Freelance Photography and Mental Health with Dr. Ali Mattu

In this video I talk with Dr Ali from The Psych Show about Freelance photography and mental health. I truly hope you find this video helpful, whether you're a photographer, creative, someone interested in becoming a freelance photographer, or just curious about mental health. We cover so much in this video including:

-The difficulties of pursuing freelance work.

-What makes you a successful freelance photographer.

-The unique difficulties on your mental health freelancers face.

-How to deal with inconsistency in your lifestyle and your work

-Dealing with the double edged sword of having freedom to do what you want when you want.

-The importance of having a schedule outside of work.

-How to manage a freestyle lifestyle when personal life and professional life blend.

-How to delineate time in the face of hustle culture.

-Finding meaning in your work as a freelance photographer.

-Taking on personal photographic work to find fulfillment when professional work is not enough.

-Staying present on the job.

-How to engage in a flow state.

-Working on your skills as a photographer so that you are always growing.

-The importance of staying connected with your peers when isolated.

-How to avoid burn out as a freelance photographer.

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5 Beginner Photography Mistakes

Beginner Mistakes Photographers Make (5 things)

1. The first mistake people often make is looking at what other photographers are doing.

First, I want to say that This can actually do some good: Looking at the work of others can be a good way to get inspiration and to raise your standard of what is possible.

So, what’s the problem?

When everyone looks at what other photographers are doing, their work all starts to look the same. This is obviously something you should avoid. Rather, you should find a way to Be authentic: Figure out what you want to say and do it your own way. Find your inspiration where no one else is looking. Do not limit yourself to what your contemporaries are doing.

My recommendation is to Look at the classic masters of photography for inspiration or even completely different genres of art. You might think that the best way to this is by searching online, but the best way to find what you’re looking for is by checking out old books. I recommend hitting your library and used bookstores up. I personally have a secret spot I buy photography books all the time from for as little as 6 dollars

2. The second beginner photography mistake is thinking that gear matters.

If you think better gear will make you a better photographer you’re wrong. If you're thinking ,“I could do this or that that someone else is doing if I just had that lens or whatever, you're making excuses for not shooting. IF ANYTHING limitations make you a better photographer. It forces you to find creative solutions and to work harder.

Back in the day when I had the original Canon 5d, I did not upgrade to the 5dii. I worked with the limitations of the 5d classic and it arguably made me a better photographer. It sucked in low light, so i had to learn clever ways to use my strobes. Its autofocus and burst rate was slow so my timing had to be spot on. By the time the 5diii came out its lowlight performance and focus system was a game changer but to this day I wonder if my timing was better shooting with a 5d original.

The last three examples are all closely related

3. The third mistake photographers make is not respecting the craft.

I’m not just talking about neglecting the technical stuff like shutter speed and aperture. I’m talking about the concepts behind it all so that you’re not memorizing or mimicking set techniques. You should drive toward having a deep understanding of the art form- its past and its historical context.

4. The Fourth mistake people make is not having a photography teacher.

Most people need a teacher. In my experience there are very few who can read a book or watch

youtube and repeat what they’ve learned. I’m not saying you need to go to school or mentor under a photographer, but if you’re not truly able to teach yourself you need a teacher. I did photography all throughout high school and college and to be honest I didn't learn much but at least I had a foundation. Afterward I mostly taught myself, but when I decided to start shooting professionally i didn't have the arrogance to think I knew everything there was to know. Regrettably I started off by shooting weddings as a second shooter and that experience was incredibly valuable. It doesnt matter where you get your education from but if you can't be self taught you need a teacher.

5. The Fifth mistake photographers make lacking life experience.

Without life experience, it can be difficult to make meaningful art.

So:

Go live your life.

Get inspired AND NOT BY LOOKING AT OTHER PEOPLE'S WORK.

Find your voice

Go on a journey! And most importantly...

Introspect!

Birthday Party Photographer (Kidville)

Birthday Party Photography at Kidville

Although I have been moving toward shooting more corporate photography lately, I still love returning to shooting birthday parties. Here are just a few images from a recent birthday party I photographed at Kidville in Brentwood.

