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Casting Negativity Aside And Growing As An Artist

“Oh, so you’re a photographer now…?”

It’s a question I’m sure each of us has heard. Coming to us from a friend and/or family member that we haven’t seen in a while, maybe those who we’re remotely connected to on any one of the social media platforms where we post our work. It rings of sarcasm, and while I don’t believe it’s meant to hurt us, truthfully, it kind of does. [more]

How Dangerous is Your Drone?

It’s pretty common knowledge by now that flying drones around can easily go wrong. To date I have no idea how many videos I’ve seen of pilots that, either out of silliness or stupidity, have crashed one into someone else’s favorite head. Obviously being a cautious and responsible pilot is a given but, do you still need to be concerned when it’s sitting innocently on your floor?

Apparently the answer is yes. [more]

Model Geena Rocero: Why I Must Come Out of my Closet

Take 10 minutes out of your time today and watch this speech given by fashion model Geena Rocero on TED. Back in the Philippines, when Rocero first saw the first photo of herself shot in a bikini, she felt she couldn’t be more proud. This may just sound like a typical experience for a lot of women in the modeling industry, but to Rocero, it was not, and that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” [more]

Tips To Avoid Creative Burnout

It’s no secret that everyone can become burnt out on what they do. Whether we are photographers, athletes, truck drivers, or teachers. If we do something long enough, maybe unless you’re a fighter pilot, professional surfer, and/or an astronaut, almost everyone will experience a period of time in their career when they’re flat-out bored and/or they suddenly arrive at a place where they question both their work and if what they’re doing is really what they should be doing. [more]

A Message to All Artists: Use Photoshop Responsibly

In recent years Photoshop has garnered more negative attention than any other platform that is utilized for image manipulation. Photoshop can be used to create unnatural product resulting in unrealistic expectations. As photographers and retouchers, we have the power to control what the media perceives as attractive. [more]

How To Build A Successful Senior Representative Program

Tis the season, a new senior class will emerge this spring. Thus, for high school senior photographers, a new class to educate about your business.  As a senior photographer, I have already chosen and photographed my 2015 models/representatives, but it isn’t too late to get started. [more]

Putting Together A Photoshoot Part I: Moodboard And Concept Development

When we first start out on any sort of endeavor, be it creative or otherwise, we all most likely begin same way: a head full of ideas, but a distinct lack of understanding and experience of how to achieve them. Over time, through the benevolence of others, and many hours of Youtube tutorials, our ability catches up and we reach the place where creativity meets experience [more]

Recently Relocated? Tips For Rebuilding Your Freelance Business In A New City

When it comes to building a video production and photography business, it can take years to cultivate good clients, get high paying and interesting projects, and form relationships with reliable help. If you move, losing that local network can take a huge toll on your business. [more]

The Best Marketing Strategy For Landing Your Dream Clients

Most marketing guides and strategies have us focusing on the direct approach to obtaining clients. We try and find short cuts and clever tactics to steal the attention from our competitors. Sometimes it is worth considering the long road as it is often less travelled and will ultimately lead you to the same destination. Tap into the power of the support system. [more]

The Ultimate Guide to Bokeh

Bokehliscious photos. That is the ultimate goal for any photographer no matter the experience level. When “bokeh” is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the lens and the aperture. Although both play vital roles in bokeh, there are a few key elements that play an even more important role in achieving the finest milkyness in a photo. These requisites aren’t often discussed or even seen as necessary. [more]

My Favorite Photographer Is…Everyone With A Camera

Some days, as we plod through our respective news feeds, it seems as though the Internet was invented for one thing and one thing only; to share photos. Although the quality of the photos we have to wade through can sometimes be questionable, and at times our feeds can become overwhelming, the relative ease with which photos are shared is in my opinion, the greatest benefit to our seemingly photo-obsessed and Social Media saturated society planet.trans My Favorite Photographer Is...Everyone With A Camera [more]

Selective Color – Possibly The Best Tool For Photographers

Much to my dismay, I’ve recently discovered that many photographers are unaware of the power of selective coloring. With its versatility, I’m convinced it’s one of the most powerful tools for photographers today. It sounds insane, but I’ve used selective coloring for the majority of my photos over the last few years, and have left largely everyone impressed with my techniques. And no, I’m not trolling you. [more]

Ask A Commercial Photographer Anything About The Industry

Have questions you want to ask a creative industry professional, but wasn’t sure who to turn to? I’ve been writing for Fstoppers for over a year now. I’ve been able to share my own BTS shoots, those of friends, reviews, tutorials, and more. I’ve had the chance to interact and meet some great people through here, and I really want to do something more for you folks. Rather than do a fresh article this week on something I find interesting, I am leaving the content completely up to you. [more]

Terry Richardson Speaks Out On Allegations

Over the last couple years, Terry Richardson and controversy have gone hand in hand. Despite the controversial story from 2010 on Jezebel, and the now current #NoMoreTerry boycott going on following new rape allegations surfaced, Terry Richardson has remained quiet in this battle against him. Today however, Terry Richardson finally spoke to Huffington Post, in an attempt to debunk the rumors and allegations surfacing. [more]

Subject Matters – Kicking Technicalities For Content

I’m guilty. As a commercial and fashion editorial photographer as well as a writer for Fstoppers, I love lighting, bokeh, rigging, and all technicalities involved with cinematography and photography. For many months, content fell second to setup. From my experience, there are three types of photographers: those that confide in instinct and sunlight, those that rely on post processing, and those that excel at artificial lighting and formalities. [more]

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