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Neal Auch’s Dark Food Photography Is a Slap in the Face to Factory Farming (NSFW)

I’m a fine art photographer living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Most of my recent work concerns the commodification of suffering, and the ethics of eating animals. My work explores these themes by presenting animal organ meats that are intended for human consumption in an unfamiliar context where I hope that the underlying ugliness of our food system is exposed....
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5 Tips on How to Choose a Location for Natural Light Portraiture

Shooting portraits in natural light can sometimes honestly be tougher than using a flash; but that’s all considering that you haven’t done any sort of scouting beforehand. However, natural light portraiture can be pretty simple if you can find a way to figure out the artistic vision parts as the technical parts can all be pretty simple too once you just pay attention to and carefully think about what you want....
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Debmalya Sinha: A Black and White Personal Documentary Photographer

My name is Debmalya Sinha and I’m a personal documentary photographer. As Martin Parr once said, “Unless there’s some vulnerability there, I don’t think you’re going to get good photographs”; I started looking for my vulnerabilities inside my otherwise easy and mostly satisfying life and quickly found out one can find pain even in the intense orgasms inside the most loving embraces of life if one is looking for it. Emptiness and fear became central to my photographs and my life during this period. A downward spiral of self inflicted sufferings later, I slowly realised that crisis is not only about pain and suffering. Simultaneous joy of an ephemeral moment and the sadness as it floats away is a projection of vulnerability too and can be expressed together. This helped me start my current project “Mono No Aware” where I’ve explored emptiness and togetherness concurrently in a dreamlike fictional sequence. Here is a very short video of a subset of the pictures from the project....
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Dan Grove: Photographic Perfection in the Reimagination of the Mundane

My photography is all about reimagining the mundane – the bit of England I live in is reaaalllly dull so taking decent photos can be quite a challenge at times. I love to notice the things that other people might miss and I’m always looking to get the shot that makes people look twice or wonder how/where I’ve taken it. I tend to switch across a few different styles in my work – I either shoot bold and clean architectural stuff or gritty, documentary-style street work when I’m out and about. I’ve also spent some time in the studio at school as part of my A Level course....
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Brandon Pittser: On Artistic Geometry, Symmetry and Shapes in Photography

As a photographer, I would describe myself as a permanent learner, because I think the most enriching work happens at the intersection of my vision and something I’ve never done before. I try to adopt a growth mindset, because I deeply believe progress only happens outside of your comfort zone, but I balance that self-applied pressure with a sincere love of the craft. Robert Frost once wrote that a poem “begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” and that describes my creative process. Many times, I’ll have an epiphany in the development phase that elevates or entirely re-interprets the material from the shooting phase, and those are the most exciting moments for me....
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This Rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T Lens Will Cost You $15,200.00

We’ve known for years that Zeiss lenses are pretty pricey, but a rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is taking the cake in so many different ways–going for $15,200 on eBay. The lens is an offering from Zeiss that of course is hard to get your hands on and for many reasons is really coveted. But by today’s standards it’s probably really a foreign idea to lots of photographers. The lens is an M42 mount–which was popular back in the day. The M42 mount is a screw mount system that includes a number of really fantastic lenses. Zeiss, Schneider, Pentax and the likes of Vivitar amongst others made some really good lenses in that mount that even today really astound me. Lenses back then also had a particular character about them–with the Zeiss Jena offerings being made in East Germany....
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Quick Portrait Tip: Gel a Flash to Make a Scene Look Like the Golden Hour

Today, we’ve got a really quick portrait tip for everyone and it involves creating the look of the Golden Hour when the sun isn’t setting. Granted, sometimes the best time to do this is during the blue hour or at a time when you’ve got everything nearly perfectly lined up in the frame....
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5 Square Format Cameras You’ll Love to Get Your Hands On

