This Amateur Photographer Made Over $1 Million From His Hobby, by Jeff Rose

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Aug 262019
 

Some people start businesses that they can’t get off the ground. Others – like Marc Andre – start hobbies, and turn them into million-dollar ventures. It’s an interesting story for anyone who has a hobby they’re particularly passionate about, and has ever contemplated the possibility of monetizing it.

Now I don’t want to give the wrong impression here. Marc wasn’t the classic hobbyist, like someone collecting numismatic coins or doing deep sea diving in their spare time. He had a hobby for sure, which was photography. But the million-dollar payoff came by applying certain business strategies to that hobby.

The Basic Dilemma: Photography Isn’t Where the Money’s At

Photography is often advanced as an example of a hobby that can be turned into a profitable business. But in reality, that’s a tall order. There are some high-profile photographers who make serious money, but the vast majority earn very little. The technology is more advanced than ever, but the competition is incredibly thick. 

Anyone with a smart phone can take decent quality photos either for themselves or for others. And if you need a hard-to-find photo, there’s always a web platform where you can get it cheap or even free of charge.

Marc never did delve deep into the business of photography. Despite his ultimate million-dollar success, he never considered himself to be more than an amateur. He’s never even sold photos or done professional work for clients. 

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Top 10 USA Photography Destinations for Summer 2019

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Jul 022019
 
Photo: Richard Sisk

It’s now officially summer. The weather is warm and the opportunity is hot for travel and photographing some of the best places this country has to offer. There are countless destinations to visit and photograph, but some destinations stand out over others, as premiere hubs for adventure. 

Here are the top ten USA photography destinations for summer 2019, all of which offer some of the best locations for photography.  

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Why the Hasselblad CFV II 50C is the Perfect Weapon to Fight Fujifilm JUN 27, 2019 , by Usman Dawood

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Jun 272019
 

Fujifilm is the largest medium format camera manufacturer in the world. Its resources are vast and the experience it has as a company is extensive. Hasselblad, on the other hand, is a tiny Swedish company that solely produces niche high-value cameras. This may seem like a David and Goliath type story, but considering the sheer differences in size between the two companies, this is more of a David and Godzilla type story.  

Recently Fujifilm released its highly-anticipated 100mp medium format camera, the GFX 100. This camera is incredible for a number of reasons. When the development was first announced last year at Photokina, I was impressed by the vast number of features and the extremely reasonable price point. Yes, it is relatively expensive, but at $10,000, it’s the cheapest 100-megapixel camera on the market by a huge margin.

Since  Hasselblad is the only competitor to Fujifilm when it comes to mirrorless medium format cameras, many photographers were waiting for its response. Unfortunately, being the much smaller company, it’s difficult to compete in specifications alone, so the latest camera from Hasselblad has been met with more of a lukewarm reception

The first thing is the build quality, which is simply stunning — it’s a true return to form for Hasselblad when it comes to the build and design. The solid metal construction and leatherette finish are very reminiscent of the classic Hasselblad cameras. Simply put, this camera is astoundingly beautiful, and Hasselblad has used its design as a means to differentiate themselves in the market.

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10 Tips for Shooting Epic Drone Photos, by Albert Dros

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Jun 262019
 

Aerial photography is a different game than photographing from the ground. It’s much more difficult and slower to make a composition and you have to think of all kinds of rules and limitations to get your shot. However, drones opened up many new angles and possibilities when it comes to photography.

I love new technology and I love drones. I mainly use the small drones (Mavic 1 ProMavic 2 Pro) because they’re easy to bring with me in my backpack. I have been photographing with drones for a while now and I want to share some tips on how to take a good photo with your drone.

Making a Living in Photography in the Age of Social Media, by Christopher Malcolm

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Jun 262019
 

After finding myself in yet another strange new world last week, I began to reflect on the future of photography and steps necessary to protect the profession we love.

The other night I went to a promotional event for a well known fitness brand. Not the biggest name in the market, but large enough to afford some rather posh retail space in higher rent districts of major cities for their stores to thrive. A growing company with an upscale product. Perusing the shelf, I noticed a pair of sweatpants coming in at a healthy $130.

How I was invited is somewhat unbeknownst to me. I am a commercial fitness and activewear photographer. I’ve been banging on this particular company’s metaphorical door for a couple years now. Sending promos pieces and cold calls in their direction. I like the brand and would love an assignment. But this particular invite wasn’t to fulfill a brief. I was strictly there as a guest.

They were offering a free fitness class and mini-reception at one of their stores in an upstairs fitness studio that I didn’t even know existed. Being both a fitness fanatic and a cheap bastard, the offer of free sweat generation was too much to pass by. I also figured it might be a good time to do a bit of networking, unintentionally intentionally dropping my own name and photographic specialty into every conversation just in case it might somehow make its way into the right set of ears.

I didn’t really know what to expect and the invite was a bit vague. But it was a Thursday night, and my internet (and thus Netflix) was on the blink, so my remaining options were digging into my DVD collection or going out for a bit of adventure. I chose the latter.

Fujifilm X-T3 Versus X-T2: Which Camera Should You Buy?

