Tips and Tricks on Photographing the Average Joe with Jeff Rojas

All images by Jeff Rojas. Used with permission.

Photographer Jeff Rojas is trying to break the stereotype that men aren’t as easy to work with as women when it comes to shooting portraits. He’s already put out a full book on Photographing Men, and he’s also got some tutorials on how to photograph the “Average Joe.” Now of course, not everyone is a special model who works night and day focusing on how they look because that’s how they make money. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a great photo of anyone no matter who they are. So we caught up with Jeff to ask for a few hints.

Jeff’s tutorial is part of the 5DayDeal 2017 Complete Photography Bundle, that includes a number of other really great tutorials, presets and packages for a ridiculously low price.

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Review: Richard Schneider’s Street Photographers Lightroom Presets

Richard Schneider’s Street Photographers Lightroom Presets are obviously designed for the street photography community; and they’re primarily designed to target a whole number of different street photography styles and creatives out there. Shoot at night? There’s something for you in here. What about only during the day? Yeah, there are things for you here. And what I’m pleasantly surprised by is not only how many presets are available but how good many of them are for a variety of situations involving street photography. The presets are currently part of the massive 5Day Deal bundle, so you can get these and much more.

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Useful Photography Tip #182: When Shooting a Photo Using the LCD Screen, Bring Your Elbows Into Your Body

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The lead photo of this blog post is surely not the way to take a photo when using the LCD screen of your camera. Instead, it’s actually the worst way; but lots of people do it when they shoot with their phone or even with a camera that has an LCD screen. Instead, what you should do is find a way to stabilize it by also stabilizing your body.

If you take karate or any other form of martial arts, depending on the art form, they may tell you to never fully extend your arms because they’re an easy point for you to be taken down. Instead, get very close and extend only to your elbow. This way you’re more stable. The same idea applies to photography. The closer the camera is to your body, the more stable it will be, so that you don’t produce photos that have camera shake in them.

I normally try to keep Useful Photography tips very short but check out the image after the jump.

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Stepping Out of Your Head with Street Photography: The Meditative Process

My name is Tom Souzer and I’m a self taught photographer from Pittsburgh PA . I’ve been shooting the streets of Pittsburgh for about two years now. I tend to focus on emotions, expressions, and fleeting moments. I personally like to not be seen while I’m out shooting (although it does happen from time to time) because I want to capture moments as they happen. I edit mostly in black and white using lightroom then Silver Efex Pro. I shoot with a fuji x pro 1 using either a 18mm or 23mm lens. When people hear that I shoot digital they automatically think that I’m using autofocus but I would say 99% of the time I’m zone focusing.

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Travel and Landscape Photography is Deeply Therapeutic to Me

My name is Ethan Chin. I’m a 17 year old landscape and travel photographer from Toronto, Canada. I started shooting landscapes seriously a little over a year ago. I got into landscapes photography specifically because I love the slow-pace of it, and the peace that comes with being alone in the great outdoors.

I got into photography because of my cousin. She shot a lot of photos of her trips, and I noticed her images looked vastly better than my those from my smartphone at the time, and I wanted something better. That first camera I bought turned into an absolute obsession and soon enough, I found myself reading countless blogs (including the Phoblographer), participating in forums and watching tutorials in order to hone my skills. At it’s core, I got into photography simply for the desire for something better.

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I Find Fashion Photography So Boring; But Not Street Photography

For work I shoot commercial and fashion photography and really, it is so fucking boring. So in my own time I just love to photograph humanity. I want to turn the mundane into something beautiful. I think this helps me cope with life, making the ordinary extraordinary. I have a Leica Q and like to take my camera out when I walk my dog every day. At school I wanted to paint photos realistically but I was crap, so I figured I could just take photos instead. I really enjoyed it and got a rush from the results and I just never stopped.

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On How Photography Taught Me to Cherish Moments

All images and text by Michael Lin. Used with permission.

I’m an amateur photo-hobbyist living in Tokyo, Japan. I picked up photography around 3 years ago, thinking I could jump into a new realm of world that I’ve never understood before. Prior to picking up a camera, I was a normal college undergrad who puts studying first before most of my hobbies; however, photography taught me that I should cherish the people and the moments around me and try to remember them especially as a foreigner living in a wonderful place like Japan.

I am unashamedly a man “suffering” from G.A.S., and I shoot with whatever I find interesting within my range of affordability. This came in the forms of Nikon D810 (and D800, D750, Df etc.), Canon 5D Mark III (and IV), Fujifilm X-Pro2 (and X-T1) all the way to Hasselblad 500C/M, Pentacon Six TL, Nikon F3 and many other cameras.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Do SLR Film Cameras Need Filters?

Yes, I know; if you’re an experienced photographer then this sounds pretty crazy. But this question was typed into our search bar a number of times and so I decided I’d take a stab at answering exactly what’s going on here. The question comes from the idea that digital cameras don’t need UV or other filters but instead only film cameras do. It’s something easily misunderstood by many people who are just starting out. In fact, digital cameras do indeed sometimes need filters, but by and large they are much more necessary with various film cameras.

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