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Go Ahead And Call Yourself A Photographer, It’s All Right

In the short time since I went pro (read: started making money) with my creative work, I’ve experienced a truly disheartening amount of judgment — snobbish judgment, most of it full of contradictions designed to place some creatives above others based on entirely arbitrary criteria that benefit the speaker and put up a wall of mystery and privilege between people who like to take pictures and the “photographer” label.

Photo by  Adrian Egger

Photo by Adrian Egger

I think that’s a whole lot of bull. I think old-school (and some new-school who like to think they’re old-school) creatives feel threatened in many ways by how much more accessible their field of work has become in recent years — decades — and are determined to defend themselves by attacking others’ methods instead of simply taking a step back and realizing that accessibility won’t hurt them. It won’t. Read more…

20 Awe-Inspiring Photographer Promo Videos to Create a Buzz Around Your Brand

The idea of this compilation  post was born while I was writing the article with tips for getting more word-of-mouth for photography brand. There, I told you that a promo video is one of the best ways to tell clients your story and to show yourself off while shooting and during the creative process. Moreover, a well-made promo clip can create a huge buzz for your brand.

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Let’s talk a bit about how to get started. The very first thing you should do before making a video is creating a good story. You can tell your potential clients about your life, family, house, previous jobs, how you became a photographer, your other hobbies, and other things that matter to you. Do it in your own style by mixing it with some personal photos to seem more open. Read more…

Defrozo Giveaway: Comment for a Chance to Win Premium Ebook

Update : we understand that creating your photography portfolio takes time and effort, that’s why we’re extending the giveaway for two more weeks. On September 17, we’ll announce three winners of our premium ebooks. Roll in!

Photo by Kyrylo Korol

Photo by Kyrylo Korol

And since we have two entries at the moment, both of them are winners! Congrats, Julia and Ivan! We’ll get in touch with you by email shortly. Read more…

Top 5 Best Smartphones for Photography in 2014

In just a quarter decade’s time the cellular phone has morphed from being a novelty item like a car phone to powerful “smart” machines capable of more than anyone imagined. According to the latest Pew Research poll, 90 percent of Americans have a cell phone, and 58 percent of Americans have a smartphone.

Photo by Bob Vonderau

Photo by Bob Vonderau

Nearly all cell phones and smartphones have built-in cameras, and this convenience has turned almost every person with one into a photo-journalist, documenting their own lives. Check out the following five phones if you’re looking to satisfy the budding photo-bug in you. Read more…

How to Alienate Photography Models in Five Easy Steps

Back in June, I decided to try my hand at modeling.

Photo by Mila Ritz

Photo by Mila Ritz

Now, this is not completely new — I’ve been modeling for myself (with my mom pressing the shutter button, as I don’t have a remote and have never mastered the self-timer) for about six years now, on and off since I got my first (and only) DSLR. I’ve modeled for my blog and my Lookbook.nu and Chictopia accounts. Since March of 2013, I’ve modeled accessories and jewelry and clothing for small, lovely, independent designers and sellers. As a product review, I’ve modeled a thing or two for bigger brands. Read more…

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