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25+ Landscape Photography Tips from Pro Photographers

25+ Landscape Photography Tips from Pro Photographers

As a beginner photographer, or even as an experienced veteran, capturing a truly unique and awe-inspiring landscape photo can take a lot of time, skill, and practice. With the millions of landscape photos popping up on Instagram every day, landscape photography is one of the most popular genres and it can be tough to stand out.

That’s why we reached out to over 25 professional photographers to get their take on how to capture better photos. We asked them:

“What’s the number one tip you can give aspiring (or even more advanced) photographers to improve their landscape photography skills and/or capture more professional/creative shots?”

We received some amazing responses encompassing a variety of techniques such as properly preparing for the shoot, choosing the right gear, finding the perfect location, utilizing your senses, and more.

This article lists their answers in detail to help you improve your landscape photography skills!

We’ve broken their responses down by sections, so you can read their answers from start to finish, or “jump” to the section you’re most interested in:

Have a Plan & Be Prepared

I have spent the last 10 years traveling the world in search of the most beautiful landscapes. The most important lesson that I have learned is not necessarily where I am going but how I approach the landscape.

1. Find the landscape

The whole world is full of landscape, it’s what the globe is made up of. There are some that are absolutely stunning and others that are completely cluttered and uninteresting. When searching for a landscape, begin looking in your own backyard. What I mean by that is see what natural features are around you.

When I first started in photography I thought I had to go to the other side of the world in order to find beauty. Now that I look back, I have found the most beauty in places as close as Big Sur, the Utah Desert, and the Pacific Northwest, so no matter where you are you can find beauty. Look for waterfalls, peaks, rivers, pristine lakes, jagged cliffs, deep canyons, vast deserts, etc.

2. Create a shot list

Once you have a location, begin to concept how you want to capture it. I do lots of research on 500px to find out how others have captured similar landscapes. I look for what others have shot…not to copy them but to in a way collaborate and to see what inspiration I can add to my vision.

When you are planning, think of new or different ways to capture your landscape. Try to concept a shot that is unique or ironic. Don’t be afraid to test something out or make mistakes. The way I see it, it’s better to take 30 different shots and have five turn out killer than just stick to the two shots you know will look good. If you feel outside of your comfort zone, then you’re in a good place!

3. Preparation

This is one of the most important steps. Without properly preparing, you can leave yourself open to missing opportunities to capture photos and it will eat up precious time on a trip. To begin, my studio and I use Google Map Engine to build out detailed maps of the locations that we are planning to capture. You can add destinations, location images, and details about accommodations or food along the way.

Packing correctly also will help you optimize your traveling space. Make sure the essentials are always available. My essentials are my camera kit, a headlamp, multi-tool, light jacket, beanie, and a light tripod. This all usually fits in one of my F Stop camera bags. Having these readily available keeps you ready to take photographs at a moment’s notice.

One last step in preparation is finding out where the sun will set, rise, and where the Milky Way will cross the sky. (Note that the core of the Milky Way is not visible during winter months of the northern hemisphere).

4. Look for more than the postcard angle

I always begin my photographic process by circumnavigating my subject. I look for every angle and every opportunity to view the subject differently. Get higher than the subject, get lower, shoot close and wide, shoot far way and compressed. Shoot with more background or more foreground.

Though I don’t always literally circumnavigate, i.e. traverse around the subject, I always aim to gain an appreciation for the landscape, seek out the details such as brilliant moss rocks, the way the clouds are moving over the land, the way the mountains lead to the water, etc. When I feel like I have fully scouted, I use my shot list and begin seeing how the shots will integrate into the scene.

5. Shoot your subject in multiple lighting scenarios

Back in September, a few buddies and I kayaked 7.5 miles on the completely still Maligne Lake to reach Spirit Island and capture it at different times of day. My favorite times of day to capture a landscape are sunrise, sunset, and under the stars. Each scenario presents different light and a different mood to the photographs.

We arrived after the grueling paddle and because I knew our time there was limited, we began shooting right away to capture the sunset. After capturing the sunset, we scarfed down cliff bars, set up a minimal camp, and got our tripods out when it got dark. The brilliant stars came out and we were so in awe of how beautiful the sky was.

After locking my camera into my tripod I set my exposure to 15” (to make sure the stars stayed sharp), set the aperture to f/4, and ISO to 400. I had not seen too many photos from Spirit Island at night, so I knew it was important to get every variation. Throughout the night I shot images with a tent, without a tent, with a 4-hour start trail, with the stars tack sharp, and a hundred other variations. I was wiped, I got just a few hours of sleep, but I knew I had to get up before the sun rose in order to shoot this landscape at sunrise. As with the first two scenarios, sunrise blew me away. I can confidently say that it is the most beautiful place and I will remember that night we spent at Spirit Island for a long time!

6. Add a human element to the landscape

Once I feel like I have captured the best angles of the landscape, I love to introduce a human element. I did this at Spirit Island, I added a kayaker, a hiker, someone near the tent, and someone jumping into the icy water.

By adding a human element, the landscape was given a sense of scale and it gives whoever is viewing the photo a way to emotionally connect with it. When shooting someone, make sure to give them separation with either color or contrast, whether in the sky, against a body of water, or a background that is not busy. You want to be able to quickly identify them in the photo.

Chris Burkard

 

Chris Burkard
Photographer at Chris Burkard Photography

Find out what excites you in the world and take photographs of that subject. If you are passionate about a subject, this usually shines through in the final image or print. Having a good understanding of what you are photographing leads to stronger and more compelling images. This approach helps to show your audience what makes you different from other photographers and is critical to finding your own voice and developing a personal style.

Scott Smorra

 

Scott Smorra
Photographer at Scott Smorra Photography

Choose the Right Camera Gear

The ONE tip I would give any photographer is to use a UV filter. This can definitely transform all your shots by getting rid of that bluish tint you can get, especially if you capture landscapes with horizons.

UV filters *may* alter your picture’s sharpness if they are cheap, so I would recommend going with branded ones like Nikon, Hoya, or B&W. The second thing to know about UV filters is that they can protect your lens, even if the front elements are usually the cheapest to replace.

My camera once detached from its harness right on the lens. It broke the UV filter in a million pieces, and my lens didn’t have a scratch. The third thing to know about UV filters is that they can create some slight vignetting effect on your images. Sometimes, it’s better to go without, especially if you’re already using an ND filter to achieve a movement effect.

Ambre Peyrotty

 

Ambre Peyrotty
Photographer at Zephyr & Luna

Landscape photography is magical and if I had any tips for experienced or new photographers out there, I would say that a heavy tripod (stable in the wind) and an understanding of shutter speeds (can add movement to still life) and how important the clouds are; they can define a moment.

Ryan Pyle

 

Ryan Pyle
Photographer at Ryan Pyle Photography

Neutral Density filters and polarizing filters are must-have pieces of kit for the landscape photographer. Polarizers are great for eliminating some of the reflections in water and getting more contrast out of your image. (Here’s a neat trick to use in a pinch: hold up a pair of polarized sunglasses in front of your lens if you don’t have your filter handy!) If the sky is too bright, an ND filter will help you balance your exposure.

Tania Braukamper

 

Tania Braukamper
Editor at Shotkit.com

From Neutral Density filters to color graded (polarized) filters, you have the freedom to play with your surroundings and capture them as you please in a more creative way.

Polarizing filters darken the sky and therefore bring out the blues in contrast to the white of the clouds while Neutral Density filters will allow you to limit the intake of intense/bright light and have you compose slow shutter speed shots to display movement in your take (long exposure). To capture long exposure, you will need a tripod and a remote for your camera to avoid any type of shake.

Can Ahtam

 

Can Ahtam
Photographer at Can Ahtam

Optimize Your Camera Settings

Learn how to meter for both front light and backlight to properly expose the shot.

Light metering allows your camera to choose the right combination of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, in order to achieve balanced exposure for your photo. There isn’t a by-the-book right way to do this – the right way to choose your light metering method has a lot to do with what you are trying to achieve creatively. There are a total of four metering modes available on most modern cameras.

  • Spot metering is useful for high-contrast scenes with the subject significantly darker or lighter than the rest of the composition. 
  • Partial metering is similar to spot metering but a larger area is involved (compared to spot metering’s selected focus point).
  • Center-weighted metering is useful when you’re dealing with a subject that highly contrasts with the background. It uses a large round area in the center of the viewfinder and measures its light intensity.
  • Evaluative/matrix metering is useful for scenes with little to no contrast. When measuring light intensity, it takes into consideration the entire frame you are pointing at.

My tip is to experiment with the different methods as much as you wish, in order to master making beautiful, well-exposed photos.

Snezhina Piskova

 

Snezhina Piskova
Digital Creator at Independent Fashion Bloggers

Here’s one thing that can quickly take a landscape photographer’s work from good to great: shooting RAW files!

If you’ve shot landscapes before, you’ve probably come across the problem of losing color and detail in the sky of what is otherwise a stunning image. Or, the sky looks great, but the foreground is way too dark. Most people start out shooting JPEG photos, which can look great and don’t necessarily require much editing, but raw files capture so much more information, and they can help you get those skies back.

Shooting RAW and exposing your photo for the sky can help you keep information and color there that you might otherwise lose, without having to lean on extra gadgets like filters for your lenses! It’s easy to get shadow detail back in Photoshop or Lightroom, and you can get a much broader dynamic range and more compelling landscape photos.

Paige Elizabeth Gribb

 

Paige Elizabeth Gribb
Photographer at Paige Gribb Photography

My advice for landscape photography would be to slow down your shutter speed because slow shutter speeds slow downtime and blur moving scenes of clouds, waves, water, cars, stars, and more, giving a dreamy look to your images through time-lapse.

To shoot even slower, use a neutral density filter to reduce the light entering the camera and allow for shooting with extremely slow shutter speeds.

Jim Costa

 

Jim Costa
Video Producer at Jim Costa Films

Underexpose your shot

With an underexposed photo, you are sure to have all the information of the scene for editing after. It’s easier to brighten and tweak dark areas in a photo, but you cannot darken or retrieve details in white spots anymore, which is the case if your photo is overexposed. Underexposed shots allow you to play more with shadows and structure which allow for stylistic edits.

Raymond Cua

 

Raymond Cua
Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Travelling Foodie

Find the Perfect Location

I’ve been shooting landscape photos for nearly four years, and my biggest tip is to seek out underrated/unknown locations. Everyone likes to go to all these epic locations they’ve seen on Instagram, but this makes for an unpleasant experience & basic photos.

Part of landscape photography is connecting with the outdoors, and it’s hard to do that when you are surrounded and crammed together with 100 other photographers all taking the exact same photo.

Instead, try to find somewhere that you haven’t seen before. This is more rewarding as it makes the location more special to you and it makes you a better photographer because it requires you to find the right composition instead of just copying one you have already seen.

Colby Eubanks

 

Colby Eubanks
Photographer at Colby Eubanks

Research the location you’re going to shoot in before you go. If you’re shooting at the coast, look at the tide times; for instance, in some locations, there is a mountain that is perfectly reflected in the water only when the tide is on its way out, or in some places there is a lot of seaweed when the tide is low which can make the shot look messy.

Taking the sun position into account too is crucial – some waterfalls look glorious in the morning light while others are hidden in shadow, depending on which way they face. Using a website like www.suncalc.org to see the positions of the sun has helped me so much with getting an idea of when the light will be at the perfect angle for the area I want to shoot.

Cat Gundry-Beck

 

Cat Gundry-Beck
Photographer at Cat Gundry-Beck

I would say that my number one tip is to not focus too much on traveling to all the epic locations but to find a location that you can go back to over and over again.

Hopping from one location to the next is much like casual meetings with people whom you don’t know. You respond to your first superficial impression and don’t know that person at all. If you get to know someone better, you have deeper conversations, you get to really know this person and you might find out that this person has much more to offer than you thought he or she had.

