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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film Photos Kodak Porta Ektar TriX  (8 of 55)

Being a second shooter is sometimes frightening. In some ways, you’re shadowing another photographer but in other ways, you’re maintaining your own individuality without being overpowering. Many second shooters are just starting out and you’ll need to keep one very big thing in mind the entire time: photography isn’t about gear first and foremost. Primarily, it’s about business. Then it’s about your portfolio. And then it’s about capabilities and gear.

If you’re a second shooter or aspiring to be one, then here’s what you should know.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photography has quite literally changed the world; or at least that’s the premise behind this video by Matthew Rycroft. Inspired by Reddit’s Shower Thoughts, he created a video making crazy and true realizations about what the art form has done for culture. For example, before photography, no one knew what they looked like with their eyes closed.

The video is thought provoking, but also in general just quite interesting–you can check it out after the jump.

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I have a saying and a standard that I try to live by, which my mentor taught me. It goes: “The best images deliver the details and don’t force your viewers to search for them.”

They find a way to reach out of the screen or print and grab at someone. Want some great examples? If we really had to list them, we’d say compelling food photography, close and intimate street photography, shocking images in the news, etc. These photos find a way to tell a complete story in a single photo. But this doesn’t always mean that you need to overthink your process. It’s sometimes just as simple as getting a different angle.

For the sake of being vain, let’s analyze something that everyone does: food photography that you post onto your social media pages. After the jump, you’ll be able to see two images that I shot; and one is clearly more detail oriented. Sure, they’re both quick snapshots, but one image clearly tells a lot more than the other.

So with that said, you should keep in mind that absolutely no subject is boring–you just haven’t found the right angle that will inspire people or elicit an emotion. And as a photographer and artist, it’s your job to do that.

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Wet like a dog

All images by Joey Tichenor. Used with permission.

“In 2011, I was getting tired of the work I was shooting in Minneapolis both professionally & personally. I wanted & needed to create a fresh body of work to help stand out a bit in my midwest market.” says photographer Joey Tichenor about his photos of surfers. Like every photographer, Joey goes through dry spells of creativity and needs to evolve to become better. For some of us, that means shooting a totally new type of work.

“A lot of the guys that I admired shot environmental portraiture & documentary work which is where I wanted to focus my energy towards rather than the work I’d been doing. I decided that the best place to do this would be out west in California. I also wanted to see if I could build a network of photographers, agency & art buyer contacts out west in hopes of moving there one day.”

Joey tells us the story in his own words after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2.8 touit extra photos (8 of 14)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 2.8

Here in the NorthEast of the USA, spring is in the air. With spring comes lots of new opportunities to go out there and take photos of everything around you, but in particular, spring is an excellent time for you to go out there and shoot photos with film. Why shoot film? Because film photography forces you to sit there and get everything perfectly right in the camera before you press the shutter. You’ll make decisions that you never thought of before like how highlights are affecting the scene, how dark the shadows are, and what the colors will look like. It will also force you to do things like spot metering and figuring out the right exposure that you want–not what the camera is telling you.

Here are some great reasons to get out there and shoot film this Spring.

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All images by Barry Slaven. Used with permission.

Photographer Barry Slaven tells us that he recently got rid of his website, but he’s been working on a project called “Healing Hands” for the past 10 years. He’s been shooting since the late 1960s and is entirely self-taught. Barry became serious about the Healing Hands project after he stopped operating in the OR. “All these photos are black and white, providing an almost abstract, ethereal rendition of the OR. Eliminating faces and personalities, as well as identifiable structures, enhances this effect.” says Barry. “I think eliminating the color eliminates much of the garish, scary, upsetting aspects of surgery and allows the viewer to experience the more subtle, almost sensuous act of surgery itself. I like to think of it as ‘artistic photojournalism’.”

Barry is well known in the operating room and is free to move about pretty much unnoticed to get the angles and views that his creative vision dictates. But before he goes in to shoot, he always asks for the surgeon’s permission. However, because there are no faces he never asks of model releases.

The images from the series are after the jump.

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