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7 Habits of a Great Drone Photographer – – Aerial Photography Article

Leave a Comment Posted on August 14, 2019 For one, producing and saving photos are now a lot easier—from the arduous film and chemical process first introduced in 1839, photographers can now use electronic chips to replicate and store digital photos on their computer in seconds. And unlike before, there are countless ways to take stunning, high-quality aerial shots. Camera drones—semi-portable flying machines with a built-in camera—for instance, make it possible to take photos and videos from the sky. Drones…

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Do I Still Need a Photography Website in 2019? – Photography Article

Before the rise of social media and the ubiquity of apps like Instagram, photographers established and flexed their brands through their personal website and blog. The photographer website supplanted the printed portfolio, for the most part, offering photographers a way to showcase their work with a remote audience of photo editors, customers, and fans. As Facebook took over our lives in the early 2010s, we encouraged photographers to set up business pages. “Separate your brand from your personal profile!” was…

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For Pro Photographers, the Hustle Never Ends – Photography Article

“It was constant hustle for me the first three years (in business) full time.” I read this quote from a photographer-turned-business coach. It was advice in a Facebook group. I’m not certain the question that elicited this reply, but it doesn’t really matter. The statement stands alone. And if the response from this photographer-turned-business coach had been: “It’s been constant hustle since day one.” OR “I’ve never stopped hustling.” OR “Girl, get some comfy shoes and stock up on wine,…

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How to Master Exposing for Dramatic Black and White Photos – Photography Article

The black and white aesthetic can sometimes be a contentious issue among photographers. The decision to shoot monochromatic images is, for some, an afterthought in a way that other choices like filters, focal lengths, and exposure settings would not be.This means that some of the nuance to a well-balanced black and white exposure can be overlooked, and I think this is a shame because it wouldn’t take much for photographers to take a little more control and consideration and produce effective…

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The Introvert Advantage with Beth Comstock – Photography Article

Even though I’m an extrovert, I have a feeling the future favors the introvert. Beth Comstock was at the CreativeLive studios in Seattle and I could not help but snag her for a quick moment to pick her brain on one of the most popular topics on my channel — navigating an extroverted world as an introvert. As a self-described introvert, Beth knows what it’s like to find elevate your strengths and have the courage to defend your creative ideas.…

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Why So Much Wedding Photography is Boring, and How to Change That – Photography Article

In a recent video, photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor shared some insightful thoughts on wedding photography: why so much of it looks the same (read: boring) and how wedding photographers like himself can help change that with each new couple they shoot. If we had to sum up the point of Windsor’s 12-minute video in one sentence, it would go something like this: take time during each wedding to ditch the tropes and formulaic shots that dominate Pinterest, and try…

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Want to Be a Better Photographer? Don’t Ask Me What Lens I Used! – Photography Article

“What lens did you use for that picture?” The only question less helpful to a growing photographer is probably, “What settings did you use for that picture?” Not because I think they are helping a newbie “cheat”, or because I might think it is copying, or ever — God forbid! — because I have some secret combination of shutter and aperture that is magic for me. It’s because it really doesn’t matter.And more importantly, me telling you how I set…

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How to Grow Your Instagram in 2019 – Photography Article

“How do I grow my Instagram?” … it’s a question I get asked often… too often. So I’m writing this article for my own selfish benefit. Rather than spend time repetitively composing a response, from now on, I can just link here when the next person asks me how they can grow their Instagram. And look, I’m not going to judge you, or scold you, or tell you that you’re pursuing things for the wrong reasons, or that numbers don’t…

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8 Invaluable Marketing Lessons that Photographers Should Implement – Photography Article

Why do photographers need to market themselves? In a phrase: so that you don’t starve to death. No, but seriously. Otherwise, you risk ending up like Vincent van Gogh who (in the words of Steven Pressfield) “produced masterpiece after masterpiece and never found a buyer in his whole life.” A lot of artists have this notion that they’re the creative person, and marketing belongs to the business world. Some even think it’s evil or dirty to promote themselves, and they…

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The Importance of Hiring a Trained Newborn Photographer – Photography Article

Many parents don’t realize that anyone can call themselves a newborn photographer; but untrained photographers can make what should be a relaxing experience, incredibly stressful. It’s not just about the images, it’s about soothing babies and knowing their cues. It is a great job, but newborn photographers really should care enough to invest in training. Becoming a photographer is a journey, and mine started in Norwich, Norfolk 7 years ago. From the start I knew I wanted to be a…

