Three Perfect Mirrorless Cameras For The Advanced Amateur

Are you ready to upgrade from that basic mirrorless kit that you bought to learn photography with? Advanced amateurs make a large portion of the photography marketplace, yet most guides and gear roundups seem to favor people in the beginners or professional category. The issue arises because basic cameras are well, too basic for an advanced amateur to do what they want/need, while professional level cameras are often overkill in terms of features and out of reach financially anyway.

So today we are looking at that sweet spot for the advanced amateur, between the $900 and $1900 price point we will be looking at some of the best mirrorless options out there right now to try and help you sort out which may be the best option for you with your next upgrade.

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SNAP! Pro’s New HD Wide Lens for iPhone Almost Totally Kills Distortion

Last year, we reviewed the SNAP! Pro iPhone camera case and really fell in love with its overall versatility. So when the company recently announced that they’ve upgraded the case and the lenses, that got us very excited. According to the company, the new case is designed not only for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus–but the newer lenses were designed to be a pretty major improvement.

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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds Off the Phottix Indra360!

TTL studio strobes are all of the rage these days in lighting circles and Phottix’s Indra series is one of the more affordable options on the market that has been getting some good reviews. Currently you can pick up the Indra360 for over $400 off, a crazy good deal if you have been in the market for a set of these.  If you want to know more about the Indra you can check out our review of the Indra500 here.

  • Phottix Indra360 TTL –  $999.00

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Intro to Street Portraiture: Learn How to Approach Complete Strangers

For every photographer that has ever been afraid of asking a complete stranger for a portrait, know that you’ll be in fantastic hands for our upcoming workshop on April 2nd in NYC. We’re teaming up again with Adorama to teach photographers how to approach complete strangers and ask them for a quick photo, direct them to get the best photo of them possible, and move on to keep doing it. It’s going to be a major confidence booster. More details are after the jump.

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Levi Wedel’s Invisible City Envisions an Eerie Cinematic World Without People

All images by Levi Wedel. Used with a Creative Commons permission.

There are more than enough films out there that use and envision a near apocalyptic future, but perhaps none really capture it like Levi Wedel’s Invisible City. Levi hails from Alberta, Canada and the Invisible City project is a number of photos taken at night on medium format film. The scenes depicted are devoid of people–and when you look through the images it’s really easy to feel as if you’re completely alone in the scene. This sense of being alone leads to an eerie uneasiness that someone or something may pop out and get you; and that something is creeping in the darkness.

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Colorgrams: Combining Psychology and Analog Photography Accidents

All images by Kay Adams. Used with permission. Editor’s Note, in a previous version of this article we referred to Kay as a woman. Kay is actually a man! We apologize for this error.

“I am currently working as a Psychologist, creating photos both as a part of my job and as compensation.” says photographer Kay Adams in his email to us. “Ever since I was 16, I tried to get my hands on everything related to photography. I started digital, but switched almost completely to analog photography.” Born in Germany in 1989, Kay cites a sense of deeper connection to her analog romance. He calls this series his “Colorgrams” and in some ways, they remind me of Rorschach drawings.

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Zen: Musings on The Meditative Act of Photography

I close my eyes. The air is cold, blanketing the ground in a light frost, causing harsh shivers that race down my spine. I hear birds in the distance screaming at one another in a cacophony of song and screech. The star-filled sky above me is a deep romantic blue. I take a deep breath. I can smell smoke from a campfire that was extinguished only hours ago. I slowly open my eyes. Along the eastern horizon I see a glow; faint, but growing.

As the glow brightens, my pulse quickens and I begin running numbers through my head: f/8, focus at 100 yards, ISO 200, 1/15th of a second. The sun breaks the horizon and now I start breathing slower as the photos start appearing on my LCD display. I make some slight adjustments to my settings as the scene, ever dynamic, changes in subtle ways. I am consumed by this moment, and then in an instant, I am finished.

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