Tuesday’s Photography Tip.

Portrait photography, street photography

I am starting a new series of articles on a Tuesday from today, photography tips.  I hope I can keep it up every week or at least most weeks.  Todays tip is a simple one, read up and research on your subject.

With that in mind I want to recommend two books I came across recently.For me photography is all about telling stories.  Now I realise that some of you will wonder why I didn’t chose books about technique, well the reason is simple:  Its easy to figure out how to take an photo, most of us have been doing for years.

Whether it is in a single image or in a series of images the job of a photographer is to communicate.  This is true whether you are a portrait photographer or a street photographer.  In order to make your mark and stand out you need to present your work coherently and hone your visual message.  Recently I came across two excellent books on the subject that I would like to share with you.  The first is a traditional (paper) book called Context and Narrative and I have previously written a review of it here  its a great book that will help you to better communicate your message whether you are trying to save the planet or tell your mates on Facebook about the company shin dig.  One of the things I love about this series of books is the amount of work I discovered by excellent photographers I had never heard of before.

The second is an e-book called inside the story and its so cheap at £3.50, that if you even think you might be just a little interested you would be insane not to buy it.  It features contributions from 25 of the worlds best digital story tellers.  In addition all of the money goes to charity. The full details are on the website on the link above.

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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