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Wedding photographers have called them “Uncle Bob.” Indeed they’re a plague to us. Folks sometimes say, “Oh, we’ll just ask so and so to shoot for us, it’ll be fine.” The concept of Uncle Bob has evolved over the years as DSLRs and other interchangeable lens cameras have become more popular and everyone begins to try their hand at photography.

For the site’s reviews and tutorials, I often shoot actresses, actors, models, and mix in some paying clientele. But they’ve all talked about a specific type of photographer that they call “The Guy with the Camera.” When they get a new look, their agents always tell them to get new photos done. In some situations, their agents say, “Don’t you have a friend with a camera that can do it for you?”

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The other day, I posted a Facebook status about large companies pinging us wanting to use images for large campaigns with big budgets, and it turned into an argument about why you should license your images instead of giving them away for free. In essence, what you’re doing is hurting the pro market because of the fact that many people actually produce images for a living–not just for pure sport.

Now before you go on I want you to think about that and I’m going to break it down for you specifically in terms of how it relates to my personal life. Before you read any further I’m using myself as an example because while most of my income comes from this site, part of it comes from actually shooting photos. But even then, the site is about photography and part of the job description requires me to shoot photos.

Are you ready?

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Podcasts are a great way to kill time or to listen to while working or doing daily chores. Luckily, there are lots of great podcasts out there for photographers that can keep you up to date on the latest happenings in the world and how major news is affected by photography. With that said, we should totally tell you all about our own: ISO 400. But here are some of our very favorite photography podcasts.

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If you spend any amount of time online, you’ll notice trends: someone walking in a place if you’re into street photography, water that looks like white haze thanks to long exposures and ND filters if you’re into nature photography, and much else besides. Trends are a sign of what’s popular at the moment. They can be beautiful and relaxing and any number of other adjectives, and they can be financially lucrative, too, if you play your cards right. A trend sells until the next trend takes over. I find, however, for my photography at least that trends can be a black hole.

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At this current time on the web, there is a huge controversy over the fact that Facebook is allowed to use your images royalty free. From the standpoint of a company, that essentially means that what they’re going to do is use it in their own commercials and promotion of their own brand. We highly doubt that Facebook is going to get into the image licensing market lest they run into a massive PR issue.

But this brings up an even bigger issue: knowing your worth.

Ask yourself: is every image that you upload to Facebook something that you’d want in your portfolio?

Let’s raise the stakes a bit more now.

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All images by Susan Wasinger. Used with permission.

Lots of photographers out there don’t hesitate to say that they’re a natural light photographer–but in most cases it simply means that they don’t want to or don’t know hot to use strobes. Photographer Susan Wasinger actually markets herself as a natural light photographer; and has incredible results with it. She’s the genius behind Lost Angel studios out in the West Coast. While natural light photography presents its own set of logistical problems, Susan gets through it with grace and even had time to talk to us about her business and shooting.

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