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Ego is the Enemy: Detach Your Ego From Social Media

Growth. Real, personal, soul-fulfilling, butterflies in the belly-inducing growth. That’s the key to my happiness; my personal metric for success. It doesn’t matter what I achieve or how much of it I attained. I define myself as successful simply in the process of progress. Abhor flatterers as you would deceivers; ...

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Cinematic Street Photos of Japan by Day and by Night

I fell in love with Japan. Deeply. The culture, the clean streets, the friendly and respectful people and the full spectrum of experience that it offers. From high rise cities to quaint, beautiful gardens and temples. All within walking distance of each other. I took as many ‘tourist shots’ as ...

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Your Camera is Better Than What Legendary Photographers Used

If you think that buying a better camera or lens will instantly make you a better photographer, consider this: it’s likely that the camera you already have is better than what legendary photographers used to shoot history’s most famous and beloved photos. That’s the nugget of inspiration and encouragement that ...

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This Photographer Combines Toys and Practical Effects

Mitchel Wu is a professional toy photographer. He combines toys, photography skills, practical effects, and imagination to create “alternative universes” in which toy characters come to life. Instead of using digital trickery in Photoshop, Wu carefully sets up his shots to capture things like flying objects and splashes on camera. ...

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Developing Your Photographic Style

Defining your style is one of the, if not the, most difficult and time-consuming aspects of photography. It takes many people years or even decades of shooting before they really start to narrow down their photographic style. Today I am going to try and speed you up past all that ...

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17 Lighting Recipes to Keep in Mind for Portrait Photos

At the WPPI wedding and portrait photography conference and expo this year, photographer Trevor Dayley taught this 1-hour class titled “17 Fast, Easy, Awesome Lighting Recipes.” Dayley shares 17 lighting ideas you can keep in mind on any portrait shoot using a memorization story. The story is a strange tale ...

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Rare Photos of a Shark Feeding Frenzy

National Geographic contributing photographer Laurent Ballesta was diving in the waters of French Polynesia when he finally saw a sight that he had been working for the last four years to capture: a shark feeding frenzy in the midst of breeding groupers. During the event, male grouper fish, which are ...

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The Winning Photos of the 2017 Smithsonian Photo Contest

Smithsonian.com has just announced the winning photos of its 2017 Photo Contest, the 15th edition of the contest. The grand prize winner this year was photographer Thong Huu for his photo above, titled “Breakfast at the Weekly Market.” “In northern Vietnam, people come to the weekly market to exchange goods ...

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