It is the same with landscapes. If you revisit a location time and time again, you get to know it better, you can get beyond the superficial and your pictures will improve drastically because you are forced to go beyond the superficial snapshots and will be challenged to try to find new compositions. This is when you really become aware of your surroundings and see in a new way.

Ellen Borggreve

 

Ellen Borggreve
Photographer at Ellen Borggreve Photography

My number one tip, especially for beginners, is to take advantage of mapping sites and tools to scout locations that can help reduce time driving around and looking at places in-person.

Before I went on a location scout to take some 4th of July fireworks photos over the National Mall, I used Google Maps to figure out unique places where I could view the Washington Monument. As a result, I found a spot across the Potomac River that gave me a great view! Another tool my production team uses when scouting locations is Sun Seeker, it charts out the path of the sun so you have an idea where the optimal angles would be for magic hour.

Patrick Pho
Content Producer at Patrick Pho

My number one tip is to do a lot of due diligence with your location scouting and have the patience to wait until you’ve really got the shot.

Whether you’re shooting in a landscape photography location that has been shot ad nauseam or some location that practically no one has ever heard of, you can get your best shot of it (and increase your chances of discovering a new angle on a location that has been shot before) by going there and getting a feel for the place, finding the best angle to shoot it from, and coming back if necessary.

If you give yourself time, that means if you’re out scouting during, say, around noon when the light is harsh and you find the perfect spot, you can come back at sunrise or sunset if you think the shot would work best at golden hour.

Likewise, you might find that when you’re scouting a location the weather conditions aren’t ideal and you can plan to come back at a later time when they are. And if you take a shot during a certain season, think about whether the shot would work better in another season of the year. The time of day and the season you shoot in can make or break your photographs.

Brandon Ballweg

 

Brandon Ballweg
Founder at ComposeClick

Utilize Your Senses

The most important thing to realize is that when you’re shooting outside, you’re not just shooting the gorgeous redwood tree you’ve noticed; you’re shooting an entire scene, an emotional event. Before a shoot, take half an hour to absorb your surroundings and observe what hits your five senses the hardest. Experiment with focusing in on what you notice the most, and before you know it, you’ll be using your photography instincts to guide your shoots.

Try shooting from different points of view, as this will give perspective to the shot. Shooting from down low close to the grass with a wide-angle lens can provide a more interesting photograph than a simple shot taken at standing level. You can practice with different shots by going low, high, or zooming in.

Glen Wilde

 

Glen Wilde
CEO, Founder, & Photographer at Diet to Success

When you find a scene or environment that moves you to create an image, the first thing to do is to close your eyes. Photographers can see better if they close their eyes for a moment. Let your other senses inform your inspiration.

Feel a breeze on your skin? Maybe use a slower shutter speed to reveal the moving grasses. Smell the aroma of a field of flowers or blooming trees? Accentuate those elements by showing their abundance or using some in the foreground. Did you feel rough rocks through your boots as you hiked to a spot? Perhaps drop lower to maximize the rough terrain. And so on and so on! Close your eyes, you’ll see better.

Dion McInnis

 

Dion McInnis
Photographer at Dion McInnis Photography

Take time to really see. Try to look at the subject of your attention for long enough that it ceases to be recognizable. In the same way that looking at a word for a long time renders it unfamiliar, try to unshackle yourself from all preconceptions. Instead, observe in a very abstract sense – see the shapes, the lines, planes of light, etc.

Valda Bailey

 

Valda Bailey
Photographer at Valda Bailey Photography

Let yourself be guided by what your eyes are really focused on, special elements in nature that capture your attention even if you don’t know why. If you’ll really learn to understand what your eye looks for and convert all this in a shot, you’ll be able to capture very interesting images also in very popular locations or places that don’t look so special.

Isabella Tabacchi

 

Isabella Tabacchi
Photographer at Isabella Tabacchi Photography

Set the Scene

One of the main tips I have for improving your landscape photography is to really make sure you understand light. Landscape photography is different from many other forms of photography in that you can’t control the available light. As a result, you need to have a strong understanding of how light affects your image and how to work with it in order to produce technically sound and beautiful photography.

Most people have probably heard that shooting at golden hour is one of the best times of day to shoot. And, it’s true – the light is softer and has a beautiful inviting warm glow to it. Not only that but since the sun is lower during golden hour, you get more interesting shadows on your landscapes which can really enhance your composition.

Other times, you’ll want to deliberately shoot when the sky is cloudy or slightly overcast. Essentially, clouds are like a big natural softbox and they really help to diffuse the light and balance your exposure. For example, when shooting waterfalls, harsh sunlight can cause ugly hotspots and reflections that are hard to deal with. When it’s overcast, the light is far more balanced and pleasing to the eye.

As well as timing your photography to maximize the available light, you can further control it with filters and polarisers and even editing techniques like blending exposures and HDR photography.

Connor Mollison

 

Connor Mollison
Photographer at Connor Mollison Photography

My personal number one tip to improve your landscape photography would be to follow the clouds, especially for sunrise and sunset. I feel like clouds in your landscape photos gives them more depth and perspective. But the true magic happens at sunrise and sunset because it seems like the clouds help the sky explode with beautiful colors!

Jermaine Amado

 

Jermaine Amado
Photographer/Owner at J Amado Photography

Follow the light. It’s one of the best pieces of advice I have received as a photographer. Photography is painting with light, if there is no light in the image it will be very disappointing.

Errord Jarrett

 

Errord Jarrett
Photographer at CSJ Photography

Whenever I take the landscape shots, I capture them during the golden hours. The golden light gives a beautiful frame and enhances the beauty of the place. The sun’s angle and how it impacts the scene is beyond words as it creates exciting patterns, dimensions, and textures. Whether you are a beginner or a professional photographer, you will ever get the best light and creative possibilities.

Gintaras Steponkus

 

Gintaras Steponkus
Photographer & Webmaster at Camera Harmony

Search for Depth

When I first started photography, as many people do, I started with landscape photography. I wanted to capture the scene in a way that when I reviewed the photos or displayed them it was like anyone could walk right into that particular landscape. Maximizing depth of field to create a sharp image from the foreground through the background is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to achieve this.

Start off by using a small aperture, somewhere between f8-f11. If you shoot using the minimum or largest apertures you could create diffraction (noticeable softening of images caused by the reduction of optical resolution as you encroach on the smallest/largest of a lens aperture).

Since your aperture will be small you’re going to more than likely have a slow shutter speed so use a tripod to avoid camera shake. An external shutter release or an app used with WiFi capable cameras will also reduce shake. If you don’t have either try to use a 10-second timer.

Keep an eye on your shutter speed for objects moving in the scene creating motion blur. One way to fix this is by increasing your ISO to freeze motion or you can use ND filters to create more blur.

Start off focusing on the middle of the photo, roughly one-third into the scene. I use single-point autofocus and drag my focus point. You can also manually adjust. Another option is to focus stack. Focusing on the foreground, then midground and finally the background and merging the photos in post-production.

After you take your shots don’t forget to preview them. Zoom into the area in which you were focusing on and make sure it is in focus from foreground to background. If the image is not sharp lower your aperture and shoot again.

Lastly, shoot during golden hour. Golden hour is the hour after sunrise and the hour prior to sunset. These will create beautifully dramatic shadows as well as visually pleasing warm tones in your image.

Nick Boris

 

Nick Boris
Owner at Livli Productions

Look for depth in the photo, play with foreground and background. Are there rocks, plants, or other natural features in the scene that you can use to frame up the entire landscape? Use these elements to help great a sense of grandeur for your viewer.

Darcy Rogers

 

Darcy Rogers
Photography at DarcyRodgers.com

Get creative and add more depth to your landscape photos by including foreground and background in the shot. When possible, try and include a tree, an animal, or even a car that is closer to your lens, but also focusing on the beautiful background. This simple tip will add dimension to your photograph and will make it more interesting for your viewers.

Brian James

 

Brian James
Photographer at Brian James Photography

Compose Your Shot

Look for a way to use leading lines in your image

Leading lines are a powerful way to draw the viewer’s attention to the main subject of your landscape image. Think about trees, paths, cliff lines, and creeks or rivers and guide the viewer’s eye. Also, never be afraid to get low with the camera to create a more powerful landscape, when you get low it creates a sense that the landscape is bigger than you are. It creates interest in the viewer.

Jonathan Ridgely
Photographer at JonathonRphoto.com

My best tip for shooting landscapes is to learn proper composition rules.

When it comes to landscape photography, the composition is everything because you must balance the background, foreground, lines, shapes, and be familiar with the best focal points. If you do this right, your photos will dramatically improve. Also, after you’ve nailed the composition part, editing becomes easier.

Ivana Kurilic

 

Ivana Kurilic
Blogger & Photographer at Artful Haven

When photographing landscapes, the most important tip to keep in mind is to make sure you are being very detailed. You want everything that’s in the frame to be exactly what you are expecting.

The worst is when you come home and look through your photos and notice how there are people, garbage, fire hydrants, etc. in your shot. This will cause you hours of photoshops when you could have avoided it from the beginning. I also have to say that choosing the right lens that is wide enough is ideal for landscapes. I prefer to use a 14-55mm lens!

Makayla Casey

 

Makayla Casey
Photographer at Makayla Casey Photography

Push Your Boundaries

When I first got started with photography one of the biggest mistakes I made was going out only when it was comfortable. To get great landscape images, I eventually learned that an element of discomfort was often needed.

I don’t mean this in any extreme way, but for example, the small discomfort of getting up extra early to get in place before sunrise. Or the discomfort of getting a little wet by going out just before or after a heavy rain rolls through an area.

The average person avoids discomfort, so they get average images. Whenever a new photographer comes to me and asks for tips, this is one of the first things I mention as I found that this simple idea immediately helped elevate my own images.

Kevin Kienitz

 

Kevin Kienitz
Photographer at Kevin Kienitz Photography

What’s Your Number One Landscape Photography Tip?

After hearing from these amazing professionals, it’s clear that a lot of thought, preparation, and time goes into capturing a landscape photo that truly stands out. By following these tips, though, you will be well on your way to improving your photography skills and capturing amazing photos just like these pros!

We want to say a big “thank you!” to all of the photographers who contributed to this article and made this list of tips possible. We truly appreciate it!

Make sure to share some love in the comments below and thank these photographers if you can. Also, we’d love to hear your best landscape photography tips! In the comments below, please leave your number one tip for capturing better landscape photos!

Canon T6 vs T6i

Canon T6 vs. T6i: The Complete Comparison

Canon T6 vs. T6i: The Complete Comparison

In this article, we breakdown the differences between the Canon T6 and the Canon T6i, so you can decide which one is the best fit for your needs.

The Canon T6 and the Canon T6i are both entry-level DSLR cameras that were released within 13 months of each other. These cameras are targeted towards beginners and amateurs who are ready to venture into the DSLR game.

Both of these models are versions of Canon’s entry-most DSLR cameras, and they share many similarities between them. The main difference between these cameras is the price, as the Canon T6 was released at a significantly lower price point than the Canon T6i, but there are several advantages to the Canon T6i that are worth paying a bit more for.

Despite being the older model, at a glance, the Canon T6i has a slight edge compared to the Canon T6, but we break down the basics of each model to help you decide which will be a better fit for your photography needs.

Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to see which of these beginner cameras would be the best fit.

Key Details at a Glance:

The following chart shows the side by side specs of the Canon T6 and the Canon T6i:

Canon T6: Canon T6i:
Price New: $462, Used: $415 (Body Only) New: $550
Release Date 3/10/2016 2/6/2015
Sensor 18MP APS-C CMOS 24MP APS-C CMOS
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Articulating LCD Screen No Yes
LCD Screen Size 3 3
Viewfinder Resolution 921k 1040k
Lens Type EF/EF-S Mount Ef/EF-S Mount
Continuous Shooting Speed 3.0 fps 5.0 fps
Video Resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080
Weather sealed No No
Image Stabilization No No
ISO Range 100-6400 100-12800
Low Light ISO 781 919
Battery Life 500 Shots 440 Shots
Time-Lapse Recording No No
Touchscreen No Yes
Selfie Friendly LCD No Yes
Wireless Connection Yes Yes
Bluetooth Connection No Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
AE Bracketing Yes Yes
Smartphone Remote Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
External Flash Yes Yes
Lenses Available 326 326
Dimensions 129x101x78mm 132x101x78mm
Weight 485g 555g

Detailed Comparison

While the side-by-side specs are an easy way to get an overview of the similarities and differences between these two cameras, this detailed comparison will help illustrate how these features function in everyday use.

