Photography Q&A with Davie Hudson

As part of the Ready Steady Pro Q&A Series we ask photographers from all backgrounds, niches and skill levels to answer 5 questions for the blog. This week, we hear from Davie Hudson of DavieHudsonPhotography.biz

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About Davie:

I’m a 43 year old landscape/outdoors lifestyle photographer from Dundee in Scotland. My weekdays are taken up being a Machine Shop supervisor though i hope to be fully pro in 2015.Having asked so many other guests these 5 questions, here are my own responses:

Question 1: What’s the one single thing that has had the largest positive impact on your photography so far?

A few years ago now i had a rare day off work and a new camera…. A fuji superzoom. As I had a full tank of petrol I decided to drive up the A9 towards Inverness to see what i could shoot. It was heading towards mid morning so a coffee was most definitely in order so i pulled into a layby, which on that road are all numbered, this being 76…. I turned my head to the left and the sight I saw changed my life forever and cemented my resolve to be a landscape photographer.

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Question 2: If you could start over again from scratch, what would be the one thing you would do differently?

At the moment I think everything is going well so no major mistakes have been made yet …. I would possibly have changed to digital sooner as film developing wasn’t my strongpoint.

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Question 3: Who is the most influential photographer to you, and why? (Or, Which photographer do you admire the most, and why?)

I have 2 really Ansel Adams and Peter Lik… Mr Adams because literally he is the boss, there is still to be anyone better at tonal contrast in B&W, coupled with the fact he had a true passion for his environment and that shows in his photographs. Peter Lik is a different kettle of fish all together… he is a bit hit and miss in that when he’s good he is amazing but he also has the ability to be average. What i most admire about him is his marketing acumen, he is a master of getting the most benefit from what he has.

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Question 4: If you able to give just one piece of advice to someone just starting out in their photographic career, what would it be?

Be you own quality control, never let anyone tell you what to like … If you like the picture and it means something to you then thats all you need. Also only ever show your best … we all have a pile of rubbish but no one EVER sees them.

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Question 5: Paint a picture: What is the one thing / place / person you would love to photograph and why? It can be a person or a moment from history. As part of this answer also tell us about what gear you’d use, what lighting, what looks, wardrobes, poses and expressions you’d make use.

I would love to photograph American National parks in Winter to capture the magnificence of Yosemite in the footsteps of Mr Adams. As for gear, you could give me a smart phone in that situation and I’d be happy.

If you want to know more about me, see my work, or get in touch I’m on pretty much everything on the web:

Website: www.daviehudsonphotography.biz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dundeedavie

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Podcast 15 – Gear for Photographers: What’s in our camera bags?

We’re back! Let’s get back into the swing of things with this really apt song!

It’s been far to long I know! But The Ready Steady Pro Photography Podcast is back! Episode 15 see’s us returning with a show recorded back in mind January. I was once again joined by the old guard (old as in they’ve been on the show before, not actually old) to talk about what gear we have in our bags. My guests for this episode include Rob Grimes, Lel Hurst, Neil Graham and Lee Jones.

Each of my guests today views the gear in their bags in a slightly different way and put emphasis on different items too. We talk about lenses and bodies, of course, but also other items and accessories you should have along with you on a wedding day. The subject of third party lenses comes up too when Rob touches on why he uses Sigma. I also ask my guests to talk about what items they easily could have done without when they first started and also to talk about the items they absolutely could not do without if push came to shove.

There are also lots of news and announcements at the end of today’s show too, including lots of ways you can too can get involved with Ready Steady Pro such as Photographer In Focus, Photography Q&A and how you can apply to appear as a guest on the show!

It’s good to be back! So get ready for another cracking episode. Notepads to hand!

Sit back and enjoy this episode of Ready, Steady Pro! Click the link below to listen / download the podcast.


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This weeks Topic

Round Table Discussion: “What’s in our camera bags?”


Today’s Little Gems

Rob Grimes: Focal Lens Calibration Software
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el Hurst: BoredPanda.com – Beautiful, Artistic & Fun. Check out this website
Neil Graham: SLR Lounges Complete review of Canon Lenses: Which lenses are best?
Neil Graham: Gordon Parks (found through Ted Forbes) – Check out his work
Lee Jones: Ready Steady Pro Facebook community – come along and join the Facebook community
Michael Rammell: One Camera One Lens by Paul Griffiths


Show Notes / Links

Sigma Lenses
SquareSpace


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Lee Jones
Lel Hurst
Neil Graham
Rob Grimes

Don’t Adjust Your Set

The Podcast is returning and new episodes are ready for release!

