduces the amount of packaging required to hold it since the flat packing minimizes the space taken up.

The LomoMod No. 1.

The LomoMod No. 1 – a camera made out of cardboard

Summary

It appears that companies that are prioritising sustainability are allowing it to stay that way since photography is far from being one of the most unsustainable industries. Continued commitment to sustainability should in theory allow consumers to continue to capture the most important moments in their lives without taking a toll on the environment, whether that’s due to small photography companies joining the fight or brands that have become household names continuing to be ethically responsible. Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via The Rising.

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Aboard a tethered balloon, from an altitude of nearly 500 meters, when Gaspard-Félix “Nadar” Tournachon photographed Paris from above was the moment when we can trace the roots of aerial photography right back to 1858.

Before airplanes entered the picture, photos were being taken from kites and pigeons, but it was the world’s first bird’s-eye view that was the image that opened the door to new possibilities. Aerial images can now capture even the tiniest geographic details all around the world due to the advent of satellites, aircraft, drones and high-definition cameras that we have at our disposal.

From the convenience of a mobile device, the visualisation, evaluation, and measurement of landscape data with precision is now possible across a wide range of industries including government, construction, engineering, real estate, transportation, mapping, and solar, all made possible by 3D aerial photography.

However, aerial photography is doing much more than you would expect. Aerial photography is playing a vital role in preserving the future of the environment with applications in reducing emissions, protecting natural resources, and documenting the effects of climate change.

 

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Reducing Emissions

Dynamic aerial imagery that helps visualise every aspect of a 3D landscape is made possible by how they can be accessed by mobile devices anywhere in the world. Having remote access to these details means that professionals and public servants don’t have to travel to survey the locations at which they’re working.

To measure for available parking lot space around a new site an architecture firm planning a new building can use aerial photography for example. To get that kind of information they would, ordinarily, have to travel to the site multiple times. But access to aerial imagery gives them confidence about the feasibility of their project and allows them to move forward faster.

 

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Protecting Natural Resources

To maintain stable communities and environments it is crucial that we must protect our natural resources. The natural site is a stable environment before urban development takes place, according to bodies like the Georgia Forestry Commission.

But human activity throws off that balance. By providing current and detailed imagery to preserve ecological harmony aerial photography can help to prevent damage and waste to natural resources.

Planners can verify that environmental regulations are met, help enforce minimal risk, assess inventory, and size a project accurately all because of this high-tech advantage and all from their desktops or mobile devices.

Documenting The Effects Of Climate Change

“The effects of climate change happen on such a slow time scale that it is often difficult to document visually,” says Josh Haner, a New York Times photographer.

“As a result, I believe a lot of the climate change imagery we have become accustomed to has focused on polar bears floating on pieces of sea ice, or on calving glaciers.” Haner adds. “That type of repetitive imagery has made people numb to a lot of the important stories about how our changing climate is affecting people and places around the world.”

To give people a more accurate perspective, Haner has been documenting the effects of climate change with stunning photography for the past four years. Aerial photography can similarly help viewers understand climate change more accurately.

Aerial photography can make comparisons simple by recording changes season after season. You can see the effects of droughts and flooding, soil and geology, vegetation, and water. You can not only visualize but also measure these changes. When you understand the changes, you are better able to get to the heart of the problem and make plans to combat those changes.

Aerial photography has made a more critical difference than Tournachon may have imagined from that first aerial picture of Paris and how it has evolved to today’s highly detailed 3D imagery. By reducing emissions, protecting natural resources, and documenting the effects of climate change, aerial photography is empowering us to preserve our environment, one picture at a time.

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As part of a drive to rediscover “pure photography” is a rear screen that has been turned inside out.

 

Innovative Feature

Tilting the screen downwards to become visible, the rear screen that faces inwards not outwards,is a bizarre yet extraordinary feature making headlines that will cause a stir in all sorts of ways and is unique and exclusive to the new Fujifilm X-Pro 3.

This could actually be a stroke of brilliance as barmy as it sounds to have an inside-out screen. It makes us concentrate on the picture we’re going to take next instead of meaning we have to stare at the picture we’ve just taken.