The Square Format is an absolutely lovely format when it comes to shooting photos. It delivers a really nice symmetry that can sometimes be very difficult to work within when it comes to creating photos. But for many years, it was the standard on Instagram. Square Photos also seem to have a special charm about them; and I strongly suggest that every photographer try it....
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Michiel de Lange: Picturesque Moments in the Street That Look Like Drawings

Photographer Michiel de Lange has a body of imagery that’s absolutely fantastic in that his candid street photography is edited in a way to look a bit like highly complex scratch drawings. The photos in the end look absolutely fantastic. “Originally from South Africa, I started meddling with serious photography in 1986 when my father passed on his old Asahi Pentax SLR and a few lenses to me.” Michiel tells us. “Using this camera, I spent a few years exploring and teaching myself photography in its basic, raw form, later upgrading to a used Pentax ME Super, which I continued to use into the early 1990’s.”...
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70mm IMAX Film vs 120 Film: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to a lot of photography, 35mm has been the standard for many years. In cinema, Super 35mm has been–and it’s around the size of APS-C digital. But what about larger formats? In photography, we’ve got 120 film and in cinema there’s IMAX. IMAX is considered large format in cinema and arguably it’s really beautiful. IMAX film is rated to be around 70mm in size; visually it’s really 65mm and 5mm are used for audio....
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Baron Walton: I Really Love Shooting Album Covers

Photographer Baron Walton is a truly creative type of photographer and he partially attributes this to being extroverted. “I develop a concept that I pitch to the artist/client.” states Baron in an email to the Phoblographer where he continues to state his work being concept driven. “It’s a form of visual communication that tells you something about the artist – even if you are not aware of them, you will understand something about their style.” We’ve all heard stories about how difficult it is to photograph artists on tour; but Baron has learned how to make the most of it....
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Review: Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ10 (Instax Square Format)

The Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ10 is quite an interesting if not at times frustrating camera that packs a whole lot of fun into an oddly shaped camera body that you’ll either not totally understand or fall head over heels for. The camera is Fujifilm’s latest addition to their Instax lineup of films and cameras serving as an in-between point for Instax Mini and Instax Wide. The Instax lineup of cameras have always been incredibly strong sellers amongst young women (many of my great, personal friends use Instax cameras and film). Part of the great selling point is the small size of the prints which are easy to carry and fun to share. But another part is the “cutesy” form factor. They sell so well in fact, that if you were to consider the sales of Fujifilm Instax vs the the rest of the digital and analog camera industry, Instax film far outsells anything in digital....
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Why Small Film Cameras Are The Ultimate Every Day Camera

This addiction of mine began a few years ago and continues into today; it helped spur a movement. Remember a few years ago how Fujifilm came onto the scene with cameras that had retro aesthetics, looked gorgeous and actually functioned well while doing it nowhere as expensive as Leica? Then Olympus hopped on board. Then Sony, and the train kept taking off. It got its fundamental start with film cameras and that whole movement. The idea of using a proper dial of some sort and retro-grade ergonomics has continued to enamor photographers everywhere–but no matter what camera manufacturers have done, I think that I can make a very valid argument that they’ve all come very close and done a fantastic job. However nothing fits into your hand or functions just right like some sort of small film camera....
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Useful Photography #177: Have a Portrait Subject Lean Forward from the Hips to Make a Chin Look Better

Photographer Peter Hurley and many others tell portrait photographers to instruct their subjects to stick their chin out. When someone sticks their chin out, they elongate the area under their chin and therefore make their jaw line look better when it comes to taking a portrait. So in order to take it one step further without making your subject visually uncomfortable, you can also tell them to bring their chin down just a tad. But then what do you after that?...
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First Impressions: Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

The Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE is designed to compete with the options from Sigma, Canon, etc. So why would Sony design a lens like this, you wonder? I wondered the same, exact thing–and then I saw it and held it in person. The Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE is incredibly small and for the first time, I’m very glad to say that Sony has made a zoom lens that doesn’t make me cringe in terms of size in relation to a mirrorless camera. It’s also go weather sealing built in though Sony says that it isn’t to the spec of the G Master series....
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First Impressions: Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master FE (Sony E Mount, Full Mount)

