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Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 shot wide open. You're not going to get bokeh like this with the Olympus offering.

Medium Format SLR cameras aren’t incredibly expensive compared to their digital descendants, but some of them can be quite pricey if you’re looking for the very best. Indeed, there are some cameras that when mentioned will make a photographer’s jaw drop. Medium format can give a photographer better image quality than 35mm and 35mm digital while also providing them with a fairly portable camera to do their professional work. But amongst those cameras, four stand out as some of our favorites.

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We’re going to share with you a little fact about exposure and the way that your camera works. Are you ready?

First off, cameras are programmed to do specifically what you tell them to do. They’re not supposed to think and in fact, they can’t. If you tell it to take a photo of a scene, you have to figure out what parameters you’re telling it to use. Shooting in Auto? It’s going to do pretty much anything. Shooting in aperture priority? It will do a bit less work based on what you’re telling it to do. Shooting in manual gives you complete and full control over the results of the image, but again it’s doing what you tell it to and nothing more.

This is why working with a camera’s metering can be very frustrating when it comes to wanting to get the image that you actually have in your mind. But here’s how you navigate that problem.

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All images by Jonas Jacobsson. Used with permission.

Photographer Jonas Jacobbson is a 23 year old photographer who hails from Sweden and tells us that he’s been very fortunate to travel. He studies full time and the rest of the time is spent on his photography business. Lots of his work focuses on landscapes.

“There is nothing more satisfying than standing with your feet before a magnificent landscape. And the journey there is often as important as the final destination.” he tells us in his pitch email. Jonas further states that making money will never be his objective, it will always be about being inspired by the world.

We talked to him about his inspirational photos and his mentality of simply going out there and shooting.

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All images by Lester Cannon. Used with permission.

Photographer Lester Cannon was asked to shoot documentary style images for the Soldier of the Year competition. The grueling series follows soldiers around during a 30-hour period where they only had four hours of sleep. During the competition, soldiers faced many grueling physical obstacles.

Lester is by and large a portrait photographer, so capturing other people on both film and digital wasn’t so tough for him. But Lester talks to us about other hardships of shooting a documentary project like this.

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Very few programs and plug-ins make me shout “Whoa!” at the top my lungs to the point where the neighbors in my Brooklyn apartment bang on the wall to get me to shut up, but that record has been shattered by MacPhun’s Noiseless Pro. But seriously, what more would you expect from some of the team that created Nik software?

Noiseless is a plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture or a stand alone program that looks at images and finds a way to get rid of the image noise. Sure, Lightroom can do that and so can other programs–but nothing can do it as well as MacPhun’s Noiseless while making the interface both simple and complicated at the same time.

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All images by Garrett Graham. Used with permission.

Photographer Garrett Graham grew up in Fresno, California and moved to Los Angeles looking for a little adventure. What he found was photography.

“I started taking pictures as a way to explore my new home and from that it’s taken me all over the world.” says Garrett. “I believe in the mantra, ‘If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of better stuff.’ So I spend my days looking for the best stuff.” Being younger, he didn’t have to spend hours and hours looking for solid locations. Instead, he used Google to find them and instead of spending countless hours scouring for good locations, he spent more time shooting and honing his craft.

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