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Rim Lighting

Photography TipsHave you ever tried to use rim lighting? It's a great thing to know if you haven't learned yet, and here's a short refresher if you already know. When there's a light on the far side of someone, the light leaks through right around their head illuminating their hair or hat. Sometimes the line can be so crisp that it looks as though they're being cut out. Rim light is beautiful, and it adds a ton of visual interest to a photo. The real win here is taking an extra second to try and look around your environment for some kind of rim lighting. Don't settle for the light you're given, find better light. And also plan to show up during golden hour, instead of trying to do photoshop later and add in something fake. More about rim lighting from New York Institute Of Photography: https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/cameras-and-gear/what-is-rim-lighting

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QPT 026 – When You Have No Time!

I. Have. No. Time. Can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard this, as a main struggle from photographers who haven’t used their cameras lately. First: Check your time wasting. Do you watch TV? Hang out with friends? Go on Facebook? Usually “not having time” for something means that it’s not high enough on the priority list. It will help you if you say “It’s not important enough to me” instead of “I have no time” because at least you’re honest with yourself (and that will help you CHANGE your priorities because you’re being honest about it). TIP #1: Put it on the calendar like a hot date! Block out time in the future where you’ll be busy shooting photography. See it as an IMPORTANT MEETING. TIP #2: Find a photography friend (facebook group, meetup group, craigslist) to shoot with. You can model for each other and talk shop! TIP #3: Join a photo challenge in an online community. This helps because you’ve said you’re going to do something (and you have the added bump of seeing others following through too!) You naturally will want to do WHAT YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DO, so make a promise to someone as far as a photography goal, or at LEAST put your decision in writing to make it really happen. My challenge: Choose one of these tips and make it happen!! Then let me know on twitter @grainhappy ! You can get back to this page (or share it with a friend) easily, just share grainhappy.com/time and it’ll bring you right to this page!

QPT 025 – How To Have No Fear

Don’t let your fear of failure stop you from living free and creating your art. First of all, you’re not alone. Not trying to be cheesy, just sharing that good news — don’t believe you’re all by yourself in fear & anxiety. The best news out of this episode is that I have a secret weapon I want to share with you to fight that fear in real-time: A friend of mine shared a book with me that changed my entire world Types of fear: fear of failure, success, being laughed at, not being recognized Fear of success: what is everything goes really well and then I have the weight of having to keep that up? I was setting up the store on my website the other day, and was pretty much paralyzed with fear. It was SUBTLE — I just kept checking my mail over and over again, checking Facebook, checking Instagram. I realized that my procrastination was rooted in my fear of failure. MORNING PAGES are the golden key within the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. You’re telling your brain that you WILL create, even if you don’t want to create This makes pathways in your brain that make that negative voice in your head get quieter and quieter I look up to a friend of mine who just naturally doesn’t worry about what other people think of him. THAT doesn’t come naturally to me, so I have to work at it to fight it off. ESPECIALLY BEING AN ARTIST — you need to be vulnerable. If you hold yourself back you won’t create to your full potential. Here’s the challenge — as you hear that negative voice, do morning pages right away Morning pages: write 3 pages of brain dump first thing in the morning. You’re literally […]

Guest Views (w/John Yates): What Makes Great Art?

New series, GUEST VIEWS with our first special guest John Yates of Celladora Photography. Today we talk about WHAT MAKES GREAT ART: John shares a story involving an old sculptor he met in Chicago John shares a struggle and the sculptor shares the three different types of work Does your art make people stop and say: “what the %#?!^ is this?” Why does capturing an emotional response tie in so closely with great art? Can computers or robots ever consistently create art that will elicit emotion from humans? Why your job as a creative won’t be going away any time soon Taking GOOD photos is easy, and will only get easier. But good does not equal great This photography job we have is 10% technical skill and 90% relatability

QPT 017 – Help Your Clients Relax

So how the heck do we help clients relax during a session? You want the clients to be able to see THEMSELVES in the photo, not a weird stiff pose Finding common ground is huge. Figure out something that you both like to do. Share enthusiasm for something with each other. Basically you’re establishing a friendship! Simple as that. When you hang out with friends, there’s no weirdness, you’re just hanging out. It’s no different with a photo session, even though you make that friendship a bit quicker. Put your personality out online VERY CLEARLY, so that you will get clients that are like you, and so that clients who are not like you will be repelled by you. You don’t just want any client! You want a client that you can connect with. People mimic each other. If you exude joy and confidence and fun, people will generally mimic that back to you. You can only think of a few things at once — if the client gets really focused on the lens in their face (because who wouldn’t be!) and can’t relax, try to help distract them. Sing a song, tell a story, ask them to think of my special memory, ask their significant other to remind them of a specific memory, and they’ll be distracted away from their lens. For at least a split second, they’ll stop thinking of your lens. KEEP SHOOTING EVEN ONCE YOU’VE SAID YOU’RE DONE. Most people, once they’re told their done, totally relax to move to the next thing. THAT’S THE MOMENT you want to shoot. The best moments are in between the setups. Keep shooting. Be ready to shoot right as you “finish” one location to move to another location. Set expectations of what your shoots are like, and ask them if […]

Focusing Inwards VS Outwards

Are you an innie or an outie? I’m not talking about belly buttons. I’m talking about focus: are you focusing inward or outward? As you focus outward and too much on others, you end up poisoning yourself. There will ALWAYS be people who are ahead of you, people that are behind you, and people at your level. With art, you’re always going to create something that blows some people away. But for that SAME THING, there are others that won’t think it’s that good. Refocus yourself internally. Find out what turns that emotion and passion on inside of you and CHASE THAT. (click to tweet) The only reason it’s good to focus outward is to light a fire under your butt to get going. But past that, focus internally and chase your own passion. How do you define your worth?? Yikes this question is hard. My work is NOT my worth. Push yourself harder to out-do yourself. Don’t try to beat someone else. Look at your own cards, and play your own hand:) Please share this with your friends! Do you know someone who would benefit from hearing this? Please review this podcast on iTunes! It really helps me understand what people want to hear:)

QPT 012 – Becoming A Better Friend Instead Of A Better Photographer

Don’t become a better photographer. Become a better friend: Some photographers steal moments by forcing poses and not allowing fun. Boo! Don’t do this. Would you rather spend time with someone who doesn’t enjoy you or does enjoy  you? TAKE PRESSURE OF YOURSELF AND THE CLIENTS. By having a good time with them and getting to know them. Still work in the back of your mind AS you talk and ask questions. Slow down. Enjoy the moment. Which would you rather be? A technically accurate amazing photographer with no social skill OR a great photographer whose clients really enjoy spending time with (tip: if your clients hate their time with you, getting natural expression and emotion out of them will be VERY HARD) If you truly don’t like your client, you need to find a different client As you share your personality, you will attract people who like that personality! This is why it’s so important to JUST BE YOU Y’all rock. Thanks for listening! Give me some feedback and please review this podcast on iTunes!