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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tokina 70-200mm f4 Pro first impressions samples (6 of 8)ISO 1001-1000 sec at f - 4.0

When any photographer starts out, they have a vast journey ahead of them. Photography has so many different paths and intertwining roads that it can be tough to navigate on the path to either becoming a professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist. It takes refinement and what you’ll find is that you’re going to shed skin in order to keep growing and changing like an animal sheds an exoskeleton.

Here’s some advice that we have for the folks who are on the journey to finding their own photographic style.

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A new Craigslist ad is making a very point to explain how exposure is currency for photographers–of course it’s all tongue in cheek though. It explains that photographers can go to the grocery store and tell a cashier that they shot a giant campaign for a big company and how it might then let them get away with the groceries. Same with rents, and a lot more.

We recently went on a rant about how no photographer should ever give their images away for free; and it seems to be right in line with that this post is stating. We’ve copied and pasted it down below for anyone to read before it gets pulled or reported. But also go check out the original.

- Thanks for the tip Sam!

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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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (9 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

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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Felix Esser The Phoblographer Leica M 240 Review

With Mother’s Day not too far away, the mothers that are permanently attached to their cameras may enjoy something a bit more special this Mother’s Day. But we’re not showcasing gifts that will break the bank–instead we’re focusing on the gifts that require more thought and will still put a smile on her face.

Here are 20 Mother’s Day Gifts that you’ll want to consider for this year.

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All images by Brooks Sterling. Used with permission.

Photographer Brooks Sterling is based on southern California and specializes in lifestyle work. We’ve featured him before on the site after this video was made about him being an analog film photographer. Indeed, lots of his personal work is done on film but sometimes there is a small budget for it to be included in his commercial work.

Brooks talked to us briefly about surf photography, lifestyle work and shooting with film.

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