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

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Education

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© Zhang Jingna

© Zhang Jingna

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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What’s the Difference Between a Grid and No Grid?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting with and without Grids on his flashes. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!

High School Senior Portraits have become more and more elaborate, almost like little mini fashion shoots. Very few of my senior portrait sessions are shot with natural light alone. In fact, many of them can end up just like this shoot. Lighting is a big part of the success of a stylized senior portrait.

For this lighting challenge we wanted to compare how Grids change our lighting scenario. One scenario includes all lights without any Grids. Our second scenario includes a Grid on every single lighting source. As you’ll see, that small change changes the image drastically. Read More

What’s the Difference between a Snoot and a Softbox?

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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What’s the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares shooting with a Snoot, a Softbox and a gridded Softbox. The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available at our website. And feel free to leave a question to Jared in the comment section if you have one!

Every portrait has a subject and a background. Sometimes the subject is leaning against the background and sometimes the background is a mountain 10 miles away. But no matter what the background is, the photographer must consider the lighting on the background, the lighting on the subject and how the two relate.

In this comparison, we used three different Light Shaping Tools to light our model, and as you can see below, the modifiers we chose made a big difference on the model and on the background as well. Read More

“No location has ever creeped me out as much as this one.”

Written by Alexia Sinclair on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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“No location has ever creeped me out as much as this one,” said Alexia Sinclair. Nevertheless, she headed out into Belango State Forest in Australia with the ambition to turn the forest’s dark history into a thing of beauty and meaning. This is the third part of Into The Gloaming. Be sure to also check out part one and part two.

“Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it,” claimed Bertolt Brecht. I believe that’s true, and it was with this in mind that I ventured into the woods of the Belanglo State Forest no less than half a dozen times to create this image.

Those familiar with the forest’s name will need no further introduction. For the uninitiated, all I will say is that it’s notoriety was gained through the heinous crimes committed there in the early 90s.

No location has ever creeped me out as much as this one, and it’s for that very reason it’s so important to reclaim what it once was. To try and reshape it’s horrible history into something more than just a forest of bones. Read More

Finn Beales & The Chocolate Cannon 

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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To put a delicious piece of chocolate in your mouth is to experience a flavor explosion. That’s what it tastes like. But what does it look like? If you were to photograph it, how would you do it? Here’s how photographer Finn Beales did it.

Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer and director based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Finn established himself as a photographer on the road, mostly focusing on travel and lifestyle photography. Lately, however, he has been spending more and more time in the studio.

“Travel photography means I have to be away from home to work and that’s not always practical with a young family at home,” says Finn. “Studio photography allows me to work when I’m not halfway around the globe. I’m also really enjoying the process of making pictures as opposed to taking them. Responding creatively to a commercial brief is a particularly enjoyable aspect.”

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