 

I’ve had numerous emails, messages on Facebook and posts to the Ready Steady Pro Community all asking the same thing: “Is my Podcast App broken?”

Don’t sweat it guys. Your Podcast app is not broken!

The last episode of the podcast, episode 14 was released on January 13th. I remember saying at the start of that episode that my newborn son was sleeping well at the time and that I didn’t want to jynx it.Well, I did just that! That first week he was sleeping wonderfully but almost immediately after that episode was released he started to wake during the night. Suffice to say we were tired! Add to that the fact we have an energetic two year old daughter too meant that my poor wife was left holding a sleepless baby and chasing after a bundle of energy.

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It was time for some time off! Lel Hurst perhaps put it the best way I’ve heard so far: “Michael’s been on Paternity leave”.

Well things are going smoothly again now and after plenty of time spent at home with the family It’s about time to begin podcasting again. So I’m very pleased to announce that as of Tuesday 8th April you’ll start to see one episode every week in your podcast feed!

For Episode 15 I’m really pleased to share a round table discussion that I had with Lel Hurst, Lee Jones, Rob Grimes and Neil Graham where we talked about what gear we had in our bags to shoot our niches. we discussed what gear we couldn’t live without and even what gear we could easily have not bothered buying when we started out.

So, if you’re new to the game (whether it’s weddings, portraits, sports or wildlife) I hope that this episode will have something in it for you.

Oh, and as I do with every episode I’ve got some news and some announcements that I’ll talk about a little bit both at the start and at the end of episode 15 including ways you too can get involved with Ready Steady Pro!

Stay Tuned to The podcast for photographers turning pro!

Ready Steady Pro London Meetup

The idea of a meet-up has been discussed a few times now in The Ready Steady Pro Community, and we’re finally taking action and getting one organised, so I’ve teamed up with the guys over at One Camera One Lens to arrange an action-packed day of Street Photography Fun in the UK’s capital city: London!

The date: Sunday 27th April.
The Place: London.
The Time: TBC, but likely some time around mid-morning. We are going to be there all day though, so if even if you catch up later in the day – that’s fine!
Price: It’s a free country. We can’t charge you to come and have fun with a group of photographers 🙂 All you have to do is get yourself there.
Join Us: See the form at the bottom of this post

The last London Meetup I organised was for The Guild of Photographers back in 2013. It was a great day out with a superb group of photographers. I’m sure this trip will be just as much fun!

The class of 2013 @ the Guild Of Photographers London Meetup

What will we be doing? Where will we be going?

The best way to see any city is to walk and wander. Whilst we are drawing up a list of places to go and things to see, it will be a day of street photography where we wander from place to place and photograph along the way. There will be no strict itinerary.

A rare colour street photography photograph from Michael Rammell
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The idea of visiting The National Portrait Gallery to take a look at David Bailey’s Stardust Exhibition has been mentioned. Nothing is booked yet though and we’ll probably be able to purchase tickets on the day. (tickets available from the Nation Portrait Gallery Website). The best thing to do would be to register an interest below using the form, or join us over on Facebook. If it is decided that we are indeed going to The National Portrait Gallery, we’ll either let you know via email (complete the form below), or you’ll see the Facebook update on the Event Page.

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun and probably a bite to eat too, so, if you’re around on Sunday 27th April come join the meet-up. Would be great to meet some of you for the first time and to meet others again and catch up! More details will be confirmed closer to the time (times and meeting location etc) so be sure to sign up to updates or join the Facebook Events Page to stay in-the-know.

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Be sure to check out the One Camera One Lens blog and if you’re a believer in creative-eye-over-gear then perhaps the One Camera One Lens Facebook Group is just the thing you’ve been searching for.

So, for now sign up to keep up to date. More news to follow. Looking forward to meeting you all in London!

Photography Q&A with Mark Playle

As part of the Ready Steady Pro Q&A Series we ask photographers from all backgrounds, niches and skill levels to answer 5 questions for the blog. This week, we hear from Mark Playle of Playle Photography.

