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dealing with police Geservo-0447-20140115

Due to the nature of the work that I do, I was recently asked how I stay out of trouble with the police. The question caught me off guard. The person asking the question brought up the fact that I’m always in New York with a camera. In my photography life, I have occasionally run across my share of bigots. But photographers are mostly a great community of people–and the issue some photographers have is their race and the law. Not everyone is treated equally 100% of the time. As an adult I have rarely, if ever, been singled out and stopped. I am not going to say I have never been harassed but when I was young–I quickly learned how not to make myself a target for police. As a photographer, I worried about that subject even more. So here is my answer.

Editor’s Note: Chris Gampat has co-authored this piece.

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Local Festival To Refine Your Concert Photography gservo-02287-20140713-2

If you are a photographer who enjoys music, we’re positive that you’d had the urge to be a concert photographer. It’s a hard field to get into, and if you really want to improve, you have to sell your soul on occasion to get close to the stage. The are a lot of hurdles in the way to getting better at this style of photography. But one of the biggest issues newer photographers can have is access–but local free festivals provide an excellent opportunity for practice that doesn’t cost your soul. Here are some tips to use them to your advantage.

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 Getting It Rite In Camera Is Important Now gservo-01946-20140708

Creating an image is similar to constructing a building. If you don’t get it right, you have to go back in and fix it. Some people like to say “I can fix it in post” and while this is true, it’s not always efficient. Sometimes if you take your time and get it right in the camera first you can shave hours off of your production time by taking a few extra minutes to get your exposure and composition correct. Sitting in front of your computer may not always be a choice depending on circumstances.

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Adapters gservo-3628-20140629-3

I have used lens adapters on mirrorless cameras–just like loads and loads of other users do. When I made the decision to buy the Sony A7, my previous experience with adapters influenced my purchase. Instead of buying Sony lenses, I would keep on using my Nikon lenses. It had been suggested one would have to be insane to use Nikon lenses with a Sony camera, which doesn’t make sense to me. With this decision I knew there would be some sacrifice. Yes, it would have been easy just to buy another Nikon camera, but I wanted something that was full-frame and mirrorless. Nikon is not creating the cameras that I want, but I love my Nikon glass.

And with that, begins my story of what I lose with adapters.

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confident about your photography gservo-01408-20140627

Over the years of practicing my photography, one lesson stands out: Photography requires confidence.

I have written about this before, and yet I still run across situations which force me to continue thinking about this. Having confidence is as important as your ability to create an image. Photography is not just about the gear. It’s about the people using it. You can have the most expensive camera equipment in the world but it means nothing if you don’t have the backbone to use it. Of all your photography skills, confidence is your most important. If you do not believe in your photography, no one else will. Here are five reasons to continue working on developing your confidence. [click to continue…]

Nitz Wrist Strap gservo-01576-20140629

Overall, I’m simple. I am not a fan of the nice, yet terribly expensive wrist straps we have reviewed here. I like my photography accessories to work while not being expensive and prefer to invest more money into my camera and lenses instead of frilly extras. When I was first introduced to the Nitz Strap by my friend Scott Wyden, I was fascinated. It is a hand-made strap by a photographer. When I found out how much the Nitz wrist strap would cost. I bought one.

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