This Photographer is Looking For Others to Do Their Jobs for Free

How many of you do your jobs as photographers for free?

If you’ve ever been told you should be doing a job for free, then this is an absolutely special ad just for you. When you’re starting out, or even later on in your career, it’s not uncommon that someone may ask you to do a photography job for free. It’s also fairly common that folks will do it for free and will most of the time do nowhere near as good of a job as you would. And so this special ad recently shared on Writing on Writing’s Facebook wall will relate to photographers oh so much.

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The Canon EOS M100 Is Unfortunately Not the Camera That the Serious Mirrorless Photographer Wants

In a move that is seemingly an attempt to confuse the more savvy photographers everywhere, Canon is introducing the Canon EOS M100. This camera replaces the Canon EOS M10–but if you know anything about Canon’s naming convention then you can assert that this camera line is moving into a lower end of their lineup. Something probably akin to the Canon EOS M5 will probably go into the 00 (two number) lineup with something big and beefy taking the single number lineup–hopefully.

There’s also a new macro flash; here’s everything you need to know.

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Tips on How to Make Money as a Landscape Photographer

One of the most difficult things to do as a landscape photographer is making money. For many, it trumps being able to figure out the perfect exposure to use and the right time to wake up to catch the sunrise. Lots of photographers used to sell stock photography and yet others do sales of prints. So if you're looking for ways to make money, consider thinking just a bit different.

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Boosting Your Creativity as a Photographer Through Self Care

As a creative, I’ve grown to be protective of my ability to actually be creative. Did you know the human mind can experience decision fatigue? Some sources cite that the average adult makes around 35,000 decisions a day. This means at some point during the day we can literally grow weary of making decisions that serve us well. Often ordering a coffee in the morning uses up dozens of those decisions. In fact, most of us use almost 300 decisions just around food. Even more often we make our worst decisions at night, whether it is with wine, ice cream, snacks, etc. It is useful to establish habits that reserve as many decisions as possible to be used on the important creative decisions we will make as artists.

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Re-Constructed Food Pokes Fun at Food Photography Trends

All images by Greg Stroube. Used with a Creative Commons Permission.

Photographer Greg Stroube wanted to do something a bit creative, and so his Re-Constructed food photography series pokes fun at the deconstructed food trend. You see, this is a trend where photos pretty much just show off the ingredients that make up a larger, more complete meal. You’ve probably seen it all over the place as they’re sometimes pivotal to recipe photography and videos. So what Greg does is take the cooked food and tries to put it all back together again after each piece has been separated and cut.

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My Life is a Beautiful Chaos: There is No Life/Work Balance as a Photographer

For more from Xavier D Buendia, be sure to visit his website

There is no balance; my life is a beautiful chaos. I’m a photographer, I’m an artist, I’m a foodie and I’m a husband…all at once! I’m very lucky to have an amazing partner who supports, tolerates and gets involved in this mess. She understands that this is my life and this is who I am but it takes a bit of common sense from my side as well. I compromise the love and passion that I have for what I do to spend quality time with my wife. See, one of the reasons I wanted to become self-employed was to be able to spend more time with her.

This is so important to me because I grew up with a workaholic father who has only three things in his mind: work, work and work. So no matter how busy I am, I always find the time for her and [to] be there when she needs me…except for weddings, I hate weddings!

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Neal Auch’s Dark Food Photography Is a Slap in the Face to Factory Farming (NSFW)

All images and words by Neal Auch. Used with permission.

I’m a fine art photographer living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Most of my recent work concerns the commodification of suffering, and the ethics of eating animals. My work explores these themes by presenting animal organ meats that are intended for human consumption in an unfamiliar context where I hope that the underlying ugliness of our food system is exposed.

I took a somewhat chaotic trajectory to get to where I am now. My background is in pure mathematics, and I spent the better part of a decade in academia, doing rather esoteric research. Those kinds of jobs are almost all short-term contracts, so I moved around a lot. The frequent moves took a toll on my personal life, and my passion for the work I was doing waned. I hit a breaking point a few years ago, while I was living in the UK, and I rather abruptly abandoned my post there to come back home to Canada and settle into a more stable life with my spouse. To make ends meet I did contract work for a while and, in my spare time, I made a lot of art and I did a lot of introspection about what I wanted to do with my life. I stumbled into photography at this point and fell in love with the process. Since then I’ve devoted pretty much all of my creative energy to taking pictures.

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William Kerr’s Beautiful Kodak Tri-X Food Photography

All images and words by William Kerr. Used with permission.

We’ve received well over 1,000 submissions for our analog photography zine; and while you all know that the best of the best (no more than 20) photographers are getting into the zine there are a number of photographers that still have very good work surely worthy of being profiled on our website. One of those photographers is William Kerr–who loves food photography and Kodak Tri-X in the 6×7 format. Crazy, right? You’d typically see food in color, but William does it in shades of light, blacks, whites, and shadows.

I genuinely think that you’re about to fall in love with his submission.

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Sample Images: Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN Lens (Food and Street Photography in Bangkok)

I’m wrapping up the tail end of a Sony Press media excursion, and while here I’ve been testing the new Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN a whole lot. After getting some initial thoughts after Photokina, I was really excited to play with the lens. It has much going for it as a wide angle, manual aperture, manual focus, and fairly compact prime lens. But one of the things that’s really great about it is how low the distortion is. In fact, it’s so low that I was confident in using it for shooting video of people.

