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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This Remarkable, Creative Photography Will Be The Highlight of Your Day!

We love creative photography. The kind of photography that’s fun to look at and allows you to forget about the world’s troubles. Imagery doesn’t always have to have a deeper meaning, for the consumer, at least. Often it can just be an enjoyable pastime. And the photographers in this piece, along with their creative work, ensured that we forgot that time exists....
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Clickasnap CEO Explains How Photographers Can Earn Money!

Earlier this year I wrote an opinion piece on the photo-sharing platform, Clickasnap. I praised the concept, which aims to ensure photographers get paid, but was critical of some of the design and functionality. Now the CEO of the company has reached out to explain why photographers need this platform. Take a look....
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Our Favorite LGBTQ Photographers And Stories From Years Gone by

The Phoblographer has been committed to highlighting the work of LGBTQ photographers ever since it started. We’re pleased that we’ve been able to create a nice catalogue of work by LGBTQ photographers that people can go back to. And that’s what we’re going to do in this piece....
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9 Pieces of Gear That Make Travel Photography Even Better!

We know how it is. You spend time on the internet looking at glorious travel photography from around the world. You ask yourself, “how can I make photos like that?” You’re going to need the skills and the tools that allow you to utilize them. Tripods, lightweight cameras, and the right lenses are essential for the perfect travel trip. Here’s what we recommend....
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The All Out Photo Award Focuses on Struggle And Adversity

Attacks on the LGBT+ Community are sadly not uncommon. Members often share their stories of abuse, discrimination, and violence. Amongst the community are photographers. And many of them are telling their stories through visual documentation. Now, global movement All Out, alongside MTV, is giving them a platform to tell their stories through the form of a 2021 photography award....
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From Gear to Technique, This Is the Ultimate Guide to Street Photography

From opinion pieces to tutorials, we’ve written a lot about street photography. It’s one of the most accessible genres there is. So, naturally, there’s plenty to say about the art form. We decided to go through our archives and put the best of what we’ve written into one piece. Whether you’re a newbie, enthusiast, or seasoned pro, you’ll certainly take something away from this article....
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Melissa O’Shaughnessy Brings Together the Wonderful Diversity of NYC

“That it was—and will be again—full of energy, diversity and truly quirky moments,” writes Melissa O’Shaughnessy. She adds, “It’s well worth paying attention to the variety and beauty of the millions of people who crowd its streets and avenues.” O’Shaughnessy is referring to New York City. It’s the place she calls home, and it’s also where she created her excellent photo book, Perfect Strangers....
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AI Photo Editing Could Open The Industry to New Levels of Creativity

Okay, let’s get to it. I loathe editing. It takes time, it can be tedious, and it’s something I just don’t enjoy. I know many photographers feel the same. Of course, you can outsource it, but that can quickly become expensive. But what if we could programme AI (artificial intelligence) to understand what we like in terms of aesthetic and never have to waste time moving sliders again?...
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The Wonderful and Playful Street Photography of Laurence Bouchard

“I like the idea of building up a body of work that’ll exist when I don’t,” says street photographer Laurence Bouchard. And he will certainly be leaving behind a strong body of work. His street photography caught our eye because of how clean and well-executed it is. Is it fine art? Is it raw and edgy? Or is it all of the above? Let’s take a look....
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6 Beautiful Examples of How Photography Promotes Body Positivity

The human form is a diverse and beautiful thing. And photography is a brilliant process that allows us to capture peoples identity. Some subjects love their body. Other subjects are learning to love it. Whatever a persons motivation is to be in front of the camera, the photographer is there to facilitate it. Being behind the camera can help with body positivity too. We’ve covered this topic at length over the years. Here are some of the more memorable stories we’ve published....
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5 Stories Look at the Intensely Polarizing Topic of Retouching

Every photographer has their approach to retouching their images. Some photographers like to do lots of work in post, and some enjoy keeping it minimal. And every photographer has their opinion on which approach is better. There’s an idea that heavy use of Photoshop is misleading at best, unethical at worst. But people counter that by voicing everyone’s right to express themselves through their art. Who’s right is subjective. And in this piece, we look at the differing opinions....
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Pedro Aimos Shares The Story Behind His Life Changing Photograph

“NFTs aren’t a trend,” says photographer Pedro Aimos. He adds, “I believe they are the future of how we digest art and culture.” On May 25th, Aimos will release his own set of NFTs. Amongst them is a photograph that holds both creative and emotional value. It also happens to be the second all-time most liked image on Instagram....
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The Terrible Marketing Choices Photographers Tend to Make

Successful photographers are not always the best creatively. Sure, they’re good. But what sets them apart is how well they sell themselves to the world. On the flip side, I’ve seen gifted photographers not get work because they have no clue how to market themselves. They also make terrible choices when it comes to branding. Let’s take a look....
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This Is The Worst Reason to Upgrade Your Camera! (Don’t Do It)

