Friday, January 27, 2012

Invest On Your Equipment

Kit sets admittedly have their limitations. If you feel that you are technically knowledgeable enough, but are bound by your equipment and not achieving the results you want, maybe it is time to invest on new photography gear. There are many things to consider before adding gadgets to your arsenal, like: What are your needs? What do you want to achieve? Are you using it for your profession, or for hobby? How much are you willing to spend?

Lenses are usually the biggest investment on your set. You may want a recap of our article on camera lenses (http://photography-essentials.blogspot.com/2011/11/camera-lens-type.html) to help you decide which lens you want, depending on the purpose. You can buy the same brand lens as your camera body, but there are also third party lenses which are usually cheaper.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Join Photography Workshops and Classes

If you want to have more hands on, interactive learning experience, then photography workshops and classes are suitable for you. There are some things that can only be learned by participating in workshops. For instance, professional photographers with many years of industry experience are usually the ones conducting workshops. They can provide valuable tips, critiqques and guides based on their industry experience. Let’s say you want to know the settings of a particular shot, they can advise and explain to you on the spot. More importantly, photography workshops also conduct photoshoots guided by mentors, which could be a rich learning experience. These photoshoots are also great opportunities to build your portfolio. Photography workshops also provide good opportunities to network with co- hobbyists and professionals. There are many different levels of photography workshops; just choose the one which suits you. There are workshops for beginners, and there are more specialized workshops like for nature, travel, portraiture, wedding, and so on.

Some of the organizations / institutions which provide photography workshops offered in the Philippines are as follows:

1.       Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI) – http://pcci.com.ph
2.       Photoworld Manila – http://photoworldmanila.com
3.       Purpose Driven Photographer – http://purposedrivenphotographer.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photography Communities

Online communities are a good way to interact with fellow photographers. Here are some famous sites for your review, but don’t be tied to this list! There are a lot more out there, just explore to find the community where you think you fit best!

1.    Flickr (http://flickr.com)
Flickr is an online community which hosts pictures and videos. One of the things I like about Flickr is that they have Groups for people with similar interests. Let’s say a group for Canon users, or a group for travel photographers. Members can use the Group function to communicate with like minded peers and exchange tips via discussion forums. They can submit their photos on the groups to attract views and comments, which can be helpful in improving your photography skills.

2.    JPG Mag (http://jpgmag.com)
JPG is an online community where photographers from around the world can share their photos and interact with other enthusiasts. There are also regular challenges, contests, and themes you can participate in. They also do a weekly feature on noteworthy members via voting! JPG is also rich in inspiring and informative articles, just look under the Stories section.

3.    deviantART  (http://deviantart.com) and Tumblr (http://tumblr.com)
Although deviantART and Tumblr are not technically online communities solely dedicated to Photography, many photographers also utilize these sites to showcase their works.

These communities are also great for building your portfolio, promoting exposure and expanding your network by meeting new people!