Dan Ginn Dan Ginn

Dan Ginn is a content writer and journalist. He brings with him five years' experience writing in the photographic niche. During that time he has worked with a range of leading brands, as well as a host professional photographers within the industry.

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Why Do Smartphone Photographers Still Struggle to Be Taken Seriously?

“The camera is just a tool,” said almost any established photographer that ever practiced the craft. And I tend to agree. I’ve enjoyed some works made on an iPhone more than I have on, say a Fujifilm X-T4, for example. That’s not to say the latter isn’t a better camera. It most certainly is. But it’s the scene, the creativity, and the emotion that makes a photo, not the camera. So if the camera is just a tool — and many photographers agree — why do Smartphone photographers still struggle to be taken seriously?...
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Donato Di Camillo Likes to Focus on Stories most Photographers won’t.

Inside The Photographer’s Mind is back, and this week we speak to Brooklyn-based photographer Donato Di Camillo. He’s made a name for himself in the street photography community, and he’s best known for focusing his lens on stories most other photographers won’t. He’s a colorful character and has no issue with expressing his opinion on various topics within the photo industry. It’s a great hour of photography conversation, and he’s what to expect....
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Powerful and Life-Changing: The Stories Behind Our First Cameras

The rest of The Phoblographer team and I are going to take a trip down memory lane. We have decades of combined experience in the photography industry. However, all of us started somewhere. And of course, there was a time where all had our first camera. But what exactly did we use to begin the most influential journies of our life and our careers? Let’s take a look....
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Why It’s Crucial to Show More Positive Photos of Developing Nations

There’s something I’ve thought about for quite some time. Whether it’s countries in Latin America, Asia, or the middle east, why do we only see images that show these parts of the world in a negative light? It’s mainly the mainstream portraying the doom and gloom. But even documentary photographers tend to focus on the pain rather than the pleasure. The results are damaging, and it’s time for the photography industry to help drive change....
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How I’m Finding a Photography Community in the Most Unlikely Place

I’ve longed for a meaningful photography community. It’s difficult to ascertain in the real world, especially during the pandemic. So, like most photographers, I turn to an online community. Instagram is a waste of time as it feeds narcissism. Facebook seems to be more about online fighting rather than togetherness. Flickr is okay, but I never got on that hype train. Then I turned to Twitter. And to my surprise, I’m finally finding the photography community that I was close to thinking was only a fictional utopia....
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5 Photographers Go High to Create Marvelous Rooftop Photos

re the ideal vantage point for making photographs from a different perspective. While the world goes about its day, the rooftop photographer can document what’s going on, without anyone knowing they’re there. Rooftop photos aren’t only about looking down. The pinnacle point of a building is also a cool location for conceptual photography. We’re going to take a look at it all in this article, bringing you the very best of the rooftop photos we’ve published over the years....
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5 Proven Tips for Regaining Confidence in Photography

Photographic confidence comes in ebbs and flows for many photographers. Not to be confused with a creative rut, photographic confidence relates more to not believing in yourself, even if you consistently shoot. It’s a horrible spot to be in and leads to many photographers giving up on the craft. But I don’t want that to happen to you. So, in this article, I’m sharing some tips on regaining and maintaining your photographic confidence....
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8 Ways Photographers can do Charity Work and Give Back

recently wrote a piece that encouraged photographers to do more charity work. I was happy to see that the article was largely well-received. The number of photographers asking how they could volunteer their skills was even more pleasing—this gave me an idea. I’ll round up some resources and ideas to help photographers get out there and do some charity work....
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7 Easy Photography Genres That Anyone Can Do!

I love the fact there are so many genres of photography. It’s what makes our craft so enjoyable; the diversity. I’ve dabbled in many genres of photography, but it’s street photography where I feel most at home. I’ve also got friends and peers from various backgrounds in the photographic field. With that said, we will look at which are the easiest genres to practice, all of which anyone can do!...
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Amy Lombard on Brand Identity, Emotional Healing, and Fearless Youth

Queens-based photographer Amy Lombard joins us on this week’s episode of Inside The Phoblographer’s Mind (ITPM). Lombard has created her own identity throughout her career, and we wanted to sit down with her and learn more about her photographic journey. In this candid, sometimes deeply personal episode, we talk about the impact photography can have on a person’s life and the opportunities it can create....
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Photographing September 11: How They Feel 20 Years Later

20 years have passed since two commercial planes struck the twin towers. You don’t need me to tell you what happened that day. Everyone has their own theories and opinions of the truth. And while that may divide people, one thing we all agree on is how traumatic that event was for the people of New York. Amongst the people fighting the struggles of that tragic day were photographers. Out on the front line, they felt compelled to document the harrowing events happening around them. Two decades later, how do they feel about the photos they made?...
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6 Photographers Get Creative with Reflections for Mind-Blowing Results!