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About Mark:

Based in Hertfordshire UK, I shoot Travel, Wildlife, Motorsport and Portrait. At the age of eight I became the proud owner of a Hanimex 110mm film camera. Over the years many makes and models have passed through my hands.

Here’s what Mark had to say when we him asked the 5 questions:

Question 1: What’s the one single thing that has had the largest positive impact on your photography so far?

In 2010 I decided to do a 365 Project. I thought this would be easy. Little did I know. There were days I loved, days I hated and could not think of anything to shoot. I used various cameras from a Nokia N95 to a Canon 1DS mkII and learnt so much from the project that I recommend everyone should try one. If you don’t fancy doing a 365 why not try one image a week for a year or an image a day for a month? There were days when I had to really use the old grey cells to come up with an idea or composition. This forced me to think a little differently for every image. I vividly remember taking every image even down to where I was when I took it. 2010 will be engraved in my memory forever.

Question 2: If you could start over again from scratch, what would be the one thing you would do differently?

I don’t think I would do anything differently. I’m not saying I’ve not made any mistakes, I’ve made plenty. I’d like to think I’ve learnt from them. The one thing I would have changed would have to be my brand. ‘Playle’ is not an easy name to pronounce or spell if you’ve not come across it before. Say Playlephotography.com to someone over the phone and you’ll see what I mean. It’s pronounced Play-all I believe it’s of French origin. I quite often get Player, Play-ley and many other manifestations. Changing brand now is just not an option. So my advice would be, think very carefully about your brand.

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Question 3: Who is the most influential photographer to you, and why? (Or, Which photographer do you admire the most, and why?)

I’d have to say three, Maurice Tabard, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. These were all pioneers of our craft. True Masters. If you do not know these names just do a Google image search, I guarantee you will have seen some of their work before. The images created by these pioneers are remarkable. Just think for a moment. No Auto Focus, No 12 frames a second, No Histogram etc. Complete and full manual mode. It’s not just the technical side of photography these guys were masters of. The compositions, mood, feelings and emotion captured in some of their images are outstanding.

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Question 4: If you able to give just one piece of advice to someone just starting out in their photographic career, what would it be?

Going back to Q2. Brand is everything, if your customers can not pronounce or spell your brand from memory; word of mouth referrals become non-existent. Pick a brand that rolls off the tongue and you can’t go wrong. Remember your brand name also has to be available as a .com .co.uk .fr etc. Try to avoid a name similar to one that already exists.

Think very carefully about your brand, once you get established and have a following you will not be able to change it.

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Question 5: Paint a picture: What is the one thing / place / person you would love to photograph and why? It can be a person or a moment from history. As part of this answer also tell us about what gear you’d use, what lighting, what looks, wardrobes, poses and expressions you’d make use.

Being a complete geek I would love to take a picture of the crew from the first landing on the Lunar surface. As for the equipment, it’d have to be one of the original Hasselblad cameras. For lighting, I’d wait for the Sun to come up over the earth. I would take the standard group shot followed by asking them to all jump up at the same time whilst waving their hands in the air, sorry that should be in the vacuum.

Well, thanks so much for taking part in the Q&A Mark. For more information about Mark and his work you can find him at all of the following places:

Website: www.playlephotography.com
Website: www.roytrs.com
Blog: http://playlephotography.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/playleimagery
Google +: 
https://www.google.com/+MarkPlayle
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/playle/
Vimeo: 
http://vimeo.com/20675265

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Would you like to take part in photography Q&A? Send us an email with your answers to the 5 questions and it could appear on this blog too! More details can be found on the Q&A Page

Photography Q&A with Terry Richards

As part of the Ready Steady Pro Q&A Series we ask photographers from all backgrounds, niches and skill levels to answer 5 questions for the blog. This week, we hear from Terry Richards of Terry Richards Photography.

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About Terry:

As already stated above, my name is Terry Richards, I am 33. I live in a tiny little town called Ingersoll, in Ontario Canada. I have always liked photography, whenever I got the chance when I was younger I would nab my dads slr and waste a few frames (didn’t really know what I was doing back then. When I was finishing up school I actually wanted to go to college for photography and graphic design, but due to circumstances that never happened and I forgot about photography for several years. Then almost exactly 3 years ago without really thinking much about it I decided to buy a Nikon D7000. I spent the next two years watching every online video that I could find learning how to use it. Then last year I was asked by a couple friends to photograph their wedding (isn’t that how it always starts?)

