Helping Amateur Photographers Edit

I have been putting together a lot tools, tips and tricks for no one but myself for over 20 years. I always want to streamline, speed up, and create an easier life in business. Then something in my mind changed. I have been working in photo retouching and manipulation for years and years before I…

I’m Getting into NFTs

And boy am I lost. I have been following the NFT craze and kept saying that I wanted to get some of my art and photography into that space. I was so afraid of what to do or how to do it. But I remember to the same reasoning for my Podcast. “It’s doesn’t have…

Professional Photography Tips To Help You Save Time and Money

As a photographer, I have come to find ways to get certain looks and ideas needed for shots. I learned a lot of post production tricks and shortcuts to put the finishing touches on a photo. As a photographer, the hardest thing to do for another photographer is give professional photography advice that they can…

Golden Hour – It’s ok

When people are just starting out in photography, they make a big deal out of Golden Hour. It’s completely understandable, but it’s not completely necessary.  This is my opinion and while you can go out and wait for that magic time to get the best natural light possible, I think it’s important to know how…

Twitch Stream Recap : Creating Creepy from Happy

I posed a poll on twitter asking for an idea of what to stream this week. Next Photoshop editing stream, most likely Tuesday or Wednesday, what do you want to see? — Stefan Glazer (@ghengis317) April 27, 2020 And well, you can see what won. While you can watch the entire VOD here, below, I’ll…

Streaming and Selling Products

I had mentioned both things before, but this is more of a lazy blog that I will “pin to the top” of my blogs. Here is my Twitch Stream. This is where I do Live Photo Shoots and Editing. And an idea of what I stream: And where you can buy my photo prints from…

Fiverr – A weird place for creatives

I will say this up front, there are millions of people on Fiverr, including myself. *cough* shameless plug https://www.fiverr.com/stefanglazer *cough*. However, I will also say this up front. Fiverr is HARD to get into, especially if you are doing something like Photo Editing and Retouching, Restoration, or Anything that is small, tedious and frustrating for…

Content Creation: A mental road block.

I will start straight away, I have been rather productive since sheltering in place. Scheduling Social Media posts for my businesses, blogging more often, keeping skills sharp with self tests and fiverr, have all helped me push forward in productivity. However, I do have some projects that I can’t seem to get past my mental…

Follow up to Life of a Content Creator

I had ranted a little about daily routine back in this post from the other day. I thought, “You know, I went through everything and I didn’t actually show any of the channels of content that I work on!” and shook my head in shame. When you see the list of the projects, even the…

The Life of a Content Creator During a Pandemic.

We all are in this together, it’s true, this Covid-19 Pandemic is taking a toll on every single person in this country and on this planet in some way. A lot of people lost their jobs, and a lot of people who work as independent contractors or are self employed and rely on being out…

Review: Canon EF 85mm F1.8

I will start here: If you don’t have this lens and you do portraits of any type, what is wrong with you. If you have the F1.4 then, well, look at you fancy pants with that extra half stop and 4 times the price lens. Ok ok, I get it, no angry emails about how…

Revisiting My Past Work

I had been going through some of the fun shoots I’ve done on the fine art side. And this set was a collection of shots from an AirBnB in Asheville, NC. This place was an amazing set piece and great background for photos, as shown here in some of the pug shots I had done…

BTS: Time Lapse of a live Photo Shoot

Like I had said before, I have been enjoying getting back into streaming, and it’s always a journey of thinking about what I want to shoot and what I want to get out of from the night of streaming. Sometimes things go amazing, sometimes, things go off rails. But what is important is the fun…

A Time Lapse video – With Pugs

I had thought of doing a few things since being stuck in the house with this pandemic going on. So I have taken up Streaming again, and you can catch it randomly on Twitch.tv. While I have not had a steady schedule, if you do follow me there and get notifications, you’ll be notified via…

Zoomballs: Learning to play with your balls for the sake of art.

My wife had purchased a set of Zoomballs for me. And I had always wanted a set to try new ideas for portraits and landscapes. Well, eventually, I can go out and do some landscape shots with these. But, trying sheltered in place times, I decided to do something simple. A portrait of my guitar….

Shelter in Place? What’s a Photographer to do.

As I sat here and wondered, “Well, you can’t go out and make money as a photographer if all the businesses are closed and no one wants to meet in person, for good reason. What am I going to do?”. Turn the house into fun shoots. So, what does that entail? Let’s see! Time to…

There is Magic in those Mountains.

