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Dylan Goldby
Dongdaemun, 11, KR

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Don't Get Comfortable in Your Photography Work

It's come to that time of year again. Business is slowing down for the winter, and friends are headed to their respective origins to visit family and friends. The weather outside is dipping further below zero every day, encouraging me to spend more time indoors. This is the time of year when I reflect and digest my year's work. It's also the time where my mind digs a little too deeply, and I often make rash decisions like purchasing a new camera that I don't need simply in order to experiment. However, it is mainly the time when I get to look at my work and decide where I want to take it next.
The Profoto B1 vs. Godox AD600 for Flash Photography

I promised a while back that I would do a comparison between the Profoto B1 and the Godox AD600 head to head. I have finally had the chance to rent and spend some time with the Profoto B1 again, and I am ready to give my thoughts on the two as they pertain to the way I shoot and the situations I spend my time in.

Grab an Aussie Camera Deal

With all these Black Friday and soon-to-be Cyber Monday deals flying around the US, it would be easy to think that folks in the antipodes are getting left out of all the good deals. However, there are some great deals going on in Australia as well, so to my folks down under, jump in quick and take advantage of these pre-Christmas deals that are happening from major brands in Australia.
Your First Off-Camera Lighting Kit

Off-camera flash is a great way to augment your existing photographs. There are so many times when existing light just doesn't give you the result you desire, and that flash could be a solution to creating the image you have in your mind. When you first start, however, the options can be quite overwhelming and it can be difficult to know exactly what you'll need. Let's look into a simple but versatile kit that will allow you to stay mobile and work in many different situations.

5 Photography Books From My Shelf

Books. Half of my tiny office is filled with books. I love them. I believe in them. I'm surrounded by them! The experience of flipping through a book for me beats anything an electronic device can offer. Unlike a blog post, books are the result of a huge effort on the part of many people. One must be dedicated to the process of creating one, and this usually makes them worth the time and money. My collection of photography books is extensive and I wanted to share a few with you today.
Is the Fujifilm X-T2 Ready for Professional Use?

There's a question I've been getting in my inbox every couple of days since the release of the Fujifilm X-T2: Is it ready for professional use? There have been several articles floating about and a lot of opinions in forums, but the honest answer to this is the same as it is for absolutely every camera body and system on the market. It really depends on the type of work you do.


A lot of us have been there, especially when we're first trying to build our businesses in the beginning. A job lands that you feel like you can pull off really well, and you quote accordingly. The client then comes back and lets you know that their budget is significantly smaller than what you quoted, but they really want to work with you. On the one hand, you need the money, but on the other hand, you realize you're being forced into an uncomfortable corner. How do you answer this?

Fstoppers Reviews the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Camera Grip

The Fujifilm X-T2 has been in my hands since the day it was released here in Korea, and I have been really enjoying all the new features and speed upgrades. For all intents and purposes, it has become my primary camera now. It is responsive enough that unless I'm working with families, I'll use it for everything I do. However, it still has a couple of flaws in terms of battery life and size. After a full day of shooting, I've been noticing that my fingers ache, and I've changed batteries more times than I can count. To address both of these, I thought I would check out the vertical battery grip (or Vertical Power Booster Grip as Fuji calls it), VPB-XT2, to see if it was worth the hefty price tag.
The 5 Day Deal Educational Bundle Is Back

The 5 Day Deal team is back again with another giant pack of photography resources. Included this time are materials from Trey Ratcliff, Nicole S. Young, Lindsay Adler, Joel Grimes, and a host of other educators and resource creators. If you haven't checked them out before, this is a great time to get on board and score a huge collection of photo swag while supporting some great charities. As an added bonus, they're also running a giveaway that is sponsored by industry giants like Adobe and Fujifilm.

Five Things Fuji Missed With the X-T2

Fujifilm recently released the updated version of their flagship DSLR-styled mirrorless body, the X-T2. There are plenty of great things to be said about this new body. However, after a few weeks of using it, I'd like to share with you and Fuji a few things I'd like to see fixed or changed in the next firmware update.
Joey L.'s New Film, 'People of the Delta,' Goes Live

Joey L. has been a household name in the photography industry for many years now. Whether it be through his captivating personal work or world-class commercial work, he has carved out a niche for himself in the industry that makes him one of the most sought after working photographers today. Ever since his early days photographing his friends' bands, Joey L. has used his capital to reinvest in his craft through his personal work, but in 2013, he launched a Kickstarter to help fund his typically ambitious film project "People of the Delta."

