2014 was a year of change and challenges for me. Although the changes felt gradual as the year progressed, reflecting on them for this article reminds me of just how dramatic they turned out to be. These changes came about through a process of reflection, refocusing, refining, and rebuilding, and it’s ultimately an exercise that each professional photographer must, at one point, go through.... READ MORE
The past few years have been full of new challenges, opportunities, discoveries, and obstacles for me. Even though I was naturally happier for the opportunities to come knocking on my door, it is the challenges that made me a better artist and a stronger professional. I've learned to welcome obstacles and setbacks, because I discovered that in the process of overcoming them I must get out of my... READ MORE
As a young boy in elementary school, it was discovered that I have a learning disability that affects my reading abilities. One teacher even told my mother I would never amount to anything in life. When I was 13 years old, I started working with my uncle as a second assistant. I immediately loved photography and worked every weekend I was allowed, just to learn more. I eventually worked my way up... READ MORE
While I may not be winning any awards for "most influential" or "biggest social media" following any time soon, I've managed to build a great business photographing architecture and aviation since first picking up a camera in 2009. I honestly attribute most of my success to my drive to complete more personal work than most people I know—and my resolutions for 2015 are shaped around that idea.... READ MORE
When someone asks about my year, an overwhelming feeling of anxiety falls over me. I immediately think of all the failures and mistakes that transpired. I sulk about the jobs that I lost or perhaps the connections with whom I never followed up. But, just as soon as I start dwelling on the missteps, a blast of positive reflection and extreme anticipation hits me like 10-ton a freight truck. I... READ MORE
As the rain finally returns to Northern California and the year’s end is staring us down, I can’t help but reflect on a year that was not only my most challenging, but also one of the most exciting. After receiving a steady paycheck for almost two years, 2014 turned out to be the year in which I would go back to my roots in this industry: independent. My dreams of traveling and making a living... READ MORE
In the photo industry, it is important to be both proactive and reactive. It’s important to keep the gas pedal floored. In my day-to-day work, this means I have to keep investing time in personal projects, experimenting with new photo techniques, updating social media and my website to better reach my audience. I have to keep pushing new business ideas and new ways to expand my business.
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My work is about people; what makes us who we are—the core of us. It's about connections and relationships, intimacy, love, pain, disappointment, getting older, and being born. I have been photographing my own life and the people I am closest to since I was fifteen years old. Seeing how much more I perceive with a camera made me want to become a photographer, and to continue and see more and... READ MORE
Just a few years ago I was doing a very different type of photography. It was not even on my radar to consider anything other than the lifestyle photography I was shooting. Then, through a series of life events, I had to make some drastic changes in the way I lived and worked. The universe was trying to tell me something and, for the first time in my life, I paid much closer attention to what it... READ MORE
At the end of each year, usually between Christmas and the New Year, I take some time to consider the previous year and plan for the next. During this time, I consider not just the business side of my photography career—but also the creative side and where I would like to steer my career and my work for the next year. To that end, I usually look at my five-year plan and then craft the next year’s... READ MORE
It’s that time of year when we count our blessings, reflect on the year past and the one coming. With photography entwined nearly completely in the fabric of our lives, this reflection period takes on a new meaning for Sharon and me, since we always seem to have such lofty goals. Those who have traveled and shot with us know that there are two things I think about when shooting: the subject and... READ MORE
One of the first things people should understand about my work and me is that I’m proud to be from the old school. That being said, I think I’ve done a good job of keeping up with the daily bombardment of new technology.
Like many of my contemporaries, I have been overwhelmed with the changes that have taken place in our industry. Obviously, the equipment has gone through a tremendous evolution.... READ MORE
Canon’s attractive new PowerShot G7 X is an enthusiast-aimed, point-and-shoot camera that has what it takes to appeal to advanced users. Compact and... READ MORE
Following the old adage in photography, learn one light before you add more. Join Bob Harrington as he shows you ways to use one light creatively and efficiently to help you on your way to lighting mastery.
Harrington uses simple gear, shooting all off-camera flash, including:
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Champion of the wide-angle prime, Samyang is lengthening its vision with the announcement of the 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC lens. One of the most prized short telephoto focal lengths, this full-frame lens features a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture that aids in extensive control over depth of field, as well as enhancing working in... READ MORE