The Phoblographer’s Round Up of Portrait and Wedding Tips/Tutorials for Early 2015

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With WPPI 2015 on the brink of starting up very soon, we’ve been busy scouring the web for the best in the business when it comes to wedding and portrait photography. We’ve also worked on curating and creating lots of tips and tutorials to help you get your start or help you get even further along in the photo world.

But we’re not only talking about gear: part of being a photographer is also having people skills. And as many of the photographers that we’ve interviewed will tell you, it’s pretty much everything. Here’s our giant roundup of Portrait and Wedding Tips.

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The Phottix Indra360 TTL Is The Latest Monolight with TTL

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Phottix has been changing the strobism game a bit by offering more affordable and yet very good alternatives to many of the more expensive monolights and flashes. The Phottix Indra500 TTL started it off in the monolight game and now the Indra360 TTL is doing the same thing but with less power output–just in time for WPPI 2015. In fact, the Phottix Indra500 TTL is the winner of our Editor’s Choice award.

The light can do TTL transmission with both Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Sony coming in the future. It is also capable of high speed sync, second curtain sync, and can be triggered with any of Phottix’s radio transmitters considering that it has a radio receiver built right in.

Like the Indra500 TTL, it works with a battery pack. More specs are after the jump.

The Indra360 TTL Studio Light, Indra360 Battery Pack is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller. The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Battery Pack and AC Adapter are currently available from Phottix dealers world-wide.

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Hey Strobists, We Want to Feature Your Photos

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Hey everyone,

We’re doing another call for photographers to feature their images on the site. Right now we’re focusing on Strobist work–even better if you’ve got wedding and portrait photography. After that, we’re moving into landscape photography (we will do another call for that.)

So how do you pitch it us?

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. You’ll also probably notice the little call to feature you on the sidebar.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why.

– Show us websites

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your project is really cool.

Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a single photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series.

Thanks folks (and Strobists)!

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief

Wedding and Portrait Photographers Reflect on their Careers

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© Kevin Kubota

All images used with permission by the photographers contributing to this article.

WPPI 2015 is quickly approaching, and in the run-up to the big conference, we asked a bunch of presenters to reflect on their careers with one simple question:

“What did you wish you knew when you starting out as a portrait or wedding photographer that you know now?”

Their answers are instructive and serve to help photographers who are still figuring it all out. Responses range from the inspirational to the business-oriented, but common to all of them is the need for growth and the recognition of the importance of making mistakes.

Head on for some insight from some of the most influential folks in the industry.

If you use promo code “WPPI50” you’ll get $50 off the “Full Platform Pass” which is regularly $299 ($249 with promo code).

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Let Us Feature Your Portraiture on the Phoblographer

Hey folks,

We recently put out a call to our community to feature their photos, and we’re sifting through all the responses. Thanks so much for the positive response.

The best thing for us to do is to take this in steps. With WPPI 2015 coming up, we’ve been featuring lots of wedding work and now we want to focus on portraiture. After that’s done, we’re going to focus on something else.

So if you think you have what it takes, we’d love to hear from you.

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. You’ll also probably notice the little call to feature you on the sidebar.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why.

– Show us websites

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work, or why your project is really cool.

– You retain all rights to your photos, this isn’t a rights grab.

Managing Editor Julius Motal and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series.