The Top 5 Things That Photographers Worry About Too Much

Megapixels

Most of you have probably heard about the megapixel myth. Basically, megapixels don’t matter that much. They’re not a direct determinant of image quality. More megapixels does not equal a better image. In fact, when camera manufacturers try to squish a lot of pixels into a small sensor, you get the negative effects of noisier images and poorer quality low-light images. Megapixels are really only a big deal if you plan on creating large prints. For those making posters and big signs for advertisements, then megapixels will matter. But for the most part, they shouldn’t be one of the main specs you search for when looking at cameras.

Covering Every Focal Length

Just because you have an 18mm-35mm and a 50mm-200mm doesn’t mean you need to fill the gap in between. And if you do have all of the focal lengths covered, it doesn’t mean you have to take all of those lenses with you everywhere you go. Many photographers often worry about the missed shot – the shot they might lose because they don’t have the “right” lens. But with too many lenses you’ll end up spending too much time switching them out. Many professional photographers stick to a couple favorite

Commercial Photographers Reps, Marketing Assistants or Consultants – Who Is Right For You?

Today’s market demands that photographers actively and consistently market their services. The question faced by many professional photographers is how to facilitate the many tasks related to marketing while continuing to service clients.

The answer that most photographers immediately turn to is “I need a rep!”

While an agent is indeed a solution for some, it is not the answer for most photographers. In fact, a marketing assistant and or a consultant will serve most photographers well.

Read on to discover how each of these three different professionals might help you.

Agents

While the responsibilities an agent will take on, varies from rep to rep there are consistent tasks that most will perform. Agents are historically responsible for:

  • Creating an overall marketing plan
  • Prospecting new client leads
  • Sending and or showing your portfolio
  • Negotiating all assignment bids
  • Licensing all images
  • Some agents will work on talent development.

Most seasoned agents are looking to rep advertising photographers. Clients in that market are comfortable with reps and the fees generated by the usage of a photo drive the project rates to the highest fees paid in our industry. Agents take a commission of 25-35% of the project fee on new accounts and often look for an across the board 10% fee on house accounts.

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Editorial: 5 Reasons why I haven’t used my DSLR for months

Compact cameras, smartphones and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are getting seriously good these days, and for a lot of photographers, they’re supplementing or even replacing older, bulkier DSLR kit. After he finished our recently-published review of the Fujifilm X100S, dpreview editor Barnaby Britton realized that he hadn’t picked up his DSLR for months. In this short feature, he explains why.

1: I hate carrying all that weight

Everyone says that the weather in Seattle is dreadful, but it’s not true! Well actually, it is true, but not for the whole year. We get great summers here, and this year summer came a little early, giving us some beautiful days in April and May (which was a welcome change from last year…). What possible relevance does this have to my camera choice, I hear you ask? Well, when the weather is nice, I like to hike and bike. And when I’m hiking and biking, I like to travel light.

2: Small cameras are really good now

If you’ve been paying attention to our preview and review content over the past couple of years you’ll know that if image quality is your main priority, DSLRs aren’t the only game in town anymore. Not only are compact cameras

Photographing Our Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

Very few things can surpass the beauty of a steepled church with beautiful stained glass windows. Taking pictures of these beautiful treasures used to be left only to the professional photographers. Some of these pros have shared their experience by giving tips on how to successfully photograph stained glass. That, combined with the advancement in technology that has giving us cameras with user-friendly features, photographic enthusiasts, even the beginner, can go out with a camera bag and some minimal equipment and take some great pictures of these glass beauties.

The first very important thing to remember is in regards to your camera flash. If you plan on taking your pictures from inside the church, especially on a bright, sunny day, it will appear very dark when you first enter. Your eyes will adjust pretty quickly, but film doesn’t. Your camera will see the need for a slow shutter speed or the flash will fire. And, you never want to use a flash when photographing these windows. It will not only cause intense reflection, but it will greatly reduce the beautiful fire in the colors of your subject and cause them to loose their luster. Remember, if your camera has a built-in

A Short History Of Aerial Photography

The first aerial photograph was taken more than 150 years ago. In 1855 the French balloonist and photographer Gaspar Felix Tournachon, who was known as “Nadar,” patented the idea of using aerial photos for surveying and mapmaking. Three years later, in 1858, he took the first known aerial photograph.

The image, taken from a hot air balloon that was tethered eight meters above the ground, was of Petit-Bacetre, a French village. Unfortunately, through the course of time this photograph was lost.

James Wallace Black took the oldest aerial photograph that is known to still exist. Also taken from a hot air balloon, this photograph of Boston was taken in 1860.

Until 1879 the photos were taken and then processed using an early collodion photographic process. This meant that a complete darkroom had to be carried in the balloon’s basket. When the dry plate process was invented it made it possible to take free flight balloon photographs.

Early aerial photography pioneers also used pigeons, kites and rockets to carry their cameras into the air.

In 1882 E.D. Archibald, an English meteorologist, was one of the first people to successfully take photographs from a kite. He attached the camera to the last kite in a string of