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The Little Business Practices That Make a World of Difference

So you know your business inside and out and your image quality is top notch, but there’s always room for improvement. A factor that many people overlook is the experience that a client has when they work with them, being on one side of the operations gives you a very different perspective and because of this you could be overlooking little important details that make the world of difference. I’ve been working as a full time commercial photographer for a year now, and in that time I’ve learned a lot from not only my own client interactions, but the other businesses I’ve worked with as well. [more]

Must-Have Tools For The Apparel Photographer

You’ve all seen these images. It’s the knob-and-hanger set up that has become the signature style for many kids retail sites such as Zulily. What you do not see, however, are all the tools that go into creating these minimalist images. The bulk of my work as a commercial photographer is with product, one of which is children’s clothing for sites like Zulily, so let me give you a sneak peek into my personal tool bag that I could not work without. [more]

Slider vs. Jib vs. Steadicam: What’s Best For Your Story?

When calling ourselves artists, we also inherently accept the title of “story teller”. We each use different mediums, but our goals are ultimately the same: Creating memorable and engaging content. We use art to tell stories in beautiful and unique ways, which in turn helps connect us together. [more]

Using TV and Film to Help Better Understand Light

Recently, Julia Kuzmenko has been putting together a wonderful tutorial on how to read lighting in photography to help better understand different lighting concepts (Seriously, read Part 1 and Part 2). Applying these to photos, you can reverse engineer different lighting diagrams. However, using these concepts in your everyday life will allow you to give you a much better understanding of lighting techniques as well. [more]

The Changing Face of the Music Video and What We Can All Learn From It

The music we use in our work, whether for videos or slide shows for stills images, is an integral part of the narrative and story we are trying tell. The genre, artist and music track we choose, sets the tone for the entire story we wish to tell. I treat music as the keystone that underpins the visual story of a BTS video, commercial work, documentary piece or creative editorial shoot that I am working on.
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A Guide to Working With Modeling Agencies: Part 1

If you are into photographing people, the idea of working with professionals has probably been on the agenda at some point in your career. Whether an editorial photographer, fashion and beauty shooter, or just someone who likes creating awesome fantasy composites, the use of professional models will invariably improve your work.  So how do we go about working with these gatekeepers of the people photography industry?

I’m glad you asked!

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The Most Important Tip For Running A Photo Blog

The biggest mistake I see when reading a photographer’s blog is the choice of words used in blog page titles. The words you choose may be keeping your blog invisible to the world forever. It’s not necessarily a “mistake” but typically not the optimal choice of words for search engines. [more]

Is A Graphic Tablet Really Necessary For A Photographer To Have For Retouching?

How important is it to have a graphic tablet and do I really need it? This is a question that I get asked quite often and wanted to elaborate on it. It may be that you’ve never tried one or perhaps you never got used to it and did not like the experience. Is that normal and how imperative is it that you get used to using one?  [more]

The Must Have Tool for Strobe Users

A few months ago, wedding photographer and Fstoppers writer, Trevor Dayley made a post about his favorite thing in his camera bag. Spoiler – it was a tilt shift lens, and the work he was able to produce with it made for some interesting and beautiful wedding and engagement photos. However, Trevor and I shoot entirely different styles, so what’s my favorite thing in my camera bag? [more]

How To “Read” Light In Photography – Part 2

This is the second part of the article on how to learn to “read” lighting in photography. If you haven’t read the first part yet, please start here: How To “Read” Light In Photography – Part 1.

And for those of you who have been waiting for the second part, let’s jump right back in and see what other cues we can use to breakdown lighting in other photographers’ work.

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5 Ways to Make Hours of Editing Endurable

Recently, fellow Fstoppers writer/astounding editor Pratik Naik posted a status on Facebook asking what people’s editing routines were, you can read the discussion that followed here. With his permission I’ve decided to spin this off into a post, and offer some suggestions for our readers facing hours of repetitive retouching in their future. I’m writing from the perspective of a photographer, but I’m sure many if not all of these will carry over into the video world as well. Note that these aren’t in any particular order.

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Fetch! The Right Mindset For Finding Clients

There are many factors to success in the creative industry. Of course a big chunk of it has to do with the quality of the work, but we know quality isn’t the only factor to being successful as a photographer, otherwise, there would be a lot more of us. Yet most photographers put all their efforts into developing their technical or artistic abilities and leave the entire business chunk untouched. [more]

8 Tips and Tricks on Customizing Your Facebook Page

It’s been about two years since Facebook introduced their timelines, and a short while after that, pages were forced to conform. To this day, people still mention that they wish they had their old Facebook page back. Here are a few different tips on how to get the most out of the Facebook Timeline system for business pages. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews Blogging For Photographers by: Jolie O’Dell

Being a professional photographer isn’t just about the thrill of shooting photographs or the endless hours of work editing them behind a computer screen. A photographer worth their salt knows that the business aspect of marketing is just as important. Jolie O’Dell’s new book, Blogging For Photographers, explains how a blog can help expand your business. [more]

To Shoot Better Video, Focus on Photography

We can often get swept up in the world of digital video. Topics like ‘What it will mean for the future of photography when we can pull stills from video?’ occupy a lot of time and thinking.

Discussion like this is  relevant but I sometimes think we miss the most important element of all. The single biggest contributor towards great video is actually making sure we understand what it is that makes a great still image in the first place. To go faster, we should actually slow down. Maybe even stop.

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