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If you are looking for a birthday party photographer in Los Angeles, please get in touch. As always, my focus is on creating outstanding images that truly capture something rather than stale, boring images about nothing :)

Watch This if You Want to Take Great Photographs

Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs

I can not over recommend Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carrol. I have not found another book on photography with more concise and easy to understand explanations. I think this is a great book for beginners but also a terrific reference book for advanced photographers and photography instructors. Topics discussed include the following: Composition: leading lines landscape or portrait framing foreground interest getting close symmetry the rule of thirds working the frame visual weight breaking the rules Exposure: modes program mode shutter speed and shutter speed priority slow shutter speeds slow shutter speeds at night fast shutter speeds aperture and aperture priority shallow depth of field deep depth of field ISO manual photography exposure compensation AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

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Going Back to my Old Camera for Youtube

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Bulk Film Loader

Bulk Film Loader

Thank you so much for this, David. I will have a video coming soon on how to use this bulk film loader as well as how to use a camera that takes a 126 cartridge. I believe that I should be able to load it with film from the bulk loader. I've already loaded it up with Adox APX 25, a super slow film.

Heres some info on the Legacy Pro Lloyd 35mm Bulk Loader:

"Legacy Pro 63000 Overview Designed to be economical when shooting 35mm roll film, the Lloyd 35mm Daylight Bulk Film Loader from Legacy Pro allows you to load your own 35mm film cassettes for use. This classic daylight loading machine accepts one 100' roll of 35mm film, which can then be manually spooled out into individual cassettes for use. A helpful guide is also printed on the front of the machine to indicate the number of cranks needed to produce 12-, 18-, 24-, and 36-exposure rolls."

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How to Photograph Celebrities

In this video I talk about my experience photographing celebrities in Los Angles and give my tips on how to do it. I also talk about photographing celebrities on film and how I bring a film camera to every job. I hope you guys find this helpful and/or entertaining! I have been a professional event photographer in Los Angeles for over 10 years . I also teach photography at Barnsdall Art Center. Follow the links below to see my work.

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Why I Shoot Film

Why I Shoot Film

There are a lot of reasons to shoot film, many of which I am sure you've heard. But this video is about why I shoot film. It all comes down to this: I shoot film as a reaction to the over perfected and curated images everywhere we turn. So what is it about film that counters that?

1. the implicit understanding that an iconic moment or any decisive moment came down to the photographer's timing. When you know the photographer used a camera with a 30 frame per second burst, images can feel less significant.

2. Imperfection. Back in college I wanted my film photographs to be perfect. But it made sense back then: film was your only option for the most part of making an image. But now that that has changed, I like my film work to have some imperfection at times.

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Why People Like Bad Photography

Why People Like Bad Photography

I have given it a lot of thought: Why do people like bad photography? More specifically why do people like photography that offers little more than aesthetic value. When starting out, photographers tend to be enamored by what they see as good photography, mostly because they do not understand how it is done. But once they figure it, in order to grow as an artist, they should begin asking themselves their intent. Why are they making photographs the way they are making them? How can they make meaningful images and grow as an artist? I have been a professional event photographer in Los Angeles for 10 years while teaching photography at the same time.

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My New Favorite Black and White Film

AGFA APX 25

AGFA APX 25 is my new favorite film! Will I use it often? Probably not. Since it's been discontinued for some time now, I am going to cherish what I have left. Although the results when developed in Diafine were unremarkable, this film truly shines in Rodinal. Personally, this is the finest grained film with the best tonal range of anything I have shot so far. Let me know your thoughts! I have been a professional event photographer in Los Angeles for 10 years while teaching photography at the same time.

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Anscomark M Film Camera

Anscomark M Film Camera

The Anscomark M is the sturdiest camera I have ever held. "Built like a tank," is one of the most overused expressions when it comes to cameras, but it really does apply here; We are talking WWI era tank to be clear ;) This camera is feature-full from built in selenium light meter, threaded cable release hidden below the shutter button, to it's interchangeable lenses. Unfortunately it can be very hard to find lenses for this camera if you can even find the camera at all. I am looking forward to shooting with this camera and I'm very excited to share my results with you all!

