INTERVIEW WITH JC CANDANEDO

Panama born photographer JC Candanedo has his own unique take on capturing images across the fashion and beauty industry, as well as taking striking portraits and expressing his vision through his own projects. Here he speaks of his journey into photography, his thoughts on the industry and his intriguing project ‘Catalonia: A Work in Progress’ that gives us an insight into locals opinions on Catalonia’s proposed independence from Spain.

THE IMPACT OF GDPR ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

On the 25th of May 2018, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will introduce a data protection law framework across the EU that aims to put citizens back in control of their personal data. This doesn’t sound like it will have much of an impact on freelancers, and content creators, until we dissect the question, ‘what is personal data?’. Let’s break it down.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD NAILS DURING A TEST SHOOT

You and your team have spent hours on the hair, crafted the makeup, picked out the ideal wardrobe, but what about the nails? They can easily be the last thing you think about when it comes to preparing for a test shoot. After all, the focus is usually on the models face, body language and wardrobe but nails that look amazing and compliment the concept of the test shoot are essential.

INTERVIEW WITH CHARLIE OGINNI

Born in East London and now living in Essex, with a stint in Ireland, Charlie Oginni is a model who can talk the talk. He has been in the modelling game since he was young so in front of the camera feels like home and captures his sparkling enthusiasm and infectious energy. In between hosting parties, TV presenting and of course, modelling, Charlie sat down with us for a quick-fire round of questions to discuss his passion for public speaking, his most awkward shoot to date and some tips for all you model newcomers.

HOW TO GET STARTED AS A FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Graphic design is used by all types of businesses in some capacity to promote their products or services in an eye-catching way. Graphic Designers develop a brand identity and produce visually aesthetic 'assets'. Graphic design supports a businesses' marketing efforts and aids in attracting and retaining customers. Graphic Design skills are required in industries such as manufacturing, advertising, media, editorial, public relations and wholesale. How to get started as a freelance graphic designer is the real challenge. We're going to tell you how. 

WHY IS UNPAID WORK SO POPULAR

Before we look into why so many freelancers accept unpaid work, let’s look at why it exists in the first place. Businesses by their very nature (and often by necessity) try to keep costs down to help turn a profit. The mentality, particularly in a recession, is not to find the best person for the job but to find the cheapest person for the job and when talented freelancers are willing to work for free it's a no-brainer for the employer.

WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT? INFLUENCE

It's hardly news to state that being an authority in your field leads to more work, better rates, and broader opportunities. Pre-social media, freelancers would earn influence through hard work, experience, reputation in their field, networking and positive PR. Today, all of that can be achieved with a smartphone and an internet connection. 

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