Destination Wedding Survival Guide for Photographers

Have you considered offering destination wedding photography to your clients but questioned the amount of work and risks involved? We will dive deep in this article, covering various topics to help you succeed on your first destination wedding assignment. The topics covered include:
  • Planning and what to bring.
  • Scouting and how to use your time on location efficiently.
  • Capturing the wedding day and beyond.
  • Understanding the client experience and your role as photographer.
Destination weddings are not always sunshine and rainbows. What do you do when the weather forecast shows rain for the entire week? How will you reassure your
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Do a Background Check When Shooting a Wildlife Photo

When photographing wildlife — much like hiring a new employee or going on a date with someone you met online — it’s essential to do a background check. What is behind the animal that you’re photographing? The background can completely make or break an image. It’s essentially the canvas that you’re painting the rest of your picture on top of. By paying more attention to what’s going on back there you can vastly improve your images. I’m going to show you four photos. They all feature the same Tenerife Lizard and were all taken a handful of seconds apart. The
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Teaching Photographic Style

I’ve been thinking about photography and personal style and the different ways to teach it. I’m trying to help, share and guide people along their way in finding their unique photographic style. Seeing if I can find that quick fix, that beaten path someone else has already made for us. Sadly over the many years of reflection and research, I’ve found that there is no blue pill. Coming to terms with this, I’ve been looking inwards on how I found my own style. I’ve been sharing my experiences and how I came to it in hopes it will help someone
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Did You Know That a Reflector Can Do This?

Did you know that you can bend your reflector to change the quality of the light on your subject?

Held in the concave position, the light becomes more concentrated – this option results in a very sculptured look, giving the image an editorial feel.

Held in the convex position — this option delivers a soft window light effect, giving a gentle and friendly ambiance.

Held in the neutral (i.e. flat) position – this option creates a natural feel with a moderate light source, providing good tonal gradation.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the three different looks:

Concave (left), convex
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How to Grow an Organic Instagram Following as a Landscape Photog

If you are a landscape photographer trying to get your work out there, you have surely heard about that one big imaging platform called Instagram. So you made yourself a profile and started sharing all the gorgeous work that you worked hard for and suddenly you wonder: why is nobody liking my images and why do I have 50 followers while others have thousands and just keep growing?

There isn’t just one single reason for this — it’s actually many, and I’ll try to cover some of them here in this article, giving some tips along the way that have

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What I Learned From a 5-Week Photo Trip Around the United States

I just returned from a 5-week photography trip. I had a few weeks off work between contracts and figured why not hit the road instead of paying insane rent in the SF Bay area! It was still a great idea in hindsight. However, it wasn’t all bliss and glory all-day-every-day. From a photography aspect, it was highly unproductive in my opinion. Did I get some banger shots? Hell yeah, I did. But I got them at the same rate I did when I was at home doing photography locally. If I went out every day, I would expect 1 or
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How to Make a Pro Photo Portfolio

Thinking of putting together a professional photo portfolio as a high-impact way of sharing your work with potential clients? Check out this informative and inspiring 5-minute video by photographer Caleb Kerr, who recently built a portfolio of his own and put together a helpful walkthrough for anyone interested in doing the same. “Having a beautiful way to present my photos in person has been something I’ve wanted for a long time, but creating a photography print portfolio was daunting,” Kerr writes. “I finally made it happen, and here’s a look at the process.” Here’s a quick look at
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This Simple Posing Trick Makes People Instantly Look Thinner

Photographer Niels Kemp recently asked wedding photographer and Nikon ambassador Brett Florens for his best piece of advice for beginning photographers. His answer was the simple portrait posing trick in the 2.5-minute video above. “One of the main questions I get asked as a photographer is ‘Can you make me look thin?’,” Florens says. He then proceeds to demonstrate how he uses the angle of his subject’s face and body in relation to the light to control how thin they look in resulting photos. You can see for yourself how the trick works in the video above, but
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10 Things I Learned from Irving Penn

Irving Penn is either the best or second best portrait photographer of all time. Depending on the day, he’s either ahead of or behind Richard Avedon. At least that’s what I think. Mr. Penn’s resume is stacked, to say the least. He shot for Vogue from 1943 to 2009, creating 165 covers – more than any other photographer in history. That’s 66 years! He made some of the most iconic photographic portraits in history, including those of Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Truman Capote.

