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Heading into a concert? We’ve got good news and bad news for you.

Let’s start with the good news: you’re about to see what will hopefully be an awesome show.

The bad news: the venue may not let your pro-grade camera in. In fact, even as long as it looks pro grade, you’ll need to check it. So for that reason, you’ll need something a bit more low-profile that will fool the guards when they check your bag. The only way to do that is to not have such a serious looking piece of kit on you, but still having something comparable to the cameras that you may use.

Here are a list of cameras that won’t get checked at a concert.

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All images by Dylan and Sara. Used with permission

Photography duo Dylan and Sara are part of the most recent trend of wedding photographers embracing the DIY alternative art style to weddings rather than the more traditional approach that many have come to know for years. They are wedding photographers based in Portland, Oregon and are most widely known for their double exposures and landscape portraits. On top of this, they were recently named “Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine.

Besides having the right creative vision, having the means and know-how to market it is another key skill to becoming a professional photographer. Luckily, Sara was a marketing major in college. But the duo has worked on a brand that is holistic and very much has a mind of its own.

We talked to Sara Byrne not only about their images but also about how they became successful.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 85mm f1.4 portrait review images (1 of 3)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 2.5

The Rule of Thirds: it’s the rule that every single photographer is told to follow from the beginning. It’s always about not centering your subjects and instead putting them around the intersecting inner corners of the image divided into nine sections. And you’re taught from the beginning to just follow this rule.

This rule has to do with technique, more than anything else. The technique is what also limits many other photographers from creating better images. What do we mean by that? When you first start out as a photographer, you’re bound to get stuck in trying to compose a scene along the rule of thirds lines. But that can either make you a better photographer or one that gets so wrapped up in the technique that they end up giving up. A similar thing happens in the video world with the 180 degree rule.

So here’s a message for beginners–telling you to compose in a brand new way.

Ready for the secret?

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All images by Nana Tsay. Used with permission

Nana Tsay’s photos exhibit a unique, calming and pleasing aesthetic that isn’t like very much that we’ve seen before. Ms. Tsay shoots still lifes: and most focuses on food and other objects. But she does food in a totally different way. Nana has been honing her photographic eye from a very young ago and had encouraging parents who encouraged her art development. Today, they are on her Tumblr page: Urban Koi.

As an aspiring physician from New York, Nana’s hobby and first love is photography. She held her first camera and baked her first blueberry muffins at the mere age of 4–which explains her love of food. Since then, she has pursued a passion of photography and cooking together on her endeavor to become a doctor.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm x pro 1 street photography test revisited (1 of 5)ISO 800

Is it possible at all to take photos of children in public without being creepy? As it is, taking photos of people in public can sometimes be a touchy subject. Absolutely no photographer that reads this site (I hope) wants to be known as the creep. And in all of our teachings, we have always only preached respect of your subjects. As it is, taking someone’s photograph isn’t disrespect. It’s simply an act. What could be disrespectful instead are the intentions of taking the pictures to begin with–but this connotation is usually associated with men more than women (though creeps come in all shapes, sizes and genders). If your intentions are simply to document the human condition, then depending on the situation, you should always approach with a sense of caution. But if you approach it in a way that doesn’t creep anyone out (no matter what gender you are) then you shouldn’t at all feel ashamed.

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All images by Jacob Loafman. Used with permission.

The first year is always the toughest both as a business owner and as a photographer. It’s all about understanding yourself as a shooter, making sure that your business is profitable, and adjusting to the landscape. We found photographer Jacob Loafman and upon hearing that he has been shooting for just under a year, we were quite shocked to see the incredible quality of his work and his success–which is seemingly rare amongst many budding professionals.

Jacob attributes his success partially to his tagline: “Let’s create together.” He admits that the business side was incredibly tough, and that his beginnings were still very humble.

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