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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.

 

The History of Muslin

The History of Muslin

Muslin is much more than just a lightweight backdrop or lighting tool, it is a fabric that dates back as early as the 3rd century CE with a vast history and a variety of uses. The origin of the word “Muslin” is ambiguous and often debated. 

Matching Your Background to Your Subject

Matching Your Background to Your Subject

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. 

How to Avoid Awkward Romantic Photos

How to Avoid Awkward Romantic Photos

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.

10 Apps Every Photographer Needs

10 Apps Every Photographer Needs

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.

5 Accessories that Every Professional Photographer Should Have

5 Accessories that Every Professional Photographer Should Have

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.

Side Jobs for Photographers

Side Jobs for Photographers

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.

Benefits of Second Shooting

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. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Street Photography

A Beginner’s Guide to Street Photography

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.

Pros & Cons of Image Sharing

Pros & Cons of Image Sharing

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. 

Choosing a Niche: Introduction to Stock Photography

Choosing a Niche: Introduction to Stock Photography

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.