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Is There Finally a Growth Hacking Tool for Photographers?

Last month, the creators of MotoCMS, an award winning DIY website building program, ran a Kickstarter campaign for Defrozo, a free display and marketing melding of Smugmug, ShootQ and Zenfolio. What could be more fun than putting up some photos and have the offers pour in, right? I was excited to get started. Look out, Big Boys, Defrozo is here, and it’s awesome!

This Photographer Took The Most Hilarious Beard Photo Series I've Ever Seen owner Lee Morris recently decided to shave his 5 month beard while having a little fun. Lee created 8 different "characters" with different lengths of facial hair and then released his unretouched images to the These photographers took these files and pushed them to the max, creating 8 hilarious final images.

Only 6 Seats Left in Pye and Justin's Wedding Photography Workshop

If you're planning on attending Lin and Jirsa's Ultimate Wedding Workshop 101 down in the Bahamas you will want to act fast. With only 6 seats left in this class, Pye and Justin will be covering proper exposure and how to shoot in manual, how to pose your couples, how to modify natural light, on and off camera flash, and much more. If you have seen the wedding work of Lin and Jirsa Weddings then you know Pye, Justin, and the rest of their team are at the pinnacle of the wedding genre. Their 101 workshop takes place May 13th through May 14th.

Critique the Community: Submit Your Best Architecture Photographs Here

In this next episode of Critique the Community, we'll be sitting down with Architectural Photographer, Mike Kelley. Mike is best known for his incredible light painting methods. In less than 5 years of owning a camera, he has gone from knowing very little about photography to shooting National Ad Campaigns for the Architecture industry. If you want Mike and us to consider your image for this episode, leave a link to your image within the community and we will give you our honest opinion.

Live Now on CreativeLive: Low Light Photography with Jared Polin

Jared Polin, aka FRO from FroKnowsPhoto, is teaching a free low-light photography course today through Wednesday on CreativeLive. Using a mix of live shoots and lectures, Jared's course will be a tremendous resource for beginner photographers seeking to confidently approach difficult low-lighting situation such as tight spaces, dark halls and live concerts.

Join the action here.
Live Now on CreativeLive: DIY Fashion and Editorial Photography with Amanda Diaz

When you think of conceptual, high-fashion photo shoots, you imagine big budgets. Turns out, couture shoot concepts don’t have to cost more than $100. Professional photographer Amanda Diaz is demonstrating how to do just that right now during her CreativeLive class aimed to help photographers concept, style, and capture stunning images on a true DIY budget.

Live Now: Lindsay Adler's Skin 101: Lighting, Retouching and Understanding Skin Course

Capturing beautiful skin tones is essential to any great portrait, yet skin is notoriously difficult to photograph and retouch. For the next 3 days on CreativeLive, you can join Lindsay to Learn how to handle your subject's skin and add polish to all of your portraits. For the next 3 days, Lindsay will take you through the essentials of understanding, lighting, photographing and retouching skin in all its variations.

Live Now on CreativeLive: Sue Bryce and Felix Kunze present The Lighting Challenge: Natural vs Studio

As a photographer, nothing defines your talent more than your ability to capture, create, and place the right light. Award-winning portrait photographer Sue Bryce joins studio lighting wunderkind Felix Kunze for a free, live, lighting masterclass covering the universally most-used portrait scenarios. You will learn how to work with both natural and studio light — so that you are prepared to walk into any environment and take a gorgeous photograph.

Only 4 More Days To Book Your Hotel For The Fstoppers Workshop

Time is quickly running out to book your hotel room for our first ever photography workshop in the Bahamas. You now have until Monday, April 28 to book your hotel room with the Fstoppers exclusive rate. If you book after Monday, the rooms will easily cost $450 per night so don't wait until the last minute!

Jim Garner Shares His Wedding Photography Techniques on CreativeLive

Today on CreativeLive, Award-winning wedding photographer Jim Garner is sharing hard-won industry secrets — learned from decades of experience — and guiding viewers through the creative process that has helped make a name for himself in the industry. Jim will explore tools and strategies that will make your workflow more streamlined and your studio more profitable. Plus, during live action photo shoots, you can watch Jim’s “story shooting” philosophy in action — as he demonstrates how posing, shooting, and lighting contribute to the strength of the visual story.

