What Photographers Need to Know About Their Beauty Dish

A beauty dish is an excellent tool for photographers who want a soft but punchy look.

We’re pretty sure that the work of most photographers these days is done with a beauty dish of some variant. They are now some of the most popular light modifiers out there. Because of their design, they deliver the best of many worlds. Photographers adore umbrellas for their inefficient light spill. Meanwhile, softboxes are loved for their efficient and soft approach to lighting. But beauty dishes make the best of both worlds. Just like all light modifiers, the bigger they are, the better they can be. So let’s understand a bit more about why they’re so awesome.

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I’m a Professional Photographer and I Never Feel Like I Need a Holiday

Who needs a holiday when you have one of the best jobs in the world?

Whatever type and style of photography that you do, you can’t deny that working as a photographer is an unbelievable experience with its ups and downs like every other job but, unlike any other job, most of us choose to become a photographer and be it for the lifestyle of a fashion photographer, the experiences of a photojournalist, or the flavours of a food photographer, we chose to get into our niche because we love what we do. Who would ever want to have a break from that?

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How Photo Walking Helped Me Get Out of Obesity and Gave Me a Better Life

Photo walking is honestly one of the best things that you can do for you, your mind and your body.

I posted a joke the other day to my personal Instagram: I can only have fun when I bring three or more cameras with me. Except in some ways, it isn’t a joke. I’ll bring an Instant film camera and any combination of either two film cameras, two digital or one of each. These cameras are what I’ll take with me for a day of actually getting out there and photo walking–which has become more and more of not only a rediscovered hobby of mine, but a way of life. Since giving it a genuine effort since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 35lbs, beat obesity, have a normalized heart rate, a better blood pressure, and I’ve challenged my creative mind in ways that I never had the time to do previously.

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

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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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Photographer Steven Klein’s Work Is Showcased in This Interactive, Trippy Video by The Macallan

The Macallan collaborated recently with legendary photographer Steven Klein in their 6th Masters of Photography edition of Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The brand has previously worked with Annie Leibowitz, Elliott Erwitt, and Mario Testino; but what’s perhaps most incredible about this particular collaboration is the announcement’s interactive video–which admittedly, I recommend viewing from a desktop for the best experience.

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Instagram Could Really Benefit From Rights Protection

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A while back, a piece made its rounds on the web about how Instagram the mobile photography is changing photojournalism. In terms of the progression of the photography world, this makes lots of sense. But at the same time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is a photojournalist–especially because it takes a lot more than just having a phone and a will to tell a story. However, almost anyone can be a photojournalist–though it brings up a lot of potential problems.

My biggest problem is one that I’ll get to in a little bit: but ones that can very validly be argued have to do with editorial neutrality and how trained photojournalists understand this vs specific framing of stories. Additionally, there are issues involving trained photojournalists being able to gain press access and knowing how to deal with folks who may potentially be a danger to the person. Just because you’ve got an iPhone doesn’t mean that you’re a photojournalist or specifically know how to create a wonderful image. And when this work is done by sanctioned photojournalists, it makes lots of sense.

Then there is the biggest problem.

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Craigslist Ad States That “Exposure” Can Be Currency for Photographers

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A new Craigslist ad is making a very point to explain how exposure is currency for photographers–of course it’s all tongue in cheek though. It explains that photographers can go to the grocery store and tell a cashier that they shot a giant campaign for a big company and how it might then let them get away with the groceries. Same with rents, and a lot more.

We recently went on a rant about how no photographer should ever give their images away for free; and it seems to be right in line with that this post is stating. We’ve copied and pasted it down below for anyone to read before it gets pulled or reported. But also go check out the original.

– Thanks for the tip Sam!

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Nat Geo Creative Director Andy Baker Tells You How to Get Your Work Seen by Potential Clients

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National Geographic Creative Director Andy Baker has answers to one of the most burning questions most photographers may have: How do I get my work seen by clients?

Andy explains that you first need to have good work, but then you should also try to understand who your client is. For example, Andy states that National Geographic won’t necessarily hire a wedding photographer to do a campaign of theirs because they don’t understand the client (Nat Geo) or their identity and needs.

But more than that, Andy also says that you need to do lots of personal projects to show off what you’re individually capable of–not what a client asks you to do. For that, you need to hone your own unique creative vision to demonstrate the types of work that you can do. If you’re a match, then great. If you’re not then, move on.

His advice can apply to nearly any industry though. If an actor wants a headshot done, they want to see what you can do vs what they’re starting to call the GWC (Guy with a camera.) Further, a Bride and Groom will hire you as a wedding photographer not only based on your work but also on the way that you work and handle people.

Andy’s video is after the jump.

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Magnum Photographer Bruce Davidson on His Photographs

If you’ve never heard of Bruce Davison before, I’m glad to say that today is a lucky day of yours and that you’ll be inspired by such a humble and wonderful aged photographer far beyond the egotistical creatives out there. Davidson has worked on many photo essays for Magnum, and has even inspired the likes of Eric Kim. Now in his eighties, Davidson continues to work as an editorial photographer. His photographs appear around the world and in many museums. Also, Davidson has directed two award-winning short films, a documentary titled Living off the Land and a more surreal tale titled Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard.

Today, Reddit turned us onto two videos of his published last year by Tate Photos. Davidson has photographed Brooklyn Gangs in the late 50s–which is what he is best known for. However, the videos above and below show off even more of his work such as those on London’s streets and in the subways.

If you’re in the mood to be inspired and maybe even shed a tear, these are worth kicking back and watching.

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