A great photograph is not an accident…

it is a picture that tells a story!

Lemonade From Lemons

Many times, photographers are asked to pull rabbits out of their hats, so to speak.  They are expected to get the definitive shot, of any given situation, at any given moment.  Usually because of limited budget and time constraints photographs are usually taken in a “now or never” scenario.

In the past, when dealing with film, the photographer had to get the best shot he could with the limitations at hand and hopefully the client would understand the predicament posed upon the photographer.

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Which Mode Do I Use?

One of the perplexing questions a photographer must ask himself is “What mode do I use for certain situations”,  especially a novice photographer.  In actuality, different modes can and should be used at different times, depending on the situation.  It helps to understand what the modes “do” and how they work.   Understanding the basic “physics” behind all of the camera controls is imperative.  Specifically, aperture and shutter speed.
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Bracketing

Bracketing is a technique that can salvage any image that you really need, as far as exposure is concerned.

As a photographer, your mission is to “Get the Shot” no matter what it takes.  After all, if you don’t, there’s not much reason to take the picture, is there?  So, get the picture!  That way, you and your client can reap the benefits of any image.

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Night Photography

Most photographers shoot 90% of their images in the daylight, however, sometimes they have to shoot at night.  Even for some professional photographers, night photography can be tricky.

Even without programs like Photoshop, there are a few basic tips that when applied to shooting night photography can get you very good results.

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Pre-visualization

Pre-visualization can be the best tool for a photographer.  Most people have heard of pre-visualization but few really know what it is.  Basically, it is the art of “seeing” your photograph BEFORE you shoot it.

Sometimes, it is a vision in your head that you want to duplicate or it can be the art of stepping into a room, sizing the environment up within moments, and know exactly how you’re going to shoot the picture.

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So, Who’s Photo Is It?

As a professional photographer, you own ALL of the images that you create.  When a client pays you for the photo session, they are only paying for the “Usage Rights” to that photograph.  This means that it is yours (the photographer) and the client gets to use the photograph in anyway, shape, or form unless otherwise granted or restricted by a contract between them and the photographer.

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Photographer’s Property

Photographers that deal with the public, that is, being paid to shoot photographs for a client for compensation, you will, at some point, run into “ownership” issues.

The issues involved can be a real roller coaster because there are a myriad of different scenarios that can encircle any job.  For instance, if it’s a print job, the fee can depend on what type of circulation the image will get (number of printed issues), the size of the image on the page, the placement of the image on the page, etc.  There are different factors depending on different jobs.

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