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Some Incredible Photography Stories, Tutorials and Awesomeness from This Week

Well it’s about time we fired up the blog again, so I thought it would be a fun experiment to share what we have found in our rounds of the Internet in the photography world. There have been some absolutely stunning things shared lately, so let’s jump in.

Photography Composition by Anton Gorlin- This has to be one of the most definitive blog posts of the year in the photography world. Anton goes into a staggering amount of detail on the topic of composition in a way that is almost worthy of a short book on the topic. He has also reset the clock somewhat for tutorial sites like this one on the quality of content that is possible, and increasingly expected, in the photographic community. Well done to him on this amazing piece.

The Best Photo Printer for Photographers by Dahlia Ambrose – While it’s a pretty dry topic, if you get seriously into photography, you will probably want to start printing your images at some point. And it is actually a good exercise it it makes you consider the details when you’re shooting and also when you’re doing post production. This very long article offers a solid reasoning as to what sort of printer photographers should be looking for and why the Canon ImagePrograf Pro-1000 came out top of her reckoning.

How to Capture Great Photos in Low Light by Craig Hull – The folks over at Expert Photography are really turning up the volume on some very useful tutorials lately and this low light photography article is part of that push. This one goes through the different types of light and how to react to them, covering gear and process as well as the best camera settings for low light photography. Very useful and worth a read.

£300 vs £5000 Camera Setup by Pablo Strong- This video goes into the core of gear envy. Can you get comparable shots on a 300 pound setup as compared to the most modern and quality 5000 pound rig? Now, experienced photographers will know that a good photographer with a poor camera will almost always outperform a poor photographer with an expensive camera, but it’s always worth watching videos like this as it really hammers home the issues. Horses for courses as they say.

The Day the Soviets Arrived to Crush the Prague Spring- If you are a history nut like me, then you are going to want to have a look at this amazing historical collection of Soviet tanks and soldiers rolling into Prague in 1968 to quell a popular uprising. These images are very powerful, but also very useful for any student of history or photography. It’s also the reason why a lot of people decide to become photojournalists.

Free Image Editor for Mac – If you are a Mac user then you might like to check this out. This guy built a totally free (no cost, no ads etc) image editor for the Mac. Just like that. Personally I love stuff like this and I think it’s always worth supporting it when it comes out. I don’t know why he did this, but it’s great. Take a look and you can even ask him a question about it over at Reddit.

Photographing an Ultra-High Contrast Landscape: Case Study by Spencer Cox- When you’re curious about technique or just starting out, then not much is more useful than a solid and practical rundown of how something was done. That is why “case studies” in photography are always hugely popular (and rightly so). This one has a lot of tips and tricks for the landscape photographers among us and is well worth reading.

Final Thoughts

That should give you a LOT of stuff to get started with. Hopefully it doesn’t overwhelm you. We will try to make this a more regular column here on Epic Edits so hit us in the comments if you come across something that should be included on our next list.

10 Helpful Recent Blog Posts on Photography As a Business

The dream of taking a photography hobbie to pro level is something that intrigues a lot of amateur photographers. Photography is a tough business in the pro leagues and you need to make sure you have the right advice.

We have collected a few pretty cool resrouces that have been written on the topic of photography as a business in the last couple of months by people who know what they are talking about.

If you have seen any other cool blog posts on the business of photography, then share them in the comments!

The Business Side of Photography – How to Allocate Resources - This guest post on well-known photographer, Chase Jarvis' blog, from renowned author & business expert Ramit Sethi helps creative artists + entrepreneurs decide how to allocate resources for profit & growth.

30 Things you Should Know to Help you Start a Photography Business - In this post Gina Milicia – author of Digital Photography School's brand new eBook, “Portraits: Making the Shot” shares 30 lessons for those wanting to get into the photography business. “Follow your bliss

25+ Resources for Starting a Freelance Photography Business - Photographer” is one of those professional titles that many people want. And why not? Taking pictures is fun and exciting. But you'll need a first-class.

Why Your Photography Business Should Have a Newsletter - It seems like every time I turn around, another social media outlet is changing the way they are showing our information to the people who “like/follow” us. 

How to Keep Your Photography Business Busy During the Slow Times - How to keep your photography business busy during the slow season winter months.

The Number One Reason Your Photography Business is Failing - So many photographers are terribly frustrated at the constant flux of photographers in their markets. They say, "There are so many photographers in my area who are charging so

How to Promote Your Photography Business with Video Showreels - If you're trying to grow your business and connect with clients on a personal level, then learning how to promote yourself with video showreels is a great step

Give Your Photography Business A Holiday Boost - The holidays are a great time of year for photographers to have some fun with their clients while also boosting business.

The Best Things I've Done for My Business - Jasmine Star takes a moment to share things that've helped her photography business in hopes of shedding light into her "mangled path" to becoming a full time photographer.

14 Respected Photographers' Plans to Jumpstart Their Photography Business - The new year might already be underway, but that doesn't mean it's too late to solidify – or start! – planning for 2013. We were curious what plans photographers had in mind to help jumpstart their photography business, so we