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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How Omar Z Robles Made $200,000 from Street Photography

As wonderful as street photography is, most who practice it seldom make substantial money. Often seen as something you shoot on the side, photographers instead fund their life with other genres, like portrait and commercial photography. However, now and then, we see success stories. Stories that validate a photographer’s talent for street photography and earn them a decent chunk of cash. That’s what happened to Omar Z Robles, and on this episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind, he tells us all about it....
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How 14 Year-Old Lance Wilson Created This Spectacular Photograph

“The best photos are the ones that don’t need to be heavily altered in my book!” Those are the wise words of the photographer, Lance Wilson. Such wisdom is often delivered by photographers who are later down the road in life. But Wilson is 14 years old, already displaying a mature mind. He first picked up a camera when he was 13, and already he’s producing work we seasoned folks should envy. He’s also the creator of an incredible wave shot that went viral on Reddit. Exactly who is this boy wonder? Let’s find out....
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How to Overcome the Chaos of Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is one genre I will not touch. It takes a special kind of mind to handle a type of photography that comes with so much pressure. I envy those that do it, especially those that do it well. It must feel amazing to deliver an immortal memory of a couple’s special day. But, again, wedding photography comes with a lot of hurdles. There’s one in particular that pro photographers have to deal with, and I was curious as to how they handled it....
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Brandon Casey Shows How to Create a Stunning Photograph

Every now and then, a photograph comes our way, and it grips us immediately. It’s the type of photograph that makes us say, “we need to know more.” Brandon Casey is the creator of the latest image that demanded our attention. A resident of New Smyrna Beach, Casey has an eye for rocket launches. He’s also a devoted father, and for this photograph, he wanted to combine his passion with the children he loves so dearly....
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Rare Photography That Takes You Into Unknown Worlds

Amongst the traditional photography that comes our way are stories that focus on rare moments. From wildlife to natural phenomenons, photographers wait patiently to document scenes people don’t often see. We love these types of stories at The Phoblographer; so do our readers. They take us into an unknown world and allow the photographer to educate us all on topics we’re not familiar with. If you want to forget the mundane for a moment, make a hot drink, get locked into the rest of this article, and enjoy some rare photography....
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5 Beautiful Photographs of Animals That Will Make You Fall in Love

Finding good photographs of animals isn’t as common as you’d think. That’s because the task of making them isn’t easy. Animals are unpredictable and don’t always beat to a photographer’s drum. Experienced photographers know how to choose their moments. They also have a ton of patience. When it goes well, it goes really well. And below is a selection of photographs that will show you animals as you’ve never seen before. Get ready to experience all the feels in your heart....
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Photography in France: Get Lost in a World of Romance and Adventure

France, a nation full of romance, is a beautiful spot to make images. From the cityscapes in Paris to the golden sands of Nice, France doesn’t lack picturesque destinations. Photographers visit from all over the world to create their perception of the Western European nation. Once they’ve made their images and edited them in post, they often send them to us to see if they fit for publication. Many of them are, and in this piece, we will show you the best photography in France....
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Dislike Instagram? It’s Time for Photographers to Evolve

A photographer on Reddit recently suggested he wanted to replace Instagram. With Instagram’s push on Reels (going head-to-head with TikTok) and its ever-changing algorithm, the Redditor felt it might be time to push his photography on a different platform. But are they right to run away? Or is there something else photographers need to do?...
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Community Is Important and These Photo Stories Prove It

Community is important. There’s the photography community, and then there are countless others too. Some photographers like to travel far and wide to focus their lens on different communities from around the world. Others prefer to stay closer to home and document stories happening around them. Either way, documenting communities is important in the photography world, and it’s something we’re going to look at in the piece....
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This Superb Toy Photography Takes You to a Whole New World of Fantasy

Toy photography allows adults to be kids again. It allows them to play around, experiment, jump into a world of fantasy, and then document it all with their camera. While it’s all fun and games, executing good toy photography requires a high level of attention to detail and creative vision. When poorly done, you have a bunch of toys that tell no story. However, you create a whole new world that people demand that you invite them into when done well....
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New Law Bans Making Photographs of Women Breastfeeding. Is It Right?

