Dear New Photographer…

(C) jenna martin

I’m writing this post because I was up late last night on a Facebook forum, reading close to 200 comments about new photographers and what slime they are to the industry. How they’re stripping photography of it’s “art” and destroying any decent business practices. I read every comment, feeling more and more sick to my stomach the further I scrolled down the page.

“Who do these people think they are? Don’t they remember when they were new and making all the same mistakes?”

I know this year has probably had it’s ups and downs for you; the excitement of booking your first paid gig, the confusion of all that “must have” photography gear and the hurt and guilt of being single-handedly blamed for “ruining the industry.” I know the phrase “what to charge for engagement photos” is probably one of the first things to come up in your Google search bar, and secretly you’re still wondering why using the eraser tool in photoshop is such a horrible thing.

I also know that you’re afraid to ask for advice at every turn because for every established photographer that is willing to help, you’ve got 30 more breathing down your neck that are doing everything they can to cut you down. I’ve been there too – I’ve had my work ripped apart online by a “reputable” photographer (who went out of business earlier this year), I’ve bought things I didn’t need because some famous photographer endorsed them and I thought it would make a dramatic improvement in my work (it didn’t), and I’ve used the crap out of the eraser tool (layer mask, folks).

So what I wanted to do here is give you a heads-up. A bit of a rant mixed with some advice I wish I had known in the beginning, this is just about everything I wish someone had told me the first day I got that used and slightly beat up (but still very new to me) camera in my hands.

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The Types of People You Find in a NEW Photographer Facebook Group

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Lynn Cartia (AKA Missy Mwac) wrote this wonderful list and we are happy to share it with you.

The Expert: This is the photographer so eager to prove that they know all the things, that they jump into almost every thread with their advice. The advice is normally given with all the smoothness of sandpaper. The Expert is the end-all, be-all in his/her opinon and when questioned, will more than likely respond with, “You’re wrong. I’m pretty much always right.”

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Autonomous Quadcopters Used For The Most Wonderful Choreography

Usually when we features drones (or quadchopters, or UAVs) we share on how they invade privacy, crash on private property or cause violent misunderstandings. But today we stumbled upon this wonderful piece by ETH Zurich of Cirque du Soleil, that would not have been possible if it weren’t for drones. So with my sincere apology, here is a tribute to how wonderful drones can be.

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Things Clients Say To Photographers – How Many Have You Heard?

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What do the phrases “Can you upload these to facebook?”, “Can you send me the RAWs?”, and “Is that how you’re going to edit it?” have in common? For starters, they’re all reasons why I, personally, am not cut out to be a portrait photographer. They’re also playfully accurate quips used in this humorous take on some of the gear grinding things oblivious clients say to photographers.

To be fair, most clients have no idea how offensive some of the stuff they say to us is. (And they clearly do not realize how reactive our sensitive artistic egos are to the absurdity they sometimes come up with. Like when they bring along their iPhone to a photoshoot and ask you take a couple pics of them with it for Instagram.) [Read more...]

An Optical Illusion That Turns Celebrities Photos Into Monsters (But Only In Your Mind)

Take a minute to watch the video above. Focus on the middle cross. Now watch it again and focus on either on the sides.

We have grown and were taught that celebrity headshots represent the ultimate beauty. And they usually do. But not always. An optical illusion called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”.

But…. It turns out that if you place two faces (attractive as they may be) next to each other and flash them rapidly, both faces features become exaggerated. While this is a relatively new find, Matthew B. Thompson explains some of its aspects:

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6 Of My Favorite Photography Books

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I posed a question to the DIY writing staff last week. I was wondering how many of them still read hard-copy photography magazines, and if so, I wanted to know if they subscribe or just purchase the occasional issue. It’s something I’ve been curious about for a while. After all, when you think about just how much information is out there and readily available, you almost have to wonder how traditional magazines are still making a go of it. The results of my informal survey were a bit underwhelming, but it was as I suspected– most people simply don’t subscribe to traditional magazines anymore. I still get a few, but then again, I also remember a pre-internet world where you had to put forth some effort and seek out knowledge and information.

The reality is, however, that while traditional magazines may no longer have the same widespread appeal they once had in the photography community, the same cannot be said for books on the subject. Again, I’m not talking about e-books or any other electronic conveyance. I’m talking about an actual collection of pages, all bound together in a single unit, containing all kinds of useful information and insight. It’s something I can hold in my hands. I can highlight it and bookmark it. Flip back and forth between sections. Compare and contrast different chapters without having to swipe, scroll, pinch, or flick my wrist for anything other than turning pages.

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Listen To The Humble Philosophy Of A Pro Photographer In This Gorgeous Short Film

philosophy-of-a-photographerThorsten von Overgaard is a Denmark based portrait and documentary photographer a refreshingly humble approach to his craft. On a recent week long journey to Rome, Italy, Overgaard shared his insights with a team of filmmakers from Northpass Media to create this beautifully made mini-documentary about the philosophy that inspires the photographer.

The video clip is an winning exacta of inspiration and great photography. Of course, the latter probably has something to do with the fact that Northpass Media didn’t skimp on production. The team showed up in Italy with a RED Scarlet and RED Epic camera along with a set of ARRI daylight lamps to capture the footage.

You can do more gear gawking and take a behind the scenes look at some bonus photos Overgaard posted on his blog, but in the meantime take a look at his short film below…

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