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The Pros and Cons of Working with an Agent: Advice for Photographers

When you’re very early in your photography career, getting an agent will seem like a mysterious process. Many photographers feel that signing with an agent will offer the key to their fortunes. When they do sign, some photographers will feel they have finally made it.

How to Clean Your Camera Lens with Candle Soot

Camera lens cleaning pens use fine carbon particles to help cleanly remove smudges from your glass. Do you know what else has carbon particles? Soot. Here's a short 2.5-minute video in which photographer Mathieu Stern shows how you can use ordinary candle soot to get the same cleaning power as popular lens pens.

Stop Using Tape to Attach Your Gels: How to Use Magnets Instead

If you’re like me and you’ve tried to attach gels to your lights in the past, you’ve likely resorted to using one of the many types of sticky tapes available. When I used to manage a studio, I would see all manner of tapes being used to attach gels to hot modifiers.

To All New Landscape Photographers: Invest in a Good Tripod!

I guide photography workshops around the world and what I often see with my students is that they bring a great camera and a great set of lenses in combination with a very low-quality tripod. I can’t stress enough how important a good tripod is. If you want to level up your landscape photography, you need a good tripod. Please don’t go cheap on this. I’d argue it’s even more important than your camera!

5 Professional Product Photography Tips

As the digital marketplace grows, the demand for good content and eye catching media increases with it. More and more brands and entrepreneurs are taking the photography in-house to keep up with demand, while keeping production costs down.

As a product photographer recognizing the need for assistance, I wanted take the time to share 5 key thoughts and tips that could be useful.

These Pro Product Photos Were Shot in a Bathtub

Polish photographer Rafał Krasa recently launched Eupidere, a new brand of high-end leather camera straps. He wanted some product photos with a seamless white background but didn't have the proper studio setup, so he decided to go with what he did have: his bathtub.

Use This ‘Hold Your Sub’ Trick for Slimmer Portraits

New York portrait photographer Peter Hurley is back again with yet another pro portrait trick he uses for shooting better headshots of people. This one is called "Hold Your Sub," and it lets you shave 10 pounds off your subject with a super simple move of their arms.

Dealing with Panic Attacks During Photo Shoots

This is the story of how I had to deal with a panic attack during a recent three-day photo shoot. Day three… oh day three.

With much of the shoot behind us, day three was a victory lap of sorts. The shots were more controlled and the environment allowed for great creativity. The first two days had worn us physically, but the crew, client and I had become a well-oiled machine that knew how to work a shot to be exactly what was needed. What could go wrong?…

Bride Upset After Cheap Camera Leaves Her with Bad Honeymoon Photos

Here's a tip: if you're going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip and you'd like to shoot photos of a lifetime to preserve the memories, you probably shouldn't purchase a cheap $40 compact camera to do so. One couple in the UK did just that, and now they're upset about the bad honeymoon photos they ended up with.

Deleted but Not Gone: How to Keep Your Photos and Files From Falling Into the Wrong Hands

We've published a number of posts in the past on how you can recover photos that were accidentally deleted from your computer or memory card. But what about when you delete a photo and expect it to actually be gone forever?

The ease with which deleted files can often be recovered means that you should be careful when selling or tossing hard drives or memory cards -- your photos and files might end up falling into the wrong hands if someone decides to try data recovery.

Protip: Perfectly Synchronize the Clocks on Multiple Cameras Using a Computer

If you've ever needed to deal with photos shot with multiple cameras at the same event, you've probably found how important the clocks on the cameras are for keeping the resulting photos neat and orderly. If timestamps are off, then figuring out when photos were captured in relation to each other can be a pain.

One way you can make sure the clocks on your cameras are perfectly synchronized is by automatically synchronizing them to your computer.

Pro Tip: How to Wrap Cables with Duct Tape Without Getting Them Sticky

Duct tape can often be a photographer's best friend. Cable management can often be a nightmare. The two don't naturally combine very well though, since duct tape can leave sticky reside on your cords after its removed.

If you ever need to wrap up cables and don't have any twist- or zip-ties on hand, here's how you can use duct tape to wrap cables without the cables getting sticky.

Reminder: This is Why You Don’t Shoot the Wedding Party on a Flimsy Dock

Consider this a friendly reminder for any wedding photographers who haven't already heard it or maybe even forgot the tip when we shared it almost exactly a year ago.

When you're trying to find the perfect location to photograph the wedding party, take into account the stability of the location of choice, and particularly avoid flimsy docks. If you don't, your subjects might end up like the poor folks in the short video above.