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Do NOT Shoot for Free “Exposure”

One of the things that photographers get asked a lot is “Can I use your photographs for free and give you “exposure”? This is always a bad idea and I understand that as a new photographer starting out, you might think, “Why not, I want to become known”? The reason you should NOT let people or especially companies use your work for free “exposure” is it hurts the market for every photographer that is out there trying to make a living in this chosen profession. The following image is one of my photos I had a company ask if they could use …

Hosting Your Own Photography Site

This week I want to shift gears a bit as some students have asked about hosting their own photography sites. I know there are many sites out there like Squarespace, SmugMug, ZenFolio, etc that cater to photographers, but most of them are expensive and some even take a percentage of your sales, even though you pay them monthly or yearly for hosting your photography site. Some students and new photographers have asked about hosting their own photography site and how they could do it. Well I have done exactly that and I am writing this post to share with you …

Removing “Noise” with Lightroom

One of the biggest advantages of digital cameras or DSLR’s over their film counterparts is the ability to switch ISO settings on the fly. ISO is the amount of light that you let into the camera’s sensor and in the days of film cameras this was accomplished with film speed, sometimes called ASA instead of ISO. So if you wanted to shoot outdoors, you would load a roll of ISO or ASA 100 or 200 and be good to go, but if you then moved into a dimly lit building and wanted to shoot, you needed either a flash on …