Tips for Better Real Estate or Architectural Photography

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Real estate photography is a bit of right of passage. Some of my first paid photography jobs were for realtors that needed photos for their listings. I still do real estate photography on occasion, but I usually hold out for the higher end properties that demand a higher end photography to show them off.

If you have shot interiors before, you know how tricky it can be to get a quality image, especially when dealing with different light levels and color temperatures. In this video tutorial, I show you how I use a single speed light to capture multiple exposures lighting various parts of this apartment. I then demonstrate using photoshop to blend the different images into a single image. [Read more…]

Practical Tips For Finding Work as a Photographer

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Trying to build a photography business can be like being lost in the woods. You stumble around not really knowing what to do or what direction to go. Hopefully you eventually come to a clearing and can see what’s working and what you need to do next. But even if you do, you’re still not out of the woods without a ton of hard work and trudging through rough terrain.

Many blog posts about finding work as a photographer are not all that helpful. Usually they consist of a laundry list of marketing activities that are designed to get you “exposure” without having to actually talk to anyone. Posting on social media is not a marketing strategy anymore, although it can be part of one.

Hopefully this post will be different. [Read more…]

Michael O’Neal Shares his Experience at Apple and Compares Photography to Jazz

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Today, Adorama released Episode 12 of Season 2 of its web series “Through The Lens,” which features fashion and lifestyle photographer Michael O’Neal (@moneal).

Born and raised in NYC, Michael is now based in San Francisco, where he previously worked as a creative director for Apple. Some of his clients include Nest, Mercedes Benz, DSW, Refinery 29, Sightglass Coffee, and Vogue Magazine.

With nearly 700K followers on Instagram, Michael’s work is so sought after that it has been covered in VogueHuffington PostDefinition and more. In “Through The Lens,” Michael discusses his best tips and tools of the trade to inspire today’s aspiring photographers. [Read more…]

New Stunning Option for Hanging Prints – Bay Photo Xpozer Wall Display

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I’ve recently started printing more of my work. There is something about a quality print that brings satisfaction that viewing your imagery digitally can not replicate. I highly recommend printing and displaying your work. If you run out of wall space, you can always sell or giveaway your older prints as gifts to make room for new ones. What good is your work if it stays hidden on your hard drive?

One company that I’ve come to trust with printing my work is Bay Photo. They provide outstanding support and product quality and today I’d like to tell you about one of their new, innovative products, the Xpozer wall display system. [Read more…]

DJI OSMO Review + Sample Footage & Images

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DJI has been on a roll the last few years. I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I first saw their first consumer product, a white toy-looking quadcopter that could carry a GoPro. They’ve since grown into a serious player in the video production space with amazing tools that help video makers add production value that we only dreamed of a few short years ago.

Ironically, the same thing that made aerial photos and video affordable and accessible to the masses is the same thing that makes fully stabilized 4k video in the palm of your hand a reality – shrinking camera size.

Borrowing the same gimbal and camera tech from their flagship aerial camera platform the Inspire 1, the Osmo places that same stabilizing power in a comfortable to hold and easy to use handheld device. [Read more…]

The Shocking Truth About Low Light Performance

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Every few months a new camera comes out boasting an even higher megapixel count and higher ISO numbers. I’ve been in the market for a new body that will shoot 4k video. I’ve been considering the Panasonic GH4 because I already own some compatible lenses. I’ve also had some second hand experience with the new Sony mirrorless offerings. I’ve even had friends try and sell me on the specs of the Sony over the Panasonic stating: “This camera is better in low light. I can crank the ISO so far up without much noise!”  [Read more…]

6 Tips for Creating and Selling a Yearly Photo Calendar

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The following is a guest post by Camera Stupid friend and Idaho photographer Chad Fish. Chad has taking pictures for about 20 years and started as a teenager. He’s always loved capturing the beauty that he sees everywhere around him and sharing it with as many people as he can. He also loves sharing what he’s learned about photography with others. See more of Chad’s work on his instagram or on Facebook page.

In November I decided to try my hand at selling a 2016 calendar. I thought I would put together a few tips and things that I learned during the process that might be able to help you if you’d like to create a calendar from your photography in the future. [Read more…]

5 Photography Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

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We all start out as dummies when it comes to photography. That’s the basis for this entire Camera Stupid blog. Mistakes are great and even necessary. Especially when you learn from them as part of the learning process.

I hope you can learn from some of mine.

Here’s 5 photography mistakes that make you look dumb and how to avoid them. [Read more…]