Shooting Parties: How to Use Your On Camera Flash

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One of the essential tools of any party photographer is an on-camera flash. It’s important when it comes to dimly lit situations or when there just isn’t enough light on a subject’s face. For the person trying to get into it, doing this can be tough and intimidating because they have no idea how to use a flash and simply pointing it forward and shooting isn’t always the best idea either.

So here’s how you do it.

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Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

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If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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Hilarious Craigslist Ad Asks For Lots from a Professional Student Photographer


Lead image by Jason Chen.

When we’re all starting out and trying to go from hobbyist to pro photographer, it isn’t uncommon of us to use Craigslist and get trapped in the whole world of trying to justify someone actually paying you for your services. Quite often, photographers will put up a faux craigslist ad to express their disgust–such as with the case of one ad from Richmond, VA.

The faux ad calls for a student photographer that owns loads of professional DSLR gear including a full frame camera.

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How I Became a Professional Surf Photographer


In partnership with Format MagazineClick here to build your Format portfolio website today with a free 14-day trial, no credit card required. This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. It’s contents are being used with exclusive permission. Original post done by Camila Neves.

Professional surf photographer Camila Neves shoots for SurflineWorld Surf Leagueand Surfer Magazine. She describes how heartbreak led to a career in the waves and how she almost died on the job.

I had a surfer boyfriend and started photographing surfing as a hobby. In 2012, we parted ways and I went through a very difficult time. I decided to get out of Brazil and a close friend suggested going to Mexico.

Without any plans, I boarded that flight to Mexico. My only mission was to leave my city in Brazil. I needed a change of scenery and to begin the process of healing myself.

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Women in Photography: Daria Amaranth | St. Petersburg


This is a syndicated blog post from Nicole Struppert and Women in Photography. It and all contents are being used with permission. All images by Daria Amaranth.

Hello Daria, thank you for submitting your beautiful portrait series. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Hello, Nicole! Thank you so much for your attention towards my works, I really appreciate it and I can say that it is great to me to be published in such an inspiring magazine dedicated to women:) I was born in Russia and I live here as well. I am enchanted by different spheres of art – singing, literature, cinematography, music, painting, perfumery art but only photography has become the main field for expressing something important to me.

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Review: DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x Zoom Viewfinder Eyepiece Magnifier

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One of the biggest reasons for my moving away from DSLRs has to do with seeing through the diopter, but the DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x zoom viewfinder eyepiece magnifier has made me want to give them a genuine second try. If you’ve been a reader of the Phoblographer for many years, you’ll know that I’m legally blind and that my vision has been degrading over the years (both a blessing and a curse in some ways.) This is a big reason why I went to EVFs–because they’re capable of giving me a histogram, a high resolution image in a small area, and other smart previews like white balance and ambient light in the scene. Sony, Fujifilm and a number of others have done a fantastic job with EVFs though at times it’s easy to miss seeing exactly what’s in front of you and not a digital readout of it.

With medium format DSLRs it tends to be much easier; but when you work with full frame and APS-C DSLRs, it’s tougher overall to peer through that little viewfinder. But the DSLRKit Zoom Eyepiece is changing my opinions.

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The 8 Biggest Mistakes on Your Portfolio (And How to Fix Them)


“In partnership with Format MagazineClick here to build your Format portfolio website today with a free 14-day trial, no credit card required.

This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. It’s contents are being used with exclusive permission.

For potential clients and collaborators, a good online portfolio should provide an in-depth introduction to you and your work. Whether you’re a photographer, illustrator, or designer, you know the importance of making a good first impression.

It can be easy to feel intimidated by all the possible ways you can slip up with your site. Is it too crowded, or too empty? Too simple, or too difficult to navigate? Too much information, or not enough? Ultimately, there’s no one answer for what makes an ideal portfolio.

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“Photography” vs “photography”: A Big Difference

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There’s a thought in our industry that gives me stress at times: especially when I go into meetings with manufacturers who try to push the idea of someone buying a camera and not at all pushing the idea of what they can do with light, lenses, a system and how to be an actual creative.

Something that I often talk about on this website is the idea of “photography” vs “Photography.” To quickly recap, lowercase p refers to casual photos being taken such as what people share on Snapchat, the biggest accounts on Instagram, etc. They’re very personal and self-serving. Capital P refers to creating with the intent of doing something artistic. It too can be self-serving; but generally when you create art you do it to show it off. This is true of any art format.

But the idea of Big P vs little p will help to define us as photographers in the coming years.

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