If you want to improve you photography skills, blogging on the subject of photography will help you to stay active in the pursuit of continuing to educate yourself. In effect, it will force you to keep learning. Gathering content for your blog, in itself, will be an excellent educational experience. Not all blogs are written by experts on the subject, in fact most probably aren't. And many blog readers enjoy following a blogger who is truly developing along the way, growing and learning together along the educational path to photography excellence.
When your skills have grown to a certain point you may also want to look into opportunities to write for other photography blogs. Many of the big blogs pay writers for their work, and blogs of all sized are accepting free guest posts...
Three weeks ago I drove down to the beach for a shot at some sunset photos, the clouds were just right and the sky was full of color. I was pressed for time so I got there right when the sun was hitting the horizon. I hopped out of the car, threw the camera on the tripod, set the release for Quick Remote and start clicking away glancing at the screen occasionally to make sure I was getting the compositions I wanted. I was pumped, it was a beautiful sunset. I rushed home and popped the memory card into my computer only to find that every shot was out of focus. You see, I forgot to reset my lens back to auto focus after a shoot a few days earlier. I was bummed, I hate wasting my precious time on stupid mistakes.
Now, if that was the first time that I'd done something like this I...
Davidwatmough wrote: I like your list but with so few sales why worry about tax
David, with all due respect to you, it sounds like you don't understand how taxes work here in the U.S. As a freelance photographer, which is what I am classified as, I pay about 40 percent of my earnings to taxes. Every mile I drive reduces the amount I can be taxed on by 52 cents. I do a lot of driving for my stock photography!! AND I do photography for a local jeweler AND architectural photography for a developer that I'm related to. If it wasn't for the tax write off I get for the miles I drive, I'd pay a lot more in taxes. And I mean a lot more!! So naturally I'm going to take advantage of the tax break I get from my mileage. It would be foolish not to!!!!
I like your list but with so few sales why worry about tax............ your income wont buy a lens let alone a camera so why talk to the tax people. Its nil income or even negative without considering motoring costs ? David
Many times during post-production work on a photo you may need to add some kind of rendered gradient into the background or maybe even into an object in the photo. And most of the time these Photoshop generated gradients will have banding issues.
What is banding? Banding is when you can see distinct rings in your gradient with hard edges where the gradient goes from one shade to another. It will make your gradient look amateurish and can even get an image rejected here at DreamsTime. It's happened to me!
Here's a great solution which I've cobbled together from a few different online tutorials I found that fix this nagging problem:
1. Make a copy of the gradient layer.
2. Blur that copied gradient layer quite a bit with a Gaussian Blur filter set to about 30 pixels.
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