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My New Name and New Home

Dear Friends,

Greetings and Salutations! I have some very exciting news and an apology for you.

I’m sorry about the lack of new posts over recent weeks. I now operate under a new business name and, as part of a more targeted online strategy, have created a new online home.

The site http://www.travelphotographyguru.com is still under construction, but is functional and I’d be very pleased if you’d visit by clicking HERE.

All of my previous 400 odd posts have been moved to the new site. And, as well as being the place to read my latest posts, there’s an expanded Workshop and Portfolio section. I should also be able to announce a very exciting addition to the site by the end of the week.

The best news is that a lot of the hard work and long hours are over. I can now reclaim a few more hours of my day and get back to blogging. You can expect regular posts on my new site on an almost daily basis.

Thank you so much for your patience over recent weeks. I hope to see you at my new site on a regular basis.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru

Down But Not Out

Hi Folks,

I’m sorry to say that the regularity with which I am able to add new posts to this site is currently reduced. I normally produce my posts late at night from home. Unfortunatley my computer crashed the other day and its at the doctors, probably till the end of the week.

As I may not be able to post new articles until the end of this week I’d encourage you all to explore some of the 200 plus articles posted since the beginning of 2009. You can use the search widget on the right of this page. Alternatively, click on the select a category widget on the top left of this page, and scroll down to the area or genre you’d like to explore.

I’m confident I’II be up and running again by the end of the week. I have articles on Photographing Kids, Google Buzz and Photography with the Apple iPhone in production which will be posted as soon as I have my computer back.

Thanks so much for your patience.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photograhy

Announcing Launch of New Portrait Website

I’m very happy to announce the launch of my brand new website blueskyphotography.com.au

The site features a clean and relatively simple design that I felt was essential to ensure that it loads quickly and provides an easy and intuitive way to navigate around the site. I want to make special mention of my good friend, Bill Poon, who provided his significant web and design skills to help me create this site.

It seems certain that a range of approaches are required to get your name and images out into the world. This blog is an example in point. It is, by its nature, an educational site. But I’m also a working photographer (travel, portrait and landscape) and need to continually promote those other sides of my business. I enjoy photographing a wide variety of subject matter and working with a diverse range of people. Over my 30-year career this diversity of real life experience has served me well as a teacher of photography. All praise the generalist!

However, the problem with a generalist is that you can appear to be good at a lot of things and a master of nothing. With the possible exception of a small town photographer, which I once was, I don’t think its wise to have a single website that showcases everything you do. It seems a better option, for photographers like me, to have a series of websites that highlight each genre separately.

To take this argument a step further there’s no reason why you wouldn’t have a range of different business cards by which to target different aspects of your business to particular customers or interest groups. Personally I wouldn’t have a business card that read ‘Weddings, Portraits, School and Kindergarten, Commercial, Fashion, Food, Photo Restoration, Aerial and Animal Photography’. You may do a bit of all of these things, but listing them all can make you look like a generalist. And I don’t think that’s what the customer wants. If they’re about to get married they will be looking for a photographer who specializes in that type of photography. By that I mean wedding, not animal, photography.

Of course its important that your website/s tells the world a little bit about yourself, so there’s no reason why you wouldn’t include an extra body of work under the title ‘personal work’, ‘projects’, etc. I would however suggest that any such section be seen to compliment the major aspect of your work being promoted on the site.

Of course there are always exceptions to the rule. Let’s look at another, slightly different, example. My good friend Bill Poon is a commercial photographer who moved into graphic design a number of years ago. This means that he can offer his commercial customers a one-stop solution. The fact that he is able to handle multiple aspects of the job, from conception to completion, makes life a lot easier for the customer. This niche business model also allows Bill to stand out from the vast majority of photographers and graphic designers working independently of each other.

Bill currently works with a select group of customers and, therefore, doesn’t need to spend a lot of time promoting his business. But, if he did, he could easily create a website that promotes both sides of his business. In this case the two seemingly different areas of expertise are brought together to offer a more seamless service.

Interestingly Bill’s current website, billpoonphotodesign.com, is dedicated entirely to his photography. The site is divided into the following categories: Fashion, Artists, BodyArt, Nudes, and Skin+Bones. A quick look at the site will demonstrate that, in Bill’s case, the variety of areas covered are all linked by his own, individual approach to photography. They are all stylistically linked.

So, ultimately, you could look at my advice and determine whether or not it is suitable to your own areas of photographic endeavor and business model.

Today’s launch highlights my portrait and wedding work. I’II be adding more images (babies, children and family portraits) to the site over coming months. Even though I rarely photograph weddings these days, as the images are all portrait based, I’ve included a wedding section on the site. They were also a lot of fun to produce. There’s also a travel photography section. I think potential customers will be interested in how I approach and photograph people who aren’t paying me to photograph them. As is the case with my blog, the travel section showcases my world-view as much as it does my photography.

Over the next few months I may well move both the wedding and travel photography sections off this site. I certainly plan to have a site dedicated to my travel photograph, which would include landscapes and architecture from my domestic and overseas travels. There’s also likely to be a landscape photography site that showcases this significant area of my portfolio. I look forward to announcing these new sites to you within the coming months.

