100 Strangers

As photographers, we are constantly pushing ourselves to take more photos. This can be more difficult than it sounds, and there are a number of photography projects out there such as Project 365, 52 Walks, A-Z and several others that spark creativity.  Perhaps the most imagination-inducing photography project free automatic essay writer of all is the 100 Strangers Project.

Stranger #028 by Ben Raynal (zubrow)

The 100 strangers project encourages photographers to stretch their comfort zones by taking 100 portraits of subjects which they have never encountered.  The concept is designed to improve not only the photography skills of the artist, but also social skills, by forcing photographers to meet new people.

Stranger #001 by Ben Raynal (zubrow)

Photographers are encouraged to socialize with their subjects, and ask for permission to take a photo of them.  The final challenge for the photographer is to tell a story with the image they capture.

Stranger #032 by Ben Raynal (zubrow)

With Candidtag, photographers have an easy way of sharing their photos with their subjects, without the hastle of gathering email addresses.  Furthermore, in addition to improving photography and social skills, Candidtag gives 100 Strangers enthusiasts the chance to also enhance their business skills.  Photographers can now earn money from the 100 Strangers project by selling their portraits back to their subjects.  Sign up for Candidtag today to learn more!

How To Become a Professional Photographer

In the not so distant past, the answer to the question, “How do I become a professional photographer” was a very complicated one. You see, becoming a great photographer not only required great skill, but it also necessitated quite a large budget. Purchasing a good camera, lenses, flashes, tripods etc, required a would be professional to make a huge investment in pursuing his or her craft as trade. That is simply not the case today. The costs involved in producing professional quality photography equipment has declined drastically.  Yesterday’s photographers would likely die to have equipment half as effective as some of today’s BOTTOM SHELF consumer merchandise.

Nikon D3100

This leads us to the question, “What Separates Professional Photographers from Gadget Junkies?” This is a much simpler question and can be answered in a word, experience. Experience is what separates amateurs, hobbyists, and gear snobs from professional photographers. This can cause quite the dilemma for photographers trying to cross the barrier and call themselves “pros”.  How can an inexperienced camera owner gain practice if it’s the lack of practice that’s holding them back in the first place?  Let’s face it, you aren’t gonna win a wedding contract with a portfolio filled with pictures of your dog/cat/mom/etc.  Many of us have resorted to doing portrait shoots free of charge under the condition that the photos taken can be used to boost the photographers portfolio.  This is simply not fair.  You paid for your camera, you spent hours reading tutorials online about aperture, exposure, ISO, white balance, focal length etc. You spent your valuable time before the shoot researching the setting, during the shoot taking pictures, and after the shoot post processing.   This is a business model that simply won’t last.

The italics now should serve as a disclaimer that the below content is promotional and should be regarded as such.

Candidtag allows photographers to gain experience and profit from their work at the same time. Candidtag allows photographers to work at becoming professionals, while getting paid. Furthermore, Candidtag removes all risk associated with a professional contract.  If your equipment malfunctions while out on the job, no big deal. You can pick up where you left off.  Sign Up for Candidtag today, and jump on the fast track to becoming a pro!