Every major camera brand has their own DSLR line, filled with different entry-level models, and most of these cameras cater to different kinds of photographers depending on their key features. The Canon T6 and the Canon T6i are models that can work for a variety of genres, but the Canon T6i provides a bit more flexibility for photographers who want to be able to do it all.

As with most entry-level cameras, neither the Canon T6 or Canon T6i features a speciality area, but rather, they both bring an assortment of functions to help beginners become acquainted with DSLR photography.

Design & Battery Life

Despite both of these cameras being part of Canon’s entry-level line, their designs contain enough differences to be considered a deciding factor for some. The Canon T6 is 129x101x78mm, whereas the Canon T6i measures at 132x101x78mm. The difference in thickness can be attributed to the Canon T6i’s articulating LCD screen.

Both of these models feature a 3’’ LCD screen, and the Canon T6i is a touch screen. For those who want flexibility when it comes to the LCD screen, the Canon T6i is the better camera. The fully articulating screen allows for smooth movements in all angles, and can be a huge help for those who want to take selfies or use the screen for vlogging.
Canon T6 vs T6I Design & Battery Life

Image via Apotelyt

The Canon T6 weighs 485g, and the Canon T6i comes in at 555g. There is a slight difference in camera weight, but this does change depending on the lenses used. Both of these cameras utilize a Canon EF/EF-S Mount, which means they are compatible with 326 lenses.

Both of these cameras feature built-in and external flash options, which makes them great choices for photographers who want flexibility with their lighting equipment. The Canon T6i, features an external microphone port, whereas the Canon T6 does not, so the Canon T6i is the better choice for those who want higher sound quality when using the video functions.

The Canon T6 has a battery life of about 500 shots per charge, and the Canon T6i’s battery life is about 440 shots per charge. For those who want to get the most out of each charge, the Canon T6 is the stronger choice because it allows about 60 more shots than the Canon T6i.

Autofocus System & Camera Speed

These cameras have very clear differences between their autofocus systems. The Canon T6 features a 9-point system, and the Canon T6i tops that with a 19-point system. While they both operate similarly, the Canon T6i features 10 extra points to help lock in subjects during shoots.

The Canon T6’s continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps, while the Canon T6 clocks in at 5.0 fps. With a difference of 2.0 fps, the Canon T6i trumps the Canon T6 for those who want the quickest performance during shoots.
Duck in the water

Image via DPReview

With a higher number of autofocus points and a faster speed, the Canon T6i is better for photographers who plan on doing action or sports photography. Neither of these cameras feature image stabilization, though, so it is important to keep that in mind when shooting fast-paced subjects.

Image Quality & Low Light Performance

For entry-level cameras, both the Canon T6 and the Canon T6i create solid images. These cameras are known for their even and natural color portrayal, and they both are on par with most beginner models.

Image Sample from the Canon T6:

Canon T6 Image

Image via Imaging-Resource

The differences can be seen mostly in their low-light performances, as the ISO range is significantly higher on the Canon T6i. The Canon T6 features a range of 100-6400, which can be expanded to 12800. The Canon T6i’s native ISO range is 100-12800, and can be expanded up to 25600.

With a higher range and double the expansion of the Canon T6, the Canon T6i outperforms the Canon T6 in low light situations. The Canon T6 is slow to focus in dim lighting, and noise appears in darker environments.

Image Sample from the Canon T6i:

Canon T6I Image

Image via ExploreCams

When it comes to versatility and allowing for flexibility in lighting situations, the Canon T6i is the clear winner between these two models.

Connectivity Features

Since both of these models come from the entry-level Canon line, the Canon T6 and the Canon T6i share similar connection ability. Both of these cameras feature built-in wireless connection, which makes it possible to seamlessly transfer images between devices.

The Canon T6 and the Canon T6i both utilize NFC connection, and this feature also helps with image transfer between connected devices. Neither the Canon T6 or the Canon T6i have built-in bluetooth connection, which means image transfer through other features is a bit slower.

Both of these cameras can be connected to smartphones for remote usage, which is helpful for photographers who want the ability to easily take hands-free photos.

The Final Verdict

While both of these cameras are great entry-level models, the Canon T6i is the clear winner when it comes to speed, autofocus, low-light performance, and design features. At a lower price point, the Canon T6 is a solid choice for those who want to spend a little less on their cameras, but still have access to the basic functions of a DSLR.

The Canon T6 is also a great choice for those who want a longer lasting battery and lighter equipment for long shoots. The Canon T6i is perfect for entry-level photographers who want to be able to try it all, but plan to do action or sports photography.

Overall, these models are both cheap and efficient, but the Canon T6i is definitely the better camera.

Nikon D3500 vs. Canon T6: The Ultimate Comparison

Nikon D3500 vs. Canon T6: The Ultimate Comparison

In this article, we break down the differences between the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T6, so you can decide which camera is best for you.

The Nikon D3500 and the Canon T6 are both entry-level DSLR cameras from two of the best camera brands on the market. These cameras are targeted for amateurs and enthusiasts who are ready to step into the DSLR photography game.

With two years between their release dates, the Nikon D3500 has a slight edge when it comes to technology advances, but the Canon T6 manages to hold its own with Canon’s signature features. Both of these models start at some of the lowest price points for DSLR style cameras, and they have similar features that are aimed towards helping beginner photographers get used to the DSLR format.

Although there are a lot of similarities between these models, in this article we take the time to highlight the differences, so you can choose which model is best for you!

Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to see which of these beginner cameras would be the best fit.

Key Details at a Glance:

The following chart shows the side-by-side specs of the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T6:

Nikon D3500 Canon T6
Price New: $470, Used: $365 (Body Only) New: $462, Used: $415 (Body Only)
Release Date 8/29/2018 3/10/2016
Sensor 24MP APS-C CMOS 18MP APS-C CMOS
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Articulating LCD Screen No No
LCD Screen Size 3 3
Viewfinder Resolution 2359k 921k
Lens Type Nikon F Mount EF/EF-S Mount
Continuous Shooting Speed 5.0 fps 3.0 fps
Video Resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080
Weather sealed No No
Image Stabilization No No
ISO Range 100-25600 100-6400
Low Light ISO 25,600 12,800
Battery Life 1,550 Shots 500 Shots
Time Lapse Recording No No
Touchscreen No No
Selfie Friendly LCD No No
Wireless Connection No Yes
Bluetooth Connection Yes No
Microphone Port No No
AE Bracketing No Yes
Smartphone Remote Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
External Flash Yes Yes
Lenses Available 305 321
Dimensions 124x97x70mm 129x101x78mm
Weight 365g 485g

Detailed Comparison

The side-by-side specs are a great way of seeing the major differences between the cameras at a quick glance, but this detailed comparison helps illustrate how these differences function between the models.

Taking the plunge into DSLR photography is exciting, but with so many entry-level options, the process of picking a camera is daunting. Going with the Nikon D3500 or the Canon T6 is a great place to start since these brands dominate the market, which can help create a seamless transition into DSLR equipment.

Both of these cameras are entry-level models, which means they are great for beginners (and enthusiasts) who want a basic camera that can conquer many different types of photography. Both of these cameras are equipped with the ability to help photographers master the technique of DSLR cameras.

Design & Battery Life

Nikon and Canon both have signature designs that can be a huge deciding factor when it comes to picking out a camera. Nikon and Canon are known for implementing their classic designs throughout their models, so if you have a preference towards either brand, the Nikon D3500 and Canon T6 will be no exception.

The Nikon D3500 is 124 x 97 x 70mm, and it weighs 365g, whereas the Canon T6 is 129 x 101 x 78mm, and 485g. The size differences are small in measurement, but the Nikon D3500 is a bit thinner and sleeker than the Canon T6, as well as lighter. If you want a camera that is lightweight, and more compact, the Nikon D3500 is the better choice.

Along with their sizes, both of these cameras feature 3’’ fixed LCD screens, so neither of them allow flexibility with shooting angles. Both of these models lack environmental sealing, which means they neither are a good choice if you plan to shoot in extreme weather conditions.

While their size difference comes down to the photographer’s preference in equipment handling, a big difference between these models is the battery life. The Canon T6 has a battery life of 500 shots, which is pretty impressive and allows for lengthy shoots between charging.

The Nikon D3500 is the clear winner when it comes to battery life, though. It can take up to 1,550 shots on a single charge, which is amazing for entry-level photographers who want to take a lot of pictures during each shoot.

Autofocus System & Performance

These cameras are well-rounded models that have a little bit of every DSLR feature, including autofocus systems and quick continuous shooting speeds. Overall, these are great cameras to help photographers get used to utilizing these features during shoots, but there are some differences between both cameras.

The Nikon D3500 features an autofocus system with 11-points, while the Canon T6’s system operates with 9-points. Both of these are good systems to start with, since they cover the middle of the frame, but aren’t too distracting while shooting. The Nikon D3500 has the upperhand with a few extra focus points.

The Canon T6 has a continuous shooting speed of 3.0 fps, so it is better suited for still subjects and landscape photography. It is possible to capture action shots with this camera, but it won’t be able to take as many frames as higher price point DSLRs.

If you plan on doing more action photography, the Nikon D3500 is the better choice between the two cameras. The Nikon D3500 features a continuous shooting speed of 5.0 fps.

Image Quality & Low Light Performance

For entry-level cameras, the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T6 both produce solid images. The Canon T6 features an 18-MP APS-C CMOS sensor, and the Nikon D3500 features a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor. While these sensors produce similar results, the extra 6MP gives a lot more freedom when it comes to cropping and printing larger images.

Image Sample from the Nikon D3500:

Image Sample from the Nikon D3500

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Neither of these cameras feature image stabilization, so it’s important to keep this in mind when planning shoots that require a lot of handling. You may need to invest in other equipment, like a tripod, to reduce image shake when using either model.

In low light situations, the Nikon D3500 pulls ahead compared to the Canon T6. The Canon T6 features an ISO range of 100-6400, and it can expand to 12,800 in low light situations. On the other hand, the Nikon D3500’s ISO range is 100-25,400, which provides a bit more ability for quality low light images.

Image Sample from the Canon T6:

Image Sample from the Canon T6

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For low light situations, both of these cameras feature built-in flash options, as well as external flash attachments. The built-in options have slight differences in their ability, as the Nikon D3500 has a range of 7.0m, and the Canon T6 has a larger range of 9.2m. If you plan to utilize a flash attachment, you can achieve the same range of flash on either model.

The Nikon D3500 removes the anti-aliasing filter that some cameras have, which means it has a higher ability to retain fine detail. The Canon T6 does feature an anti-aliasing filter though, and it reduces moire in photos.

Connection Features

Modern DSLR cameras typically have the ability to connect via Bluetooth or WiFi to other devices to provide for easy image transfer.

The Nikon D3500 features Bluetooth connection with Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, which allows the connection through a smartphone app to quickly share images between devices. This is a great feature if you plan on sharing images with just one device, but if you require WiFi for image transfer, the Nikon D3500 isn’t the best choice,

The Canon T6 takes a different approach to image transfer, as it utilizes WiFi connection to share images between multiple connected devices. This feature is handy if you’re around WiFi to share, but the Canon T6 lacks Bluetooth connectivity, so it doesn’t work well for on-the-go image transfer.

Both of these cameras can connect to an app to allow remote control with your smartphone. This is convenient for photographers who want to use a tripod, or any kind of set-up, that requires a remote trigger.

The Final Verdict

Both of these cameras are stellar entry-level models, but the Nikon D3500 has a significant advantage over the Canon T6 in several categories.