Today, Sony is announcing the last addition to their f2.8 trinity: the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master FE lens. The new Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master FE lens is designed to be every bit as professional as the 70-200mm f2.8 and 24-70mm f2.8 lens offerings. In regards to the design, Sony talks a lot about how much engineering went into it in regards to corner to corner sharpness in addition to distortion. When it launches later this year, it’s going to be $2,199 in stores at the end of August. ...
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Purple Mangrove: Exploring the Rougher Side of Miami in Documentary Photos

Miami is probably America’s most multicultural city (perhaps with the exception of NYC). In fact, you’d think you’re in a different country if it wasn’t for the red, white and blue flags in front yards and massive deep beats coming from black SUVs....
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Jens Krauer: On Realizing You’re a Street Photographer; Not Becoming One

Photographer Jens Krauer is a documentary and street photographer based in Zurich. “Speaking three languages makes it easy for me to move between countries, and I travel as much as possible.” he tells us. “For nearly two years I lived in Kiev, Ukraine, watching the 2014 Revolution unfold, and I was in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Revolution.” So of course, he’s got quite a variety of work and both him and his photography have evolved over the years....
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The Beards Project: Portrait Photography Emphasizing Many Glorious Beards

Photographer Debabrata Rey’s The Beards Project is a special one for all of you who are fans of some genuine male whiskers. Debabrata is a portrait photographer whose work has continued to evolve quite a bit over the years as he’s become more experimental. The way he works with people, his lighting, use of colors, and his creative vision are always things that I genuinely feel make his work unique....
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Useful Photography Tip #176: The Simple Trick to Make Hair Easier to Work With in a Portrait

Here’s the situation: you’re outside and about to shoot a portrait. But the wind kicks up and makes the hair from your portrait subject get in their faces. It goes everywhere and it’s pretty uncontrollable. So how do you deal with this aside from just waiting for the wind?...
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The Profoto B1X Is Promising the Widest HSS Flash Range, More Power

Profoto isn’t calling the new Profoto B1X monolight an update, but instead it’s a replacement in a pretty big way. Most importantly, the Profoto B1X is offering a lot more LED Modeling light power (which works great double duty for video) and 50% more power overall. Many other Profoto lights hold quite a bit of juice, so these are just extra icing it seems. Of course, these lights are being targeted at real working pros that absolutely need that type of light output power and not the semi-professionals or photographers that do well enough with just a single flash....
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100 Days of Protests: A Kickstarter Book Campaign Highlighting Trump Protests

From day 1 to day 100 after the inauguration of President Trump, I have documented all protests in my home town Washington, D.C., by taking thousands of photos on black & white film. The 100 best photos are included in the upcoming photo book “100 Days of Protests”, representing 100 days of protest. “100 Days of Protests” is very timely and will find very broad public interest, has a massive built-in audience, and has the potential to become a “classic” and important historic document similar to the photojournalism books of the Civil Rights and Vietnam ears....
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Have a Photo Project? Show it to Us for a Considered Feature.

Photographers: if you have an actual photo project that is complete we’d love to see it for a considered feature on our website. Portraits? Street photography? Landscapes? Food? Conceptual images? Doesn’t matter, if it’s good work we’d be happy to feature it. Take a look at how to apply down below:...
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Photographers Who Shoot Kodak T-Max 400: We’d Love to Feature You!