Companies release new cameras all the time. From budget to professional systems, all the brands are fighting for your money. They entice you to their new product by offering incremental upgrades on their previous best-in-class system. Sometimes, the lure to upgrade your camera is worth your attention, but often, it’s not. And as companies produce more gear, photographers start to get FOMO – looking for new justifications to get that shiny new camera!...
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How to Plan Your First Travel Photography Trip During a Pandemic

Many photographers dream of exploring the world with their camera. The lure of new cultures, amazing architecture, and different climates greatly excites them. But beyond the romance of it all exists a lot of hard work. It’s not easy planning a travel photography trip, especially if it’s your first time. So in this piece, we offer you a step by step guide to executing the perfect trip with your camera!...
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How the Pandemic Stopped Me Being an Arrogant Purist Photographer

For as long as I can remember, my main focus has been what I can do with a camera. I never showed interest in mastering Photoshop. I didn’t care for the advanced tools of Lightroom. To me, the more I could do in-camera, the better. I was a purist photographer. You know the type. Some of you like the purist. Some of you can’t stand them. But when the pandemic started, my purist mindset began to shift....
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This Simple Photography Tip Will Ensure You Never Miss a Shot Again!

Today, metering is easy. Just look through the viewfinder, center the pointer on your exposure scale, and voilà! This is great for someone who is just getting the hang of the exposure triangle. But for those who work at a fast pace, it can be limiting. So this photography tip won’t only challenge you, it will also help you get the best exposure quicker than ever!...
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Why Practicing Street Photography Makes You a Better Person

Street photography is a wonderful genre to practice. Going out for long days, walking with no real route, and creating images is a fun thing to do. Creatively, street photography encourages you to think more about your environment. It pushes you to feel the atmosphere you find yourself in. There are certainly more benefits to shooting the candid frame, and they include making you a better person....
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Are NFTs Another Nail in the Coffin for Print Photography?

As times change, so do the ways we consume our favorite things. NFTs are a big part of that. And in many ways, it was clear that this time would eventually come. The internet changed the way we consumed photography. But for many years, we still had the awareness that nothing could compare to a physical print. There was never any real value in a digital image – other than to the platforms that hosted them, until now....
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The Difficult Truth of Running Photography Business with a Partner

Managing a photography business isn’t easy. It can be especially complicated when you’re managing it with another person. And it can super difficult when that other person is someone you hope to spend the rest of your life with. That’s the reality for one photography duo. And complications are seeping through as they clash heads on the correct strategy for their company. Let’s take a look....
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Mariana Cheoo Uses Her Self-Portraits to Send a Beautiful Message

“…I promise you, it’s a wonderful journey with yourself!” Those are the beautiful words of Mariana Cheoo. Still very fresh to photography, she’s working hard to find her voice, while developing and exploring herself. Like many, the process of creation is allowing Cheoo to heal, fight depression, and love herself more. In a very thoughtful and heartwarming interview, we look at a series of self-portraits that will encourage you to look closer at yourself....
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Blast From the Past: 7 Photography Projects That Still Look Good Today

Everything moves at a first pace in the digital era. What’s relevant today is forgotten about tomorrow. Photography is no different. With so many photographers around, publications are constantly delivering new and exciting work to their audience. But as new work emerges, previous work doesn’t need to lose its value. So to keep the fire alive, we share photography projects from the past, which still remain strong today!...
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5 Photographers Getting the Best out of Fujifilm Cameras (NSFW)

There’s no denying that we’re big fans of Fujifilm systems here at The Phoblographer. We don’t think they’re perfect, and we’re happy to call out their flaws, but when used properly, they’re some of the best cameras on the market. And in this article, we bring five photographers that are creating wonderful images with their Fujifilm cameras....
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Carlos Ocando’s Double Exposures are a Love Letter to the Natural World

All images by Carlos Ocando. Used with permission. “I guess I’m using photography as a meditative process, and when I look through the viewfinder, everything disappears…” explains Carlos Ocando. He adds, “it’s just me and nature without all the craziness around.” Ocando is a seasoned photographer with a strong portfolio. His double exposures caught our...
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Photography and Elitist Language: Something Has to Change

Like any walk of life, the photo industry has its own code words and language. There’s nothing wrong with that. It makes communication more fun and interesting. But let’s be honest, some of the phrases can be slightly cringy and cheesy. In this piece, we look what which “code words” grind the gears of the Reddit community. And we’ll also explore the importance of inclusive language....
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Why the Police Have No Business Using Facial Recognition Tech

Last week The Verge reported on an incident involving a man from Detroit who was wrongly arrested for shoplifting back in 2019. The article said that the Detroit police department had used facial recognition technology to help catch the “offender.” Charges were dropped, but the man is now suing the police department. It’s a terrible situation for all involved, but it does bring up an important topic to debate....
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The Truth About Photography Workshops I Didn’t Want to Accept

