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PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate.

Aug 23 2017
If anyone is interested the above software is available on Amazon ( uk ) at the very good price of £39.61.
Could not resist. Ditched Photoshop CC.

Aperture and Shutter speed priority

Jul 26 2017
Hi to all members, I am using a Fujifilm SL1000 bridge camera and have stuck to the Auto settings. Now I would like to progress, and understand Aperture, Shutter Speed priority as well as ISO settings. I have looked at a few examples on social media, and I find it quite daunting (I know, a thicko). In view of this I would like a DUMMIES explanation on this subject, as I am struggling to comprehend. Many thanks in advance.

The Most Active Discussions Today

Jul 26 2017
Model railroading is my main hobby but it does give me many subjects for my photography. I enjoy taking photos of my structures and towns as much as I enjoy building them. These are HO scale and on my layout.
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Alec Soth

Jul 3 2017
Really liking Alec Soth's work and his philosophy on photography:

Great articles here:

I think what I like most about it is the sense of story in the images.


monthly competition

Jun 21 2017
Does anyone know why the monthly contests have stopped. I thought these were a good idea, as it gave you a theme to work on if you were going through a mental block. Please can we have them back Barbara.

Forcing Inspiration

Jun 19 2017

Was looking for inspiration and decided to go for a walk with just my Macro lens. I find if I limit myself to just one lens with limited capability it forces me to be creative when I shoot. How do you force creative inspiration? Here are some samples of photos I took:
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Circular Croppng

Jun 19 2017
Can someone point me to software that does a circular crop?
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I've read that you can do in in Office, but I failed to comprehend and excecute this approach

Shooting Your First Wedding - Equipment You Will Need

May 24 2017
A few months ago I posted a thread on shooting your first wedding. This is a followup thread regarding the bare minimum equipment you will need to get the job done as a professional. 

When I shot my first wedding I used my 70 -300mm lens for portraits of the bride and groom and also to capture imitate moments during the ceremony. 

My other go to lens was my 17-50mm. I used this for my most of my wedding party, bridesmaids, groomsmen and bride and groom photos. 

A crucial piece of equipment you will need is an external flash. I'm partial to the Nikon Speedlight such as my SB 910. Since a wedding shoots spans the entire day you will need it for fill flash while shooting outside in the noon and midday sun. You will need it for reception photos since it will most likely be dark inside. Though some artistic shots without a flash with a long shutter time are cool! 

Make sure you have batteries for your camera and flash. I carry 5 batteries at a minimum for my camera and also the charger in the bag. You will burn juice from your camera batteries fast using your flash and due to the amount of frames you will be taking. 

If you have any advice for shooting a wedding please share your thoughts and images. 

Here are some samples of images from my first wedding shoot:

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Street photography

May 21 2017
Hi there!
Few days ago i was inspired by a renowned photographer : John Free.Fohn Free's work is amazing,not by nowadays technical standards maybe, but by the way he captures emotion an by his philosophy on photographing people.He's organic,friendly and manages to captures the essence.
I was inspired by his philosophy,that as photographer you must destroy you brain's barriers and push yourself to get amazing captures, push yourself more and more in feeling unconfortable when people look at you with suspicion when you point the camera towards them.You must find a way breaking that wall, engage in conversation and win trust
I must admit i felt very unconfortable but it felt very rewarding because i only could get that kind of pictures only by overcoming that feeling of awkwardness.
Here i attach a few pictures from my experience on the street!
How do you guys feel about photographing people on the street?
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Thinking about going Mirrorless

May 19 2017
Howdie folks!
I have been shooting with a DLSR for the past 12 years and always loved it. Lately however I see more and more colleagues replacing their DLSR's for mirrorless systemcamera's. And I must say, next to the loss of a lot of weight, costs and space, the quality of their photography is still great! Are mirrorless camera's starting to pass by the DLSR?? For a while I have been saving up for a better DLSR camera, but now I am actually researching to go into a complete new system.
Although Mirrorless comes out as the loser in this article, I think the mirrorless will pass the DLSR very quick in the near future.

