If this is your first time on this blog – welcome, hello there, and thanks for joining me.  I’ve been blogging about photography for about 10 years now, and whilst I update roughly once a week with (hopefully) useful stuff, there are all sorts of hidden gems tucked away in the archives of this blog that might be very handy for you.  Here’s a quick guide to what you can find behind the front page.

First off, there were several series posts I wrote way back when I started the blog.  These cover Basic Business (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6), Portfolios (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7), Production (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8), and a Reading List (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).

For the assistants (or aspiring assistants) out there, have a look at the Assisting series – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

If you’re currently a student of photography, or are considering becoming one, then check out: How to choose a course or college, Contacting Photographers, The Perfect Photography Course, Making the best use of your time at college, Work Experience, and It’s Show Time!

For some useful insights on creativity, read up on Logbooks, Blackboxing, No Excuses, Building your Sourcebank, and Creative Pauses – Long and Short.

If you’re an aspiring professional, or jaded old hack like myself, then have a look at My thoughts on fees, Saying “No” to work, Where work comes from, On Eggs and Baskets, Dealing with “All Rights” requests, Quick tips on turning Pro, and Debunking the 10 000 hours myth.

Of course, if you just want to get straight down to business, go and read The Best Photography Tip EVER!  I guarantee this will have more effect on your photography than any other insight!


Tom Miles (Photosmudger)