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How to Avoid Losing Your Photography Gear: Here are 10 Tips – Photography Article

When a child gets a new toy, their parents often tell them not to take it to school where it’s showcased to their peers and then never seen again. As a photographer, your newest toys often have to come to work with you in order for you to keep flourishing at what you do. However, losing your precious gear can be a terrifying and miserable experience, especially if it happens to be part of your livelihood. As a person that…

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The Complete A – Z Guide to Becoming an Event Photographer – Photography Article

Are you thinking about becoming an event photographer? This article will begin by giving you some insight into what the job entails and the beginning steps for getting started. By its end, you should have a fundamental roadmap for getting started. Editor’s note: Mik Milman is a professional event photographer based in Los Angeles. This article was also published on Milman’s website. What is Event Photography? Event photography can be a wide category of professional photography. We often think of…

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How to Critique Street Photography – Photography Article

One of the best parts of being an active member of the online photography community is the range of criticism I have access to when I share my work. Being open to constructive criticism is an essential part of growth as an artist — not only can it highlight shortcomings, but it can also emphasize areas in which you may be strong without realizing it. When I presented my work for the first time in a gallery I found it…

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How to Shoot Epic Drone Photos – Photography Article

Aerial photography is a different game than photographing from the ground. It’s much more difficult and slower to make a composition and you have to think of all kinds of rules and limitations to get your shot. However, drones opened up many new angles and possibilities when it comes to photography. I love new technology and I love drones. I mainly use the small drones (Mavic 1 Pro, Mavic 2 Pro) because they’re easy to bring with me in my…

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What I’ve Learned From My Wedding Photography Business – Photography Article

I got to thinking about a few things I wish I knew before starting my business. Yes, I wish I knew more about the technicality of photography (wait, so you’re telling me f-stop and aperture ARE THE SAME THINGS?!? Still asking yourself, ‘What is aperture?’ – check out the ultimate aperture guide), but I wish someone would’ve sat me down and had a real conversation about expectations. I envision this scene in my head like there’s this mafia-looking guy (hair…

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How to Back Up Photos as a Wedding Photographer – Photography Article

We keep hearing the same story every year: newlyweds that are left desolated because the photographer lost their wedding images. From dual memory card slots to the ever decreasing price of computer storage, human negligence has become the weakest link in the workflow. Consequences for not backing up your clients’ images properly can be severe. A lawsuit can easily put the photographer in financial distress or more recently, a visit to the ER due to potential heart attack. When brides…

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Tips from a Pro Music Photographer – Photography Article

I am writing this concert photography guide in response to several ‘How to’ guides I have seen online that don’t quite hit the mark on how to take great live concert photographs. Most of the articles focus too much on the obvious, like concerts are dark and avoid things in your way (like mic stands and such). Personally, I think it is a bit patronizing to suggest that you are letting the photographer in on the ‘professional secrets’ if it…

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You Can’t Fight as a Photographer Without an ‘F-You Fund’ – Photography Article

When it comes to negotiations, as a photographer (or any freelance artist, for that matter) you’ve got to master the art of not being emotionally invested in the outcome — something that is nearly impossible to do. But without it, you’ll never be able to break free of difficult clients and underpaid gigs. What is an F-You Fund? The “f**k you fund” isn’t something you say to your clients, or tell them that you have. It’s essentially a slush fund…

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How to Photograph in a Crowd – Photography Article

Whether it’s a wedding, a festival, or a protest, crowds present photographers with some unique challenges. I’ve spent some time working on figuring out the best ways to handle crowded environments in order to produce images that are consistent with my style, while conveying the energy of the crowd in that moment. Most of my early photography is very minimalistic, closer to illustration or graphic design than the “decisive moment” based work I am now producing. Crowds were always a…

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iPhone Portrait Tips by Magnum Photographer Christopher Anderson – Photography Article

Want to get creative with shooting portraits using just your smartphone? Apple made this 3-minute video with advice and inspiration for shooting iPhone portraits from award-winning Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson. “Award-winning photographer and photojournalist Christopher Anderson is known for his magnetic portraiture,” Apple says. “He strives for emotive and timely elements in his compositions. In this feature, Anderson shows us how to advance beyond technical precision to disrupt the portrait.” The video itself is in vertical orientation — it was…

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7 Unexpected Tips for Better Landscape Photography – Photography Article

