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When a photoshoot goes wrong

08/04/2018 0

If a photoshoot goes wrong Right from my very first photography assignment, there was this overwhelming fear of the shoot going pair-shaped. Over 40 years […]


There is a reason for the blank screen on the above video. You’re just going to have to press play to find out.

Friday Foto Tips


Once upon a time, there was a vast image library, they ran a promo to get more photographers, or should I say to make more money. It was a simple plan.
The photographer would pay them US$50 per image to have them place the picture in this prestigious agency. In return, the photographer would say **** represented them, plus they would receive industry-leading percentage returns on any sales.
It was such a great promotion that in a few days, they had to close the offer. They were inundated with new stock images and presumably $50 notes.
Fast forward a few years, and we find some of our stock images have made their way over to this agency. Not via a direct route. Instead, via a series of mergers and grapes on a white background

The above picture was sold and a commission of $0.11 was paid into our trading account. That money only being forwarded to us when the account reaches $100 or more:

You see our pictures where on a portfolio site. Not for sale, as it was a back-facing folio accessed only via invitation. However, the service provider was taken over by a much larger fish. Who, in turn, was swallowed by a much larger marine creature:)
To make a very long story, very short. A limited number of our pictures ended up for sale via the same mega-library mentioned at the start of this story.
And, true to form, they are now asking us to pay them to have continued representations. Not $50 per image, but from memory, about $100 per year.
The moral to this story is to be careful what you sign-up for and read every word of agreements to host your images. Plus, read every single sentence of any emails you get from the service provider.


This is a great place to start.

The Australian Copyright Council.

The Move to MEWE

The downsides to this is it costs us $$ to have business pages additional storage and a number of other things provided free by FB. Free that is if you don’t count giving FB the keys to your privacy:)

The link to our test page


Friday Foto Tips Tricks and Tutorials


If you haven’t already guessed, state borders will be “slammed shut” in an instant if  new outbreaks of Covid occur.

Certainly not the news I’d been waiting for:) But, then again, this isn’t news that we hadn’t expected.

NEW VERSION OF AN OLD TECHNIQUEdigitally altered landscape of rotting post is The Coorong, South Australia, Excitations Photo Adventures.

Back, way back in the early days of my photography journey, I use to dabble with a technique called split-toning. Briefly, it went like this.

While making a chemical print in the darkroom, we treated the paper to several chemical processes to change the perceived tone of an image. Mostly we would make the dark tones more cool or blue if you prefer while shifting the colour of the lighter areas to warmer or brown tones.

We called that process split toning, obviously we also toned with single colours. For example most people will be familiar with the Sepia toning, which was in the days of film and chemically processed prints was simply another chemical step in the process of print making.

The above image, captured on the edge of the Coorong in South Australia is the digital equivalent of that process. You can find dozens if not hundreds of filters/plugins to do this. Or you can modify the colour of the darker tones and light tones separately in your chosen image editing software.


We have an explanation HERE.

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Excitations Photo Adventures, photography instructor, Ian Mckenzie

Learn a little more about our chief instructor, Ian McKenzie. That’s the old bloke above, we have a Q&A session with him. Just click on the picture.


That was the heading. I should know better, but no, in I went, expecting, no hoping to find some new and exciting tips. After all, the first line of text under the heading said today’s photographers are not only photographers but hyper-creative entrepreneurs.
The fact that the article was illustrated by photos of these hyper-creative entrepreneurial types making images with their phones should have warned me. Don’t read on. But, I did, and I wasted ten minutes I haven’t got to spare.
The actual content of the article could easily have been cut and pasted from a photography magazine forty years earlier.

The following are my tips for creating a folio, whether it be for online or hard copy the basics are the same.Beautiful young woman wearing a red coat against a subdued Winter background. Excitations Photo Adventures, Photo training online and workshops, regional and remote Australia.
1- Your images have to stand out from the crowd (in other words, don’t copy other photographers)
2- Play to your strengths. (This is about you, it is personal)
3- Edit hard. (nope I’m not talking about Photoshop editing, toss out the junk, and by junk I mean images that aren’t up to scratch)
4- Start strong, (first impressions and all that)
5- End strong (make your last couple of images memorable)
6- Revisit #3 (remove more of the crap photos between your start and end )
7- Make your content relevant (showcase the subjects you want to shoot. If you wish to be a people photographer, show people images, not landscapes or kittens)
8- Ensure your folio shows you are competent technically (you would be surprised at how many of our modern creatives are clueless here, so here is your chance to shine)
9- Be yourself, don’t try to be someone else. If you are copying the style or ideas of another photographer, then you will be nothing other than a cheap imitation of that photographer.
10- There is no number ten because that would put this into the TOP TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO CREATE A PORTFOLIO and I won’t be going there:)

Warning, the above has been cut and pasted from 40 years of experience:)