Remembering Your Worth

Remembering Your Worth

Ahhh, the age old question of pricing in professional photography! Thanks to Lisa Robinson for a thought-provoking post on the subject.

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One of the toughest things to learn in the photography industry is to learn how to value yourself. Going through art and photography school it was practically blasphemous to even hint at turning your work into profit and would surely get you dirty looks, low marks, and the wrath of the department chair. “You should be doing your work from your heart, not your wallet” they said. Well, I don’t subscribe to the “Starving Artist” theory. I believe photographers have a talent for image making that the general population does not have, and just like every other unique skill set, I believe we deserve to be compensated for it.

The first few years of being in business I struggled with pricing. I felt I hadn’t “earned” the ability to charge a certain amount because I didn’t have a large enough portfolio. I thought that the prices I charged, logically made…

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Guyer Photography | Getting the Chimp Off Your Back

Came across Guyer Photography this morning while doing some research and checked out Jeff’s blog.  Among many other gems I found this post and had to share.  What a novel idea…might have to give it a go and see how we get on.  Guyer Photography | Getting the Chimp Off Your Back.

How to Create Bokeh

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I’m often asked about bokeh (which has a myriad of pronunciations  — boʊkɛ / boh-kay / boh-kə).  The word originates from the Japanese word boke, which means “blur” or “haze.” It is essentially the aesthetic quality of the blur in an out of focus area of a photo.  This is generally done to create a pleasant framing for a subject where the background is thrown out of focus and the subject becomes more pronounced.


The goal is to create a background that is pleasing.  The goal is to push the scene far enough so that the distracting elements are removed.  Bokeh usually appears in the brighter areas of a scene that fall outside of the region that is in focus. However, bokeh can appear at all tonal values.

The easiest way to create bokeh is to use a fast lens.  That’s to say one that is capable of shooting at a wide Aperture.  The…

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The Nine Hundred Dollar iPhone Photo

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I’m not going to say that we flew down to Florida to get a picture, because we didn’t.  We flew down to Florida to see my grandfather, who is 94-years-old and my son’s only living great-grandparent.  All my own great-grandparents passed away long before I was born, as did my husband’s great-grandparents.  So I’m not saying that we flew down to Florida to take a picture, but I’m admitting we wanted one.  A photograph of four generations, all alive at the same time.  Proof that it had happened.  Me, my son, my father, and his father.

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My grandfather got sick nine months ago.  Up until then he had been more or less fine, just old.  He puttered along, talking to people and pondering things.  Trimming his nosehairs and fixing his glasses with tape when they broke.  He had continued at his hobbies.  Yes, he told a lot…

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How We Can All Learn from the Creativity of a Child

Out of the mouths of babes…sometimes we are so blinded by life that we lose sight of things or let it stunt our growth.
Check out this story, very inspiring.

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She’s my 7-year-old and her world is a fascinating place.  Her daily needs are simple; food, sleep and adventure.  Her notebook is full of friendly monster doodles and has a clockwork morning report of her nightly dreams.  In one particular instance, she woke to tell me that she dreamt that she could fly.  And she had a simple request.  She wanted to do a photoshoot of her dream.

Now, you can guess what I did next.  I looked down on my abilities to fulfill her photoshoot request. I told her that I didn’t know how to do that,  that I hadn’t taken photos for a while, that I wasn’t good enough or that it would be too hard.  I thought about my equipment and how my camera was old and I didn’t have the right lens. Excuse after excuse after excuse. She was sad and utterly confused.  But she did…

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Creative Uses for a Wide Angle Lens

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now and seeing this post has reignited my resolve to buy a decent wide angle lens and get creating.

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This is a guest post by Thomas Shue –
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I know that most of you have heard of the wide angle lens before. And also know that most of you think the wide angle lens is meant to take pictures of a wide piece of real estate such as a landscape photograph.  Well you can certainly use a wide angle lens for that purpose, but in most cases the landscape will look flat and lack detail because everything will appear so far away.

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You see, when you think wide angle, you should to think close up. That’s a strange way of thinking, but I promise when you start to use a wide angle lens up close, you will find that this is where the magic happens. A word of warning, if you shoot close up on a person, you will distort them. Noses will become bulbous…

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