The West It always seems to call me, and when I am there, it seems to grab tight and not want to let go. There is something stunningly beautiful about the southwest, the wonderful colors of reds, browns, and yellows. It’s a constant painting of the earth. I try to capture it as much as…

The Professional Amateur Podcast

I want to hear your stories. I want to hear how you got to where you are today. I want to hear how you became a professional amateur.

When is Depth of Field Too Shallow?

People, Pets, Objects, Nothing. We tend to take photos of everything around us out of compulsion these days, but it is always the same. Without the photographers eye, you end up getting weirdly lit/composed/colored/framed shots. Or worse, AI portrait mode that a tries to mimic depth of field and bokeh. Bokeh, the love of life…

How Did You Become a Pet Photographer?

How did I become a Pet Photographer? Well, that is an easy question to answer. Philomena the Pug is my pug, the joy I had photographing her and now her sister Penelope have given me endless joy. But, did you know I was a regular photographer before? Some of you do, but, here is something…

When A Brindle Pug Steals Your Heart

Meet Mojo, a brindle pug I had met at the Kennesaw Christmas Parade over the weekend. I literally need to show the world this cute lil boy Mojo. Also, Mojo’s instagram (with sibling Bubbles!). Worth a follow, and hopefully we can get together for a shoot in the future! View this post on Instagram Mojo…

When Focusing Pays Off

Focusing. It’s so important. And shedding the weight of trying to create art in the search of being found wasn’t working. No one wants to be force fed art, no one wants to buy art from an unknown, and most importantly, I don’t want to be a starving artist. (I really like food). So, I…

Looking In and Looking Forward

There has been a lot of introspective time lately. You’d be surprised how much of that I’ve been doing. It’s almost been, all consuming. But, it’s been so important for me to do. You might have noticed that amount of fine art photography I’ve been doing. It felt really good, like, really good. I was…

I’m finally selling prints

I put the gallery together, it’s starting with the favorites and will add more as I create more art for the masses or for the few. If you have a favorite shot of mine, you can always say, “HEY WHY DON’T YOU HAVE THIS HERE FOR ME TO BUY” and I can upload it to…

Rumblings from Instagram

I actually put together a poll on doing something a little more professional in terms of selling some prints. I know, it’s a novel concept. Selling my art for money? Well, the positive result is that, 12 hours into it, a lot of people have said they wanted to buy my work. This gave me…

*YAWNS* Wait, what time is it?

It seems like I had overslept in terms of activity on this blog. I had an excuse for August, but I didn’t even post a single thing in July. So here we are, it’s September, and a lot has happened and a lot is happening. It will be good for everyone, and great for lovers…

Happy Birthday Nina!

Everyone has their inspirations that drive them to be a better person every day. For me, that person is my wife and best friend Nina. And today? Today is her birthday. So, no tips on photography, just love for my wife and the journey we are on together. Without you, I would have never got…

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

What a statement, “Don’t Be Afraid to Ask”. “Ask What?!”, You might ask. Well, that is the million dollar question. Whenever you have an obstacle in front of you, you need to stop being so stubborn and figuring it out for yourself, and stop being afraid to ask someone who has gone through it before….

Don’t shoot fireworks… unless you really shoot fireworks.

It’s July. That means people are getting ready to take photos and videos of fireworks that no one will watch or look at ever. Sorry, this is a cold hard truth. So, this is an important statement for you to learn. Don’t Shoot Fireworks, Unless You REALLY Shoot Fireworks. What do I mean by that?…

Words of Wisdom, From Instagram

Through instagram, *cough cough* https://www.instagram.com/sng.photo/, I’ve made a ton of insta-friends with other photographers and models throughout the country. Some I do some retouching work for, some I just admire their work, and others, well, others I seek wisdom and knowledge from the veterans. One of my favorites is Scott Rust, AKA Rusty Pants. Check…

Shooting Everyday

This is something that a lot of people have problems with. They think they need to get their gear together, pack it up, head out, find something to shoot, and shoot, edit. Every Day? Where the hell did you find the time to do that? To invest hours every day to do something like that….

Consistency is Key

We all have our faults, we all have our little shortcomings, and we all seem to be blind to them until someone else points them out.

