Savage Photographer: Megan Youngblood
Megan Youngblood is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes about art, technology, all things counter-culture, and the occasional auto-biographical musing. Her writing has appeared at Hyperallergic, The Creators Project, Stocktown, Bowery Boogie, and, of course, here. For more on Megan, check out her website or follow her on Twitter.
Choosing the best background for a portrait session can be tricky. There are many factors to consider when choosing a color such as clothing, skin tone, hair color, and more, but the thing to focus on is creating contrast.
Valentine’s Day can mean an influx of shoots for couples. Shooting a couple can be fun, but it is also challenging. One of the most difficult parts of being a photographer in general is making sure that your subjects are comfortable and when you are shooting a couple, this is even more important.
There are dozens of apps that will help make the professional photographer’s life easier, from instant model releases to on demand light meters. Here’s a list of 10 apps that every photographer will love.
Starting to build a photographer’s arsenal of ever changing, high-tech (and, not to mention, expensive) tools can be a daunting task. Although the list of tools and accessories, camera lenses, camera bodies, lens babies and more that a photographer can (and probably should) employ is truthfully endless, here’s a list of 5 must-haves for every photographer.
It isn't uncommon for photographers to also be working as waiters, customer service reps, or admin assistants to supplement their incomes. However there are other, more creative opportunities where photographers can put their visual talents to use and make a few extra dollars. Here are five potential side gigs to help you make some extra cash.
Getting a job as a second shooter is a great way to gain real world experience and build a portfolio. It allows you to work under a more established photographer, and provides you the opportunity to learn as you go along.
Street photography allows you to freeze a moment in time, creating some of the most alluring and narrative photography out there. These impromptu slice-of-life images can oftentimes be both voyeuristic and intimate, allowing the viewer of the photograph to commiserate with the subject, seeing a visual story that isn’t staged and thus inherently organic.
As photographers, or any media makers truthfully, it is important to think about online image sharing a bit more than the average Internet surfer. There are many things you must consider before posting your photos, and some things you can do to help better protect your copyright to those images.
In the worlds of editorial and advertising, images are needed on a daily basis to visually support an ad or an article. The images you see in magazines such as Vogue or Cosmo that aren’t an actual spread, but a simple somewhat generic looking image to sit along side an article with a titled like, “Ten Things That Will Drive Him Crazy” are oftentimes stock photos.
Are you the friend that is constantly lamenting the misrepresentation of the transgender community in the media? Or maybe you are a news junkie, who can name all the political leaders of the Middle East? If this sounds like you, photojournalism may be something you are interested in pursuing.
Fashion photography is unarguably the most glamorous of the photography niches, which makes it also one of the most sought after career paths. Working with fashion models, travelling the world, and collaborating with some of the world’s most famous designers sounds like a pretty glitzy job, but fashion photography comes with its own set of hardships as well.
Formal portraiture is arguably the most common form of photography, with people paying to have their photos taken professionally once a year during their school years and families gathering annually for family portraits. Oftentimes formal portrait studios take a variety of clients, from school children to weddings to engagements to boudoir.
Although many photographers find different niches appealing, honing in on specific ones can be beneficial for a photographer’s business.