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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon PIXMA iP2850 printer review product photos (4 of 10)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

Rights grabs, payments, and more have been the talk of the town for the past couple of days. But this all brings up an even bigger question that deserves a very big answer:

Why, in 2015, with the prevalence of so many images being taken each and every minute, should someone pay for your images?

Now, let’s put some specific emphasis on this sentence and get right to the meat of the problem:

Why should someone pay for your images?

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All images by Chuck Miller. Used with permission.

Chuck Miller is a writer and photographer from Albany, N.Y. that’s been experimenting with film and digital photography for a long time. Some of his award-winning pictures involve cramming two rolls of 35mm film into a medium-format camera and exposing them simultaneously; modifying a camera to recreate the old horse racing “photo finish” exposures; and trying to resurrect Kodachrome color film by shooting pictures with color filters and composing the images from black-and-white sections.

However, he’s also very well versed in the use of Kodak Aerochrome–an infrared film first developed for military recon that essentially took greens in a scene and turned them purple. Other photographers likes Daniel Zvereff have done a great job with the film. Indeed, it was beautiful for artistic reasons until its discontinuation. But Chuck shot some incredible photos with the film, and we had the chance to talk to him about the experience.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon PIXMA iP2850 printer review product photos (1 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

It’s been the talk of the internet for the past couple of days: Taylor Swift telling Apple to pay artists for her work, photographers telling Taylor Swift to pay them for their work, Taylor Swift responding back. Indeed, it’s become very common for concert and music photographers to need to give up their rights in order to photograph musicians.

Amidst the growing problem, we talked to a handful of famous concert photographers about how to deal with problems like this.

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julius motal the phoblographer dear person

Dear little old lady getting off the bus,

I didn’t expect to see you getting off the bus as a wave of people walked along the street. It seemed like everybody had disembarked. Yet, you emerged, and I couldn’t have been happier. In the moment, I don’t have a list of reasons as to why I press the shutter. It’s usually that I noticed some sort of dynamism, an interesting gesture, a poignant sign, or a whole manner of other things.

With you, I noticed differences. There was the speed you were walking and the speed everyone else walking. There was the bus behind you, too, which is a huge symbol of mobility. It’s the motion, really, that got me, the paths throughout the frame, and everything seemed to radiate out from where you were.

Of course, I couldn’t talk to you because we most likely don’t speak the same language. I’m an American living in Istanbul, and my Turkish is very bare bones. Moreover, it would’ve complicated things to try and explain through any number of translators why I took the picture, and there’s the chance, too, that you didn’t see me, as I was gone shortly after making the photo.

All of this is to say thank you for being where you were.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX F3 review photos mermaid parade (10 of 10)ISO 200

There are times where I hear horror stories from other photographers who fail and are crushed by interactions with other people when it comes to their photography. What are these interactions? Appealing to editors, trying to get paying clients, asking someone to take a picture of them, collaborating with another photographer, wanting to learn from another photographer, etc. It’s devastating for sure, but it will only be disheartening if you look at it the same way and approach each situation in the same way.

Consider this: approach every single interaction about your photography like a job offer, but do this within reason.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Vintage Leather Adjustable Strap (4 of 10)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Every time a photographer wants to start to experiment with film, new excitement stirs. But at the same time, it’s always wise to take a great educated guess as far as what camera you want to start out with. For starters, consider not only the camera system but the lens system–just like in digital photography. Figuring out what films you want to work with is another headache but one that is significantly easier to do than what camera you’re working with.

For this reason, we’ve come up with our list of the best film cameras for any photographer to start out on.

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