Snapshot of the Week – 01/04/2019

Staticshot Photography is Registered

Back on the 28th March, I bit the bullet and processed my details to the HMRC website and registered myself as a Sole Trader.
Sticking with the business name of Staticshot Photography, I’m pleased to say everything has now been confirmed and signed off.
A letter came through the 5th April to confirm my unique taxpayer reference which means that I am now able to sell my services.

All that’s left me to arrange is a business bank account or an arrangement within my sole account to separate the tax and income.
Finally I need to organise the public liability and indemnity insurance before I start working with the public.

The business setup is moving forward at a nice pace.

EQF Professional Diploma in Photography – Module Passed

As part of my practical development within the photography industry, I’m currently taking a EQF Professional Diploma in Photography.
The course is helping me to understand the fundamentals of photography and also helps to show potential customers that I have taken the time to learn some of the theory too.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve completed the first module which covers the background in photography, Camera Functions & Lenses, Motion & Depth of Field, Composition Techniques, Lighting Techniques, Fully Manual Mode and The Digital Image.
I passed this module with a distinction which is a really positive start to the course.

You can click here to see what is contained within each of the modules

A Little Reading

With pay day finally here, I decided to treat myself to a couple of books to build up my photography reference library.
I wanted to spend my money on material that would help in the areas of photography that I’m interested in breaking into as well as some business guidance in the field of photography.

After a little research online, I came across the selection below which comes highly rated.
Being the thrifty person that I am, I bought each of the titles second hand and managed to get hold of all three for £15.

Pet Photography Now!: A Fresh Approach to Photographing Animal Companions

Pet Photography Now!For animal lovers the world over, a pet is like an extra family member, but trying to photograph them is an incredibly challenging exercise. Pet Photography Now! makes things easier, showing professionals and amateurs alike how to get the best from their subject, no matter if it comes wrapped in fur, feathers, or scales. A noted professional in the field, Paul Walker is well placed to offer practical advice on locations, viewpoints and posing; how to make your subject behave for the camera; and which camera settings to use to get the best results. A chapter devoted to post-production, including step-by-step Photoshop workthroughs, shows you how to optimise your images to produce stunning prints of your favourite pet portraits.

Wedding Photography

Wedding PhotographyWhether you are planning to take up wedding photography professionally, or have been given the role of photographer at a friend or relative s big day, this is the book for you with its fantastic tips and comprehensive advice. It is packed with expert advice from acclaimed portrait and wedding photographer, Mark Cleghorn. Inside you will find comprehensive information on choosing equipment, plus all the key photographic techniques, both basic and advanced, fully and clearly explained. There are also plenty of suggestions as to what to capture before, during and after the ceremony and how to go about it, plus what to do post production.

Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded

Fast Track PhotographerThis empowering book by popular photographer and speaker Dane Sanders inspires working photographers and other creative people to define their commercial identity based on personality, raw abilities and circumstances, then enables them to devise a foolproof plan for a more fulfilling, recession-proof approach to the business. Previously sold as a self-published book targeting solely wedding photographers, this revised and updated edition applies to all photographers, in all genres.

A Photoshop Taster

This Thursday saw my starting my first official Photoshop lesson through Shaw Academy – An Online course provider.

The course came up as part of an O2 Priority freebie and means that I can work through the entirety of the Beginners guide to Photoshop for free.
It’s an 8 week course complete with live presentations, quizzes and assignments.

My first lesson consisted of an introduction to the visuals of Photoshop, a piece on spot healing, selective healing, layers and hue\saturation for both colour\ black & white pictures.

I expected things to be pretty tough but was surprised by the ease at which you can do many of the professional looking changes in less than 30 seconds.
Even better is that I’m already digging out some of my older and unappealing photos in order to make some changes – The results speak for themselves.

This example is a landscape photo that I took in Romilly Park, Barry.
Whilst it looks pleasing to the eye, the washed out lighting and colouration meant that it wasn’t ideal as a photograph in its own right.

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But with a little tweaking of the hues, I was able to change an ordinary autumnal photograph into something that really stands, offering some gloomy and unusual colour.

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The first lesson alone was enough to really get the creative juices flowing, but just seeing what I was able to produce so quickly after the new lesson has given me a new-found confidence not only in the photography field but now in the world of Photoshop.

Lets see what the next couple of weeks bring to the table.

 

Thanks To My New Followers

Thanks to everyone who accepted my cheeky request to pop by and give my page a like.

Photography was something that I studied in University and I always had big plans to get out there in the hope of making a career out of my hobby and education.
Unfortunately it was around this time that my anxiety & depression issues stepped in.
I found it impossible taking my (then) camera out due to what I thought people would think of me as a person and the photos that I have taken.
This led to a total photographers block and that hobby was game-over.

Now that I’m older, wiser and more in control of my anxieties, I feel like I’m better equipped to take on the challenge again.
One of the biggest changes being that I’ve learnt not to worry about what other people think and just to get on with the things that I love doing – period!

Getting back into photography allows me to work on something personal to me and creative.
I’m really into the nature, landscape and abstract side of things so expect to see copious amounts of greenery, experimentation and more of my favourite subjects.

I’ve started adding photos from my much, much earlier days and aim to bring this up to date with my current trend of ideas and photos.

Your support alone, by liking the page, is hugely appreciated and helps me to confirm that I am making the right choice about getting back into photography!

You can support me by sharing and liking my photos – generally helping me get these likes up and my name out there.

Thanks again everyone, let’s see what this project brings!