After that I was hooked, I started a website, started advertising, I did 5 weddings this summer, and so far have 6 booked for next. I also do family and portrait shoots as well. My wife is also a very important part of my business, she is a great help on wedding days, she is fantastic at posing the group shots and helping out with second shooting, and she makes the day go a lot smoother for me!

Its been a great but very busy year and quite the learning experience. like most new photographers my pricing at the beginning wasn’t were it should be, however I have been able to quickly raise my pricing and am actually getting ready to raise them again in the new year. Podcasts like this one as well as The Photo Biz Exposed podcast have really been a huge help in guiding me through all this!

Also like a lot of the other listeners and interviewees of this podcast I have a regular day job (sort of) I have my own Janitorial business which is convenient because it leaves me flexible to work on my photography business.

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Here’s what Terry had to say when we him asked the 5 questions:

Question 1: What’s the one single thing that has had the largest positive impact on your photography so far?

Photography and business podcasts, as well as online training sites like Kelby Training….. (sorry that was more than 1!)

Question 2: If you could start over again from scratch, what would be the one thing you would do differently?

Not really sure, I would probably try and be a little more creative with the name of my business. Terry Richards Photography isn’t all that creative for someone in a creative industry is it?

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Question 3: Who is the most influential photographer to you, and why? (Or, Which photographer do you admire the most, and why?)

Only one?? I don’t really have just one in particular, I really like Cliff Mautner, David Ziser, Joe Mcnally… If I did have to pick just one it would probably be Jay Maisel. As for why, kinda self explanatory isn’t it? Lol, they’re the best at what they do!

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Question 4: If you able to give just one piece of advice to someone just starting out in their photographic career, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to raise your prices. Just about everyone is going to do 1 or 2 weddings on the cheap to gain experience and build a portfolio, and that is ok. But don’t get stuck there, its not that hard to raise your prices and still book work! Also make sure not to take on something as important as someones wedding day until you are sure you are ready, and are confident you can shoot the day without messing it up!

Question 5: Paint a picture: What is the one thing / place / person you would love to photograph and why? It can be a person or a moment from history. As part of this answer also tell us about what gear you’d use, what lighting, what looks, wardrobes, poses and expressions you’d make use.

Hummm…. Just about any important time in history, pick one, I think it would be awesome to be able to be there and document it, especially before cameras were invented. It would be amazing to have photos of People like Napoleon, or Alexander The Great. Any of the thousands of historical battles.

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Well, thanks so much for taking part in the Q&A Terry. For more information about Terry and his work you can find him at all of the following places:

Website: http://terryrichards.com/
Blog: http://terryrichards.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyTerryRichards

Have a question for Terry? Simply post in the comments section below, or join the fun over in the Ready Steady Pro Facebook Community

Would you like to take part in photography Q&A? Send us an email with your answers to the 5 questions and it could appear on this blog too! More details can be found on the Q&A Page

Photography Q&A with Hayley Hay

As part of the Ready Steady Pro Q&A Series we ask photographers from all backgrounds, niches and skill levels to answer 5 questions for the blog. This week, we hear from Hayley Hay of Hayley Hay Photography.

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About Hayley:

Hayley is a British photographer who recently moved from Brighton to Lausanne, Switzerland. Hayley specialises in children and family portraiture using mostly natural light. Since the move to Switzerland, Hayley has enjoyed discovering the country through photographing families at various beautiful locations, whether is is in the mountains, by the lake or in the vineyards! She works part time as a photographer as she has two small boys who keep her very busy the rest of the time!

Here’s what Hayley had to say when we her asked the 5 questions:

Question 1: What’s the one single thing that has had the largest positive impact on your photography so far?

First and foremost has been the birth of my children, they inspired me to take up photography in the first place as I love capturing them at different stages in their lives and seeing how much they have changed over the years and they are my absolute muses. I get so much enjoyment out of photographing them! The second largest positive impact on my photography, believe it or not, is Facebook! I have found so many photography groups and pages, other photographers to be inspired by and clients etc through Facebook. It was through facebook that I first learnt of the guild of photographers, which for me has been such a huge help to my photography career and of course then through them I learnt of Ready Steady Pro which is such a great resource. I continue to be inspired by so many other photographers and their work that I see through Facebook and I learn so much about various aspects of photography through all the pages that I have joined. It really has opened up so many doors for me. It is by far the most useful marketing media for me. I would say that most of my clients come from facebook in one way or another!

