JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water,
or use a camel as a light stand.

To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube.

JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.

Smartphones Won’t Kill GoPro – But Licensing Ripoffs, Boring Video and Bad Videographers Will

You may have heard the controversy around the recent Barrons article GoPro’s Thrill-Filled IPO Adventure May End Badly, by Alexander Eule that caused GoPro’s stock to take big hit in response.

It even sparked a rebuttal by Gizmodo: No, Smartphones Aren’t Going To Kill GoPro by Michael Hession.

Well, you’ve heard it here first – smartphones aren’t going to kill GoPro – but licensing ripoffs and boring, stylized GoPro content created and shared by bad videograpers will.

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Keep reading and I’ll explain.

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Top 10 Talents Photographers Don’t Know They Have

Sometimes the phone rings and someone asks you to go photograph a floor.  Sometimes they will even agree to pay you a pretty decent chunk of change to go do it.

No models, no makeup, no wardrobe, no lighting – just a floor.

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My first reaction is usually something like “I’m not a floor photographer.”

But then I remember that people who own big buildings with floors often have money, and I figure income is better than no income, so I agree to go photograph a floor.

Which brings me to the question: Why would anyone go out of their way to find a floor photographer and pay them a healthy sum of money to go out and take what I consider to be natural light snapshots of a floor?

The answer is that as photographers, we have developed some considerable talents that many of us take for granted on a regular basis.
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How To Become A Wedding Photographer In 10 Easy Steps – Photographers Hate This

Starting a career as a wedding photographer is EASY – all you have to do is follow these 10 EASY STEPS TO BECOME A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!

If you have ever wanted to start a fun, glamorous and profitable ($$$$!!!) career as a wedding photographer, I will share the secret to success that professional wedding photographers don’t want you to know.

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The best part is that you don’t even need to know how to use a camera – or even have a camera to get started!

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Canadian Regulation of Aerial Drone Photography – DIYP Interviews Transport Canada and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

There seems to be a lot of misinformation and speculation about the actual regulation of aerial drone photography and video online – especially with crazy interactions between photographers and pedestrians like this grabbing headlines.

In this article DIYP interviews both Transport Canada and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to find out what legal requirements are in place for both the recreational and commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and what people, places or things can and cannot be legally photographed or filmed from the air in Canada.

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If you are an aerial photographer in Canada – you might not like some of the answers from the Canadian authorities – but don’t shoot the messenger.  If you don’t live in Canada, I think you will still find the Canadian regulations very interesting.

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DIYP Reviews the Cactus V6 Wireless Flash Radio Trigger System

Most photographers have a mix of gear from many different brands.

For example, it is not uncommon for a photographer to have both Canon and Nikon camera bodies, a mix of Canon and Nikon speedlite strobes, maybe some third party speedlite strobes like Yongnuo or Nissin and studio strobes.

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If that is you, you will want to check out the new Cactus V6 wireless flash radio triggers.  According to Cactus:

The Cactus V6 is the World’s First wireless flash trigger that works ON ANY CAMERA (with a standard hot shoe or PC Sync port) to control power output, wirelessly, of Canon, Nikon and Pentax’s system flashes ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

We put the Cactus V6 triggers through their paces – read on for our review of the Cactus V6 wireless flash radio trigger system.

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Dramatic Lighting for Pole Dancing Fitness Instructors

Allure Fitness is local ladies only gym, but with fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, suspension yoga, pilates and of course pole dancing for fitness – this isn’t your mom’s aerobics studio (well, actually it could be since they have members of all ages, shapes and sizes).

My wife has been a member there for a while, and she had noticed that the quality of imagery that Allure has been using on their website and promotional material didn’t really match the cool, sexy, modern brand image that the fitness studio is all about – so she managed to talk the owner into some new promotional photography.

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Read on to find out how we used dramatic lighting to photograph the Allure pole dancing fitness instructors.

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Natural Light Photography – Not Just For Uncle Bob and Moms on Maternity Leave Any More

I will admit that I am a little snobby when it comes to anyone who proclaims to be a “natural light photographer”.  To me “natural light photographer” essentially equals “beginner that doesn’t know how to use light”.

However, with a little influence from a certain ruthless stock editor ;) some of my work has been evolving into a more natural and organic look, and I have to admit I am really starting to enjoy the simplicity!

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In this article, I am going to describe how I used natural light to photograph this series of photos of a woman practicing the cello and discuss some of the characteristics of natural light photography.

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