In the Studio: Creating Professional Photos With the Instax Wide Film

If you’re one of those people that has always wanted to create a professional looking image with Instant Film, then you’ve come to the right place. Is it difficult? Not really; but it will surely require you to think in a different way.

On January 15th, The Phoblographer’s Chris Gampat will take you into the studio to create Instant Photos that look like they were professionally shot while still retaining that lo-fi charm that everyone loves. You’ll learn about posing for a portrait, idea generation, lighting, light modifiers, and so much more.

You can find out more on our EventBrite page for the event.

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Understanding the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Medium Format Mentality

It’s no secret: lots of photographers are drooling over the idea of shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera. The idea of owning something bigger than full frame 35mm (though not even the size of true digital 645) is something that is bound to attract a whole lot of photographers. Then consider the fact that everyone and their mother is a photographer these days. Everyone will want a medium format camera because they’re becoming more and more affordable. Though for what it’s worth, I’m very positive that not everyone understands medium format.

In fact, you may honestly want to stick with 35mm, APS-C, or even Four Thirds.

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Hilarious Craigslist Ad Asks For Lots from a Professional Student Photographer

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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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Life After Instagram for Photographers

Back in 2012, Facebook did something that in many ways hurts small businesses–and it just moved over to Instagram. Limiting the number of followers you get to post your messages to on a normal basis doesn’t help smaller businesses that often don’t have the funds to dedicate to social marketing can hurt their business: and in this case it’s the business of photography.

Besides the complete misunderstanding by the general public on the difference between “photography” being daily snapshots of life and “Photography” being carefully done images with intent, we face the fact that communities aren’t really so friendly to us with piracy, etc.

So what’s next for us?

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Professional Photographers: Get 10% off on Your Taxes This Year

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Hey photographers,

If you’re a professional photographer, I’ve got a special deal for you today. We all know that tax season is upon us, so if you’re looking to get your taxes done still, HHG Enterprises is offering you a 10% discount if you mention the Phoblographer on your taxes this year. I’ve been using them for a while now and have never had a complaint.

So how do you do this? Shoot them an email at HHGEnterprises[at]gmail[dot]com and mention the Phoblographer. They’ll take it from there.

Now go get your taxes paid!

The Canon 80D is Targeting the Semi-Professional Photographer


Today, Canon is announcing their brand new 80D–and they’re trying to target it at the new breed of photographers who typically shoot on the side for extra cash. It isn’t quite the 7D MK II–which is mostly targeted at sports and wildlife photographers. But it’s still quite feature packed.

The Canon 80D features 45 cross-type AF points, 100% viewfinder coverage, a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a DIGIC 6 image processor, built-in WiFi, NFC, and a vari-angle 3 inch LCD screen. There is also a new auto white balance mode that the user will have to specifically set that will allow the setting to skew closer to the warmer side or the cooler side depending on what you select.

But there’s a whole lot more!

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Can a Photo Service Be Used as Your Actual Photography Website?

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The traditional answer to this question is a hard, resounding no–absolutely not. However, things have changed. Beyond just photography, people that pay for images sometimes want to tap into specific markets and followings. In fact, it’s been a pinnacle idea behind social media marketing from the start: be social and tap into the followings of others. For that reason, lots of photographers these days simply just stick to using their Instagram or VSCO.

In fact, it’s much more common than you think.

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Useful Photography Tip #155: Want to be a Pro Photographer? Pay Your Taxes Quarterly

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Here in the US, professional photographers are getting ready to pay their taxes. One of the biggest things that you learn as a business owner though has to do with paying what are called quarterly estimates. This means that you pay taxes each quarter of the year in smaller bits rather than one large bit once a year. At the end of each year, you submit your expenses and income and readjust what you pay each quarter.

It works much better than paying once a year and also means that you discipline yourself much better on top of managing your monthly budget on a different level. Of course, there are also sales taxes and other things involved. The added benefit is that since you’re budgeting yourself in a different way then you’re also not spending excess money that you possibly may not have if you just pay once a year.

Additionally, you also end up paying taxes in a different way than regular employees do. For example, you can write off a certain percentage of business meals, marketing promotions, travel, office expenses, bills, etc. because they’re all seen as costs for your business. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should splurge; but instead be honest about everything.

There are many benefits to photographers paying their taxes quarterly; and if you’re just getting started be sure to talk to your tax consultant about it.