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Archive for May, 2012

5 Tips To Get Your First Photography Client

5 Tips To Get Your First Photography Client

This is the second post in our ‘start your photography career’ series. Last time, we covered photographer’s compensation and pay rates. Now I want to take some time to discuss the real challenge: getting that first client. I got started in the photography business because a good friend of mine, a sponsored athlete at the time, needed a few good photos to show all those companies that kept sending him stuff. One thing led to another, and before you know it, all sorts of people were coming to me for my work. Here are a few tips to get your name out there.
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Do I need to get permission from the people in my photos?

Do I need to get permission from the people in my photos?

There is something fundamentally weird about being a street photographer. Your job, whether you like it or not, is to stick your nose in other peoples’ business. It goes without saying that you can create a much more candid looking image when people don’t know you’re photographing them. But is this legal? More importantly, is it ethical? Here’s how I approach street photography.
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5 Ways To Enjoy Photos On Your New iPad

5 Ways To Enjoy Photos On Your New iPad

Did you purchase the new iPad when it came out? The new iPad boasts the best screen in the biz, with up to four times the pixel density of ordinary screens. That means you get amazingly crisp photos and details you probably haven’t noticed before. With the Retina Display, the new iPad is the perfect tool for viewing and editing your masterpieces. Here are 5 ways to enjoy your photos on it.
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4 Bad Habits To Turn You Into A Successful Photographer

4 Bad Habits To Turn You Into A Successful Photographer

With all the advice on how to churn out more photographs and how to follow the rules in your photography business, I want to stop for a moment and consider the possibility that all these gurus are dead wrong. There are some things I do that I’m not all that proud of, but the more I think about them, the more I realize how engrained they are in my personality. Call these habits bad or good. Whatever they are, they’ve helped me focus on what’s important in photography.
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Should I purchase my next camera from a grey importer?

Should I purchase my next camera from a grey importer?

One can’t help to resist the allure. Imagine what you could do with that new camera, especially at the much lower price point. Grey importers operate in… well… a grey area of sorts. Their business is totally legal, but they sometimes can’t offer the same protection that you would get from an authorized retailer. So is it worth it? Should your make your next purchase from a grey importer?
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Picking A Shutter Speed For The Best Waterfall Pictures

Picking A Shutter Speed For The Best Waterfall Pictures

A lot of people ask me how I get such great-looking pictures of waterfalls. What makes the water look so smooth? The answer is always the same. It’s in the shutter speed. You can make water look like anything you want if you know which shutter speeds to use. Fast-moving, slow-moving, it doesn’t matter. Here’s a clever way to pick the right shutter speed for photographing waterfalls.
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How To Photograph Your Wife (and live to tell the tale)

How To Photograph Your Wife (and live to tell the tale)

Caution! You are about to embark on a dangerous mission. In your unceasing efforts to show your love and appreciation for your wife, you have decided to photograph her. As a guy, you know this is a risky move. There are things you aren’t as sensitive about, things you don’t notice unless they’re pointed out to you. This goes beyond the classic catch all question: “does this dress make me look fat?” If you really want to photograph your wife and live to tell the tale, I have some suggestions.

[Men, don’t worry, your turn is next!]
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6 Negotiating Techniques That Will Get You More Money For Your Photos

6 Negotiating Techniques That Will Get You More Money For Your Photos

When I first started taking professional portraits and wedding photos, I had a difficult time getting the prices I wanted from my clients. Because I was new to the business, I thought people felt like they were taking a bigger risk working with me. As such, I set my prices a little lower to try and attract new clients. It backfired, and I learned a lot from the experience. If you’re wondering what you can do to get the best possible prices from your first photography gigs, I suggest you give these negotiating techniques a try.
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6 Household Items To Create A Home Photo Studio

6 Household Items To Create A Home Photo Studio

Did you know that you already have enough items in your house to build a small photography studio for yourself? Granted, it won’t be the best setup in the world. Your friends might laugh when they see how you’ve managed to rig it all together. But who’s laughing when you’re taking amazing studio portraits they could only dream of doing? If you’ve always wanted to get better at studio photography without paying extra money, look out for these six items.
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How To Tell If It’s The Gear Or Your Skill

How To Tell If It’s The Gear Or Your Skill

One question I always get asked is how much your gear matters. Does your photography improve all that much when you take that leap and purchase a much better camera, or do you only need so much? Having thought about this quite a lot, I devised a simple way to test whether it’s you or your gear, and I came up with some surprising results. Do you want to know what really makes great photographers great? It’s not what you’d expect.
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3 Things Macro Photography Can Teach You About Taking Portraits

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3 Things Macro Photography Can Teach You About Taking Portraits

Over the years, I’ve learned that a lot of photography skills bleed into other areas. If you learn about action photography, it’ll help you learn how to take pictures of waterfalls. If you know how to photograph snow, you’ll probably be good at photographing sand. Another example is macro photography. Very few people know that macro photography is a primer for taking perfect portraits. How so? Here are a few reasons why.
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Why Does My Photo Have So Much Glare?

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Why Does My Photo Have So Much Glare?

Glare. It’s what happens when the sun reflects off of a surface and into your eyes. We wear sunglasses because they cut out the glare and allow us to drive safely during the day. Glare is a problem in photography too. A little bit of glare can accent a photo and make it look unique. Too much glare makes it hard to figure out what’s going on in a scene. If your photos have too much glare, here are a few things you can do about it.
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What To Do When Someone Steals Your Image

What To Do When Someone Steals Your Image

Nobody wants to be plagiarized or ripped off, but it’s often a fact of life when you taken pictures and post them to sites like Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook. Heck, it can even happen in otherwise professional business relationships where trust has eroded between you and your clients. As a photographer, there isn’t much you can do to stop others from taking your work and using it (although, you have some options), so what can you do once the deed has been done?
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Trick Photography and Special Effects eBook

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Trick Photography and Special Effects eBook

Have you ever wanted to take photos of things that aren’t really there? Structures that defy the laws of nature, or the ‘invisible man’, where you only see his clothes? How about painting with light to make beautiful designs and structures that are only limited by your imagination. Or ‘Multiplicity photography’ where your subject appears in the same image multiple times. Trick Photography and Special Effects is a fascinating eBook by Evan Sharboneau, a young photographer who has developed an amazing talent for capturing just that. Truly unique images that you don’t normally see. Read my review below.
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