Photography workshops can be a sound investment. If you’re new to the industry and want to learn more, paying for expert advice certainly has its value. But when selecting the best photography workshop for you, it’s important that you do your research. Because like I learned first hand, not all of them are what you expect them to be....
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Five YouTube Videos for Better Smartphone Photography

Smartphone photography isn’t easy. Despite the advancements of the cameras in the likes of the iPhone and Google’s Pixel line, making images with such a device has its limitations. For example, they’re not as responsive as mirrorless and DSLR cameras. And the way they feel in the hand can make usability a little more restricted. Using a smartphone camera is a skill in itself. And if you’re looking to improve your skills, and want to take better photos, then the YouTube videos below will surely help....
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JP Stones Magnificent Photos Offer a Vital Education to Photographers

“I started looking for answers to the deeper questions in photography,” explains JP Stones. He adds, “questions I had never really had time to accommodate.” He certainly put the global lockdown to good use. Not content with remaining creatively stationary, Stones has instead developed a deeper relationship with his craft. What’s more impressive is how he communicates his thoughts on photography. For anyone looking to develop their skills in the art form, keep reading. Stones offers one of the most insightful and educational interviews we’ve published....
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A Simple Photography Tip To Make Better Photos on Photo Walks

Photo walks are a wonderful way of connecting with like-minded people. They also keep you active and provide a brilliant reason to get out and shoot. But when it comes to helping you create better photographs, they can be limiting. Here’s why and also what you can do about it....
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Bebe Wang Revisits His Childhood and Gives His Passion New Life

“I hope this work can evoke the audience’s childhood memories and dreams,” explains Bebe Wang. He adds, “I want people to remember those pure happy and harmonious moments.” For this series, Wang delved into his childhood. Reconnecting with an anime series that inspired and shaped so many children, Wang set to bring it to life. In this interview, he takes us behind the scenes of a world that means so much to him....
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Street Photography: Where’s the Line on Photographing Breastfeeding?

Street photography is perfect for documenting the current state of society. It acts as a visual form of education that allows us to identify how humanity has evolved. That’s why I love it. So as attitudes change, so do the kinds of images we begin to view. Here’s a perfect example of that and one that is sure to spark debate....
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This Simple Photography Tip Will Make You a Much Better Editor

Today’s photography tip has nothing to do with how you use an editing tool but rather when you use it. Many photographers like to get home after a long photo walk, fire up the computer, and start editing. I’m guilty of doing this many times over the years. But such an overzealous approach may lead to poorly edited photographs – here’s my solution....
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It’s Time to Accept The Faces of Photography Are Changing

Like most of society, the photography community is protective of its elders. Those that came before and paved the way are held in the highest regards – and rightly so! People see names like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus as the masters. While the likes of Annie Leibovitz and Steve McCurry have long been some of the industry’s poster boys and girls. But times are changing, and here’s why we need to accept it....
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OP:Ed Photojournalism is Under Threat: Here’s What to do

I believe photojournalism remains one of the most important genres of photography. It serves as evidence and education. Without it, we wouldn’t know the true extent of things that happen in the world. Now more than ever, we need photojournalism. These are globally challenging times. And as authoritarian societies continue to evolve, we must ensure the freedom to document isn’t jeopardized....
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This Photography Tip Will Give You a Massive Confidence Boost

I’m back again with a simple and effective photography tip for you! This one is easy to implement – all you need is a willing student. So grab your camera, tap into your knowledge, and follow me!...
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The Harsh Truth About YouTube and Photography

YouTube has certainly opened the door for content creators. The platform is now flooded with channels dedicated to photography. Too flooded, some may say. And while there’s certainly some good photography content on YouTube, many creators are making the same stuff. There’s a reason for this – let’s take a look....
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8 Amazing Asian Photographers to Learn From

It’s Asian History month, and we’re going to celebrate some of the biggest names to come out of the Asian continent over the past 60 years. Some names you may be familiar with. And if you’re not, you’re in for a treat. Because the Asian continent has a rich history of producing fantastic photographers, let’s take a look....
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A Photography Tip to Never Forget an Awesome Shoot Location!

Scouting cool locations for shoots can be a pain. Spending countless hours on the internet, using Google street, messaging others, it’s time and effort that you can spend elsewhere. If you’re someone who moves around a lot, you likely go through many cool locations. I imagine you often drive past a point and think, “that place looks cool to photograph”, only to forget where it was exactly. Here’s a simple tip to ensure that it never happens again....
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Is Facial Manipulation Detection Software an Attack on Free Speech?