The Nikon D3500 is great for any photographer who wants a camera that performs well in low light and has super long battery life. It is also a great fit for photographers who want a lighter model when traveling or conducting shoots that require a lot of equipment handling.

If you want a camera that has a reliable connection across multiple devices, along with comparable speed, image quality, and autofocus ability, then the Canon T6 is a good choice.

Overall, the Nikon D3500 is the better choice when it comes to features and performance.

Vintage Photography Guide

Vintage Photography 101: A Guide to Getting Started

Vintage Photography 101: A Guide to Getting Started

In this guide, we break down the basics of vintage photography, along with tips, examples, and recommended gear to help you get started.

The first photograph was taken in 1826, and photography has completely evolved as an art form since then. With the invention of digital cameras, there is no longer a need to rely on film or dark rooms to produce pictures, but the art of vintage photography is still worth appreciating, even in the modern era.

Dark Room Photography

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In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of vintage photography, and cover tips for creating vintage pictures with modern equipment. Use the links below to skip ahead, or keep reading for a complete guide to capturing vintage photos:

What is Vintage Photography?

Vintage photography has a pretty broad definition, especially in our modern world. It can refer to anything shot on a non-digital camera (like a Polaroid or Film camera), a photo processed to look older through editing and filters, photography that is created by mimicking old processes, or photos shot on modern equipment that are styled for a vintage look.

girl and boy black and white photo

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While you may have an old Polaroid camera floating around in your attic, it is not necessary to invest in a brand new film camera to capture vintage-style photos. Translating this genre to modern-day equipment is pretty simple, so you can get started even if you don’t have older equipment to work with.

If you want to really get the feel of vintage photography, look into film cameras, but be aware of the work that goes into developing film. Search for film developers near you, or check out your local area to see if someone has a dark room where you can work on your photos.
Man Looking in Film Camera

Image via Esquire

If you choose to go with modern equipment to capture your vintage shoots, understanding what makes a photo “vintage” will help you master this genre. Vintage photos were limited by the use of film and the lack of features on the camera, which means the photographers had to do a lot of work to get quality images.

Vintage photos are also at the whim of the film, meaning imperfections were common, and these photos typically have a natural softness to them, as well as a grainy look in low light situations. By understanding how film reacted to certain situations and affected the image quality, recreating the vintage feel will be easier for you.

How to get started?

The best way to get started in this genre is by taking time to familiarize yourself with the different eras of vintage photos and decide which style you want to focus on replicating.

Vintage photography is a broad term that covers everything from 1826 to the 1990s, so looking at different types and understanding what style you enjoy will help you narrow down where to start.

Girl with guitar

Image via BeFunky

Once you’ve nailed down the style you want to work with, check out the cameras and equipment that was used during that time. You can do this through a simple Google search and by reading articles about how these photos were made. Familiarize yourself with the effects that were created on images, and think about the ways to recreate them with modern equipment.

Scout locations, and invest in vintage props if you want. For example, if you want to create a shoot that captures the essence of the 1970s, you can have your model wear 70s style clothes, and you can use vintage landmarks as your backdrop. By immersing your subjects into the time you want to recreate, the results will seem much more authentic than just placing a filter over a random picture.

Tips & Tricks For Getting The Best Shots

After understanding the basics of getting started with vintage photography, try these tips to help make the most of your shoots.

Rainbow Black and White

Image via Smashing Magazine

  • Shoot in Black & White or Sepia. This seems like a simple tip, but shooting in black & white or sepia can be tricky when working with different lighting situations. Practice shooting in black & white, rather than simply using a filter in post-processing, so you can get comfortable understanding how the lighting is affected by these colors.
  • Try out classic compositions. Modern photography has encouraged a lot of experimentation with composition and posing, so reverting back to classic styles can help you achieve the ultimate vintage look. Classic compositions typically include clear vertical and horizontal axes. Stick with the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio composition to get these results.
  • Embrace imperfections. It is super easy to edit out any imperfections with modern technology, but vintage photos didn’t have the luxury of Photoshop. Instead of trying to fix imperfections, like lens flares or blurry movement, lean into these characteristics as they will give your photos more of a vintage feel.

Girl with black shirt

Image via Ceros

  • Focus on achieving a soft look. Many vintage photos have a “soft” quality to them. This is due to the equipment used to capture them, as vintage cameras don’t have the megapixels or ability to capture detail like modern cameras can. To perfect the vintage vibe, embrace the softness of your images, and use filters or other accessories to obtain this quality. Fuzzy details, especially in the background, may seem strange if you’re used to shooting with digital cameras, but allowing your photos to have a hazy quality will really help achieve a vintage look.
  • Choose a theme and stick to it. This tip definitely isn’t a rule you have to follow the entire time, but having a cohesive vintage theme will be helpful if you plan on using this style with clients. Focus each shoot on one type of vintage photo, like a 1940s style shoot, and try to keep your photos as consistent as possible throughout.
  • Adjust your levels. If you are using a modern camera or post-processing software, pay attention to the levels of your contrast and saturation. Most vintage photos aren’t extremely saturated and they typically lack contrast, so be sure to follow those characteristics to create authentic images.

Vintage Photography Ideas

Use these ideas to get your vintage photography jumpstarted, and get creative with this genre.

Group of Girls

Image via Cossetmoi

Have a specific time period you want to recreate? Spend the day at a thrift store and pick out some props or specific clothing items for your shoot. Adding these elements to your image can really take your photos to the next level.

Shoot Monochrome

Shoot Monochrome

Image via The Vintage Films

Shoot your photos in black and white, no matter what your background is. This will easily give you a vintage feel, and it will help you get the hang of your vintage style. You can also achieve this effect by using a filter during post-processing.

Use a Texture Overlay

Texture Overlay

Image via RetroSupply Co

Create that fuzzy, vintage feeling by adding a texture overlay to your photos. This is a great way to make digital photos feel older, like their film predecessors.

Try Out Vintage Poses

Vintage Pose

Image via Expert Photography

Most early photography featured candids or extremely posed figures. Since there wasn’t a fast speed when taking pictures, models had to hold their poses, and this often led to a very stiff effect. Try this out with your models to achieve the vintage look.

Shoot Using a Polaroid Camera

Airoplane window

Image via PicsArt

Using a Polaroid or a film camera can help you achieve the perfect vintage look. Try out a Polaroid for instant results, since you don’t have to develop the film yourself, and have fun with the outcome.

Recommended Gear

It is possible to achieve the vintage style with modern equipment, but there is some gear that can help you step up your game or get started in the genre.

FUJI Camera

Image via 35mmc

While you may want to start out on digital if you already have a good camera, investing in a solid film camera can take your vintage pictures to the next level.The following cameras are great options for a wide variety of vintage scenarios:

  • Fuji GW690III is a rangefinder style camera with hefty build. This camera creates 6 x 9 negatives, and typically produces higher quality images than many of its competitors.
  • Mamiya 7 II uses a leaf shutter, and it can use wide angle lenses. It is one of the quietest shutters on the market, which makes it a great choice for those who want to take their vintage style to weddings or for nature photography.
  • Yashica T4is a point and shoot camera with a great lens, and it has a compact design, which makes it great for active photographers who don’t want to lug around heavy equipment.
  • Nikon F2 is great for any photographer who is already a Nikon user. This camera fits most Nikon lenses, but still gives you the film quality for a vintage vibe.

If you choose to go with a film camera, investing in high quality film will make sure you get the best images out of your shoots. Check out Kodak’s most popular film, Portra, for your everyday shoots.

If you want film that creates a darker atmosphere, consider buying Fujicolor Pro 400, and allow it to make your vintage photos pop. Kodak Tri-X 400 is a great choice if you want to develop your photos in black & white, and this film is known for its balanced contrast and shadow detail.

Vintage Photography Effects

If you don’t want to invest in vintage equipment, or if you just want to try out vintage photos with your modern equipment, plan on using vintage effects and filters to achieve your desired look.

The great thing about photography today is that modern post-processing software and editing apps have made it extremely easy to create the perfect photo. Modern photography has made many advances, like preset filters and leves editing, so you can adjust your digital pictures.

If you want to create your own, you can follow these steps to achieve the look yourself:

  • Fade your colors with a tone curve.Raise the left side of your RGB curve to erase the dark tones to create softer shadows. Reduce the saturation or vibrance along with this to create a faded, vintage look.
  • Try split-toning. Simply add a warm color to your highlights, and a cool color to your shadows. This creates a faded vintage look, and allows you to change the final result by choosing different colors in these areas.

Picture Editing Tool

Image via Digital Photography School

Lightroom presets have made it extremely easy to achieve the vintage look, as well as keep a cohesive aesthetic across all of your photos. You can always download free presets, or buy a set if you find one you really like, and then use these when editing in Lightroom.

If you want to buy presets for your vintage photos, here are 5 great options to try out:

  1. Vintage Lightroom Preset Bundle. This set includes 153 presets, and it ranges from the original Daguerreotype style to vintage 70s and 80s, so you can be sure to have a preset that will work for you.
  2. Autochrome Lumiere Lightroom Presets. Achieve the perfect faded vintage look with these 10 presets. This set is modeled after real vintage Autochrome Lumiere prints, so your images will look authentic after adding these presets.
  3. The Memento Vintage Workflow. This set includes 34 presets that can create just about any of the vintage looks you may want. It also includes 20 adjustment brushes that will help you get in specific areas when you need to touch-up your images.
  4. Retro Color. If you want the perfect color presets that add retro flair to your work, then this is a great set to choose. The retro color doesn’t compromise on color quality when added, but it does create a soft vintage flair to your pictures. This set comes with 10 presets to help you get creative with your colorful, vintage images.
  5. Expired Film. A great set for getting that film-y quality in your digital photos. This pack is nice for photographers who want the film look, but don’t want to go through the hassle of purchasing a film camera and developing their own images. This 10-pack set adds a hazy quality to your pictures for the perfect vintage look.

Final Thoughts

Vintage photography is a broad topic in the world of modern technology, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. This genre is all about appreciating the ways photography has evolved, and focusing on the timeless traditions that have emerged within the art form.

Find the best way to enjoy vintage photography for your style, whether that’s using a film camera, creating a vintage look with presets, or simply styling your models in vintage outfits. Jump right into the genre, and start capturing your own vision of vintage.

For more helpful tips, tricks, and guide on photography, check out Grid50’s Resources section.

Photography Jobs

The 25+ Best Places To Find Photography Jobs

The 25+ Best Places To Find Photography Jobs

Turning your photography into a career can seem like a daunting task, but we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide of the best places to find photography gigs and jobs to help make the process easier. Whether you want to explore full-time or freelance options, we’ve got you covered:

Full-Time Job Boards

Finding a full-time photography job can take the form of many different positions, such as an in-house photographer for marketing companies, photojournalist, or content creation positions. Most of these job boards offer full-time, part-time, and freelance positions, as well as have resources to help you make the most out of your search.

Be sure to get creative with your search, and use keywords that describe the type of position you’re looking for. Exploring these job boards will help you discover what type of positions are open, so you can start preparing for your photography career.

1. Get Photography Jobs

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Start your search with Get Photography Jobs where you can find industry specific jobs. Get Photography Jobs operates like a typical job board, allowing you to search by keyword, location, or browse by an entire state. This site has an email newsletter that can send you jobs based on your preferences as they are listed, and their resources section is full of great sites for photography tips and tricks.

2. Indeed

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Indeed is a comprehensive job board that allows you to search by keyword and location, as well as job type like full-time, part-time, remote, and freelance. While Indeed is not specific to photographers, it does have a lot of options, and it’s updated constantly.

Users have the option to apply through job links as a guest, or to create an account that saves their resume for quick applying. Indeed also offers email services that provide updates on each application’s status, and sends similar job postings when they come up.

3. Glassdoor

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Glassdoor is a comprehensive job board aimed at helping people get started in their careers, as well as find a good company fit. Glassdoor allows users to see company reviews and statistics, which can help users determine if a company will be a good fit before applying.

