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Introducing - DSP Wisdom Wednesdays! book club dsp news dsp photo projects inspiration tips and tricks Jan 24, 2024

We've all heard of "the cat lady", right?

Well, I would like to formally introduce myself as "the book guy".

Like the cat lady taking in any feline looking for a home, I'm known to home countless books, and despite having about a hundred lying around my office and home that I have yet...

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NEW for 2024! DSP Social Media Weekly Features book club commercial photography dsp news dsp photo projects inspiration marketing music photography photography industry photography instruction tips and tricks travel photography Jan 09, 2024

What's new for DSP in 2024, you ask?

Well, a lot, that's what!

In the coming weeks, I'll be making a series of announcements about some major (and some minor) developments with the business and the services that I offer. Yes, I'll be blogging about it here on got f-stop?, but if you want to keep...

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Music Photography Photo Pit Etiquette - A few more thoughts music photography photography instruction rants tips and tricks Oct 26, 2023


Have you read the recent DSP post "Music Photography - 10 Photo Pit Etiquette Tips for Amateurs and Professionals"?

If not, you might want to read it before this one. If you've already read it, then please read on...

I recently penned what I thought was a comprehensive list of photo pit tips /...

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Music Photography - 10 Photo Pit Etiquette Tips for Amateurs and Professionals music photography photography instruction rants tips and tricks Sep 28, 2023


Are there actual written rules for photographers when shooting from the photo pit at a music event?


In most cases, there are the usual "3 songs / no flash" rules, with possible further instructions about "access" limitations, but that's usually about it, unfortunately. The rest are...

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Do you want constructive criticism of your photos? Are you sure? marketing music photography photography instruction tips and tricks travel photography Apr 11, 2023

When you post a photo on social media, and you ask for constructive criticism (sometimes abbreviated as "CC"), are you truly looking for honest, objective feedback?

Or, is your ego getting the best of you, and you're just fishing for compliments, likes, or "thumbs up" emojis?

As a...

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RANT TOPIC: Music Event Tour Posters & Flyers marketing music photography photography industry rants tips and tricks Mar 08, 2023

Mind if I rant???

As many festivals, large and small, around the country (and the world) are dropping their line-ups, I can't help but shake my head as I scroll through my Instagram feed, wondering what century some of the graphic designers (and festival producers who sign off on their work) are...

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Music Photography - It's not about you, the photographer. (HINT - It's about your client) commercial photography dsp photo projects marketing music photography photography industry photography instruction tips and tricks Feb 14, 2023

It's not about you. It's not about you. It's not about you.

If you were to ask a random sample of music photographers why they do what they do, at least nine out of ten of them would say, "Because it's fun!", or, "I love live music, and get to see my favorite bands up close and personal!"

Not...

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Which camera should I buy? commercial photography music photography photography industry photography instruction tips and tricks travel photography Aug 05, 2022

As a professional photographer and instructor, I get asked a lot of questions. But, by far, the most common question I get is...

"Dave, which camera should I buy?"

Half-jokingly, my canned response is, "Why, the Nikon D6, of course!" (or, whatever the latest and greatest DSLR or mirrorless...

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How to Photograph Fireworks with Ease - 15 Essential Steps photography instruction tips and tricks Jun 29, 2022

Are you ready to shoot some fireworks (with your camera) this Fourth of July?

You might be thinking that’s it’s far too difficult, and attempts in past years have only led to blurry, under-exposed and un-inspiring images.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Though there are a...

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How to become a much better photographer in one easy step (instantly) commercial photography music photography photography instruction tips and tricks travel photography Jun 23, 2022

I shoot a lot of music concerts, and I'm often seen roaming the venues in and around Asheville, NC with a couple of Nikon cameras hanging from my sides (two D750 bodies on a Black Rapid harness system, in case you were wondering), sporting my DSP ball cap (worn backwards, of course) and, likely,...

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