Learn the Difference Between a Variety of Lighting Modifiers for Beauty, Fashion, and Portraiture

Learn the Difference Between a Variety of Lighting Modifiers for Beauty, Fashion, and Portraiture

If you shoot a lot portraits or beauty work, you likely spend a lot of your time thinking about lighting, including what the right modifier for the look you're going for is. This very comprehensive and well-explained video will walk you through the standard octabox and beauty dish, as well as the more exotic adjustable parabolic reflector and Satellite Staro.

The Benefits of Approaching a Shoot Without a Plan

The Benefits of Approaching a Shoot Without a Plan

Thomas Heaton continues to produce quality videos documenting his journeys as a landscape photographer. In this video, Heaton highlights the importance of occasionally approaching a shoot without a plan in place to keep his work interesting and to spark creativity. With this in mind, he ventures out early in the morning to a local beach to capture the sunrise and is able to come away with two amazing images.

When New Gear Creates New Challenges

When New Gear Creates New Challenges

As the holidays draw ever nearer, retailers are ramping up their discounts, trying everything they can to attract consumers before the close of the year. For many photographers, this represents a prime opportunity to upgrade their gear, whether they need front-end tools such as a new lens or camera body, or back-end items such as a new computer to speed up their workflow. Of course, with new gear, comes new challenges.

How to Make Your Stories More Engaging and Appealing

How to Make Your Stories More Engaging and Appealing

Instagram Stories have been around for quite a while now, and we have actually already shared a few articles regarding how you can make better use of them to build engagement on your account. In this new write-up, I wanted to share with you a couple of techniques that aren’t too tedious to use on a regular basis to help you build higher quality stories. The goal is to create stories that people will want to follow on a daily basis and thus start to engage more with you. Content may not be king on social networks anymore, but it’s still the only thing that retains followers.

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday Deals

Fstoppers does our best to keep track of some of the best deals available during this chaotic sales weekend. We've compiled a list of places you may want to browse today for great savings on photography equipment and other gear. These deals are only available for a limited time so be sure to look them over today.

Get $100 OFF SLR Lounge Premium and up to 45% Off Select Workshops Until Cyber Monday

Get $100 OFF SLR Lounge Premium and up to 45% Off Select Workshops Until Cyber Monday

SLR Lounge is a leader in photography education and we at Fstoppers have been proud to partner with them over the years. Today, we're are excited to announce a fantastic deal that SLR Lounge is hosting between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is a great opportunity to step up your wedding and portrait photography with some of the best classes on the market.

How to Discover Your Ideal Photography Client

How to Discover Your Ideal Photography Client

You’ve honed your craft and brushed up on lighting and editing techniques. You’ve built a beautiful website and opened your door as a bonafide professional photographer. You’re ready for those client inquiries to start streaming in, and they do. Then you realize that some of your clients are a nightmare to deal with, while others become like new best friends. You may not know who your ideal client is, and you may not be marketing to them.

Get The 'Photographer's Toolkit' For Free: Black Friday Deals 2017

Get The 'Photographer's Toolkit' For Free: Black Friday Deals 2017

Where do you think most photographers struggle; being a creative or running their business? Making awesome imagery or establishing a pricing strategy? For many, it's the latter and that just sucks. For these reasons, RGG EDU has curated six photography management and workflow tools to create the “Photographer's Toolkit.” The toolkit is FREE from November 23rd-26th with the purchase of any RGG tutorial over $1. Included are essential software services from brands we trust with a total value over $1200. You won't find this deal anywhere else.

Another Year, Another Scam

Another Year, Another Scam

Every year, we flock toward specials, hoping to get a rock-bottom deal on the latest must-have gifts or gear for ourselves. The bad guys know this. They take advantage of the hectic time of year, knowing that we will do whatever we can to save a few bucks and get gifts before they are gone.

Art Rangers: A New Way to Support the Preservation of National Parks

Art Rangers: A New Way to Support the Preservation of National Parks

The national parks system in the United States has provided enjoyment of the outdoors for millions upon millions of people since August 25, 1916 when the National Parks Service was founded. For over 100 years now we have had access to some of the most incredible hikes and views to be found on the planet. As is similar to any well used item, the parks often fall into disrepair and need to be maintained and upgraded with continued use. The Art Rangers has stepped up to help the National Park Foundation in generating funds to help with the costs of maintenance for the parks.

Top 10 WeeklyFstops: Action

Top 10 WeeklyFstops: Action

Happy Thanksgiving week to all of our United States based readers. This week's list is full of excitement due to the ever popular "action" theme. The submissions covered a wide range of movement and activities that we may all need to partake in after today's feast. Hope you like the list and we'd love to have you join in.

Northrup Vs. Fro, JPG Vs. Raw: Why Is It Even Still a Debate?

Northrup Vs. Fro, JPG Vs. Raw: Why Is It Even Still a Debate?

It’s the equivalent of a presidential Twitter feud, but for the photography world. Everyone’s favorite Anderson Cooper lookalike Tony Northrup released a video on November 4 about the benefits and downsides to shooting raw files versus JPG files, and in this video dispensed some advice on when to shoot raw files and when to shoot JPG files (and when to shoot both). Naturally, this elicited a strong response from everyone’s favorite (only?) Fro, Jared Polin of “Fro Knows Photo” fame, who is known for his shirts indicating to the world that he does indeed shoot raw. All the time.

Fstoppers’ Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

Fstoppers’ Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

Finding (and asking for) gifts for photographers is near impossible. They’re either way too expensive (we all want that a9, too) or we photographers already seemingly have everything we need. Hopefully, we can help a bit with some ideas, deals, and advice about shopping for your photographer friends or for yourselves, as the holidays also present prime opportunities to restock studio essentials.

The Right to a Fair Internet for Photographers Is About to Be Gone

The Right to a Fair Internet for Photographers Is About to Be Gone

On December 14 the Federal Communications Commission will almost certainly be voting in favor of doing away with net neutrality. If you’re not familiar with net neutrality, check out this article we wrote earlier this year on the topic. It is the idea of a free and open Internet. As it stands right now, users are able to access the Internet freely, with no speed or data caps regardless of the websites they visit. If the plan the FCC is proposing passes (and it probably will in a three versus two vote), the Internet as we know it may well be on its way out.

How to Find Compositions in Drone Photography

How to Find Compositions in Drone Photography

As a newcomer to drones and drone photography, it can be a little overwhelming in the beginning. Learning all there is to know about maneuvering your new toy through the air is enough to give you a few grey hairs before you even get it off the ground. Once you’re up there, you better believe there’s some extra tension in your muscles the first few times you fly. Once you finally get the hang of this element, it’s about time to start learning how to make great images or videos from this new perspective you’ve gained. That’s a whole new set of complications for you to deal with. It might seem cool just to have that new viewpoint for a while, but you’ll soon be wanting more. Thomas Heaton addresses that in this video about composing from the sky.

Peter Hurley Photography Tutorials Discounted More Than Ever

Peter Hurley Photography Tutorials Discounted More Than Ever

Peter Hurley is a master of headshot photography and is responsible for how many photographers approach their craft. His charisma and eye for detail allow him to capture perfect emotion and poses out of his subjects. This Black Friday, Fstoppers is giving all of Peter Hurley's tutorials bigger discounts than ever before. With more demand for headshots than ever before, now is a great time to learn his techniques at in incredible price.