Film photography has made a massive resurgence in the visual industry over the last several years. While it never truly went away, a handful of emerging and young photographers are picking up old school cameras and snapping some killer film shots.

You’ve seen it on Instagram, tutorials on Youtube and in your favorite magazines — shooting film is cool, hip and stronger than ever in the photography community. And, I’m definitely not complaining.

I’ve always loved the film aesthetic. The grain filled images, the truly unique color palette (to this day I still can’t achieve the perfect film-like edit on…


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At the start of 2020, I was unemployed. I had found out a week before Christmas (December 2019), that my contract as a product manager for a budding New York City startup was coming to a close. Circumstances out of my control, the company needed to downsize employees in order to stay operational, I was going into the new year with a big question mark — how exactly was I going to earn money?

It turns out that my impending unemployment would be minuscule problem in the grand scheme of what has been 2020, a mess of a year to…


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secondhand shopping, thrifting

Thrifting and secondhand shopping is by no means a new wave of consumerism. For years, bargain hunters, vintage lovers, nostalgic connoisseurs and many others have frequented their local thrift / secondhand / vintage store in search of unique and one of a kind gems.

My first memories of “shopping” secondhand began at neighborhood garage sales or yard sales as we often call them in Florida. Saturday mornings, my parents would pack us in the car, coffee mug in hand and drive around our sunny city scouring for makeshift signs planted upon green grass. Yard Sale, Garage Sale, Estate Sale listed…


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Lately, I’ve fallen prey to the content consumption overload. Where instead of creating art & visuals that are representative of my creative vision, I have been eating up and digesting more than I can handle. Aimlessly watching tutorials, reading articles and listening to podcasts about how to find your purpose in life, how to start a business, how to be successful.

While content that is positive and reinforcing of strong mindset and practices is anything but bad, it can often serve as a roadblock to what really needs to be done. It can be used as a defense…


Depending on whether you’re a beginner, mid-level or professional photographer, choosing the right camera can prove to be a tricky task.

In fact, with the variety of mediums, megapixels and focus points, how does a creative ever know which format is best for their work? Rather than harping on the technical details of cameras — style, preference and subject matter should be your main factors when choosing the proper equipment to shoot your artistic vision. Let’s talk about what makes a camera the perfect fit for you:

Are you a Hobbyist, Beginner or Professional?

Hobby Photographers = Standard Point and Shoot

As a hobby photographer, you probably…


If you’re a film photographer, you have probably considered learning how to develop your own film.

In the days of darkrooms, the only way for you to view your images was to learn the process of development and printing.

A method that now seems to be one of the past, has since found its resurgence in the dedicated community of photographers still relying on film as their main photographic medium.

Although shooting with film is like no other, the costs of purchasing the stock, development, and scanning can weigh heavily on the pockets of a budgeting photographer. …


Working as an assistant or digital technician is often a logical first step in building your professional network in the photography world.

Many acclaimed and successful artists started their careers by assisting photographers that were more established in the industry. Through holding such positions, you obtain both knowledge and skills that will aid in the development of your personal craft. Let’s discuss the benefits of working as a photographer’s assistant:

Learning Techniques of Lighting

As an assistant or digital technician, you will learn the basics of setting up lighting and backdrops for studio shoots. Since every photographer has their own…


Once you’ve secured your model, makeup artist and stylist for a shoot there is one crucial element that is left to consider: Location, Location, Location.

The place in which you use as your setting and backdrop of your images greatly impacts and effects the story you hope to tell. So, how exactly do you determine the best place for your project? The answer — location scouting.

What is Location Scouting?

Location scouting is the process of searching for a place to shoot prior to the day of your project. In an informal situation, you may meet your team in a generalized area and walk…


If you’re an artist in any capacity, you have probably considered attending art school.

Although art school can be a beneficial learning experience and a place solely dedicated to teaching you your craft — there is the continuing debate of whether or not the hefty price of education is truly worth it.

Does an art university really teach you everything you need to know about your future career? Or would real-life experience and immersion be just as sufficient?

To break it down, let’s discuss what you learn in art school versus what you learn from practical, real-life application.

What You Learn in Art School

Theory

Art…


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In any form of portrait photography, whether you photograph fashion, lifestyle, culture or documentary focused work, learning how to pose your subject is a necessity.

Depending on the type of shoot, creative intention or client requests will determine how you integrate posing and guide your subject. No matter what, you should aim for your subject to convey expressions and body language that feels natural and authentic. Here are some ways you can guide and pose your subject during a shoot.

Plan Ahead and Compile a Mood Board

Even though you may have a specific idea you want to create, it…

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