Glassdoor utilizes email to send job suggestions when new positions are posted, and to send a newsletter with resources on helping find the perfect career. To get started with Glassdoor, simply make an account and start searching for photography jobs in your area.

4. ZipRecruiter

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ZipRecruiter makes searching for full-time positions easy by allowing users to save their resume, to make applying to multiple jobs quick and simple. ZipRecruiter also offers resources for job hunters to find the average salary for positions in each field, and can be used to search for all kinds of employment like full-time, part-time, and freelance work.

5. SimplyHired

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SimplyHired is a great search engine for anyone seeking full-time and part-time positions. SimplyHired allows users to search for jobs in any category, as well as in any location. To utilize this source for photography jobs use keywords that describe what type of position you’re looking for, i.e. real estate photography, content photography.

SimplyHired also has an easy-to-use resume builder on their site, which makes it easy to tailor your resume to specific job postings when needed.

6. Job.com

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Job works like an automated recruiting company, and uses AI (artificial intelligence) to match your resume to jobs that will be a good fit for you. This is a great way to find multiple jobs that you’re qualified for quickly, and it can help cut down on the job search time.

Instead of sifting through job postings, Job is great for those with a strong resume that shows off their photography skills and areas of expertise.

7. LinkedIn

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LinkedIn doubles as a job board and social media platform where you can combine the power of networking to your photography job search. Apply to jobs posted on LinkedIn using your resume and portfolio, and at the same time, grow your professional network to discover freelancing or full-time gigs with companies you follow. LinkedIn also allows you to search professionals, chat with employees, and create organic connections with employers, so you can find the best fit for you.

Freelancing Gigs

Freelance gigs are a great way to find photography work and help diversify your creative portfolio. Freelance jobs can be one-off gigs or recurring positions with a company, but they are usually inconsistent.

Starting the search for freelance work can be intimidating, but the following sites are full of options and resources to help you get started.

8. Flexjobs

Flexjobs is a job search engine that specializes in remote, or work-from-home, settings. While Flexjobs offers options in part-time, full-time, and freelance, it is a great place to find freelance gigs that you can do without going into an office setting. Since it emphasizes work that can be done remotely or on a flexible schedule, Flexjobs is a great website to find photography gigs.

9. Freelanced

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Freelanced is a social network designed to help connect freelancers with gigs and opportunities. This site is great for creating a profile and connecting with professionals in your area, as well as sifting through job postings to find opportunities. Freelanced also enables you to post your portfolio and rate, so employers can find your information while searching for candidates.

10. People Per Hour

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To use People Per Hour, freelancers can navigate through the application process to become a certified People Per Hour freelancer. Upon application acceptance, freelancers can be searched by potential employers, as well as gain access to job postings on the platform.

People Per Hour is a great site for finding gigs that match your specific skill set, and their application process helps employers get to know more about you before hiring.

11. Upwork

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Upwork is a site that does it all for freelancers. It handles the job process from start to finish, including hiring, sending files, messaging with employers, and getting paid. This website is great for freelancers who want to know more about the employer, and want to be able to do everything on one platform.

Upwork does charge a service fee, though, so it’s important to keep this in mind when using this platform.

12. Fiverr

Fiverr is a platform dedicated to freelancers where you start by setting up a “gig” for users to search and find the service(s) you offer. Users can hire you for a specific gig you create, and all billing is done through Fiverr.

Fiverr does charge a 20% fee, however, they do offer resources to help with your professional development. Fiverr is great for photographers who want to get matched with buyers seeking specific skills.

13. Craigslist

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Just like the original newspaper classifieds, Craigslist is a great source for finding freelance photography gigs. Craigslist is super easy to navigate, and you can scroll through all the postings that come up in the photography jobs section.

Since Craigslist has been around for a while, it is typically a solid resource for photographers to find one-off gigs and jobs. However, it is important to use Craigslist with caution, and never share personal information if a job seems too good to be true.

14. JournalismJobs

JournalismJobs is a site specifically for those wanting to work in the journalism industry, and there are tons of photo opportunities in this field. Not all JournalismJobs postings are for freelancers, but a lot of the journalism industry is fueled by freelance work, so it is a great place to start looking for these types of gigs.

15. The Creative Loft

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The Creative Loft is a job board dedicated to listing jobs in creative fields, which makes it a great choice for photographers who are looking for freelance or full-time work. This site enables users to create a public profile, save preferences, and emails users new listings that fit their career needs.

16. GigBucks

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GigBucks is all about helping you land your next micro job, which is a great way to fuel your photography side hustle. The job board specializes in short-terms jobs/gigs that range between $5-$50. This platform is a bit different than others listed here, since it allows posters to share their work and prices for buyers to easily find.

17. GoLance

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GoLance is a platform that helps connect buyers with freelancers, while also allowing freelancers to browse different job listings. Simply create a profile and then you’re ready to start your job search! GoLance also has great resources like the goMeter Time Tracker and enhanced work diary, so you can get ahead on all of your gigs.

18. Guru

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Guru is a freelance job board that allows freelancers to contact employers and send quotes for specific job requests. This platform is great for photographers who have a set rate, and it is an easy way to find side gigs or recurring freelance jobs. Guru also has a workroom feature that allows users to collaborate with other workers, and to get paid through their platform once the job is complete.

19. Workhoppers

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Workhoppers does the matching for you when it comes to searching for jobs. Fill out your profile, and you’ll be on your way to receiving customized job listings that best fit your profile skills.

This is great for photographers who work in specific settings like weddings or sports, as well as for photographers with other skills like content creation or social media experience. Best of all, Workhoppers is a completely free service!

20. Facebook

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The social media giant, Facebook, is not only a great palace to connect with friends, but it can also be a great resource to help photographers find freelance work. There are Facebook groups dedicated to job listings for freelancers, or you can post your own skills into a status for anyone in your circle to see.

Similar to Craigslist or any other classifieds platform, it is important to exercise caution when looking at jobs or opportunities on social media, but when used correctly, Facebook is a great way to connect for freelancing gigs.

Stock Image Contributors

Another way to turn your photography into a job is to sell your photos to stock websites. Each website has its own way of hiring and paying photographers, but most of them work off of royalties, so the more your images are used, the more money you can make.

21. Getty Images

Getty Images is a stock image website that pays contributors through royalties. To apply, you can download the app and upload your sample images to be accepted by the website. Once accepted, you can check out the creative briefs by Getty Images and start uploading content that users are looking for. The more relevant your photos are, the more money you can make.

22. Shutterstock

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Shutterstock allows you to upload your work and get paid every time your content is downloaded, and you can make even more money by referring contributors and customers. Shutterstock is a great platform for working on your professional development because they have tons of resources to help you succeed in selling your work. Shutterstock has easy to use tools on their site, so you can track your earnings and strategize to make your work even better.

23. DepositPhotos

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DepositPhotos uses an application process to be sure your photos meet their requirements, and they pay on a commission-base. After being accepted as a contributor, you can start uploading your work and making money each time your images are downloaded. DepositPhotos allows you to contribute to multiple stock photo websites, as long as you aren’t an Exclusive Author for their site, which means you can start racking up your sales in stock photos.

Real Estate Photography Jobs

Another creative way to make money from your photography is to get started as a real estate photographer. While a lot of real estate photography is freelance, there are some sites that look for contributors and are easy for you to get in contact with. Real Estate photography requires some practice and special equipment, but once you have some experience, you’ll be ready to turn your skills into freelance gigs.

24. Obeo

obeo.com

Obeo has an application process that helps photographers partner with them to shoot their real estate listings. Once your application is accepted, you can set your own schedule and conduct shoots on your own time, which makes it a great platform for those seeking flexibility in their schedule. Obeo allows you to work as little or as much as you want, so your freelancing can be seen as a side gig or closer to a full-time job depending on your needs.

25. RocketPhoto

rocketphoto.com

RocketPhoto allows you to create a profile, so realtors can find you and book you for their photography needs. You also have full ability to set your own pricing and schedule. It’s free to create a profile on RocketPhoto, and they even offer upgrades to access their professional development tools to help you grow your business and expand your contacts.

26. Zillow

zillow.com

Zillow is one of the biggest real estate platforms, so there is a lot of opportunity when photographing real estate properties for them. You can apply to become a certified Zillow photographer, and their program offers training that will help you succeed in the field. Once accepted as one of their contributors and you complete the training, you’ll be on your way to taking jobs and adding to your freelance lineup.

Whether you’re looking for a full-time, part-time, or even freelance gig, there is a world of opportunity out there to turn your photography into a money-making venture to support your goals as a photographer. Utilizing the job boards in this article will help you get started, but never stop improving your skills and upgrading your gear to get the most out of your abilities!

To stay in tune with the best tips and guides on photography, make sure to check out the Grid50 resources area, and if you’re looking to pick up some new gear, Grid50’s marketplace is the go-to place to find the best deals on new and used photography equipment!

Nikon Z6 Vs Sony A7 III

Nikon Z6 vs. Sony A7 III: The Ultimate Comparison

Nikon Z6 vs. Sony A7 III: The Ultimate Comparison

In this article, we break down the differences between these two cameras to help you decide which is the best choice to fit your needs.

The Nikon Z6 and the Sony A7 III are both full-frame mirrorless cameras made for the enthusiast market, but each of these cameras is well-rounded enough that advanced photographers and professionals will be impressed with their abilities.

The Nikon Z6 is Nikon’s first step into the full-frame camera game, while the Sony A7 III is one of Sony’s well established full-frame models.

With both of these cameras being released in the same year and being in the same price range, there are slight differences in design and performance to help you decide which camera is the better fit. Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to find out if the Nikon Z6 or the Sony A7 III is the best option for you.

Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to see which of these beginner cameras would be the best fit.

Key Details at a Glance:

Below are the side-by-side specs of the Nikon Z6 and the Sony A7 III:

Nikon Z6 Sony a7 III
Price New: $1596.00 New: $1,998.00, Used: $1,700
Release Date 8/23/2018 2/27/2018
Sensor 25MP Full Frame BSI CMOS 24MP Full-Frame BSI-CMOS
Viewfinder EVF EVF
Articulating LCD Screen Yes Yes
LCD Screen Size 3.2 3
Viewfinder Resolution 3690k 2359k
Lens Type Nikon Z Mount Sony E Mount
Continuous Shooting Speed 12.0 fps 10.0 fps
Video Resolution 3840×2160 3840×2160
Weather sealed Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes Sensor-Shift
Color Depth 25.3 25.0
Dynamic Range 14.3 14.7
Low Light ISO 3299 3730
Battery Life 330 shots 610 shots
Time Lapse Recording Yes Yes
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Selfie Friendly LCD No No
Wireless Connection Yes Yes
Bluetooth Connection Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
AE Bracketing Yes Yes
Smartphone Remote Yes Yes
Built-in Flash No No
External Flash Yes Yes
Lenses Available 15 116 (72 Full Frame)
Dimensions 134x101x68mm 127x96x74mm
Weight 675g 650g

In-Depth Comparison

The Nikon Z6 and the Sony A7 III are both full-frame mirrorless cameras marketed towards semi-professionals and enthusiasts who want a camera that can perform at a wide range. The Nikon Z6 is Nikon’s attempt to break into the full-frame mirrorless category, while the Sony A7 III is Sony’s third generation of this camera type.

The Nikon Z6 is a powerhouse debut, proving Nikon has the ability to tap into the full-frame mirrorless market, but how does it stack up against the Sony A7 III?

Design

Both of these cameras stay true to their brands signature design. The Nikon Z6 can be described as a mirrorless version of the Nikon 750 DSLR, so it is a great choice for photographers who are already comfortable with the Nikon layout.

The Sony A7 III is a sleeker, compact full-frame model that features a deep grip for easy handling. Sticking with a familiar layout for the Sony A7 series, the Sony A7 III is a solid option for Sony enthusiasts.