Can we reflect for a moment? Don’t worry. It won’t be on our childhood issues. You will be pleased to know we’re going to reflect on reflections. Too deep? Allow me to explain. Over the years, we have sent many images to digital print that focus on reflections. It’s a fun way to be creative. And when well-executed, reflections are a sure-fire way to create images that will glue to the people’s eyes. Take a look....
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It’s 2021, and Diversity in Photography Is Still a Struggle

As the Arts & Culture editor of a leading photography publication, it’s my responsibility to ensure we remain as diverse as possible. It’s not only my doing. All the staff here at The Phoblographer remains committed to showing the best photographers from all walks of life. Being diverse isn’t tricky. Dig into any subculture within society, and you’re destined to find remarkable photographers. So, the question is: why do camera manufacturers still struggle to get on top of diversity within their camps?...
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5 Photographers Show Hong Kong in all its Mesmerizing Glory

Hong Kong is a special place, especially for photography. Whether you shoot street or architecture, it’s is the perfect hub for making compelling photographs. We’ve had the pleasure of receiving many submissions from photographers shooting in Hong Kong; we’ve published many of them. So when we decided to do a round-up of our favorites, we were almost spoilt for choice. But we got to our final selection in the end, and now it’s time to share it with you....
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Unsplash Trolls the Photo Community with Its Ironic Mail Out

I recently received a promotional email from Unsplash. Like the rest of The Phoblographer team, I’m don’t support anything the company does. Its model is built on the foundations of a photographer’s desperation to be seen. The head honchos make money from it and give nothing back to the folks that likely made them a fair few bucks over the years. So, when this email came through, I had to laugh at the irony– I’m sure you will too....
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Why It’s Crucial That We Do Photography for Charity

I recently made photos for a charity for one of its recent food drops. Based in Medellin, Colombia, Feed The Barrios helps feed communities that need support. It should come as no surprise that people in Colombia are struggling. Pandemic aside, 27% of the nation lives in poverty. So, when I got the opportunity to help in some small way, I committed right away. And throughout the event, I realized the importance of using my skills to help those that require them most. Follow me....
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5 Amazing Night Photographers and The Cameras They Use

dark eeriness of the night is the perfect shooting ground for creative photography. Thankfully, there are plenty of photographers ready to brave the night, and we’ve featured many over the years. Join us, as we take a look at some of the best....
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A Houston Photographer is Being Accused of Sexual Misconduct

In this week’s episode of Inside The Photographers Mind, we tackle some of the more pressing stories happening in the industry this week. Hosted by our Arts & Culture Editor, Dan Ginn, the episode looks at serious allegations made against a Houston-based photographer. We’ll also look at the topic of street photography ethics and a photo shared on Instagram that polarized the photography community....
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What Happened When I Shot Street Photography on Edibles?

Street photographers have different ways to maximize their creativity. Some like to meditate before shooting, while others pump themselves full of caffeine. When I’m in a country that legally allows it, I like to dine on an edible before I go out to shoot street photography. You know, the happy kind. I’ll paraphrase: I like to get gently toasted before going to make street photographs....
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Photographers: Stop Caring What Others Think, Love Your Work

reative. Why that is, I’ll leave for science to explain. But as someone who has struggled to let go of the validation of others, I can share my journey. And share how I let go of allowing the opinion of others to determine my photographic self-worth....
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5 Popular Stories Show the Power of Photographing Hotels

Hotels are an excellent source of creative inspiration. From the high-class five-star to the spooky abandoned motel, there are plenty of opportunities to make compelling photographs. It doesn’t always have to be boudoir either. Although it’s a popular genre for hotels, other photographers have used some of the best overnight stays for image-making. Naturally, we’ve published a range of stories that focus on life inside hotels. And in this article, we’re going to look back at some of the highlights....
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Documentary Photography: The Truth Most of You Won’t Accept

