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Content Is King: 5 Fundamentals To Increase Social Engagement

 Content Is King: 5 Fundamentals To Increase Social Engagement

It all started with a conversation between filmmaker Justin Gustavision and I this past Friday. Justin works for Nadus Films who just released a brilliant award-winning documentary “BBoy For Life” which shows how break dancing has provided teenagers a way out of Guatemalan gang life. The film has been picked up by Starz and Discovery Channel, yet their social media presence could be considered dry, when it should be arousing a well-deserved tornado of hype.

Shoot Two Completely Different Lighting Setups with One Push of the Shutter Button

Shoot Two Completely Different Lighting Setups with One Push of the Shutter Button

You might someday find yourself working within the overall vision of someone else – like an editor, an art director or, in this case, a director of photography – when shooting on assignment for publications as big as Sports Illustrated. Limited time with your subject and being asked for simple lighting against a simple background isn’t uncommon in this industry. So how would you go about getting the type of photographs your employer wants plus creating a dramatically lit and colored set for yourself?

Fujifilm XF56mm f1.2 Lens Review

Fujifilm XF56mm f1.2 Lens Review

When I got a chance to try the new Fuji XF56mm f1.2 I jumped at it, not just because it was substantially cheaper and lighter than the Canon 85mm f1.2 II I’d played with last year, but because this lens is a clear shot across the bow at Canon and Nikon, with a lens aimed at professional portrait shooters. This was a new line in the sand, but could this thing play with the big boys?

A Simple Way to Even Out Rough Skin Texture and Pores

A Simple Way to Even Out Rough Skin Texture and Pores

In beauty and portrait retouching, one of the most important goals is to retain skin texture and keep the image from looking soft. We often however face a situation where the existing texture is unflattering and harsh. While we could heal out each pore or patch manually, this often leads to sub-par results and takes a long time. In this video I'll show you a unique, precise and fast way to target a particular texture frequency and offset it in a largely automated way.

Instagram - Marketing Strategy For Seniors

Instagram - Marketing Strategy For Seniors

Reaching high school seniors on social media isn't as easy as one might think. First, you have to attract a following, then you have to appeal to their interests. I quickly found that Facebook is not popular among 16-18 year olds. I could still reach my wedding clients through Facebook, but the 16-18 year old crowd had gravitated elsewhere. Why? Their parents are now on Facebook and they want to keep their privacy. This age group is using other forms of social media; one of the most popular, Instagram.

The Haute Girl Explains Four Ways to Not Look Overweight in Photographs

The Haute Girl Explains Four Ways to Not Look Overweight in Photographs

“Make me look skinnier” is one of the more frequent requests I get from my clients. Although those kinds of requests are usually accompanied by some laughter as more of a joke than anything, there is some bashful truth there that we, as photographers, need to be aware of. Of course, you have probably heard the old adage “the camera adds ten pounds,” but do you know why and how to combat it?

Photographer Captures the Invisible Pain of Verbal Abuse (NSFW)

Photographer Captures the Invisible Pain of Verbal Abuse (NSFW)

Weapons of Choice is a powerful visual series that demonstrates, through painfully jaw-dropping imagery, the damage verbal abuse has on a person. I found myself saddened yet amazed while looking through the photos. Richard Johnson takes the power of a photo to a whole new level by eloquently illustrating the invisible and eternal scars victims of emotional, sexual and verbal abuse endure.

Achieving The Unachievable - Capturing a Group of 34 From 60 Feet Above

Achieving The Unachievable - Capturing a Group of 34 From 60 Feet Above

During an initial meeting with local publication NFocus Magazine, the Editor-In-Chief asked for a unique aesthetic on Louisville's theater and arts community and wanted a massive group shot, but not your traditional group shot. I threw out the idea to shoot actors and their "characters" from directly overhead on a theater floor, as if they were action figures laid out and organized. Two seconds after I uttered the idea, I realized I had no clue how I would pull it all off.

Exclusive: Nick Fancher Shares the Secret to Dynamic Lighting in his "Studio Anywhere" Series

Exclusive: Nick Fancher Shares the Secret to Dynamic Lighting in his "Studio Anywhere" Series

Former Fstoppers writer and Columbus, Ohio based portrait and fashion photographer, Nick Fancher has recently been working on a series he calls Studio Anywhere in which he photographs models in their own homes. Nick's an avid strobist; meticulously lighting every shoot with a small army of speed lights. He has kindly agreed to give us a sneak peek into his lighting setups from two images in the series.

Michael Jason Enriquez Turns Celebrities into L.A. Styled Cholas

Michael Jason Enriquez Turns Celebrities into L.A. Styled Cholas

I’m half Mexican, and if you’re anything like me, you celebrated Cinco de Mayo a few days ago by watching some of your favorite Mexican American films from the ‘80s & ‘90s and eventually made your way to Allison Anders’ 1994 classic, Mi Vida Loca – falling in love all over again with the tough yet endearing cholas, Mousie and Sad Girl. Thanks to artist Michael Jason Enriquez, my inner 16 year old is crushing pretty hard over all the celebrities he has Cholafied. (I'm looking your way Amy Poehler!)

Provocative 'Los Intocables' Series Calls Attention to Horrors Faced by Children (NSFW)

Provocative 'Los Intocables' Series Calls Attention to Horrors Faced by Children (NSFW)

Artist Erik Ravelo’s controversial series “Los Intocables” (The Untouchables) aims to “preserve and defend the right to a childhood” in a world that often threatens the safety and innocence of its most vulnerable citizens. Featuring photographs of children posed as if crucified on the backs of surgeons, priests, soldiers and others, the series forces its viewers to confront unspeakable hardship facing many children.

Things You MUST Know About Groups on Facebook

Things You MUST Know About Groups on Facebook

Photography-related groups on Facebook are growing exponentially along with the exploding industry. As with many things in life, there are pros and cons when participating in these groups. One can experience valuable feedback, expertise and positive reinforcement from peers, while also experiencing nitpickers and people who pull you down. There are far more important elements often missed when discussing groups that could change the way you benefit from them... forever.

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