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Subject Matter, Composition, Lighting: What Matters Most?

Composition, Subject Matter, Lighting: What Matters Most?

There are three main pillars to an image: subject matter, composition, and lighting. All are important, but without a doubt subject matter matters most. Without interesting subject matter an image can be soulless. The more elements you have, the stronger an image, but sometimes subject matter can carry an image alone.

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Shooting Detail Shots with a 400mm Lens

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How to Use an External Camera Flash // Part 2

Part Two of How to Use an External Camera Flash

In this video I focus on how to properly use modifiers and bounce your flash for more pleasing results.

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How to Use an External Camera Flash // Part 1: Settings

How to Use an External Camera Flash.

When photographing a wedding, party, or any type of event, You’re not always going to be able to get an exposure with available light. But you’ve probably noticed that on camera flash Well- kind of sucks. Well, It's probably time you upgrade to an external flash

TODAY I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED

Personally when I'm using flash my goal is to make it look as little like flash as possible - and in the future, I’m going to give you some tips and tips on how to do so. But before diving into that, We need to talk about your basic settings and how your flash works. Like your camera, your flash has a manual mode. But without an effective means of metering - it can be impractical when on the move at a wedding, event, or anything requiring you to be on the move TTL which stands for through the lens, however, is essentially your flash's automatic mode. The way it works is when you begin to make an image your flash actively meters the light returning to your camera and cuts off once its output enough light to make a proper exposure. But also, like your cameras priority modes, you can tell your flash to either under or over expose an image by varying stops. Remember, your flash doesn't know what it is photographing so it will always expose for middle gray. In my experience when photographing a bunch of guys wearing black suits I set my flash compensation to -1 When I shot weddings, when photographing a bride with flash, I over exposed by about a stop.

That's pretty much all you need to know about your flashs' settings to get started.... But what do you need to know about your camera settings? Well because your flash is essentially shooting in auto - In order to have full creative control over how your images turn out its best to shoot in manual as your flash will adjust to your cameras settings for an exposure. However, It's important to note that flash exposure is solely determined by its output relative to your aperture and ISO alone. NOT shutter speed.

So in short: Set your aperture as you would normally dependent on your needs and taste and your flash will adjust. Shutter speed, on the other hand, while not having an effect on your flash exposure does have an impact on your ambient light exposure. But details on that will have to wait for another video.

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Photographing Jamie Lee Curtis

In this episode I photograph a Fund Her event hosted by my friend Adrienne and Jamie Lee Curtis. Fund her supports women candidates for office. Link to their site below!

Check out Fund Her: https://www.fundher.org/

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My Film Camera Collection

Here are just a few of my film cameras in my "collection." Consider them my favorites of each type of film camera I have.

Pentax 67

My go to, well my only, medium format camera with interchangeable lenses. Perfect when I am in "work mode." I love this camera, but due to its size its not something I like to carry around with me. But its definitely a work horse.

Rolleiflex 3.5

Possibly my all time favorite film camera to shoot with. There is nothing like shooting with a TLR. It's just an entirely different approach to shooting compared to modern SLR style cameras or even rangefinders. The Rolleiflex is a gorgeous, well built camera.

Canon 1V

A MUST HAVE FOR ANY CANON DSLR SHOOTER. You will feel right at home here. Although its autofocus and burst rates aren't quite up to snuff compared to its modern equivalent, the 1dxii. Theres nothing like shooting film and having pro lens options!

Leica M3

What can be said about the Leica m3 that hasn't already been said by too many to count. It is legendary for a reason. NONE of my other cameras rival its build quality, though some come close in their own ways.

Voigtlander Vito ii

This camera made me fall in love with folding cameras- I want more! It's such a quirky experience, using one. But once you figure it out its such an enjoyable experience and challenge.

Rollei 35 s

My favorite compact camera dependent on a distance scale for focussing. To my knowledge there is nothing that comes close to it in design and quality.

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Avoid Photography Burnout!

When you shoot as many events as I do, it is important to develop strategies to prevent burn out. In this video I share a few.

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