Top Of The List

Topping lists of the best Fujifilm cameras, the X-Pro3 is a development of Fujifilm’s existing X-Pro2. To the usual mirrorless camera brigade the X-Pro models are designed for a very different audience. The X-Pro is a bit too specialized if you’re looking for the best mirrorless camera. It has a unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder and although it comes with regular autofocus rather than rangefinder focusing it’s still styled like a classic rangefinder camera. The X-Pro3’s optical finder is best suited to Fujifilm’s range of prime lenses but it can be used with all Fujifilm X-mount lenses via the electronic view.

 

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 Key Features

Already seen in the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30, the X-Pro3 inherits the latest 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans sensor as well as its new feature, the unique back-to-front rear screen and hybrid viewfinder that makes it notable. The X-Pro3 can focus in light levels as low as -6EV, or close to pitch darkness, because of the sensor and the latest X-Processor 4 images processing.

There’s a USB Type C (USB3.1 Gen1) port for fast image transfer and USB charging alongside Fujifilm’s highly regarded Velvia, Provia, Astia film simulation modes with the addition of a new ‘Classic Neg’ film simulation mode.

Thanks to a 70-point weather sealing, a magnesium chassis, and titanium outer sections it should be very durable. Offering a premium finish with the Duratect surface hardening there will also be two colour variations.

Adding rich colour gradations to black and white images is possible due to the ‘Monochromatic Colour’ function, multiple exposures are made possible up to 9 frames in Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark modes, and the X-Pro3 also features a new in-camera HDR function which combines a series of shots at different exposures. The Grain Effect function has been extended with strength and size adjustments and it’s now possible to add Clarity to images.

 

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It’s no slouch even though the X-Pro3 has a deliberately conservative “classic” look. It shoots at 30fps with an electronic shutter in 1.25x crop mode and has an 11fps continuous shooting mode with a pretty impressive buffer capacity of 42 raw files/145 JPEGs, and it can shoot both C4K and 4K UHD video at 30p, 25p, and 24p.

This camera is not a bargain camera for beginners, rather, it is a premium product for the cognoscenti, so you won’t be looking for a cheap deal here but buying a camera because you love it. It goes on sale on 28 November 2019 for $1,799 / £1,699 for the regular version, or $1,999 / £1,879 for the Duractect versions from mid-December.

Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via Digital Camera World.

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Depth Of Field

What is depth of field in photography, and how do you control it?

There are many terms which relate to a shallow or large depth of field in photography and photographers will bandy about these terms such as “hyperfocal distance”, “creamy bokeh”, “shooting wide open”, “background blur”, “subject separation”, or “zone of focus”.

The question is, what exactly is depth of field?

Focus

Depth of field simply describes how much of your photograph is in focus in its most important and basic sense. A large depth of field would make sure that in a landscape shot everything from the trees all the way back to the mountains would be in focus if you were to shoot a landscape image of forest and mountains, that is.

By contrast, a shallow depth of field would leave a background of trees and mountains out of focus if there was a subject whose facial features needed to be in focus in the foreground if we are shooting a portrait in that same location.

 

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Exactly how deep the field of focus within an image is is always described by and referred to as depth of field. This field will roughly extend from one third in front of your focal point to two thirds behind it no matter how shallow or large it is.

Manipulation

A number of photographic means can be used to manipulate this. Changing aperture directly affects depth of field: using a small aperture, which is a large f-number like f/16, will produce a large depth of field – ideal for shooting a landscape where you want as much of the scene in focus as possible.

For a shallow depth of field you would be using a large aperture, such as a small f-number like f/1.8 – perfect for portraits, where you want the subject in focus but the background blurred. When someone shoots “wide open”, they’re usually shooting at a lens’ maximum aperture to create the shallowest depth of field possible (to get the blurriest background).

 

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Focal Length

Depth of field is also controlled by focal length. A shallower depth of field is produced by shooting a portrait with a 135mm lens, thanks to its narrower field of view and greater magnification, than a 35mm lens shot with the same composition.

Depth of field is also affected by sensor size as well. With a crop sensor camera, you need to multiply the aperture by the crop factor to get the equivalent aperture in 35mm terms. Therefore with a Micro Four Thirds camera, which has a 2x crop factor, shooting at f/2 is actually shooting at an equivalent aperture – and an equivalent depth of field – of f/4.

Creative choice is what ultimately affects the depth of field. Landscapes don’t have to be sharp from front to back just as much as portraits don’t need to have blurry backgrounds. There really is no right or wrong way to use it so long as your subject is within your depth of field and is sharp.

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Stroboscopic Portraits

Use your unit’s strobe function to achieve rapid-fire flash and capture incredible staccato action.