Do you guys have any experience with these? What do you think?

Macro Photography

May 17 2017

Macro photography is interesting since its a way to see your subject really up close and personal. You can buy used manual lenses that will work with your digital camera for less than 50 dollars. The key to macro photography is using a tripod and a cable release. If you have any macro shots please share them. Your subjects are limitless. 

Here are a few samples of flower photos I took with my Micro NIKKOR 55mm manual macro lens:

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Thinking about shooting film

May 15 2017
Hi everyone!
I know there among us guys that are experienced with shooting film that would be in position to give me some recomandations.It's been almost 1 month now since i started hunting for a film camera able to shoot 120/220 film.There are so many options, wich makes it very hard to decide.It should fit a 500-600$ budget.
So far i'm stuck on these options: Pentacon six,pentax 67 and the more pricey  Mamiya 645. I plan to use this rarely, just for portraits ,because i love the look of MF and because i became obsessed of the skintones produced by Portra 
What would be your pick guys for this price range?
Thank you!

The Cheap photo-tricks share!

May 11 2017
In my opinion every photographer should have some great tricks in his arsenal. Simple fast things to boost up a portrait or give a picture some extra flare. Anyway; always good to experiment; especially if it's with cheap household products! 
I came across this video:  ( the vaseline trick I would only do on a very cheap filter!!) 

I got my own few tricks up my sleeve. One of them is that I've shot a few portraits with 4 TL-lamps, looks great in the eyes in my opinion! (and because of the warm color-temperature you can make the white in the back blue if you correct it right). Check out some pics here:

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Do you have any simple but cool tricks to share? I would love to hear them!

How many risk would you take for the 'perfect shot .

May 11 2017
Hi everybody!
Yesterday a friend of mine mentioned the death of a young guy who slipped and fell from a crane he was climbing, just to get a beautiful shot. Now I know many of us are badass; i lie around in the dirt or climb and balance on unstable tables and chairs all the time.
Here a google search with great pictures of how weird photographers can get

But when do thing go to far? When he told me the story I automatically thought about Joe Mcnally:
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And the story he tells about this shot and getting high

What do you guys think? And what is the furthest you've gone to get 'the perfect shot' ?


May 9 2017
Hello Everyone,

Hope all is well. Spring is in full gear and the squirrels are busy being out and about. Squirrels are some of my favorite subjects to photograph. I enjoy the challenge since they don't stay still for long. They also make good models when they are still, since they are curious creatures by nature and will tolerate me being in close proximity to them. I thought it would be interesting for us to post our squirrel photos. I will start things off with a few of my images.

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Most impressive photography books (Wishlist)

May 3 2017
Hi there all!
Over the years I have been very lucky to have had a lot of great photography books in my hands (great books of art and inspiration by great men; not instruction manuals, although they sometimes can be great as well; its not what i am talking about here). On my shell I have a few, including "dogs" by Elliot Erwitt, "The moment it clicks" and "The Hot Shoe Diaries" by Joe McNally, and "Heaven to Hell" by LaChapelle. 
Hwever: On my wishlist are still two (which both are very expensive) : Waits / Corbijn, and the most impressive one:
"Before they pass away" by Jimmy Nelson.

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The story behind this book is most fascinating, although it has also gotten a lot of criticism.
There is a backstage trailer about this book here

But now:  I am of course always looking for more Wink
What is on your shelf and what is on your wishlist? I would love to hear some great inspiration!

Building your own camera

May 2 2017
Hi everyone!

I got remembered that a while ago I made my own pinhole camera:
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(necessities: an empty can of beer, an empty box of matches, a plastick clicker, a needle and some duct-tape - and one full and one empty photoroll )
I followed these instructions:
The results weren't great (because i kept on forgetting to roll the photo further!) but it was a lot of fun!

