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Professional Photography – Starting Small

Many amateurs wonder if they will ever make it in to the big wide professional world of photography, and to be perfectly honest…. if you have a good eye and take nice shots, I don’t think there is any thing that should stop you. 

For example let me tell you my story. I am still very early days yet, but it is a venture I am enjoying. 

At the age of 33 I had my first ever decent camera, I instantly fell in love with it. To be honest the poor thing was wasted on taking pictures of my kids, and items I needed to list on eBay, I used the auto setting ALL the time. I didn’t have a single clue about F stops, and Iso settings, and to be truthful I am still learning now. I got a little fed up of not knowing how to work it better, and little did I know the next step of my playing would be the step that has taught me so much. 

18 Months ago, I started a 365 project. I looked into it and researched what would be the best way to do it and the best way to challenge myself. How could I use it to learn more about my camera, how could I learn more so I stopped using the Auto function as much (Lets be honest, when you have kids running in all directions, Auto is sometimes the only option) I found that the most useful way was to set themes. Something different for each week. Not only would this keep things interesting, but it would allow me to try different styles of photography I may have not thought of before. 

Let the word inspire you

Let the world inspire you

Other people found it interesting and decided to join in too. Some like myself found that they not only had the love for photography, but actually, they are pretty good at it too. 

So we tried themes like landscapes, flowers, still life, portraits, street & even stock photography. Exploring rules of thirds, lead in lines, depth of field and loads of other different jargons we had no idea of at the start of the venture. 

Castle in the Distance... Can you see it?

Castle in the Distance… Can you see it?

Fast forward now to today. I have done a couple of wedding shoots for friends, and have a few booked up ready too. The part I found hardest was “Am I any good?” its all good taking pictures yourself and your dad saying how fabulous they are, but what about if you are really any good? Would your friends be happy with your photos or will you have let them down for their special day. The pressure you can put on yourself is huge. The other question is “Do I charge?, If I charge, how much shall I charge?” personally, I have done the couple of weddings so far for free. This is to help me know if its an area I would like to pursue one day, or whether I have what it takes to organise, and mingle with strangers for a whole day. Also, if things go terribly wrong and you only end up with 5 decent pictures, at least you hahaven’tipped your friends off for a couple of 100 quid and lost a friendship over it. Always express you are not a pro, but you will try for them. There are lots of couples that simply cant afford a photographer, and if one of these couples are friends then it might be worth asking if you can take the pics for them. 

Sometimes you get GREAT shots

Sometimes you get GREAT shots

My 2nd bit of how to start is…. take pictures of other peoples children, with permission of course… LOL please always make sure the parents are present. Its all good taking pictures of your own kids, you can threaten them with an early bed, or lose out on the xbox if they don’t sit still, or just so I can take one more shot. Other peoples kids are unpredictable, and you cant threaten them either…. Damn !!! Again, start for free to see if it is something you want to do. 

Most important, listen. Listen to the feedback. Listen to the friends of friends when they see your pictures. Those are the ones that don’t care if they hurt your feelings. If its a crap picture, you can bet your ass they will be the ones to say so. And trust me, you will take some crap ones…. but don’t show those ones to the client 😉 

Obviously you wont stay free forever, but don’t jump straight in and expect to be earning £1000 every weekend. Photography is a hard enough skill to learn, and even harder still earning a reputation that matches the pictures too. Start small and build your reputation, if you are worth paying for, people will. 

Experiment with portraits

Experiment with portraits

Photos By the Seaside

What does a photographer do when they go to the seaside with the family?

Of course we take advantage of being in a different location to try new things, and new scenes. I am the first to admit, my landscape pictures are my handicap when it comes to the basic photography groups. But part of that may simply be down to the fact I dont really go anywhere with an interesting enough view.

So here are a couple of my shots from a couple of trips to the seaside with the family.

Pebbled Beaches - I love the tones and colours in this one

Pebbled Beaches – I love the tones and colours in this one

 

Castle in the Distance... Can you see it?

Castle in the Distance… Can you see it?

I then tried some wave shots. I love the movement of the sea. I could watch the sea for hours.

I wanted to catch the still shot of the sea, no long exposures (which is something I am still working on) so nice quick shutter speeds.

Crashing - Well, a British style of crashing waves. I would love to see some waves from around the world

Crashing – Well, a British style of crashing waves. I would love to see some waves from around the world

 

Curl - OK not big enough to surf on, but still cool

Curl – OK not big enough to surf on, but still cool

 

And of course, I didnt completely ignore the family. I do take photos of them too

Picking Shells - 2 & 6 on the beach

Picking Shells – 2 & 6 on the beach

 

A Girls Hero is her Daddy

A Girls Hero is her Daddy

 

 

*All photos are my own and should not be copied, cropped or reproduced without my permission.
If you wish to purchase a specific picture please contact me though sales@rillyroos.co.uk

Thank you

Photo Scrabble

One of my little photo faves at the moment is playing with Scrabble tiles.