I expect this blog to remain a central component in my communication strategy. With that in mind I’ll ensure that, as these sites are launched, an appropriate link is included to each of them via my blog site.

I do hope you’ll take the time to visit this initial site, showcasing some of my portrait, wedding and travel photography by clicking on this link.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Blog Schedule for 2010

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce a new schedule for my blog during 2010. Last year I posted, almost every day of the year, on a variety of subjects, techniques and photography genres. I added and re-organized the blog inline with the posts I produced. Now that my blog has become a pretty good reference source I felt a slightly more organized approach to the type and timing of posts is now appropriate.

An outline of my plan for 2010 can be described as follows:

Monday – Travel Photography

You can expect local and overseas images and writings exploring destinations, people and technical concerns facing the wanderer within us all. I decided to schedule my travel-based posts on Mondays to bring some joy to many who face the beginning of the working week with diminished enthusiasm.

Tuesday – Industry News

This is not a site for ‘full on’ reviews. I’m just not that interested in either reading or writing that type of post. Rather you can expect short and to the point (and somewhat biased) commentary on the products, gadgets and trends that are of interest to today’s photographers.

Wednesday – People Photography

A variety of people-based photography will be explored on Wednesdays. Formal portraits, environmental portraits, candid, flash and experimental photography will all be featured.

Thursday – Tech Talk

Articles on light, color, design, genres and camera techniques will all be explored. Where possible an image will be included to illustrate the article.

Friday – Pic of the Week

I’m really glad to be continuing my ‘pic of the week’ posts that ran most weeks last year. As was the case during 2009 you should expect most of these images to be landscape or nature based. Hopefully that will provide many of you with an extra incentive to get out and commit photography over the coming weekend.

Saturday – Quote of the Week

I’II be commenting on a series of fun, challenging and thought provoking quotes from which we can all find relevance. Where appropriate I’II include an image to illustrate the quote and/or my commentary.

Sunday – Image Processing Tips

Here’s some great news for users of Adobe products. Whether you’re a Lightroom, Camera RAW, Elements or Photoshop CS4 user you’ll find articles designed to educate and help you along the way to producing great images.

There are other exciting changes that I expect to be able to announce around the end of January 2010. I work hard to provide content that’s interesting, informative, relevant and explained in a way that’s easy to understand and relatively straightforward to apply. Please feel free to visit regularly.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Happy New Year

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you folks who have followed by blog throughout 2009. The blog will officially turn 1 year old on New Years Day, so I’II have to make sure there’s a great image with lots of interesting information to accompany it.

As things currently stand the blog has attracted around 29,000 visits during the 12 months since its inception. The fact that I had dreamed of 30,000 visits for the year means I was pretty close to the mark. Being away working on the Australian motion picture film Summer Coda for more than half of December reduced my opportunities to blog and, as a consequence, I didn’t reach my goal. Nevertheless, I’ve stayed true to my word of posting a blog most days of the year. I only hope that you’ve found them to be of interest.

Over coming weeks you can expect pretty significant changes to this site. I’m working hard to improve the general appearance and to add some significant articles for your consumption. I have some other great news, which will be announced at the end of January. Till then please feel free to re-visit my blog regularly and to request any articles, pics or opinions you’d like me to post.

Finally, I hope you all enjoy the New Year period and that the coming year will be a peaceful, happy and safe time for us all.

Kindest Regards,

Glenn Guy

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Summer Coda_The Party Tree

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm lens @ 32mm. Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f4 ISO 1600

I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan and have been influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales and the Middle Earth mythology he created since I was introduced to The Hobbit in form 2 (year 8) at 14 years of age.

The above image was made on location at Dareton in far southwest New South Wales (NSW) during filming of the Australian motion picture film, Summer Coda. I fell in love with this tree the moment I saw it. Standing on top of a bed of lush, deliberately overgrown grass it reminded me of the famous party tree at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of Tolkien’s epic trilogy. With light from me old gaffer illuminating parts of the tree, it looked even better at night.

So, while its not a Christmas tree, I hope that the peace and beauty I felt in the presence of this marvelous life form brings you a little closer to the source at this special time of year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and safe Christmas. May 2010 be a year full of fun, love and peace for us all.

Kindest Regards,

Glenn

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

More Exposure Information in Future Posts

From now on folks you can look forward to more camera related information appearing as part of the caption accompanying any images on this site that were captured with a digital camera. I know that, for folks starting out, the Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO settings on the camera are often of interest. Sorry I didn’t think about it early.

If there’s anything else you’d like me to add in my regular posts feel free to let me know via the comments section at the bottom of this or any other post.

As I started my career in photography in retail I’ll leave you today with a memory from my early days in the industry. There was a nice, colourful greeting card included with a 110 size Kodak Brownie pocket camera from the late 70’s / early 80’s that featured a cartoon-like crocodile. The caption on the card read along the following lines: 

“There’s no time to be napping. So get out and start snapping.”

I think I have a copy of one of those cards somewhere. And, dare I say, there’s wisdom a plenty in the message. Get off the couch and move away from the computer. The dishes can wait, but life can’t. Photography opens our eyes to the world around us and the camera is a passport into an ever more interesting world outside our normal everyday experience.

So what are we waiting for?

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

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