...with my new 300mm lens. As autumn descends and we try to make the best of the good weather, my other half and I took a trip to Dartmoor Zoo Park last weekend. Visiting Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium two weeks before, we noticed a special discount on offer. Visit either DZP or NMA, and with… Continue reading I’ve Been Shooting Big Cats and Wolves For Fun
It's the autumn and for many freelancers, that's the busy period. Almost every year without fail, October has taken a sharp upturn in the volume of work. Just last week, I was receiving 3-4 invitations to interview every day on Upwork. It also means I will rarely use my connects to pitch for work. Autumn… Continue reading How to Attract Top Rated Upwork Freelancers
One of the first investments I was keen to make quickly when I bought my first DSLR in the spring was a zoom lens. I must have spent months looking at the various options: do I go up to 200mm or 300mm? Would that be enough for what I wanted to use it for, as… Continue reading I Now Have a 300mm Lens!
While I've only lived in this stunning county for two years, three years short of neighbour and tourism rival Devon, I'm already hooked on the stunning landscapes and green spaces. It was a fatal attraction, really, for somebody with a master's in landscape archaeology largely unable to separate the concept of green space from environmentally-engineered-over-thousands-of-years-space.… Continue reading My Favourite Cornish Photography Spots (So Far!)
Ah, going into business - it's as much an exciting time as one full of fears and anxieties. You have so much to think about regardless of what services or products you expect to eventually sell to customers. Are you B2B or B2C? Should you have a website (the answer to that should nearly always… Continue reading Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!
If you use or have used Facebook in the past, you have no doubt come across Facebook bots. They come in two forms: The most common the random friend request from a beautiful stranger using stolen or stock images The second appear on political pages The first are perhaps a lot less dangerous although we… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Identifying Facebook Bots
This blog has undergone many changes over the last year - arguably more than in the previous seven years together. I daresay that process is over, but it's now at a place where I feel happy with it for 2018. 2019 is another matter, however. Like our freelance business in general, it pays to keep… Continue reading How to Keep Your Freelance Blog Fresh
This first appeared in 2012. New version edited and updated. I read a lot of books and I watch a lot of films and TV series, typically in the evening to wind down from spending all day on the laptop working. I've identified several tropes of the modern age. I don't know if any appear… Continue reading Some 21st Century Character Archetypes
Entering the final month of summer here in Cornwall has been cloudy this year but certainly not cold. We have higher than average humidity which is why when you travel about this gorgeous county, you'll see a wealth of happy tropical plants. Cloud reduces light and that can mean the light levels get too low… Continue reading The Importance of Good Lighting in Your Home Office
When I got my new DSLR earlier this year, it gave me the opportunity not just to learn how to take high quality photographs, but also develop some basic photo editing and manipulation skills. I learnt early on that modern photographers edit images as a matter of routine. In fact, those who refuse to do… Continue reading First Impressions of GIMP Photo Editor