Paul Herrman (Redeye – the photography network) and a panel from across the image-making industry will come together to give quick-fire advice to those who have just graduated. Panel: Sarah Fisher (Executive Director, Open Eye Gallery), Lauren Scott (Editor, Digital Photographer), Alex Robbins (multi-award winning pet photographer).
30 Sec Recap:
Consider your values – think about what is important to you. Working as a value driven photographer you may not be rich but you will be fulfilled. The rewards for working with what you are passionate about are great.
Make a living and make a change. You can practice whats important to you and make money, i.e. wedding photography = money, personal projects = you.
Put ‘you’ into your work. Your personality will shine thorough and often getting work is as much about you and your personality and passion as it is about your photography.
Adapt – covid has shown the importance of adapting to change. Many students graduate with a good idea of where they want to go but the most successful are often those that adapt to try different things.
Always try something. A lot wont work. Don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t be afraid of consequences or looking silly.
Research. Can be as simple as talking through ideas. Research the context of the direction you want to go in. Make sure when approaching a gallery / client/ etc you’re a good fit and that there is already an interest in your type of work.
Network and collaborate. Work out who you want to work with, be it clients, or other photographers etc. Market yourself and your ideas. You are your brand, show your interest. Support others and create networks. You’ll get growth, feedback and introductions. Work together to get all your work seen.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with pressure or worry about others’ progression. Break goals down to manageable tasks and just keep moving. Do lots of small steps for big movement.
Can take a long time to find your stride. This is a game for life. Enjoy the journey, there is no finish line.
BE UNIQUE – SEEING THINGS DIFFERNTLY TO OTHERS
“Better known as @Levanterman, Nige is known for his striking, vibrant and often unusual city images. In this session he discusses how he uses architecture and the lines of buildings and trees to create really good compositions. Often capturing landmarks and common urban features from new angles that others don’t see, he’ll explain how to make your work unique by looking for something unusual.”
30 sec recap:
Experiment with filters. ND Filters to reduce glare and reflections. Keep them clean and if you use a Lee Filter use the Lee Filter App to help work out exposure times based on the filter you’re using.
TIMELAPSE – Conditions will vary hugely throughout the shoot. Plan accordingly. Experiment with settings, timings and filters. Plan ahead and consider outside factors as well as plan bs for things like weather.
LONG EXPOSURE – Filters often help, creating smoother blue. Foreground blur is distracting in an image so be careful.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – “Non-static composition”. The moment is just as important as the composition. Every day will be different even in the same spot. Don’t be afraid to use your phone if that’s what’s to hand. Look at traffic light sequences and use them to help plan your shot.
COMPOSITION – Look for your leading lines. Allow eyes to explore the image. Look for unexpected angles to create interest. Look for natural framing. Symmetry can be interesting, especially if unexpected. Dutch Angle / Dutch Tilt, rotate your photo for a new perspective.
“It’s your preference, It’s all for fun”.
I have a long list of other talks saved to consume at leisure over the coming weeks which I hope will help my work and my business: