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

Are you without Focus?

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Focus on Imaging Exhibition at the beginning of March, there is still time to take advantage of some of the Exhibition offers by visiting the Focus News site.

There were some great deals to be had and some very innovative ways to present your work, including this amazing little booklet called Zoom Album . I saw this demonstrated and I was hooked. Everything you need is included in the box. All you have to do is select the photos you want in your book and print them then follow the folding instructions. These would make great gifts for new parents with bump and baby photos or a gift for bridesmaids of a wedding. Alternatively, they would make a great promotional giveaway to potential clients.

Getting Competitive

The London Photographic Association has announced the last call for entries to the Still Life competition which closes on 6th April. Even if entering competitions doesn’t appeal, you could do worse than spend some time looking at the amazing entries and winners from past competitions. Some of the most inspiring imagery from all over the world is waiting for you, all from the comfort of your own pc.

It’s Not All About Chocolate

Did you know that this is a once in a lifetime Easter? The last time Easter fell as late as April 24th was in 1859 and the next time will be 2095! What does this mean to photographers you ask? Well, it should improve the chances of a warm, dry, sunny Easter weekend or at least one of the days could be, if we keep our fingers crossed. The daylight will last longer, and if you plan ahead you can get some great shots to put in front of editors and card publishers for Easter next year, which falls in April 8th 2012.

To find out places and Easter events to photographs, start your search at Easter Egg Hunt And Events. It does what it says on the tin and lists events from all over the world. You have to scroll down to get to the UK and if you are going abroad for Easter check this site out first to see if you can co-ordinate your visit with an Easter Egg Hunt in your chosen destination.

On a similar theme but not restricted to Easter, anyone wanting to combine a little work with their holiday – and who knows, the right image could end up paying for your holiday – visit the Time Out site and find out if there are festivals or other events specific to your destination that UK buyers may be interested in. If you are holidaying here in the UK then Great British Life  will give you an idea of where to go and what to photograph. You can upload your photos to the site, however use some caution when uploading images to this or any other site and ensure you are not granting them unrestricted use of your photographs, as this could have an impact on selling the image at a later date.

Stock Photography

Another outlet for your photographs, as we’ve seen before is Stock Photography. Fotolia is a stock agency and an online community for photographers. The link takes you to the UK site but there are links to worldwide sections of Fotolia. Even if you don’t want to contribute to this particular stock agency, it’s worth having a look to see what picture buyers are looking for.

And Finally...

A new community website has hit the headlines. Streetlife is very new and is designed to bring neighbours together. It started life in Wandsworth, London but has just been launched across the UK. The reason I’m mentioning it here is because it has a business directory and it is free to register. If this site takes off, and there’s no reason to assume it won’t, then this is an ideal way to connect with local people and give your portrait, wedding and business photography a local boost.

Happy Freelancing, and happy Easter!

Jan Wright


24th March 2011

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