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Matthew David Parker: Finding a Talented Photographer

Matthew David Parker: Finding a Talented Photographer

I have teamed up with Matthew David Parker again to talk about ways to find a talented photographer. It’s not easy, but here are 4 tips to get you started.

Finding a talented photographer can sometimes be enough to drive a person a little insane. So many factors go into a great photographer. There’s no denying that there are many photographers working in the field. There’s also no arguing that it can sometimes be a little difficult to immediately figure out who lives up to the hype. If you’re looking for a photographer who can give you the A+ work you expect, these useful search tips can help you significantly.

1. Request photographer recommendations.

Photographer recommendations can do you a lot of good. It can be daunting to hire a professional photographer without a recommendation from someone else. It can sometimes set you up for a lot of disappointment, too. If you want to feel confident about your photographer selection, you should go with someone who gets the stamp of approval from an individual you know and trust. If you’re friends with a local real estate agent who worked with a professional photographer for her official website, she may be able to offer you an amazing suggestion. If she has a great image on her website, then you know you’re golden. Recommendations from trustworthy individuals can be terrific for your peace of mind.

2. Assess experience levels and backgrounds.

If you want to work with a photographer who has skill on his side, it can help to go with someone who has ample experience. Don’t hire a photographer who just started working in the field a couple of months ago. Go with someone who has been following the photography dream for a while now. Matthew David Parker is an acclaimed photographer who has had a lifelong zeal for all things that involve photography. His passion is clear in his amazing work, too. It’s not only critical to look for a photographer who has a lot of experience, either. It can also be a great idea to look for one who has extensive training. You should look for photographers who are part of prestigious photographic associations as well.

3. Schedule face-to-face meetings with photographers.

If you want to find the perfect photographer for your specific needs, you should think about scheduling face-to-face meetings with any potential candidates. It can be tough to get a feel for a photographer without meeting him or her in person. Email, text message and phone communication can often be somewhat confusing. If you meet a photographer and get the opportunity to look him in the eyes, it can tell you so much. It can reveal how enthusiastic a photographer may be about giving you his time. It’s also vital to assess how comfortable and at ease you feel around a photographer. If you don’t feel 100 percent comfortable in the company of a certain photographer, you should look elsewhere. Lack of comfort will never give you the results you deserve. A photographer needs to have a strong rapport with his subject.

4. Consider your budget.

Costs to hire professional photographers can vary dramatically. There are some photographers who have rather steep rates. There are other photographers who are comparatively budget-friendly. If you want to select the ideal photographer for your individual needs, you have to consider your budget. Don’t select a photographer who costs too much. That can complicate things and give you additional pressure you don’t need. There are many photographers who are terrific value for your money. If you make a point to find a photographer who fits into your available budget, you should be on a good track.

Don’t rush your photographer search. A fantastic photograph can benefit you in so many ways. A bad one, on the other hand, won’t do much for you at all.

You can hire Matthew at Matthew David Parker Photography.

Roundup: What type of camera do you use?

Roundup: What type of camera do you use?

I asked 17 bloggers what camera they use to photograph their subjects. You’ll be surprised what the most common answer was, an iPhone! Take a look at the specific answers below. I guess what we have most available is what we most often use!

I use my iPhone. I always have it with me and the pictures are good enough for what I need to do. Arturo Alvarez Demalde, @arturoalvarezd

I use my iPhone 7 camera. Technology has advanced over time and I feel that these days many smartphone cameras are just as good as a regular camera, but they take up less space. With the right iPhone accessories I believe it is possible to take photos that are just as good as using an expensive camera. I do have a regular camera as well, but I haven’t pulled it out in ages. Victoria Heckstall, @wahmjourney91

Don’t laught, but all I use is the camera in my iPhone 6! Why? Because I always have it with me and it is easy to use. I was a film camera person up until 2011 when my house burned down with my camera in it. I’ve never owned or used a digital camera. I get many, many compliments on my photographs. I excel at nature shots especially, and also architectural and travel pictures. With some judicious filters/editing I am very happy with my pictures! Leslie Sholly, @LeslieSholly

Cannon SX160IS I use this camera because it takes amazing action shots, and is so user friendlly Christy Williams, @crw4bama

While I’d love to have an expensive SLR, I choose to use a bridge camera. The camera I use is the Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP Digital Camera with 30x Zoom. It is very affordable and it works great for travel when trying to save space. I can photograph the mountains, the kids, food, etc. It offers many built-in options for indoor/outdoor photography, zooming as well as auto options for those who just want to snap a quick photo. It has a built in microphone that does pretty well when videoing for vlogs. This camera is lightweight and fits inside my “go-bag” so I can always carry it with me. Crystal Martin, @CinnamonHollow

