Monthly Archives: March 2010

7 Things Photographers Should Never Do

Light Stalking has an interesting twist for offering advice to photographers — things you shouldn’t do rather than things you should do. Three of my favorites are “Don’t be afraid to ask for help”, “Don’t assume your way is the best way”, and “Don’t ever stop learning”.

I guess if I could add one point to the list, I would say “Don’t be so serious”. Photography is fun, interesting, and exciting. Most of us got into it because of one or more of those reasons. If you’ve turned into the cynical job-hating photographer always wearing your grumpy face, why are you still shooting?

Any other tips for things that photographers shouldn’t do?

The Photojojo Guide to Slow Photography

[...] in general, the goal of Slow Photography is to capture photos that celebrate the passage of time. You can do that by taking photos that show time passing, like the long-exposed streak of a train across the plains; or you can spend a long time preparing to snap your shutter, such as the ornithologist who waits for four hours to glimpse a yellow-bellied sapsucker.

This one is a good little introductory article to long exposure photography, full of ideas and inspiration. The main points are portraits, landscapes, and macros. And the tips for each point are directed toward capturing long exposures in those given situations.

With the cheap fast lenses available today, it’s easy to ignore this area of your shutter speed setting. If you haven’t done so yet, maybe get out there and try your hand at it.

Do we have any long exposure fans in the crowd? Do you guys have additional tips? Or perhaps some cool photos to share in the comments?

Sponsors for February 2010

Another “thank you” to the sponsors for the month of February. These folks provide the funds to keep the site running, and they provide services and products that are useful to photographers. So here’s the line-up this month:

Online Photography Courses

Proud Photography

Proud Photography hosts an online photography school, currently with two offered courses: Interactive Online Photography Course and The Expert Wedding Photographer. You can also read my brief review of Proud Photography here.

Epic Edits also pulls in some residual from Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates, and various other affiliate programs. Those are helpful to fill in the empty spaces and I appreciate it when any of you pitch in through those avenues.

Some of you will recall that I added a member to the Epic Edits team for the position of ad manager. Well… unfortunately, unforeseen events (not at the fault of Randy or myself) caused that partnership to dissolve. It’s too bad, really. He was just getting settled in, but Randy runs his own business and he had to part ways in order to look after his main revenue generator.

So… I’m not sure what to do with the ad manager thing at the moment. I should just do it myself, but I don’t have the bandwidth. If anybody out there was considering the position, feel free to contact me. And if you need a little monetary inspiration, this position (right now) could pay out over $500/month for less than 20 hours of work/month.

[UPDATE 2010-03-29] The open position has been filled.