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3 Practical Tips for Getting Great Portraits

Keren Chookaszian is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Chicago, IL.  When she's not shooting weddings or blogging she spends her days chasing around her two adorable little boys.  To see more of her portfolio visit www.kerensarai.com. 1. Move your subjects… don’t just pose them. When I first started as a photographer all I wanted to do was memorize as many poses as I could because that’s how I thought I could get the best pictures.  The truth is the more you “pose” your subjects the more stiff they are going to look.  The biggest advice I can give you is to make your subjects move.  When I’m working with my couples I might actually give them a pose...

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The story behind our Streets Dept collaboration tees

By Conrad Benner, @StreetsDept Hello Tog Tees Readers!  I can not express enough how excited I am to work with Tog Tees on my new Streets Dept line. Creating a little line of t-shirts has been something I've wanted to do for some time, and when Tog Tees approached me, explaining that they were a Philly-based company looking to create photography and photographer-themed tees, I jumped at the chance.  The process of creating the two Streets Dept tees was really fun, and really introspective. It started with a three hour brainstorming with the folks at TogTees, and many coffees. After spending about the first hour just talking about who I am and what I've done over the now five years since...

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7 Minutes with @urphillypal

Albert Lee is the face behind the popular Philadelphia Instagram account @urphillypal. We took 7 minutes to learn more about his photography.  What was your first camera? My first camera was actually a film camera in grade school. It was an Olympus – I can’t remember which one.  My parents actually really liked shooting and so they taught me how to use the Olympus. My first digital camera was that Sony Alpha.  And the only reason why I wanted a Sony Alpha was – and this is really cheesy - because I liked the logo.  So I wound up using a Sony and it was good for what it was but after 5 years the motor died. Then I bought a...

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A Photography Interview with Conrad Benner of StreetsDept.com

StreetDept.com is a Philly-based photo-blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration in and around Philadelphia. We sat down with creator Conrad Benner to learn more about his work and about a recent shoot he did on the FMC Tower while under construction. Streets Dept was established in January 2011, and has since become one of the top Instagram accounts in Philadelphia, thanks to Conrad's unique and deep knowledge of the urban landscape of America's 5th largest city.  Our first ever collab tee at TogTees was the result of a partnership with Conrad to create his very own line of original tees representing street art in Philadelphia.  You can see them here.   Photo by Streets Dept. Shot with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS...

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Which DSLR Camera Should I Buy?

Help!...Canon, Nikon, Sony or Pentax? A question photographers often ask is “Which DSLR camera should I buy?”  Given the bewildering array of digital cameras out there, it’s hard to know where to start. Should you go with Canon, Nikon, or some of the other camera manufacturers like Sony or Pentax? If you're looking at purchasing your first DSLR camera, this article is meant for you, and will focus on which camera manufacturer to select.  I’ll keep it short and simple, to avoid overwhelming you with technical information you don’t really need. The Biggest DSLR Camera Manufacturers First things first. Canon and Nikon are by far the biggest players in the DSLR game. They have been around the longest and make...

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