6 Ways To Step Up Your Couples Photography This Valentine’s Day

HillaryPhotography, tips & tricks

Photo by Hillary K. Grigonis / Pixel Press & Photo LLC

I have a confession: I love a good romance, and I always have. But it took a while before I realized that St. Valentine himself couldn’t have come up with a better pair than romance and photography. Two years after leaving my career as a photojournalist, I found myself shooting my first wedding—and I was hooked.

There’s something amazing about a photograph of a couple. Done right, a stranger will look at the image and think, Man, these two have found true love. Corny? Maybe, but that’s what I aim to do in all my engagement and wedding sessions, to go beyond the basic newspaper announcement pose and capture that spark. I just completed my second year of shooting weddings, and while that in no way makes me an expert, I’ve found a few methods for going beyond the basic poses and capturing that spark. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are six ways any photographer can step up their couples photography.

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So You Got an Invoice From My Lawyer Asking to Pay Up for the Photo You Stole

NadiaCopyright, Photography, Pixsy Photographers

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One of Pixsy photographers wrote this incredibly honest and straightforward “letter” to one of many corporations “helping out the poor artist” by taking (read: stealing) their photos and expecting it to be alright. We couldn’t resist sharing this cry from the heart of any photographer.

Dear Asshole Friend,

You’re probably wondering why I haven’t responded back to your emails asking me to call off my lawyers. You are, after all, just a well-intentioned corporation doing your best to help out me – the little guy, the starving artist.

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7 Advanced Long Exposure Photography Tips For Going Beyond The Basics

HillaryPhotography, tips & tricks

Photo by Richard Walker // CC BY 2.0

When I discovered the basics of shutter speed as a new photographer, long exposure fascinated me. Like most beginners, I found it fascinating to know how to intentionally create blur and smooth waterfalls into a white mass and make traffic turn into lines in the dark. Tripod, shutter priority mode, and tada! A long exposure.

But long exposure photography shouldn’t just stop at tripods, shutter speed and waterfalls—and it doesn’t. You can bet photographers like Michael Kenna don’t just plop their camera on a tripod and choose a long shutter speed. These seven long exposure photography tips go beyond the basics to capture some truly stand-out images.

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Art Is Helping and Pixsy: Making a Difference, Together

NadiaNews, Pixsy partners

Art Is Helping

Our idea behind creating Pixsy was simple — to give the voice back to the artist and to let the photographers decide what happens to their work.

That is why, the moment Salem Krieger told us about his project Art Is Helping, that gives artists an opportunity to use their work to help those in need, we wanted to become a part of it. After all, our common goal is to give the power back to the artist.

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Learn to Photograph Flowers for Transparency in Six Steps

Harold DavisPhotography, Pixsy Photographers

Nature’s Palette © Harold Davis

This post is written by Harold Davis, as a part of a series, showcasing talented photographers, who use Pixsy to protect their work. 

I am often asked to explain my Photographing Flowers for Transparency technique. At the outset, to avoid misunderstandings, “transparency” is a misnomer: the goal is to create an image that mimics translucency. This is because absolute transparency is simply not possible—because you’d be able to see right through the subject matter—when the goal is to create a photographic print on a reflective substrate.

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CES 2016: The Best Photography Gear from this Year’s Expo

Markphoto gear, Photography

Photo by Sonny Abesamis - CC BY 2.0 (5)

At the start of each year, the tech world focuses its attention on Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the Consumer Electronics Show. This year, 3,600 exhibiting companies unveiled new products and dazzled with new technologies, from the giants such as Samsung and Sony, right down to freshly founded startups. In among the deluge of announcements, there was plenty of exciting new photography gear to see. In case you missed it, here is our roundup.

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How I turned a free photo request into a $570 sale

danielCopyright, Photography, tips & tricks

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The dreaded free photo request– every Flickr user knows what it looks like. But who ever said those free photo riders weren’t willing to pay?

All too often photographers dismiss free photo requests out of discouragement. Yet if someone thinks my photo is “just right” for their brochure, they should be willing to pay something, right? I decided to find out.

In the end I was able to negotiate this free request into a £390 ($570 USD) license fee payment. Here’s how I negotiated the deal, and what it means for the current state of photography.

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7 Best DSLR Lenses for Improving Your Photography in 2016

Markphoto gear, Photography

Photo by Daniel Dionne

While it is easy to covet the latest cameras, a new lens is the single biggest upgrade your photography can receive to jump start this year. High quality glass can provide a sharper image, a different perspective, and the ability to shoot in more challenging conditions — but not all lenses are made equal. To help you navigate the huge choice on offer, here is Pixsy’s pick of the best options for moving on from your kit lens.

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Why Mirrorless Cameras Aren’t Booming Yet — And What That Means For Photographers

HillaryPhotography

Photo by Sonny Abesamis - CC BY 2.0
Photos from mirrorless cameras made up just three percent of all the photos uploaded to Flickr in 2015.

As one of the biggest photo sharing platforms, Flickr is often a good representation of photography on the internet as a whole. But when Flickr published their annual year-in-review, there was a big collective gasp from the photography community when they saw the statistic above.

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Pixsy Dream Christmas Gifts (for Photographers and Not Only)

NadiaExplore, Photography, Pixsy team

Pixsy Christmas

It’s that time of the year again. The sparkling lights, old school carols you absolutely can’t get out of your head, the smell of roasted almonds, and the usual last-moment gift hunt.

We decided to ask our Pixsies what would be their perfect present for this holiday season. In case you’re still wondering what to give your photographer friends or looking for something to treat yourself with, you might find some inspiration here.

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