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Entry-level DSLRs are now ten a penny, but the Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D outside the US) still stays top of the tree in Canon’s entry-level DSLR range.

This version is an update to the EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D), which was released in 2015, and it comes with some extra features like an improved Digic 7 sensor for superior noise handling and an impressive 6fps for continuous burst shooting.

While mirrorless cameras are taking the photography world by storm, there are still solid reasons why you would choose a DSLR like the Canon EOS Rebel T7i instead —…


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Photo by Kyran Aldworth on Unsplash

Laser-like focus is what we need for success, according to the great Bruce Lee. Few were able to focus more intently on the job at hand than Lee, but he wasn’t born knowing how to do it.

None of us are born with the inherent drive to succeed in life — all we care about is food, sleep, and shelter at that stage.

Are some born more disciplined than others? Sure, there probably are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn focus and self-discipline. You just have to apply it in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.


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Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

When you first start freelance writing, one of the most common pieces of advice is to steer clear of content mills.

If I’d followed that advice, I’d have been on the breadline by now.

Certainly, there are some really exploitative content mills out there, expecting writers to crank out 1000 word pieces for a mere $10–12 — or even less. One of the first clients I landed on Upwork was like that, and I only stayed with them for a few weeks.

During my time there, I wrote articles about the merits of metal pails vs. plastic, hair extensions, car…


How to cope with depression while trying to make a living

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Photo by Michael Milverton on Unsplash

I was diagnosed with clinical depression way back in 1998. I ended up at the doctor’s office trying to explain how I felt, and crying through it all.

I was mortified. I come from a family that doesn’t ‘do’ depression, even though at least four of my six siblings have ended up with mental health issues, and my father suffered bouts of terrible depression.

Of course, he never discussed it or sought help for it. In his generation, it just wasn’t what you did. My mum has never suffered from depression, and she doesn’t understand what it’s like. …


Why showing appreciation for other creatives on Medium is important

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Photo by Ezra Comeau-Jeffrey on Unsplash

I’m pretty new to Medium. I joined a few months ago to read some of the great stories on here but I didn’t understand how clapping worked at first.

For some reason, I thought you could only clap once for each story, which is what I did if I liked what I read.

Fast forward a few months, and I finally found the courage to write and post a story. I was so fearful at first, and bracing for some negativity. …


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Why can’t I spring out of bed when the alarm goes off? It seems like everyone else in the world is up and going purposefully about their business while I hit snooze for the 20th time.

I hate getting up. I really, really hate it. Sometimes it’s because I’m not looking forward to something planned that day. Mostly, it’s because I love switching off the alarm and pressing the snooze button, then curling up for an extra ten minutes. Then another ten, and another ten…

I do get up and get to where I’m meant to be on time —…


What do you do when university is over and you haven’t yet got a job?

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Photo by Poodar Chu on Unsplash

Graduation day. This is it, the moment you and your loved ones have been looking forward to for three years.

It may dawn on you during the ceremony, (or perhaps not until the next day while nursing your hangover), but you realise that shit just got real.

University is over. Time to go out in the real world and make a living.

This is where it can get tricky. …


Being a good photographer just isn’t enough to get by anymore

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Photo by Ken Treloar on Unsplash

Making a living from photography can be hard, and many people who are handy with a camera decide to become a professional photographer without putting a lot of thought into it.

This article looks at the mistakes many people make when starting up as a professional photographer — and gives you advice on how to avoid them.

1. Setting Up In An Already Saturated Market


Find out how to make it work for you and your family

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Photo by Vadim Sherbakov on Unsplash

Before I started working as a freelancer from home, I always envied those who could work remotely. Oh, the freedom!

In those days, I had a wage-slave job as a hotel room cleaner/general dogsbody, and I thought how great it must be not to have to face the daily commute, the grumpy customers, and the unsympathetic boss.

Fast-forward to now, and I’ve been freelancing for nearly two years. I’ve discovered that freedom is very often a double-edged sword when working from home.

I’ve experienced all the pitfalls, such as missing the banter and the gossip of colleagues, through unwanted visitors…

Dawn Gilfillan

Writer and pro photographer from Durham, UK. Photography graduate who loves writing and reading about all aspects of life. www.dawngilfillanphotography.com

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