My Top Five Prime Lenses in the Fuji X Photography System

The Fuji X system has become widely known for its high quality lens system. Amongst MILC systems, it has the widest variety of any system. This is quite amazing considering the system is also one of the youngest. Fuji have tapped into their years of knowledge in lens design to create some spectacular lenses at reasonable price points. There are so many wonderful lenses in the system, but these are my top five.
How I Choose My Photography Jobs

In the beginning of my transition to becoming a full-time photographer, I took every job I could get my hands on in order to pay the bills. Over time, I started to find my own direction, which led to me being slightly more picky with the jobs I took. Even now, while I'm primarily focused on family and engagement photography in my paid work, I still take a lot of other odd jobs to help with my career and my ability to put food on the table. When choosing whether or not to take any job, I tend to focus on three factors when making my decision.
The Power of Yes in Photography

I recently funded the printing of my first book via Kickstarter. It was the wonderful culmination of a year of hard work on the project itself and almost six months of preparation and promotion for the funding campaign. In the end, it was funded well beyond my goal. The whole process of creating, funding, and then realizing the project was quite surreal. I am still pinching myself from time to time as I pack the books ready for shipping to my backers and the recipients of the project. I wrote a while back about changing your mindset, knuckling down, and just doing things. Today, I'd like to talk a little about another thing that makes work happen: the word "yes."

Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD600 Portable Battery-Powered Strobe

We've seen a flood of high quality battery-powered strobes hit the market over the last few years. Increasingly powerful speedlights like the Nikon SB910 were a great start. More powerful units like the Godox Wistro 360 entered the fray and showed us what a small light could do. These were excellent alternatives to the already successful Paul C. Buff offerings and other options like Elinchrom's Ranger kits. Then, Profoto dropped the B1. We've had Broncolor's offerings since and some "lesser" brands like Phottix and Godox creating budget options. Today, we're going to check out Godox's Wistro AD600 (sold in the US as Flashpoint XPLOR 600).
How G.A.S. Failed Me

We've all heard of it: Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.). I'd wager that a fair few of us have suffered from it at one time or another. I mean, really, what Nikon portrait shooter doesn't want the new Nikkor 105mm f/1.4? When that wanting turns to lusting and the all-consuming G.A.S., we have a problem that goes well beyond the boundaries of our wallets and begins to affect the most important aspect of our photography itself: our craft. I'd like to share with you a story from when I first began photography in the hopes that it may help some of you avoid one of the biggest mistakes I made.
The Tyranny of the Travel Photographer

Travel photography has to be one of the most rewarding kinds of photography. You get to experience other cultures, places, foods, and parts of human history that you wouldn't otherwise. On top of that, you get to photograph it all. In one day, the variety of amazing new things you get to make pictures of is truly incredible. However, during my travels over the years, I've noticed some extremely disturbing behaviors from "photographers" while traveling.
Fstoppers Reviews the Sigma 24-35mm f/2

The world's fastest zoom lens for 35mm full frame cameras is the Sigma 24-35mm f/2, and it's one way to follow up from making the world's fastest zoom for APS-C. Sigma has been making hit after hit for a few years now, leaving their "budget" lens brand stigma in the dust behind them. Having a 24-35mm may seem like an odd focal-length range that wouldn't be too useful, but I have found it to be an excellent range for a lot of the work I do in editorial and family portraiture. Let's start with just how it fits in my camera bag.

My Experience With the Dell XPS 15 UHD - A Windows Laptop to Compete With Your Desktop

As a solo business owner, I find a good portion of my time has me tethered to a screen. For me, that means being at home in my office as I work on a desktop. I prefer having a large monitor to work on and the cost/performance ratio of laptops was prohibitive when looking at a primary machine. Recently, I also have found myself wasting a lot of time in between shoots - either waiting for the next shoot to start, or on public transport twiddling my thumbs - that could be used much more effectively. So, I decided to invest in a new laptop, and my searches took me to the Dell XPS 15 UHD.

A Fine Art Look at the Ukrainian Revolution

On November 21st, 2013, peaceful protests began what would soon be known as the Ukrainian crisis. Over the coming days, the protests would become more lively, and a brutal crackdown would begin. The following three months would see Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, in a constant state of conflict between protesters and authorities. This would become known as the Euromaidan and would eventually lead to the Russian takeover of Crimea. Ukrainian Photographer Maxim Dondyuk took it upon himself to understand the situation and photograph the three months of violence in his home city of Kiev.