Category Articles

Shutter Success: Tips for Establishing Yourself in the Photography Business

By Brooke Chaplan

Young Photographer

Shutter Success: Tips for Establishing Yourself in the Photography Business

Breaking into the photography business might seem difficult, but in truth all it really takes is a little bit of finesses and persistence in the right places. There are millions of people in the world who would love to be photographers, but only those who know the right ways to plan and network will make it. The following tips are proven methods any aspiring photographer can use to get a foothold in the industry. An emerging photographer has no shortage of resources for honing their skills, and no matter what specific niche you’re going after in the field, with these tips you can really make a name for yourself.

Name your Niche and Perfect Your Plan
The most crucial part of setting up your pr...

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What I’ve Been Doing and My Future Plans

Thinking Allowed

Those of you that have been following my website know that I periodically like to give updates on what I’m doing and what my plans are for the immediate future. Well, I have a lot going on so I hope you don’t mind this relatively long post.

The status of AnthonyMorganti.com

First of all, the website itself has had the same design and theme since its inception. I know it’s a bit tired and it really wasn’t the optimum design to grow with my business – Mainly, it’s difficult to find a specific video and it can be difficult to read the articles. Furthermore, it’s not optimized for Google Adsense.

I’m working on a redesign of the website which I believe will allow visitors to find videos much easier and be much more legible...

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Updates and Minutiae

by Anthony Morganti

Updates and Minutiae

Updates and Minutiae

As many of you know that have been visiting my website for any length of time, I periodically like to give an update about what I’m currently up to and what I have planned for the future. I like doing this because it often encourages discussion which in turn gives me more ideas of things I can do to help everyone with their photography.

My Back Woes

I mentioned in a couple recent videos that I fell while snow blowing my neighbor’s sidewalk. I’ve fallen on ice before but never as violently and sudden. One minute I was standing and a split second later I was laying on my back. It happened so quickly that I never let go of the snowblower handles and actually pulled the running snowblower on top of me...

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Free Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

by Anthony Morganti

Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts

As a way for me to say THANK YOU to everyone for their kind support in 2015, I offer to you a free download:

Cheat Sheet of Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts in PDF form

Simply right click on the picture above or the line above and save the PDF to your computer. You’ll need a PDF viewer or reader, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the file.

As we approach the new year I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your kind support. My quest is to provide free training to those that want to learn photography and because of the kind support of so many of you, I’ve been able to do so, so far. Thank you!

If you’re interested in supporting this website and everything I’m trying to do, please click here for more info….

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The Photographer’s Phases of Growth

by Anthony Morganti

Young woman with DSLR over dark background

Being immersed in photography for most of my life and teaching it for several years, I’ve come to realize that a person goes through three specific phases as they learn the craft. At first, I thought that being aware of these phases wouldn’t be of any use to a photographer’s education and growth but the more I examined the phases and helped people learn photography, I now believe that knowing the phases, I call them The Photographer’s Phases of Growth, help in one very specific way – being aware of them will help a photographer with their emotions and expectations. Emotions, at least the wrong ones, and unrealistic expectations, can stifle growth.

Too often I’ve seen a photographer expect too much too soon...

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Gifts For Photographers

by Anthony Morganti

We’re knee deep in the holiday gift season and if you have a photographer on your holiday gift list, here are some ideas that I’m sure will bring a smile to their face and not give you a huge credit card bill next month:

Gifts under $50.00

Camera Neckless $12.99

It's a Photography Thing, You Wouldn't Understand

A Photography Themed T-Shirt $14.99

Lens Mug

Lens Coffee Cup $14.95

SD Card

SD Card 64GB for $42.99

Camera Bag

Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag $34.95

USB Camera Flash Drive – Price Dependent on Size

Morganti Presets - Holiday Sale

Morganti Lightroom Presets – $49.24 or LESS

Gifts Under $100.00

Mopod

Oben Monopod $74.95

Strap

Black Rapid Camera Strap $61.95

Tripod

Oben Tripod WITH Ball Head $99.95 

HD 2TB MyPassport Hard Drive $$74.99

GorillapodGorillapod $89.95

backpack

Ruggard Backpack $99.95

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How To Contact Me

by Anthony Morganti

Anthony Morganti Contact Info

As you might imagine, I tend to get a lot of email and messages. People email me directly, message me on my Facebook photography page, on my Facebook personal page, on Google+, on Twitter, directly on YouTube, as well as on specific YouTube videos and finally, through my Mentor Me In Photography page. My intent has always been to answer each and every message but unfortunately, it’s become overwhelming as of late so with that in mind, I’m sorry to say that I can only guarantee that I’ll answer emails that are sent directly to me at:

Tony@AnthonyMorganti.com

The Mentor Me In Photography page will be kept separate and anyone interested in mentoring is asked to message me through that page...

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What I’m up to Lately….

by Anthony Morganti

Things to do

I have a ton of stuff going on and I thought I’d give you an idea of what I’ve got going on at my studio and what you can look forward to in the coming weeks…

Entry Level Professional Printer Comparison

The folks over at B&H Photo Video were kind enough to loan me two great printers for comparison and review. I consider these printers to be what I call, entry level — professional printers.

First up we have the Epson SureColor P600 Printer:


Epson P600
 

Next up we have the Canon Pixma Pro-1 Printer:

Pro-1
 

My initial impression is that they’re both great — each create stunning prints and so far, both work wonderfully. There are some notable differences though which might make one of these printers better for you than the other so, look for my review/comparison very soon...

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Understanding ETTL and ETTR

by Anthony Morganti

Histograms of ETTL and ETTR

Often in my videos, I’ll say that I exposed this image to the right or on another image I might say something like, I exposed this image to the left. Other times I might be heard saying that I exposed this one for the highlights or I exposed for the sky on this one. Invariably when I do say anything about exposing an image differently, I’ll receive emails from folks asking me to better explain what I meant by it as well as why and how I did it. Every now and than I even get an email from someone telling me why I was wrong to expose it that way!

In this article I’ll explain what Exposing to the Left (ETTL) and Exposing to the Right (ETTR) mean and the advantages and disadvantages of exposing an image one of those two ways over exposing the image in a more balance...

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I Can’t Do Anything Part-Way

by Anthony Morganti

Photography Studio

© Svyatoslav Lypynskyy Dollar Photo Club

I can’t do anything part-way. Years ago when I was a child, my cousin and I had the obligatory lemonade stand. We started out selling glasses of the sugary sour juice for a nickel. After the first day, I raided the fridge in our house liberating the RC Cola that was contained therein selling those for a couple quarters. I few days later, I took some of the profits down to the local donut shop and purchased a dozen donuts. We sold the 28 cent donuts for 50 cents.

Fast forward 40 odd years later — two years ago specifically, I thought I’d make some YouTube videos helping people with their photography. I underestimated three things:

  1. I didn’t realize how popular my videos and website would become...
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