Photographer’s Toolbox: Portrait Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Chances are many of you reading this are portrait photographers, or want to be portrait photographers. Being one of the most popular photography disciplines, there is a plethora of information on the web to help you decide on the best camera and lens combinations for you and your budget – but what about the other stuff?

Today we are talking another look into the Photographer’s Toolbox and shedding some light on the non-camera/lens gear essentials for portrait photographers. Enjoy!
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Landscape Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Let’s be real here, if we are honest the only truly essential gear for a landscape photographer with passion and commitment is simply a camera. These days great results can come from utilizing just about any camera. That said, there are definitely some highly recommended items that all – if not most – landscape photographers will agree make landscape photography that much easier and fun to enjoy. Continue reading…

Mariska Karto’s Portrait Photos Traces Influence From Classical Paintings

All images by Mariska Karto. Used with permission.

When we featured Mariska Karto in our 30 inspirational women photographers post, she was elated and wanted to update us on the type of work she’s currently doing. Mariska’s work (NSFW) is unlike anything I’ve really seen. It combines elements of paintings, drawings, and classical art and puts it all into a photograph in a way that I believe to be truly unique. As with all artists though, Mariska felt she needed to evolve. “I was just searching for another medium to make art, not in a traditional way but with more technical and digital equipment.”

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The Rokinon 85mm f1.2 and 14mm f2.4 Are Designed for High Res Sensors

Rokinon SP Lenses

For photographers who need high resolving power for their 50-megapixel images, or DSLR videographers that need glass that can handle up to 8k video resolutions, Rokinon announced the first two Special Performance (SP) lenses – the SP 85mm f1.2 and the SP 14mm f2.4 for Canon EF full-frame and APS-C crop frame cameras.

The two SP lenses are made for the ultra high-resolution sensors found in today’s flagship Canon cameras but can easily be paired on a crop-sensor body to produce high quality stills and videos. Both the 85mm and 14mm SP lenses have an aluminum alloy constructed body with an ergonomic design that keeps them light light and provides photographers with what Rokinon promises to be durable yet comfortable lenses to use.

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Cheap Photo: Panasonic LX100 Savings And More

Today’s scavenger hunt for deals has turned up the following specials; including some great savings on Canon, Olympus, and Sony tech. Also be sure to check out the rest of the available deals through our quick links, it’s a fast and easy way to save some major dough.

Cheap Photo Refurb Deal Highlights

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Photography Classes: An Argument For Paid Learning In a Free Web

Let’s be very honest there: you absolutely do not need to take classes or many tutorials that you need to pay for to learn the basics and a little bit more about photography–but photography classes do something for you that being behind a screen in a dark office at home can’t do for you. Classes, for many years, were the best ways for photographers for learn how to do their craft. But the internet has changed there. There are loads and loads of places where you can go to learn all of the basics. Photographers that just want to know the basics probably learned this way. There’s YouTube, The Phoblographer, Tuts Plus, and a load of other free resources that do a great job of teaching you some tips and tricks that you’ll be responsible for getting into a routine of.

And perhaps that’s one of the best reasons why you should take photography classes.

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How to Figure Out What To Charge For Your Portrait Photography

One of the biggest mysteries that any photographer that wants to go pro and semi-pro is what to charge for their portraiture services. It’s pretty tough and a lot of it is usually figured out by the company we keep. Many photographers will sit around asking their friends, parents, peers, colleagues, etc what to charge. But that’s one of the worst things to do because you’re probably not going to be targeting or trying to get money out of these people!

Instead, you’ll need to target a completely different demographic of folks. This isn’t an end all solution post, but it will surely help.

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Cityscape Photography: Composition, Gear and the Application

All images and text by Bryan Minear. Used with permission.

When it comes to cityscape photography, I truly believe that every city has a unique “soul” to it that you have to find and visualize. Let’s begin by talking about your mindset when approaching a new city. Sometimes it takes a little time to acclimate to a certain place in order to really get the “vibe”.

For example, I have been to Chicago about 10 times now. But it wasn’t until my 3rd or 4th trip that I really started to mesh with the city and shoot the kind of photos that were portfolio-worthy. The same can be said for NYC, which is wildly different than Chicago. I still absolutely love looking back at photos from my first or second trip there, but it wasn’t until later trips that I found my groove. All in all, just do what you can when you are visiting a place. When I vacationed to London, I only had four days before we were on our way to Florence and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to just come back to shoot anytime that I wanted. So I had to do the very best that I could in the time that I had.

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