 

Pulsing Flash

A pulsing flash that fires lots of times during a long exposure can create a stop-motion effect by freezing the action multiple times as the subject moves through the frame. It’s an interesting technique to try on any moving subject and it is known as stroboscopic flash. All you need is a dark space, a tripod and a speed light with a stroboscopic or ‘multi’ mode.

There are three distinct ways that timing plays a part. First there’s the timing of the flash – you can choose the number of flashes and determine how quickly they fire, so you’ll get varying results depending on the flash count and frequency.

There’s a good deal of trial and error involved in nailing a pose since actions that might look graceful in real time can result in a jumbled mess when used with stroboscopic effect so timing and flow of the subject’s motion is key.

There can be dramatic changes depending on the split second that the shutter button is engaged – shooting the same sequence twice will most likely yield different results – so there is an art to pressing the shutter button at the right moment.

But part of the charm here is that it is unpredictable. Until you look down at the LCD after the exposure you simply won’t know what you’re getting. But, the results are definitely worth it when the lighting, posing, and timing come together in harmony.

 

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Set The Exposure

Exposure is the starting point of this process. Take a couple of test shots with your camera set to manual, shutter speed at around 1 second, aperture to f/11 and ISO100. Close down the aperture to lower the ISO if the background is too bright.

 

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Control The Flash Count

Most speed lights enable you to set two strobo controls; the Hz (Hertz) setting controls the flashes-per-sec, and the flash count determines total flashes. With flash count 10 at 8 Hz, you’ll get 10 bursts over 0.8 secs. Dividing the Hz by the count will give you the shutter speed.

 

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Position The Light

You can illuminate the edge of the subject by placing the light behind the subject to one side. You’ll need to keep the effect from looking too muddled so this part of the process will enable you to emphasize the shape of the subject while still leaving the shadow areas.

 

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Flash Power

Your flash power will be lower the more flashed there are per second. You may need to bring the flash closer or adjust the exposure to compensate for the fact that higher Hz and higher flash counts mean lower output. Try increasing your ISO or opening up the aperture if it looks too dark.

 

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Fluid Posing

Try different poses with your subject as the results of strobo flash are unpredictable. Ask the subject to keep the body still and move the arms or have them move from one side to another. Fluid motion works best, as it means the various flashes will be more evenly spaced.

 

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Trial and Error

A stroboscopic session will involve its fair share of problem solving and messy misfires. It’s about finding unity between the positioning of the lights, the posing, and the number of flashes. Experiment with the number of flashes as things can often look very busy.

 

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Local Adjustments in Post

To enhance contrast and boost the exposure you can use Photoshop of Lightroom when editing the images. Bits of the pose may not have been caught by the flash so the adjustment brush is useful for lightening those areas. You can paint over the areas you want to enhance by setting up the tool with positive Exposure and Clarity.

 

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Convert to Mono

A black-and-white conversion is a great simplifier, so it’s definitely one to try out here. A stroboscopic effect can sometimes look too busy in colour. In Lightroom or Camera Raw, you can experiment with the different black-and-white presets in the Basic Panel.

 

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Try a Composite

It’s possible to combine several poses with a simple background. This is best done in Photoshop; you can drag and drop the three images into one document and position with the Move tool, then set the blend mode to Lighten, add a layer mask and paint with black to blend them together.

 

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Add Another Flash!

Why not add a second burst of flash? You could try syncing a second speed light with the first so that they both fire in unison, or alternatively pop it manually during the exposure. It adds extra light to one moment in the pose.

You can add shape and definition to your subject by adding an extra single burst, fired manually by pressing the ‘test’ button towards the end of your second-long exposure.

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Beauty in Simplicity

You don’t necessarily need to use top-of-the-line kit in order to capture brilliant photos. To help you inject some creative lighting into your portraits and still life shots here are some fantastic iPad photography hacks. It’s about having fun with your photos by using cheap photography project ideas.

There is a brilliantly versatile little softbox that you are carrying around in your backpack. For illuminating still life images and portraits your tablet or laptop can easily be converted into a light source which makes it more useful than just for editing and sharing photos. Heavy lighting systems are expensive to this portable and cheaper alternative.

In the same way as a softbox does you can use your tablet or laptop screen as a light source opening up to a white screen such as Softbox Pro or even Microsoft Paint and using these programs in a darkened room they will put out a lot of light. To instantly customize the effect with colours and shapes you can choose new backgrounds which is what is so great about a digital lighting system.

