Phases of Life and Photography and Where Minimalism Fits in

In general we all go through three phases in Life.

Phase I: Accumulation
Phase II: Moderation
Phase: III: Shedding

Phase I: Accumulation

By accumulation I mean the race for material gratification in objects like cars, bikes, mobiles, gadgets, jewellery, luxurious houses, vacations etc and money in general. In this phase one wants to accumulate as much as he/she can or all of what is possibly available.

This is probably a good phase to try some wide-angle nature/landscape photography, where one can try and included as many elements as possible in the frame reflecting “accumulation”. Now you may ask why only Nature or Landscape Photography?

Because in the accumulation phase you are still searching for beauty and perfection and the ideal world you want to live in. You are not yet bored of it. So this is an ideal form for people who identify themselves in this phase.

This identification does help, as once you identify the phase of your life you are currently in and align it with the kind of photography that you do, it will give you fantastic results.

Please See: Be it Photography or be it Art, it is all but a reflection of the photographer’s/ artist’s mind and what is he/she is currently experiencing in life and the phase he/she is passing through.

Phase II: Moderation

In the second phase I.e the phase of Moderation there is a sense of realization that what you already have or have accumulated is sufficient or maybe a little more than required but you are happy with it. You are content and free from the everyday struggle of making ends meet. You also have certain luxuries in life and the business is well managed and looked after by the staff.

If you find yourself in this phase you could probably try out some Wildlife or Street Photography as you now have some free time to go out and see how other people live or how the jungle life is.

Phase III: Shedding

It is only when you have reached Phase III is when you realize that you need to do away with all the extra stuff that you have. Your understanding towards the benefits of “less” increases by the day and it starts reflecting in your personality. It is now that you really understand the importance of simplicity over luxury. The new luxury for you now is convenience which is a by-product of simplicity. You also now have more time for yourself and have most of the answers of life that you have been looking for all your life.

This is a good time to look at doing Minimalist Photography or perhaps abstracts. As now your mind is almost like an empty slate with only the necessary data to hold, the results would be fantastic.

An Industry Insider Reveals Top 5 Secrets to Inexpensive Wedding Photography and Engagement Pictures

When it comes to your special day, the last thing you want to do is skimp on the most important part” the wedding photography. Photos of the wedding, the ceremony, the bridal photos, the guests, the family, and of course the dress, are what make memories that you can always look back on and smile. However, although getting married is an investment and the wedding photography follows suit, there are some tips and secrets to knocking down the price just a bit. Knowing questions to ask a wedding photographer and what to look for in your search will save you money, save you time, and still get you the unique wedding pictures you want.

Secret 1: Don’t assume expensive is better.

Some of the best wedding photographers are ones that aren’t overpriced for what you want. A photographer that truly cares about his or her clients and the day that is theirs will leave a little wiggle room in what he or she charges. If you want examples of this, search the internet. Some wedding photographers that have high prices often have low quality. Low quality equals negative happiness when you get your wedding day pictures.

Secret 2: Get a CD of all the photos to print yourself

One easy way to save money on your wedding is to ask the photographer if you can have a CD of the images taken of your wedding day. Usually, the photographer will edit the pictures and then give them to you on a CD to print photos yourself. If there is one thing to remember, ask for this! It saves you time and money, which makes everyone happy.

Secret 3: Know where to print your pictures

In addition to the previous secret, once you get the CD of your wedding photos from the photographer, make sure you’re informed of where to print them. Don’t take all your pictures to a professional printing facility and have them produce 4x6s that you’ll send to all your friends and family. This will be VERY EXPENSIVE. Only have the wedding photos that you as a couple are going to keep printed by a professional. For all the wedding and reception photos you want to send to family and friends, go ahead and print these out at any non-professional location, such as Walgreen’s or Target. The quality will still be nice, but since you are making the investment for your own memories, make sure that you invest in the right place to print them.

Secret 4: Don’t pay for unnecessary expenses in the contract.

Since a wedding photographer will most often be at your wedding the entire day, it is expected that meals be taken care of for the photographer, an assistant, and sometimes a second or third photographer as well. Many wedding photographer contracts include a separate fee for meals. To save on this, let the photographer know that the team is welcome to eat at your reception. Unless you are having a plate specific reception dinner, this will again save you money. The photography team can run through and eat quickly, then get back to shooting the rest of your wedding day pictures.

Secret 5: Ask for a referral discount.

One thing most people don’t expect is for photographers to be negotiable and workable. They need your help just as much as you need theirs. To keep a good relationship with your photographer and also to promote a positive atmosphere for you both (and again, to save you some money!), ask for a referral discount. For example, if you refer a couple you know to the photographer and they actually book the photographer to shoot their wedding, see if he or she will give you 20% off of your booking fee. You might try to even push it a little further. After you are already married, ask the photographer to give you 90 days to send a referral to him or her. If that couple books for their wedding, you get the 20% booking fee back. After the 90 days, you would get, say, 10% of the booking fee up to 6 months after your wedding. It might sound a bit complicated but when paying $1000 for a photographer, that 20% equals $200, money you could be putting back for your honeymoon!

Taking a Closer Look to Digital Photography and Traditional Photography

One of the most groundbreaking technologies during the late 20th century would be the Digital Photography. It provides skilled and quality photographs. It only costs half of that price involved in traditional photography. With digital photography, you will waste nothing since you will not need film and you can print the photos that you want. Digital Photography is equally inexpensive and is eco-friendly. You can also share your photographs to anyone wherever you are whenever you have an internet connection and a computer.

Photography may be your pastime, hobby or perhaps a career. It has evolved in the past decades and has not diminished. In truth, it is much more popular, and it is slowly taking over taking pictures with film. You picture will differ on the type of digital camera you use. It is nothing like regular film camera you can reclaim the storage media any time you want. It does not matter about the price of a certain camera as long as you are happy with your purchase. Digital photography brings photography to new heights. It is no longer just photography. You can call it as digitally post-processed photos. The digital era has brought about the biggest revolution in photography ever since they invented photography.

These types of photography can be considered like flattering arts. Each of the traditional and digital photography has their own place in the lives of professional and amateur photographers. The expertise needed to traditional photography will undoubtedly be taken to the digital arena. We could simply see that the field of photography has space for both traditional and digital photography. We will just trust that both traditional and digital photographers can do the best they can in their respective field and continue to capture amazing photos. In the end, it is merely a new tool of renovation in an ever-changing globe.