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Get Results Achieving your GOAL: Being a Better Photographer

Become a better photographer by using the get results triangle
Become a better photographer by using the get results triangle

When it comes to learning something new, developing a skill, or achieving a GOAL, such as becoming a better photographer, there are three things you need to consider, these are:

  • Acquiring the relevant KNOWLEDGE
  • Finding the appropriate level of MOTIVATION
  • and moving forward in a PRODUCTIVE manner


The WHY is the most important aspect of your journey. This is what drives you forward. When you come across obstacles it’s THE WHY that will help you to overcome them. Make sure  you’re doing what you’re doing or about to do what you’re about to do, for the right reasons. Don’t do it for other people, do it because you passionately want to do it yourself.

I’ve put Motivation at the bottom of the pyramid, in the illustration above, for the simple reason that it’s the basis for any progress forward, without it you just aren’t going to follow-through.

As well as finding the drive to move forward, there is a force that is actively working against you. This force is FEAR, fear of failure, fear or moving outside your comfort zone, even fear of success. Carefully look into your psyche and examine what is stopping you biting the bullet and taking the next important step towards your goal, you’ll inevitably find some form of fear is the culprit.


The HOW is next for us to take a look at. Acquiring the relevant knowledge is our next consideration in the process. Knowledge acquisition is twofold,

  • finding reliable sources and
  • obtain accurate information from them

When it comes to finding reliable sources of information, the best advice I can give you, is to find someone who has achieved whatever you’re aiming to achieve. If you want to learn about photography for instance, then who better to take advice from, than a professional photographer? Someone who makes a living from the very thing you want to learn about.

Consider finding a mentor who is willing to devote some of their time to helping you out, also consider mastermind teams or role models as sources of information. On the subject of learning photography, I have lots of free information on this site to help you do just that. Alternatively check out my one to one photography tutorials which are designed to hold your hand through the learning process.

So in summary, finding someone who offers advice and knows what they’re talking about, is the takeaway from this section of the article.


Last but not least is, the WHAT and WHEN. These are the fundamentals of productivity. Productivity is not about being efficient, it’s about being effective, and there is a big difference between the two. It’s about getting the most important things boxed off. Find the one, most important thing that can be done to get maximum impact and do it. Ask yourself, “What’s the one thing I can do now such by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary.” The difficulty is often identifying what your priorities should be, what’s important and what’s not. Again our one to one photography tutorials will get you over this problem and set you up on the right path.

What's the one thing...: Mike Turner Photography
What’s the one thing…: Mike Turner Photography

So there you have it, stick to the Get Results model outlined above and that is exactly what you’ll get, RESULTS. Check out the get results model here for more information, well worth a look, and never forget to enjoy the journey. Life is not a destination.

High Quality Royalty Free Stock Photos

Getting your hands on quality images is pretty easy to do, there’s lots of stock photography providers if you’re willing to pay for them. If however you’re working on a tight budget or bootstrapping, supply is much more limited, and generally the quality of free images is poor, unless you’re happy with cheesy amateurish photos. I would recommend avoiding the use of poor quality imagery with any of your work as this reflects poorly on you and your business.

So if you’re looking for images for a blog post, or presentation and you don’t want to pay a penny, i have some good news for you. Below are six sites that provide high quality royalty free photos for FREE, check them out for yourself. The image at the top of this blog post is from one of the sites, so you get a sense of what’s on offer.

Pixabay is site I stumbled upon, try to download a couple of images, the higher resolution images require you to create an account, but the lower resolution images 1920 x 1280 can be downloaded without an account. Some of the images are very good. Images are “Free for commercial use” and “No attribution required”.

Pixabay website screen grab, mike turner photography

Gratisography – free use as you please, high resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects. Just click on your selection and download the high resolution version. New pictures added weekly. No copyright restrictions.


ISO Republic stock photography provides high quality, free photos for creatives covering architecture, nature, people, textrues, urban and more. It’s aimed at designers and developers who don’t have the budget for quality photos.

