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Sarah Williams

Guest Contributor http://www.valandsarah.com @valandsarahFacebook
I'm a lifestyle and wedding photographer located in on the East Coast, but born and raised on the west. I'm rarely serious and I would be a nomad if I could.

Alternative Uses for Your Photography Gear

We work in a field where, whatever we buy something for, we use for its intended purpose. Sometimes we just want to save money and dig through our stuff to see what else we can use it for. Here’s a list of things you can use your gear for, either in a pinch or as a better replacement for something else.

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Miley Cyrus Bares All (NSFW)

We’ve been on the Miley Cyrus & Terry Richardson train before. We’ve seen the photos and the over-exposed whitewalls, but what we haven’t seen is class. Miley posed for Mario Testino  in the most recent issue of German Vogue & Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for W magazine in sexual, but glamorous ways.

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Having Your Dreams Ripped Away

Anthony Carbajal is a Wedding Photographer in Temecula, California and during the past six months he noticed his hands becoming weaker and his arms had began twitching. He shook it off and tried to tell himself it was carpal tunnel. After both his mom and grandmother being diagnosed, he knew what it was: ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

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Seamless Double Exposures of Milan’s Architecture and People

Lets face it, it takes awhile to get the absolute perfect double exposure. Although the Canon 5D Mark III might make it a little bit easier with it’s live view, the truth is that it takes time. For these double exposures, Francesco Paleari was able to do just that. He merged people with architecture in the most perfect sense.

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True Lifestyle Photography and How to Get the Most Out of Your Session

According to Wikipedia lifestyle photography is “a style of portrait / people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.” Photographers every day are advertising sessions as lifestyle photography, but in reality, are totally missing the mark.

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Photographer Abe Van Dyke Documents His Mother’s Passing

We often look at photojournalists and think, how could you do what they do. How could you stand around taking photos while people are suffering or could benefit from your help? On the other hand, we rarely think about transfering that realm into something tragic that happens in our own eyes, but that is exactly what Abe did.

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Fstoppers Review: SmartAlbums

We talked about SmartAlbums a few weeks ago with their black friday launch and there was an overwhelming majority that agreed it was a complete game changer. I’ve been on the beta for about two months and have had the chance to do a review for you guys. The program is so simple to use but if you’re too lazy to read there is a screen-share video at the end. It’s a quick walkthrough of me building a personal album, it’s silent though, so you should probably suck it up and read it, oh and then buy it.

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SmartAlbums: The Single Best Black Friday Purchase You Will Make

If you do anything with albums whether it’s wedding albums, personal albums or even portfolios to sit around your studio, this is going to be your jam. Two amazing photographers have developed a program called SmartAlbums. It’s a full application that allows you to create albums without all the hassle. And yes, it’s possible.

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Now You Can Print Your Photos and Eat Them Too

It’s not a brand new idea to incorporate printing photos on food. Recently we talked about printing photos on coffee with the selfie-latte, but Boomf takes photo printing a little bit more out of the box. Well, maybe more out of the cup. With this product I will preface with one question: do you like marshmallows? Yes or no, this product is for you.

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Just the Two of Us by Klaus Pichler: Costumes and the Lives Behind Them

Around the world people participate in dressing up in cosplay, LARP, Star Wars characters, Medieval Knights and many other fascinating characters. They live in a fantasy world in their costumes but they also lead normal, day to day lives. When you think about it, rarely do you get to connect their two identities and Klaus Pichler did just that in his newest project titled Just the Two of Us.

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The Discontinuation of Fuji 3000b Instant Film by Fujifilm

Currently the only black and white instant film available in the 3×4 size is the Fujifilm 3000b, and it’s being discontinued. Yes, you read that right. One of the single most popular instant films will no longer be around. The photography industry isn’t a stranger to films being discontinued. It happened with Kodak, so it was only time before it trickled to other manufacturers.

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Profoto B1 and Nikon Df Available for Pre-order Now Along with 70-200 Rebate

The newly revealed Profoto B1 flash and Nikon Df have been the talk of the town for the past week. If you’ve been interested in preorders you can now head on over to B&H for both as well as the new Sigma 24-105mm F/4 for Canon. The Fujifilm x10 has a $100 instant rebate as well.

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Extremely Low Price on Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II has an instant rebate of $300 upon checkout and then has another mail-in rebate of $300! This drops the entire price to a whopping $1,899.00.

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Behind the Scenes of Killing Kennedy for National Geographic

Tonight on the National Geographic channel, they are premiering the movie Killing Kennedy, which is a movie based on Bill O’Reilly’s New York Times best seller. If you’ve ever wanted to be transported back in time to be able to witness a moment in history, this is your chance. We have an in-depth behind the scenes view from Joey L. and Andy Baker, the Creative Director at National Geographic.

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Ways to Avoid the Aches and Pains of Shooting

We constantly talk about websites, marketing and everything gear related under the sun, but rarely does the topic of health come up. We’re usually crouching down, rolling around on the ground or balancing on our tiptoes to get a couple inches higher for the shot. So the reality is, one of the most important topics should be your health. You can replace gear but there is only so much you can do for your body.

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