They are so versatile (no pun intended)

Here are some examples of my Photo Scrabbles

Inspire

Inspire

Families Love

Families Love

 

And my personal favourite ….

 

RillyRoos eBay ;)

RillyRoos eBay 😉

 

 

 

The Difference Between Copying, and Inspiring

Have you ever seen a photo and thought how beautiful it is and then tried to recreate it? I have seen some fabulous Pinterest fails about this topic and although they are humorous fails, you cant blame them for trying it.

In our 365 group we did something similar, it wasnt planned that we would all try the same picture, its just how it worked out. Once one did it, another did it and then another. I wanted to show you the difference between copying and being inspired. In my opinion, copying is when you try to exactly recreate the scene or simply stealing it, and being inspired is still giving credit to the original artist and adding your own flair into the mix.

Here is the original from Cool Ideas on Facebook

Original From Cool Ideas

Original From Cool Ideas

A pretty, classy, simple shot. Christmassy & warm.

This is my twist, when I came to do it, I had no candles and my baubles were too big… (you can find my facebook Photography page at Rillys Photography )

My Version

My Version

This next one is from a fabulous amateur photographer Dawn from Locor Images

Dawn - From Locor Images

Dawn – From Locor Images

This next one, is from Nicola (who has a fabulous Street photography blog based on commuters) Image of a Commuter

From Nicola

From Nicola

And this one, from a lovely friend of mine who has come on so much this year, is Amanda, she doesnt have a page yet, but as soon as she does I will add it so you can all see her wonderful work.

From Amanda

From Amanda

And finally, the last one is from Gaz at Madhat Photography, who has worked really hard this year trying to boost his portfolio, and does a lovely range of photographs

Gaz From Madhat Photography

Gaz From Madhat Photography

 

So as you can see, there are many different perceptions on just one photo. If you feel inspired, always give credit to the person that inspired you, they will feel flattered that you have seen their work and gone off to create your own. Never try to pass off an image as your own, someone out there whether they are a professional, an amateur or just someone with a lucky one off shot, they should have their work credited.

*This is not a sponsored post, all permissions to share photos were granted to RillyRoos.Net and should not be copied or passed off as your own, please visit individual pages to follow these photographers*

Newcomer into Street Photography

I really must share this awesome little blog. This is one of my friends that has been joining in with the Photo a Day challenge. She never realised how much she loved taking pictures, and never thought that she would actually even be any good at it on a serious level either.

When we did the Street Photography theme for a week, she was amazed at the world she sees every day while commuting too and from work. She captured some brilliant scenes, and has felt very inspired.

The name to watch for in this area of photography is Nicola Dawes, and this is her blog

Image of a Commuter

Have a look through, you will not be disappointed. And remember, you saw her here first 😉

Family No Theme Pics.

Just some gorgeous shots of my beautiful family.

Using some of the techniques learned from previous themes. Its amazing to see how much my photography has developed by just taking a photo a day (and somedays a lot more than 1)

This is 1.

This is 1.

 

This is 3. My Special Princess. Always grubbily perfect x

This is 3. My Special Princess. Always grubbily perfect x

 

3 being her usual cheeky self

3 being her usual cheeky self

 

BBB – Bloody Big Bee

Just snapping away in the garden, as you do when you are bored, then came along a huge huge bee. I swear it was the size of my thumb. I have never seen a bee so big in my life.

Last year I would have probably run away screaming like a girl, but this year, oh no, I am the pro photographer, straight in there with the camera, getting as close as Mr Nikon will allow me, chasing this mammoth of a bee.

 

BBB

BBB

And the Winner is..

Yey, my humble peas have recognition.
Well done to the 1st & 2nd place winners. They are both such fabulous pictures.

The Digital Lightroom

The third DLR photo competition prompted a huge response.  The standard was very high and it was difficult to come up with just 10 pictures for the shortlist but we did and it was then down to you.  As soon as the polls were open, votes started pouring in.  Hundreds of people chose to vote and we’re very grateful to you all.

First prize goes to Sorin Ifrim for his photograph Absence.

Absence by Sorin Ifrim

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Congratulations to Sorin.  He wins the Topaz bundle. You can see more of Sorin’s work here http://ifrimphotography.wordpress.com

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Second prize goes to Anna Lordi for her photograph Blazing

Blazing by Anna Lordi

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Anna wins a copy of Topaz Black and White Effects.  You can see more of Anna’s work here http://labambinacolpalloncino.wordpress.com/

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Third prize goes to Helen Boulton for her photograph Delicious Peas.

Delicious Peas by Helen Boulton

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Helen wins a copy of Topaz Simplify. You can see more of Helen’s work here www.rillyroos.net

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Congratulations once…

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Bubble Fun

I love taking pics of the kids when they have the bubbles out. But today I was more interested in taking pics of the actual bubbles.

Got some great light bokeh shots, aswell as a brilliant reflection one (Well I think it is.. LOL)

Bubbles.

Bubbles.

 

More Bubbles

More Bubbles

 

Reflections

Reflections