Fresh Baked Flash – How (Not) To Dry A Wet Strobe

When you spend a significant amount of time shooting underwater photography with a set of strobes in DIY underwater strobe housings, sooner or later you’re going to lose a soldier.

Underwater Fashion Portrait Underwater Photographer JP Danko Toronto Commercial Photographer

I’ve heard about phones being revived from the dead, but I’m not sure if anyone has ever done it with hot shoe flash.

ONE NIGHT  Little Geek just folded.

HIPPY  Bye, little buddy.

MONK  He can still make it.

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AA Batteries for Photography Accessories

I use a lot of AA batteries.  So many in fact that finding them all and getting them charged up for a gig has become a significant bottleneck in my workflow.

I have finally realized that it is time for a more sophisticated system to actually manage all of the batteries that I need – as opposed to the old system which mostly consisted of pulling batteries out of my kid’s toys, TV remotes (or wherever else my AA batteries had migrated to) and then shoving them into ten different chargers the day before a big shoot.

AA Batteries for Photography Accessories JP Danko Toronto Commercial Photographer

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How To Make Money from Photography – Tough Love From Heisler

Ever wanted to know what exactly it takes to get hired as a professional photographer? 

Here is some tough love from one of the best in the biz, Gregory Heisler:

The business is about relationships…People aren’t hiring a photographer, they’re hiring a person…What it really comes down to is some guy saying try Schmeisler, he’s really good.

If you do nothing else today for your photography business, watch this video!

UPDATE: Sorry everyone – it looks like the privacy settings on the original video were changed and it is no longer available.  I’ll give you a rough synopsis after the break.

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Tips to Get Paid From Photography Use Requests

When David Hobby lets loose on a rant, it’s worth listening.  I mean, he’s usually a pretty reserved guy, but in a recent post on Strobist, he really lets the National Association of REALTORS® have it for asking permission to reproduce his work in exchange for credit (otherwise known as free).

If you’re a photographer with your photography online, you have probably experienced a request or two to use your own work for free.

In this article, I will discuss three tips that you can use to get paid for your photography.

Girls with Shotguns JP Danko Toronto Commercial Photographer

Y’all gonna pay for that photo right?

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How To Effectively Pitch to Photography Clients

There is a certain art form to a successful pitch.  But it can be broken down into three basic steps.

Disclaimer: Before you read this article be warned that I am going to give you some powerful tips that could be turned to the dark side.  If you think that you might be tempted to dabble in the Dark Arts, remember:

“With great power comes great responsibility”.
Stan Lee via Uncle Ben

Responsible SpidermanImage Credit: Ztephenx on Deviantart – Creative Commons

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Internet Marketing For Photographers – Your Virtual Personality

It’s pretty obvious that internet marketing is critically important to a photography business.

When I started my business, the argument was: Do you need a website?  At the time, I don’t think anyone could have predicted that a website would become only a small part of an overall photography business internet marketing strategy.

But, when was the last time that you checked your virtual personality?

In this article, I am going to review what I find when I search my own name and my business name – with at least one curveball thrown in.Live Nude Girls by JP Danko blurMEDIA Toronto Commercial Photographer

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DIY Builds That Go Sideways – Wile E. Coyote Style

Before photography became my hobby of choice and eventually a career, I spent a lot of time building remote control boats, planes and cars.  It turns out that the skills you learn as a kid to build a nitro powered model boat out of beer cans and styrofoam are very transferable to building homemade photography gear.

Disclaimer: the following article doesn’t have much to do with photography.  If that is a problem for you, please don’t read it and then leave a disgruntled comment about how you wasted your time reading it.

Underwater Fashion Portrait Underwater Photographer JP Danko

This photo was shot using some pretty cool DIY photography gear – but that’s another story.

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Natural Light Underwater Photography Tips

With the increasing popularity and availability of waterproof point and shoot cameras, waterproof action cameras (like GoPro) and even waterproof camera phones (like the Sony Xperia), we’re seeing more and more underwater photography.

Concurrently, the style of underwater photography that we’re seeing is evolving from the more traditional scuba diving sea-life photos, to more everyday fun-in-the-water lifestyle shots.

But, taking really good underwater photos is a little trickier than it may seem – so I thought I’d share some of my top underwater photography tips.

Woman swimming freestyle underwater

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Inspiration from Successful Creatives

Making money as a creative can be is a tough grind.

As an established photographer once told me when I was just starting out: “My job is everyone’s hobby.”

Essentially, what he was saying was that everyone wants to be a famous photographer, musician or actor, but so few have that special combination of talent, personality and luck to actually make it happen.

The reality is that ridiculously talented creatives are a dime a dozen (literally in many cases…), but those who are able to translate talent into commercial success are a very rare breed. 

With that in mind, I am going to look at an example from the musical side of artistic talent that I personally find inspiring because of the way these creatives have leveraged their considerable artistic talent into the kind of commercial success that we all aspire to.

Walking Dead Business Man

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