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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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Finding Your Confidence – QPT 036

Finding your confidence as a photographer is tricky because if you don’t have it, you don’t know how to get it!

  • So here’s number #1 — start at a place where you are getting the YESSES you want. Do work where you hear people saying yes to you.
  • THEN, step number #2, start aiming for some no’s.
  • To get all the yesses you want, you’re most likely undervaluing yourself or giving away your work for free
  • So that’s why with step #2, you start aiming towards valuing yourself more by asking for more from your clients.
  • FIRST you start getting comfortable getting yesses, then start getting comfortable getting no’s.
  • If you aim for getting no’s first, it’ll be hard for you to keep going because you won’t feel like you’re winning!
  • We actually value NO more than YES right now — because if someone has a CLEAR YES, that’s the perfect client to work with. So as someone says no, we’re thankful that we’re still open for really confident yesses.
  • DON’T GIVE DEALS. If you want to do a job at a certain price, do it at that price. For instance if you typically “charge” $500 and then say, “oh I’ll give you a discount, it’ll just be $300” change the way you do that and just say, it’s $300 and don’t give a discount at all. No difference in price for them, but a complete difference in that YOU hear yourself saying that your services are worth a certain amount of money and you stand firmly on that instead of being wishy-washy or so quick to cut the price down.
  • When you offer deals/discounts you get in a pattern of hearing “Oh, you’re not worth that amount of money, I’ll pay you LESS though” which makes you feel like you’re NEVER worth the amount you’re asking.
  • That way you build a POSITIVE cycle of saying what you’re charging and hearing people say okay, which is super important
  • Being needy is NOT the way to go. Position yourself in your mind so that if people say no to your job + price that it’s very obviously THEIR LOSS.
  • The more you shoot, the better you get, the more confidence you find. When you FIRST pick up a camera, it’s still shiny and new, but you need to use it to the point where the camera feels less like a present and more like a tool.
  • As you get over that honeymoon period and you shoot so much, your confidence will grow.
  • Like a hiking trail through the forest, the more you walk the path the more clear it becomes — if you want to feel confident as a photographer, you need to spend time BEING a photographer as much as possible. I don’t mean by talking about photography, I don’t mean by thinking about what gear to buy, I don’t mean by wondering how good or bad you are. What I mean is just spend as much time as possible actually taking photos… and you will wear that path down and feel very confident in your ability.