Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:51

Review: Gary Fong GearGaurd Security System

Written by Ibarionex Perello
The threat of theft is a serious concern for any photographer, especially for those of us who've invested a good amount of money into our camera systems. Though a lot can be accomplished using some common sense, it's not always possible to keep an eye on your equipment, especially when you are in the midst of a shoot.
Leave it to a grandmother to find a way to put your life into perspective. I had always collected antique tintypes and old photographic prints but it wasn't until my grandmother handed me a stack of photos of my own family that the importance of what I do for a living really sank in. What I do is just as much about time as it is about art and as I sat and looked at these photos, some 100 or more years old, I started asking myself questions about how present day portrait photographers handle their business, how they treat their clients and where their priorities lie.
Monday, 12 December 2011 09:38

Adapt or Die: The Business of Photography

Written by Chris Grey
So, here we are, looking at the imminent closure of a favorite website for many of us, ProPhotoResource. I've totally enjoyed my affiliation with Cris Mitchell and, most certainly, with you, my audience and PPR subscribers. You have been extremely supportive of my efforts to explain the subtleties of light to you, and your comments, kind or otherwise, spurred me to explore light even more deeply. I can't thank you enough.
Thursday, 08 December 2011 15:22

Chrome Niko Camera Bag Review

Written by Ibarionex Perello
My equipment closet is where camera bags go to die. Empty except for a stray body cap or an expired roll of film (yes, some of the bags are that old!), they consist of all types of bags: shoulder bags, backpacks, slingbags and more. At some point, they held the promise of being the definitive bag, the last bag that I would ever need. That of course is a fool's errand, because realistically the best bag is like the best lens. It's only the best when it's the right choice for the job.
Monday, 21 November 2011 20:44

A Photographer's Pricing Exercise

Written by Sal Cincotta
Here is an exercise you need to go through in order to understand the importance of pricing. Let's start with an engagement session. We shoot our engagement sessions on location and usually spend about an hour and a half with the client. We then edit the images—let's say that takes us an hour. Then, after about two weeks, the client comes in to see their pictures and we spend an additional two hours reviewing and picking their images. At this point, we have 4.5 hours invested in the shoot.
Step #1 - Start the job - Develop the Raw file in Lightroom In order to write about a portrait processing session, you first need a good portrait photo, so I asked my friend and colleague Julia Kuzmenko ( to send me one of her excellent portraits and gladly, she agreed. This photo was taken in very warm lighting conditions, so I decided to cool it. 
Monday, 07 November 2011 09:20

Using Portable Flash Outdoors

Written by Dan Bailey
As an outdoor photographer, I love the beautiful, sometimes subtle, often bold hues of natural light. After all, there is nothing so magical, wonderful, serene, dramatic, calming, forceful, edgy and peaceful as the diverse illumination that comes from our Sun. The different angles and qualities of light that our setting sun, our rising sun, our partially hidden sun, our totally blocked sun, our mid day sun and our invisible sun give us make for unlimited diversity of photographic opportunities. Our sun provides us with a lifetime of shooting possibilities.
This is the fourth (and last) in a series of articles and accompanying videos that detail my approach to fine art nude photography. In this installment I will show you why I don't use a light meter when shooting fine art nudes. I will talk about the "value of gray" and why you should ALWAYS shoot RAW when doing this type of work. Special emphasis will be given to the techniques that you see in the images displayed here as well as on my web site
In today's digital world, the end game for most photography is the computer screen. Whether it's on Facebook, Flickr, or some other photo sharing service, the reality is that fewer prints are being made even by those photographers who consider themselves serious enthusiasts or even professionals. I have to count myself among the many photographers who have found themselves making fewer and fewer prints.
CEO and Co-Founder of Tal Ninio shares some insight on DNG Camera Profiles and how to use Cross Camera and Creative profiles to bring out the most in your images.
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