In April 2021, I wrote an article that tackled the topic of creating photographs of women breastfeeding in public. I asked a simple question: “In the world of street photography ethics, is it okay to photograph a woman breastfeeding?” My conclusion was, although I wouldn’t, if it’s happening in a public space and the intentions are pure, then it has to be fair game. However, from a recent article on the BBC, it would seem members of the public and the authorities disagree....
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Kristin Bedford Photographs the Unique Lowrider Car Culture

Kristin Bedford joins us on this episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind. She’s an L.A. based photographer with a keen eye for social realism. Her work explores race, stereotypes, and communal self-expression. Throughout the episode, she shares her journey into photography, how she approaches her work, and her best-selling photo book, Cruise Night. Here’s what’s in store....
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Want to Feel Good? Read This Uplifting Photography Story

Everyone likes a feel-good story (unless they’re dead inside), and today we’re sharing a happy, fuzzy photography story. It’s a story about a student and teacher, and one that highlights the importance of being grateful for those that helped us develop our photography skills. So, if you fancy a feel-good tingle in your brain, keep reading....
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15 Nature Photographs That Prove How Beautiful the Universe Is

2021 was been a fantastic year of photography. Despite the ongoing hurdles, we’ve been balled over by the work rate and creativity of photographers from all around the world. Photographers have traveled far and wide, exploring new lands, showing all of us how beautiful our world truly is. Some incredible nature photography has come our way throughout this year, and in this article, we’re showing you 15 photographs that highlight our wonderful world....
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6 Examples of the Creative Possibilities with Instant Film (NSFW)

Instant film is the perfect combination of attitudes new and old. It gives the classic film vibe while offering the instant gratification today’s society demands. Instant film cameras are awesome ice breakers too. They’re cool for parties, and everyone wants to hang with the person who owns one. However, one shouldn’t confuse them as being merely a gimmick. Photographers have been known to make remarkable work with instants. Don’t believe us? Take a look....
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This Selection of Photos by the BBC Has One Major Problem

At the start of December, the BBC released an article looking at the most striking images of 2021. Few of the photographs painted a positive image of the world. However, that’s something we should expect, considering how mainstream media uses photography to tell its stories. That’s not to say the images were bad. They have their place, and each photographer succeeded in documenting monumental moments in 2021, no matter how negative they are....
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Chris Gampat on Three Potential New Tamron Lenses for Fujifilm

On this week’s episode of The Phoblographer’s Inside the Photographer’s Mind, I’m joined by our EIC, Chris Gampat. We have a lot coming up in this episode as we tackle Fujifilm rumors, gear from Leica and Canon, and everything else in between. We’ll also be talking out The Phoblographer’s app! So stay tuned and read on to find out exactly what’s in store....
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5 Fascinating Stories of Photography Done by the CIA

The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has a long, rich history with photography. From spying to investigating UFOs, the CIA has had many requirements for cameras and what they can do. Looking into the CIA’s relationship with photography is a long-term, ongoing series at The Phoblographer. We have a fascination with how one of the world’s most important agencies uses photography. And in this roundup, we’re sharing some of the best stories from over the years....
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How Every Travel Photographer Can Prevent Their Gear Being Stolen

If you have dreams of being a travel photographer, one question you may ask yourself is, “how can I prevent my gear from being stolen?” It’s a good question, and sadly, one you need to ask. Beyond the beauty and the glory, the true travel photographer will find themselves in countries where they’ll need to pay attention to their gear. Locals can ease their economic struggles with a stolen camera and lens. So, in this article, I will teach aspiring travel photographers how to prevent their beloved gear from being stolen....
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Is Twitter Attacking the Freedoms of the Street Photography?

hem shared on the platform. News outlets worldwide rushed to push the news out to their readers. The Phoblographer and I decided to wait. We waited because Twitter’s latest policy decision impacts something I love: street photography. And I didn’t want to write about the topic based on impulse. So, now that the dust has settled, here are my two cents on the matter....
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Powerful Portrait Photography That Demands Your Attention

