Revolution in Photography Is Coming

It’s time to stop talking about photography. It’s not that photography is dead as many have claimed, but it’s gone.

Just as there’s a time to stop talking about girls and boys and to talk instead about women and men so it is with photography; something has changed so radically that we need to talk about it differently, think of it differently and use it differently. Failure to recognize the huge changes underway is to risk isolating ourselves in an historical backwater of communication, using an interesting but quaint visual language removed from the cultural mainstream.

The moment of photography’s “puberty” was around the time when the technology moved from analog to digital although it wasn’t until the arrival of the Internet-enabled smartphone that we really noticed a different behavior. That’s when adolescence truly set in. It was surprising but it all seemed somewhat natural and although we experienced a few tantrums along the way with arguments about promiscuity, manipulation and some inexplicable new behaviors, the photographic community largely accommodated the changes with some adjustments in workflow.

But these visible changes were merely the advance indicators of deeper transformations and it was only a matter of time before people’s imagination reached beyond the constraints of two dimensions to explore previously unimagined possibilities. And so it is that we find ourselves in a world where the digital image is almost infinitely flexible, a vessel for immeasurable volumes of information, operating in multiple dimensions and integrated into apps and technologies with purposes yet to be imagined.

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Photography Tips for Beginners

If you are just starting out in photography and you don’t know where to begin, or perhaps you have been taking pictures with your camera for a while and want to improve your shooting skills, the collection of material compiled in this article will not only help you in building up your photography knowledge, but also assist in advancing you to the next level. On this page, you will find everything from basic photography tips for beginners all the way to more advanced techniques and tutorials to help you grow and get the best out of your equipment.

Let’s start out with the essentials.

1) Know Your Camera

Before you start learning about photography, you should first get accustomed to your camera, so that you can find the relevant camera settings when we go over them further down in the article. If your primary camera is a DSLR, it does not hurt to know what a DSLR is and how it works. If you shoot with a mirrorless camera, we have a similar article that describes what a mirrorless camera is and how it compares to a DSLR. And if you want to take it up a level, we have a detailed DSLR vs Mirrorless article that lists every advantage and disadvantage of the two. If you shoot with a point-and-shoot camera, check out our DSLR vs Point-and-Shoot article that compares the two.

2) Buying a Camera

If you currently do not own a camera and want to buy one, we have articles on How to Buy a DSLR camera, Which Nikon DSLR and Nikon Lenses to Buy First and if you are a Canon shooter, we also have a great article Comparing Canon Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Wondering which brand is better? Perhaps you should read our Nikon vs Canon vs Sony article, after which you will hopefully realize that camera brand does not matter, especially for a beginner. And if you don’t mind buying used gear, we have an article on How to Buy Used DSLR Cameras and How to Buy Used Lenses.

If you are evaluating a mirrorless camera system, we have several in-depth articles for you. Start out by reading our Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Mirrorless Camera, then see our Mirrorless Camera Comparison article for a general overview of all mirrorless systems on the market and lastly, check out our in-depth article on Evaluating Mirrorless Camera Systems that gives our subjective rating on all the mirrorless camera systems on the market.

Want to put together a great camera kit? Check out our detailed Beginning Photography Equipment article.

And if you are not fully satisfied with all this reading material, we have even more links for you to check out on photography gear and how to buy it:

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Fun Wedding Photography Props

Wedding photography can be a super-competitive industry. Especially if you live in a small town where successful photographers already seemingly monopolize most clients, it can be hard to stay competitive and marketable as you reach out to work with new customers. That being said, one of the most crucial ways to ensure the satisfaction of your clients is to provide them with a uniquely exciting experience that they can’t find anywhere else. Consider what we shared last week when we discussed the differences between amateur and professional photography:

“A main reason why some photographers grow a big following and others don’t is that those more famous photographers are able to tell a unique story that can’t be found anywhere else. When you take shots at around the same skill level, of generally the same things and in generally the same style as millions of other people, you’re inherently pinning yourself up against competition and giving potential followers and fans less of a reason to check out your work specifically.”

When you get into wedding photography specifically, this holds especially true. So by providing clients with a fun and unique service different from your competition, you’re giving them a concrete reason to choose you instead. One of our favorite tips? Bring fun and exciting props with you, without being asked. If you show up on the big day not only capable of creating your clients’ dream shots but also bringing along exciting ideas of your own, you’re adding value to your service. Getting started, here are 5 cute props to consider packing for the big day:

Signs- This is a great, simple option. If you make your own DIY wooden sign with a loving phrase on it like, “Happily Ever After,” you can have your clients hold it in some photos (and reuse it every time you work a wedding).

Banners- This is a similar idea and also one you can hold onto and reuse whenever it’s wanted. You can either string together hanging paper letters yourself or buy a cheap banner premade. Spell out something like “Happily Married!” and have the pair stand side by side, each holding up one end to create another cute look.

Garland- For this look, simply hang some pretty garlands (could be floral, paper hearts, beads, etc.) from a door frame and have the couple stand behind it to create some cool depth of field and fun perspective.

Confetti- This makes for a great action shot. For this look, ask an assistant (if you have one) or a friend of the couples’ to stand somewhere above (think staircase or balcony) and drop a bag of confetti over the couple standing below.

Balloons- For this look, consider asking the couple about their color scheme ahead of time and picking up a matching handful of balloons for them to hold in some whimsical snaps.

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