Hi everyone, Next month our premium publication La Noir Image is looking to feature photographers who shoot Kodak T-Max 400. So if you’ve got a special project or a tightly curated body of work with that film, here’s how you can apply to be featured....
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5 Fantastic 6×7 Medium Format Film Cameras to Create Beautiful Photos With

here are a number of photographers out there who consider the 6×7 format of medium format film to be the only really medium format type. Part of this has to do with the fact that it’s right in between small format (35mm) and large format (4×5.) It’s quite a bit larger than the 645 format and much larger than 35mm format. It can also prove to be very difficult to work with simply because you need to be super critical about your focusing....
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On Imagining the Idea of a Medium Format Sony a7s II

The idea of a medium format Sony a7s II isn’t really a completely farfetched one when you consider how photography and technology have evolved hand in hand with one another. Medium format photography has for years been stated to be better than 35mm photography–at least in terms of the analog film world. In the digital world though, the two tend to be able to hold their ground with one another due to algorithms, processors, etc. The medium format world has also always been about getting higher megapixels, more emulsion, more details, more surface area, etc. In the film world, it results in less grain that could look unsightly and instead in grain that looks even more pleasing than film typically allows....
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Lens Review: Leica Summaron-M 28mm F5.6 (Leica M Mount)

The Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 is a lens that in many ways is bound to be the love of many street photographers out there. One could easily think to themselves: why would someone go crazy over a small, slow prime lens? There are a lot of great reasons beyond just its more affordable price point. There’s the image quality–which is unlike anything I’ve seen from most modern lenses. Then there are things like the low profile and the fact that the fairly slow speed means that that’s all you’re going to be using for street photography anyway. It’s a gorgeous lens if you’re into something smaller and a lot more classic–not only in the quality but also the operation....
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Alex Teltevskiy: A Filmmaker’s Take on Analog Photography

Alex Teltevskiy is a photographer whose mind works with a bit of eccentricity. He loves photography and has loved film since starting in it. But then he went digital and fell back in love with film. He experiments with various films, looks and cameras. His passion is driven by a load of things, and like more film photographers should, he understands how to get the looks that suit his creative vision....
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Irving Penn: The Creation of an Iconic Photographer

Irving Penn paved the way for modern photography by seamlessly crossing borders between high fashion and fine art. During the course of his career, Penn produced images that would grace the covers of Vogue while simultaneously appearing on the walls of galleries. As one of the most influential photographers of his time, he earned respect among the elite and established members of both the fashion and art worlds....
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Joel Tjintjelaar: Shooting Black and White Photos With the Phase One 100MP IQ3 Achromatic Back

In many ways, Photographer Joel Tjintjelaar is “photographer’s photographer.” He shoots beautiful long exposure black and white images, street photography, landscapes, still lifes, etc. He’s creative while also blending in elements of capturing a scene though while still putting his own signature perspective on it. Joel coins himself as a fine art architecture photographer specializing in black and white long exposure photography, but he’s also an author and educator who teaches workshops on black and white and fine art photography, architectural photography and long exposure photography, around the world. He has developed his own signature method of post processing that has been adopted by many of his many followers around the world, to not only create beauty but also communicate emotions....
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The New Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic Shoots 100MP Black and White Photos

Today, Phase One is introducing their latest step forward into the world of black and white: the Phase one IQ3 100MP Achromatic medium format back. This back attaches to Phase One’s cameras and integrates into the rest of their system. That means you’ll get to use a ton of different lenses, get access to a bunch of cool features like a seismograph within the camera, etc. ...
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Sample Image Gallery: Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art (Canon EF)

We’ve been testing the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens. And so far, it seems pretty incredible and may even give the 85mm f1.4 a run for its money....
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The DeadCameras Slim Strap Theme Collection Exudes a Quiet Beauty

Photographers that really like standing out from the pack may like the new DeadCameras Slim Strap Theme collection offerings. While some of the company’s other straps look like Gordy’s and a few others that use sailboat rope, these are a lot slimmer and have a very pronounced shoulder pad sort of like how 4V Design does. These straps are made with Alcanena leather and can be selected in six different themes and looks. All of them are handmade in Portugal....
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Lens Review: Fujifilm 120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro (Fujifilm G Format)