Portrait photography is a highly versatile genre. You have the standard “for my Linkedin” headshot right through to the self-analytical self-portrait. Of course, there’s a place for something basic, but they’re never the type of portraits that remain in the viewer’s mind. Instead, it’s the portraits that pushed a little further, explored the possibilities of the unknown, and verge on being bizarre. If you’re looking for something that’ll make you say, “I can’t get it out of my mind,” stick with us because you’re in the right place....
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Katie G. Nelson Talks Photography, Media, and Life with a Chronic Disease

Katie G. Nelson joins us on this episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind. She’s a multimedia journalist with a background in photography, filmmaking, and investigative writing. Returning to Minneapolis, Nelson kindly agreed to sit down with us and talk about her experience in journalism, including the good, the bad, and the traumatic. She’s a great source for a behind scene view of what life is like making content in the most difficult circumstances. Here’s what to expect....
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How Two Women Think Street Photography Will Evolve

Street photography has grown in popularity in recent years. As cameras became more accessible and social media became integrated into our daily lives, more people fancied trying their hand at photography. Street photography, although difficult in practice, is extremely easy to access. Once you have a camera, you only need to step onto the street and begin making pictures. I wonder what impact this has had on the street photography community, the quality of work we see....
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From Russia With Love: The Best Russian Photographers We’ve Featured

Russia is home to around 115 million people. The country is full of mountainous zones and exquisitely designed buildings, making it perfect for locals to learn the craft. Many Russian photographers have left their nest and gone elsewhere, but they’re still flying the flag for their home nation, showing the rest of the world that Russia means business in the world of photography....
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The Best Articles For Improving Your Food Photography Skills

Food. It’s what humans need to survive. That’s the basic description, at least. The reality is food is much more than a necessity; it’s a cultural celebration of life. Thankfully, societies all around the world have rejected a one size fits all approach to cuisine, instead opting for a “this is our way of doing it” approach. Keeping that in mind, the diversity of what we eat is perfect for food photography! Maybe this piece should be titled NSFW, because you’re about to see some x-rated food porn....
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Polly Irungu on the Incredible Rise of Black Women Photographers

Two years ago, Polly Irungu wasn’t your average 26 years old. Instead of going out to party or eat in a fancy restaurant, Irungu began a movement that would change the direction of her life. She founded Black Women Photographers, an organization that aims to uplift the demographic in various ways. We cover it all in this week’s episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind....
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5 Sensational Examples of Professional Portrait Photography

cial. The process of making a person’s portrait is always intimate, no matter the style you’re looking for. The subject invites a photographer to analyze them, to stare at them, and to make a record of what they see. You’ll seldom find such a connection in other walks of life. Being a portrait photographer comes with a lot of pressure; that’s why only the best succeed. Below is a round-up of some of our favorite portrait photographers that have excelled at craft....
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Jaime Del Pizzo on Hearing Loss and Her Love of Adventure

“…I think it is more about perceptions of what people think I can/can’t do,” says Jaime Del Pizzo. Born with a severe hearing loss, Del Pizzo finds many areas of life a challenge, including photography. But it’s a challenge she’s accepted and one she fights to overcome on a daily basis. Despite the hurdles she faces, Del Pizzo lives a life rich in adventure, and through that, she’s become an extremely talented photographer, armed with a portfolio that shows she’s breaking down her barriers....
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Did This Photographer Exploit Young Children in Developing Nations?

