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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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Model: Grace Morales

Model: Grace Morales

If you have fancy new photography gear, the important thing to do now is to get out and shoot with it. This is how you eventually come to justify a purchase to yourself after spending all that money on that new lens or camera. While you’re going to need to go out and find your own creative inspiration, it always helps to have a bit of guidance when it comes to actually shooting better portraits.

We’ve been publishing a lot of roundups on gear and the gear that you may need as the year rounds itself down to a close. But in order to actually do something with that gear, we’re rounding up tutorials and tips that we’ve published this year as well.

And this one will help you shoot better portraits.

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Getting better photos of birds can be challenging given how unpredictable they can be. But you can take confidence in knowing that you can do it with a very minimal amount of gear.

Though this video is very Nikon DSLR specific, it includes lots of great tips on how to do just that. For starters, they recommend that you start out at a local nature preserve. They also tell you that telephoto lenses are better, to stop your lens down, shoot in aperture priority, raise the ISO, and to shoot a bit wider to get the entire bird in flight. But they also include tips like manually choosing a focusing point, using continuous focusing and a lot more.

But most of all, we really like that they emphasize shooting with a clean background. This is something that we always state when it comes to portraiture, and it applies to bird photography too.

The video on getting better bird photos is after the jump.

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When it comes to food, we can create images that people are sick of seeing or create images that elicit an emotion. A good food photograph should get you hungry or should make you smell what’s in the image. Making it trigger feelings of nostalgia in the viewer isn’t too terrible either. In our years of shooting, we’ve come across lots of cool tips and tricks.

Here are a bunch of little projects that you can do this weekend involving food. But if you want more, check out our interviews and tutorials with Howard Shooter, Lou Manna, Shea Evans, Cara Livermore, Andrew Scrivani, Radu Dumitrescu and Peter Augustus. Oh yeah, and here’s our own list of tips and tricks.

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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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 16-50mm lens review images (13 of 17)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 2.0

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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