Zhang Jingna’s 14 Tips for Photographers Who Want to go Pro

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Some of you who read this are already full-time photographers with years of experience, while some of you are just getting started. But regardless of where you are on your journey, it’s always valuable to hear what someone else learned along the way. So, with no further ado, we present fashion photographer Zhang Jingna‘s 14 Tips for Photographers Who Want to go Pro.

Hi everyone! In my last five articles, I have covered the process of producing photoshoots, my favorite Light Shaping Tools, and tips on how to break into fashion photography. In this sixth and final piece, I would like to follow up on breaking into fashion photography and talk about how one develops into a professional photographer.

People arrive at their destinations through different paths, but many also share the same struggles, dilemmas, and pitfalls. I hope my thoughts will shed some light on what the path of going pro often entails. Let me know what you think at the end of the post!

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The Guy’s Got Style: Joey L on Rangefinder Magazine

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You know Joey L. His distinctive photographic style can be found pretty much everywhere, from ad campaigns for Ice Road Truckers to fine art portraits of holy men in India.

His new book, Photographing Shadow and Light, details his approach to photography and lighting and has been reviewed by Rangefinder Magazine.

“Several of the photographer’s native portrait sessions are represented in Photographing Shadow and Light—all stunning samples of this genre of travel photography,” writes Rangefinder journalist Jim Cornfield. “They’re extraordinary, in part, for his fearless approach to using hi-tech, sophisticated equipment in rough, unpredictable exteriors—gear such as Phase One camera backs and his omnipresent Profoto packs and heads. The results are elegant, superbly detailed portraits that celebrate the strange and beautiful inhabitants of these exotic stretches of our planet, and Lawrence seasons his technical solutions in these situations, with anecdotal recollections of his moments with some rare and fascinating people.”

Read the full review on Rangefinderonline.com.

 

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Leave Summer Behind with this Snowy How-To from Joey L.

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For his creativeLIVE broadcast, much loved portrait photographer Joey L. decided to try something he hadn’t done before, taking portraits of “arctic explorers” in a completely man-made, indoor blizzard.

On his blog, Joey details how he got the shot with behind the scenes pics, a lighting diagram, and some insight into his thought process. Although the shoot looks complicated, he used 5 Pro-B Heads, 3 Pro-8a packs, and a variety of lighting modifiers, he explains how every piece has its place.

He says, “Even with a photo as ‘complex’ as these blizzard portraits, when you break it down piece by piece, light by light, and effect by effect, it becomes quite simple. As I say in the creativeLIVE broadcast, if you can fully understand the way one light is affecting your image, it’s likely that you can understand one million lights.”

Read the full post on Joey L’s blog and check out the course on creativeLIVE. Connect with him on twitter, facebook, and google+.

 

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Learn How to Shoot Wet Plate Collodion with James Weber

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If you’ve always wanted to try shooting wet plate, but don’t know where to start then you’re in luck! James Weber will be running a couple of workshops out of his studio in NYC this summer where you’ll learn the process and even get to shoot your own Mammoth Plate to keep.

Let’s not kid ourselves, getting into wet plate is tough. To start with there’s the specialized gear and chemicals and then there’s the technical know-how needed to pull off a shoot successfully. This workshop would be a great way for those who are not ready to invest in a full wet plate setup but are curious about the process to see what it’s all about.

He has a 3-day Wet Plate Collodion 101 workshop coming up on August 16th – 18th for a maximum of 5 students or you can opt for a full day of individual instruction on a date of your choosing so you can realize whatever crazy wet plate vision you’ve been cooking up.

See more info and register at Collodion Gallerie. See more of James’ work, collodion and otherwise, at jamesweberstudio.com.

 

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