The Portrait Photographer’s Ultimate Gear and Education Guide For 2017

So you want to be a portrait photographer?

So, as we recently did with most of the camera systems that we cover regularly, we are going to continue putting together these series of ultimate guides based on the various tutorials and lists, and guides that we produced on various topics throughout the last year. Kicking off our non-camera brand specific ultimate guides is our ultimate 2017 guide for portrait photographers.

If you are just getting into shooting portraits, or if you are just looking for more information about the art of portraiture then this is a post you will want to have a look at. So let’s get into it…

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The Ultimate Micro Four Thirds Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the be all end all guide to the Micro Four Thirds System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we plan to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is the Micro Four Thirds system, powered by Olympus and Panasonic, which continued to offer incredible performance in small packages during 2017.

We have posted several Panasonic, Olympus and overall Micro Four Thirds guides here over the last year regarding cameras and lenses. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on the this system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Nikon Lens and Camera Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Nikon’s DSLR System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are doing that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Nikon, which has had a bit of a down year despite releasing arguably the best DSLR on the market in the D850.

We have posted a lot of great Nikon guides over the last year on everything cameras, lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Nikon’s F system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Canon Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Canon’s DSLR System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are planning to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Canon, which has continued to lead the digital camera marketplace with the dominance of their ever popular EF-based DSLR system.

We have posted a lot of great Canon guides here over the last year regarding everything from cameras to lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Canon’s EF system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Sony E Mount Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Sony’s Mirrorless System, look no further

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are planning to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Sony, which has managed to make it yet another year without any full frame mirrorless competitors to their E mount system; and having released maybe the first truly competitive mirrorless sports camera in the A9 and quite possibly the best all around camera in terms of Resolution/Speed with their A7R III.

We have posted a lot of great Sony guides here over the last year regarding everything from cameras to lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Sony’s E-Mount system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Fujifilm X Series Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the be-all end-all guide to Fujifilm’s System, look no further

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Fujifilm, which in many ways had a break out year with the introduction of the X-T20 and X-E3 (the lower cost alternatives to their professional focuses X-T2 and X-Pro2).

We have posted a lot of great Fujifilm guides over the last year regarding everything from cameras to lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Fujifilm’s X-Series then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

Dear Photographers: You’re Doing Cheap Gigs Wrong

This post isn’t dedicated to the higher end tier of photographers at all, nor is it dedicated to those reaching for lower fruit; instead it’s for the photographers in the middle tier of things. You know, the ones who scoff at Craigslist gigs and cheap gigs below what they’re worth but don’t necessarily have the chops to work with really big brands. These are the photographers who won’t do “cheap weddings.” That’s not at all a defense of cheap weddings where they try to skimp out on a photographer of some sort. Nor is it a defense of cheap portrait gigs, cheap event gigs, etc. Instead it’s insight into how to adapt to the changing world of photography.

And more or less, it’s a secret. Are you ready?

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How to Gain a Subject’s Trust for a Documentary Project

All images by Olivia Pasquarelli. Used with permission.

Documentary photography is a collaborative process. You tend to work with people as they go about being themselves. But in order for you to do that, you need one big thing first. While this may seem obvious, a documentary project is only successful when the photographer has earned the trust of their subjects. If you’re passionate about a subject, you should a find a way to submerge yourself in that world. But before you do that, you should ask yourself, “Why do I want to shoot this subject?” Make sure it’s for the right reasons before you even begin. You photograph something because you find it beautiful and fascinating on some level. You find your subject worthy of being photographed. Be sure to treat your subject with that level of respect.

Let’s delve further into gaining a subject’s trust.

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