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I met Alex Wrigley online earlier this year and we got to talking about our photography websites. In time, this led to a number of different collaborations, with both of us writing posts on each other’s sites to expand our audiences.

I reached out to him recently to conduct an interview as I thought his area of focus as a landscape photographer AND photography blogger could be useful for my audience to shed some light on. So often when people think of making money with photography, their mind will immediately rush to taking pictures of people or shooting photos for businesses to use in advertising. …


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We previously wrote a Medium story for photography business beginners answering the question…”How do photographers get clients?” This story pulled on our own experience over the past several years growing our wedding + portrait photography business as we’ve learned a lot about how to bring new clients into the fold.

Of course, we know that sometimes what works for one person, won’t always work for others.

So while we may have amazing success using Instagram to get more wedding inquiries, another wedding photographer just trying to get on their feet might find it to be an absolute waste of time.

To help share with you how wedding photographers get clients in a more objective way, we decided to go out and research what other wedding photographers are doing to bring in their clients. …


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The question…

Hey! I just booked my first wedding this upcoming Friday and I’m scared of messing it up. Client said it’s about an hour session, 7–10 people, nothing fancy or big. Pictures are being taken in a local park. I’m going tomorrow to scout out the park and get an idea of what I like and see how the client feels about it. Any tips to help calm my nerves? About how many pictures would you deliver in an hour long shoot?

Also should note that it would be around 11am (direct sunlight?). I have a flash and feel comfortable using it to fill but would it be worth it to buy and practice with a reflector before the wedding? …


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The question…

So I have a set of solo portraits of the bride and couple’s portraits of the bride & groom that I shot at my last wedding. I’ve got a set of edits that look good across the whole set of those images, but I also have an edit that I like better, but it only works with the feel / lighting of a couple of them, so if I were to deliver them the set wouldn’t feel cohesive.

Do you guys ever deliver multiple edits of the same image (outside of black & white photo edits)? …


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This Medium story will be short-and-sweet. Over on our website post Beginner’s Guide: How Do Photographers Get Clients? I received this really great question that I wanted to address directly for the rest of our Formed From Light website and Medium viewers to read.

The question…

Hi Chris,

I love your texts but in this one I got a question:

I do landscape and long exposure here in Portugal with amazing beaches and cliffs. Who do you think could be the main client for this specific area of photography?

Thank you,

Luis

My answer…


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Dreaming of taking amazingly beautiful photos for a couple in love that are a little moody, romantic, and drenched in sun light and color? Shooting during Golden Hour is just what you need!

As wedding photographers, we are always looking for ways to produce images that accurately reflect our couple’s and that can showcase the love they share in incredible ways. While we can make any kind of lighting work, Golden Hour light is particularly special.

In this post, we’re going to share with you practical information about Golden Hour, and some tips & tricks we’ve learned to use it to the fullest to create stunning couple’s photographs — whether it’s for a wedding, engagement shoot, anniversary, or anything else! …


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TOP 10 FREE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITING SOFTWARE

What is the most popular photography editing software? Is it designed by Adobe or are there other photography editors that can let you efficiently edit your images? There are many free alternatives that feature a huge number of powerful tools for image enhancement.

Contents:

  1. Pixlr
  2. Gimp
  3. Photo Pos Pro
  4. Paint.NET
  5. Adobe Photoshop Express
  6. Photopea
  7. Krita
  8. Polarr
  9. Fotor
  10. Sumopaint

The “download Photoshop” search request is unsurprisingly popular, but its purchase is justifiable only if you are engaged in computer graphics professionally, earning a living this way. …


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For many photographers, when faced with a dark or otherwise less-than-ideal shooting environment, they will want to bring along their own light source. A lot like how a flashlight can be used to light up a dark walking path, photographers have many options when it comes to the lighting gear they can choose to work with.

While there are many varieties such as studio strobes, speedlights, monolights, video lights, ICE lights (and more) — they all can be categorized as either strobe (flash) lights or continuous (constant) lights.

In this post, we will be providing an in depth photography tutorial where we will talk about strobe lighting and continuous lighting, give you a good idea of what each is (and isn’t), talk about some pros and cons of each, and cap things off by helping you to identify which one is right for your photography.


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Once you have squared away your wedding date and venue, the next thing most couples start to look into is their wedding photographer.

The reason for this is so obvious — photographs make up the #1 tangible memory from a wedding day. Decades from now, you’ll be able to look back on your day and share them with your kids (and grandkids) — so having a wedding photographer you love is a really important thing.

Unlike a lot of posts on this topic you might find on wedding inspiration websites, we want to give you some tips for how to find your wedding photographer that come from our own personal experiences actually picking one for our wedding (a few years ago) and some insider tips that many couples don’t even think about as we are pro wedding photographers ourselves (we shoot weddings for a living!). …


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On the surface, a person who describes their style as a “natural light photographer” has most likely given some thought to how they want to brand themselves, but may be disguising a fear or total lack of technical ability to work with artificial lighting.

I have gone through countless portfolios and websites of photographers — particularly portrait, family, and wedding photographers — and have recognized a fairly new trend (as of the past few years) where these photographers have opted to describe their approach to photography as that of natural light. Part of the reason for this, I suspect, is because the words “natural light photography” have a great sound to it. …

About

Chris Romans

I co-run Formed From Light, and am one half of the husband-and-wife team that makes up Hand + Arrow Photography. Blogs at FFL: https://formedfromlight.com/

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