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20 Myths About Becoming a Pro Photographer (And their solutions!)

Photographer gives tips to a model during a studio shoot with lighting mods.Starting out as a pro photographer is very exciting.  It’s fun to realize that a photography hobby can also be a great way to earn a little extra money on the side.  Unfortunately, I have seen dozens and dozens of photographers start out with all the excitement in the world, but eventually fail as a pro photographer.  Oh, and I’d hardly exclude myself from this group.  The reason I’m writing these myths is because I’ve made nearly every mistake on this page.

Sometimes the failure means they simply don’t find enough clients, sometimes that failure means getting sued, sometimes that failure means losing more than you gain, but most often…. that failure occurs when–one year into running the side business–the photographer realizes that it just isn’t bringing in enough money to be worth her time.

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Hasselblad Cuts Prices, Makes Owning Medium Format Cheap(er)

Now your new Hasselblad could cost 22% less at Imaging Insider

The cost of owning one of the world’s most coveted high-end cameras has just been dramatically
reduced, following the launch of a landmark global marketing initiative by Hasselblad.

The makers of the world’s most advanced camera system have announced plans to cut the
cost of ownership on a number of models – including a massive 22.9% off the entry-point
H4D-31 (with 35-90mm lens) and 20.59% off the company’s ‘ultimate photography tool’, the
60 megapixel H4D-60 camera.

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Why Digital Cameras Have a 30 Minute Video Recording Limit and How it Will Soon Change

One of the significant upgrades in Canon’s $3500 5D Mark III DSLR was the extension of the video recording limit from 12 minutes to just under 30 minutes. In the 5D Mark II, 1080p video clips could not be longer than 12 minutes due to the 4GB size limit in the FAT32 file system. DSLRs of that era–the first to record high-definition video–also weren’t optimized for video capture, so the processors would overheat after extended periods of recording. That’s a problem that still exists today in more compact mirrorless cameras that shoot in 720p or 1080p (like the Sony NEX 7). A 12 minute cap might not have affected professionals using DSLRs for TV shows and independent films–where most individual shots don’t last longer than a few minutes–but we definitely felt that crunch when shooting our iPad autopsy video. Newer cameras overcome heating issues with redesigned interior hardware arrangement, and the 12 minute FAT 32 cap is negated with seamless file spanning. But the 30 minute continuous recording cap still stands. And it turns out that it’s completely arbitrary.

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Light Meters | Learn How to Use Light Meters in Photography

One of the key tools in your photographic artist’s palette is the light meter. This essential item provides you with exact lighting information so you can properly set your exposures (which could be over-exposed by +1.5 stops or under exposed by -2 stops; it’s all a creative choice that must be strictly controlled to get the artistic and aesthetic quality that you’re seeking). Since you want to precisely measure the brightness of a particular scene, you need to be aware of how to do it properly. The computerized meter inside your camera can and will be tricked in a variety of lighting situations (too much black or too much white). Hand-held Light Meters will alleviate problems associated with the camera’s meter and give you better control of your exposures.

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Finding an Audience for Your Photos.-

Finding an Audience for Your Photos

by Harold Davis, January 2011 (updated June 2011)


  Intro Image: High rankings in Google Images have driven interest in this photo of mine, leading to a number of lucrative licensing deals for the image (and my related photos).

Every time I get together with a group of serious photographers, sooner or later the talk turns to how tough it is to make a living as a photographer, and how things are only getting harder. There’s some truth to this—but then again it has always been hard to make money as a photographer.

True, if you ignore the digital era trends that are ongoing and in place—and there will be more on the specifics of these trends later in this column—you will fall by the wayside and get lost in the shuffle. There is no doubt that the world is changing, and has changed irrevocably, and we all feel it. But these changes bring great opportunities, as well as challenges.

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Assembling The Leica M9

Assembling The Leica M9

Put Together a Killer Go Bag This Weekend

Put Together a Killer Go Bag This Weekend


Although we love a good home workspace, mobility is key for many of us and that requires a solid, well-organized, gadget-filled go bag. If you have yet to put one together, yours is a little lacking, or you just want to make a few updates, we’ve got you covered with plenty of strategies, suggestions, and examples.

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Urban photography: a one-day itinerary for capturing a city – travel tips and articles – Lonely Planet

  • Richard I’Anson
  • Lonely Planet Author

Fireworks over Washington Monument during July 4 celebrations.

  • Liulu China Museum in French Concession.
  • People watching cricket on big screen at Federation Square.
  • Detail of mural on wall in Little Havana.
  • Longhua Temple.
  • Customer buying fish at waterfront fish market.
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The urban environment of the world’s towns and cities provides easy access to the greatest variety of subject matter. In the time it takes to walk a block or two, you can photograph panoramic skylines; people up close, at work or at play; abstract architectural details; frenetic street activity; and peaceful park scenes.

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Painting with light and strobe bullet time. on Vimeo

via Painting with light and strobe bullet time. on Vimeo.

Painting with light and strobe bullet time. on Vimeo on Vimeo

On Line Color Challenge – How Low Can You Go?

Hint, women score lower (better) then most men.

FM 100 Hue Test.

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