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All images by Samantha Sealy. Used with permission.

“I try as hard as possible not to let the influx of negative emotions guide my work,” says photographer Samantha Sealy. Samantha was born in 1991 and has been in a monogamous relationship with analog film photography since she was in 7th grade. For some time, she flirted with digital, but the chemistry and compatibility just weren’t there for her like the analog process and spending time in the darkroom.

Samantha has had a tough life. She hasn’t connected with many people on an interpersonal level and that was what influenced a project of hers called I Hardly Knew Her. “I have always attempted to stay away from making ‘personal work’ until very recently when I started having a lot of personal issues. I stopped making work for a while because I didn’t want my mood to have a negative affect on my art but then I realized if I stepped away from work every time I was unhappy I would probably never photograph again.” says Samantha in an email to us. “It’s been hard for me to share but I think doing so has made me a better and more honest artist.”

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As anyone photographically inclined knows, creativity is not always a constant. There are stretches of time when things just aren’t working. Either you don’t have the drive to take photographs, or you hate the ones you are taking. You’ve fallen out of sync with what you love. It can be one of the worst periods of time, and it’s not a one-off thing. Dry spells recur. They come and go like the seasons, but hopefully with not as much regularity.

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Sony’s FE mount camera system just became even better supported; and this time by one of the legendary German lens/camera manufacturers. Though earlier this year, Voigtlander discontinued some of their film rangefinder cameras they are announcing three lenses for the Sony FE mount.

Essentially, they are some of the same lenses that are available for the VM mount (Leica M mount with Voigtlander’s own moniker) but converted to natively work with the Sony FE mount according to the information available. The three lenses are:

• 10 mm F 5,6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar
• 12 mm F 5,6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar
• 15 mm F 4,5 Super-Wide-Heliar

These lenses also have electronic contacts that transmit lens data, focusing data, etc. so that the camera can switch to the magnifying mode when manual focus is used (and providing you have that setting enables.) Like many other modern Voigtlander lenses, modifications were made that allow the user to have stepless aperture when shooting video. If you want, you can switch back to the good old clicked aperture setting that us photographers love. Voigtlander also says that these are the first three in the series–which means that we’re going to see more.

The three lenses are slated to come out in Spring 2016, no word on pricing details have been released but don’t expect them to be more expensive than the Zeiss lenses currently available for Sony FE mount (full frame E mount like the Sony A7 series of cameras). However, do expect them to be pricy.

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer W Eugene Smith is known as one of the best American photojournalists in the mid-2oth century. His work went on to influence not only photojournalists but also photographers in general. Mr. Smith worked for many of the famous newspapers and agencies–which brought him to the Magnum Photos foundation. He’s very well known for capturing very interpersonal moments and creating images that look natural when shooting indoors. In fact, W Eugene Smith is known to be one of the first strobists in photojournalism. While many photographers put the flash on top of the camera and didn’t know how to use it well, Mr. Smith took the flash off of the camera and made it create lighting in a scene that looked natural to the human eye. Editors loved him for this despite the fact that he was a bit tough to work with.

Mr. Smith was also behind the documenting the effects of Minamata disease in his photo essay called “Death Flow from a Pipe.” The work went on to reveal a huge coverup involving the dumping of raw sewage into water supplies.

Ted Forbes from the Art of Photography gives you an excellent history of the great photographer in what’s probably one of my favorite episodes to date.

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There’s a subculture for just about everything, whether Bronies or canine fashionistas, and it’s usually the case that most people aren’t aware of these niche communities. There are photographers, however, who shine a light on these quirky enclaves, and Amy Lombard is one of those photographers. She has a deep interest in these subcultures, and with her camera and a flash, she has given them vibrant life. Her images aren’t quite ones in that they’re alive with color and light, more so than the most. In 2012, she published her first book Happy Inside, which took a look at life inside IKEA showrooms, and earlier this year, she received a grant from VSCO’s Artist Initiative to continue her project documenting subcultures.

A selection of her work and the episode are below. For more of her work, you can check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

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

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 All images by Richard P Lambert. Used with permission. This post is a collaboration with the Sub-Reddit r/Analog.

“I’m interested in all kinds of analogue image making, from 35mm to wet-plate collodion to 6-month pinholes made from beer cans that the drunks leave in my hedge,” says photographer Richard P Lambert in his introductory email to us. Richard continued to grab our attention by speaking of some of his more experimental processes. “Using double exposures, soaking rolls of film in acid or burying frames in the park, I embrace the unpredictable and hopefully create something an honest yet weird way.”

For Richard, he’s all about doing whatever it takes to capture the moment exactly the way he sees it. “With the special effects being ‘in-camera’, these moments really did happen, but not quite like the way it has been recorded,” says Rich.

Indeed, Richard believes that you don’t need a whole lot of technical knowledge to create a beautiful photo.

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While the 85mm lens is very popular amongst the portrait photography community, some folks prefer to reach for the 50mm focal length. Some do this because they use an APS-C sensor camera while others just genuinely prefer the wider field of view. In general though, we’ve tested this and much prefer the 85mm focal length.

Based on requests and searches on our site, we decided to search our Reviews Index and round up some of our favorite 50mm lenses for portrait photography. Each one has a pull quote from our reviews along with a sample image. For the absolute best results with any lens though, work with the color channels in Lightroom.

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For those of you photographers that enjoy taking weekend trips and going exploring, a new Kickstarter is specifically targeting you guys. To do it, they’re presenting a very Christopher Nolan-esque video which you can catch after the jump. It’s called the PRVKE pack; but don’t ask us how you pronounce that.

The idea behind it is to be a weather resistant backpack that closely resembles that of some military style rucksacks except that this bag has a clamshell style opening. Inside you’ll have this giant space with dividers that clearly separate your photography gear. Then when you’re not using it for photography related purposes, it can be reconfigured for travelling, commuting, etc. With that in mind, the bag has magnetic tote handles that hold together well but come apart easily when you need them to.

The video and the Kickstarter page show this off much better.

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