Sony cameraImage via Fotocare

Both of these cameras feature articulating touch screen LCD screens, but the Nikon Z6 is slightly larger (3.2’’ compared to the Sony A7 III’s 3.0’’ screen size). Since the screens are fully articulated, both of these cameras are great for catching photos at different angles. Each of these cameras are relatively light for full-frame models, but the Sony A7 III comes in at 650g, making it the lighter option for those who want a more agile model.

The Nikon Z6 is weather-sealed, which means it can handle tough conditions during outdoor shoots. The Sony A7 III makes claims to be weather-resistant meaning it may be the more durable option for outdoor photographers.

Nikon camera

Image via Imaging Resource

Since the Nikon Z6 is Nikon’s first model in the full-frame series, Nikon decided to go with a new lens mount design known as the Nikon Z mount, which means there are only 15 lens options for this model. The Sony A7 III uses the Sony E mount, and features 116 lenses, 72 of which are full-frame options.

Speed & Performance

The Nikon Z6 and the Sony A7 III are two well-rounded machines built to go the distance during long shoots. With quick continuous shooting speeds, these cameras are great for action and outdoor photographers.

Compared to the Nikon Z6 and its battery life of 330 shots, the Sony A7 III has a battery life of 610 shots, which makes it the obvious choice for photographers who plan on doing longer shoots.

The Nikon Z6 has an impressive continuous shooting speed of 12.0fps, so it is definitely the quicker option. The Sony A7 III comes in with a speed of 10.0 fps, which is still quick for those who want to use it for action pictures. Both of these models are ideal for action and sports photographers, but the Nikon Z6’s speed makes it the better option of the two.

Action Image Example from the Nikon Z6:
Players playing in the ground

Image via DPReview

While the Nikon Z6 wins out in continuous shooting speed, the buffer capacity of the Sony A7 III is much higher than the Nikon Z6. The Sony A7 III can take 40 uncompressed RAW images, 89 compressed RAW images, or 177 JPEGs in a single burst, whereas the Nikon Z6 is only able to take 37 uncompressed RAW images or 44 JPEGs.

With the higher buffer capacity and almost double the battery life of the Nikon Z6, the Sony A7 III is the better choice between these two cameras if your biggest deciding factor is long-lasting and quick performance.

Autofocus & Image Quality

Another key difference between these two cameras is the autofocus system. While both of them have impressive autofocus ability, the Sony A7 III has a system of 693-points, which cover most of the full-frame. The Nikon Z6’s system features 273-points, which cover about 90% of the frame.

The Nikon Z6’s autofocus system comes with impressive ability, like its 3D tracking system and low light ability. This camera can autofocus as low as -4EV in low light mode, which makes it a great choice for photographers who plan on shooting in a range of lighting scenarios.

The Sony A7 III performs as one of the best cameras on the market for low-light shooting. This camera has excellent noise-reduction, and produces sharp images at low EV levels. The Nikon Z6 has less noise-reduction ability than the Sony A7 III, but it does strike a balance between detail and noise, making it a solid competitor to the Sony.

Image Example from the Sony A7 III:

Golden Statues

Image via Have Camera Will Travel

Video Features & Quality

Video is one area where there isn’t much difference between these two cameras. Both the Nikon Z6 and the Sony A7 III can shoot at 3840×2160 up to 30fps, with the option for 120 fps in high speed.

The Nikon Z6 and the Sony A7 III’s autofocus systems make for smooth autofocus during shooting, but the Nikon Z6 does shoot in ‘silent’ mode when utilizing autofocus, so there is less noise interruption.

Final Thoughts

The Sony A7 III and the Nikon Z6 are impressive full-frame cameras for mid-level and advanced photographers. These cameras bring a well-rounded set of features that will help meet the needs of most action and outdoor photographers, as well as the ability to perform well in low-light situations.

For those who are fans of Nikon’s design and are willing to invest in the Nikon Z lenses, the Nikon Z6 is the way to go. With a similar design of the Nikon D750 adapted to its full-frame ability, the Nikon Z6 is the go-to choice for Nikon enthusiasts.

For fans of Sony, the Sony A7 III expands upon the features of the Sony A7 generation, and provides versatile features that can meet the needs of any advanced photographer.

As far as speed and performance are concerned, the Nikon Z6 caters to the needs of action photographers with an impressive burst rate and reliable AF system. The Sony A7 III shines in areas of buffer capacity and full-frame AF coverage, which means it the better choice for those who want more images from each burst.

Overall, both of these cameras are exceptional, well-rounded options for full-frame models. The Nikon Z6 is an impressive powerhouse best suited for those who want quick continuous shooting, and the Sony A7 III is perfect for those seeking a long-lasting battery and impressive low-light image performance.

What It's Like Being a Woman Photographer

What It’s Like Being a Woman Photographer: Breaking Into an Industry in 2020

What It’s Like Being a Woman Photographer: Breaking Into an Industry in 2020

In this article, we hear from several female photographers on their perspective and experience getting started and working in the mostly male-dominated, photography industry.

Ever since I was a toddler, I had a fixation with cameras and the stories they capture. As a
young girl, I took photos of my dolls and labeled them “professional portrait sessions”. At age sixteen, I captured portraits of friends and uploaded them to social media. My business blossomed and slowly snowballed into a career.

Breaking into the portrait industry has taught me a lot about my strengths and weaknesses
as a woman in the field. While there have been some struggles, there are also the opportunities to tune into natural gifts. The challenges can be heavy but the rewards always outweigh them. This article touches the tip of the iceberg of my experiences as a portrait photographer.

The Challenges of Being a Woman Photographer

The male-dominated field involves technology and knowledge of equipment. I have been
quizzed on the spot in condescending ways. I often feel as if I have something to prove.

Demeaning and Derogatory Comments

Experts have gone straight to critiquing flaws in my skillset or composition without giving the perspective a second thought. I once took my camera to the shop to check if a lens was broken or just needed calibration. The man helping me fiddled with my camera then said “You have it set to manual? That’s surprising.”

Photography is an art and art is subjective. This disadvantage in the field stems from not
only having more male professionals but a saturated male audience.

I have also received comments stating, “You’re sure you don’t want a career in front of the
camera?” Even if they had complimentary intentions, it’s disrespectful and belittling to my work. The same context of telling a woman she should smile more.

Sometimes I feel guilty for wanting to get into high fashion or editorial work because I
don’t want to contribute to the unhealthy beauty standards of women. I’ve dipped my toes in the modeling industry from both sides of the lens and I’ve experienced the ridiculous practices they expect from women to maintain shape/size.

I have reached a crossroads by not wanting to contribute to the negative but I’m also very allured by the creativity and boldness of the fashion and beauty industry.

Many of the other women photographers we interviewed for this piece also have received demeaning and derogatory comments when working in the field. Here are just a few of their responses:

“As with any other job, being a female in a male dominated industry can be a little challenging in the way that we are not taken as seriously as our male counterparts. It is definitely something that can be overcome and is getting better every day with more and more female photographers getting out there and showing their talents.”

Tina Butera
Lifestyle, Family, & Portrait Photographer at Tina Butera Photography

“I think the biggest con of being a female photographer, particularly in New Hampshire which has a largely male corporate workforce, is just not being taken seriously.”

Kelly McCaskill
Owner & Lead Photographer at Ridgelight Studio

“Being a woman has made me have to work even harder to prove myself. There have been times people have assumed on shoots that I am a photo assistant and not the principal photographer. In the past, I even kept my photo off my website so prospective clients could only judge me on my work.”

Agnes Lopez
Food, Lifestyle, & Commercial Photographer at Agnes Lopez Photography

“I faced a lot of discredit even when I have explained I have won more than 50 international awards. Female aren’t expected to succeed, at least not in a market dominated by men…My most negative experience was when a guest stood up to me during the reception and simply asked me ‘Do you want to see my d*ck?’ in the most creepy way.

I simply left him waiting for my answer and ignored him the rest of the evening. He was the groom’s cousin and even had a speech after that. I really really hesitated to let the couple know but he never talked to me again so I didn’t.”

Amber
Adventure Elopement Photographer at Zephyr & Luna

“It doesn’t matter whether I am behind the camera or in front of it when I am modeling for my content, I have been catcalled hundreds of times almost for every photoshoot I have done outdoors. Street harassment is never a compliment and it also gives me a strong feeling that female photographers aren’t taken seriously as professionals when they are out there doing the hard work.

The most outrageous experience I had happened when my friend and I were shooting a campaign on Parisian streets a couple of years ago. When the cat-calling ended with us being spit on and cussed out by a couple of men who were denied to be a part of our ‘sweet lady shooting’.

It ruined our entire day and the most disappointing part was that we felt helpless, as even when police arrived, those guys were gone and the police just asked us to chill, because it did not constitute a crime that needed to be reported. Unfortunately, for some people, female photographers with cameras are just girls playing games that can be caught off guard and objectified at any time.”

Katie One
Fashion Photographer & Blogger at KatieOne.com

Being a “Bitch”

Another challenge faced is on the frontlines of business. Young girls have been raised with learned politeness that has clashed with running my business. People attempt to demand extra inconveniences of my effort and time. Friendliness can be mistaken for an appeasing personality. When I am stern and professional, I am “bitchy” or “bossy”.

It took awhile for me to learn and accept that I am the boss. I use my discretion to decide who I would like to work with. Entitled clients are not worth it. People that disrespect my prices and time are not the clients I want. In addition to entitlement, I have had blatant fraud artists attempt to scam me with counterfeit cashier’s checks.

Here is an example of the same scam artist, using a terrible script (it’s the misspelling of “wedding” that gives him/her away):

Test Messages

Fear of Safety

The most extreme weakness for being a woman in the portrait photography industry is fearing for my safety.

In severe cases, I have felt very vulnerable. I have received “queries” from men to photograph them nude. I have experienced attempts to lure me to isolate areas, offering me a significant amount more than my listed rates. I immediately deleted the more disturbing emails because they caused me distress, reminding me of a horrifying experience I had as a teenager on a photoshoot.

Here are a few of the leads:

Clients Text Messages

When I decline to travel to their home, they become upset with me. I’ve been called terrible names and threatened when I decline or choose not to reply. I’ve been told to “eat a cup of sh*t, you stupid f*ck” after refusing to take nude photos of a man.

Being a woman in general, I’m always taking into account to not meet people in isolated areas, especially men. This influences the hesitation I feel to someday invest in my own studio because it would be a private, personal setting. I fear being mugged of my equipment, assaulted, kidnapped, or killed because I am a one-woman show, freelance photographer.

The Pros of Being a Woman Photographer

Woman Posing for Photo

Photo Credit: Madison Stringfellow

Enough with the doom and gloom, there are many advantages to being a woman in photography. For example, models often seem more eager to work with me and trusting of my motives.

In Los Angeles, there is a community “blacklist” consisting of (mostly) male photographers that have been reported for sexual harassment and/or exploitation. This list exists within the social media community, typically circulated via Facebook groups. Woman to woman there is a general understanding that I am creating to create, not to sexualize.

Another advantage is the neurology of a woman’s brain. Our wiring is designed to be more active than a male brain, always scanning for details and assessing emotions (Different Brains, Different Behaviors: Why Women Lead Differently Than Men, 2017). I will immediately notice anything from a hair tie around someone’s wrist to a traffic cone in the distant background. I can easily connect with my subject and deliver a portrait that captures raw feelings.

Women tend to have a natural fashion sense and that helps when clients want input/opinions on coordinating outfits. We can be more intuitive to beauty, especially features of other women. I can fix hair or give facial instructions to realign a subject’s expression.

Girl with hat

Photo Credit: Madison Stringfellow

I empathize with wanting to look the best you can. Women are our own worst critics. We often notice other aspects of beauty such as hair, eye expressions, and smiles. Whereas men tend to notice body features and their appearance first. I have worked with male photographers that have delivered me images of my face mid expression change, but my cleavage was bulging out. I asked myself if they even looked at my face when editing.

Men and women see the world differently. A woman’s work can manifest from feminine
energy and opposite perspectives. I personally don’t take anything at face value which leaves me constantly looking for a deeper message. This encourages visual storytelling about lives through portraiture. I place more poignant value on candid photographs as opposed to stills.

