Posts tagged ‘learning’

July 28, 2010

Some waffle loosely related to freelance work..

I am trying to crack my way into the freelance world, man it’s hard. I have been doing free photography work since I graduated university in an attempt to build up a decent portfolio. In one year I have had 6 homes and 5 jobs, it’s been exhausting. Its hard to focus on getting my photography work going when the rest of my life seemed to be constantly changing, not many things have been consistent recently.  And now I’m missing my one consistent.

Mid August I have been given the chance to shoot a wedding in Nottingham, paid! This will be my first paid photography job, and I’m hoping that from this I found something I am really good at and it will take me to where I want to be. I have never been really talented at one thing, or even many things. So perhaps this will be it? I always imagine that at some point, something will click and things will fall into place and I can build a name and build myself into a brand.

I’ve seen what other people I graduated with have achieved and comparing myself to some of them I don’t feel I have done as well. That’s a habit of mine, comparing myself. Not just in photography, with most things, trying to see if how I can make myself a better person, from the things I know, to how I look. But I guess this can be a hindrance as well a positive.

So I am going forward now to make a name for myself as a photographer, wish me luck!

PS: If anyone has any work or opportunities, please contact me! 🙂

June 24, 2010

Point & Shoot

Cameras are one of the most powerful and accessible tools we have today. There are even ‘indestructible’ cameras for children as young as three, if they can take photos, anyone can.

The biggest problem with having a camera is not using, or not using it properly. We have two extremes, those who capture every second of every day and plaster it on Facebook for the world to see instantly. Then we have those that keep their camera in its little camera bag, all nice, safe and snug in their bottom drawer. Which is worse?

Once we’ve managed to get the camera unplugged from the computer or out of that bottom drawer. How many of us take the camera off auto? The camera is powerful tool even on auto, so imagine what it can do when you are in control of it. Using a camera on auto is like driving a car in 1st gear all your life.

Auto tells the camera the best settings to use to capture the scene in front of the lens. That’s it. Everyone see’s the world differently and interprets what’s in front of them in their own individual way, so should your camera.

Learning how to use your camera needn’t be a daunting task that you put off. Turn that dial on your camera to the scary ‘m’ for manual and play with it. Change the other dials, even if you don’t know what they do, watch what happens and then change them again. Try taking photos lying on the floor, jump up and down on your bed, take a photo in pitch black with no flash and see what happens.

Of course when you actually understand what these settings mean and do, you can then unlock the potential of yourself and your camera.

Going on a photography course is an excellent way to get you up and running with your camera, without going back to school. Photography is hands-on in, creative and fun. Like everything in life, it’s what you make it. We make it a fantastic experience to learn with carefully chosen professional photographers who teach in a practical and interactive way, making you a skilled photographer. Your Facebook photos will never look so good.

Red Cloud Photography Days run courses from beginner to advanced to specialised days in London, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol & Birmingham.

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