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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from An Rong Xu, a photographer based in New York City whose working on a long-term project called “The Chinese Americans.” For the project, Xu is exploring Chinese American identity through diaspora communities across the United States. When he was a student at the School of Visual Arts, he worked on a series about his grandfather called “Grandpa,” which proved to be a turning point for him as it taught him about the importance of quiet moments. He also shoots editorial assignments for various publications.

If you’d like to see more of Xu’s work, you can check out his website or follow him on Instagram @anrizzy.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Street photography is a genre that has more practitioners now than at any point in its history. There seem to be many schools of thought on what does and does not constitute street photography. For a good sense of where street photography is today, we recommend checking out the recent panel discussion on the genre hosted by The Candid Frame. To help you along, here are ten things to keep in mind on the street. [click to continue…]

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Today, Adobe announced a brand new release for their Lightroom software that brings a couple of new camera support updates, new lenses and a couple of bug squashes. Most exciting is the fact that the Sony A7r Mk II is now supported as are the new Olympus Air and the Leica Q.

You can download the new Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 updates by going into the program and choosing to update to the newest version. The release notes are after the jump.

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With Sony’s A7s going into the nuclear high ISO ranges, Canon is announcing a new camera that they’re claiming is capable of delivering what they claim to be an output equivalent of over 4,000,000 ISO. According to the press release, it’s called the ME20F-SH and it’s targeted at very low light applications. “Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications.” states the release.

It sports a full frame 35mm sensor that captures full color HD video with reduced noise according to what the company claims. Additionally, it doesn’t need infrared illumination to focus in very low light.

The camera has an EF mount–which means it can take all of Canon’s lenses or those from Sigma and other manufacturers. But don’t expect it to be cheap. When it comes out this December, it’ll cost you $30,000.

Canon’s press release and more photos are after the jump.

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Fujifilm’s strategy of taking their pro line and stripping down a bit for the consumer has been most recently reflected with the Fujifilm X-T10. Borrowing lots from the X-T1, this srategy is used often in the industry but with Fujifilm being the newest ILC manufactuer on the market, it’s quite amazing that it happened so soon to its flagship DLSR-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

The Fujifilm X-T10 strips out the weather sealing, removes lots of the dials, and gives the camera a more simplistic interface. But that doesn’t mean that since it’s been stripped down that it can’t take incredible photos.

In fact, quite the opposite is the case here.

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Image by Varina Patel

All images in this piece were used with permission from their owners.

It’s the dream of every aspiring photographer: go out there and get paid to do cool things like photographing for a campaign. In this mirage, photographers pretty much do nothing but shoot and the income just flows freely.

Unfortunately, the reality couldn’t be any further from this dream. Modern photographers are indeed shooting less as the market has evolved over time. Photographers are indeed business people that self creative services, and that’s tougher to do than you could possibly think.

We talked to a number of professional photographers about how they actually spend their time. And the realities may surprise you.

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