Women Holding baby

Photo Credit: Madison Stringfellow

Women have been recorded to have stronger emotional skills than men (Are Women More Emotionally Intelligent Than Men?, 2011) which helps in connecting to people on an empathetic level.

Agnes Lopez, a food, lifestyle, and commercial photographer, shares a similar viewpoint based on an unfortunately poor experience she had working with a male photographer:

“I used to work as a wardrobe stylist for several stock photography companies before I became a photographer. So I have worked with a lot of male photographers in the industry. I remember working on a shoot and the photographer got really frustrated with the young model. She started to cry and the photographer looked over to me to help calm her down and get her to do what he needed her to do.

I thought to myself, how can you get a good picture of someone if they are terrified of you. I would always observe the photographers and would think how I would do things differently or even better, haha. So I decided to pursue photography myself.”

One of my favorite parts about photography is the people I meet, along the opportunities I stumble upon. I’ve worked with minor celebrities and clients that have become close friends. I tend to focus on humanity in my work before technicalities.

The road with photography is infinite. It can range from suburban portrait photography,
high fashion photography, celebrity photography, travel photography, brand photography, photojournalism, activism, etc. It is very empowering to be a creator and have my work appreciated and acknowledged. I hope to someday create a platform I can use to raise awareness and encourage progression.

Girl Holding a dog

Photo Credit: Madison Stringfellow

The best thing about photography is there is no cap to growth. Technology development is accelerating and creativity is limitless. My advice to anyone working in photography is to never be an expert. Don’t bind yourself to the idea that you have mastered the skill. Always practice, learn, experiment and improve. Always innovate. Always create!

As Katie One, a fashion photographer and blogger, puts it: “There is always someone to doubt you, to think that you are not a ‘serious’ photographer and think of you as ‘a girl that plays with a camera’ but that should never get you. You are the boss and you should always find a way to do what you love the most.

Nikon D3500 vs Canon T7

Nikon D3500 vs. Canon T7: The Complete Comparison

Nikon D3500 vs. Canon T7: The Complete Comparison

In this article, we break down the differences between the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7, so you can decide which camera and brand is the best fit for you.

The Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 are both entry-level DSLR cameras that are great for beginner photographers and enthusiasts who are ready to upgrade into the DSLR category.

Nikon and Canon are two top camera brands in the photography industry, so their entry-level cameras are a great place to start for beginners who are ready to jump into the world of DSLR photography.

While these cameras seem pretty similar for entry-level devices and start at similar price points, there are a few differences that can help determine which is the better option. To help you find the best fit for your needs, we break down the key details and show a side-by-side detailed comparison of each camera.

Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to see which of these beginner cameras would be the best fit.

Key Details at a Glance:

Here are the side-by-side specs of the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7:

Nikon D3500 Canon T7
Price New: $396.95 New: $399.00
Release Date 8/29/2018 2/26/2018
Sensor 24MP APS-C CMOS 24MP APS-C CMOS
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Articulating LCD Screen No No
LCD Screen Size 3 3
Viewfinder Resolution 2359k 920k
Lens Type Nikon F Mount EF/EF-S Mount
Continuous Shooting Speed 5.0 fps 3.0 fps
Video Resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080
Weather sealed No No
Image Stabilization No No
Dynamic Range Not Tested 100-6400
Low Light ISO Not Tested 12,800
Battery Life 1550 Shots 500 Shots
Time Lapse Recording No No
Touchscreen No No
Selfie Friendly LCD No No
Wireless Connection No Yes
Bluetooth Connection Yes No
Microphone Port No No
AE Bracketing No Yes
Smartphone Remote Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
External Flash Yes Yes
Lenses Available 305 321
Dimensions 124x97x70mm 129x101x78mm
Weight 365g 475g

In-Depth Comparison

While the key specs may give you an idea of what each camera is equipped with, a detailed comparison of the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 can help you see how those specs function.

The Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 are both entry-level DSLR cameras that are made for beginners and enthusiasts who want to familiarize themselves with the DSLR camera game.

While there are many entry-level DSLR cameras to choose from, the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 showcase two of the most recognizable brands in the photography industry, which is great for beginning photographers.

Design & Battery Life

canon T7 vs Nikon d3500 comparisonImage via Apotelyt

One of the major differences between these two cameras is the body design. As most photographers know, Nikon and Canon are well-known brands with their own classic designs for their cameras, and the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 are no exception.

The Nikon D3500 is an extremely portable and compact camera, which is great for photographers who want to be able to work easily with their camera on the go. The Canon T7 is a bit heavier than the Nikon D3500, but it is still a compact option.

Both of these cameras feature a 3’’ LCD fixed screen, which makes taking pictures from different angles more difficult at times. Neither the Nikon D3500 or the Canon T7 have touchscreen LCD or articulating screens.

Camera and Grass

Image via Digital Camera World

The Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 both utilize an OVF, which allows photographers to have a better view of what they’re shooting, and they allow a “Live View” feature on their LCD screen.

Another big difference between these two cameras is the battery life. While both of these cameras get exceptional battery life for an entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D3500 can last for 1550 shots. The Canon T7 gets about 500 shots per battery, so if being able to run on a long-lasting charge is important to you, then the Nikon D3500 wins big.

Autofocus System & Continuous Shooting Performance

The Nikon D3500 features an 11-point autofocus system, while the Canon T7 works with a 9-point system. Both of these systems are adequate for focusing needs in beginning photography, but the Nikon D3500 has a few extra points to help photographers out.

When it comes to speed, the Nikon D3500 also has the upperhand, as it features a 5.0 fps continuous shooting speed, and the Canon T7 clocks in behind at 3.0 fps. While neither of these cameras are equipped with speeds for action and sports photography, the Nikon D3500 is faster for those wanting a bit more flexibility with subjects in motion.

Image Quality

Both the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 feature a 24MP APS-CMOS sensor, and produce solid images for the entry-level market. The Nikon D3500 has an ISO range of 100-25600, so it can perform in low light conditions.
Image Sample from the Nikon D3500:
Beach Aerial View

Image via DPReview

The Canon T7 has a slightly smaller range at 100-6400, which can be expanded to 100-12800. While both of these cameras are impressive for entry-level gear, the Nikon D3500 outperforms in low light situations.

Image Sample from the Canon T7:

Red Flowers

Image via Canon Camera News

The Nikon D3500 has no AA (anti-aliasing) filter, which means it has the ability to retain finer details, and the Canon T7 does feature an AA filter, so it has less moire in some images.

Connectivity Features

A defining difference between these cameras is their approach to connectivity features. Even with most entry-level cameras now, it’s common to have WiFi or Bluetooth connections, which makes transferring pictures to devices easy.

The Nikon D3500 features Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, which uses a smartphone app and Bluetooth to seamlessly connect devices for image transfer. Although this feature can come in hand, the Nikon D3500 does not have a WiFi connection, which can be a drawback for those wanting to connect with devices in other ways than Bluetooth.

The Canon T7 takes a WiFi and NFC approach to device connection, which gives it the upper hand compared to the Nikon D3500. Since Nikon D3500 can only connect to devices with the SnapBridge app, the Canon T7 is better for those wanting to share images and connect easily with other devices.

The Verdict

Overall, the Nikon D3500 and the Canon T7 are great entry-level DSLR cameras that come at a good price point for beginners. Each camera can act as a solid introduction to their brands, which is great for photographers who are ready to become acquainted with high-end cameras.

The Nikon D3500 packs in a lot of standard Nikon features, and does a good job at hitting all of the important points for entry-level shooting. It is fast, compact, and has a long-lasting battery, making it the perfect choice for photographers who are constantly on the go.

The Canon T7 brings its own set of advantages to the game, as it has better connection features, while still holding its own with speed, design, and portability. Although the Canon T7 is a great choice, the Nikon D3500 wins out between the two when it comes to getting the most for the price.

Nikon Z6 vs. Nikon Z7: The Complete Comparison

Nikon Z6 vs. Nikon Z7: The Complete Comparison

Nikon Z6 vs. Nikon Z7: The Complete Comparison

In this article, we break down the key differences between the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7, so you can choose the best camera for you.

The Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 are both full-frame mirrorless cameras that were released to help Nikon stay relevant in the changing market of full-frame cameras. The Nikon Z7 is the more expensive option, and Nikon describes it as “the perfectionist,” whereas the Nikon Z6 is more affordable and can be considered the “all-rounder” of the Nikon line.

While the most obvious difference between these models can be seen in their price points, we did the work for you to find out which option best fits your needs. Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to see which of these models is the best option.

Check out the key details and our in-depth comparison to see which of these beginner cameras would be the best fit.

Key Details at a Glance:

Here are the side-by-side specs of the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7:

Nikon Z6 Nikon Z7
Price New: $1596.00 New: $2796.95
Release Date 8/23/2018 8/23/2018
Sensor 25MP Full Frame BSI CMOS 46MP Full Frame BSI CMOS
Viewfinder EVF EVF
Articulating LCD Screen Yes Yes
LCD Screen Size 3.2 3.2
Viewfinder Resolution 3690k 3690k
Lens Type Nikon Z Mount Nikon Z Mount
Continuous Shooting Speed 12.0 fps 9.0 fps
Video Resolution 3840×2160 3840×2160
Weather sealed Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes Yes
Color Depth 25.3 26.3
Dynamic Range 14.3 14.6
Low Light ISO 3299 2668
Battery Life 330 330
Time Lapse Recording Yes Yes
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Selfie Friendly LCD No No
Wireless Connection Yes Yes
Bluetooth Connection Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
AE Bracketing Yes Yes
Smartphone Remote Yes Yes
Built-in Flash No No
External Flash Yes Yes
Lenses Available 15 15
Dimensions 134x101x68mm 134x101x68mm
Weight 675g 675g

In-Depth Comparison

Both the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 are full-frame mirrorless cameras marketed towards semi-professional and professional photographers. While the Nikon Z6 has an advantage due to its lower price point, the Nikon Z7 comes with full features to make it worth splurging on.

Looking at the specs between the cameras can give you an idea of which is a better fit for your needs, but with cameras that are very similar in features, it comes down to the in-depth analysis of performance to discern which is the better choice.

The main differences between the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 are in their continuous shooting speeds, their low light image quality, and their autofocus systems.

Design

Nikon Z6,Z7 Design

Image via Stark Insider

Both the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 are 134x101x68mm and weigh 675g, which makes it hard to choose between the two solely based on their design. As professional-level full-frame cameras, the button design and grip are made with experienced photographers in mind, so these models feature 3 user buttons that can be customized to the photographer’s preferences.

Each camera features a headphone port and microphone port, which helps make these cameras useful for those who want to utilize their video abilities. The option for an external flash is there, but neither camera is equipped with an internal flash.

The LCD screen on both the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 is a 3.2’’ tilting touch screen. Although it is not fully articulating, the added benefits of a tilting screen is appreciated by users who plan on shooting from different angles.

Performance & Speed

One of the biggest differences seen in the key specs of these cameras is the continuous shooting speed. The Nikon Z6 features a continuous shooting speed of 12.0 fps, whereas the Nikon Z7 has a speed of 9.0 fps. Both of these speeds are fast, but the Nikon Z6 does have the advantage if continuous shooting is a big need in your work.

The Nikon Z7, however, features a 45MP sensor, while the Nikon Z6 uses a 25MP sensor, so the lower speed of the Nikon Z7 can be attributed to this feature.

With a higher MP sensor, the Nikon Z7 has the upper hand when it comes to image resolution, so it is great for capturing fine details. Due to the high resolution of the Nikon Z7 images, it’s the better choice for photographers who work with large prints or want more freedom when cropping.

Overall, the Nikon Z7 wins out for those who want to get the most detail out of the images, while the Nikon Z6 is the better choice for those who want the fastest continuous shooting speed.

