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10 Reasons To Attend Fstoppers Photography Workshop

I, Mark Wallace am joining Fstoppers and nine other photographers in the Bahamas to teach 5 days of amazing workshops. This is an event you DO NOT want to miss. Why? Well here are my top 10 reasons: [more]

Should I Pay $100,000 To Learn To Play Guitar

I have always been a huge music fan. A few years ago I bought a guitar and I’ve had a blast learning the basics. One day I would love to play professionally but I’m not exactly sure how to get paid for my music. I’m considering paying $100,000 for someone to teach me how to play guitar. [more]

Proper Networking Technique by British Model Jen Brook

I’ve been sent a few messages asking how to get noticed by the people we want to work with and how to approach them. I’m never sure I can help because I’m no expert, but I do try as best as I can. In order to keep my advice consistent, this article sets about the rules I made for myself. By no means are they perfect, you may not agree with many of the points and I know for a fact that I sometimes fail in following them myself. But in general they work for me and I don’t mind sharing what I’ve found. [more]

Simplify your Photography, It Helped Me Remember Why I Love What I Do

Recently I was lucky enough to have a day off, something that doesn’t happen too often. I woke up that morning feeling a little burnt out from the daily non-stop marathon that is living and working as a freelancer in New York City. I dragged myself out into the kitchen, made myself some bacon and eggs and sat down to eat. Over breakfast, I realized I hadn’t made a picture for myself in almost a full year. [more]

I Was Wrong. I Need To Apologize To Anyone I’ve Offended.

For a while I’ve wanted to pour out everything in my heart, but it’s been bottled up. Out of fear, humiliation, and hurt. What I’ve encountered in the past few days is one of the hardest moments of my professional life, but I need to address this face-forward. [more]

Finding Inspiration and Happiness In Your Business

Finding work in the photography industry is always a challenge, and becoming uninspired is always a fear. Through his couple years of being a photographer, Phil Chester has found some ways to help find happiness in his work, and help build his craft into a successful business. He shared his experiences recently on The Define School blog and we’re sharing it with you here. [more]

The Benefits of Location Scouting by Anders Lönnfeldt

It’s nice to have friends from far off places. Especially when they are talented, hard working photographers who have something interesting to share. Such is the case with Helsinki-based photographer Anders Lönnfeldt. Anders started out working in radio, TV and short films but these days his focus is on commercials, music videos, portrait and concert photography. In this post, Anders demonstrates how to knock out character rich portraits for a magazine [more]

Amazing Underwater Imagery Breakdown: Magic Moments

Guest writer Felix Hernandez R. is a commercial photographer based in Cancún, Mexico. He is a very active member of our Fstoppers Facebook group and is well known for his stunning composite work and food photography. In this article he explains how accomplished his amazing series, ‘Magic Moments’ with the use of compositing and underwater photography. [more]

Step by Step Guide To Wet Plate Photography

Guest writer Josh LeClair is a commercial photographer based out of Marquette, MI. After seeing the stunning work done by Ian Ruhter with wet plate photography, he decided to try it for himself. LeClair does it on on a much smaller scale using a holga camera. [more]

The “First Look”: To Do or Not To Do?

What is a first look? Guest writer and wedding photographer, Susan Stripling shares exactly what a first look is, her personal opinion, why this trend is so popular, as well as the pros and the cons. [more]

You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

Guest writer Julia Kuzmenko McKim is an Internationally published Beauty, Fashion & Portrait photographer, digital artist, retoucher and educator. An International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne, Australia) graduate represented by Aston Models Agency, Beverly Hills, CA. You can find more of her work on her website, Facebook, or blog. [more]

Dear Client, Stop Cropping My Photos on Facebook!

Guest Writer, Matt Kennedy is an International Wedding Photographer and has been shooting weddings for 7 years throughout North America, Mexico and Italy. He is well known for his Sparkler Shots and Marketing techniques and is always willing to share and raise the bar for the industry. [more]

Chris ODell’s Guide To Travel Photography

Guest writer and photographer, Chris O’Dell has an opportunity to travel the world and photograph some of the most beautiful and honest places in the world. With his job as a Minister, Chris often finds himself traveling all over the world, helping local communities and bridging the gaps between cultures and people. Listen closely, as he shares the tips he’s learned from over 20 years of experience. [more]

Recreating An Iconic Hollywood Image Using Modern Gear

Guest Writer and photographer Phillip Schmidli wanted to harken back to memories of the movie ET with this stellar shot of the moon. To do so, he placed a model in front of the full moon and shot with a telephoto to recreate that famous scene from the classic film. [more]

How To Reach New Clients Through Pinterest

Guest writer, Adrienne Erin is an amateur photographer/designer and freelance writer who does social media marketing and has found that Pinterest is a fantastic social space to market a photo business, given the visual nature of the platform. She has shared 5 simple steps at how to get started on Pinterest.

Pinterest is the most visual of the emerging social media platforms, and this makes it an ideal platform for a photography business looking to reach new clients. If you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, it serves as a sort of virtual pinboard. [more]

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