Growing up in our house as a kid, I was constantly besieged by gardening magazines, thanks to my mum’s enthusiasm for plants and her passion for reading about anything horticultural. To this day, I remember a steady stream of gardeners’ calendars – the things that seemingly every gardener should be doing on a month-by-month, week by-week basis. Whether it was prepping the ground, planting, nurturing or harvesting, there was never a moment when there wasn’t something to be done in the pursuit of a truly glorious garden.
While, admittedly, there’s noticeably less need for horse manure, most professional photographers still have seasonality. For portrait and wedding photographers, at least, January and February are not usually the busiest months of the year: short, gloomy, chilly days and the residual aftermath of the festive season limit the demand for portraits and weddings!
Like many pro photographers, I eagerly anticipate this time of year. It’s quieter in the diary and a welcome moment to look back over the previous season, picking out new pictures for our portfolio – the images that will define the brand for the next year, or, possibly, the entire lifetime of the business.
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Time to sort out your portfolio
In the quiet of winter, why not cast a critical eye over your portfolio? Utilize this time to improve your selections and attract new customers
N Photo PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020
The search for the world’s best Nikon photographer of 2020 is finally over! Each issue the monthly N-Photo POTY 2020 photo contest’s top 10 images have been selected by the N-Photo team – but this month we pick the best of the best and crown our winner of the N-Photo Photographer of the Year 2020 competition!
How to shoot…Magnificent mountains!
Whether shooting up at them or down from them, hills and mountains offer the most dramatic landscapes of all. Edyta Rice shares her top tips for capturing magical mountainscapes
Mist is the Holy Grail for landscape photographers and can produce some dramatic effects, if you are willing to wait…
Mike Harris heads out on a crisp morning to capture a misty scene before the moody conditions disperse
Roll on the snow
It pays to never let the weather get the best of you, even if it means a little frostbite…
Our favourite Nikon images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award
As far as the eye can see
Mike Harris photographs multiple images of a cityscape and blends them together to create a panorama
Magdalena Sztechman has worked alongside 39 people with Down’s syndrome to tell how they’ve coped during the pandemic
A little local knowledge
James Patterson shows how to target areas of a landscape with Photoshop tools and make powerful local adjustments
The Food Fight in Fake Meat
Beyond Meat was an early leader. But rival Impossible Foods and others want to eat its lunch
The U.K. Wants to Clean Up Space
The amount of debris in orbit is an increasing danger—and a potential market opportunity
Prices for a warehouse staple are at a record, buoyed by the boom in e-commerce
THE MAN WHO KEEPS THE FAR RIGHT ONLINE
While Amazon and its peers have stopped supporting certain prominent White supremacists and conspiracy theorists, Nick Lim has stepped in
DOGECOIN: THE NEW BITCOIN IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW
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