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I get a lot of e-mails every week from readers and followers who are eager to learn more about photography or more about my work. I love your thirst for knowledge! I’m happy to take the time to answer all of these, but I do ask that you quickly check the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page before you send your e-mail. Thanks!
Note: I do not accept guest posts from other authors or businesses on this blog. Any requests for guest posts on this blog will go unanswered.
Yes! Of course! Thank you for taking such an interest in me and my work. I’m happy to answer any questions that you have, and provide you with a few photos if you need them. Just fill out the contact form at the top of the page here and put “School Project” in the subject line. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
This is another question that gets asked a lot for media purposes, school projects or by people looking to start their own journey into this industry. Many people know that my formal education is actually as an Aerospace Engineer so my journey to full time photography is an interesting one! I’ve created a detailed post that has much of the information you might be looking for.
I have a detailed gear section HERE on my Shutter Muse website that lists all of the equipment that I use and why. From cameras and lenses to office equipment and travel accessories, you should find what you are looking for in there.
No I did not take photography at school, I actually studied Aerospace Engineering because at the time I had not yet discovered photography. The question of photographic education is a tricky one and you’d be advised to also take some professional opinions from a careers specialist before committing to a particular course. My personal opinion is that you are better off taking a business course and letting your photographic skills speak for themselves. I did neither a photographic or a business course, but since starting my company I have always wished for greater business knowledge more than anything else. There are a great many talented artists and photographers out there who never make even a blip on the radar because they don’t understand how to market themselves and how to start and successfully maintain a business. Like I said, please seek multiple opinions on this before making a potential life altering decision though!
Yep this one gets asked a lot by those who have read my reviews of various camera bags. I’m 5’8? and unfortunately it’s simply not practical for me to comment on the possible comfort of a camera bag for someone who is a great deal taller than me. Your best bet is to call the bag manufacturer or find one to test at a local retailer.
I used to be able to offer critiques to people with no problem but recently the number of requests has gotten to the point where I no longer feel I can do them all justice in the time that I have available to answer the many questions I get. You can still send in a request, including a link to the photos online, but it pains me to say that I can’t guarantee I will have time to reply to all of them. For those who are serious about getting a proper critique and portfolio review I have set up a photography portfolio consultation >service via Shutter Muse.
If you are selling photos then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of FotoQuote from Cradoc Software. My readers get a 10% discount on this software because I recommend it to so many people. I have also outlined this software, as well as some great tips for pricing your work in my free eBook called “10 Incredible Tools For Professional Photographers”. If your question is more related to editorial usage (magazines and newspaper) than commercial usage, you’ll almost always find that the publication has set rates for specific image sizes. Their art director or editor will be able to provide you with their standard rates sheet.