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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This Video Sharing What Goes into a Crazy Overhead Shoot Will Make You Smile

(previously here and here) creates fantasies using an overhead camera and a collection of everyday objects. The resulting photos will either make you laugh, nod in approval or make a little giggle.

While the photos may seem trivial to create, they are in fact pretty demanding, just from the sear scale of each photo. In the video above, guaranteed to make you smile Jan shares shat goes into creating this imagery*. If you like this stuff** check out Jan von Holleben’s wonk on his website.

[Jan goes on holiday | Jan von Holleben]

*hint: lots of towels

** hint: YES

Breathtaking Surreal Photographs Taken With A $50 Camera (And 100 Ton Of Talent)

If you thought that it takes the last word in gear to create incredible work, think Again. Ukrainian artist, Oleg Oprisco uses a $50 Kiev 6C and a strong vision to create photographs like you’ve never seen before.

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Oleg was born in a the small town* city of Lviv. He spent some time as a developer in a photo store and some as a photography assistant, but none triggered his creativity. The thing that eventually got the creativity out of him (though we suspect he was creative all along) was a getting a Kiev C6 camera  – a medium format, 12 shots a roll, camera. Oleg shares that the fact that he only has 12 frames makes him carefully work on each frame.

The photos are amazingly created in camera, using props, styling and brave models, as Oleg notes. [Read more...]