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We all know that Sports Illustrated let go of all their staff photographers, but that doesn’t mean that the company still can’t give great advice on how approach editors. A.A. Productions recently released a video interviewing SI’s Director of Photography Brad Smith and he says that email is actually one of the toughest ways to get through to an Editor. Mr. Smith reasons that it can get caught in spam and there are just so many of them to deal with that an editor can be overwhelmed.

In fact, though he doesn’t outright say it, Mr. Smith recommends sending some sort of photography pitch/package, calling to try to get 15 minutes of his time, or other more interpersonal forms of communication such as a portfolio deck.

Additionally, you should make it easy to find more out about you. All of your contact information should be in one spot and your pitches should be precise and to the point.

Beyond that, look and present yourself as a professional. After all, he’s hiring you represent his company at an event.

The video is after the jump. But also be sure to read the words of Damian Strohmeyer and Peter Reed Miller on shooting Super Bowls and general tips as well.

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All images by Calvin Hobson. Read more at the Phoblographer.

Photographer Calvin Hobson has a very unique story as a photographer. He’s a former armed service member, and always had the creative bug in him. Calvin had the opportunity to travel a lot with the US Air Force, and since leaving he has transitioned into shooting weddings. Like many wedding photographers, he had faced many of the problems of an oversaturated market. But he found ways to overcome them not only through his work, but his people skills.

As many photographers will tell you, people skills are one of the best things that you can have a professional.

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Fujifilm Astia 100F with Canon 85mm f1.2 rendering

Fujifilm Astia 100F with Canon 85mm f1.2 rendering

Portraiture is an art form not only within photography, but in drawings and paintings. Years before photography, artists were commissioned to make people look their best in drawings and oil paintings. Photography is different in that we can capture a much more true likeness–which is a blessing and a curse. Taking a portrait of someone requires planning, attention to details, and overall a vision. If the person has an idea of how they want to look, then you need to bring that to pixels. But otherwise, you should have a vision and follow a step by step process.

Here are things to remember before you take a portrait–from a guy that’s been doing it for years and years.

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Photo by Todd Owyoung

Photo by Todd Owyoung

All images in this story were used with permission from their respective owners

Music photography is the passion of so many–and it can be a very tough business to get into without the initiative to build connections. This is true of so many different types of photography genres, but it especially true when covering the music scene. It can make starting out really tough.

We talked to seven famous concert photographers at the top of their game about what they wish they knew when they first started out.

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Screenshot taken from the Video

Screenshot taken from the Video

Photographer Antony Spencer teamed up with Phase One last year to share inspirational tips on how to shoot better landscape images. But these aren’t necessarily any ordinary tips that you’ve heard before. While he mentions some of the essentials, he also lists some less noticeable and unheard tips. For example, he stresses that you remove the strap to prevent any sort of camera shake. This makes a lot fo sense since a strap flailing about in the wind is like the sail on a boat. Antony also states that you should look for unique shapes–with specific emphasis on S shapes in the land.

Otherwise, he talks about mirror lockup, and a whole bunch of other essentials to getting better landscapes. In fact, he even talks a bit about using an app to figure out the best timing so that he can plan accordingly when setting up. The video after the jump is filled with a plethora of landscape photography tips.

While Antony also talks about getting the best camera that you can, we’re going to emphasize the importance of lenses. He’s using a Phase One medium format beast, but we’ve got some pairings for those not reaching for fruit as high. Be sure to also check out our introduction to shooting better landscapes.

The video on getting Better Landscape Photos is after the jump.

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The Phoblographer Fujifilm X30 review images (27 of 37)ISO 1002.5 sec at f - 3.6

Since we’ve been publishing a lot of gear round ups due to it being the end of the year, we also want to ensure that you know how to use the gear. If you’re looking to get into street photography with your shiny new purchases, you’ll be delighted to know that we’ve published lots of tutorials on how to use your photo gear in situations like this.

But we’ve also done a lot of thinking on the ethics of the format.

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