A common question asked by an amateur photographer looking to turn professional is, “what equipment do I need?” I’ll skip the discussion around skill and experience being more important than equipment, but before you rush out and buy any equipment or start offering your services to others, you should consider the various liability issues and the options for operating as a legal entity that are available for your business and obtain the proper insurance for both your equipment and liability. I’ll cover specific options available in the United States in this article, although similar concepts are available in other countries.
The Colorado ski town of Steamboat Springs has Wild West flair, featuring a biathlon where competitors dress in vintage fur trapper’s clothing and then ski while shooting black powder muzzleloaders. Aside from other traditional ski contests, there are also shovel races, a donkey jump and two races that blur the line between dog sledding and dad sledding: in one contest, family dogs pull their kids on sleds, and in the other, dads do the same, on all fours. Photo by Scott Bideau.
One of the first concepts I learned about in portrait photography was “Lens Compression.” The common definition is that a telephoto lens will “compress” the foreground and background together. This produces a more pleasing portrait that doesn’t distort facial features while still drawing attention to your subject (and not the background). In this post, I’ll get into more detail as to what lens compression truly is (and isn’t) and discuss how it applies to other genres of photography, like landscapes.