Art through Texture

I finally have put time and effort into trying to sell my prints. I will have MPIX fulfilling prints, I want people to have my art in their house. This will be the first step into getting there. https://sngdesignco.pixieset.com/texturedfineart

May 2019 – Published for the first (and second) time

May 2019 was just a regular month. Regular happenings, sngdesignco.com is doing great, we have events coming up, friends coming, family stopping by. All in all it was a great month. Then, I realized something, we had a few interviews for our Pug, Philomena, ( https://www.instagram.com/philomenathepug/ ) and we got word they were finally going…

Flash Photography – A helpful guide to why – Part 2

For Jasmine, because she demanded Part 2. But it’s not complete at all, there will be a Part 3. However, look for the overview here in Part 1 So, now, ONTO THE FLASH! We’re going to use the example of a Speedlite, or Speedlight, or Speed Light, depending on what brand of camera you have…

Seamless Seems Less

By now, you probably have noticed that I’m more of a nature, candid, real world photographer, getting texture and natural objects in frame for shots. However, sometimes you want a seamless solid color background, without texture (blech) for a portrait, product, or pet shot. So, I started on a journey to find a great way…

Flash Photography – A helpful guide to why – Part 1

Ok, first, get a lengthy trench coat, wear nothing underneath and then when someone is least expecting it, jump out from a bush or from around the corner and expose yourself! (DON’T EVER DO THIS). So, you want to learn how to use your Flash. First we need to get a handle on some basics…

Mini Review: Canon 50mm 1.8

I was not compensated for this review and I was not given a review lens to do this review. This is coming from about 2 years worth of use. If you have a Canon camera, and are just starting out and don’t know what to do for portraits and really fine and clear shots in…

To sell your own photos, you have to sell yourself.

I’ve researched everything from Shopify, to Etsy, to weird things like ArtPal and of course free-ish things like WooCommerce. I have a Pixieset Gallery, I want to have a more fire and forget idea for my art. I think I figured it out. I think it’s time to burn it all down. For the longest…

What do you want to learn today?

Here is a small Poll, I want your input on what to do next in this Tutorial endeavor. Not seeing something on the poll that you want to see laid out for you? Go ahead and leave a comment below!

The Road Isn’t Always This Clear

After a few polls on Twitter and Instagram, I found out that my followers online all were on the same page. They all wanted me to do down and dirty Photoshop tutorials. So, in regards to that, I will start recording and uploading them to the currently quiet and somewhat desolate Youtube Channel. What is…

Frustration in what you love doing

I will warn you, this is a rant. The world of photography is a beautiful place. There are tons of amazing things to shoot, to capture, to show the world what they might not have seen. This, is where the problems lies. With how the world is today, digitally connected, instantaneously tethered to each other,…

The Undertaking of Revamping Yourself

Photography is a weird profession. Sure, there are a million facets of this one activity. You can be a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, a sports photographer, and a million other niches that you could fall into. So when you find your niche, you get excited about what you can do. What do I want…

90 Days to a Goal… on hold?

So, it has been a little since I have updated anyone on this. It’s been kind of crunch time for http://www.sngdesignco.com and we’ve been pushing hard to get ready for a 2 day show next weekend at The Atlanta Pet Expo. So stress is high, and there is so much to do. After that, we…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 6, 7, and 8?

Sorry for the radio silence, between the birthday stuff and general chaos in life, I have let the blogging of my progress on my 90 days falter. But I haven’t fell off pace. I haven’t been writing in the actual journal that much. That I am regretting. But, I am keeping on with the schedule…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 5.

There was really nothing to report. I didn’t do anything for me today, I only did for us. So there wasn’t any movement on going forward with the photography stuff, however, there was a lot more movement on our side project on Etsy that is my wife’s brainchild. Overall though, I’m not going to let…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 4.

I have compiled a decent list of galleries to contact, visit, etc over the next couple weeks. So Day 3’s ideas and list was basically completed. Today I wanted to get some my favorite pieces together for consideration to print large format. On top of that, it’s time to research something. I need to dive…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 3.

Galleries. Day 3 was finding Galleries. ANY type of galleries. If I want my work to get out there, this is one of the avenues to do this. I have so many options out there, but it’s not as simple as giving them a pitch and sending them to an online gallery (though it will…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 2.

So I have gone through and done a second day of this 90x to Goal. It’s still the beginning stages. Yesterday I read about it, today I filled out the main pages. There really isn’t much to report, but tomorrow is going to be interesting since I will be doing the first bit of research…