Question 2: If you could start over again from scratch, what would be the one thing you would do differently?

I think I would be better prepared all round. I would ensure that I knew my market before diving in at the deep end and I would have done a bit more research into my pricing structure from the outset rather than having to adjust it along the way! It would have been a great help to me to have been a member of some photography groups before I set up as any questions that I have had could have been easily answered through them rather than trying to work things out for myself. That would be very important to me if I was starting up again…I would say it would be one of the most important things to begin with by asking other photographers questions about how they operate their business and learning from them rather than having to learn from making mistakes!

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Question 3: Who is the most influential photographer to you, and why? (Or, Which photographer do you admire the most, and why?)

Now this is a hard one to answer, I admire so many photographers out there and find it hard to choose just one….so I’m going to list a few that I love instead and these photographers really inspire me!

First up and not in any particular order is Cris Stephens, her work is beautifully artful and her images are so dramatic, she adores black and white (which I’m a bit of a sucker for too!) and every image she captures tells such a story.
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The second is Carrie Ann Grippo-Pike from Captured by Carrie photography. Her images are just stunning, both portrait and wildlife. I particularly love the simplicity of her nature and wildlife shots, she is wonderfully creative! http://www.facebook.com/capturedbycarriephotography.

Then there is the AMAZING Adriana Varela from http://adrianavarelaphotography.com. I absolutely adore her work. She has all sons like me and the way she captures them is truly magical. There is so much soul in each photo! Having two boys, I know how how hard it can be sometimes to get a good photo of them together…they just don’t stop running around for a minute….I guess this is why she has developed such an authentic, candid style, which is just beautiful!

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Question 4: If you able to give just one piece of advice to someone just starting out in their photographic career, what would it be?

One of the biggest struggles I have had is the amount of time I spend on my work and finding the right work/life balance. I have two small children so photography is only part time for me at the moment. I think it’s really important to determine from the outset how much time you plan to spend per customer, on each photo session. This, in turn will help you determine your pricing structure based on the amount of time you put in! Also I highly recommend setting up a spreadsheet from the beginning for your accounting, that has saved me so much time. Oh and one more thing (this is a bit more than one piece of advice..I know!)….get out there and photograph for fun too….it’s important to continue enjoying your passion as a hobby as well as a job!

Question 5: Paint a picture: What is the one thing / place / person you would love to photograph and why? It can be a person or a moment from history. As part of this answer also tell us about what gear you’d use, what lighting, what looks, wardrobes, poses and expressions you’d make use.

I love photographing people, particularly children as they are so unaffected by the camera (usually!), that you can really capture their true essence. I specialise in children and family photography and more recently I’ve been doing more maternity sessions. I’ve enjoyed these shoots a lot, as it gives me the opportunity and time to be a bit more creative. It’s hard to think of a particular place or subject that I would like to photograph but I would love to venture in to fashion photography and to do more styled shoots. I’ve only photographed two weddings in the past and I had so much fun so I’d love to capture more weddings as it’s such a happy event to photograph! Oh and one more thing….I talked about steel wool photography recently with some photographer friends and we’re really keen to give that a go…something completely different but fun and with a fabulous effect….just hope we don’t set ourselves on fire!!! So for this I have researched what we would need, here goes: steel wool, a whisk, steel cable or chain, tripod for camera for a very long exposure, lighter or matches and then protective clothing for skin, hair and eyes…sounds a bit risky but I would love to try it and the best time of night to do it is around 30 minutes after sunset!

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Well, thanks so much for taking part in the Q&A Hayley. For more information about Hayley and her work you can find her at all of the following places:

Website: http://www.hayleyhayphotography.com/
Blog: http://www.hayleyhayphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HayleyHayPhotography

Have a question for Hayley? Simply post in the comments section below, or join the fun over in the Ready Steady Pro Facebook Community

Would you like to take part in photography Q&A? Send us an email with your answers to the 5 questions and it could appear on this blog too! More details can be found on the Q&A Page