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When was the last time you smiled and had fun as a photographer? The Smart Photo Quiz should definitely put a smile on your face...especially if you get all the answers right.

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Since we are on the topic of quizzes, here one to end this post.

Which prime focal length lens was used to create the following image?

1) 24mm

2) 35mm

3) 105mm

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Write your answer in the comments section!

 

Always dream big,

Matthew

P.S. Here's the photography quiz link to pass along to all your friends. www.SmartPhotoQuiz.com 

 

What's your favorite lens?

Recently I’ve been asked this question quite a bit. It seems everyone wants to know what gear other photographers like using. What’s your favorite camera, your favorite lens, your favorite light, these days?

Over the years I’ve had many favorite lenses, but at this very moment, I have one lens that stands out above the rest and it keeps blowing me away every time I use it.  The Nikkor 105 f/1.4 lens is one incredible lens.

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Yesterday, I went to Kamakura, Japan for the Yabusame ceremony (horseback archery), which is a traditional Japanese archery where an archer shoots arrows at three wooden targets while riding horseback. It was my first time attending this ceremony and I arrived later than I should have to get a good spot to take pictures. I took my new Nikon D850 camera and my Nikkor 105 f/1.4 lens. Before I left home, I decided to shoot at f/2.8 for the entire day. The bokeh (quality of blur) on this lens is insane and I wanted to test it in this situation.

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For this ceremony, archers are dressed in beautiful Samurai attire and compete for the top honor. It is an amazing ceremony to see in person and even better to photograph.

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After the event, I looked over my images as I took the train home. With the Nikon SnapBridge app, my images are transferred instantly to my smart-phone so I can share high-quality photographs instantly on social media or send to friends and family. I was blown away by the sharpness I was able to achieve as the archers flew by at lightning speed. The D850 camera and the 105 lens makes for a powerful combination.

For more info on photography check out the webinar this week.

 

Always dream big,

Matthew

 

Wish you had more time in the day?

I think we all wish we had more time in the day to do what we love. It seems time goes by faster and faster each year, especially as we work to grow our photography businesses. 

This week, I'm hosting a photography webinar to help you manage your time and get over any fears you may have surrounding pricing your photography. To join me on the webinar, click the link below. You'll have a chance to take part in a LIVE photography lighting exercise and have the opportunity to get in on WEEKLY LIVE TRAINING SESSIONS! 

SIGN ME UP FOR THE WEBINAR!

 Photographed with the  Nikon D850  and  Nikkor 105 f/1.4 lens

Photographed with the Nikon D850 and Nikkor 105 f/1.4 lens

I'm coming to see you!

This week, the Next Level Photography Workshop tour begins and I'll be teaching everything I've learned about the business of photography including lighting, shooting techniques, business tips and strategies and most important believe it or not, I'm going to teach what I like to call, "beyond the gear!" This is what really makes a difference and gives you a long career in photography. Yes, you are going to learn about all the gear as well and I'm going to teach you a lot about light and you'll be able to shoot as well, so bring your gear, but this workshop is aimed to really make a difference in your photography and in your life.

If you love photography and want to learn how to have a better career, come join me as I travel all over America, Canada, and Europe to teach what I love!

Here is the list of all the cities and dates:

Click here to sign up!

 

April 28th: Orange County

 

May 1st: Portland

 

May 2nd: Seattle

 

May 4th: Vancouver, Canada

 

May 8th: Minneapolis, MN

 

May 10th: Chicago, IL

 

May 12th: Toronto, Canada

 

May 15th: Columbus, Ohio

 

May 16th: Indianapolis, IN

 

May 17th: St. Louis, Missouri

 

May 22nd: Washington, D.C.

 

May 23rd: Philadelphia, PA

 

May 24th: New York City

 

May 26th: Boston, MA

 

May 30th: Charlotte, NC

 

May 31st: Atlanta, GA

 

June 1st: Nashville, TN

 

June 3rd: Orlando, Fl

 

June 6th: Houston, TX

 

June 7th: Dallas, TX

 

June 8th: Austin, TX

 

June 10th: Phoenix, Az

 

June 12th: San Francisco, CA

 

June 14th: Los Angeles, CA

 

June 19th: London

 

June 21st: Amsterdam

 

Click here to sign up for the Next Level Tour!

 

 

Spring is here!

This year I'm more in tune with the changing seasons than ever before. It's been a while since I've been able to really enjoy spring and I didn't realize how I missed it. In Japan, the entire country celebrates with Hanami, when friends, family, and co-workers come out to eat and celebrate under the cherry blossoms. 

It's an amazing time to experience. I shot every day with my Nikon D500 and D5. I used two of my favorite lenses, the 35mm 1.4 Nikkor lens and the 85mm 1.4 Nikkor lens. 

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Hanami in Tokyo

How to take better pictures and make more money in photography

To end 2016, I am hosting TWO LIVE Master Class sessions online and they're totally FREE.

The first MASTER CLASS takes place today starting at 4:00 p.m. PST, but come 15 minutes early for the pre-party and make sure you get the FREE Master Class Workbook.

Register here: Today's Master Class

 

The second MASTER CLASS takes place on Thursday, starting at 1:00 p.m. PST. 

Register here. THURSDAY MASTER CLASS 

Date: December 15th

Always dream big,

Matthew

Black Friday Photography Deals

 If you live in America, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday, but even if you don't you can still take advantage of the great photo deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

One of my favorite programs, Perfectly Clear is on sale at a great price. If you're not familiar with Perfectly Clear, it's an amazing plug-in that works with Lightroom and Photoshop to save you time with retouching. 

Imagine doing a photo shoot where you shot 1000 images. With Perfectly Clear, you can retouch just one of those pictures in about 5 minutes or less, then apply that retouching to the other 999 images quickly and easily. That's the beauty of Perfectly Clear and over the next few days, you can get it for an insane price.  Click here for the Perfectly Clear deal.

 

Are you thinking of going to Vegas next February for the 2017 WPPI photo convention? You can get 15% off any WPPI Master Class if you register by Friday night.  Click here to register.

 

Lastly, today we kick off a FREE 3-Part Photography Training Series starting with VIDEO #1. Over the next week, we will release 3 FREE training videos to help you enhance your photography and start 2017 off right.

 

Always dream big,

Matthew

4 Photography Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

I think every photographer starts off wanting to learn as much about photography as possible, and this is a good thing. The more you know the better your images will be, right?

4 Photography Mistakes And How To Avoid Them - Day 4

# 4: I Can Do It All

Just because you can do it all doesn't mean you should. As a matter of fact, the more focused you are in photography the better your career will be. You don't need to do it all, just focus on what you enjoy doing most and put all of your energy into that.

If I could start my career all over again with my current knowledge, I would focus on shooting what I enjoy most and only shoot that. For example, if you love cooking and love taking pictures of food, only shoot pictures of food. To go even deeper, maybe you love baking desserts vs just taking pictures of food in general. You'd focus on photographing beautiful desserts and master it vs just photographing food. 

Find your special niche and work to be the best you can in your specific niche of photography.

Always dream big,

Matthew