Image Sample from the Nikon Z7:

Image sample from Nikon Z7

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Low Light Image Quality

Another big difference between these cameras is their performance in low light situations. The Nikon Z6 has a higher ISO limit, so it can capture higher quality images in lower light situations, plus it creates less noise than the detail-oriented Nikon Z7.

The Nikon Z6’s autofocus system detects better in low light situations as well, which gives this model another advantage for photographers who tend to shoot in darker conditions. For photographers who frequently plan on working in low light situations, the Nikon Z6 is the better choice.

Image Example from Nikon Z6:

Image sample from Nikon Z6

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Autofocus Performance

The Nikon Z7 has an impressive autofocus system with 493 points that cover 90% of the field, and the Nikon Z6 features a system with 273 points. With so many points, the Nikon Z7 excels at locking in on its subjects and tracking them successfully while shooting.

The Nikon Z6 has autofocus advantages in low light situations, where it is able to focus at its usual speed in lower light, but the Nikon Z7 can utilize its low light autofocus feature to work in situations as low as -4EV at a slower operating pace.

The Nikon Z7 is the better choice for the sheer coverage of its autofocus system, but the Nikon Z6 wins out when it comes to low light situations at a faster focus speed.

Video Features & Quality

The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 both have the ability to shoot 4K video or full HD up to 120p. Both of these cameras also offer the ability to extract still shots from video footage. Their designs feature microphone and headphone ports, which can contribute to higher quality sound with the use of external equipment.

With the utilization of silent autofocus, these models also benefit from being able to focus while shooting without interrupting the feed with noise. The Nikon Z6 has the advantage in video mode though, as it benefits from having fewer pixels and produces smoother video quality compared to the higher resolution Nikon Z7.

Final Thoughts

The Nikon Z7 and the Nikon Z6 are great introductions into what Nikon can do with full-frame technology, and these cameras appeal to professionals and semi-professionals who want well-developed cameras with professional-level features.

The Nikon Z7 is the pricier option of the two, but it features a 45MP sensor (which is almost double what the Nikon Z6 has), which makes it stand out in resolution and image quality, especially when it comes to retaining fine detail. This camera is the best fit for photographers who value detail over other features.

The Nikon Z6 is the cheaper option, and its significant advantages in low-light situations, video mode, and continuous shooting speed make it the best choice for photographers who want quick and reliable at a lower price.

Aerial Photography Guide

The Complete Guide to Aerial Photography

The Complete Guide to Aerial Photography

In this guide, we break down the basics of aerial photography to help you understand the genre and to get you ready to start working in the field.

As the photography world continues to advance with increasing technological innovations, the genres within the world are evolving. Aerial photography is quickly adapting within the consumer level, as drones are becoming more accessible for the masses, which means the possibilities for aerial photography are limitless.

Breaking into the world of aerial photography may seem a bit daunting, especially for someone who is typically used to shooting on land with a handheld camera, but the genre is full of challenging potential for anyone interested enough to jump into it.

Our guide walks you through the basics of aerial photography, provides tips for starting out, and has a helpful list of recommended gear to help make equipment purchases easier.

Read on or use the links to below to “jump” to each section:

What is Aerial Photography?

Aerial Photography

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Simply put, aerial photography is photography taken from above by aircraft (like planes and helicopters) and other flying objects (like drones). Aerial photography is a broad genre that has undergone a lot of progress in recent years due to new technological advances, like the development of consumer-friendly drones, that have helped make the genre more accessible.

Aerial photography can be done for a variety of reasons including cartography, landscape planning, archeology, movie production, environmental studies, power line inspection, surveillance, marketing, and artistic projects. Since aerial photography can be used for many situations, it is a versatile way to turn your hobby into a business endeavor.

With so many opportunities to utilize aerial photography, understanding the basics of the genre can be a great way to begin making money off of your aerial work. With drones becoming easier for the consumer level, getting the right equipment and gaining experience is the best way to get started in aerial photography.

Aerial vs. Drone Photography: What’s the Difference?

Aerial VS Drone Photography

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Drone technology has advanced quickly in recent years making it easier than ever for consumers and professionals to access this equipment. While aerial photography does not have to be done by drones, the use of these cameras has allowed for exciting developments within the genre.

The easiest way to understand the difference between drone photography and aerial photography is to view drone photography as a subgenre. With the increasing use of drones, drone photography and aerial photography are quickly becoming interchangeable, but it is important to know there is other equipment that can be used to achieve the same results.

Tyes of Aerial Photography

Aerial photography has many commercial uses, as well as artistic potential for personal projects. While aerial photography is a genre within itself, it does expand into other genres like landscape photography, nature photography, sports and action, and real estate photography. The possibilities for aerial photography are pretty abundant, so it is easy to find an area that aligns with your interests.

Landscape Photography

Landscape Phtography

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Taking pictures of landscapes in an aerial view can be used for many projects like land surveying, landscaping, and cartography. This subgenre is a great way to find gigs that may pay for your aerial work.

Landscape photography, especially with aerial photos, can also fall into nature photography, as this combination is a great way for adventure-seeking photographers to capture natural and exciting scenes like volcanos, oceans, mountains, and waterfalls.

Filmmaking and Videography

Filmmaking and Videography

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A common use for aerial photography is in cinematography. Aerial footage can be used to set the scene for movies and short films, and many companies can use aerial footage in their marketing materials.

Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Photography

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Another way to turn your aerial work into a side business is through real estate photography. Aerial pictures can play a critical role in capturing the full property of a listing, and it can be a great way to step up any real estate listing.

Sports and Action Photography

Sports and Action Photography

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Another genre reaping the benefits of drone usage is sports and action photography. With the use of drones, sports photographers can capture impressive pictures at all angles, especially of aerial sports like skiing and snowboarding. This can also be useful for photographers wanting to capture large scale events like NASCAR races and football games to showcase the entirety of an event.

How to Get Started in Aerial Photography

Like all types of photography, aerial photography requires an investment of time and resources to get started. First, do your research to see which types of aerial photography seem interesting and doable in your areas. By knowing which types of aerial shoots you will want to work on, you can start to narrow down which equipment will best fit your needs.

Once you’ve decided on the best gear for you (we’ll go more in-depth about different types of drones, or you can jump ahead to read more), you will want to practice with your equipment to get comfortable handling it.

How to Get Started

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Start by testing out your drone or gear in large open areas, like parks or open fields, to get a handle on how to operate and use your equipment. Practicing this way will let you test out the speed, angles, and drone handling, so you will feel comfortable doing a shoot.

Don’t forget to check out the rules and regulations for drone usage in the areas you plan to be shooting or practicing in. Since aerial photography has become even more popular with drone usage, many areas have begun to draft rules and regulations around their usage.

Starting with recreational use (photography by drones that you are not being paid or commissioned to do), the rules are pretty simple, but they get a bit more complicated for commercial use.

Check out the guidelines around registering your gear, and make sure to read local rules frequently to stay up-to-date on any possible changes to regulations.

Quick Tips to Follow:

  • Be sure you can always see your drone, and keep it within your line of sight.
  • Know the maximum permissible height for the area you are shooting in, and don’t go above it.
  • Avoid flying your drone in overcrowded areas. Public spaces, such as parks, are fine, but respect the space of others.
  • Just as you would with other types of photography, respect the privacy of others and do not take pictures of private property without permission.
  • Avoid airports and no-fly zones.

Tips for Getting the Best Aerial Shots

Aerial photography can produce stunning results with practice and attention to detail. Like all photography, at its core, aerial photography is an art form, and it requires an understanding of lighting, angles, and equipment to produce high-quality images.

Aerial Phtography Tips

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Familiarize Yourself with Your Gear

Any gear you use for aerial shoots will have pros and cons, especially if you are used to still photography with a DSLR camera, so understanding how to properly handle your equipment will make a huge difference in your image results.

All drones have limitations, and understanding these limits, as well as finding the best ways to work around them, will help you step up your game. Be prepared to make adjustments to your technique, as working with drones is very different than working with a typical DSLR camera. Doing your research and practicing with your equipment will make a big difference.

Take Advantage of Auto Mode

You may be used to working in manual mode on your DSLR, but don’t be afraid to utilize the auto mode on your drone, especially when you are first starting out. Since drones are operated remotely, the live view on your device may not be an accurate depiction of what you are actually taking pictures of, so using your auto mode can help produce quality images while you are getting the hang of things.

Work With Height

Your equipment may be able to reach exceptional heights, but that may not be the best approach for every shoot. Try lower heights to switch up the angles and perspectives of your photos, and only go as high as possible when trying to cover the most area in your shots.

Plan Your Shoots

Almost all aerial photography is going to be done outside, so planning your shoots around the natural lighting of the day will help you capture the best images. Work with the sun and other weather conditions when shooting aerial images, and think ahead to plan what kind of weather will be best to capture your subject.

Composition Matters

Whether you are using a drone or doing in-person aerial shoots from a plane, the composition of your photos will make all the difference. Pay attention to the landscape and subjects you are trying to capture, and focus on finding the best composition to portray them. If you are planning on working with landscape shoots, study the area beforehand, so you can be knowledgeable when shooting.

Recommended Gear

While drone photography is the most consumer-friendly option for aerial shooting, there is equipment that works well with other forms of aerial photography like shoots done from planes and helicopters.

If you plan to conduct aerial shoots from a plane or helicopter, rather than working with a drone, the best lenses to take are a 24-70mm, ultrawide 16-35mm, and a telephoto lens. The telephoto lens will allow you to get close to the subject or landscape that you are shooting, while also capturing fine details.

Bringing along extra camera straps, and safe storage for any gear you are not using is a good idea, since shooting from a plane or helicopter can be a bit tricky. Dress properly for the height as well.

The Best Drones for Photography

The market for drone photography is constantly advancing, which means there are several great choices that can fit the needs of whatever type of aerial photography you wish to do. With so much versatility in the market, the most important factor when choosing which drone is best for you is picking one that fits your shooting needs.

DJI MAVIC 2 ZOOM

DJI MAVIC 2 ZOOM

This extremely adept drone is powerful, but portable, which makes it great for any action-loving photographer who wants to be able to easily carry their equipment during shoots. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has quiet propellers and powerful motors that can withstand high winds just as well as a heavier model.

With high maximum speed and optical zoom features, this drone is a great choice for any photographer who wants to spend a little bit more for a quality piece of portable equipment.

Power Vision Power EggX Wizard

Power Vision Power EggX Wizard

This drone is waterproof and it can land on water, which makes a great choice for photographers who plan on using their drones in tough weather conditions. The Power Vision Power Egg X Wizard can withstand rain and is perfect for outdoor environments, like the beach or waterfalls.

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini

This is the perfect drone for beginners who are ready to get started in aerial photography, but don’t want to spend money on a pro-level drone. The DJI Mavic Mini is portable, easy to use, and has a 3-axis camera stabilization that creates smooth footage during usage. This drone is marketed towards vlogging culture as well due to its ‘Quickshots’ feature that using preprogramming to help get the perfect shot for social media.

Parrot Anafi FPV

Parrot Anafi FPV

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The Parrot Anafi FPV is great for travel photographers who don’t want to lug around heavy equipment. This drone is extremely portable, lightweight, and has a folding controller to make traveling with it even easier. On top of its convenient physical design, it delivers quality images at an affordable price.

Ryze Tello

Ryze Tello

This is the most affordable drone on the list, and it is a great piece of equipment to start with at such a low price point. Called a microdrone, the Ryze Tello is operated solely through a smartphone, and it allows for basic programming to help with customization.

Check out the Grid50 marketplace for gear that will work best for aerial photography!

Final Thoughts

Aerial photography is an exciting genre with an abundance of possibilities. Take advantage of the opportunities that consumer-level drones bring, and invest in equipment that will help bring your vision to life.

Start by practicing your aerial skills and finding your niche within the genre, and don’t be afraid to expand your skills into a professional setting, as aerial photography can provide lucrative opportunities in the real estate and landscape photography scenes.

Don’t forget to keep up with regulations and frequently check the drone rules in your area, as the world of consumer drones expand, so will the rules and regulations surrounding them!