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What's in my camera bag?

photography Feb 08, 2017

I get a lot of emails from photographers saying that they want to get started with their photography career but they don't have the funds to buy all of the equipment. I want to share what I have in my camera bag so you can see that it doesn't take a lot of fancy equipment to capture amazing photos.


-Nikon D750, full frame           

-Nikon D7000, crop frame

First, I'd like to mention that it doesn't matter what brand of camera you have. Some people are diehard Cannon fans, while others swear by Nikon. What does matter is how you use lighting and composition to capture an image and the editing techniques you use in post. 

My Nikon D750 is my main camera and absolutely love it. I use the Nikon D7000 as my backup camera. When I first started out in photography, I shot with a Nikon D3200 and a kit lens for about two years. That just goes to show that you can start small with your equipment and work your way up with time.


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6 Ways Photographers Can Deal With Online Trolls

photography Feb 07, 2017

You wake up in a good mood, sit down with your morning coffee, open your favorite social media account, and then you see it.  

You rub your eyes, put down your coffee and read it again. 

In an instant, all of your good cheer is robbed by the worst of all online viruses: The Internet Troll.

In today's Internet age, it's almost impossible to hide from these prolific goons. Click on almost any link or photo on a social media network and you'll see the work of a hate-spewing Internet troll. These people scour comment sections, forums, chat rooms, and any other open communication platform online for the opportunity to verbally attack other users. Their main purpose is to illicit anger, inflict pain, or incite arguments with their aggressive, negative comments.

How can you deal with online trolls on your photography page?

Well, you have a few choices:

1. Ignore

Like a drunk muscle head at a bar looking for a fight, Internet trolls are out seeking attention. If you deny these...

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Adobe is raising it's prices in these countries...

photoshop Feb 03, 2017

Adobe CC Subscription will soon be raised by Adobe. You won't be affected until your subscription renews in these countries. If you have the monthly plan your rate will be adjusted starting May 1, 2017. If you're on the yearly plan, your rate will be adjusted when your subscription renews.

Press Release from Adobe:

Adobe and currency fluctuations

Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years.  Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Specifically, we lowered prices on Adobe products sold in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in December 2015.  Starting on May 1, 2016, the price of Adobe products in Australia, New Zealand, India, Norway, Turkey, and Brazil will be increased.  Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.

When do the product prices increase in Australia, New Zealand,...

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5 Best Website Builders for Photographers

website builders Jan 20, 2017

There are several website builders out there that you can use to create your professional photography page. Choosing the right one for you depends on the features you want and the usability you are most comfortable with. Below are the top 5 website builders for photographers and the main characteristics of each one.


Squarespaces wins a lot of points for being easy to use. Many themes come included with Squarespace, and its drag-and-drop feature makes building a website simple even for beginners. Moreover, Squarespace is relatively affordable and their templates are optimized for mobile devices.  

However, if you want your website to be more customizable, Squarespace may not be the best choice since outside integrations are difficult to implement.    

Squarespace pricing starts as low 12 dollars a month when billed yearly for a site to host a portfolio or 18 dollars a month billed yearly for the business option that allows a business to sell products...

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Everything you need to know about Stock Images in compositing

compositing Jan 10, 2017

Looking for and choosing stock images can be one of the most overwhelming aspects to creating composites. Knowing which stock sites to use, searching within the stock sites, choosing photo sizes and resolution, deciding which images will work best for your particular composite, learning licensing and rules, etc. can make the whole process time consuming and confusing.

Stock Sites

Doing an online search for “stock websites” will pull up so many options that your head may start spinning. To help with the selection process, I have listed my personal favorite stock sites below. If you happen upon a site that you love, be sure to bookmark it so you can go back when you're ready to begin your composite.

Before I discuss my favorite sites, I want to mention one very important thing. Before downloading an image ALWAYS read all of the licensing and rules and make sure you are willing to follow them. The worst thing that you can do is head straight to your search engine image...

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Recreating Dances with Elephant

compositing photoshop Jan 09, 2017

I recently completed a composite image and posted it on the Tara Lesher group Facebook page. I called it Dances with Elephant. I thought it was a pretty nice image, probably one of my better composites, and hoped that a few people would like it.