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After The Kit: 6 Incredible Lens Upgrades For The Micro Four Thirds Photographer

Micro four thirds is such an interesting system in that we have this situation where both Panasonic and Olympus lenses work on each others cameras, and each come with their own pros and cons. This can make things a little confusing for new micro four thirds owners, but in reality it makes this system incredibly flush with great upgrade potential, and so today we are going to be looking at some of our picks for the top micro four thirds lenses to consider upgrading to after your kit lens.

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What Photographers Need to Make The Website Building Process Amazingly Simple

“Just images, right?” No! You see, one of the reasons why so many people don’t want to make a website for their photography is because they don’t want to get all the necessary information together to do it. Crazy, right? Despite the fact that making a website is incredibly simple these days some photographers just haven’t taken that next step.

If you’re still looking to take that next step though, here are the things that every photographer should have ready and in place before they create a proper, dedicated home base for their portfolio.

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List: 30 of Our Favorite Inspiring Women Photographers

All images used with permission in our interviews.

Over the years, we’ve interviewed quite a number of photographers. While the industry is very much male dominated, there are a lot of fantastic women photographers who deserve special recognition for the work they do. These strong women put a major emphasis on creating and capturing fantastic images that will inspire many out there.

Here’s our roundup of some of the best women we’ve interviewed over the years.

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Power and Food Brings Powerful Political Figures Back to Earth

Power and Food

All images by Dan Bannino. Used with permission.

In today’s highly divisive political climate it’s easy to see society’s powers-that-be as an “Other;” someone completely beyond being relatable to. Photographer Dan Bannino’s “Power and Food” helps bring some of the world’s most powerful political figures back to earth by giving us an intimate portrait of who they are through the food that they love. Continue reading…

How Professional Photographer Mark Weinberg Gets On Top of the Game

All images by Mark Weinberg. Used with permission. Intro written by Cassie Boorne.

Mark Weinberg is an award-winning freelance photographer based in New York City. He specializes in commercial and advertising photography and has worked with an impressive roster of clients including Target, West Elm, One Kings Lane, Food52, Kenneth Cole, Aveda,  and Whole Foods Market. We interviewed Mark about how he built his freelance photography business in celebration of his upcoming online workshop, Building a Photography Business.

We have a special discount for Phoblographer readers at the end of this post.

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Join us in Brooklyn for a VERY SPECIAL Food Photography Workshop

If you’re like some of us, food is more than just an essential part of life’s sustenance, it’s a sensory experience. In fact, scientific research shows that taking a picture of food before you dig in may actually increase the experience for you.

So let the Phoblographer’s Editor in Chief Chris Gampat show you how to create better food photos right at home using simple items that you’ve probably got laying around.

Hit the jump, or click here to find out more and purchase tickets.

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Marco Varoli Explores The Symbiosis Between Food And Chef’s Identity

All images by Marco Varoli. Used under a Creative Commons Licence. 

Italian photographer Marco Varoli demonstrated how the food a chef creates can reflect their identity in his project called Idfood – The Food Pictures The Cook. In this project, Marco shows professionally taken food photographs alongside portraits of the Chefs who made the food.

Culinary is a form of art where the Chefs are the artists. Hence, the identity, unique characters, and individuality of the Chefs can often be reflected in their food crafts as well. It was no easy task shooting food alone since the photographs can only record sight, posing challenge to the photographer to convey other senses in the food experience such as smell, touch, and taste. Marco Varoli went one step further to connect the Chef and their creations, displaying the origin of the food and how the Chef’s unique personality, shown in carefully taken portrait photographs, affect the outcome of their food crafts.  Continue reading…

Four Incredible and Inspirational Visually Impaired Photographers

Lead image by Walter Rothwell. Used with permission.

Photography inherently is all about seeing: we talk about seeing the light, the creative vision, etc.–but this is all typically based on someone having 20/20 vision. But what if you don’t?

There are photographers with really bad eyesight out there that actually helps them to sometimes get the images that they want. In fact, sometimes it pushes them to go for specific genres, really work hard at them, and excel. I myself am legally blind–both with and without glasses. But it hasn’t stopped me from creating one of the world’s largest indie photo blogs, paying employees, networking, etc.

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Every Photographer Needs to Say No to Some Photo Gigs

One of the toughest things that every photographer has to learn is how to say no–but once they do, they eventually find out just how incredibly empowering it is. You, yes you reading this piece, are most likely a person that defines yourself as a photographer. If you aren’t then the chances are that someone or various people in your circles define you as one. It’s a label, and for that reason you’re probably looked at as the “friend with a camera”–which is a common term that agents for actors and actresses use. Of course, this also means that you’re in some way or another the old reliable person to take a picture. 

And let’s be honest, you’ve probably gotten the inquiries from your friends and family who generally don’t understand exactly what you do, your interests, or your specialties. If you’re still starting out, you probably don’t even know your own interests.

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Bastien Santanoceto’s Portraits Depict Photographers as Their Subjects

All images by Bastien Santanoceto. Used with Permission. 

Twenty-three year old French photographer Bastien Santanoceto’s Je Suis Photographe project is one that focuses on other photographers, with the fun twist of photographing them as if they are their usual subjects. A concert photographer on stage, a food photographer modeling a salad, a nightscape photographer watching the night sky.

Santanoceto’s interest in photography actually happened through his love of the cinema. “I shot my first short film, and I made my photographs when I was 17 years old. I think that photography is the sweet spot between art technology.” he says. In high school his cinema teacher taught some of the basics of photography, and since then,  Santanoceto has been hooked.

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