Photojournalism and documentary photography share one common goal: to tell the truth. They’re two photographic disciplines where creative license gets put to one side, and pure documentation takes the front seat. It would be unethical to manipulate or stage an image, only to then go on and pass it off as authentic. Sadly, photographers don’t always stick to ethics and go their own route for personal gain....
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Why McCurry Doesn’t Owe Anyone Royalties for Afghan Girl

Italy— Sharbat Gulla will now call the Mediterranean country her home. For those unaware of who Gulla is, that’s likely because you’ll best know her for being Afghan Girl. She’s the 12-year-old refugee who stared down the lens of world-famous photographer Steve McCurry. The portrait went what we would today call viral, and National Geographic was the platform to spread its power. Any time Gulla comes up in the news, so does McCurry’s contribution to her story, with many showing their destain for the success he’s being able to enjoy because of it....
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6 Remarkable Examples of the Power of Film Photography (NSFW)

Thankfully, film photography still holds its place in the world. Some shoot film because they’re hipsters, while others do it because they feel deeply about the science behind it and the aesthetic it produces. Shooting film isn’t easy, most people fail to get to right. But for those that nail it, the results can be spectacular. Naturally, we’ve featured many of the wins. And below is some film photography you’ll love by photographers who love their film cameras....
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7 Online Photography Tutorials to Help You Become a Better Photographer

nline photography tutorials are one the best parts of the internet. Often, they’re a free education and allow photographers all around the world to advance their knowledge. In the 12 years we’ve been running, we’ve shared countless articles that help educate our readers. From technique to understanding how gear works, we’ve covered a lot of bases. Below are some of the highlights....
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7 Funny Photography Stories to Help You Feel Happy Today

Photography doesn’t always need to be meaningful and serious. Often, it can be light-hearted and fun. It can even make you laugh. We’ve shared many stories over the years that help people forget their struggles and focus on something uplifting. We had many giggles in our virtual office here at The Phoblographer. From funny photography memes to funny photography projects, we’ve seen it all. Below are some of the highlights. Enjoy....
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Brittany Smith: The Best Gear in Town from a Female Perspective

We’re very excited to bring you this week’s episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind. On this occasion, we’re blessed by the presence of our very own Reviews Writer, Brittany Smith. She joined The Phoblographer six months ago, and since then, she’s been contributing top-level quality reviews of the latest gear and accessories in the photo industry. Naturally, we discuss gear, but we also delve into how brands are dropping the ball on inclusivity. Take a look at what’s in store....
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NFT Photography: A Potentially Disastrous Move for Photographers

d move on. But it seems like it’s here to stay. Actually, it looks like the whole industry of NFT photography is going to grow. But some photographers are pigeonholing themselves as NFT photographers, and I’m going to explain why they shouldn’t....
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3 Pieces of Photography Gear I Dream of Owning Right Now!

As someone who travels a lot, it’s important I’m as light as possible when moving from one destination to another. Over the years, I’ve aimed to get my gear down to a minimum, and right now, I have one camera body and one prime lens. But being a person who loves photography and the gear used to make it, I find myself craving more. With that, below is the current gear I find myself lusting after and wanting to buy....
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The Most Bizarre Confrontations I’ve Had in Street Photography

Street photography is a funny old game. I love it and I may even have an addiction to the craft. For all that’s good with it, some bad things come with practicing the craft. Confrontation tops the list of the negative elements of street photography. Sometimes it can be a minor altercation, while other times, it can become extremely nasty. But confrontation in street photography can also be hilarious, and sometimes, plain bizarre. Follow me....
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Derek Fahsbender on How He Intends to Gift Someone a New Camera

On this week’s episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind, we’re joined by New York-based street photographer Derek Fahsbender (aka Like a Macheen). He very kindly took one hour out of his busy schedule to discuss all things photography, including the new release of his latest book, TwentyTwenty. We’ll also cover his relationship with Fujifilm, and why the camera you use is important. It’s a fantastic episode and one you’ll enjoy from start to finish. Below is an overview of what to expect....
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5 Awesome Examples of Creative Photography to do When Bored!

s at a round-up of photographers that worked on some creative photography that’s both fun and inspiring, keeping themselves entertained in the process....
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5 of the Best Places in the World for Photographing Public Festivals

