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No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke…or at least we hope that it isn’t.

If it is, then it’s a darn good one.

The folks over at Mint Camera seem to be coming out with something cool and incredible: a brand new TLR camera designed to shoot Instax film. There have been hacks done to TLR cameras to do this for a while, but nothing commercially available.

It’s called the Instantflex TL70; and it’s a TLR camera with an f5.6 aperture (trust us, that’s shallow depth of field for something like this), takes Instax Mini film, can focus as close as 48cm, a built in flash, different flash modes and a very true to life TLR experience with top-down viewing and all. The camera is 30% thinner than regular TLR cameras, has three lens elements with five aperture blades, an ambient light meter, EV compensation, and a lot more to love overall.

When it launches, it’s going to be $324; which isn’t too bad at all.

Don’t think they can do it? Mint has already resurrected over 10,000 Polaroid SX-70 cameras. Trust us, that’s no small feat.

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No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

Animator Simon Taylor has created a beautiful and Pixar looking short inspired by a real life boy meets girl story. It’s about the classic photographer trying to find their way until they bump into another shooter. Many of us living the single life have probably had a similar experience at one point or another earlier on in our artistic endeavors.

Honestly, there’s no point in us explaining it anymore. Just hit the jump and watch Taking Pictures.

Via Laughing Squid

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film Photos Kodak Porta Ektar TriX  (8 of 55)

Being a second shooter is sometimes frightening. In some ways, you’re shadowing another photographer but in other ways, you’re maintaining your own individuality without being overpowering. Many second shooters are just starting out and you’ll need to keep one very big thing in mind the entire time: photography isn’t about gear first and foremost. Primarily, it’s about business. Then it’s about your portfolio. And then it’s about capabilities and gear.

If you’re a second shooter or aspiring to be one, then here’s what you should know.

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I didn't see this photo for six months, and it didn't make a difference.

I didn’t see this photo for six months, and it didn’t make a difference.

There’s an oft-discussed approach to photography in which you go for several months to a year without looking at your photographs. This is easier if you shoot film, but requires far more diligence if you shoot digital. The mindset can be traced back to Garry Winogrand who famously would go for a year without looking at his negatives. The idea’s that it gives you enough distance between you and your photographs, so that you can be a more discerning editor of your own work. Eric Kim calls it “letting your photos marinate,” and while it’s a fine mindset to have if you have the luxury of time, it ultimately doesn’t matter whether you look at your images straight out of the gate or some time later.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (3 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.5

There are a couple more days left in our contest with Olympus!

We’re teaming up with the folks over at Olympus for our first giveaway with the company. You’ve got a chance to win an Olympus OMD EM10, and all you have to do is show us your best landscape photo.

Want to win it? Hit the jump for the details.

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All images by Zach Ashcraft. Used with permission.

Zach Ashcraft is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He is also an avid landscape photographer and traveler, having visited 40 states. But when he pitched his work to us, we were most enthralled by not only his wedding photography, but his senior portraits. Senior portraits are one of the more profitable ways to make a living from shooting portraits, but it has less to do with the gear and more about working with parents and the budding adult.

Zach shared a couple of tips with negotiations, locations, and getting the right timing.

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