100 Photography Tips for Beginners

One of the many photography sites I visit nearly daily is EricKimPhotography, usually on Facebook.  And this post bears spreading far and wide.  He’s just put together a list of 100 photography tips he wishes he’d known when he started off in photography.  None of the tips in his list are “rules”–only suggestions.  Worth a read, for sure!  Have a look <here>.

Submitted 20th September by Cliff Harvey


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Get to Work

Zack Arias is an Atlanta-based “people” photographer and placed in the world’s top 10 of current commercial photographers. He used to be known as “One Light Arias” due to working with (and only able to afford) one speedlight for his professional come-back. His lectures encouraged students to get the most out of very simple gear. His downloadable video training course One Light 2 is affordable and well worth every penny when you want to learn about lighting. He is considered to be one of the best teachers around.



I read, well, a lot..!  Mostly about photography; who’s doing what, how they’re doing it, looking for inspiration, etc.  One of the people I follow is Eric Kim.  And recently, while trying to decide what ‘project’ to undertake now, I found his blog entry about just the way to think about such a thing.  Eric says “I feel one of the best ways to stay inspired and motivated with your photography is to focus on a project. To take lots of random photos of anything and everything often leads to a body of work that is cluttered, un-focused, and uninteresting.”  Read more about how to create your own personal project <here>.

Submitted 26th July 2016 by Cliff Harvey


In the PictureCorrect blog I subscribe to, Daniel Johnson says “Photography can be a fun and exciting activity for all who have a passionate interest in learning some of the fundamentals of the use of their camera. I have done photography from the time I was perhaps five or six years old watching my father shoot then do his own black and white darkroom work in which I participated in, on a regular basis. I am a Photographer and Illustrator and have a keen interest in the medium from both a business and a teaching standpoint.”  Read his advice <here>.

Submitted 16th April by Cliff Harvey

4 Questions to Help You Discover Your Photographic Style…!

First a bit about the author of this piece of information…

Stephanie Rose lives in Central, Illinois, is married to her best friend, Ryan, and enjoys the company of her rambunctious lab-beagle pup, Kit. She’s the owner of Green Tree Media, and is passionate about photography.  She offers…

“If you’re new to the world of photography, you may hear other photographers talk about their photographic style quite a bit.  But what does this mean and how do you find your own style?  I’m sure you’ve heard of photojournalism (shooting moments with no posing), traditional photography (completely posed), and lifestyle photography (which is a blend of the two).  But a photographer’s true style is more than just a description of his or her shooting method.  Below are four questions you can ask yourself to help pinpoint your style.

What do you like to shoot?

This can sometimes take awhile to discover, especially if you’re new to photography.  Most photographers discover that there is one subject in particular that they really enjoy shooting more than any other.  Sometimes that’s weddings or newborns, or maybe it’s kids and families.  Whatever you prefer to document directly affects your style.  The way you photograph kids is probably completely different from how you would document a bride and groom.  So knowing this can prove to be a huge indicator of your style.

Where do you like to shoot?

Though this may not seem like a contributing factor to your style, it can play a role in the look and feel of your images.  For example, I love shooting outdoors, preferably in a park, forest, or reserve.  Somewhere beautiful and natural.  But one of my good friends loves to shoot in grungy, dirty, dilapidated areas.  The locations she likes to shoot, coupled with the grunge overlays she adds to her portraits, sets her style apart from my more natural, pretty, and soft artwork.

How do you like to shoot?

This is a two-fold question really.  How you shoot can involve your equipment.  Do you shoot digital or film?  Natural light or strobes?  All of these play into your style.  Another way to look at this question is to determine if you prefer more traditional portraiture with heavy posing or more candid moments.  These are two very different shooting styles, and they play a huge role in defining your style.

What moves you?

I’m sure you’ve looked at other photographers’ work.  When you see an image that stirs your soul and makes your heart flutter, what is it you like about it?  Are you drawn toward intimate moments?  Maybe tight crops of eyes or thoughtful looks from kids leave you in awe.  Maybe you love black and white imagery or maybe instead it’s richly colored images that leave you inspired.  Whatever it is that moves you and fills your soul with passion, that, is the biggest part of your style.  Learn it.  Embrace it.  Harness it.  And then express it in your own work.”

Submitted 24th March 2016 by Cliff Harvey