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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Artist and Artisan Camera Tote Bag Review (4 of 12)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 2.8

The idea of a tote bag for photographers isn’t exactly new, but it hasn’t been done quite effectively just yet.

For a while now, what I’ve wanted and personally experimented with as a photographer is a tote bag. Messenger bags have proven to be extremely effective for the photographer that needs to bring a laptop, camera, lenses and more along with them each day. But when it comes to working in a big city and being a business owner, part of being a photographer has to do with looking your part. Watch anything on Netflix or television and you’ll see more and more folks bringing around tote bags that look similar to briefcases in style.

The Artisan and Artist company announced their take on the Tote bag with the Artisan and Artist COV 7500N tote bag for photographers. With all the pockets, padding and straps that a photographer can possibly need; the company has succeeded in doing something that some messenger style and sling style camera bag manufacturers can’t do: create a camera bag that truly doesn’t look like a camera bag.

With leather accents, canvas and nylon comprising the design, this Japanese-made camera bag has some stylish looks to it and works very well for both genders. But the biggest thing that photographers want to know is how it performs for them.

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All images by Julie Anne Cassidy. Used with permission.

Photographer Julie Anne Cassidy is one that travels a lot, and when she does, she shows off her affinity for Polaroids. She describes herself as a travel/food photographer and stylist with a healthy obsession with her Polaroid camera. Julie studied photography in Vancouver, B.C at Emily Carr Institute of Fine Arts, Focal Point Visual Arts Centre and Vancouver Photo Workshops–and she currently resides in Montreal. She finds lots inspiration in her travels and can often be found planning and daydreaming about her next trip.

But shooting Polaroids and creating tangible images is something that Julie Anne loves the most. Be sure to also visit her Etsy shop and pick up a print.

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All images by Marius Vieth. Used with permission.

Photographer Marius Vieth has graced our site a couple of times, but one of our favorite projects by the award winning street photographer is called “Under My Umbrella.” It features many candid street photos taken in the rain–a time when the streets are crazier than normal and light shows of all sorts happen.

“Once it’s starts raining, the city turns into a whole different place you’ll never see in bright daylight. All of a sudden everything melts into one amazing mixture of lights, reflections and colors I can’t even describe with words.” says Marius. Indeed, his images reflect events that don’t usually happen when the sun is out. But even more so, he combines interesting color usage with capturing candid moments in the downpour.

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The folks over at COOPH are back at it again with a new video called 7 Funky Photography Tips. They include a number of ways to make your photography better or much different: including using balloons, umbrellas, freelensing and other ideas that you may have forgotten about or not thought about in a while. If you don’t have time to try these today, give it a thought this weekend.

It’s surely worth the inspiration; and their video is after the jump.

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Image by Chris Urbanski. Used with permission.

Chris Urbanski doesn’t call himself a photographer, but he surely defines himself as an artist. So when he showed off his specially made Polaroid Paper Transfer on Reddit, we were amused with the process. Paper transfer techniques have been around for years, but they’re unique and interesting.

Growing up in the 80s, Chris’s dad always shot lots of photos. “At a young age I was also interested in manipulating Polaroids by drawing on them with a dull point while they were developing. And probably driving my dad crazy by “ruining” the photos.” says Chris. “They weren’t cheap then either.”

This eventually developed (pun totally intended) into Chris wanting to move even further with his Polaroid work. Later on, he would do paper transfers. To do these, Chris recommend working in a dim room and working quickly.

He tells us:

“You’ll want to be sure to have a sheet of damp paper prepared before hand. Don’t let your negative develop for longer than 10-15 seconds after a shot. Peel your negative, align quickly on the paper or medium you’re applying the negative to and use a roller for about 1 minute on the back. Be careful not to move the negative once it’s placed. Peel back… then voilà! You’re an arteest!”

Chris believes that doing paper presses has a way of making even bad shots look romantic or earthy with textures that you wouldn’t normally see with film.

“Some take on a life of their own resembling a small watercolor painting. It tends to make framing easier too when transferred to standard paper size and centered correctly.”

Chris is doing a series of transfers for a limited edition music release next winter.

A video of how to do a Polaroid paper transfer is after the jump.

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Should a photographer work for free?

This is one of the biggest and most difficult questions to answer for many photographers and there are folks on both sides of the fence, but Ted over at the Art of Photography makes some excellent arguments as to why you shouldn’t do it.

In his latest podcast, he says that if a high profile client asks you to work for free, then they probably don’t care about the project. Beyond that, you’re going to need to be the one doing all (or most) of the promotion of the work after you’ve completed it. To that end, if you’re just starting out then you’re not in the position to be able to promote the work much due to most likely having a small following.

Sure, many pros have worked for free at one point or another; but almost everyone said that you shouldn’t do so after becoming very experienced.

Ted’s take and his insight is incredible; and in the video after the jump.

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