A Year Of My Best Articles And Why I Love Sharing What I Know
By November it will be 2 years since I started writing for DIYP and and it’s time again to recap the best articles for the year plus some of last years plus I want to write how sharing what you know will help not just other photographers but will also help you as a photographer.
Ever since I started photography I have been sharing setup shots or how-tos on my flickr stream, and later I started doing my own workshops here in the Philippines, and continued sharing what I know. But ever since I started writing here it has been a whole new challenge and a whole new audience.
I love sharing what I know because first it helps a lot of beginners and even professional photographers around the world. From time to time I get some e-mails from across the world thanking me for sharing an article which takes the frustration away from all the trolls in the internet. It really feels good knowing that you helped someone in their craft just by sharing what you know. Second is the exposure you get for writing in an international blog which is also very helpful in marketing your business.
But the thing I love the most about sharing is this: By sharing everything I know, by the end of the day I am left with Nothing as an edge. Because you have shared what you know everyone knows your secret and can do what you do. This is the main challenge for me as a photographer, I love sharing everything I know because I am challenged to learn new stuff. I also teach photography I am also in the process of always learning new things, and trust me there are always new things to learn. So here is a recap of my best article for the year.
In this article I show you three different ways and techniques on how you can photograph a watch, from shooting with one light with all sorts of DIY tricks, using an iPad and composite style on shooting a watch.
In this article how you can use the El Bokeh Wall to create perfume shots plus using a scrim to get gradient reflections on a reflective surface.
My very first experience in off-camera lighting was using two desk lamps so after about 5 years into photography and knowing what I know I went back to using desk lamps but got a more interesting result.
Every since I started photography I have been using cheap china brand lights so I show here the Pro’s and Con’s of using this kinds of light.
A quick lighting technique using only 1 light and things you can find around the house.
A DIY reflector that is quick and easy to use for your product shots!
This year was the year I learned on how to do composite shots. I teach you in this article on how I used a speedlight and illustration board and composite to light a whole motorcycle.
Another composite technique mixing shooting shoes and splashes.
Back to one light photography. Only have one speedlight? Then this article is right for you!
Another lighting technique for beverages.
Didn’t do a lot of DIY’s this year, but I did one recently where I Made a window light.
Tips on where to find inspiration!
I was inspired with the Adidas Football ad and it was the perfect time to use the lightblaster to create the lighting effect in camera.
Here is to another great year!
Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!