Work From Home

by Rebecca Melville ·Posted
If you have found yourself moving, downsizing, or going away to school, you might be dealt a desk area that is drastically smaller than that to which you are accustomed. If this is you, or will be you sometime soon, a small workspace is no reason to panic. With some intention and a bit of finessing, you can cultivate a sleek and functional small desk setup without compromising on quality. I am going to share some helpful pointers with supplementary products to consider while you transition into a new, smaller workspace. Lose the Monitor Base
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted
With many businesses shifting to remote work and collaboration, webcams have become some of the most vital pieces of technology you can have in your home or office. Among webcam manufacturers, arguably none is more celebrated than Logitech, which offers a webcam solution for just about every office and application. Here are some of its top offerings, all of which we fully recommend. Logitech C920s If you work in an office, chances are you’ve seen or interacted with the
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted
Despite everything functioning in a digital world, there’s still something to be said for having hard, printed copies of important documents. Especially in the workplace, sometimes a printed form, document, photograph, letter, invoice, and so on is just what you need. And, with the workplace now shifting to home for many of us, having a printer at home is one of those necessities for making your at-home work space that much more of an efficient and productive place for real work.
by Jason T ·Posted
COVID-19 has made work from home and school from home the norm in many places across the country. Some love it, and some hate it, but I think everyone can agree on one thing—trying to do your work with the kids home is sort of like trying to work in the middle of a dangerous construction site in which you are also required to serve beverages and other refreshments to a horde of very demanding, supposedly starving, jarringly loud construction workers on a tri-hourly basis. This kind of cacophonous nightmare can do a lot more damage than simply
by Allan Weitz ·Posted
SAFETY. It's a whole new world out there and, if you are reading this, chances are you've been working from home, or as it's come to be known—WFH. There are definitely pluses and minuses of WFH, but something many of us have had to grapple with is keeping our gear—and equally important, our data—safe in an environment that was most likely never intended to be a full or even part-time work center. And then there's the kids and pets factor. According to Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and most likely at the worse time.
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
If you frequently work with a laptop, you have likely already realized how difficult it can be to work comfortably for long stretches of time. If you’re not craning your neck to view the smaller screen, you might be scrunched up on your couch with your knees propped to support your laptop, both of which will cause undue strain on your body in the long run. This is where supportive accessories like stands and risers come in handy. Whether you are using a laptop, a notebook, or a tablet, there are great options to make working more comfortable,
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted
For most photographers, the home studio is the studio. Many of us don’t have our own separate studio or frequent access or the need to work at a professional commercial studio. And regardless if it’s time, accessibility, availability, resources, or even by choice, the truth is that it’s often a lot easier and more convenient to do our “studio photography” at home. Convenience and preference aside, one of the key differentiators of a commercial studio is its purpose-built design, and its array of available tools. Cameras, lights, stands, maybe
by Mary Latvis ·Posted
Looking to display an impressive background while streaming from home with Skype, Zoom, or similar interfaces? Whether you want to use a simulated starship deck, a tropical beachscape, or simply a photo of your true work office, read on to see how a basic green screen can up your streaming game (not that your home office/corner of the sofa is at all cluttered or less than picturesque, of course). Green screen use is also known as “chroma-keying,” a technique where two layers of video are composited or “keyed” together so that your chosen
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted
Despite much of the photography world being on pause right now, it’s also as good a time as ever to be honing your craft. Much in the same way an athlete trains for their particular discipline, photographers need to train, too, but likely not by lifting weights and working out. Think of it as mental strength training, or simply just practicing, acquiring inspiration, learning techniques, and spending more time with your work. Here are some tips on sparking some new creative impulses or ideas for improving your photography practice. Find
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted
Photography is a great way to get out of the house, explore the world around you, and can be a reason to visit new places. Sometimes, though, your own home and time spent indoors can also be a key source of inspiration and a tool to work through any creative droughts in which you might find yourself. Whether you’re confined to home because of weather, a global pandemic, or just because you feel like staying in, don’t let staying at home be a limitation to your photography practice; let the challenge of being indoors ignite new ways to approach
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted
While we’re all confined to our homes for the time being, don’t let this time spent indoors and around the home spoil your creativity. And especially for those working photographers and digital gearheads, it might be a good time to slow down and reconnect with the roots of photography. While camera development and the state of imaging in general are all about speed, ease of use, connectivity, and availability, consider spending some time with the fun and more “genuine” side of photography for a bit, and rediscover the simple but magical
by Jennifer Hahn ·Posted
In times of transition, such as adding an extension to your business, creating a personal brand, or, especially now, mandatory social distancing during a pandemic, it becomes necessary to connect with friends, clients, or an audience in different ways. Livestreaming video seems fairly easy at its most basic if you're talking to your Mom or a friend on your smartphone, but when, for example, a yoga teacher needs to suddenly transition their classes online or a house of worship needs to reach their congregation, a higher-quality approach may be
by John Harris ·Posted
Considering the current climate and how active picture-taking isn’t necessarily at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it seems a good moment to clean your camera’s sensor or (if you can suspend taking pictures of your cat) send your camera to have a professional cleaning and tune-up. Obviously, there are advantages to both, so with a little help from Paul Naraine, of PhotoTech, let’s have a look at the differences and do a little how-to. First, be sure that
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
These are trying times for all. The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has led governments to take drastic actions, put strains on businesses, and has affected all individuals in a personal way. It is incredibly important that we all do our part during this time. As photographers and filmmakers ourselves, we want to make sure that there are some key guidelines out there to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone healthy and happy. Do: Maintain Social Distancing I’m hopeful you all have heard of social
by Cory Rice ·Posted
Photography is a social medium. For many of us, our cameras are a means of getting out of the house, exploring the world, and connecting with the people and places we encounter along the way. So, what's a photographer to do while confined to the home front for days on end? Here are some tips for staying inspired, productive, and creative that don't require leaving the house. Make Portraits Keep shooting! Family members, partners, and roommates can all make compelling subjects for portrait and documentary projects.