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5 Business Mistakes Photographers Make and What You Can Do About Them

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Why do some professional photographers fail to make it in business?

If you can’t cut it technically or artistically as a photographer, then clearly your photography business will have a very limited lifespan. But there are other ways in which you can take your eyes off the ball when turning pro. Here are some classic examples of failure that are easy to avoid when you know how… Read more…

external Why phone companies care more about the camera on the front than back —The Verge

At IFA yesterday, two new smartphones were announced with 8-megapixel cameras. That could be said pretty much every September for the past three years, but what’s peculiar about the HTC Desire 820 and Lenovo Vibe Z2 is that their high-resolution cameras are on the front of the device: designed to help people take pictures of themselves rather than the world around them. Both also have 13-megapixel rear cameras, of course, however no one’s talking about them. The age of mobile photography is transmogrifying into the era of selfie — and smartphone makers are changing their phones to keep up.

 
Sep 09, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

external We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World —National Geographic

These days, documenting our dinners for the Internet is a universal pastime: sharing your food means that you don’t dig into your plate until you’ve taken a picture of it with your phone and posted it to your social networks.

We embraced this form of photography for our story, “The Evolution of Diet” in the September issue of National Geographic magazine. Photographed by Matthieu Paley and written by Ann Gibbons, the story traces the food our ancestors ate to see what we could learn from them for feeding two billion more people by 2050.

 
Sep 08, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Which Pro Camera Do You Really Need to Shoot Like a Pro?

Eye on Riga: A bridge in the Latvian capital glows neon indigo as boaters row back to the docks at night. Photo ©Mike Randolph

Eye on Riga: A bridge in the Latvian capital glows neon indigo as boaters row back to the docks at night. Photo ©Mike Randolph

Let’s start with a little quiz. What one thing makes a pro camera a pro camera? Build quality? Weather sealing? Fast autofocus? Fast motor drive? Dual SD card slots?

Don’t think too long over the answer because it’s none of the above. A pro camera is a camera that a pro uses. Period. Read more…

external Should guest photography be banned at weddings? —Professional Photographer

Wedding photographer or gushing guest, you’re sure to have noticed the recent wave of popularity for ‘unplugged weddings’, where no-one but the hired professional has consent to snap a picture. Victoria Dovey asks the pros whether this is such a bright idea.

 
Sep 08, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 1 Comment »

I Am Not A Wildlife Photographer…

I’m not a wildlife photographer…

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But I love to shoot the birds and bugs in my backyard. Read more…

The Photographer’s Creed

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The Rifleman’s Creed (also known as “My Rifle”) is a famous creed from World War II that all Marines learn during recruit training. The text emphasizes the rifleman’s symbiotic relationship with his personal rifle, and talks about how he needs to become one with it and treat it as an extension of himself.
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external Go Ahead And Call Yourself A Photographer, It’s All Right —Photodoto

I think that’s a whole lot of bull. I think old-school (and some new-school who like to think they’re old-school) creatives feel threatened in many ways by how much more accessible their field of work has become in recent years — decades — and are determined to defend themselves by attacking others’ methods instead of simply taking a step back and realizing that accessibility won’t hurt them. It won’t.

 
Sep 02, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 3 Comments »

external Why Violent News Images Matter —TIME | LightBox

A recent slew of situations resulting in catastrophic violence and death, including the Israel-Gaza war, the armed expansion of the Islamic State, the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in the Ukraine, the ongoing conflict in Syria, and also the spread of the Ebola virus, has led to a renewed debate as to what kinds of imagery media outlets should be expected to show.

 
Sep 02, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

external Shutter Counts – Why They Matter and Why They Don’t —Revell Photography

The bottom line is that, while the shutter count can be useful for heavy shooters or buyers and sellers of photo gear, it’s probably not going to matter much to the average photographer.

 
Sep 01, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »