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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Life After Instagram for Photographers

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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.


Is Street Photography Still Important in the Art World?

Image by Cosyspeed, Shot by Chris Gampat

Image by Cosyspeed, Shot by Chris Gampat

Before you begin this piece, calm down. No seriously, calm down.

You’re calm, right? Okay, that’s the closest to calm you’re probably going to get. To hop right into this, you should know that I (like many of you) love street photography. It’s a wonderful way for photographers to be able to hone their skills, express oneself and it’s a great way to improve your artistic eye. But considering all of the different types of photography that there are and where street photography’s position is in the world, it’s tough to believe that street photography could actually still be very important in such a saturated photography space.

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The Point and Shoot Camera is Good Enough for Professional Work

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Building on a piece that Managing Editor Julius Motal wrote recently is the idea that the point and shoot market is slowly dying out. Yes, it indeed is–but it’s really at specific levels. Superzooms, underwater and premium point and shoots seem to still be doing very well due to the way that they provide advantages over a phone. A larger sensor? Yup, that means better image quality potential (notice how we say potential because of the fact that it’s still about the content of the image that matters). A zooming lens? That can help you get so many photos that may be otherwise tough to do.

And like we saw with the National Geographic contest mentioned in Julius’s piece, this has been the status for years. Cameras and modern editing software are more than good enough in the right hands of a creative with a vision. Considering that many photographers make a living off of using their iPhone and Instagram, it makes sense. But this isn’t necessarily because the technology has become better.

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