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One of the toughest things to learn in the photography industry is to learn how to value yourself. Going through art and photography school it was practically blasphemous to even hint at turning your work into profit and would surely get you dirty looks, low marks, and the wrath of the department chair. “You should […]

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Art is an expression. We create things because we feel something inside of us that just has to make something, find beauty, and then sit back and admire it in all its glory. The most difficult thing about creating is knowing when to stop, knowing when your sculpture or photograph or painting is finished. In our […]

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You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.

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Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries.  The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced.  I’m not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of […]

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Did you miss our great hangout on running a photo business with Sal Cincotta and Skip Cohen? There was a ton of practical advice on things like: Pricing your work Using bundles to upwell customers Dealing with competition Setting terms of use Setting yourself apart with creative marketing ideas This event is free and brought to […]

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Pentax 645D, 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW Lens, f/11, five frame HDR, ISO 200. Lately, I’ve been exploring medium format photography.  I recently rented a Pentax 645D digital medium format kit from LensRentals.com. This let me really test out the format and the camera. What I Got The kit I tried included the camera body and […]

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Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. This month’s topic is The Challenges of Running a Photo Business (and Some Solutions Too). We’re joined by Sal Cincotta who’s a successful photographer who runs his own studio and international business and is the founder of […]

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© Evgenia Tiplyashina Last week, we ran a poll on smartphone usage by photographers.  If you haven’t voted, we’d love to hear your opinion (click here). We’re trying to better understand how photographers view smartphones. The Results So Far The results so far are quite interesting (people were allowed to vote on multiple choices, but […]

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Every artist has a central story to tell, and the difficulty, the impossible task, is trying to present that story in pictures.

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This week’s podcast takes a look at two very different topics in the photo industry.  Our first guest Mike Corrado discusses his concert photography and passion projects.  Then we catch up with Photofocus contributor and industry expert Gerard Murphy about photo sharing services like SnapChat and the new Lightroom Mobile. Get the show here  or get […]

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The easy bit is picking up a camera and pointing and shooting. But then you have to decide what it is you’re trying to say and express.

- Martin Parr

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I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a “fad”, and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to […]

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This week’s podcast adds a brand new guest as well as a segment to the show.  First up, Rich catches up with Drew Geraci of District 7 Media who’s timelapse and HDR photography has appeared in television shows and commercials.  Then Melissa Niu chats with Chase Reynolds and Joey Miller about the most in-demand gear […]

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“Jack of All Trades — Master of None” “You Can’t Be Good at Everything” These two phrases have haunted me for much of my professional career.  I always wanted to “do it all.”  I’m persistent… I’m a risk taker.  I “get things done.” But the truth is that you cannot be good at everything.  It […]

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Here’s a rebroadcast of our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business. This month’s topic is Getting More Work from the Clients You Have. We focused on strategies to turn your existing clients into raving fans who build referral business as well as how to get more work from them. The show […]

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I’ve been frequently asked to help take pictures (with a cell phone) simply because I’m a “photographer” and therefore MUST make “better” pictures than those coming from an “average joe.”  Probably not always true, but I feel that there are some elements to know that could help everyone take better pictures… even with a phone. […]

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Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers — Mind Your Own Business.  This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. This month’s topic is Getting More Work from the Clients You Have.  We’ll focus on strategies to turn your existing clients into raving fans who build referral business as […]

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With Photoshop World quickly approaching and other conferences creeping up this fall, I want to plant some seeds into your head that hopefully can help you understand the benefit that these types of conferences can have; both personally and for your business.  Yes, Photoshop World is a partner and they are dear friends of ours, […]

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As you read this, think back to when you were beginning photography…  I’m sure you’d be able to relate to this to yourself (or your friend) and hopefully laugh (and not cry). Alright, so this list may not be super accurate and is in no particular order, but, I think it is safe to say […]

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In the latest podcast with Terry White, he gave some great principles of advice when editing and defining your style.  Key points that stuck out to me could be sound advice I suggest we all listen to. – In portraits and our skin retouching processes,  we should always be able to see pores. (In other […]

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This week’s podcast features three great folks from the photo industry. First up Rich Harrington catches up with one of the best image makers on the planet, Joe McNally. Melissa Niu then catches up with photographer and Adobe expert Terry White.  You’ll then learn all about ViewBug, a great site for entering photo contests and winning […]

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