Editorial

  • Fix it in post

    The problem with “Fix it in post” and “Get it right in the camera”

    It’s time we put some updated sensibilities’ behind the statements “fix it in post” and “getting it right in the camera”.   A few people mentioned these phrases to me recently and honestly I was surprised to hear how they interpreted the meaning behind them.  I was even more surprised and disappointed when I posted…

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  • Blinking in photographs

    Blinking in photographs. Stop blaming your subjects!

    You’re the one holding the camera. Nobody made you photograph the blink so you have to take the blame. Table of contentsFacts about BlinkingWhat causes the blinks in photographs?How to minimize the amount of blinkingThe other kind of blinking subjectSo remember… Blinking is a problem that every photographer deals with and while it frustrates many,…

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  • 7 Things My Subjects Have Taught Me About Photography

    7 Things My Subjects Have Taught Me About Photography

    Learning to be a better photographer is not all about learning photography. Especially if you want to photograph people. Don’t get me wrong, you still need to read your camera manual, learn about exposure controls, Depth of Field and the dreaded Inverse Square Law. Let’s face it, there is no way to really master photography…

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  • 9 Behaviors that GREAT Photographers embrace

    9 Behaviors That GREAT Photographers Embrace

    We all look at the most successful photographers and wonder what would it take to “be them”. There are some things that we can point to with certainty that are key to their success. Skills, intelligence and very importantly discipline. You have probably heard the phrase “Work smarter, not harder”. My experience has shown that…

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  • Why you need Professional Photographers of America

    Why you NEED to join Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

    Did you know that Professional Photographers of America is NOT just for professional photographers? And it’s not just for photographers based in the US. PPA is short for Professional Photographers of America. It is the world’s largest nonprofit photography association organized for photographers by photographers, with over 30,000 members in more than 50 countries. **…

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  • The COVID-19 Virus is impacting the photography industry – What should we do about it?

    I also discussed this topic and answered questions during TOGCHAT LIVE on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 COVID-19 – Coronavirus. It’s officially a pandemic and this situation is beginning to have a major impact on the photography industry at all levels, and there is no reason to think that it is not going to get worse…

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  • THREE most important things you can do to improve your photography in 2020

    Improve your photography in 2020. The 3 most important things MUST do.

    It’s a new year and the beginning of a new decade.  All of which means – opportunity.  Opportunity to become a better photographer.  Opportunity to improve your photography skills and even improve your ability to make money as a photographer if that is your goal. 2019 was a great year for photographers and photography. Lots…

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  • Flickr needs your help!

    Flickr Needs Your Help… Should you care? Should you help?

    In case you are really new to photography and haven’t heard of Flickr.  Flickr is the world’s largest online photographer-focused community. Flickr is an online photo management and sharing community that is used by over 100 million photographers worldwide. Flickr boasts that it hosts tens of billions of photos as well as over 2 million…

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  • It is time to hold the photo industry media accountable!

    It is time to hold the photo industry media accountable!

    I am so disappointed! First and foremost – I am disappointed with the companies that make our cameras. Not just my brand – Olympus, but all of them… Canon – Nikon – Sony – Fuji – Panasonic – all of them. Secondly – I am disappointed in photography YouTubers who make videos about gear. I…

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  • My TOP 11 Most Viewed Photography Videos for 2017 and My 5 Most Popular Of All-Time

    As 2017 comes to a close I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on this past year and my top 11 videos. Plus, I will share with you my top 5 videos of all time – they may surprise you! 2017 has been an amazing year and honestly I owe it all to…

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  • Can we PLEASE STOP WATERMARKING images

    My Facebook group recently blew up in a heated debate: Why is watermaking an issue? Painters add their signature right into their painting as an assurance that people will be able to identify them as the artist but they do it in a way that you frequently need to hunt to find it. Photographers really don’t…

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  • A picture doesn’t have to be perfect – to be perfect!

    A few weeks back, Darryl Currey from Australia, who is a member of my Facebook Group posted an image with a question. He asked, “Does a photo have to be perfect to be perfect?”  and “Have we become more obsessed with the technicalities of photography than the art of it?” My answers: NO and YES!…

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  • Will that new camera make you a better photographer?

    More megapixels, faster shooting speeds, greater dynamic range… it all costs more money – lots more money- but will it make you a better photographer? 2017 has been an exciting year in the world of photography, especially when it comes to the cameras that we use. Sony released the A9 with its full frame 24.2…

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  • When should you start getting paid for your photography?

    When should you start getting paid for your photography?  I can actually answer that in four simple words….  When you are ready. But what does that mean?  When you are ready? Let’s face it – we have all met the photographer who has owned their prosumer DSLR camera for three months and because they get…

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  • WHY Most PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS SUCK! – TogChat™ #75

      So why do MOST PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS SUCK? Let’s be sure we are on the same page about three really important points….. I am talking about all kinds of photography workshops – that means the ones that are taught by some of the most famous and talented photographers in the world all the way down…

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  • How you can use Smartphone Photography to Improve ALL of your photography

    In part one of this Smartphone photography set, I promised to share my favorite apps for shooting and processing my smartphone images, and I told you that I would share a list of apps that can help you improve ALL of your photography – even with your expensive pro cameras.  So let’s do this! If you…

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  • What does it mean to be a professional photographer?

    When can I call myself a professional photographer? What makes a photographer a professional? I have been asked these two questions a lot recently and I have learned that my answer tends to surprise people. So I think it’s time to sit down and have a little talk about what it means to be a…

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