Jim Talkington

Whether you’re a photo student, amateur photographer or seasoned professional, I hope this blog holds value. You’ll find 200+ posts and over 30 instructional videos on topics ranging from photo techniques to the business of photography.

My name is Jim Talkington and I’ve made a living in photography for 20+ years. My career has wound its way through many facets of the profession: advertising, photojournalism, editorial, catalog, darkroom technician, retail photo sales, and writer. You name it, I’ve probably tried it.

After years of operating my own photo studio, I recently left self-employment and accepted a full-time position with one of my former clients, a professional arts organization. My new daily duties as the Director of New Media evolved directly from the work done to create this very website: prophotolife.com. I had no idea at the time I launched this website that the road would lead from self-employment to a full-time position at the convergence of photo, video, and the web, but it’s a very cool place to be.

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Long exposures of the night sky

Next time you’re in the countryside at night do yourself a favour: look up. If it’s clear and conditions are right you’ll see a seemingly infinite number of stars twinkling like diamonds on a sheet of black velvet. As a visual pleasure it’s hard to […]

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Dealing with Contrast

Contrast is usually at its highest when a scene is backlit. In this image there wasn’t much that could be done to lighten the shadows. I exposed so that the highlights weren’t too badly burnt out and didn’t worry too much about the shadows. Contrast […]

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Black and White Portraits : Weekend Assignment

Colour can be distracting. Stripped of colour an image is entirely about the subject (unless of course the entire point of the subject is its colour…). This is particularly true of portraiture. Black and white arguably conveys the inner soul of the subject more powerfully […]

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