I was totally overwhelmed by the reaction it received; you guys really loved it and some of the comments were really amazing. I'd like to share with you all how I came up with the idea for the composite and the elements I used to make it. Hopefully you will enjoy it and pick up a few tips that you can use in your own work. 

Now I don't know about you, but I love animals, and elephants are my absolute favorite. They are such majestic creatures. I am a sucker for pictures of elephants, and over the past year or so, I have taken pictures of them in zoos I've visited and also collected heaps of images from different stock sites. When I tell you that I have a lot of pictures of Elephants...I mean A LOT.

Like a lot of you guys,...

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What to Look for in a Strong Photography Contract

contracts Dec 14, 2016

By Sean Tshikororo of DIYtheLAW

When it comes to writing your own contract for photography services, don’t get caught up in trying to use a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo. Regardless of the industry, it is applicable to, a good services agreement is one that is clear, concise, and easily understandable. That said, there are definitely a few things you want to keep in mind as you begin to draft your own photography contract.

1. The Parties

Start your agreement by defining the parties to the agreement. Are you entering into the agreement personally or on behalf of your business? Be very clear with this. If you formed an LLC for your photography business you want to be sure that you clearly state the client is entering into the agreement with your LLC and not you personally (list yourself as the Representative of your LLC).  You also want to make sure you list the contact details for each party to the agreement. Include phone number, email address, and also the legal mailing...

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From Crosseyed to Butterflies: How to turn an unique capture into an unforgettable image

compositing newborn Nov 22, 2016

What happens when the baby you are photographing notices her own nose and crosses her eyes in the picture? Well, if you are Britany Denoncour you take the cross-eyed picture as the perfect opportunity to create a whimsical, one-of-a-kind image. Britney specializes in newborn and baby photography, and she caused quite a sensation when she posted a creative composite image in our Compositing Facebook Group of baby Mariah checking out a butterfly sitting at the tip of her nose.  

Sometimes the most unlikely photos can make the best subjects for a composite image. With a little imagination, Britany was able to turn a silly, and somewhat blooper photo, into an unforgettable image that delights everyone who see it.

Britany suggests swaddling babies before laying them down in position to be photographed. To recreate Britany’s image, you can try placing a toy directly in front of the baby’s nose and slowly bringing it closer and then pulling it away a few times to...

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3 Mistakes Photographers Make and How to Avoid Them

photography Nov 10, 2016

As a photographer, I've made a number of mistakes. Years later, I still mess up but it's a good thing because I'm still a photographer and I'm still learning. 

If you don't mess up, then you aren't working hard enough. If you aren't pushing yourself to your limits and seeing what you're capable of, you're simply playing it safe.

Our mistakes matter less than we think. A bad photo session doesn't define our careers. You've probably found typos in my emails but that doesn't mean it's the end for me. I'm writing this because there are actually four specific mistakes photographers make over and over that actually can bring things to a screeching halt. Luckily, they can easily be remedied and it's up to use to make them or not. So if you find your self doing any of these three, here's what you can do instead.

1. Don't have a niche

The first thing you were probably told was to have a niche before you start. It was probably prefaced with things like "Just shoot everything" and then...

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01: How to find your photographic niche: Interview with Carrie Ann Grippo-Pike

photography podcast Nov 08, 2016

How to Find your Photographic Niche: Carrie Ann Grippo-Pike

 While many photographers pick up cameras later in life and try to find a way to transition towards a full time photography career, Carrie was born with a camera in hand and majored in photography, and started her business after graduating from college. 

She was immediately hired as a full-time Staff Photojournalist at her local newspaper and worked there for 14 years before leaving to dedicate 100% of her time to her own photography business.

Carrie made the transition as physical newspapers were being replaced by all things digital. She made the decision to quit before they had the opportunity to be laid off.

After 500 people were laid off from from the station, she knew she had made the right decision. After success with portraiture she found her calling photographing wildlife. That quickly turned into requests for digital backgrounds and unique wildlife photos. 

Does this sound like your story?


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