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Feb 072019
 

When a new camera comes out, one of the most common questions I see is whether it’s worth upgrading to or not. This I think is a very reasonable and fair question because in many cases now, new cameras tend to be minor updates as opposed full on upgrades. Based on that, how does the Fujifilm X-T3 compare to the X-T2 and is it worth paying slightly more for the upgrade?

Personally, I feel that Fujifilm make some of the best APS-C cameras currently available. This is precisely why I’m such a fan of their cameras. The X-T2 was such a fantastic camera and currently its price point makes it a fantastic value for the money. It offers incredible image quality with some very useful video features. Fuji did such a good job with that camera that it’s going to take something pretty special to beat it.

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The best free Photoshop plugins for photographers: 52 to choose from!

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Dec 282018
 

Useful and creative plugins to add to your Photoshop toolbox

Adobe Photoshop is still the go-to piece of software for artworkers and photographers looking to improve and edit their images. 

However, while its suite of functions is impressive, there are some things you can’t do with the native software alone. Or, if you can, there might be certain ways you’d like to use those tools which it doesn’t accommodate very easily.

Thankfully, there is a great variety of plugins you can add on to Photoshop out there, to increase the range of functions available to you as you work on your images. While some of these are paid-for, there’s still an impressive selection of plugins you can get for absolutely free.

We’ve assembled this list of the 52 best free Photoshop plugins for photographers that we’ve found, so hopefully you’ll find something to suit your needs in here.

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These Most Stunning Wildlife Photos of 2018 Will Make You Feel Many Things, by Hilary Brueck

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Dec 282018
 
(© Sergey Gorshkov – Highly commended, Animals in Their Environment)

Marsel van Oosten slipped and stumbled over logs, struggling to lug his camera gear through the verdant mountain forests of China.

Undeterred, he pressed on, finally capturing a stunning photo of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys, an eye-catching shot that would win him £10,000.

Breathtaking photos of the natural world can bring attention to endangered species, highlight important environmental issues, or simply fascinate us as they reveal the world’s bizarre and beautiful creatures.

Each year, the Natural History Museum in London crowns one lucky camera-holder Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The 2018 prize brings van Oosten international recognition, along with the pile of cash. (Judges also award a Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year who’s under the age of 18.)

Other images that made the list of winners and finalists this year depict a mother gorilla mourning her dead babe, owls that found refuge in a rusty urban spot, and a Caribbean flamingo behind the steering wheel of a car.

Take a look at these stunning photos of the world’s most fantastic beasts from the 2018 contest.

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Our new camera predictions for 2019, by Matt Golowczynski

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Dec 282018
 

2018 was a far busier year for the photography industry than many anticipated, with some expected releases finally surfacing and some unexpected announcements (looking at you, L-mount alliance) alongside. So what do we reckon 2019 will throw our way?

Some manufactures have been open about their intentions for their systems, and so we already know of a handful of cameras and lenses that should be confirmed. But what else might we see? We’ve pooled together what we know for sure with our predictions for the next twelve months.

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OBJECT OF DESIRE: CAMRANGER MINI, by Greg Scoblete

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Dec 282018
 

Connect the CamRanger mini via USB to your Canon or Nikon DSLR and you can unlock a bevy of remote control options on your mobile device using the CamRanger’s ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. As the name suggests, the mini is a downsized version of the original CamRanger, but you’ll find more than just less size. The mini has a longer Wi-Fi range, faster speed and is less expensive than the original.

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$400 Camera vs $4,000 Camera: Can a Pro Photog Tell the Difference?, by Michael Zhang

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Oct 242018
 

Photographer and YouTube star Peter McKinnon decided to do an experiment on whether you can create top-quality content using entry-level camera gear. He had a pro photographer see if he could distinguish between photos from a $400 camera and those of a $4,000 camera.

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Going Doc-Style with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro on Robbie Williams’ Europe Tour

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Nov 282017
 

Many filmmakers, including myself are hesitant about using the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and URSA Mini 4.6K cameras in documentary environments, but James Tonkin of Hangman proves us wrong, taking the URSA cameras into the battlefield of Robbie William’s European Tour 2017.

James Tonik’s URSA Mini Pro with a Letus gimbal and remote focus rig

James Tonkin was recently tasked to document Williams’ 2017 European tour in its entirety. From rehearsals through to live shows, to the all-important backstage moments with Robbie Williams, Tonkin’s primary camera choices were the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and URSA Mini 4.6K as well as the RED Weapon. For some run and gun filmmakers this might not be the first choice of camera systems when it comes to filming documentaries. In comparison to others, they have drawbacks in lowlight situations and handling. But from a quality standpoint the choice certainly makes sense, if one can make them work documentary style – and Tonkin did.

With a relationship spanning 16 years, Tonkin already had a unique understanding of when and where to capture the tours most potent moments. Furthermore preparation ahead of the tour alongside an understanding of the end goal was imperative for delivering a high-quality production that would meet the brief.

