"Appreciate the art of waiting," says a pro photographer

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(Image credit: Gareth Pon)

The photography industry shifts all the time, but over the last few years, we've seen drastic changes in the way that photographers work. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, photographers who would have previously worked in the studio, or on location waiting hours to capture the 'perfect' moment, found themselves at home. 

Other photographers have shifted to using more photo editing software due to the increased need for 'perfection' that some social media platforms have perhaps encouraged. But what's the best practice? That depends. It depends on what sort of photographer you are, how you make a living, and where your skillset lies.

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Gareth Pon

Gareth is a creative director and photographer originally from South Africa, now living in the USA. With a long-held dream of going to space, Gareth hides a rocket in all of his Instagram posts.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.