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Another Instagrammer Jailed for Scaling the Pyramids

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Kehl Bayern] The desire on the part of some social media users for celebrity is a thirst that will likely never be quenched – unless people stop rewarding them for their bad behavior. In that spirit, we’re not going to tell you the specific creator behind this story but we will tell you the story nonetheless and you can follow our reference link below and do more research if you…

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The Rule of Thirds Is Overrated

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Clinton Lofthouse] The rule of thirds is completely overrated. There, I said it. Nope, I am not going to take it back. The day when I first picked up my camera and looked through my viewfinder to find the grid of thirds, I quickly thought to myself: “well, this seems to be a little too simple and predictable.” Every image with the composition or focus point lined up the same. I…

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Sara Bennett: LOOKING INSIDE: Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences

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Cross-posted from Lenscratch [by Aline Smithson] Sara Bennett is doing the important work of humanizing those behind prison walls. She has a legacy of considering subjects who have no voice, who have suffered at the hands of others, and those who have had their life change in a flash of bad choices. Her projects chronicle women during and after incarceration and the one that received the 2019 Critical Mass Top 50 nod was Looking Inside: Portraits of…

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7 Things Only the Photographer Cares About on Set

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Scott Choucino] Being a photographer comes with perils that only fellow photographers can relate to. Here are 7 things that only photographers care about on set. Let’s start with the biggest one. Creative directors rarely care about the laws of physics. All they want is the final image. Trying to explain to someone that they can’t have even lighting with dramatic shadows that is hard, specular, whilst remaining soft and diffused…

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These Profile Mistakes Could Cost You the Gig

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Ellie Coverdale] If you’re a member of a freelancing site, it’s important to learn all you can to maximize your chances of getting the freelance jobs you want. There are some mistakes by experts and beginners alike that affect their chances of getting hired — even when they’re the perfect fit for the position. Avoid them yourself, and set yourself up for success. If you’re missing any aspects of your…

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The Top Astronomical Events of 2020 for Astrophotography

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Michael DeStefano] Whether you are looking to get into astrophotography or take your skills to the next level, 2020 has lots of great astronomical events happening all over the world. Planning in advance and being in the right place at the right time is the first step to getting amazing shots. What the backyard astrophotographer can achieve these days is pretty impressive, and there are all kinds of photography and astronomy gadgets that…

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Photographer With 20 Years Sales Experience Responds to Critics About His Approach to Pricing

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Mike O’Leary] SLR Lounge’s Pye Jirsa has built a successful photography education business based on his success as a portrait and wedding photographer. There is no doubt that he has both the creative and business chops to offer accurate and informative advice on pricing and sales; however, some viewers don’t share his opinions. Pricing can be one of the most difficult aspects of a photography business to wrap one’s head around. It takes a lot of…

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Photo Book Proposals That Get Publishers’ Attention

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Cross-posted from PDN.  [By Holly Stuart Hughes]  “Book editors find ideas for photo books a number of ways: By sifting through submissions, by attending portfolio reviews and exhibitions, and on the recommendations of colleagues. But whether a photographer’s project is plucked from the slush pile or discovered in a magazine, the photographer is expected to submit a solid book proposal.   We asked three experienced art and photo book publishing professionals what they want to see:…

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Our Favorite Arts Photos of 2019

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Cross-posted from The New York Times.  “The jittery energy backstage at a Broadway theater 30 minutes before showtime, or in the seconds before the curtain rises at the Metropolitan Opera. Björk and Erykah Badu in all their regalia, and the happily-ever-after Swiss life of Tina Turner in retirement, but hardly retiring. Two lions in winter, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, remembering when they were cubs. These were some of the pictures that stayed with…

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How to Quadruple Your Portrait Profits

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Nicole York] Scottsdale, Arizona-based headshot photographer Tony Taafe went from selling $60,000 in his first year of business to $250,000 in his third, and he wants to help other photographers do the same thing. Taafe knows a few things about sales. Before becoming a photographer, Taafe was an award-winning sales associate in the UK for luxury car manufacturers Audi and Bentley. Those companies spent thousands of dollars teaching Taafe how to sell a luxury…

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