Boys and girls. Valentine’s day is on a Saturday this year. Today is the 7th and it’s exactly one week away. Are you going to be ready? Made your reservations yet? If your significant other is an avid photographer, we’d like to lend you a hand with the gift. Here are 10 gift ideas for photographers. Most are available on Amazon Prime so you know they’ll arrive on time.
This is pretty much a guaranteed hit with your wife, girlfriend, or potential leading lady. Many of my female friends happen to love this camera. This Instax Mini 8 comes in pink, yellow, baby blue, white, and black. It’s a instant film camera that shoots credit card sized photos. I’ve raved about the Fujifilm Instax & Instax Mini line for years. Now, for the women reading this and looking for something for her leading man, there are more masculine versions in black, in piano black, or in even classier versions of silver & black or silver & brown.
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We had some great feedback from models about our last article, 5 Tips for Working with Professional Models and we thought we’d do more of the same. Our goal with the Model Q&As and Photographer Q&As has been to improve communication and understanding between these two groups of artists in order to create better images. I’ve listed my five personal pet peeves when working with models during photo shoots and provided advice to models on how to avoid those pitfalls. They’re really common sense tips that sometimes needs to be reiterated.
5. Deleting My Photos, Straight From My Camera
Different photographers will have differing opinions about this, but it seems perfectly fair and good manners to show your model the photos during a shoot. Not every few minutes of course, and always with a disclaimer that the images will look very different after post-processing (I underexpose a lot of my shots in camera). But if you delete my photos from my camera while I have my back turned, that’s just not cool.
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After being an avid Instagram user for several months and over saturating my account with numerous photos I decided it was time to try another photo sharing social network, Flickr. I was starting to become more serious about my photography and I was tired of seeing scantily clad females, photos of over-priced gourmet coffee from across the country, #ootd (outfit of the day), and shameless selfies to name a few. I thought that creating a Flickr account would help inspire me to grow as a photographer, which in turn it did.
At first glance, many of the images posted on Flickr are really well composed and edited as well as have a slightly more professional feel in comparison to those on Instagram. Some of the photographers I follow are present on both social media sharing sites. Other photographers still have a preference to only one specific photo site.
Here is a list of my top 10 favorite Flickr photographers:
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Even though Flickr and 500px are the most famous social networks for photographers there are actually a whole bunch of other websites dedicated to bringing the most “photographer-friendly” experience as they can offer. I have tested a lot of them so I wanted to share my experience and opinion. It is only what I saw and experienced so it might be different from your own experience as each and every single photographer has different priorities.
I have talked about Shutterstock, GettyImages, Digital photo magazine, CrowMedia, My-Art and Fine Art America in the “Publishing, Exhibiting and Selling your Photos” article. They are all printed and/or online magazines or dedicated platforms for high quality pictures to be sold. Here, it is more about the social interactivity that each networks bring to their users.
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