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May 25, 2013

Opinion Soup: Death of Professional Photographer and other existential issues, Gear, DIY, Re-enactments, Tips, Inspiration, Interviews, and more

Another week is in the books, and another edition of the Opinion Soup is here! And it is a jam-packed edition, this was a very busy week... You can find the previous 70 editions and the future editions (if reading this in the future) at the Opinion Soup archives... Note: the Flickr upgrade kerfuffle will be covered separately next week...

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Professional Photographer Existential Issues
+ death of the professional photographer at Visual Science Lab
+ thoughts on amateur and professional photography at PetaPixel
+ what's the line between amateur and professional at Imaging Resource
+ 13 traits that make a photographer professional at Peta Pixel
+ do you have enough gear to be a professional? at F/Stoppers

+ ten cameras that defined an era (pre-WWII) at Quesabesde (computer translated)
+ the future is mirrorless and optical viewfinders will go away at Visual Science Lab
+ on their camera gear reviewing process at F/Stoppers
+ will custom firmware void your warranty? at DIY Photography
+ why gear lust and pixel-peeping are good for you at Peta Pixel
+ white balance lens caps make no sense at Photocritic (via DIYP)
+ radio vs infrared flash trigger video at SLR Lounge
+ when film goes bad at Ming Thein
+ more like play, less like work at Visual Science Lab
+ if you could design your ultimate camera what would it look like? at Visual Science Lab

What's In My Gear Bag?
+ Luminous at Luminous Landscape
+ Kevin Raber at Luminous Landscape

+ Kelsie's story: Young, Beautiful, Alive by Ryan Brenizer
+ Eggleston feature at WSJ Photojournal blog
+ Zen in the art of street photography at Erick Kim Photography
+ the life and soul of Gigi Giannuzzi at British Journal Of Photography
+ some weeks are anti-photographic - this was one of them at Visual Science Lab
+ the photographer as a philosopher part #2 at Ming Thein
+ a tale of two photos by Vincent Versace at Scott Kelby
+ the importance of fearlessness at PentaXforums website
+ this week in history, the death of Robert Capa at ThePhoblographer
+ capturing emotional military homecomings at Flickr blog
+ Memorial Day pictures at SLR Lounge
+ what printing can do for you at John Paul Caponigro
+ what printing can do for your images at John Paul Caponigro
+ light painting inspiration at SLR Lounge
+ how lucky can one guy be? at Steve Huff Photo
+ leaving your comfort zone at Steve Huff Photo
+ the power of the photo essay at The Phoblographer
+ composition by heart #1 at Luminous Landscape
+ ten Instagram photographers to follow nao at Peta Pixel
+ top ten best movies about photography compiled at F/Stoppers

DIY and Re-enactments
+ guerrilla lighting techniques for location photography at Pop Photo
+ experiment with subtractive lighting at Pop Photo
+ on assignment: (picture of a human with a) back to the wall at Strobist
+ zero setup one-shot photographing wedding cakes at Peta Pixel
+ how I photographed my own proposal at Petapixel and F/Stoppers
+ two strobe food tutorial at F/Stoppers (don't eat the strobes!)
+ DIY wedding photo ideas for tech savvy couples at Pop Photo
+ shoe photo shoot at Photigy
+ how to get a black background everywhere via DIY Photography
+ why I started creating my own locations at DIY Photography

Tips, Tutorials, Learnings
+ things to consider when shooting street photography at Robin Wong Photography
+ 10 lessons about street photography at Erick Kim Photography
+ making people look like individuals in portraits at DiY Photography
+ 4 lessons I learned from the Magnum workshop at Erick Kim Photography
+ shooting HDR composite imagery with people at Tyson Robichaud
+ seven tips for photographing strangers at ThePhoblographer
+ posing tips at Peta Pixel and SLR Lounge
+ how to package your wedding photos at SLR Lounge
+ light painting in product photography at Photigy
+ star trail tutorial video via SLR Lounge
+ six lighting techniques at Photodoto
+ seven rules to take good blurred photos at SLR Lounge
+ ten tips for looking better at Peta Pixel
+ thirteen tips on how to write an "X Tips How To" articles at somewhere :)
+ when and where to style your food photography at F/Stoppers (caution: glutten overload!)
+ take sharper smartphone pictures tips at CNet Australia
+ Cats drive creativity at Chase Jarvis

Imaging Editing, Software, Apps, Sharing
+ clearing the BS about Adobe's Creative Cloud at Foto Biz
+ the end of the Photoshop era at The Online Photographer
+ editorial photographer edits without Photoshop at F/Stoppers
+ dark energy for after effects at Hurlbut Visuals
+ considerations on choosing RAW over JPEG at Photofocus
+ on VP9 open video codec at Cinescopophiliac
+ the Flickr upgrade kerfuffle will be covered separately next week

+ Alec Soth Part #2 at A Photo Editor (part #1 is at the top of that page)
+ Kenji Oaki at A Photo Editor
+ Maggie Steber at Leica's own blog
+ Laura Saffiotti at Zeiss's official blog
+ Ashhley, a wedding photographers rep at PDN Online

Business and Legal
+ beware of the upcoming war against personal photography and video at Peta Pixel
+ still no real clarity on "Transformative Use" Appropriation art at The IP Law Blog (via APE)
+ on the World Press Photo controversy at British Journal of Photography
+ pricing and negotiating: regional fashion magazine at A Photo Editor
+ how to launch your photo career tips and resources at PDN Online
+ Star Trek analogy and photography careers at Star Pixel
+ $1 billion worth of stolen content on the Tumblr-Yahoo deal from a photography perspective at Plagiarism Today and Melcher System (via APE and APE)
+ the future is social infographic at F/Stoppers

A Day At The Improv
+ photography fads: your cat is your beard via Catpixel via Laughing Cat Squid via Know Your Meme (not Mimi!) via Cat Stoppers and ThePhoblographer.meow
+ the most demanding photographer at What Blog Is This?
+ how to photographer kids by a former kid at Peta Pixel
+ how photographers would look like in a Google Glass dominated era by GoGroVo on YouTube (via Petapixel and SLR Lounge) - also YouTube-embedded below

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