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Welcome to visual storytelling with me, Gary Fernon, the podcast where I talk things photography and video that help you create better visual content for yourself, and your clients. If you enjoyed these episodes then why not subscribe to hear more like this. My main focus is all about sharing, so let’s start a conversation. But above all, be creative, be inspired, be you.
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Welcome to the Visual Storytelling podcast. Lets talk about how you can avoid looking awkward while taking selfies with your friends. To avoid looking awkward while taking selfies with friends, try these tips: 1. Find good lighting. 2. Hold the camera at eye level. 3. Smile naturally. 4. Use the timer or a selfie stick. 5. Be mindful of backgrounds…
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Welcome to the Visual Storytelling podcast. In episode 15 of 2023 I discussed 5 things that would assist you in making videos with your phone better, without having to use any editing software. In episode 4 in 2024, I’m going to share 4 more tips. 4 Bonus Tips Environment Sound quality (microphone vs built in mic) Consistency Don't over commit. If …
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Welcome to the Visual Storytelling podcast. Let’s explore how to improve your photography skills. Improving your photography skills can be achieved through practice and learning. Here are some tips to help you get started: 1. Learn the fundamentals. 2. Practice regularly. 3. Study other photographers' work. 4. Use manual settings. 5. Edit your phot…
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To have a good expression in photographs, consider the following. A good expression in any photograph makes the world of difference. Here are ten tips to help you achieve this. 1. Relax and be natural. 2. Practice in front of a mirror. 3. Focus on your eyes. 4. Be mindful of your body language. 5. Find good lighting. 6. Avoid staring directly into …
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Having a photographer document events can provide several benefits to individuals. Here are ten reasons why: 1. Capturing Memories. 2. Professional Quality. 3. Focus on the Moment. 4. Comprehensive Coverage. 5. Sharing with Others. 6. Enhanced Creativity. 7. Professional Documentation. 8. Boosting Social Media Presence. 9. Creating Albums and Photo…
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The creative community group, a haven for all kinds of creators to connect, collaborate, and flourish together. Connect & Share Ideas: This group is the perfect space to meet like-minded individuals, exchange thoughts, and get inspired. Whether you're a photographer, videographer, film maker, writer, artist, musician, or in any creative field, ther…
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As a beginner in photography, here are a few fundamental tips to help you get started: 1. Composition. 2. Lighting. 3. Focus. 4. Exposure. 5. Camera Settings. 6. Composition (pt.2). 7. Post-Processing. Remember, above all else, practice is key to improving your photography skills. Take lots of photos, experiment, and have fun along the way! If you …
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When choosing a DSLR camera for street photography, consider the following factors: 1. Size and weight. 2. Image quality. 3. Low light performance. 4. Autofocus system. 5. Burst shooting speed. 6. Lens selection. 7. Articulating screen. 8. Connectivity options. 9. Battery life. 10. Weather sealing. 11. Customisation options. Remember, the best came…
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Welcome to the Visual Storytelling podcast. Let’s discuss the benefits of using a wide angle lens. Using a wide-angle lens offers several benefits in photography: 1. Expansive Field of View. 2. Depth and Spatial Awareness. 3. Distortion and Creative Perspective. 4. Close Proximity. 5. Environmental Portraits. Remember that wide-angle lenses have th…
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Businesses should invest in product photography for several reasons: 1. Visual Appeal. 2. Brand Image and Professionalism. 3. Increased Sales. 4. Differentiation from Competitors. 5. Online Presence and Marketing. 6. Versatility and Adaptability. Overall, product photography is a valuable investment for businesses as it enhances brand perception, b…
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Learning photography on your own can be an exciting and rewarding journey. Here are some steps to get started: 1. Understand the basics. 2. Get to know your camera. 3. Practice regularly. 4. Study composition. 5. Study light. 6. Analyse and critique. 7. Learn from others. 8. Edit and post-process. 9. Share your work. Remember, practice, experimenta…
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Welcome to the Visual Storytelling podcast. Let’s discuss why individuals and businesses should invest in professional headshot photography. Investing in professional headshot photography offers several benefits for both individuals and businesses. Here are a few reasons why it's worth considering: 1. First impressions. 2. Personal branding. 3. Bui…
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Previously I discussed the importance of documentary photography both as an individual, and as a business. Today, let’s take a look at some of the businesses that can benefit from documentary photography. Documentary photography can benefit a wide range of businesses, particularly those seeking to capture and convey authentic stories, experiences, …
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Welcome to Visual Storytelling, let’s discuss the importance of documentary photography, both as an individual, and as a business. Documentary photography plays a crucial role in our society for several reasons. First and foremost, it serves as a powerful tool for capturing and preserving moments in history, documenting significant events, cultures…
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You understand the benefits of incorporating video for your business. You’re ready to begin creating video content and have decided to use your mobile phone to achieve this. To help you, I’m going to share 5 tips that will assist you in making those videos better, without having to use any editing software. I discuss, Ease of set up. Lighting. Leng…
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In a previous episode I said, “it’s worth considering the type of memory card you will need as well, as the performance of this will have an impact on the experience when trying to choose between camera or lens.” So I thought I’d explain in a little more detail what I mean by this. When starting out in either photography or videography, there is so…
