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How to Create the Best Photography Portfolio

How to Create the Best Photography Portfolio

Curating your photography portfolio is one of the most important things you’ll do for your website, and many people are doing it wrong.

Here’s why:
Let’s take a photographer, we’ll call her Susie. Susie loves shooting weddings, family portraits, and senior portraits. Susie hates shooting babies. So how should she set up her portfolio?

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The Most Important Page on your Photography Website Is…

The Most Important Page on your Photography Website Is…

If you asked ten of your friends what the most important page on your website is, chances are you’d get a bunch of different answers.

Some would say it’s your Portfolio. You’re a photographer after all! What good is your website if it doesn’t show off your work?

Others would insist it’s your Contact page. You can’t book any work if they can’t contact you.

Still others would believe it’s your Pricing page. A person who can’t afford you is a useless lead, right?

They’re all wrong.

The Most Important Page on your Photo Website is…

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RAW or JPEG?

RAW or JPEG? JPEG is the most popular format for digital images in the entire world. Every digital camera that exists today, shoots JPEGs. But is that the format of images you should be shooting if you want to make the photos look amazing when you edit the image afterwards? I just recorded a quick video (a few minutes ago) and I’m so excited I had to share with you right away. Here’s a “concrete” explanation of how to think about shooting RAW vs JPEG.   So what do you think, RAW or... read more

How to break the ice (before a photo shoot)

How to break the ice (before a photo shoot)

Getting your portrait taken is an extremely vulnerable position to be in.

It can be stressful, uncomfortable and frankly quite intimidating. Whether you’re shooting a senior portrait, corporate headshot or a big time celebrity, we all have our insecurities.

It’s your job as the photographer to recognize that, disarm the situation and get your subjects having fun.

Here are five things you can do to make your clients feel more comfortable (and take amazing photos of them)

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What Questions must be answered in my Master Your DSLR eCourse?

What Questions must be answered in my Master Your DSLR eCourse? I’m VERY close to finishing the first update to my long awaited Master Your DSLR Camera eCourse. I’ve spent years learning my DSLR camera and it’s complicated stuff. Most people never learn to take it off of automatic… and that’s a big problem because they’ll never be able to take the photos they’ve always dreamed of. They’ll keep getting the same LAME results over and over. Blurry photos of their kids, a flash that goes off when they don’t want it to. They’ll get photos that are too dark or too bright and they don’t know why or how to change it. There is SOOO much technical crap out there when you’re trying to learn photography that it can really bog you down. I’ve wished for years that someone would do all the hard work for me and tell me ONLY what’s important. I decided if no one else was going to do it… that’s what I have to do! In my Master Your DSLR Camera eCourse, I break down learning DSLR Cameras into bite sized nuggets & teach you ONLY what’s SUPER important! The first version of the eCourse was INSANELY AWESOME! My students have said things like:   “David’s way of teaching is the easiest and most straightforward way to learn how to master your DSLR camera.” —Jessica Potts   “David wrapped all three years of my Photo classes into thirty minutes. I have never enjoyed photography as much as I do now!” —Trisha Mcleod   I’ve spent years researching, compiling and creating a SIMPLE process of teaching DSLR photography. I’ve battle tested in person at my coaching sessions, workshops and now FINALLY I’ve... read more

You HAVE to see these iPhone photos from last night…

You HAVE to see these iPhone photos from last night… Last night was one of the most epic evenings my family has ever experienced. It was a glorious two hour long sunset on the sharky NC coast with storms suspended all around us like we were in some sort of a “good weather” bubble.   If you follow me on instagram, you might already know it’s family reunion beach week with my whole immediate family. Last night we laughed, splashed, surfed and played in the ocean until the sky lit up with a radiant sunset. It was an evening that I want to remember forever! I believe you have an important story. Are you capturing and preserving ALL the best moments? I’m so thankful I had the right tools (and training) to capture the story that is and will be so precious to my family from last night. The most important tool recently being the underwater housing from Watershot for my iPhone. Without it most of these photos wouldn’t exist. My phone would have sat dry up on the beach. Are you missing epic moments that should be captured because you don’t have a waterproof housing for your iPhone? CLICK HERE to find out more about Watershot Housing for iPhone. The following shots were all captured with my Watershot housing for iPhone 6 in the last 48 hours. Enjoy!   My sister Robin Surfing. My mom and Christian getting some fun in the sun.   My brother in law Forest Surfing.   Selfie of me surfing.         Me surfing captured by Forest. My being lazy.   Starting my son Judah out right. Learning to surf at 2... read more

The World’s BEST Wireless iPhone Flash: The Bluetooth triggered Nova Flash.