Documentary photography is often a polarizing genre. Not only because of the topics. But also because of who photographs, and more so, where they photograph. Western photographers often lust after impactful stories happening in nations less fortunate than theirs. That’s something that doesn’t sit right with me. It’s even harder to stomach when said photographers return home and receive a bunch of accolades for their efforts...
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How to Tell if Your Favorite YouTube Photographer Has Actual Value

YouTube is a popular place to educate yourself. And the major selling point is people can learn new skills without paying a single cent! Due to the rise and success of the platform, people are jumping on and creating content, hoping that they gather a mass following. Some photographers have become very successful at it. But there’s a difference between a good YouTube photographer and a good marketer. Let’s take a look....
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Video: Jamie Windsor Shares the Truth on Being Successful on YouTube

ly concerned about views and popularity, some industry members reject their credibility as skilled photographers. But that can hardly be fair. Surely there’s more depth to a photographer who makes YouTube content? I was eager to find out. So I invited popular YouTuber Jamie Windsor on to The Phoblographer’s official podcast: Inside The Photographers Mind....
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This Simple Photography Tip Will Help You Beat Your Creative Rut

Not having the motivation to do something you love is demoralizing. And unfortunately, stagnation in photography is all too common. I’ve experienced crippling creative ruts, left wondering if I’ll ever pick up my camera again: that’s no exaggeration. I’ve also seen so many talented photographers not create for months, later sharing how they have zero motivation to go out and shoot. All this would suggest stagnation in photography is unavoidable; it probably is. But there are ways to snap out of that creative rut sooner rather than later. Follow me....
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Photographer Says Photography Addiction Is “Destroying” Their Life

In a recent post on Reddit, a user wrote about what they described as a “weird addiction.” Expecting something peculiar, I clicked right away. But to my surprise, the author of the post talked about their addiction to photography. “Addicted to photography!?” I thought. “Is that even possible?” Which got me thinking, can one seriously have a photography addiction? Let’s explore that question....
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Open Your Eyes: Why Candid Photography Is Under Threat

Often, we fail to see an issue until it happens. Though the reality is, the signs were always there that a problem was about to come. The law protects candid photography and our right to document in public spaces. It allows us to make images, even if those around us don’t want us to. But events in recent years could be a sign that the future of candid photography isn’t secure. And if we don’t treat this as a critical situation, the right to do what we love and need, may disappear....
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6 Tips to Make Your Subject Relax Quickly for Street Portraits

Creating street portraits is thrilling. The journey of identifying a potential subject, approaching them, and making their portrait boosts your confidence and theirs. The practical process comes with challenges, especially when getting your subject to pose. But there are ways to get your subject to feel comfortable in an extremely short amount of time. And in this article, I’ll share some tips to help you do that....
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Zenfolio Gives up $1 Million to Provide This Amazing Offer!

Many in the photo industry only care about the here and now. Too focused on their journey, brands neglect the future generation of photographers. That’s the creative world for you. Most want it to be about them. So, when a story comes along about a brand investing in the grassroots, it immediately grabs our attention. Zenfolio is putting making a dollar to one side, and is offering $1 million worth of subscriptions to the next generation of budding photographers. Keep reading to see how you can take advantage of this fantastic offer....
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How to Never Let Your Employer Exploit Your Passion For Photography

Most photographers are not professionals. Some do photography as a side gig, while the majority are hobbyists. Meaning most people who practice photography also have a day job. That’s not to say they’re bad photographers. I know many talented photographers who decided not to transition to being a pro. And when their employer becomes aware of their skillset, they may choose to exploit it. Sadly, it happens too often. And if it happens to you, here’s what you should do....
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Dog Photography so Cute it Will Melt Your Heart (Enjoy the Cuteness!)