First of all, Photoshop isn’t at all a bad piece of software. It has been the foundation of photo editing for such a long time. And if used well, it can help creators blend imagery and imagination, making some interesting work in the process. But it’s also used in ways that I believe are unhealthy – especially when it comes to body identity....
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Chloe Jafe Takes Big Risks as She Photographs the Japanese Mafia

“I don’t really consider the people I photograph as ‘subjects’ because a lot of them become part of my life,” says Chloe Jafe. She adds, “it’s a moment of connection, an exchange, where vulnerability is on both sides. Photography is just what is left from the moment.” Jafe, who’s based in Japan, has fully immersed herself in the culture. For a photographer, living in Japan offers a range of interesting topics. In Jafe’s case, she found herself focusing her creative energy on the Yakuza, otherwise known as the Japanese mafia. It’s a series of photographs and encounters that have spanned over six years. She has very kindly agreed to share the story with us....
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Photography Passion Vs. Profession: Which Path is Right For You?

Often, people first pick up a camera out of passion. “I’d love to make nice photographs,” says the newbie. After some time, they invest in some gear, and they enjoy the infatuation stage of their new hobby. Later down the line, they start making good photographs. Friends and family may even say, “you should do this as a job.” Enthusiastically, they reply, “wow, a job as a photographer. That would be a dream come true!” Or would it?...
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Breaking Down My Fear of Photographing in Dangerous Countries

I’m fortunate to have traveled to many corners of the earth. I have photography to thank for that. From Los Angeles to New Delhi, I’ve had the opportunity to make photographs in some cool locations. But I’ve also visited some dangerous spots during my travels. The kind of places people quickly tell you to put your camera away. It can spoil a trip and instil fear of making photographs. It’s something I had to learn to overcome, and here’s how I did it....
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Platon: The Man Who’s Far More Than a Photographer

“I’m not really a photographer at all,” proclaimed Platon in the opening of his 2017 Netflix documentary. Hearing this left me feeling perplexed. How could someone who had dedicated so much to the craft tell the world he’s not a photographer? Four years later, I was given the opportunity to speak to him. One hour after our conversation started, I understood exactly what he meant. As talented as he is, Platon offers so much more than being the man using the camera....
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OP Ed: Street Photography Sucks and Here’s How to Save It

Street photography is a beautiful art form. The process of creating a truly authentic image is what makes it, for me, the best form of photography in the world. The more accessible cameras have become, the more the popularity of the genre increases. People love street photography. Not only because it’s the most accessible genre, but because the thrill of making a candid frame is so addictive. However, as time goes by and more minds enter the genre, everything becomes oversaturated. Now we exist in a time where it feels like most street photographers are looking for the most impossible, most coincidental scene they can find, thinking it’s what makes for a good photo. It’s destroying the craft. Here’s why....
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Clint Kaster Was Visually Impaired, Now He Creates Beautiful Portraits (NSFW)

“The camera feels like an extension of my imagination and a natural part of who I am today,” explains Clint Kaster. It took Kaster a long time to get to that feeling. Somewhat of an outcast as a child, he was never sure where he fit in. He certainly wasn’t connected to the visual arts, mostly due to the struggles he faced with his vision. But five years ago, Kaster picked up a camera. And today, he’s certainly no stranger to what makes a compelling photo....
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Statement: We Have Removed All Content Relating to David Alan Harvey

On March 17th, Magnum announced it had removed David Allan Harvey from its membership. The decision was made after current members came together and voted to remove him. The vote promoted Harvey to resign. This comes after many serious allegations were made against Harvey. Women, whom Harvey mentored, alleged he committed various degrees of sexual harassment against them....
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Timothy Hiatt Blends Reality and Fantasy in Latest Photobook Perfectly

“I really wanted to give a shoutout to all the amazing people I’ve worked with over the years,” explains Timothy Hiatt when talking about the release of his new book. He adds, “they mean the world to me…they’re the ones who make the images a helluva lot more than me.” In a body of work dating back to 2009, Hiatt is now offering everyone a look at his glittering career. From subtle portraits to full-blown conceptual shoots, his book, Muses, has everything! We spoke to Hiatt to learn more about his new release and why now was the right time to offer it to the world....
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The Phoblographer’s Favorite Prints From the Magnum Square Print Sale

The Magnum Square Print Sale is soon to come to an end. Photographers, old and new, have placed their best work in the sale, allowing you to own a high-quality print for a fantastic price. All the images are quality, but, of course, we all have our favorites. Let’s take a look at six of the best, according to The Phoblographer....
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my12seconds: A Beautiful Journey of Female Self Discovery (NSFW)

“It’s our freedom of choice to share or not share. To be seen or to hide,” explains the creator of my12seconds. While the name is protected by an alias, the person is exposed for all to see. Inspired by the limitations of lockdown, this photographer used the opportunity to rediscover herself. With only 12 seconds to create a frame, she was intrigued by the journey of the unknown. How will the images come out? Let’s take a look....
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