Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How to be Creative.

How to be Creative.

How to be Creative. 

 Some think being creative is hard. It's not. I hear it all the time. "I'm not a creative person." Think about this and let it sink in. 

""""You can teach yourself to be creative. """
Don't believe me? I never looked at myself as creative and then when others started telling me I was I thought they were being creative. So I started thinking about creativity and how to get it. 
In my experience it is process. It's a slow process. You have to do things different and focus on it. It' s like learning to play the piano. You have to keep practicing. If you just do it once a week you will fail.
Tell you what though.... Being creative will make you happy. If you want to live a creative and artistic life and you are open to change here are a few tips to help you out. 
1. Turn off the boob tube.
Better yet, Toss it out the window. Don't let it hit someone in the head though. TV is a waste of time and it will "dumb you down." I don't watch TV anymore and I all the better for it. 
2 – Exercise everyday.
Fitness is important for brain power and the ability to focus. Not to mention, it can relieve stress. It can get rid of pain. I have had shoulder from getting in a fight when I was younger. It hurt for years. When I started to exercise and strengthen it the pain went away. I don't take pain meds for it. If it hurts I lift weights for a few minutes and the pain is gone. This helps me focus. Focus is important in creativity.
3- Study creative people and what they accomplished. 
Nuff said
4- Keep a journal- Write it with a pen and paper
Spend time making notes and writing down special moments in your life. In 6 months go back and read what you wrote. Think about how you can make this into art.  
5– Walk in the rain
it's just fun. You are creating an experience. 
6- Make 5 post cards.
The exercise is good. Think about the things that you like. don't worry about what others will think of them. 
7– Get up early and watch the sun rise.
Yes. Get out of your bed. Get up early. Spend time outside. Get away from the computer. 
8- Get out in Nature
Go camping. Unplug. Reset yourself. Take time to reflect and think about simple things. Think about joy and happiness. Think about sadness and death. Just get away and take time to think. Fresh air is good for you too so being outside can be helpful to your health.
9- listen to new music
Spend time doing new things in general. Expand your horizon. Go to a new vacation spot. Change things up. 
These are a few things you can do to become creative. Remember that with anything worthwhile it takes time and effort. Don't give up and more than anything.... Constantly think "I am creative".
Notice I didn't do 10 tips. I was being creative and different by doing 9. ;)
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Shameless Self Promotion.

Did you know that along with running this site I also run Missoula Photography School, Glaston Vallhall and Ayres Photography? In an effort to market myself better I have started to make videos. What do you think?







Marketing and promotion is important in any business. If you are not marketing and promoting your work and you want to make money at it, well, you probably won't make money at it.

I will have some future posts on marketing. Stay tuned....


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Growing as a Photographer

Growing as a photographer
As a teacher and professional photographer I am often asked how I got to where I am at. It really is simple. I did a few things...

1. Shoot, shoot,shoot. As you shoot you become more confident. Find something to photograph every day.
2. Educate yourself. Try to learn a new technique or simple read or watch something every week that will help you grow.
3. Stay positive and don't be hard on yourself. If you keep telling yourself you are getting better you will. If you keep telling yourself you are terrible..... Get the point?
4. Never give up. Need I say more.

I can say for fact that I am a better photographer than I was a year ago and I am more confident. I will be even better next year.






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Friday, January 31, 2014

Amazing video on how to control light for portraits.

Amazing video on how to control light for portraits.




Gotta love these folks!

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Brian Johnson is the owner and main writer for Buffaloz Photography Training. He is a bit weird at times but is always a fun likable guy. He also owns Missoula Photography Schooland Ayres Photography. 


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Why every photographer should have a studio.

A lot of photographers don't work in a studio. That's a good thing for the photographers who do. I know a lot of my friends will disagree and I am fine with that but having a studio can give you a big advantage over your competition.
A few benefits of having a studio are:
1.You can shoot when the weather is poor
2. You can shoot when it's too dark outside.
3. If you photograph babies you will almost always get more clients
4. You can control lighting.
5. You can get clients who want studio work.
6. It's easier to get into fashion.
7. You can set yourself apart from the competition. Most photographers don't have a studio.
8. It's fun. You can be really creative if you work at it.

Did you know that in most cities you can rent a studio or even share a studio. In fact most photographers share studios. I happen to know in Portland Oregon you can rent/share a studio for 200 dollars a month. If I get one customer it has more paid for itself.
You can even have a live in studio. If you don't want to pay for a studio you can always have one in your garage or basement, or extra room of you home or apartment.
This month I have had 5 sessions that requested studio work. I don't know a lot of other photographers around here that have studios so this is a great advantage to me.

To be fair I have to say that most clients will want portraits in a natural setting but there will always be those who want studio work. Here is the thing though, when I look at the work of the top performers on the industry, the work in studios.
Did you know that the average income for a full time photographer in the USA is $36,580.
That is not a great number. How does someone retire on that amount of income these days.
I look at my studio as an asset. Without it I would lose business and lower my income. Yes, It does cost me money but I can easily justify it.
You can set yourself apart my having a studio and learning to be creative. Don't shoot the same style as the photographer next door. Be creative, have fun and make money. That way you don't get burnt out and someday you can retire.


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Neutral Density Filter. How to Create Motion in Water.

If  you think this is a hard shot to get you are wrong. I did 4 things.
1. I put the camera on a Tripod
2. I set the camera on f/16 and the aperture priority setting.
3. I attached a neutral density filter.
4. I set the timer for 2 seconds so I would not shake the camera while pushing the shutter button.

This is all there is to it. So the question most of you will ask is what is a neutral density filter?
Simply put and ND filter is a glass or plastic filter that is darkened so that more time or a bigger aperture is needed to gain a correct exposure. This is what a ND filter looks like.
If you attach this to the front of your lens you can either use a longer shutter speed or a larger aperture. It's really simple and the effects are amazing. You can purchase an Nd filter online for about 18-100 dollars. I use a Fader ND filter. I like the faders because I can carry one filter and not have to worry about stacking them on top of each other if I need a longer exposure. Remember that when you put a filter over your lens it can distort your image. Be careful when you purchase filters. If you get a cheap one it might cause color issues or other quality problems with your images. That being said I paid 18 dollars for my filter.


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Creative Film Photography


Creative Film Photography
I have always loved film photography. To me it seems like a challenge. It's exciting. I like the idea of not seeing what the photo looks like right away and I also look forward to getting film back.
Lately I have been developing my own film. I bought the supplies at my local camera shop and since it had been 20 years from the last time I had developed my own black and white film I decided I would research it a bit and make sure I remembered how to do it.
Funny thing. I am better at it now than I was 20 years ago. This might be because I am more patient when it come to putting the film on the spools. I get fewer crescents in my film and it just seems easier than it was 20 years ago.
Here is the thing. I don't have a film scanner at the moment and I am in the process of getting an enlarger to make prints. In the meantime I wanted to find a way to show my work to others. I know it has been done before but in desperation I came up with a way to get a positive image from the negative at no cost.
What I do is I take the negatives and tape them to the front of my studio window. Then with m digital I take a few shots. Then I upload them into photoshop( which I rarely use) and invert the image. This is what I get. To see more of these images you can visit my Facebook page. There is a link below. If you have questions let me know on Facebook.
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