[Pho.Snap] Tripods for Photo & Video FAQ: Do you Need one, and When?

[Pho.Snap] Tripods for Photo & Video FAQ: Do you Need one, and When?

In general, you should buy a tripod if you want to start shooting commercially as many photography genres involve using a tripod, such as product and food. This is a worthwhile upgrade as it increases your production quality as a professional. In photography, tripods are typically used for stacking shots, long exposures and difficult shooting angles. In video, tripods are widely used to film yourself and to eliminate camera shake in footages, especially where fast motion is intended. For modern digital cameras, all cameras come with the same mount, thus any tripod would fit any camera.

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[Pho.Snap] When and Why to Buy an External Flash: Decision Guide!

[Pho.Snap] When and Why to Buy an External Flash: Decision Guide!

A good time to seriously consider getting a flash is when you are starting to get booked for paid photography gigs. Flash lights are often used by professional photographers because it is highly portable for on-location or outdoor shoots, in which the lighting conditions are often not ideal. Even where there is enough daylight, flash lights can be used to create artistic effects.

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[Pho.Snap] Camera Flash Zoom Explained: Why Use it, What Focal Length

[Pho.Snap] Camera Flash Zoom Explained: Why Use it, What Focal Length

The zoom function is built to save flash power when shooting close-up frames, to maintain a higher level of flash performance overall. It also makes possible creative decisions that result in dramatic lighting with high contrast. Under most circumstances, you should keep your flash zoomed to the same focal length as your lens, except in creative photography in which you have more room for experimentation.

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[Pho.Talk] Is Street Photography Creepy?

[Pho.Talk] Is Street Photography Creepy?

Firstly, street shots with an architectural focus are seldom creepy. Secondly, general streetscape shots that happen to include some people can be regarded as creepy. These are usually taken at a distance, which are considerably less creepy than the third, street portraits, in which the photographer isolates individuals or groups on streets to make a close-up capture. To overcome this uneasiness, the key is to stop caring about people’s reactions, time your shot, and be familiar with manual shooting.

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[Pho.Snap] Shutter Sound Explained: DSLR vs Mirrorless, Silent Shooting Modes

[Pho.Snap] Shutter Sound Explained: DSLR vs Mirrorless, Silent Shooting Modes

DSLRs make a clicking noise because they operate using a mechanical shutter; the mirror claps twice and back to its original position after every shot. It is not possible to get rid of it entirely, but manufacturers like Canon have come up with ‘soft-shooting’ modes. These modes make it possible to dampen or delay the clicking sound. Mirrorless cameras make a softer noise because of they don’t have mirrors and only run on electronic shutters.

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[Pho.Talk] Dress Code for Photographers: Events, Outdoor vs Studio Shoots

[Pho.Talk] Dress Code for Photographers: Events, Outdoor vs Studio Shoots

For event photography, it depends on whether you adopt a documentary or interactive approach; for the former, wearing neutral tones is essential in reducing intrusion to the candid moments. For outdoor shoots, pay attention to temperature, sunlight intensity, your working environment and pick clothes that allow you to stay dry and flexible throughout the shoot. For studio shoot, you can go for outfits that has more of your personality and also look professional.

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[Pho.Talk] The Definitive Guide to Starting the Photography Hobby

[Pho.Talk] The Definitive Guide to Starting the Photography Hobby

Photography is a fun hobby for many because it speaks to our innermost desire for beauty in this world we live in; the photography process can be very therapeutic to our dull daily routines. Photography does not have to be expensive although it can if you wish. Photography is not hard to pick up because it has something to offer to any skill level; the fact that many photographers are self-taught testifies to this. To start photography, you will need to find inspiration, get a camera, and start clicking. DSLRs are generally a good place to start the hobby.

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[Pho.Talk] The Art of Promoting and Selling for Photographers

[Pho.Talk] The Art of Promoting and Selling for Photographers

It is key to understand the ability to sell stems from within. In order to be effective in promoting your photography services, you must first put yourself in the appropriate state of mind, which does the selling for you. This state of mind manifests itself both before a potential client comes into contact and after. Once you are in this state of mind, all selling strategies and techniques subsequently falls into place.

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[Pho.Talk] Start Charging for your Photos when the Market does THIS!

[Pho.Talk] Start Charging for your Photos when the Market does THIS!

The single most reliable sign that you should start charging is when the market asks for your rates after seeing your work. Whether or not your photos are good enough is not the central issue - there is no objective way to assess this. Focus on putting yourself in a state of mind that enables you to convert every enquiry into a booking.

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[Pho.Edits] Professional Photographer’s Guide to Organising Photos

[Pho.Edits] Professional Photographer’s Guide to Organising Photos

The best, safest and cheapest way to store a large amount of digital files is using an external hard drive. This involves only a one-off investment that gives you total, physical control of your files. The most effective way of organising your folders is to adopt a folder structure with consistent naming conventions, further enhanced by the use of keywords or tags.

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[Pho.Talk] Share Photos with Clients the Professional Way (for FREE)

[Pho.Talk] Share Photos with Clients the Professional Way (for FREE)

Firstly, cull shots to remove technically-flawed images, then export them as jpg format. Upload the jpgs onto Pixiset by creating a client gallery, and share the gallery with the client. The client selects their favourite shots and notifies me about it. I edit their selected shots, export them as jpg and transfer through Google Drive. I then delete the photos after 30 days after they have been made available.

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[Pho.Talk] The Polite Response to Clients' Requests for Raw Files

[Pho.Talk] The Polite Response to Clients' Requests for Raw Files

A polite response consists of three main elements. Start by acknowledging your client’s concerns and expressing empathy. Then, explain how getting the raw files will not solve their concerns. You then go on to restate your boundaries, as it is important for the client to see that it is your business practices and this will gain you their respect. Lastly, you can counter-propose any alternative solutions to their concerns, if any.

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[Pho.Snap] Practical Ways to Using a Reflector Without an Assistant

[Pho.Snap] Practical Ways to Using a Reflector Without an Assistant

Here are two simple, cost-free ways to operate your reflector without an assistant. Firstly, press the shutter with one hand and hold the reflector in another. This requires you to be able to hold the camera steadily with one hand. Or, rest your reflector on objects found on set. This works best in locations with a considerable amount of sundries.

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[Pho.Talk] Journey to becoming a Freelance Photojournalist

[Pho.Talk] Journey to becoming a Freelance Photojournalist

Unlike in the old days before digitisation, today, photojournalism alone won’t pay your bills, at least for a large majority of photographers. However, you can totally make it work for you by doing it freelance and shooting other jobs at the same time. To be a photojournalist, master the basic technical camera skills, be assertive in shooting close up, train your eye for remarkable scenes, and maintain a strong work ethic. Start making money by selling photos via photo agencies.

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