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Photography Gear for Online Influencers

Photography Gear for Online Influencers

A question most asked by budding influencers is, what camera or gear should I start out with?

First, let me start by saying, I believe that the photographer makes the gear and not the other way around.  It is very easy to get G.A.S. or Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  Having good gear never hurts and it is always fun to try something new.  However, photography can become a very expensive hobby very quickly so it’s best to do some research before investing in your next camera.

Being present online, in my opinion, requires you to have high quality imagery.  You cannot have the same caliber of images using an iPhone alone.

Having good photography as an influencer is not just helpful, it is required.

I started off with a Nikon D3100 and received a Nikon D5200 as a gift a few years later.  The first lens I used was a 35mm f/1.8G lens on each of those cameras and that little baby really creates magic.  It is so versatile for so many different genres of photography from portraits to products to landscapes.  So no matter your industry, more than likely you will also find value in that piece of equipment.  I highly recommend that lens for anyone shooting on a “crop camera.”  If you have questions on what that means just click on the link for a great blog post with more details.

Currently, I shoot with a Nikon D610.  Would I love to own a Nikon D5? YES!  Can I afford it is an entirely different question.

So like me, be patient and also realistic of your skills and your budget.  It’s best to learn your craft before trying to acquire the latest and most expensive gear.  Spending time on getting to know your camera, shooting in manual mode, and becoming passionate about photography is going to take you so much farther in the long run than a shiny new camera will.  I think it’s best to only upgrade once you have outgrown the camera from a technical aspect.

Photography can be difficult to learn in the beginning and at times also frustrating.  However, if you stick with it you can develop photography skills that will launch your business or influence to the next level!

5 Best Free Stock Photography Sites

There are a lot of social media managers that are working at a company too small for a professional photographer or design team. That means they are going to rely heavily on stock photography. As price is always a concern for people in business or the non-profit world, here is a list of the 5 best free stock photography sites for you to use.

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Social Media & Photography

This is a picture of social media, photography apps on a smartphone screen.

Image by Jason A. Howie

How Social Media Marketing Can Grow Your Business

Social media and photography seem made for one another. It comes as no surprise that one of the first steps many photographers take when starting their business is to share their work online. But if your desire is to grow and make money from your work, which platform is best for you?  Continue reading

Top Accounts to Follow on Instagram

instagram_2787001bEveryone and there dogs (literally) have an Instagram account these days, and with so many accounts it’s hard to find the top accounts to follow on Instagram. With over 300 million monthly active users, there is an Instagram account for just about anything. From fashion blogs, health tips, foodie blogs, and inspirational quotes, here is a list of Instagram accounts you don’t want to miss out on:

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Faceless Self-Portrait

Faceless Self Portrait

Reflection a Faceless Self-Portrait by Spencer Martinez

The faceless self-portrait and self portrait can be a difficult undertaking. I’m not talking about a selfie. I’m talking about creating a single image or a series of images. A faceless self portrait/self portrait can be a great opportunity to learn about yourself.  Continue reading

HDR Photography

HDR Photography

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HDR or High Dynamic Range photography is the ratio of light to dark in photography.
Why would it be necessary to use HDR? To create an image in which there is too much light or shadows in a scene. A camera lens does not have the dynamic range to view a scene like our eyes. A human eye has an extraordinary range and sees what is going on in the shadows.
HDR photography is done by capturing several different exposures, from extremely over-exposed to under-exposed and a few exposures in between. The images are then combined using image editing software. Equipment you will need for HDR photography, digital camera, tripod and image editing software. Continue reading

Essential Elements of Art in Photography

Essential elements of art in photography

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Essential elements of art in photography can make the difference between a snap shot and a work of art. This can be accomplished when adding two or more of the elements of art. The elements of art are leading lines, color, shape, form, texture and space. In this post we will be focusing on leading lines, color, texture and space. Continue reading

Digital Infrared Photography

digital Infrared Photography

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Digital infrared photography can produce some fun and exciting images that can take an ordinary scene and turn it into something interesting and spectacular. Digital infrared photography has many different uses like in the medical field, the military, astronomy, forensics, law enforcement and art, just to name a few. The images in this post were taken with a dedicated digital infrared camera. This Nikon 200 was professionally converted to an infrared camera. These image were captured on an excursion to Glen Rose, Texas in dinosaur valley. Continue reading

Painting with Light Photography

Painting with Light Photography

Image by Spencer Martinez

Painting with Light is a fun techique that photographers use to illumnate the subject. This works best when it is dark. It is made by moving a light source over the subject while taking a long exposure image. A few ideas for  painting with light: Portraits, film, still life, and landscapes.
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Surreal Double Exposure in Camera

Surreal Double Exposure in Camera

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Creating a surreal double exposure in camera can be done if your camera has the capabilities, if you know how to set the exposures and understand how to adjust the settings. The concept lies within shooting your first image, the subject in a silhouette while blowing out the background, then with the second exposure filling in the underexposed areas. To be successful with this process, you will need to step down one stop for each shot.

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