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Photographers have always tried to ensure that the theft of their images don’t get stolen. When it does, there is often a giant mountain made out of a molehill thanks in part to our current trends in online culture. And most recently, photographers have been up in arms about contracts from musicians. If you haven’t heard about the Taylor Swift incident starting with Apple then trickling down to the photographers who photograph her, then you’ve probably been living under a rock.

And yet, there is a much more silent form of theft that has been happening for years.

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You, yes you, have a specialty as a photographer. Maybe you’re an incredible landscape photographer that can make someone’s jaws drop wide open. On the other hand, you could be a great portrait photographer who not only creates beautiful portraits but also makes people feel great about themselves afterwards. But no matter what you do, you have a specialization.

You, yes you, as a photographer can’t do everything. Maybe you’re good at shooting portraits, candids, weddings and other photojournalistic stuff, but you’ve got an inherent weakness unless you’ve been doing this for well over 35 years. Even then, you probably can’t do everything.

So when someone asks you to shoot their wedding but you’re really a specialist in landscapes, why would you say yes?

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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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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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