Freelance Round-up: This month in photography<br>

Stuck In A Rut?

If you are finding it hard to get motivated and inspired as the nights get darker and the weather colder, why not try something different to get the creative juices flowing. I’ve never tried this, but it is on my ever-growing list of things to photograph. An Introduction to Smoke Photography will give you the ‘how’ whilst Lumendipity and The Photo Argus will give you the ‘what’ and ‘where’. Why not give it a try and post a link to your images on the Forum?

On a similar theme of unusual photography and something you can get the kids involved in over the Christmas holiday is Ghost Photography. I once tried this at a local school during their Halloween party with varying results and it was great fun. The oft visited eHow gives an idea of the principle , although you’ll notice that this is an old article because it talks about developing your film. If you don’t fancy using your camera but want to play in Photoshop or your favourite photo manipulation software, ATS shows you how to make ghost pictures on the PC.

Online Exhibitions

Looking at the work of other photographers can challenge the way you see your own photography. What better way to stimulate your craft for 2011 than to feast your eyes on some amazing images on the sister sites of the SWPP (The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers). First, we have the exhibition from members of the Society of International Sport and Leisure Photographers and some jaw-dropping photography from the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

Those of you interested in travel will marvel at some of the images from members of The Society of International Travel & Tourism Photographers and finally, if you like photographing the human form, the Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers has some thought provoking images. Please be aware that some of the galleries contain nudity.

All I Want For Christmas

If photographic equipment was on your Christmas list, but Santa doesn’t deliver, don’t despair, there are always New Year bargains to be had and what better place to start looking for those bargains a website called BargainMate . The link will take you to the photographic bargains but you might like to check out bargains for other goods on the site. One site recommended by BargainMate is 7 Day Shop. I’m sure many have used this site. I can recommend them myself. They are based in
Guernsey one of the Channel Islands, and as such are exempt from VAT, which they pass on to their customers. This is the cheapest place I have found for professional memory cards.

Second hand photographic equipment can also be a bargain and there is a list of Camera Fairs for 2011 from Nanites Camera Services.

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The British Journal of Photography is a monthly magazine for professional available in print and online. The content is excellent and comprehensive, with even more information about events and exhibitions as well as a roundup of the latest pro gear.

And finally

Although I would never class myself as a wildlife photographer, I do love taking photographs of animals, domestic and wild, so I would like to share with you a link to my favourite wildlife photographer of all time Andy Rouse. I have never had the privilege of meeting him, but I have watched him work and one day I have promised myself that I will attend one of his workshops or maybe even go along on one of his safaris.....I hope Santa reads this.

In the meantime,

Happy freelancing, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Jan Wright


16th December 2010

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