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Elias Butler

Elias Butler is a professional photographer and writer based in Arizona. He's written a book titled "Grand Obsession" and has been published in Sierra, USA Today, and Arizona Highways among many others. See Butler's website here.

  

How to Give Back as a Photographer

How to Give Back as a Photographer

Photographers are in a unique position to help others in an immediate, powerful way. Think of any organization or individual and the chances are, that entity or person could use professional-quality photos whether it’s to help promote an idea, sell a product, or simply to have meaningful images for personal enjoyment.

How to Choose the Right Seamless Paper Size

How to Choose the Right Seamless Paper Size

Choosing the appropriate seamless paper size will take some assessment on your part. Do you tend to make head shots, or do you often photograph families – or both? Do you make a habit of shooting small products or large products? How big is your studio? Can it handle a 9-foot-wide backdrop roll? Or do you shoot in a spare bedroom where space is limited?

10 Tips on How to Get Published in a Magazine

10 Tips on How to Get Published in a Magazine

While it’s true that we live in a digital universe these days when it comes to viewing and publishing photos, there remains a certain allure to having an image published in a print magazine. Not only can it bring your work a large audience and put some change in your pocket, but getting published can lead to greater opportunities for more work with other magazines and beyond in the commercial world.

Savage Economy Background Kits: The Perfect Solution for Beginner Studio Photographers

Savage Economy Background Kits: The Perfect Solution for Beginner Studio Photographers

The new Savage Economy Background Kit fit all my requirements for a studio background setup. Designed for photographers who want a professional look that won’t break the bank, the Economy Background Kit is a great choice for students, part-time photographers, and anyone starting out in portraiture. I was excited to see what this new offering could do for my photography.

Choosing the Right Backdrop for Your Photo Shoot

Choosing the Right Backdrop for Your Photo Shoot

Backdrops come in so many styles and types that it can be downright confusing when trying to find that perfect match for your next shoot. No one has time to try every backdrop during a shoot, so developing a good instinct for the right style and material, whether in the studio or on location, is a skill every photographer should learn.

Muslin vs. Seamless Paper

Muslin vs. Seamless Paper

The issue of muslin vs. seamless paper isn’t so much about one having inherently better qualities than the other – it’s about which is a best fit for the subject in front of your lens. And which best conveys the look you want to impart.

Do You Really Need a Backdrop Stand?

Do You Really Need a Backdrop Stand?

The reasons for investing in a quality backdrop stand can become painfully obvious when working without one. Why buy a set of muslin backdrops or seamless paper or any other type of photo background if you can’t arrange them easily behind your subject? A good background stand makes it possible to realize the creative potential in your photography backdrops. 

What Should a Photographer Pack for a Photo Shoot?

What Should a Photographer Pack for a Photo Shoot?

Leaving the studio to shoot on location can be exciting, fun, and is always a challenge. Yet there’s a danger associated with travel. Have you ever arrived to a location shoot and realized with horror that you’ve forgotten some essential piece of gear? I have and let me tell you that it’s not a fun place to be.

14 Ideas to Get People Laughing For a Portrait

14 Ideas to Get People Laughing For a Portrait

Portrait photographers are specialists in human behavior, and have to be capable of summoning certain expressions and emotions from their subjects – just like the director of a movie. If there’s one skill that can help, it’s the ability to make people laugh and smile. Here is a list of ideas that will help you to have your subjects laughing and grinning during your next portrait session!