Do what you love, love what you do

Don't let boredom rule your life. Your time is limited. Your time is precision. Don't waste it living someone else's life. When you do what you love, it shows. You can't wait to wake up and go to work. You don't dread Mondays, but love them because you can begin a new day doing what you love. If, for some reason, you hate your job and whatever you are doing, get rid of it. Find your passion and follow it.

Outdoor photography tips and must have outdoor gear

If you are a newbie outdoor photography enthusiast, you may find some of our tips for the essential things to bring with you when going out to do some landscape photography.

Naturally, the most important item is the camera, or cameras. The choice of a camera is yours of course, but having one which is weather resistant and with an excellent dynamic range is definitely a plus for outdoor photo shooting. For great landscape photography, you should choose weather-resistant wide angle lenses for your camera.

For true protection of your camera and lens during rain, you can purchase a camera protective cover or use a cheaper version – a plastic refrigeration bag which you can purchase from any store, if it happens to rain while you are using the camera.

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If you want to take some truly great landscape photos, you will need a good tripod. If your budget allows it, purchase a lighter carbon fiber one, because you will be carrying it around a lot, and also because it is water-resistant as well.

For further stabilization of your camera, you could purchase a remote shutter. Cabled ones are more reliable than the wireless type.

If you want, you can invest in some filters and a secure filter bag to get some amazing landscape photos. Once you have packed the photo gear, you need to make sure you have some other essential items as well. Remember to pack an extra battery and a spare memory card just in case.

It is recommended to download and use some useful apps on your smartphone or other mobile device. Having a map app handy is always a good idea when you are out in the wilderness. Also, you can download a weather app, considering you will be spending hours and even days outdoors. Plus, there are a number of very useful photo apps, which can help you calculate the exposure parameters quickly and easily, which you could consider downloading and using as well.

Depending on the time you will be spending outdoors, it is always a good idea to pack enough food and bottled water, especially if you will be spending hours in a place far away from any stores or civilization.

Always wear comfortable shoes made for people standing all day because shoes which hurt your feet will hurt your photos and your entire experience as well. Also wear the appropriate clothes. Water and weather-proof clothes are the best choice. Even if it looks like a perfect sunny day, make sure you have a jacket or other weather-proof top which can save you from a sudden rain, wind and storm.

Wear good sunglasses and don’t forget the sun screen before you leave the house.

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My best tips on how to photograph basketball events

Shooting sports events is not easy. Far from it. However, if you know a few of the tricks of the trade your photographs will look much better and sell much easier. No parent will buy this one for example:

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First things first:

Set your camera in continuous mode

This will save you from having to press the button for each and every shot. Set the camera focus to AI

Shoot in JPEG

Yeah, I know all professional photographers shoot in RAW mode. However, trust me and change your camera settigs. At the basketball game you will need the maximum speed you can get from your camera. Parents of the young basketball stars won’t focus too much on the nitty gritty details, but will definitely prefer if you capture the right moment. Plus you won’t have to wait for ages for the RAW files to download mid-play.

Set your lens correctly

And that is to Image stabilizer mode 2. The first mode in only for still subject and the second – for sports events

Note where the sun is when shooting

It is a basic rule, but I am amazed at how many photographers break it. Just aim to stand with the sun to your back. Shooting outdoors is a bit tricky, and at sports events you can’t get to choose the golden hour. Work your cards the best way you can.

Make sure to photograph everyone

If you want to maximize your profits of course. At every play there will be first line players and players who prefer to keep quiet and stay away from the cameras. Remember, it is YOUR job as photographer to capture everyone (preferably with their best moments)

Don’t shoot in the back!

Pun intended. Just make sure you include the eyes of the players in the photos.

Don’t forget to shoot the basketball

Same as the above. It is extremely important to include the basketball in the shot. Including both the eyes of the player and the basketball will make your images an absolute hit. You will get bonus points if you are able to capture a good expression on the player’s face in the shot. Yeah, I know that it is tricky to capture a great shot with the outdoor basketball in it, but do your best and your bank account will thank you!

Make yourself instantly recognizable as official photographer

Wear a T-shirt with a sign or even better – a neon vest saying ‘Request a shot now’. The  more people ask for images of their child, the more money you will make from that event.

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Freelance photographing tips: what I wish I knew at the beginning

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There are too many things that a new photographer has to learn. Learning the ropes is long and hard. It is more than just the Rule of the Thirds and proper lightning.

If you are considering going freelance, things become even more complicated. Solo entrepreneurs has to be able to tackle what seems to be too many balls. At least you must know what it takes before taking the plunge. Here are my 2 cents.

How to find a gallery to represent you, if you are new in the space

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There are many photographers who take photographs with the sole intention to capture the moment for their own satisfaction or to show family and friends. However, there are others are seeking a broader audience for their work, and monetize their work and time by showing their art in a gallery. For those in the second category, I will simply share a few tips that will increase their chances to be represented in a gallery.

First: get in their shoes

Imagine you are the gallery’s director. The both love looking at photographs and are surrounded by great ones every single day. However, their time is often quite limited. The time to review new artists is