We love dogs here at The Phoblographer. They’re adorable. So, when a photographer sends us anything relating to canines, it immediately gets our attention. If you’ve ever attempted to photograph “El Perro,” then you’ll understand the difficulties associated with it. Dogs have a mind of their own, and communicate with them can be a struggle. Any photographer who can master the technique of getting a dog to pose deserves a treat of their own. And in this article, we highlight dog photography that shows photographers at the top of their game. Join us for some cuteness....
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Photo Editing Is No Longer the Way to Stand Out, Thank Presets for That

Photography and photo editing are closely linked, but they’re also very different. I know some awesome photographers who are mediocre photo editors and vice versa. And contrary to what many believe, photo editing has been around far longer than the technology we use today. Portrait photographers used paint to enhance their prints, while other photographers spent hours in the darkroom playing with exposures to correct their images. Over time, editing became the way to stand out from the pack, but that’s certainly not the case anymore. Follow me....
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How to Shoot Street Photography in the Blistering Heat

Shooting street photography in the blistering heat comes with many challenges. It’s especially tough if you’re not used to working in such harsh climates. If you’re European, I’m not talking about a warm day in the western part of the continent either. Compared to India, Mexico, and certain parts of Asia, summer in Europe feels like a breezy walk in the park. But in painfully hot climates, it can be difficult to get out and shoot, and there are lessons I’ve learned from doing it so much over the years. Allow me to share with you....
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This Fine Art Street Photography Is So Incredible, It’s Shocking!

Street photography is raw and edgy, right? Well, not always. Even though the streets are full of the hustle and bustle of life, art exists within them. Fine art photography isn’t only born out of contemporary photography studios. It can come to life on the streets we walk on. And turning the fast-paced streets into a form of artistic imagery is no easy task, yet some photographers do it incredibly well. So, here’s a round-up of the best photographers creating fine art street photography. Enjoy!...
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6 Things I Learned From Managing a Popular Instagram Account

For the past three and a half years, I’ve had the privilege of running The Phoblographer’s official Instagram account. If you follow the account, then most of the posts, stories, and the odd IGTV interview were done by yours truly. For the most part, it’s been lots of fun interacting with the tens of thousands of followers we have. It’s also been an eye-opener in terms of how Instagram works. In this article, I will share six things I learned from managing a popular Instagram account....
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The Taj Mahal Brings Out the Ugly Side of Photography

Like most photographers, I was thrilled to be visiting the Taj Mahal. The night before, I cleaned up my Fujifilm XT2, ensured I powered up my batteries, and cleared my SD Card. I woke up at 4:30 am, the warm Indian heat burning my body. I took a coffee from the small store outside my hotel, paying $0.05 for the privilege. Now fully awake, I embarked on my journey to one of the wonders of the world....
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4 Photographers Who Overcome Adversity and Are Truly Inspiring

Every photographer has hurdles to jump over throughout their journey. Whether they’re a hobbyist or a pro, difficulties will arise. For most, their struggles will relate to their skill level or a difficult client. For some, however, they have to fight through a range of barriers. From difficulties with mental health to working with a physical disability, some photographers really do overcome adversity. The Phoblographer has published some powerful stories over the years, with many of them highlighting the photographer’s strength. Below are some of our more memorable and inspiring stories....
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7 of the Best Photography Stories from Our Arts & Culture Editor

I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented photographers in my time at The Phoblographer. I’ve also shared my thoughts and knowledge throughout the years. So, one day when Editor in Chief Chris Gampat woke up from one of his Nutella-induced naps and asked me, “what are your favorite photography stories from the site?” well, it got me thinking. And after some thought, I arrived at a selection of pieces I’m incredibly proud to have done. Let’s take a look....
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5 Artists Show How to Make Unbelievable Images Without Photoshop

Often, when a person looks at a photograph that seems too good to be true, it’s because it is. The reality is that the photographer has spent hours in Photoshop trying to create something that isn’t true to life. That’s fine, but it’s nowhere near as impressive as when a photographer creates an out-of-this-world image just by using the tool in their hand: the camera. It’s possible to do, and in this piece, we show you the photographers doing it....
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Amazing Photos From Photographers Showing Love for the 35mm Lens

A 35mm lens is an awesome companion for your camera. It offers great flexibility in terms of the types of photographs you can create. Is it the best focal length? Well, that all comes down to preference. But it’s certainly a popular choice amongst professional photographers. And in this article, we look at some fantastic photographs created by photographers who give power to their 35mm lens!...
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On Editing Portraits: Do We Need a Code of Ethics?