The Fujifilm 120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro is one of the first lens offerings from the G Format lineup; and it’s a pretty decent lens overall. In fact, there isn’t a single major problem with it besides maybe its large size. But when it comes to performance, it’s very sharp, focuses quickly, has image stabilization built in, and beautiful bokeh. What more could a photographer want?...
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Manfrotto’s New Manhattan Lineup of Bags Target the NYC Photographer

Manfrotto just introduced a brand new lineup of camera bags called the Manfrotto Manhattan Collection. As the lifestyle imagery implies along with the name, the Manhattan collection targets the NYC based photographer that commutes using the subway system, bikes, etc. But that doesn’t mean that those are the only photographers who may be attracted to it. In fact, photographers in Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, and possibly other cities like Berlin may be widening their eyes....
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Tip: Damage a Disposable Camera to Get a Different Look

Photographer Kate Hook is an experimental, creative, modern analog film photographer that loves experimenting with new ideas and tricks. We’ve featured her work here before when she souped her LomoChrome Purple film; and now she’s back with a video on having fun with a disposable camera. While most photographers would scoff at using one due to their plastic lenses and crappy quality, Kate has the idea of being experimental and embracing it. In fact, she takes it even further....
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Felipe Rubilar: Portraits of Everyday Folks on the Streets

All images and words by Felipe Rubilar. Used with permission. From the beginning I knew that I wanted to capture real life, I started doing photography in the streets. I kept doing it, and that was one of my biggest motivation to leave my home country to live my dream; Travel and meet the local culture of...
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Making Images From Your Sony Camera Look Like Kodak Portra 160 NC

Something that I enjoy doing for fun is looking for a way to make my images emulate the look of film straight out of camera. Though I know that it’s never going to be perfect, I like to see just how close I can come. So recently after looking through a number of older scans of Kodak Portra 160 NC, I’ve found ways to get a look fairly close to what the older version of the film looks like. Of course, it’s again not perfect, but here’s how you can get the look from your Sony camera....
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The Breakthrough Dark CPL & X4 GND Promise Less Vignetting for Landscape Photographers

The folks over at Breakthrough photography have forever made really fantastic ND filters. The simple build quality and design that makes them so simple to come off and on securely is very convenient. Now they’re back with a brand new Kickstarter for the new Breakthrough Dark CPL & X4 GND. For landscape photographers and videographers looking to keep their packages a bit more compact, the CPL is a really nice option. But for photographers looking for the most control, the GND (Graduated Neutral Density) filters are great....
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Lens Review: Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 R WR (Fujifilm G Format)

Of course, the closest thing to a normal prime lens had to be the first thing that Fujifilm announced for their Medium format G Format; and to that end we got the Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 R WR lens. It’s an interesting move for Fujifilm. You see, when the X series was announced, the company debuted at least one f1.4 lens. But this time around, we got slow lenses. Yes, I’m aware that this is medium format, but there are f1.8 lenses in the 645 format–which is larger than G format....
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The Panomicron: Building a Custom 93x24mm Panorama Camera

“My camera, that I call the ‘Panomicron’ is a 35mm panoramic camera that shoots 93×24 negatives.” says photographer Oscar Oweson in an interview with us. “It can use any Mamiya Press lens but does not have any rangefinder, zone focus only (so the 100mm f2.8 might not be ideal).” The Panomicron is a Custom Made 93x24mm Panorama Camera. Like many of the newer generation of photographers out there, he wanted to play with a Hasselblad X Pan camera. However, they’re pretty expensive. So he built his own variation....
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Pieter Symon: Behind the Scenes at the Louvre After the French Election

I was attending the Louvre Museum party of France president elect Emmanuel Macron. It was a great evening and I tried to catch the spirit. The story I try to tell with these pictures is the story of mainly young French people, celebrating that Emmanuel Macron has been chosen president. Attending the event, people cheering and singing along with the national anthem, waving French and European flags, this felt like the celebration of a great victory, of a revolution. Against the background of the Louvre Museum, some of my shots make me think of this painting of French symbol Marianne (see here). That feeling, that is what I tried to capture....
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Compact Cameras, The Future: A Call to the Camera Manufacturers

