Ten Tips for Photographers: From Gina Glover

Gina Glover is a photographer and educator. She is a Director of Photofusion which she co-founded in the 1980s. Here are her top-tips for photographers…

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  1. Always carry your camera, it’s no good if it’s sitting at home. Also remember that your best camera is the one you have on you, if you only have your mobile phone then use that instead of not bothering to take the shot.
  2. Have a long-term personal project which you can keep working at and have continual shooting access to.
  3. Always take a variety of different shots of a given subject from different angles – eg. lie on the floor if you need to etc.
  4. Photography involves patience, persistence and the most importantly, the ability to be flexible; to use the unplanned accident.
  5. Find ways to see the world afresh – this may mean closing your eyes and twirling on the spot, then opening your eyes. Don’t do this on a train platform!
  6. Carry on shooting until way after you’re bored and want to go home as this is often when you’ll find the shot you’ve been looking for.
  7. Always have your business card with you and a few photos to explain your project to help people understand why you need access or more information.
  8. Pack a great snack to keep you going for longer.
  9. Eat, sleep photography – it should be your passion.
  10. Never take short cuts, they never work.