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Beware: Building Your Own DIY Photo Gear Could Be Patent Infringement

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Going a do-it-yourself (DIY) route is popular among photographers who want the benefits of a certain product without having to shell out money in order to buy the actual thing. Here’s something you might not have considered though: building a DIY version of something that’s patented can actually constitute patent infringement, and sharing those designs with others can land you in even deeper trouble.
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The Only Way to Do Great Work is to Love What You Do

Cinematographer Tucker MacDonald created this inspiring video titled “Find What You Love.” It features snippets of commencement speeches given by two men who were titans in their respective fields: tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs and film director Martin Scorsese.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work,” Jobs says. “And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

(via Tucker MacDonald via DigitalRev)

Peter Hurley Shows How He Helps Portrait Subjects Relax in Front of His Camera

PopPhoto recently paid a visit to the New York portrait studio of photographer Peter Hurley, who shared some advice on how to shoot better portraits of people by making them feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. “Headshots are 10 percent photography and 90 percent communication,” Hurley says.

(via PopPhoto via SLR Lounge]

This is Why You Shouldn’t Check Your Camera Gear In When Flying

It’s often recommended that photographers keep their gear with them when flying rather than checking it in. If the risk of theft and careless baggage handlers aren’t enough to deter you, check out the video above. It shows one particular baggage pusher system that’s used in an international airport to direct bags onto conveyor belts. As you can see, gentle handling isn’t exactly the goal.

(via 01Bowfin via Reddit)

10 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Camera

Outdoor and travel photographer John Greengo has spent years behind the counter of a camera store, helping people with their camera purchases. In this 8-minute talk, Greengo shares 10 of the biggest and most common mistakes he sees people making when shopping for a new camera.
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The Social Engineering of Photography: Overcoming the Challenge of Talking to People

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I’m always on the lookout for potential subjects. Approaching them is something that I’ve actually gotten better at, despite the video evidence below to the contrary. When I was in college working for Student Media I hated talking to people to get caption information after I photographed them. Approaching a person before the photograph was even harder.

As I became more confident in my ability it became easier, but it was still difficult for me. When I decided I wanted to be a full time photographer, I knew I needed to do my best to remove the apprehension of talking to people I didn’t know about photographing them. I knew that working assignments would mean talking to people I’ve never met a lot.
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How I Use Black Tape on My Fujifilm X100 for Street Photography

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You can solve everything with black tape. If not, you just don’t have enough tape.

In this post, I’ll show you how I prepare my Fujifilm X100 camera for street shooting. It will cover my specific style of shooting, so some things might not work for you.
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A Conversation with David Hobby of Strobist About Lighting

Here’s an interview by Advancing Your Photography‘s Marc Silber, who sat down for a short conversation with photographer David Hobby of Strobist back in 2011. In the 4-minute video above, Hobby offers some thoughts about photographic lighting and talks about some of his most memorable experiences in lighting portrait subjects.

“A lot of my best pictures are mistakes and I’ll fully own up to it,” Hobby says. “Not a mistake — just something that wasn’t what I planned.”

A TEDx Talk by TED’s Photographer on Finding Photos Right Before Your Eyes

Several times a year, Portland-based photographer Duncan Davidson is called upon by TED to shoot portraits of the notable speakers while they’re giving their presentations. Some months ago, Davidson himself stepped onto the stage and gave a talk at TEDxBeaconStreet about finding things to photograph right before your eyes.

“Light, details, and gesture are the building blocks I use to create my images for the TED stage, my work in the field, and even simply using my iPhone when walking about town,” Davidson writes.

(via TEDxBeaconStreet via ISO 1200)


P.S. Back in 2012, Davidson also gave a TED audition talk on why we hate seeing photos of ourselves.

Your Camera Lens Can Double as a Lighter in a Pinch

If you’re out shooting on a sunny day and suddenly find that you need to start a fire, your lens may be able to do the trick. The video above shows how a photographer named Mohammad recently used his Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 lens to light his cigarette while out hiking with friends. You could also use this handy little trick to light a fire if you’re out camping — as long as you have some direct sunlight to focus to a point.