How to Mix Daylight with LED Light

In this video from The Slanted Lens, photographer Jay P Morgan takes you behind the scenes at East West Bank as he shoots a two camera interview of two executives. By mixing daylight with LED light, he shows you how to blend a single LED light source with natural window light while on location.

BTS "Year of the Horse" Shoot with Profoto Gear

I'm a huge fan of the Profoto gear. When I came across this behind the scenes video on Profoto's blog, I just had to share it with you guys. To kick off the "Year of the Horse" Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong came up with a creative shoot in the middle of the forest.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from!

As most of us are off spending time with our families and loved ones we want to wish all of our readers and fans a Happy Holiday season. Next February (2014) marks Fstoppers' 4th anniversary. It's unbelievable just how much we've grown thus far. With an amazing staff of writers putting out fresh and informative content each and every day, we have grown to over 10 million readers worldwide.

Last Day to Save on Kelby Cyber Weekend Deal

Today is the last day to save on photography training courses over at This is their biggest sale of the year so you don't want to pass this up. With over 700 hours of training from some of the best photographers in the world, they have discounted every subscription. Normally an annual subscription is $199 but they're offering $40 off and a monthly subscription is just $14.95.

FS Original: Mike Kelley Shows the Secrets to Shooting Architectural Images

It's been a while since we've released an Fstoppers original video, so today we want to take you behind the scenes with Mike Kelley. If you've been following Fstoppers then you know he's been a writer with us for a while and is also one of the most talented architectural photographers in the country. Mike's workflow and style is truly incredible and the amount of hours he spends on creating just one image is - as cheesy as it sounds - a work of art.

Fstoppers Party In NYC Tonight!

The last day of PDN's PhotoPlus is coming to an end tonight and what better way to celebrate than doing it with the best of the best in the industry. Because we just can't get enough of Peter Hurley, we're teaming up with him again to make this year's party EVEN better than last year. The party will kick off at 8pm until MIDNIGHT at the Highline lofts located at 508 W. 26 St. on the 5th Floor. We'll be charging a $20 cover but that will include all the food and alcohol you can consume.

Don't Miss creativeLIVE Photo Week!

Ready to pack in a ton of learning over six days? Then creativeLIVE Photo Week is for you. It convenes the best and brightest photographers working today, connecting you with your photographic favorites in real time. Broadcast over six days, Photo Week is one of the most ambitious events the photography industry has ever seen, and you can be a part of it.

How To Shoot A Sunrise Engagement Session

As a wedding photographer, the engagement session is probably one of the best ways to get to know your clients before spending 8 or more hours with them on their wedding day. These sessions are about the two of them as a couple and how they fell in love. Most of my sessions are held about 2 hours before the sun sets, but what about when you have a couple that wants to shoot at sunrise? I have to admit, I hardly ever get up any earlier than 9 AM most days, so the thought of being functional at 6 AM was terrifying. But the results? The light was beautiful and completely worth it.

$200 Off Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS Lens

Beginning now until September 7, B&H Photo is offering $200 off of the Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS lens. Normally it goes for almost $800 but right now it's $599.00. In our review of the 35mm, we found it to be pretty on par with the L glass in terms of performance. It's tack sharp, has image stabilization and is equipped with a quiet, fast and reliable autofocus motor. Also on sale for a limited time are the Canon 24mm f2.8 and the Canon 28mm f/2.8 lenses.

How Commercial Photographer Corey Rich Shot CrossFit

Guest writer, Corey Rich is primarily an outdoor/adventure photographer, but last winter he decided to do something totally different and shoot CrossFit—the masochistic athletic craze sweeping the nation. More than anything, he was keen to experiment with heavy-duty artificial lighting in an indoor environment–not exactly what he's known for. His goals were simply to elevate his lighting skills, unlock his creativity in different ways, learn some new things, and have fun in the process.