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You’ve had a professional video made to promote your business or brand. Now it’s time to capitalise on this. Before I get into this episode there’s one question that you need to be asking yourself. “Am I using video to promote either yourself, and / or your business.” If you haven’t started to incorporate video yet, hopefully you found this insight…
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Knowing which settings to use can be confusing, and to a certain extent takes the fun out of photography. The ability in deciding which setting to choose can have on how the shot looks can make the difference between an average photo and an awesome one, which is why it is important you know and understand how to use your camera. Listen to this epis…
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The question for this episode…. Which would you be better off starting out with as a hobby photographer, a good lens on a mediocre camera or a mediocre lens on a good camera? In order to best answer this question will depend on the type of photography you’re interested in. My initial thought would be to spend more on the lens over that of the camer…
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So, what are the next three things a photographer should get after they have purchased a camera? Well, I think what I’m about to suggest is going to shock some people. Do you agree with the three items I’ve mentioned? If you have others that you think should rank higher, then feel free to share them by leaving a comment, or tweeting me @GaryFernon …
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Is leasing camera equipment practical for a beginner photographer? I’m going to say yes, however, only in the short term. Leasing equipment is a great option if you want to try before you buy, but not something I feel you should be looking at as an alternative to owning your equipment. Take advantage of companies who lease equipment to identify wha…
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How often you format your memory cards is personal choice. Personally, I tend to do this when preparing my kit before each assignment. If I’m simply taking photos for myself then I tend not to bother doing it each time, but what I don’t want to happen when working with clients is for my card to slow down, become full way before it should because of…
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Why should you be documenting your day. Because we’ve been doing it for years. Because without photography, there is no history. Showcasing your working environment forms that unconscious attachment with a client. The moment they step through your door, they already feel familiar with their surroundings, because they recognise it, even if it’s the …
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Like a lot of people, at the beginning of the New Year I set out what I would like to achieve during 2023, not resolutions, as lets be honest, how many of us actually stick to the resolutions we set ourselves? No, I set goals. I only have to look at the content list I created at the beginning of the year to see the reality of just how distracted I’…
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When starting out upon your creative journey it’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to try everything and buying the best equipment before you identify the niche that you will focus on. We all do it, so don’t think you’re alone in this. If you’re just starting out, my advice would be to restrain yourself from doing so. There are some great deal…
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Everything you are. In one simple link. Join over 30M people and share everything you create, curate and sell online. All from the one link in bio. Recently I’ve been introduced to Linktree, a one stop shop if you will, to navigate your viewers to all of your links, be that your website, social media pages of merchandise stores. But what is Linktre…
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From photographer to model to photojournalist, Lee Miller will be played by Kate Winslet on the big screen. But who is Lee Miller? You can check out the Lee Miller Archives account on Instagram that pays homage to the late photographers' incredibly important work. So why am I talking to you about this? My reason for bringing this to you is not only…
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I recently discovered MidJourneyAi, an independent research lab exploring new mediums of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species. They are a small self-funded team focused on design, human infrastructure, and AI. And quite frankly I’ve been having a lot of fun messing about with it. Despite the outrage by some, I believe t…
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With the cold weather you would have noticed that your batteries probably aren’t holding their charge as long as they do during the other three seasons. What if I told you there is a way to keep powered up in cold conditions. This is exactly what the ProCube2 from Hahnel offers. In this episode I take a look at the features of this extreme battery …
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In November’s main headlines. HOW TO WORK OUT YOUR HOURLY RATE in 3 STEPS: Join like minded creative’s at the Creative Community The best photo-editing laptops for photographers in 2022 What are the top 5 free and paid video / photo apps LINKS Creative Community Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/260853604466712 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.…
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Before we look at the list we have to ask ourselves 2 questions. Do I use a laptop as my only means of editing, or do I use it for convenience when not able to sit in front of the desktop? And; Am I a Mac or a PC? MacBook Pro M1 (16 inch, 2021) (review https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-16-inch-2021-review ) Razer Blade 17…
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If you’re just starting out and haven’t yet established yourself, the impact of this can have two detrimental implications. Price yourself too high and no-one will book you, because you haven’t established yourself and proven that you are worth the price you are commanding. Price yourself too low and people won’t book you because they think that yo…