Instead of ‘Finding’ Your Passion, Try ‘Developing’ It: Stanford Scientists

If you think you may have a passion for photography, try “developing” that passion instead of “finding” it. The shift in mindset could help keep you from giving up when the going gets tough. That’s what Stanford psychologists have concluded after doing a study on the age-old advice of “finding your passion.” In a new paper that will be published in the journal Psychological Science, the researchers state that that advice may actually limit people’s pursuit of new fields and cause them to give up when they face challenges. “Mantras like ‘find your passion’ carry hidden implications, the
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Why You Don’t Put a Cheap Filter on an Expensive Lens

I recently took my Sony A7 III and a rented $2,500 Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens to the 2018 Montreal GP. A friend of mine had recommended that I use a polarizer. I remembered that I had a pack of 77mm Vivitar Series 1 filters that came with my 24-105mm, so I threw that onto the 100-400mm and started shooting, completely zoomed at 400mm.
A photo shot with the cheap CPL filter.
A photo shot without a filter.
Crops of the above photos. Cheap CPL (left) compared to no CPL (right).
It was bright out, so
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Your Camera Already Has the Most Important Feature

There is something all-newcomer photographers tend to do: they either dream of camera gear or buy a lot of it. When I started in photography I went through the same thing. I thought that I needed all the lenses that my idols used. I believed I needed the highest megapixel camera, with all the video features just in case a potential client wanted video. But over time, with age came wisdom. The amateur compensates with the many, where the master relies on the few. One camera, one lens, one light, focusing on the moment. Capturing what matters instead of focusing
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Playing 3rd Wheel to a Camera: 6 Tips for Partners of Photographers

The sky was still dark when we left our lodgings in northeast England. My husband, photographer Luke Collins, carefully drove the narrow hedge-lined roads. I closed my eyes for a few more precious moments of sleep. “Why am I doing this?” I wondered. I’ve wondered this many times while partaking in Luke’s photo expeditions — during a bitterly cold winter sunrise in Utah, on a treacherous hike a razor’s edge from a raging river in Iceland, while climbing to a mountain lake at dusk in Colorado. Finally, we arrive at our destination. It’s still dark, dewy, and cold.
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6 Reasons Why Your Photos Aren’t Razor Sharp

Picture this: you come home after a great day out photographing and you’re excited to look through all the beautiful images you’ve captured. However, after importing them you realize that they’re all garbage because they’re blurry. I’m sure you’ve experienced that, as have the majority of us. Personally, I’ve had to throw away several promising images due to them not being sharp. In a perfect world, you’d come home after every session with 100% of the images being tack sharp but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. However, there are certain elements you should be aware of and take into consideration
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5 Post-Processing Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

Looking back at my early photography, I shake my head in embarrassment. I know I should be proud of the fact that I’ve come a long way since then, but it’s hard not to notice just how poorly processed those images are. I’m sure I’m not alone. Post-processing is a big part of digital photography and most likely you process your images in one way or another as well. But are you making the most out of it? Are you making your images look better or worse? I often look at hundreds of images daily and there are a few
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Laws of Light: Shooting in Direct Sun

The Difficulty of Shooting in Direct Sun

A lot of the times when you’re shooting in direct sun, it’s very harsh on your subject’s face. Many people try not to put themselves in this situation because of it. Sometimes you have no choice, or maybe you like the location a lot so you have to put up with the challenge. Without any equipment, the sun can create harsh shadows and an unflattering look on your talent.

Find Shade

One solution is to find shade. Somewhere that will cover you and so your exposure doesn’t have to be so blown out.
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Start Printing Your Photos Today: Here Are Essential Tips and Tricks

In this video and article, I’ll share everything you need to know to start printing your photographs perfectly today! Whether you’re using a lab or your own printer, I’ve got some tips to help you out. Printing your own pictures is a truly satisfying experience. It is the final step to creating an image and brings the work to life. I genuinely believe that photography is an art and when you print out a picture and hold it in your hand, it is difficult to argue that it is not. You can see and feel the amount of work that
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We Asked Wedding Photographers for Their Top Business Tips

My name is Andy Hudson, and I’m the co-founder of Photographers Keeping it Real. We recently asked our Facebook group for one golden rule of business they believed hugely important. As you’d expect, we got some “golden egg” answers and some more on the dog egg side of the spectrum, but the latter ones weren’t serious and quite amusing — like “remember to take the lens cap off,” for example (hah!). Here are our top business tips for wedding photographers courtesy of our awesome community, in their words:
Charli Palmer So my golden rule of business is to only
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8 Important Things to Know Before Booking a Photography Tour

Attending a photography tour is a great way to develop your photography by learning from a professional photographer in a destination you’ve dreamed of visiting. Not only that, it’s also a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and perhaps even make friends for life. But in order for it to be a positive (maybe even life-changing) experience, you need to investigate a little before booking. With the influx of photographers and tour operators offering photography-related tours, the line between a good and bad experience can be thin. While most leave with positive memories, I’ve heard several horror stories
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Here’s How Instagram Actually Ranks Your Photos

Instagram experience major user backlash after it abandoned its reverse chronological feed back in 2016, and many users these days are still wishing for its return. If you’re one of them, here’s an interesting factoid that may change your mind: the chronological feed was making users miss 50% of their friends’ posts.

The Downside of Chronological

TechCrunch was given a behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram’s mysterious algorithm actually works in ranking posts and figuring out which ones to show you. “Instagram users were missing 70 percent of all posts and 50 percent of their friends’ posts before the app
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