30 Tips to Conquer G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)


This is a syndicated blog post from Eric Kim. Its content and images have been used with permission. Syndication by Anthony Thurston. 

Why is it that we think that buying a new camera will help us become more creative with our photography?

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Photographing Women: Insights from Photographer Jeff Rojas


All images by Jeff Rojas. Used with permission.

“I also would recommend that photographers take the time to have their own portrait taken by another professional photographer!” says photographer Jeff Rojas. “If you haven’t been under studio lights and being told how to pose, I would recommend trying it, it’s enlightening.” Jeff is the author behind a book called Photographing Men and recently published a book called Photographing Women–essentially on the fundamentals of things like fashion and boudoir.

There is quite a lot of information out there about photographing women, but a lot of it is all about technique. As any seasoned portrait photographer will tell you, portraiture is more about the conversation between a photographer and the subject.

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10 Ways to Save Money as a Travel Photographer


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This post was syndicated from Format, prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally done by Matt Moreland, featured image by Matt Moreland.

As a freelance photographer who’s constantly hustling to find new clients and make connections, the only logical place for me to live is in a big city. Big cities are where all the ad agencies and brand headquarters are, so this is where most creative networking needs to take place. The only issue is, as someone whose work and style heavily involve outdoor lifestyle, nature photography and picturesque locations, I need to constantly travel outside of the city to actually create my work.

These two aspects of my work tend to conflict as the high costs of living in a city and the numerous costs of travel don’t exactly lend well to a freelance income. Luckily, over the past few years, I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks to lowering my travel costs, getting things for free, and finding secondary sources of income.

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Better Travel Photography With Your Phone

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Travel photography and capturing the best moments is sometimes best left to your phone lest your big camera looks intimidating to people around you. As it is, modern smartphones have very capable cameras that do a great job as long as you use them just right. On top of that, when you’re traveling you don’t need a load of gear like 24-70mm lenses or 300mm primes all the time. Instead, you can create photos that you’ll love with whatever is in your pocket.

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Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques


This is a syndicated blog post from Sebastian Boatco. It and the images here are being used with permission.

I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways.

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Tips For Softening Your On-Camera Flash


It’s no secret that on-camera flash is harsh and can be very unflattering, this is true of built-in camera flash as well as add-on speedlights. This is why so many educators preach about off camera flash and how to do it, in most cases, getting the light source off your camera is thought to be paramount to improving its look. But what if you can’t take the light off your camera for whatever reason or another, what can you do to soften your on-camera light?

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Video: 23 Ninja Tips For Your Next Photo Walk

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If you’re going photo walking this weekend, you should really give these few tips from COOPH a solid shot. They teamed up with street photographer Thomas Leuthard to demonstrate a number of ideas that you’re probably not trying out on the street.

For example, if you’ve got a connected camera, why not use the remote shutter feature? Additionally, what many photographers will do is wait in a specific area for something photographically pleasing to happen.

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Beginner’s Tips to Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

Though I generally never recommend shooting portraits with a 35mm full frame equivalent lens, it’s something that I tend to do. To me, 35mm renders the way that I generally see the world–and to that end it allows me to translate the beauty that I see in people directly into the camera (with more of a collaboration between the subject and I, of course!). Generally, the longer the focal length the more that you can get away with. But at the wider focal lengths, there are a couple of tips that you should stick to to create more attractive images in the eyes of most people.

Much of this caters to the acceptance of various body types and paying attention to the specifics of everyone’s bodies and shapes.

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