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An inherent problem happens when you’re an editor of a photography website tasked with reviewing the images of many people. Photographers from all walks of life tend to want to make us look at their images–and we are incredibly grateful for that. But at the same time, we find many websites to be seemingly made during the Geocities days only to give way to your Myspace. Website design and navigation has progressed further than this, and the problem is that many photographers don’t understand it.

Here’s the key: make your website simple to use and navigate and folks will want to go through it all.

Don’t be lazy. You’re better than that.

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All images by Gillespie Photo. Read more at the Phoblographer.

Gillespie photography is a husband and wife photography duo between Trent and Stacy, who are based in Colorado and have a very special approach to wedding photography. This approach was honed over a very long time and their photos have a fine art feel to them. What’s more: the couple tries to make every single wedding that they shoot unique–so planning goes into it with the couple.

But beyond this, they learned the hard way about the work-life balance importance between photographers.

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In the world of photography–be it that the craft is carried out professionally or leisurely–it has always been a matter of dispute whether a prime lens is preferred over a zoom lens, or the other way around. We here at The Phoblographer tend to think rather pragmatically about this: each has its own merits and downsides, and it clearly depends on what you’re up to. Let’s however for a moment assume that you lean towards using prime lenses–or you want to. After years of lens testing lenses, we think there are five essential focal lengths that every photographer should try at least once. These are the 24mm super wide-angle, the 35mm wide-angle, the 50mm normal, the 85mm short telephoto, and the 135mm telephoto.

Before you go on, we also want you to remember that no one is making a bad camera or lens.

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All images by Eric McFarland. Used with permission.

Photographer Eric McFarland is part of a photography duo with his wife, and has had the honor of receiving R/WeddingPhotography’s Best Wedding Photo of 2014. Eric reached out to us, and what we noticed in his portfolio is his ability to pose large groups very well. If you think that portrait posing is tough, try posing lots of people at once. Attention spans are short, people are tired, don’t listen to orders, and it can be a tough life for a wedding photographer.

So how does Eric do it? We talked with him about the professionalism behind each photo when it comes to posing large groups.

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All images by XuLiu Photography. Used with permission

Trends in the wedding and engagement world have skewed more towards creative and DIY approaches vs the hyper traditional offerings that dominated for years. Alex and Betty are the photography duo behind XuLiu photography based in Boston, and focus on capturing wedding stories through a unique blend of creative documentary storytelling and artistic portraiture.

We talked to them about creating better engagement photos, the psychology of portraiture and the business side of it all.

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All images by Angie Candella. Used with permission

Angie Candella is a wedding photographer based in Pittsburgh and who has gained lots of recognition for her work. She’s been shooting professionally since 2008 and bring a unique and modern touch to her weddings. The trend in wedding photography for the past couple of years has moved away from the super traditional and more towards the alternative and nouveau. What Angie has that helps her so much with this is her background in fashion photography. “I go through every photo and make sure that the bride looks flawless, and that the photos look like it came out of a magazine.” says Angie.

We talked to Angie about the specifics of posing a bride–and given her fashion background, Angie has quite a different approach to it.

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