Let’s face it. Half the articles sharing “the top tips” for you to capture better landscape images are rather generic. Sure, straightening the horizon and photographing during Golden Hour may have a positive impact on your photos, but will they make you a better photographer? Instead of looking at those basics, I want to share 7 slightly different but equally important suggestions. These tips aren’t going to instantly improve your photography, but they’re aimed at making you a better photographer.…

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How to Be a Good Second Shooter in Wedding Photography – Photography Article

Whether you’re using it as a route into full-time wedding photography yourself, or just like shooting weddings with less responsibility, being a second shooter can be great fun. But there are responsibilities that come with being a second shooter, especially if you want to be invited back to shoot again! As a professional wedding photographer, I love having a second shooter I can trust at my weddings, it means that I know I don’t have to worry about the candids…

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How to Get Over Early Hurdles in Film Photography – Photography Article

Something about the way photographers acclimatize to shooting with film has intrigued me for some time. I think it’s safe to say that film is very much tried and tested — some of the greatest photography pioneers worked with film and were not limited in their ability to create incredible work, which remains relevant. Photographers looking to get into film now have the entire history of photography and film photography to work with when making their decisions; what film stock…

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500px Blog » » The Difference Between The Top Landscape Photographers and Everyone Else – Photography Article

Originally published: June 15, 2015; updated / re-published June 5, 2019 Hey, I am Manuel Becker and I am the founder of Locationscout, a platform for discovering & sharing amazing places for photographers. I am living in Germany near Cologne in the beautiful Rhineland. I love traveling and discovering all these beautiful places around the world. You can also find me on Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, and, of course, here on 500px. A question that I often thought about when…

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My Top Advice for all GRADUATES – Photography Article

Listen to the Podcast Congrats! You did it – you’re graduating! Big ups on all the hard work and long hours. But here’s the scary part. Graduation is the first day of the rest of your life. Last week by far the most popular question I saw in my social feed was around graduation. Either YOU were graduating, your friends or sons / daughters–and, naturally, there was a lot of concern. Generally you asked what I’d tell new graduates in…

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500px Blog » » Contributor Agnieszka Pasko on “weird” minimalist photography – Photography Article

Exclusive Licensing Contributor Agnieszka Pasko is a fine art photographer based in Gdansk, Poland. Her work caters to minimalist tastes, utilizing visual simplicity while highlighting complex concepts in her series such as identity, femininity, and form. Browse her Licensing collection here. Q: Tell us a bit about who you are as a photographer. A: I think that my photography is…weird. I really like when my photographs are a little bit disturbing. I love minimalism and white spaces; they help me…

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500px Blog » » Contributor Elena Slyusar on what makes a “good” or “bad” photo – Photography Article

Licensing Contributor Elena Slyusar is a fashion and beauty portrait photographer based in Moscow, Russia. Elena is an exclusive Contributor with a fondness for using pastel shades and soft lighting. She creatively approaches a variety of themes within her photography, but always ensures her subjects are comfortable with any connotations that may be associated with her work. Browse her Licensing collection here. Q: How did you get started in fashion photography? A: It was a long journey. I started taking…

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Love, Service, and Living Your Truth with Danielle LaPorte – Photography Article

Let’s face it. We all have our inner journeys and the compulsion to improve, yet how can we both be growing and improving without feeling less than or inadequate?  It’s a trap. ENTER: Danielle LaPorte – a best-selling author (White Hot Truth, The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map), poet, former think tank executive and business strategist – and she’s on the podcast today to help us, among other things, to reconcile these competing principles. As one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul 100…

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Happiness Through Gratitude with AJ Jacobs – Photography Article

AJ Jacobs is a multiple NYT bestselling author, a journalist, a lecturer as well as a warm and hilarious human soul.  He’s on this weeks podcast and is…SO GOOD. In this show we learn why AJ intentionally puts himself in the most extraordinary circumstances … like when he strove to be “the world’s healthiest man” going from Dad bod to ultimate health (Book = Drop Dead Healthy). Or when he lived according to the bible for a year, beard, goats and all……

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You Are Your Habits with Julien Smith – Photography Article

Julien Smith is a long-time friend and familiar face on the podcast. I first brought him on in 2013 to talk about why not caring about what others think is a useful skill to have as a creator in any field (translation: he penned a LEGENDARY blog post called ‘the subtle art of not giving a f*$k’ – which went crazy viral and later inspired a best selling book by Mark Manson…). And now Julien is BAAACK…this time talking about both his…

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