The World’s BEST Wireless iPhone Flash: The Bluetooth triggered Nova Flash. I’m not an advocate of using your iPhone flash. Mostly because it looks TERRIBLE. But what about a wireless off-camera flash? HECK YES! I’ve been testing out the Nova Flash for months now and I love it! It’s the only flash for the iPhone that I can absolutely recommend. >Check out the Nova Flash on Amazon< Here’s a video tutorial showing you how simple it is to use. HINT: You just open the app, hold up the flash and shoot amazing portraits.  ... read more

6 Tips For Amazing iPhone Photos of Fireworks

6 Tips For Amazing iPhone Photos of Fireworks Can you shoot great iPhone photos of fireworks without any extra fancy accessories or specialty apps? The answer may surprise you… The best possible fireworks photos that you could shoot on an iPhone would require you utilizing a tripod and an app like Slowshutter. If you use Slowshutter’s light trails setting and shoot a bunch of photos you should get some AWESOME SHOTS. But Slowshutter absolutely won’t work if you don’t have a tripod for your iPhone like Joby’s Gorillapod. Best iPhone photos of FIREWORKS = Tripod + Slowshutter app. Here’s how: – Get close enough to the fireworks. – Set-up your iPhone tripod. – Open up Slowshutter. – Set up your Shutter app on a slight delay timer so you don’t shake the camera when you push the shutter button. – You can also, plug in your headphones and press the Volume + button as a remote – Shoot a bunch of photos.   What if I don’t have a tripod?   If you don’t have a tripod or any way to “Macgyver” your iPhone to stay perfectly still, then here are 6 tips to take better iPhone photos of Fireworks. 1. Use Focus/ Exposure Lock to lock in your focus. At night it’s hard to focus. Your phone could be going in and out of focus for a while trying to get locked onto something. Especially when things are moving. To lock the focus/ exposure: – Open your iPhone’s Camera app. – Wait til there are some bright fireworks going off then press your screen right on top of the fireworks and hold on your screen until the focus/... read more

Never Miss Capturing a Special Moment… Again.

Never Miss Capturing a Special Moment… Again. Have you ever been frustrated that you missed photographing a fleeting moment? Maybe it was stunning wildlife, a portrait when the light was just right, or a special moment of your child before she caught onto you. Here are 3 super practical tips to ensure you don’t miss that next once in a lifetime moment. 1. Instantly launch the camera app from the lock screen. Regardless of whether your phone has a passcode lock or not you can quickly and easily access your camera from the lock screen. The time you take from unlocking your phone (even without a passcode) and then open your favorite camera app can cause you to completely miss the moment. To open from the lockscreen, slide your finger up on the camera icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. This will instantly launch your camera app. 2. Lock the focus. So often we miss a moment because the darn autofocus doesn’t know what we want! You can solve this problem by locking the focus. To lock the focus. Simply touch the screen on your subject and hold for two seconds. Then you can shoot away without the focus changing. Just tap the screen again and it will reset back to autofocus. 3. Shoot in burst mode. Being a dad I know how hard it is to capture your kids when they are moving a gazillion miles an hour. It can be dificult to get a properly focused shot and capture just the right moment as well. One solution is to lock the focus, then shoot in burst mode by pressing and holding... read more

THE COMPOSITION SECRET WEAPON – LEADING LINES

THE COMPOSITION SECRET WEAPON – LEADING LINES Have you ever been sucked right into an image? Kind of like a vacuum sucks up dust on a carpet, it’s almost as if we are obeying some powerful gravitational force that sucks our eyes towards a specific point… the subject of a well composed photograph. Well for many of those photos, we are being led by a mysterious force. It’s called leading lines. [Tweet “Leading lines are like a photographer’s secret weapon.”] But beware, if you use them incorrectly, you can absolutely ruin an otherwise beautiful photo misleading the viewer away. But don’t worry, I’ll “lead” you in the right direction by showing you some of the guidelines to follow so you don’t make those mistakes. You can think of leading lines like a pathway that is ending at or pointing right to your subject or focal point. Simply put, leading lines start near an edge and point to the subject. The most common (and possibly most awesome) use of leading lines is to have your subject placed symmetrically on a vanishing point between at least two lines that converge. In this photo there are multiple lines and they are all pointing to my subjects in the center of the photo. The subjects are actually my little boys playing on this bridge and placed as symmetrically as possible.   After multiple attempts to coarse a two year old, he finally perfectly centering between all the lines as he was running away from me. To correctly frame a well thought through photo that uses leading lines is hard! Especially if there are moving subjects. Take your time, think through... read more
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David Molnar is a celebrity, music and advertising photographer, the author of iPhone Only Photography, husband, believer, and new daddy. His work has been seen on over 28 million Pepsi and Mountain Dew cans, in People Magazine, on American Idol, and in The New York Times.

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