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Chris Ford

Chris Ford is a house husband and freelance writer, covering photography, music and entertainment. He is also a student of journalism at Florida A&M University. He also produces a podcast and writes comedy. You can follow him on Twitter @TopherMFord

DIY 101: How to Get Started with Product Photography

My role as a stay-at-home parent, along with my work as a blogger, means I’m stuck in the house more often than not. I love what I do, both as a writer and parent, but I do find myself lacking for photographic subjects. Everyone in my home, including the cats and dogs, seems to be camera shy. So I began to look for other photographic opportunities around the house.

Photo by Kaboompics

Photo by Kaboompics

Then I began to think. I like writing. I like taking photos. And I definitely like making extra money. I’ve been meaning to clean out some of the clutter in my office and around the house, and I figure I could sell a lot of the stuff that’s still good but is just collecting dust here in the house. Read more…

Getting Organized: My Experience Using Google+ Photos

Some time ago, I wrote a post covering different options for organizing and storing your photos. I did this as a first step toward getting my own photographic catalog in order. I decided to pull the trigger, so to speak, and give it a go.

Photo by Kaboompics

Photo by Kaboompics

I decided to start out with Google+ Photo. I’m already pretty invested in the Google ecosystem, so it seemed like a natural place to start. Google has a good track record for making clean, easy-to-use, and let us not forget free, services. Read more…

4 Photography “Tricks” That Should Be Quietly Retired

If you’ve ever felt the temptation to “improve” some of your photos with some special tricks, then you’re not alone. Many people with a passing interest in photography employ all manner of “extras” to give their photo some added visual interest.

Photo by Wilfred Iven

Photo by Wilfred Iven

Most of these tricks, however, are ham-fisted affectations that can not only ruin your photos, but mark you as an amateur who’s not to be taken seriously, neither as an artist or a professional. Read more…

The Sun Is Your Friend: Tips for Summer Photography

Summer is just around the corner, folks. As the sun decides to become a more active member of our daily lives, we — especially those of us with nice cameras and itchy shutter-release fingers — feel an increasing compulsion to awaken from our lazy autumn habits and venture outside.

Photo by Jandro Martinez

Photo by Jandro Martinez

And if you’re going to be outside, you might as well take a camera and document what you see. Being outside in well-lit environments offers near-limitless potential for memorable photographic opportunities. Read more…

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