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Zenit is Back! First Look at New 50mm f/0.95, 50mm f/1.2, and 85mm f/1.2

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Sep 172017
 

News broke back in February that Russian camera manufacturer Zenit was going to come back and take on Leica in the luxury camera market. But the first Zenit products to see the light of day aren’t cameras, it’s three very fast KMZ/Zenit lenses: the Zenitar 50mm f/0.95, 50mm f/1.2, and 85mm f/1.2.

Photo Rumors initially spotted the lenses last week on Russian photographer Denis Gavrilov’s website (translated link). And when we got in touch with Gavrilov to ask permission to share the images, he was kind enough to upload even more!

So let’s take the new lenses one by one, starting with the fastest of them.

Zenitar 50mm f/0.95

No doubt meant to give mere mortals an affordable alternative to the much lusted-after Noctilux (although, we hope, at a significantly lower price tag), the Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 is meant for Sony’s FE mirrorless cameras.

Sporting 9 elements in 8 groups, the lens’s 14 aperture blades in 2 levels surprised Gavrilov. The lens will supposedly arrive sometime in 2017 and run you close to $500… so yes, just a touch cheaper than the $9,700 Noctilux.

Here are a few more shots of the lens:

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Indiecam nakedEYE is First Compact VR RAW Camera – 12bit 4k 60p

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Sep 152016
 

At IBC 2016, Indiecam presented their version of a VR camera. True to their roots, the nakedEYE is a small, lightweight and all-manual VR RAW camera. 

Austria-based Indiecam develops and manufactures high-quality miniature action cameras for filmmakers. Their RAW action cameras have been used on dozens of famous productions, like Ron Howard’s Rush or Into the Heart of the Sea.

The Indiecam nakedEYE is the logical next step when it comes to miniature RAW cameras. But according to managing director Raphael Barth this VR RAW Camera is just the first step in their move towards Virtual Reality Acquisition.

While a resolution of 4K is rather limiting when it comes to a full 360° VR image, the intriguing attributes about the Indiecam nakedEYE VR RAW Camera are:

  • Full Manual Controls
  • Global Shutter
  • High Dynamic Range and good low-light performance
  • 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW
  • 2 lens construction for an easy workflow
  • 2x 2K square sensors (4K 60p)

To me this looks like a very important step in professional VR production. While this seems to be the “Digital Bolex of VR cameras”, it surely is heading in the right direction for larger formats to come.

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Carl Zeiss Lenses Amazing Stress Tests

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Nov 292014
 

Camera and cine lenses need to operate perfectly in extreme conditions, withstanding everything from scorching heat and bitter cold to sandstorms and severe vibrations. The video shows how Carl Zeiss researchers systematically submit lenses to extreme stresses in order to arrive at findings that can help in future lens design and development. The video was shot with a Sony NEX-FS100 and Carl Zeiss ZF.2 SLR lenses with an F to E mount adapter.

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How To Be Creative with John Cleese

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Oct 212014
 
One of my favorite performers is the very funny John Cleese.
Here shares some wisdom on the fascinating subject of creativity…
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HDR Tutorial by Manny using Lightroom 4 and Photomatix Pro 4.2

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Oct 252012
 

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Apr 272012
 

This is obvious but essential. As tempting as it may be to shoot free hand (or from the hip),if you want good, sharp HDR images you need to stabilize your camera. Ideally, use a sturdy tripod, or in a pinch, set the camera down on a solid surface.

 

 

Second, some of your over exposed frames need to capture shadow details and you may actually be shooting at shutter speeds so long that you can have difficulties holding the camera steady. So in addition to creating problems aligning frames that shifted due to the camera changing position between frames, you may also have frames that are blurry due to long exposure times. These will have a negative affect on the merge process and image sharpness.In addition to a sturdy tripod or solid surface to mount the camera, you will also want to minimize any movement caused by you touching the camera between shots. This can be accomplished a number of ways, the easiest of which is to use the self timer or a cable release trigger to fire the camera. Another option that several professionals use is Promote Remote www.promotesystems.com. This device plugs-in to your camera and actually takes over the bracketing and exposure controls. This is a huge benefit for Canon shooters with cameras that only support 3 shot bracketing.Of course if you really want to get picky and you are shooting with a D-SLR, you’ll mount the camera on a weighted tripod with a sturdy ball head, put the camera in Mirror-Up mode and use the cable release or Promote Remote to fire the camera. This adds an extra delay between the moment the mirror goes up and when the shutter opens, reducing any additional vibration caused by the mirror flipping up and down.Don’t forget, if you are using Vibration Reduction, Image Stabilized or Steady Shot lenses, turn this feature off when the camera is attached to a tripod. You don’t want to induce lens movement when the camera isn’t moving.There are some promising new camera and sensor technologies on the horizon that will allow for very fast sequential exposures that may eventually get us to the point of having a virtual 1-click HDR series that can be captured freehand without the need for a tripod. Until then, its better to not hold your breath and just use the reliable tripod.

 

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10 Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

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Mar 152011
 

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HDR Video Demonstration Using Two Canon 5D mark II’s

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Nov 202010
 

This is a very rare example of HDR High Definition video! Do you like it or not?

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