I got remembered as I saw this video of Chase Jarvis with a Lego camera: Chase with a lego cam

Did you ever do this? How were your results?

Creative Live Photoshop Week

May 1 2017
Hi guys!
I have no experience with these yet but it all seems free if you watch em Live (after they will cost a lot of money). These are all kinds of lessons in photography and photoshop. 
I am going to check it out later but already wanted to share it in case one of you is also interested.

Have fun!

Making money with photography on the road

Apr 27 2017
Hey there!

This will be quite a long 'commercial-door2door-businessman-kind of' story.
Sorry about that, but I hope somebody can get something out of it. 

As I started travelling full-time almost a year ago I ended working for most of my Dutch clients.
These days I have to be quite creative when it comes to making money, as most of the jobs are cold approach.
Next to working online, I get photography jobs like this: 

- Research: i check online for businesses and their pictures(or the lacking of).
I mostly go for restaurants (could also be a hairdresser, hostel, beautyshop ; anything where they appreciate and understand the importance of high quality visual content).
- Go there in the morning as it is the most likely time the owner is there. (don't negotiate with employees; it will only waste your time - i tell you this out of experience). (bring some relative portfolio pieces; digital is fine)
- Tell them you're a photographer and you saw their website. Without telling them their pictures suck (they know) , tell them you think you can create some beautiful pictures there.
- Offer them to shoot some pictures with the;  "if you like them, you can buy them from me. If you don't like them; no hard feelings. 
I find that a lot of people otherwise say no, as they are not going to hire a total stranger without social proof.
- Go there for the shoot at the moment the businessowner told you is the best time to do so. And shoot; do your best to be mister social as well as shooting great pictures. 
- After the shoot don't go home! Do the post-processing in the restaurant so the contact is still warm. If you come back a few days later I've noticed prices are always lower or sometimes they all the sudden have some nephew or friend of a friend who is going to shoot the pictures. You need the contact to be warm. 
- Negotiate with the owner: Prices vary on the country you are in, how well you did and what kind of person you are and you are negotiating with. 

For now this seems to work quite alright; depending on where you are of course. Some countries are really hard to land a decent job as there is already so much great photography out there ( I've noticed Denmark and Luxembourg.. ), and sometimes it's hard if you don't speak the same language although if you speak it a little it can actually work in your advantage (noticed this in France and Spain). 

Other ideas I have but have not tested yet:
- Be like a caricaturist on a busy street; but instead with a photobooth. Caricature Style photography/editing. Print right away on mobile printer. 

- This one I haven't figured out completely yet, although i can imagine there is something here:
if there is a business-event with a lot of businessmen offer the organizers of the event to shoot some pictures for free.
In the meantime bring loads of old memory cards (128mb/256mb) (with your contact info on it) with enough memory left over to shoot at least 20 pictures. Start taking pictures of the crowd with your normal memory cards.
As soon as you meet a person who is enthusiastic of getting their picture (I always meet people in these kind of events that want you to email them their picture) offer them to shoot their LinkedIn-profile picture. Do a fast 5 minute shoot (with one of the small memory cards) with them somewhere quiet in the back. (or you can actually do it with your normal memory card if you are going to post-process it on your laptop in the event) and sell him the memory card with their picture. 
As I am typing this I am not sure how this would work, if you have an idea I would love to hear your suggestions.

How about you guys; what are the weirdest ways you made money with photography? 
My friend was the intern of a photographer who, every time if he didn't have a commercial job planned for the day just decided to do something spontaneous. For example: he ran to the flower shop; bought a bunch of flowers, made some great photographs and sold the pictures to the police station the next day where he had a shoot (true story). They hung them in their hallways
Yesterday I met a guy here in the hostel and he is travelling through Europe by making really cool 360* videos for companies. Same way I am doing with the photography of restaurants, although he chases the higher-end businesses. 

I would love to hear your ideas/ ways on how to achieve to get photography jobs without having steady clients (great ways to get a portfolio as a beginner as well!)