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MAIN HEADLINES Mobile Phone Technology *Is Vero the new Instagram? *Samsung Galaxy A14 design leaked in full *Apple iPhone 14 review DSLR & Mirrorless News *Fuji release the X-H2 New Tech. *GoPro launches Hero 11 Black and Black Mini: 27MP sensor + 360º Horizon Lock *DJI set to release the SkyPixel action camera. *DJI Osmo 3 Action Camera is given …
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Do you use a graphics tablet for editing photos? Are you considering using one but don’t know where to start? Graphics tablets and stylus pens are not just for artists and illustrators! The best drawing tablet is also a great way to edit photos in Photoshop or Lightroom. The following 13 tablets listed below have been compiled by Digital Camera Wor…
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The benefits of using a gimbal over simply handheld ensures that your footage looks smooth even when you're walking, running or making sudden movements. Digital Camera World have compiled a list of what they believe to be the best gimbals in 2022, so lets break this down into the following categories, Gimbals for smartphone. Gimbal camera’s. Gimbal…
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Not so long ago to get 2 terabytes of storage you'd need a thumping-great 3.5-inch mechanical hard disk drive. However, Japanese company Kioxia Corporation claim to have produced a working prototype of a 2TB microSDXC card. If, like me, you haven’t heard of Kioxia Corporation before, I’ve included a link to their website so you can learn more about…
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DJI have released their Osmo Mobile 6, a gimbal specifically for using mobile devices to capture video. Welcome to visual storytelling with me, Gary Fernon, the podcast where I talk things photography and video that help you create better visual content for yourself, and your clients. In this episode I look at the comparison between using the DJI O…
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With 4 big upgrades, the DJI Osmo Action 3 is ready for adventure. Welcome to visual storytelling with me, Gary Fernon, the podcast where I talk things photography and video that help you create better visual content for yourself, and your clients. In this episode I talk about the four upgrades, 1. Temperature 2. Waterproofing 3. Battery life and c…
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I stumbled upon Urth while searching for a variable ND filter for my Lumix G80 and why I chose them over other providers was in part because of their mission. With 8 layer nano-coating, no colour cast, 1 to 8.66 f/stops and a lifetime guarantee, the decision was really quite simple. Check out their story - https://uk.urth.co/pages/pacifico And thei…
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Is Vero the new Instagram? Instagram is no longer a platform for photography, confirmed by the company head, Adam Mosseri. Instead focusing more on video content over that of stills, and beginning to feel more like TikTok than what it once was. I accept that in order to survive you have to be able to adapt to the changing landscape, and as James Si…
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Welcome to this episode of Visual Storytelling, with me Gary Fernon, where I’m looking at the new drone from DJI. The starting price for the DJI Avata is £989, but don’t get caught out as the extra’s such as controller and goggles come separately. Despite this I am still seriously tempted. It will definitely be going on my wish list. It would be fa…
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LINKS New Tech. The DJI Avata https://www.dji.com/uk/avata?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=launch-avata&utm_content=a&sc_src=email_5671209&sc_eh=96973d67d59cbce01&sc_llid=399705&sc_lid=356744115&sc_uid=hYGxBoO0ab Lume Cube Lighting Kit https://lumecube.com/products/studio-panel-lighting-kit?utm_source=klaviyo&utm_medium=email&utm_…
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MAIN HEADLINES Mobile Phone Technology What is the best smartphone for photography? Photo-sharing app BeReal is topping the app charts, but you won’t find it under photography? New Tech. What are The best camera for beginners in 2022 Events The Photography & Video Show have released a 25% discount on tickets. Competitions CEWE Photo Award 2023: Fre…
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MAIN HEADLINES Mobile Phone Technology *Professional photographers using Instagram can make up to £18k per post! *Huawei Nova 10 set to launch on Fourth of July (but don't expect it in USA) DSLR & Mirrorless News *Fujifilm X-H2S is here: 6.2K video, 4K 120p, 40fps burst mode and 26MP BSI sensor *Nikon will discontinue the D3500 and D5600 but you ca…
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May News MAIN HEADLINES *Samsung introduce a 108MP HM6 sensor on their Realme 9 phone series. *DSLR sales increase 132% *There’s still time to create and enter your video in the Sony World Photography Awards *What are the top 5 free and paid video / photo apps Events This year, at The Photography Show & The Video Show, (17 – 20 September), whether …
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Welcome to Unsplash - the source of the internet’s freely useable images brought to you by the the most generous community of photographers out there. Unsplash was born from the pain in finding great, usable imagery. Which is why millions of creators from around the world have downloaded over 1 billion Unsplash images to create presentations, artwo…
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Deciding on how to price yourself can be an absolute brain ache. Charge too much and people expect the unachievable, charge too little and people overlook you believing you're not capable. In this episode I break down the math of a recent wedding I shot and give you insight on the things to consider, especially if you're new to wedding photography,…
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In January 2021 I wrote myself a note with respect to creating content on YouTube. However, it would appear that throughout the year I had forgotten this advice. Changes need to be made moving into 2022. My YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryFernon If you enjoyed this episode I would very much appreciate you subscribing to hear more …
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The world of photography is subjective. It is also a world that is accessible to all. Don't compare yourself to anyone other than yourself but continue to strive to be better than you were the day before. Hopefully you will find inspiration in this episode, inspiration to push your own creative boundaries and feel confident enough to try new things…
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