Let’s talk about how to win on Instagram this year.
Consider this: Over 10% of the world’s population is currently on Instagram. As of December 2017, they reported 800 million monthly active users. So if you’re a photographer who wants to extend your reach and you’re not on Instagram, you definitely should be.
Here’s the thing though: Most of us have an Instagram; it’s getting our work noticed that’s the biggest challenge. The dreaded algorithm is a fickle beast, and with each update seemingly punishes photographers by delivering their images to only a handful of people. Is it even possible to get noticed anymore? Read More
If you've just graduated, you're probably wondering what life has in store for you. I hope this article helps you realize you don't have to settle for a mundane career or lifestyle.
Here are 7 tips to help you live the life you dream of. Read More
Too many people spend their lives counting down the days until the weekend so they can bask in their temporary reprieve. Then it’s right back on the hamster wheel.
Some live their lives in comfortable ignorance, unaware of their true potential. They have it good; you can’t agonize over anything you don’t value.
But then there are those who know better, that feel like life is passing them by because they have so much to offer. Plagued by the fact that all of their creative energy is going to waste, they are tortured souls.
If this is you, I have good news: You can change that. Read More
A funny thought occurred to me as I was driving to the office this morning at 10:30am. (Don’t judge me, I was enjoying a lazy morning for once!) I realized that the majority of my current income is a direct result of being active on social media. How crazy is that?
I hear skeptics all the time talk about how you can’t make money online, or that you have to sell out and be a sleazy salesperson who takes advantage of people in order to profit. Read More
Eric Rubens is killing it on Instagram.
Take one look at his Instagram and you'll immediately see why. But while many photographers have great engagement on social media, that doesn't necessarily translate to dollars. For Eric, though, it does.
Read on to learn more about what it's like to be a full-time content creator. Read More
First off, I have to thank my friend Peter Price for making me aware that this lens even existed. We were discussing our lust for different lenses and I was complaining that, while I love my Fujinon lenses, they just didn’t quite have the narrow depth of field that I craved. Read More
Meet Cody McGibbon, a 26-year-old fashion photographer based in Orlando.
In 2015, Cody got started with photography, working as a server at a restaurant to support himself while working on his craft. After just two short years, he now shoots full-time. His portrait work has earned him a six-figure Instagram following, affording him the opportunity to work with dozens of notable brands, including the iconic Playboy; and he shows no signs of slowing down. Read More
A few weeks ago my photographer friend messaged me on Facebook, frazzled and freaking out. "My hard drive just crashed, all of my work for the past three years was on there."
Imagine if that were to happen to you. Years of your hard work, wiped out. Gone. Vanished. Read More
Do you ever feel down about your work?
Or maybe you constantly compare yourself to others and feel incompetent.
Or perhaps you sometimes feel like you're just not cut out for photography and you've been fooling yourself ever since you got into it. Read More
This is the story of one of my favorite photos I've ever taken.
I was on my way downtown to shoot one afternoon when I spotted an empty basketball court off the side of the road. I already had a location in mind, but something about the court just drew me in. Read More
So I quickly pulled off the road, parked, grabbed my gear, and walked onto the court. I looked up at the hoop and the first thing I envisioned was having someone sitting on it, looking off into the distance.
One question I get a lot (besides "What camera do you use?") is "What did you use to light that?" For probably 95% of the shots on my Instagram feed, the answer is the same: natural light.
A couple of benefits of working with natural light:
• You don't need to carry any heavy equipment & gear; all you need is your camera and lens.
• It forces you to work with what you have. You have to get creative and work with your surroundings; using pavement as a natural reflector or windows as diffusers, for example. This trains you to become proficient with recognizing where you can take great photos.
Let's take a look at some examples from a recent shoot I did: Read More
It's finally 2017! I have a lot of overarching goals for my photography business. But setting goals is the easy part; you have to have a clear strategy in how you're going to achieve those goals if you want to reach them. Here are five things I'm focusing my efforts on this year: Read More
I'm writing this end-of-year report for two reasons:
1) to reflect on the progress I made this year
2) to educate and inspire my readers to achieve success with their own creative side-hustles (photography or otherwise)
With that being said, let's get right into what I achieved this year and everything I learned along the way:
How Much I Made
First, let's talk about money. Money isn't everything, but it's the lifeblood of any business. Plus, let's face it, it's always interesting finding out how much people make. I disclose my income because I want to give people a realistic sense of how much you can make with photography as a side-hustle. This year, as of this writing... Read More
Imagine you’re invited to a party and you want to make a good impression on the guests. For starters, you probably want to dress well; your appearance is the first thing people will notice. After that, your social skills are a critical factor in how you well you connect with the people you meet. So what would happen then, if you were to walk into a party, well-dressed and all, go up to a group of people, and immediately start talking about yourself? Read More
First off, this is (according to my failing memory), the only Amazon review I've ever felt compelled to write, so that should give you a pretty good idea on just how amazing this camera is. Read More
Quick backstory: I've only been shooting for a couple of years. In 2014, I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon T3i. Within a few months I graduated to the Canon 6D, and a year or so later, the 5D Mark III.
Last July, I decided to embark on a simple mission: I was going to post a new photo on Instagram every day for one year. It’s called a Project 365, and the goal is to challenge yourself to consistently create and share something new with the world. Today is the last day of my Project 365. Read More
If you run your own business, then you have undoubtedly asked yourself this question before. Here's the dilemma: Do you put your prices on your site and risk undercutting yourself, or do you keep your prices off your site and risk alienating prospective clients who have a specific budget in mind? Read More
Since I last wrote about my gear over half a year ago, I thought it was time to update my blog on the gear I use now. One of the most common questions I get is, "What'd you shoot that with?" Although it's true that your gear is only part of the picture (ha!), I think it still helps to know what camera bodies and lenses are used to achieve certain shots. So here's an updated list. Read More
If you haven't heard of Long Exposure Photography, it's basically allowing your camera's shutter to stay open for long periods of time -- anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute or even longer -- allowing more light to enter your sensor.
So what's the big deal with long exposures? Read More
Most people think you need a high-end camera and the most expensive lenses on the market to get great looking photos. Although those definitely help, there's a much more affordable way to achieve the shots you're looking for. Read More