ISO republic

Magdeleine is a photo gallery for your inspiration. Magdeleine offer a daily pick and feature high resolution pictures

magdeleine stock photos

New Old Stock – Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions

old stock photos

PicJumbo – Totally free photos for your commercial and personal work. Only limitations include redistributing and selling

pic jumbo stock photos – Beautiful free stock photos with hundreds added weekly. No attribution required either.

stock snap stock photos

Gutenberg,org – Public domain – offers over 49,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Many of which are free from copyright (in USA). As public domain you can repackage this content in any number of ways to create your own products (check copyright law in your country first) Public domain with lots of free content

StockSnap  – they offer beautiful, high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of.

Pexels – Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

Unsplash – Probably the best known of the free stock sites.

Burst – Burst was launched by Shopify to help new businesses find quality images for their marketing.

Foodiesfeed – Looking for high quality, mouth watering food photography, Foodiesfeed is where it’s at.

kaboompics – Kaboompics is one of the most popular sources of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialised bloggers in World.

Paper sizes

paper sizes from A0-A8

This handy illustration shows all the paper sizes from A0 to A8 and their dimensions in mm. I often find myself surfing the net to find such an illustration, so thought I would do one for myself. Hope you find it useful.

Description mm inches
A0 1189 X 841 46.86 X 33.11
A1 841 X 594 33.11 X 23.39
A2 594 X 420 23.39 X 16.54
A3 420 X 297 16.54 X 11.69
A4 297 X 210 11.69 X 8.27
A5 210 X 148 8.27 X 5.83
A6 148 X 105 5.83 X 4.13
A7 105 X 74 4.13 X 2.91
A8 74 X 52 2.91 X 2.05
A9 52 X 37 2.05 x 1.46
A10 37 x 26 1.46 x 1.02

Focal Length effect on photographs

Focal Length has a dramatic effect on photographs. The whole image is transformed. When you shoot at wide angle the elements in the image are spaced out not just in terms of field of view (from side to side), but also from front to back with foreground and background elements looking to have more distance between them. As you increase your focal length, the field of view is narrowed and the elements in the background appear to move closer to the foreground elements. Check out the video above and the images below to see how each of the focal lengths impacts the look of the photos.

This illustration is taken from the same distance for each shot.

focal length effect on photos
Each photo taken from same camera position, just adjusting the focal length for each.

In the second illustration I have changed camera position with each shot to try to frame the subject the same in each photograph. It shows dramatically how the background creeps up on the subject with each increase in focal length. I have moved from approx 1 feet from the subject, in the first photo to about 30 feet away in the last photo to be able to give the subject the same framing.

focal length effect on photos
Camera position altered for each photo so that the subject is framed the same in each.

A long focal length is ideal for zooming in on distant subjects so that they appear to be closer to the camera position. Short focal lengths are best for getting more of the scene into the photograph, or if you are unable to move back to get more of the scene in with a longer focal length.

Hope you enjoyed the information in this post. There are lots of similar posts throughout the site if you want to check out more. Thanks for taking time out to visit us. I also undertake one to one tutorials at my studio in Warrington and have more online tutorials. Subscribe to my “learn photography newsletter for more info” below.

Camera Metering Modes

Your DSLR camera has a built in light meter that helps you work out the correct exposure.

when you point your camera at something to take a picture your camera meter calculated the exposure.

Most DSLR cameras have a number of metering modes you can use that are something like this…

Evaluative metering mode

This is a general-purpose metering mode suited for portraits and even backlit subjects. The camera sets the exposure automatically to suit the scene your pointing your lens at.

Partial metering mode

Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting etc. Partial metering covers about 9.4% of the viewfinder at the center.

Spot metering mode

This is for metering a specific spot of the subject or scene. The metering is weighted at the center covering about 2.3% of the viewfinder area. When spot metering is set, the spot metering circle will be displayed in the viewfinder.

Center-weighted average metering mode

The metering is weighted at the center and then averaging for the entire scene.

Hope you enjoyed the information in this post. There are lots of similar posts throughout the site if you want to check out more. Thanks for taking time out to visit us. I also undertake one to one tutorials at my studio in Warrington and have more online tutorials. Subscribe to my “learn photography newsletter for more info” below.