I have written openly about how I feel when it comes to editing portraits. For those who need a quick catch-up: I have no issues with light photo editing, but my ethics are challenged when a photographer starts manipulating the weight and shape of their subject. People have differing views on this topic, and it’s not about who is right or wrong. It’s about identifying where the line is, and even amongst this polarizing topic, I sometimes question where my own line is. Let’s take a look....
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Question: Is There Such a Thing as a Professional Street Photographer?

I see many photographers claim to be professional street photographers. I’m always slightly sceptical when they do. I mean, do people really get paid to roam the streets and make photos? I’ve earned a good living writing about street photography, of course, practicing it in the process. But does that make me a professional street photographer, or is the job title somewhat a lie? In this article, we will answer the question, and I’ll also include some input from a street photographer who’s better positioned to answer it than most of us....
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Critiquing the Winners of The 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

The winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards are here. After reviewing thousands of photographs, sent in from photographers across 140 countries, the judging panel made their decisions. The standard was high, and the eventual winners are evidence of that. “Congratulations to all the winners and their astute observations, sometimes moving and subtle, other times witty and surprising… always insightful,” wrote IPPA founder Kenan Aktulun. In this article, we will look at each of the winning images and offer our thoughts....
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6 Amazing Photographers and Their Black and White Photography

Who doesn’t love black and white photography? The deep darks and the eye-catching whites are what make this beautiful genre so mesmerizing. We’ve featured many photographers who remove color from their work and instead go for the more classic feel. In fact, the stories centered around the black and white frame have been some of our most popular on the site. And in this piece, we’re going to look at some of the best of them....
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Hao Nguyen Shows How Powerful Photography Leads to Healing

At some point in life, everyone needs to go through a process of healing. It’s part of being human. Photography can help a person heal, and it can also portray healing. Chinese-Vietnamese photographer Hao Nguyen has his own interpretation of what healing is and how it looks. And it brought him success, as he recently won the award for best photograph in the Healing category of the All Out Photography Awards 2021. We caught up with Nguyen to see how life has been since receiving recognition for his work....
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6 Amazing Street Photographers We Featured in 2021

Street photography has been a mainstay here on The Phoblographer. Over the past 11 years, we have featured the work of countless photographers creating the candid frame. It’s been a great ride, and we’ve also done our annual round-up of our favorite street photographers throughout a calendar year. But even though it’s only the halfway point of 2021, we want to share some of the best photographers shooting the candid frame we’ve published so far....
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Ugnė Vedeckytė Captures the Meaning of Parkour in this Amazing Series

“Yes. For me, this movement is purely about a very close community,” says action photographer Ugnė Vedeckytė. He continues, “it’s about street culture and our instincts: the need for self-realization, challenging ourselves, and our need to constantly move.” In his latest series, Vedeckytė aimed to communicate all that Parkour is through a range of action-filled images. It’s something a little different from what we’re used to, so naturally, we were excited to share it with you. So lock yourself in, and don’t worry about jumping off any walls or rooftops. This interview will give you all the thrill and adrenaline you need!...
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Our Favorite Images From The Magnum Square Print Sale (Be Quick!)

The Magnum Square Print Sale is drawing to a close. But there’s still time for you to own a print from your favorite Magnum photographer for only $100. There are plenty of images available, which may make choosing one a little overwhelming. Don’t worry, because we’re here to help. We have gone through all of the images with a fine-tooth comb to show you the best of the best Let’s go!...
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Why the Kit Lens is One of the Most Important Bits of Gear in the Industry

The kit lens gets a lot of hate. It’s unjustified, in my opinion. With their noses up in the air, photographers see it as the poor person’s lens, only fit for throwing in the bin. “No serious photographer would make photos with a cheap lens. Only primes and expensive zooms are worthy of the serious photographer.” It’s total nonsense and elitism. And in this piece, I’m going to explain why the kit lens should be held in high regard and viewed as one of the most important bits of gear a photographer can own....
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Why Every Photographer Needs to Love Having Their Portrait Taken

“I never see portraits of you,” said the friend. “That’s because I’m the photographer, not the subject,” replied the photographer. It’s a conversation I’ve had, and I know many of my industry peers have too. Photographers believing their place is behind the camera and seldom in front of it. But it’s a belief system I’m trying to break down, and I think it’s important you do too....
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