Tips and Advice on Photography and Videography by a Professional
A Day in the Life of Multimedia Productions
A great book on the basics of photography for beginners; a very popular book because the author doesn’t bore the beginner with pages of techniques or explanations, instead he keeps his descriptions short and to the point so its packed with tips and inspiration that is relevant for the beginner wishing to learn the best ways to take great photos with modern digital cameras.
Fancy Becoming a Budding or Professional Photographer
And Getting Involved With Professional Film Production
That's exactly what my son did when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in 'Broadcast Media' from Bath Spa University, England.
His friend also graduated from university and together they formed their own small Bristol based film making company.
The work's interesting and worthy to share in the event that it inspires and encourages others in becoming budding photographers who may wish to give it a go either as a keen amateur or a semi-professional; and if you're really keen perhaps make a go at becoming professional.
The showcases in this article includes photographic projects such as 'Beamish' and 'Bristol', an educational selection of old and antique cameras (some dating back to the turn of the 20th century) and photos of events such as 'Pride Week'.
Professional Photography and Film Making Videos in this article are all the work of my son and his company.
Showreel of Proper Job Productions; mentor and colour grader for the SPA Life TV productions showcased on this lens.
Camera Starter Kit
Great starter kit for a budding semi professional photographer.
A Kindle Edition for learning the Basics of Digital Photography and how to best use your DSLR camera to put you onto the road to becoming a great photographer.
Can You Make Money From Photography?
Yes But its Hard Graft and it Will Take Time to Establish Yourself
Making money from photography isn’t easy and will take time but can very rewarding. These days the business is very competitive and to establish yourself as a professional or semi-professional photographer first and for most you need the aptitude, commitment and sheer determination.
You also need to make a name for yourself, develop your own style, build up contacts, and have the occasional lucky break. It’s not a 9 to 5 job, you’ll need to work all hours, often unsocial hours; and these days spend just as much in post-production as in taking the photos in the first place.
No Job Should Be Too Small
In the beginning no job is too small, you’ll need to be prepared to take on any job, even if it’s not profitable, in order to build up your reputation and portfolio. And you never know where a job may take you, it might be that photo you take of your friends pet cat (done free as a favour) that gives you your lucky break e.g. their friend who runs a cattery business might see your photo and on the strength of it commissions you to take regular photos for their publicity magazine. As if life was that easy, but the point is you never know where or when these lucky breaks may come; the important thing is when an opportunity opens up, seize the moment and don’t miss your chance because that might be your golden rainbow to a bright and prosperous future; a once in a lifetime opportunity.
You Need More Than Just Luck
Besides talent, commitment, getting yourself known and a few lucky breaks here and there you’ll also need good equipment, and plenty of it; not just professional cameras and lenses and all the associated lighting equipment and filters but also these days a good multimedia PC with lots of storage space, proper editing software and a good Internet connection. Most professional photographers these days will tend to use an IMac Pro with Adobe Photoshop rather than struggling with second rate software on a medico PC. As I am writing this for my son I would like to add that the same standard of work can be done on a PC just as easily, but only if you invest in a proper multimedia PC which with proper investment is just as expensive as an iMac Pro. I mention this because some (like me) can’t adapt to an iMac so for people like us there are alternatives, but many people do use and love their iMacs and they in turn would be uncomfortable in using a PC; so the choice is yours.
Finding Your Niche
Unless you are an established photographer specialising in just one or two areas, such as wedding photographer or wildlife and nature photographer your work as a photographer can be wide ranging and varied, at least initially until you find your niche.
Below is a showcase of project my son worked on his first year as a professional, including voluntary work for Spa Life TV; which may help to give you a taste of the broad spectrum of projects a modern photographer can get involved with when starting out in the photographic world.
One of his recent projects gaining interest and showing promise is pet photography, although in working with animals you do need lots of patience and a good eye for opportunity shots, as animals are notorious in not co-operating.
Want To See More
View Proper Job Productions YouTube Channel or browse their website for more information.
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Proper Job Productions - Multimedia Productions specialising in Professional Photography, Pet Photography and Video Productions for Gigs, Weddings and Special Occasions. Proper Job productions providing a professional service at competitive prices.
- Proper Job Productions' photosets on Flickr
Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you
Pet PhotographyClick thumbnail to view full-size
A great guide to get started with taking great pet photography for photographers of any skill level; the 19 chapters in this book covers pet photography from beginner to advanced allowing you to skip to the appropriate section according to your own personal skill level in photography. The approach taken in the book is to have fun with photography although I am sure it can be adapted to more serious poses if desired. The chapters include topics on equipment, resolution, focus, composition, backgrounds, exposure, editing, cropping, and depth of field, shutter speed, flash and planning your shoot.
Professional Film Making Presented By Proper Job Productions
The Fun of Film Making on a Shoestring
During its start-up phase, Proper Job Productions started with professionally producing music videos of local gigs and bands predominantly for the YouTube market, and making other small film productions on a ‘shoestring’ budget; raising money for equipment hire and actors pay as necessary from donations and contributions. And during that time, supplemented their income by providing a professional photography service for local events and working as a professional pet photographer.
Two film scripts they worked on:-
- 'Wingmen', a local non-profit film project filmed in Bristol about the trials and tribulations of teenage life and the realities of going out on the pull; told from the perspectives of four characters.
- The second film project was about the friendship struck up between a German and British soldier across enemy lines during Christmas of 1914.
Below is the promo raising money video clip for the production of a local non-profit film project; Wingmen.
Photo Gallery of Local Bristol Bands and Gigs Filmed By PJPClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Local Bristol Band
Filmed in Bath by Proper Job Productions.
Photo Gallery of c1913 TransportClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photo Gallery of Durham Light InfantryClick thumbnail to view full-size
What Did You Do With Your Old Camera (Analogue to Digital)
When analogue cameras were replaced by digital camera did you throw away your old camera or did you keep it?
Photo Gallery of Old and Vintage CamerasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Spa Life TV
Bath Spa SU Video Showcase
While Richard was still at university finishing his degree both he and Nathan provided their voluntary services to help Spa Life TV. Spa Life TV (by Bath Spa SU) is a media arm of Spa Life run by the students for the students at Bath Spa University. All productions are made to a professional standard and broadcast in HD across the Internet via their YouTube Channel. Spa Life also runs their own Radio Station and Magazine.
Freshers Finished - SPA LIFE TV
This video was filmed during fresher's week and features many of the societies organised by the students in Bath Spa University; Extras shown following the credits.
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A popular book series covering the subject of Digital SLR photography; these books are ideal for any beginner or novice wishing to learn more of the basics and expand their knowledge skills to take great photos.