The Phoblographer’s Checklist on How to Not Kill Yourself in a Photo Studio

Studio Death
Studio Death

The worst case scenario is someone dies in your studio

There are many dangers when working with studio equipment. Here is a list of some of the more common dangers and what you can do to minimize these risks. In addition to the specific recommendations, almost all of these issues can be avoided simply by taking your time and thinking about what you’re doing—but some of these mistakes can be made by other people around you that are inexperienced in the studio. You have to pay attention to their actions as well. Use common sense, every shoot is different. I include a safety checklist that should be followed every time you are using studio lights and equipment whether in a professional studio, a home studio or on location.

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The Dream Team: The Right Nikon Lens For You

I recently created a B&H Wish list. It was mostly lenses. I am planning on how and what to save my money for. When I was done, the sub total of the list was $14,891.10. I mentally fainted. After putting myself through this, I came to the conclusion this list was mostly lenses I wanted but not needed. Have you ever thought about what lenses are essential to your photography? I’ve been thinking about his a lot recently. As I evolve as photographer and learn, I’ve been developing a lens force, or my team of lenses that I absolutely need.

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The Complete Nikon D3100 Review

This is it, and it looks good, the Nikon D3100. When I had my first hands-on I had hopes for this camera. Nikon did not let me down. If you are looking to buy an entry level DSLR camera, or a low cost one, the Nikon D3100 will be on your list. I have used it thoroughly, and had more fun with the Nikon D3100 than I thought I would. The Nikon D3100 has improved on the D3000, which I did not like. With its size, 11 points of autofocus, 95% viewer coverage, great metering, ISO capabilities and 14 megapixel CMOS DX sensor, it’s a very capable camera .

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What Style of Photography Do You Shoot?

You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again” -Unknown

I do not know where there quote comes from, but it holds true in my photography philosophy. As a perpetual photo student I have been deciding what style of photography I want to be strongest in. While I do not want to dedicate myself to one thing, I do want to be good in a few. I have been researching the various styles of photography. I need an adventure: something beyond food, landscape, and street photography. I have attempted a little Photojournalism and Fashion. In this series, I will be delving into the different styles of photography out there.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Increasing Image Views On Flickr

Camera Nikon D90. Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 200 mm ISO Speed 200

As photographers, there are a lot of us who want our images to be seen. We like to tell people where we have been or what we saw though images. Sometimes it’s about of rejection but sometimes it’s about constructive criticism. Either way, we put our content on sites like Flickr to be seen no matter the outcome. There are ways to increase the potential views of your images on Flickr through just changing how you think about your images.

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It’s Thanksgiving: Put the Camera Down (Sometimes)

by Wattyz :Roasted a turkey breast brushed with garlic mixed into butter and coated in herbs homemade mashed potatoes

Are you a photographer and a foodie? Do you want to take pictures this Thanksgiving?

Don’t

You run the risk of ruining your family’s holiday by trying to get the perfect shot. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN. Use your camera only and for family pictures, that is it. Nothing else, show some restraint. I know it is difficult but Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, not work. There is an alternative.

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Review: Tamrac Evolution 8

Tamrac Evolution 8

Tamrac should have called this camera backpack a transformer. The Tamrac Evolution 8 is efficient and versatile. Right out of the box with very little arrangement this camera bag was functional. After a week with this camera bag, you realize how ultra flexible it really is. Using it is very liberating compared to my everyday camera bag which I have to take off when I want to access my camera gear.

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Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N (Day 4)

Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/4.0 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200 Exposure Bias 0 EV

On August 19 2010 our Editor Chris Gampat hosted the first monthly networking event which he named Snapshots. The  staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people got together to share a few drinks and some great conversation. I had the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lenson hand to take some pictures of the event.

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Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N (Day 3)

Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/2.0 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200 Exposure Bias +1/3 EV Flash On, Return detected

The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lenswent through some testing with up close shooting and performed admirably. The great thing about primes is that it forces a person to take their time and focus on the composure of their shot. A photographer can take some delight in the fact that the lens gives more visible space to play with because it is also such a wide lens. This is my opinion mind you. I have found close up photography to be fun with this lens.

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Keeping My Distance: Shooting Justin Long On a Movie Set

Justin Long on the Streets of NYC

So I’ve blogged before about Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even Gerard Butler. With Going The Distance coming into theaters later on this week, it is time that Justin Long and my encounter with him be shared. In general, my experience has been that male celebrities couldn’t care less about being photographed. As you’ll read, Justin doesn’t exactly like having a 5D Mk IIpointed at him.

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REMINDER: Tomorrow Night is the Snapshots Meetup in Midtown NYC

Tomorrow night, the staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people will be getting together to have a meet up. There are loads of networking events out there in the technology industry, but not many for photographers. I’m looking to unite us all once a month, every third Thursday. We’re meeting at Stone Creek (140 East 27th between 3rd and Lexington) from 6pm to 10pm (maybe later). Come have a drink with us. We’ve got the front couch area to ourselves. Here are the details from the event:

Hey everyone,

I’m starting my own monthly networking get-together looking to gather people across the photo industry: PR reps, photographers, journalists, art buyers, studio techs, etc. It will be every third Thursday of the month. Come join us, grab a drink, some good food, and chat about the industry.

I’m really trying to get people to connect with one another: PR reps with journalists or with photographers, Art Buyers with Photographers, etc. Think social networking without the computer.

Email me for details: chrisgamapt[at]gmail[dot]com.

Hope to see you all there,
Chris Gampat

Field Review: EasyTag and Sigma 70-300mm DG (Day 2)

It was a dog day of summer, somewhere between 95 and 100 degrees on July 24, 2010. Scott Kelby’s Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which could almost be considered a photographer’s holiday, was at hand. A bright, sunny, and brutal day for photography. Two of the things I carried while trying to keep the load light were the EasyTag GPS Device and Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro.

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Meet the Staff of The Phoblographer At the Snapshots NYC Meetup This Thursday

So this Thursday, the staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people will be getting together to have a meetup. There are loads of networking events out there in the technology industry, but not many for photographers. I’m looking to unite us all once a month, every third Thursday. We’re meeting at Stone Creek (140 East 27th between 3rd and Lexington) from 6pm to 10pm (maybe later). Come have a drink with us. We’ve got the front couch area to ourselves. Here are the details from the event:

Hey everyone,

I’m starting my own monthly networking get-together looking to gather people across the photo industry: PR reps, photographers, journalists, art buyers, studio techs, etc. It will be every third Thursday of the month. Come join us, grab a drink, some good food, and chat about the industry.

I’m really trying to get people to connect with one another: PR reps with journalists or with photographers, Art Buyers with Photographers, etc. Think social networking without the computer.

Email me for details: chrisgamapt[at]gmail[dot]com.

Hope to see you all there,
Chris Gampat

Reader Question: Tips To Help a College Newspaper Staff

Photo by Vincent Pastore

Today’s reader question comes from Nicole Balbone, another photographer I know in the NYC area that is still in college. Nicole is the photo editor of her school newspaper and wants to give some pointers to her staff: so she turns to me. I’m a former News Editor of my college newspaper and former Editorial Director (and President) of my college radio station. Hit the jump for the reader’s letter.

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