I have a Nokia Lumia 1020 with an amazing 38 MP camera, auto/manual focus, and Xenon flash. It’s what I use for all of my photography, because it’s right on my smartphone so I always have it with me. Besides, you really can’t beat the photo quality! Jamie Knupp, @cluelessmomma

I use a Nikon D5200 but I’m upgrading to a Canon. I really love my Nikon but I’m switching over to the Canon because of the ease of use. It’s a bit more user friendly for the non-photography person such as myself. I want to dig deeper into my food and family photography and feel the Canon will work better for me Debbie Tom, @HBSoulStains

“Well, interestingly enough this one question I get asked rather often – which type of camera do I use? And even though this topic has been touched on so many times, I still get asked this one question a lot.To me it’s just a matter of what works best for someone who just wants a tool to take better pictures of their children and friends without ever having to think about the settings and features. And I’ll admit for someone who loves photography, it is a very good question. Although It’s almost impossible to answer without additional context as it has a number of follow up questions – why do you use the camera? And those are really great questions to ask.

And also questions – what are you planning to photograph? Are you going to invest more into the system? What lenses would you like to own? Are you planning to take up photography professionally? And for a beginner to be able to answer all these questions in return requires a certain amount of research. But the cameras that I use to take pictures with are the DSLR cameras.The reason that I use the DSLR cameras is because they are great cameras to use to take pictures with. And that’s why I will probably continue to use these great cameras for taking pictures.” tracy collins, @tlkool3

Canon EOS Rebel T5 MICHELLE FIGUEROA, @michellemamade4

I shoot with a Nikon D7000 for digital and a Minolta for film. I am a professional photographer that doesn’t spend a fortune on equipment and these cameras suit my needs. Brandy, @stitchblade@gmail

My iPhone 6 Plus or my Samsung Galaxy S6. Why? I’m too broke paying for my cellular plan to save for a real camera. Tina Bassett, @LIChevyMetsGrrl

Samsung NX3300 its lightweight, easy to use, has interchangeable lenses if needed and has wifi capability JoAnna, @_joanna_e

Cannon Rebel T5 Jamela Porter, @reviewsbypink

I use the ipad mostly to save time Cassandra McCann, @star95011

iPhone 6s Melanie Kampman, @giveawaybandit

Nikon d300s though I’d love to upgrade to a d800! Jess Holmes, @WildishJess

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera Kimberly Wright, @KeystrokesByKim

How to Photograph a Mirage

How to Photograph a Mirage

A mirage is one of the most spectacular sights for travelers. Hot air bellows near the ground and produces images for people to see. Many times it will manifest as a pool of water that doesn’t exist. Photography is used to capture images of objects in the area. These water pools may appear in desert or arid locations in the country. But there are other excellent examples of the phenomenon in nature. For example, a mirage of an iceberg may appear on the ocean surface. Use the camera to photograph these examples and get more information on how it works.

Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas...wrong type of Mirage.
Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas…wrong type of Mirage.

It is important to find the mirage itself. Photographers should research the topic before they approach the subject. It could be difficult to find an example of the phenomenon itself. These images may appear on land or out on the water. Reports suggest that ships could appear out on the ocean waves in an area. There are significant challenges when it comes to capturing the image on film. Keep in mind that it is an optical phenomenon and is only rays of sunshine. That could be difficult to locate and harder to capture while taking photographs of the surroundings.

Photograph of a mirage caused by a jet.

Get creative with the project and judge the results. There are rumors that mirage ships appear over the horizon while filming an area. The sun may also reflect off the water, even before it has risen. Photograph the mirage and get more information before selecting these pictures. Use captions and crop techniques to prepare the photo as needed. That will direct attention towards the phenomenon and explain the subject. A mirage is challenging, but well worth the effort it takes to understand. Few other phenomena on Earth will compare to its unique nature. Artists have been drawn in by the subject in the past as well.

Research the topic by looking online or in books. Arturo Alvarez Demalde suggests learning from other photographers. Arturo Alvarez Demalde says, “Whenever I want to learn a new photography skill, I research online. Who are the best photographers? What did they do? I look at lighting, composition, and other parts of the photography to see what I can replicate and learn.” Publications have taken note of the mirage and published photos of their own. They are rare and make scant appearances in these books. The mirage will add character to a vibrant landscape in front of the photographer. It also attracts attention and is a popular topic among nearby people. Expect to be the center of attention whenever the mirage has taken place. An expert should be ready to explain how the mirage forms and what makes it special. That could generate interest for anyone hoping to purchase photographs.

Use high resolution images to take these pictures. That will detail all aspects of the mirage and its surroundings. Care and attention may just explain how the mirage has formed in the past. It still remains one of the more mysterious natural phenomena that appear in nature. Distant objects must be centered within the frame of the photographs. Good technique will be important while taking pictures. But timing will also be critical as the day unfolds. Not every day will a particular mirage appear for people. Look for a chance to photograph the perfect mirage during the day.