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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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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 Lulu's Shoot Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus lens photos (1 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 5.6

Lots of people are self-conscious about their skin, and it can be even tougher for you as a photographer if you’re photographing a teenager. While photographers talk a lot about focusing on the eyes and making them look great, they often forget about the body’s largest organ: the skin. They only notice afterwards when someone wants you to get rid of a blemish of some sort in the image after they’ve seen it (if you haven’t done much in the way of editing or retouching).

But in order to cut down on that type of stuff, here’s how to get better looking skin out of your portrait subject in the camera.

Again, this post is for folks who do not retouch.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens 35 mm 1-10 sec at f - 4.0 ISO 3200

A new Kickstarter called Buried Pixel is aiming to make location scouting much easier for photographers. It’s a gamification based system that uses a map and relies on the community to give tips about cool locations to shoot or to use for upcoming shoots.

Users upload images that they shot to the app to add contributions to the community. Using the map, members will be able to look at a photo shot in that location and read about how the image was created. EXIF data like the camera, lens, camera settings, lighting equipment, time of day, post production techniques and other BTS details will be shared by the most willing in the community.

The gamification process works similar to FourSquare–the location based app that let you check into a location and add tips until they ruined it by splitting it with Swarm for Check-ins. Instead, Buried Pixel will make you the mayor of a location, but instead call you the King or Grand Pooba.

If you’re a photographer that shoots weddings, portraits, travel or conceptual work it may be just the thing for you. Head on past the jump to check out their Kickstarter video.

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All images by Michael Afonso. Used with permission.

I found photographer Michael Afonso years ago on Flickr and other photo forums when he was still cutting his teeth as a portrait shooter. He would often ask for advice on how to make his images better in the same ways that others do. Today, he’s a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Videographer. “Currently living in Florida, my true home is surrounded by trees and nature without the tropical appeal. For the past several years i’ve been doing what I love most.” says Michael.

Michael’s edge is that he is always constantly trying new things even while being a busy creative. It’s often easy for a busy creative to become so busy with jobs that they can’t get other things done to keep expanding their own creativity.

Today, his work is the best that it’s been.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 review images Lulu (1 of 4)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.2

Dear Mom,

No, I won’t charge the friend you literally just met $30 for portraits. Would you do a Real Estate rental for free? No, I’m not just going “Click Click” and that’s all. There is a lot more work than just that that goes into proper portrait taking and it starts with you.

You, and all other human beings are self-conscious. It’s simple for you to say “Oh no, I don’t look good in that photo, don’t share it.” But do you know how much work goes into making you look good?

Let me explain.

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