Since I have been running this site and doing this job I have watched as the prices for compact cameras have steadily increased into the sort of price ranges usually reserved for collectible cameras. I do feel partly responsible for this as the site helped to popularise these cameras and bring them to new audiences....
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Tips on Doing Outdoor Portraiture At Different Times of the Night or Day

Don’t listen to anyone that tells you that wonderful portraiture can’t be created during anytime of the day or night. There are great ways to shoot equally great portraits during the day or night and they don’t always involve the use of a flash. Instead, they rely more on a photographer’s ability to see and understand light. For starters, you’re going to tell you to use spot metering. Now that you’ve got that locked in, here’s how you make great portraits....
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Olympus Finally Brings Profoto AirTTL Support For Their High End Cameras

It’s been really long overdue, but high end Olympus camera users will finally be getting Profoto AirTTL radio strobe support. Years ago, Olympus announced their initiative to create a professional style of mirrorless camera with the original OMD EM5. Then the OMD EM1 came out and the Mk II versions for each of those cameras–and it was still missing a fantastic off-camera flash option that had full integration into the Olympus system. But today, that changes with Profoto now coming on board to offer support for their AirTTL flashes. To that end, Profoto is releasing the new Profoto Air Remote TTL-O....
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Creating the Photograph: Chris Gampat’s “The Underground Club”

I’ve done a number of posts for our Creating the Photograph series partially because they help me to show off a different way or thinking about a problem that needs to be solved on a set. So recently when working with the Fujifilm GFX 50s on a shoot, I tried to find a way to deliver that “club” type of look that’s becoming so popular again in photography. I’ve written about it before, but not a whole lot and not in terms of practical application....
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Five Photographers Deliver Their Own Unique Take on the Stereotypical Stock Photo

We all know what they’re like: stock photos are pretty basic because most people and advertisers are pretty basic. They lack creativity; but the folks over at DepositPhotos decided to collaborate with five photographers with different backgrounds to deliver their own totally unique take on the stereotypical stock photo. You know: the woman with a salad, shopping, family, parties, etc....
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First Impressions: Lomography Neptune Convertible Art Lenses (EXCLUSIVE)

Today, Lomography is announcing a brand new series of unconventional lenses designed for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras; they’re called the Lomography Neptune Convertible Art Lenses. They’re a curious and extremely different system based on an older camera and lens system–which is right in line with what Lomography tends to do. The Lomography Neptune Convertible Art lenses are a three element system which all starts with a mounting system. The Aperture and focusing are built into one unit that attaches to your camera. Then from there, you attach another optic. The optics are switched out when you want a different field of view and can also work with special shaped apertures....
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Capture One Pro Finally Adds Support for Compressed Fujifilm RAW Files

Today, Capture One is announcing their latest version of their software for professional photographers: Capture One Pro 10.1. With it includes a ton of new features including support for compressed Fujifilm RAW files. But there’s so much more such as the ability to view PSD files within the program now. There are also new support implementations for how watermarks are used in addition to a new Styles workflow interface. The Styles workflow is a very welcome addition as they can be a great way to give extra inspiration for how you can make a final photo look....
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Creating the Photograph: Travis Singleton’s “There’s light in the dark side”

In the early 90’s, photographer Travis Singleton got his hands on a Minolta XD-5 35mm film camera. then he took a break from photographer and went digital. Born on a small farm in rural Nova Scotia, he grew up on the east coast of Canada. Even during his younger days, he had an interest in photography. “As I didn’t have the money, I would buy the rolls of film to take pictures but often didn’t get them developed.” he tells us in an email. “Or I would put the roll aside to get developed later, only to forget.”...
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