Tree Cutters and Photography

treesEverything around us is photogenic. It’s just up to you to decide what you’re going to take photos of. You may see something that may I may not see and vice versa. It all depends on who’s eye is looking through the camera.

When I was in school, one of my instructors recommended that each person in our little group pick one thing or should I say, one theme to focus our attention on. Not everyone took this advice because it’s just so much easier to take pictures of whatever inspires you at the time. I was one of the few that gave it a shot.

After fighting through, what seemed boring, I came to enjoy taking pictures of trees, forests, tree cutters, tree stumps, loggers, etc. Like I said it wasn’t always easy to focus specifically on trees but after awhile that’s all my eyes were seeing when I went out. I started noticing things that I didn’t before. I would casually photograph a team of tree workers as they went through the process of removing a tree.

Of course, before starting my cluster of photo taking I would inform the servicemen that I was just practicing my skills. I also offered to send them copies of the photos that I took so it was sort of a win win situation. I was practicing and they would receive quality photographs that they could use for social media purposes, put on their website, or make business cards with.tree-trimming

One of my favorite team of professional tree removers were from a company called Seattle City Tree Service. I could tell by just watching them that they were passionate and dedicated to their work. They were cabling trees to insure that the tree climber was safe and that the parts of the trees that were cut were lowered safely to the ground. After they had removed the three trees they left the scene looking almost better than when they started. I was impressed with the friendly team tree workers and happy to be able to capture them in photos. They were glad I came around as well. The head guy, Paul Z told me that he was trying to build out a few online profiles and didn’t have many photos to make it stand out so he appreciated me as much as I did them. If you’re looking for a team of professional tree workers and you’re around the North Seattle area, I would highly recommend checking these guys ( out.

I was also able to capture different forests at different times throughout the year. The area that I’m in makes it easy for me to do. It’s really just a matter of me driving a couple of minutes away from where I live to really capture the spectacle of the forest. The snow covered forests were more towards the mountains so that was a little tougher to capture but the changing of the seasons was right in my face at all times.

fall-forestMy instructor was right. After you have that focus of knowing pretty much exactly what you’re going to be taking photographs of motivation to complete a collection of work comes easier.

The Beginnings of Photography

digital-photographyWhen trying to learn photography with a focus on digital photography, it’s best to start with the basics. The pros know this. Starting with the basics lays the foundation for taking beautiful and dynamic pictures.

Anyone is able to take a photo but knowing a secret or two can transform your picture from everyday to an eye catching masterpiece. First and foremost you need your digital camera. Don’t pay too much attention to the intensity that a few people may have for the way photograph looks. Truth be told, it all comes down to the lenses and the lighting that you have around for the picture that you’re taking.

While you’re studying photography and learning the finer points of the art, be aware of some of the common terms so that you can pick up the basics really quickly. Two common words that you should certainly become familiar with are aperture and shutter speed. 

Aperture is simply a word for the width of your camera lens opening while it is letting in light and the shutter speed is the length of time you allow the light to come in to affect the image. For instance, if you would like to get a picture of a racing car traveling at a high speed you’ll need a wide aperture to let in plenty of light. Your camera must have an extremely short shutter speed so that you can capture the picture quickly and close the window to make certain the picture is captured prior to the light damaging the quality. Make no mistake though, photography is mainly about or centered on the correct distribution of light.

During your study and learning of the basics of photography, you’ll learn simple things like swapping from automated to manual on your camera. You will also learn the settings on your camera that suit various situations. With that being said, there are automatic settings on most cameras for the everyday photographer who is not concerned in learning anything other than just “point and shoot”. But for the professional, he or she is definitely going to need to understand the different settings for different occasions. 

While you’re learning about photography, you’ll get a better perception of lenses and flash photography together with added ways you can control the lighting of several conditions. Try to make a promise to yourself to never stop learning about this beautiful art. The better and more sophisticated you get in your skill, the more you will learn and the more you will want to continue learning.

This now brings us back to the point that digital photography for beginners definitely shouldn’t seem difficult or be considered hard work. It ought to be enjoyable and fun. Take the time and practice, have fun, taking photos at any occasion. Play around with your equipment and take advantage of several situations, inside and out, using various aperture and shutter speed options. Don’t get angry or discouraged if your photo’s don’t work out, it is actually all part of learning digital photography.

Making A Photography Portfolio

camera-collectionBuilding a photography portfolio can sometimes be a difficult challenge. Nobody likes to do work for free, but at the same time, why is anybody going to pay for your photography if they haven’t seen any of your photos? You basically need to be ready to do a lot of free photography shoots and follow some of the tips below:

Build your Portfolio with Photos of Family and Friends

This is a great thing to do. Instead of approaching strangers, why not take free photos of family and friends. You can even give them away as birthday and holiday gifts! Most people will love any type of photography if it is free, even if you aren’t at a very high level yet with your photography skills.  People will still be appreciative simply because it would be better than they can do themselves.

The other reason why this is good to do is, you’ll be able to build your portfolio with great photos of people you know. You’ll be able to get better photos from people that are comfortable with you and give you genuine smiles and expressions. This also makes it easier if you make a mistake. Family and friends are usually more patient.

Make the most out of each shoot while you’re working on your portfolio. You may plan on editing 20 photos for a family shoot digital package, or whatever it may be. As you are building your photography portfolio, take full advantage of the photography session you have in front of you. I know when I was building my own photography portfolio I would sometimes edit 100 photos from a single shoot, I would never do that now. This allowed me to practice my photography skills, practice my Photoshop editing skills and the most important thing is it gave me tons of different options of photos to feature in my portfolio.

If you have enough photos to start your photography business, put your prices up and then give a 50% discount. This way future customers will start to refer to you as a legitimate business. You will start getting brand recognition but at the same time you will continue to build your portfolio.

Education Is Key

photo-schoolA photography degree will give you an edge in the market place. The training, skills, experience gained, and the networking opportunities will help boost your career in the field. Below are five benefits to having a photography degree.

Gain An Edge With A Degree

Being in school allows photographers to develop a portfolio early on which will help them find a job after they finish their education. Photography schools provide high quality equipment for students to use in order to take photos for portfolios.

Have access to professional quality equipment

By going to school, people have access to multitude of professional equipment. Schools are constantly updating their facilities and equipment so the students will be able to stay up to date. Their able to access resources and learn how to operate different styles, techniques, and tools.

Get professional feedback

Photography schools can also provide professional photographers to mentor so that they can give feedback and critique student’s work. Having a mentor, peers, and professors to constantly judge your work will help you grow as a photographer. Understanding different perspectives from different people will allow you to further your skills.

Become a well-rounded individual

Photography school will allow students to take a multitude of courses in different types of photography and other areas. Students will be able to become familiar with different concepts, styles, and techniques. This will allow students to become better rounded.

Get job placement

By being in school, there are many opportunities to get a job after school is completed. Schools may offer job opportunities to students who will be close to graduation. There may also be tons of resources for part time or internship work. The career services department can prepare students for interviews and job placements for the real-world as well.

The years people spend in college give them a mature perspective and approach to life. Aside from learning the proper way to do photography, people develop business skills that will help them become well rounded individuals. The connections and network built in school opens up connections that people wouldn’t have if they did not attend school. Some companies require a degree in order to even be considered for a job. A degree, in any discipline, is good for self-confidence, something that is vital in being successful at anything. These benefits listed above are guaranteed if students are in school. Although people may think that a degree is not necessary to be photographer, most of the benefits of pursuing a degree are the resources and network connections built while attending school.