 

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Light Source

Using your tablet as a light source we’ll look at a number of different set ups and techniques that you can exploit. Softboxes can light the faces of subjects when shooting portraits and you can get striking results by creating unusual catchlights when experiment with shapes. Food and product shots in the still life setting can also be enhanced by using the simplicity of the tablet light. For really creative photos you can add patterned backgrounds, play with cross-polarisation, or paint with light.

 

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Proper Support

You need to choose your settings carefully as even though tablets and laptops produce lovely soft light there’s not very much of it. Without having to worry about the shutter speed you should choose whatever aperture you need to make the composition work and mounting the camera on a tripod will enable you to do this.

However, because your subject won’t be able to stay still long enough for long exposures you’ll need to increase the ISO if you’re shooting portraits. For example, if using an 18-55mm kit lens at maximum aperture of f/5.6 at maximum zoom setting then an ISO of 1600 will yield shutter speeds in the region of 1/15 sec to 1/30 sec at f/5.6.

 

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Light A Portrait

So that the tablet light is the only thing illuminating your model you’ll need to shoot in a darkened room for this particular technique. To compensate for the low light pick a high ISO and use a tripod for stability. Create a shallow depth of field with an aperture of f/5.6 and use a shutter speed of 1/15 sec. To get a desirable effect adjust the angle setting your tablet at an angle to the model’s face. Laptop screens will work just as well for this technique.

 

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Catchlights

This attractive effect looks like a clever Photoshop trick, but it’s actually very simple to do. To reflect a shape in the catchlight of your model’s eyes load a white shape against a black background onto your screen and use this to light the model’s face. Portraits are the best medium for this to work well. For a striking close-up use a macro lens at f/2.8 to focus on the model’s eye.

 

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Use Live View Focus

Because you need to be sure the key area of your subject is sharp and because there’s not much depth of field it’s important to focus carefully when shooting close-ups. The most accurate method is Live View mode because it uses the image actually captured by the sensor to focus. The focus square should turn green when you half-press the shutter button as the camera focuses on that point after moving the square focus area to the desired part of the picture. However, even a tiny change in the position will change the focus so it’s essential that the camera is on a tripod when you’re setting this up. Live View autofocus is slower than the normal method so you need to be patient.

 

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Light A Still Life

Bright, natural light make still life arrangements, especially food, look a lot better when shot. For even lighting a clamshell arrangement of your tablet or laptop can create a great effect. Using a tripod to get down to the level of what you’re shooting you can then set up the position of your screens on either side of your subject. Being careful to compose the shot so that your screen aren’t in view the angled tablets will give an even light.

 

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Macro Backdrop

If your close-ups lack a certain punch they’ll instantly look much more striking if you position them against a brightly coloured background. If you’re using a shallow depth of field the tablet screen will be slightly out of focus and it won’t be so obvious that it’s not a real background. Using your tablet means you can choose any backdrop, texture or color you like to complement your subject.

 

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Cross Polarisation

Cross polarisation is very easy to do with a tablet and it is a technique that looks impressive. All you need is a polarising filter fitted to your camera, since, unlike other light sources, such as a lightbox, a computer screen is already polarised, so the screen and your attachment will interact to cross-polarise the final image. Place a clear plastic object on your tablet’s screen and position your camera directly overhead using a tripod, then rotate the filter and see what futuristic effects you can create.

 

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Paint With Light

By painting with a moving light source you can illuminate a still life. A torch app downloaded onto your tablet can replace the more traditional method of using a flashlight. Making sure the room is dark set a long exposure of about 5 seconds then press your camera’s shutter button using the beam of light to paint around the object. You can either use the light to illuminate part of the scene or simply draw around the shape. The light will be brighter in the shot according to the slower you move the light.

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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...

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...

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...

Who needs a photo education anyway?

Is it really worth paying to learn to be a better photographer? ”Sixteen hundred kroner!” So cried the partner of one my clients recently when she found out what he was paying me to teach him. More than once this week the conversation has turned towards education....

The Day I Lost £6,000

How a brand new camera holster helped ruin my life for 48hrs People ask me, on a regular basis, whether I’m happy living in Copenhagen. It’s an easy answer: yes, of course. Then they ask me why. Again, this isn’t difficult to explain, as there are so many reasons. But...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 -...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...