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The Photographer’s Quarter Life Crisis And How to Get Past It

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There may come a time in your life as a photographer when you suddenly find your own photographs distasteful. This is a time when you feel restless, frustrated, and dissatisfied with the images you’ve recently created. If there was a photographer’s quarter-life /midlife crisis, this would probably be it. There are two ways to approach this dilemma. You can end your dream of being a world class photographer and sell your gear at a ridiculously low price or you can try to find ways to get out of this seemingly twilight zone you’ve gotten yourself into. The question though is how.

5 Photo Apps Every iPhone Photographer Will Want to Try

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With the arrival of new iPhone models and the improvements (however marginal) to the built-in camera, there is always a renewed interest in photography related apps that expand the usability of the native camera app or that are in some other way of use to photographers. There are lots of cool, practical, innovative, and fun apps out there to choose from — here are 5 that I find particularly worth your consideration.

Say Goodbye to Khaki: Clothing Ideas for Women (Nature) Photographers

Sweetness in the Woods ©Sheen's Nature Photography

Nature photographers are not out there to make a fashion statement with our clothing and gear. They don’t have to settle for khaki, light khaki and dark khaki with a few black accessories thrown in. Nature is about mother nature’s color and creativity, I don’t think she expects those capturing that beauty to blend in with the dirt. I’m aware that some folks wear clothes to blend in as to not scare the wildlife. We need durability, comfort, pockets, dirt resistant, water repellant, water resistant and a few more requirements many of you could add. Let’s look at some of these outdoor active clothing retailers and some of their pieces that may work for you in the field.

Going Deep: 7 Features Hidden Inside Your Camera’s Menu System That You Should Know

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For a photographer brought up on steam powered film cameras, modern day DSLRs seem like science fiction to me. Fifteen years ago, camera functions were limited by the number dials, buttons and levers that could be built into the body. The modern digital camera discards that limitation by the inclusion of a menu system that add a huge range of enhancing features to it. Today we are going to take a brief look at some of the goodies that may be buried deep inside your cameras interface.

Do It Yourself: Make Your Own Light Tent On The Cheap

Light Tent on The Cheap by Rob Marquardt

Light tents are super useful tools to keep around the studio (or house). They’re great for all kinds of photos ranging from product photography to macro work. What makes a light tent more special than, say, using just a reflector is that they are able to flood your subject with soft, diffused light, effectively eliminating shadows. Light tents are also incredibly easy to make using items you can find laying around your house. Follow the steps below to learn how to make your own light tent.

3 Photographic Special Effects You Can Create Without the Help of Photoshop

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What do you think of when you hear the term “special effects”? Given the ubiquity of “Photoshopped” images in our culture, I suppose we have to forgive people who immediately and singularly relate photographic special effects to digital manipulation. In a pre-Photoshop world, photographers had to endure hours of darkroom work in order to achieve the look they desired for their photos. These days any one of us can totally transform an image in a matter of a few keystrokes and mouse-clicks. But there are, in fact, special effects of a certain kind than can be achieved in-camera — no fancy software needed.

Stuck for Ideas? Try These 7 Creative Ideas for a Photography Project

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An idea is a powerful thing. Every creative process starts with an idea. But as a creative bunch, we all have been through times when we couldn’t get to an idea even when our life depended on it. That is why you are probably reading this article – since you decided to find ideas with the help of your favorite buddy: the internet. Whether it is a full scale project, or a small series of images, these ideas might help you out.

How to Build Your Momentum and Use it to Accomplish Your Photographic Goals

By Anthony DeLorenzo

Most people who are successful at whatever they do, are good at goals. Setting them and meeting them. The more frequently and quickly that happens, usually the more successful that person is in whatever they’re trying to do. This is momentum. The process of continually setting and accomplishing goals is momentum. And it’s as real for photographers as for anyone else. When a goal is met, there’s a spark of emotional energy released for the pursuit of the next goal. In this way, we can ride the wave of momentum.

7 Latest Web Design Trends for Photography Websites in 2014

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In today’s world websites play bigger part than a practical communication. They are supposed to drive attention, traffic and sales, especially in photography business. Fortunately for photographers, along with the development of the web, a lot of new opportunities have come into scene. For instance, a few years ago we could not even imagine a system that will allow us to create a functional nice websites without knowing how to code, but today it’s reality. In this article I’m going to determinate the top web design trends of this year and show how they can be useful for photography websites.