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10 things I wish someone had told me about becoming a freelancer
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When I started shooting several years ago, I never imagined I would be able to make my hobby an actual career…however, this career choice did not come without its obstacles. Here are a few things I wish I had known about before I became a freelancer. 1. Its lonely. Sure, being your own boss, making […]

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Taking photos at Florida’s amazing springs – Swimming in a natural lazy river
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The last time the family and I were in Florida I was less than impressed with the photo opportunities available (see Florida – Worst Place In The World To Take Good Photos). Several readers suggested that I needed to get away from Florida’s tourist trap attractions and visit some of the state’s more natural areas […]

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Here’s how to use light to convey different emotions in your work
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There are plenty of factors that can convey the emotion want to express through your image. While light is one of the essential components for creating a photo in the first place – it also contributes a lot when it comes to the emotional impact. In this video, Jay P. Morgan shares four aspects of […]

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New featurette reveals some of the technical challenges making Blade Runner 2049
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Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel to the 1982 hit Bladerunner, is, unsurprisingly getting a lot of people very excited. As bits of information about the film comes out here and there, it just heightens the anticipation. A new featurette released recently builds that up even more. Showing some incredibly beautiful shots, but also offering […]

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Laguna Beach changes Non-Commercial photo permit rule after complaints of the public
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The news that LagunaBeach requires a permit for shooting in public places has caused a lot of stir. After strong reactions from the public, it turns out that the problem was – inaccurate choice of words. Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson told OCWeekly that the permit only applies who photographers and filmmakers who […]

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A professional photographer’s review of the OnePlus 5’s camera
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I was lucky enough to be contacted at the end of April by OnePlus to be part of the shooting campaign for the new OnePlus 5. At the end of April, I received a working prototype of the OnePlus 5 and my duty was to test the camera, giving some feedback to the company and […]

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Quick tip for maximizing the usable distance of your C-Stand
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The standard setup of a C-stand is to put the longest, largest leg under the arm so the whole thing doesn’t tip over. This is a correct way, but Jay P. Morgan suggests you another one, which will help you maximize the usable length of the arm, and still keep the C-stand stable. When you […]

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A review of the Olympus STF-8 twin macro flash system for Micro Four Thirds
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Last year, Olympus Singapore loaned me a pre-launch unit of their new STF-8 Twin Macro Flash, together with their OMD-EM1 Mk1 and M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro for a test-run in the field. I’ve had the set for about a week — it was easy to use and the results were pretty good, although […]

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Break the rules of your lenses’ main purpose to increase creativity
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Generally speaking, different lenses have different purposes. For example, a 50mm or an 85mm are often used for portraits, while wider lenses like 24mm are best for landscapes, architecture and interiors. However, there are times when you can (and should) break the unwritten rules and rethink the purpose of your lenses. Guys from Mango Street […]

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This photographer and his new bride recreated their own wedding’s first kiss around the world
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Everybody wants to have special photography of their wedding. Particularly the first kiss. Some people will spend a fortune finding and hiring just the right photographer. Somebody to create images they know they will love for decades. For Thailand based photographer, Keow Wee Loong, the right photographer was himself. You might remember Keow for similar shenanigans […]

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Use GoPro parts to build the perfect monitor DSLR mount
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Getting a monitor on a DSLR* can be tricky. Base plates, cages, and magic arms all come to mind. If you want something a little more compact, cold-shoe ball mount is the go-to option. Caleb Pike has a sweet little solution that uses GoPro parts that make a mount that only tilts and does not rotate […]

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