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Professional Photographers have one really big goal: to make money. It’s the goal of every commercial business and it’s become more of an issue over the years when it comes to sharing images. But that’s not necessarily what we’re here to talk about.

Instead, one of the biggest things that photographers consider when it comes to pricing themselves is what’s called the 50% rule. In essence, what it means is that more or less half of what you make is going to go into taxes, expenses, etc. To that end, you need to find a way to price yourself accordingly.

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All images by John Kingston. Used with permission.

When it comes to lifestyle portrait photography, photographer John Kingston is one that lives the dream of many. He gets to travel, come up with creative concepts, work with cool people and use his creative vision. Lots of his work finds a way to combine landscapes and portraiture into one, and beyond that he’s also incredibly conscious of color palettes.

In fact, John really isn’t a fan of blues.

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All images by Igal Gofman. Used with permission.

“My name is Igal Gofman. I was born in Russia in 1989 and in 2005 I moved to Israel. I served in the IDF as a helicopter technician in the Air Force and now I am studying politics and media in the college in Jerusalem.” he says in his introductory email to the Phoblographer. “Besides photography, I play blues harmonica.”

As you can tell, Igal lives a pretty awesome life. He first got into photography when he scored a Nikon digital camera at a young ago. For Igal, the most important part was always the picture, and not really the gear.

Perhaps this is why he really just works with minimal rangefinders.

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Put an APS-C sensor inside of a small point and shoot and give it a nice prime lens, and you’ve got a camera that Nikon and Ricoh created years ago. Give it a sweet shutter speed dial and an X Trans Sensor, and you’ve got the baby brother of the Fujifilm X100 series. Indeed the Fujifilm X70 is a smaller fixed lens camera with a 28mm f2.8 equivalent lens in front of a 16MP APS-C sensor. Give it a flip up LCD screen, a touch screen, WiFi, a dedicated switch for Auto mode, and make it easily hand holdable and you’ve got yourself a dedicated street shooter.

I saw this camera in person back in December, and knew just how excited the street community would be about it. I’ve been playing with it for a little under 24 hours now, and so far I’m incredibly impressed.

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All images by Stefano Santucci. Used with permission.

Stefano Santucci lives in the middle of Tuscany in Florence. He’s a destination wedding and visual storytelling photographer. “My style — and my objective — is simple: every shot must tell a true story. Nothing less.” he says in his pitch email to the Phoblographer.

Stefano is inspired by love stories, romance novels, forgotten objects, etc. To that end, it makes so much sense that he’s a wedding photographer. But a part of it is also the culture of the Studio where photographer Lucrezia Cosso works. “In my veins flows Italian, Argentine, Irish, Spanish, Lebanese and French blood. I like to think at me as a citizen of the world. Indeed my best friend is Japanese.”

He’s always on the search for what he says is authenticity in images. Part of that has made him very niche. “In my business I am deliberately small and I want stay in this way: I prefer to work for quality rather than quantity and to keep the artistic control over all my projects.” he says. “I offer photo services and own a small print lab I’m very proud of.”

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All images by Jez Sullivan. Used with permission.

Photographer Jez Sullivan is a creative that is heavily influenced by the world of cinema. He used to play in rock bands, and then a change in life made his creative energy take a different turn. But Jez has a very specific and unique creative vision because of, well, his vision. You see, (no pun intended), Jez suffered from an extreme astigmatism for a very long time. It stabilized, and he then took to translating his creativity into capturing images.

Jez likes to be very low profile, and that is partially how he captured the images for “Don’t Look Now.” Jez tells the Phoblographer that the project is inspired by Nic Roeg’s 1973 gothic horror starring Julie Christie & Donald Sutherland.

“As a regular visitor to Venice, I was surprised at how many photographers fall into the trap of either producing ‘postcard’ type images, or simply using the theatre of the carnival as a backdrop.” says Jez.

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Camera bags are even more numerous than cameras and lenses–and each one has its own specific target. Everyone has the camera bag that is just right for them. They can be tough to find, and some of them can be expensive because of heavy use of leather. The more affordable but stylish alternative is canvas. Canvas is also incredibly reliable and will last for many, many years.

If you’re looking for a low profile camera bag made in canvas, here are four that you’ll really enjoy.

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“They’re not perfect, none of the fathers are.” says photographer Zun Lee in the latest episode of InFrame, a video collaboration between Bas Berkhout and Format. “There is no such thing as the perfect father. And again, that’s something the media tries to tell us. That the antidote to the absent Black Father is some sort of perfect Dr. Cliff Huxtable type archetype that can make all these problems go away.”

Zun Lee hails from Toronto but grew up in Germany. and lots of his work tries to challenge the media’s stereotypes of African American families. What he didn’t realize in his work is that he actively photographed father-child interactions. Part of this comes from the fact that the father that he grew up with wasn’t so loving of a person.

The way it relates to his psychology and through his work is rather telling and very incredible.

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