Photographing public festivals is one of my favorite things to do. Whenever I travel, I like to connect with someone local and follow them to their county’s traditional celebration. I have had the pleasure of attending well-known public festivals, and the honor of photographing some less know events. To inspire you, I will share them with you in this article. I’ll also cover some public festivals I dream of photographing one day....
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Female in Photo: 20 of the Best Women Photographers in 2021

coming up to my fourth year writing for The Phoblographer. I’ve been nothing short of amazed at the standard of photography that’s gone to digital print throughout that time. It seems each year outdoes the last, with photographers constantly improving on the work from the year before. I also love that the amount of submissions we get from women photographers is constantly increasing, highlighting their voice in the space. In this piece, we’re going to focus on the females and show you the best women photographers we’ve featured in 2021....
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Nail Your Halloween Photography with These Useful and Spooky Tips!

Halloween is here, and it’s the perfect time to make photographs! From costumes to parties, the spookiest day of the year brings out all the fun and frolics of human behavior. Because of that, almost every photographer wants to create images, meaning it’s extremely difficult to stand out. But below are some examples of photographers who nailed their Halloween photography and some tips for what you can do to do the same. Let’s go!...
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We Were Wrong: Better Photography Gear Makes Better Photographs

“Better gear doesn’t help you make better photographs.” It’s the first thing we experienced photographers tell any newbie who thinks a better camera or lens is needed to make better photographs. Most of the time, like any other photographer who knows their stuff, I’ll tell them to work on the craft rather than obsess over the best cameras and the best lenses. However, there are certain occasions where certain photography gear will help you create a better photograph, depending on the subject matter....
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Forget Photography 101, it’s Time to Break the Rules!

‘m aiming this article towards those who are at the birth of their photographic journey. However, there’s also value in this for the more advanced photographer. I will cover some skills and techniques that people tend not to teach to those at the beginning of their photographic practice. Read any “photography 101” article, and you’ll read the same thing. Well, today, we’re tapping into our rebellious side. We’re ripping up the rule book and sharing techniques you should try, even if you’ve just picked up a camera for the time....
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4 Amazing Images from the 2021 Mobiography Awards

Mobiography recently announced the winners of this year’s smartphone photography awards. The competition intentionally put mirrorless and DSLR cameras on the shelf, shining a light on those who create wonderful imagery with the device in their pocket. The Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat was an official judge for the competition, continuing our commitment to supporting new and emerging photographers. Submission standards were high, and the winners all submitted exceptional work. Let’s take a look....
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3 Valuable Questions to Ask Before Starting a Photography Project

Creating a photography project is a rewarding process. You get to dig deeper into the world’s most important stories and educate yourself in the process. But a photography project, especially those that involve societies and cultures, is a delicate talking point. Many photographers embark on a certain project because it interests them. Others do it in search of glory. That doesn’t mean they’re the right person to document a story. In this article, we explore three questions to ask yourself before starting a photography project....
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Photographing Protests: The Truth on Being Ethical in the Heat of it All

ever to let anyone silence me. That got me into a little trouble over the years. However, once I mellowed out, my early lessons led me to be interested in what society wants to protest. Combined with my enthusiasm for photography, you have the perfect cocktail....
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Which Photographer’s Work Is Cristina de Middel in Love With?

tells me as we talk about printed photography. She’s referring to one of her heroes, which we will cover later in this piece. We’re having this conversation because, right now, fans of Cristina de Middel’s can buy one of her prints through the Magnum Square Print Sale. Stay tuned and follow me....
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Cath Simard Creates Majestic Photographs in Beautiful Destinations

On this week’s episode of Inside The Photographer’s Mind, we speak to Candian photographer Cath Simard. Her clients and collaborations include DJI and Lowepro, and she’s also an official Sony Ambassador. Her rapid rise through the photography ranks is nothing short of spectacular. Having taken up photography in 2016, she’s already an established name in her field. We’ll cover all that and more in this week’s podcast....
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3 Reasons to Buy the Best Cameras You Want (But May Not Need)

Being the Arts & Culture editor of The Phoblographer, you may think I have little interest in the gear side of the industry. After all, we have a female-led section of the site that helps educate folks about cameras and lenses. However, while I’m always more interested in the photograph rather than the tool, I...
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