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All images by Hugo Passarello Luna. Used with permission.

For Argentina and much of the Spanish-speaking world, 2014 was an important year. It was the centennial of the birth of Julio Cortázar, a central figure in the Latin American Boom, a major period in the history of Latin American literature. Hugo Passarello Luna is an Argentine journalist based in Paris, and given that Cortázar’s centennial would be big news, he wanted to find a way to honor it. So, he took inspiration from Cortázar’s novel Hopscotch, and developed the idea for a participatory photo essay. Cortázar spent much of his life in Paris, and most of the novel takes place in Paris. So, Luna put out calls on social media for readers of Cortázar. He would ask them to select a passage related to Paris, explain their choice, and then he would photograph them there. Luna worked on it for a year, and photographed over 100 people for it.

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Model: Megan Gaber

Model: Megan Gaber

“Here’s how you can speed up your workflow…”

“Here’s how you can make your workflow so much quicker and get back to shooting…”

Almost every single marketing guru in the imaging world has the solution for you. Yes, the title of this piece is a very strong stance, but it’s one that needs to be taken. Everyone and their other has a way for you to get a faster image editing workflow and supposedly get you back out there and shooting. But as Jared Polin says (love him or hate him) the image creation process doesn’t end when the shutter clicks. It keeps going. Back in the film days, you didn’t sit there and try to speed up the development process of your images–you sat there in the darkroom and tried to figure out ways to make each of those 36 exposures the best you possibly could.

The myth of speeding up your image editing workflow may be nice and simple, but it’s only satisfactory. It’s not the best you can do.

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Every single photographer should try to shoot with film consistently at least for a month. Why? Because film makes a photographer pay more attention to a scene than they do to the LCD screen of their camera. The slow process of pay attention to the subtle details, finding the right light because you’re locked into a single ISO setting, slowly focusing on a subject and ensuring that they’re totally in focus, getting the exposure just right to balance the highlights and shadows, and knowing that you’ll only get a handful of chances to capture the scene is all part of what can help you become a better photographer.

Some of the best photographers out there are very detail oriented. And as long as you have the pressure on yourself to get the shot right in a single frame, you’ll be better off.

Don’t know where to start? Here are five films that every photographer needs to try.

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I built my portfolio site with Squarespace.

I built my portfolio site with Squarespace. This is neither a sponsored post nor an endorsement. Well, it’s kind of an endorsement.

We talk about portfolios quite a bit here on The Phoblographer. You can check those posts here, here and here. Oh, and here.

It’s an important step for any new photographer looking to establish a presence online beyond various social media sites. Your portfolio a concentrated dose of who you are as a photographer. It needs to work well on a computer, but more importantly, it needs to work well on mobile. These are not our musings. This post isn’t about our musings. We reached out to Photoshelter and Squarespace, two of the more popular choices for photographers, about their approach to design.

But we also reached out to some photographers, too, to see what they use.

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One of the most undervalued and little talked about light modifiers is also one of the most absolute essential for nearly any shooter who works with monolights. It’s the umbrella reflector–and many people don’t really know about them. In general, all that we hear about are softboxes, umbrellas, beauty dishes, and octabanks. But if you want beautiful light output right from the start with your monolight, you should absolutely never underestimate what this little addition can do for your photography.

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All images by Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir. Used with permission

Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir is the author of “Boudoir Photography- The Complete Guide To Shooting Intimate Portraits“. Critsey teaches boudoir workshops and seminars across the nation and abroad. She’s been featured in magazines, on television and on podcasts talking about her work. It goes without saying that she is a photographer that is well respected in the industry.

Critsey works with clients to create beautiful boudoir images that make them feel more confident about themselves and like many portrait shooters, she likes to tell a story about people. And when it comes to Bridal Boudoir Photography, each person has their own unique and specific story.

You can check out more of her work on InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Facebook.

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