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Efficiently Complete A Photography Assignment-04076-20140814

When trying to become more serious about your photography, you’ll often go after photography assignments and gigs. You clients will need specific images for presentations, articles, etc. If they cannot find the right stock photography or create the images themselves, they hire a photographer to create these images for them. I have recently started going on assignments for my company and there are some lessons that I have learned. The biggest is that photography is a cooperative craft at times. Sometimes you have to capture another person’s vision.

Here are five tips from my experience to help you get through things quickly.

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Here are the top 10 photography tips from some of the best contemporary street photographers interviewed and featured on the Street Photography London blog.

Here are their answers to the following question: What is the single most important piece of photography advice you could share or wish someone gave you when you started? (click on their names to read the full interview)

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on Nicholas Goodden’s photography blog and is being republished with permission. We’ve featured Nick’s pixelated people project and his apocalyptic take on London. Be sure to also follow him on Twitter.
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Refining My Streetphotography -04879-20140829

On the surface, street photography can look easy. You go for a walk and take photos. But I have learned enough to know there is a lot more to it. Picking up your camera and going for a walk is only the beginning. Street photography is an art form that has been practiced for some time. A person can only get better through practice. Over this past summer, I took it upon myself to try to refine my street photography. There are many lessons to be learned from photo walking almost every day.

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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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When I approach a stranger to make a portrait, I don’t have a lot of time to work with. It’s not unusual for me to have as little as three minutes to get everything done and allow my subject to be on their way. So, my mind kicks into high gear and I consider not only what I’m doing with my camera, but also with my subject, the lighting, the background and so much more. It is a mental checklist that helps me to make the most of the time between my and my subject.Though it may not seem like a lot, the regular practice of it makes it an automatic and intuitive process for me today.

So, there are a lot of choices that I have to make.  Here are some of the things I do to ensure a good portrait in 180 seconds.

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The internet is abuzz with professional photographers and enthusiasts who are dumping their DSLR to switch to mirrorless cameras such as the Fujifilm XT-1 or Sony A7s. The high performance and image quality provided by these small, compact cameras are convincing many photographers to switch not only models, but brands.

There are no shortage of articles that showcase that advantages of mirrorless over a DSLR and visa versa, but such comparisons alone are usually not enough to convince someone to make the change. The reality is that many photographers may not need to regardless of either the hype or the definitive advantages provided by mirrorless. Here are some reasons why you may want to stick with your DSLR.

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