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The SLRMagic 8mm f4 For Micro Four Thirds Has Very Little Distortion

Today, the new SLRMagic 8mm f4 for Micro Four Thirds cameras was announced. This lens is being targeted at professional cinematographers and is being touted as perfect for aerial photography. The SLRMagic 8mm f4 renders a 16mm f8 field of view and depth of field when compared to full frame offerings. The lens also exhibits very little distortion....
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Phoenie Chen’s Magnificent Images of the Northern Lights on Kodak Portra 800

“Truth to be told, I have never really gotten serious about photography.” says Phoenie Chen in an email interview with the Phoblographer. “I take pictures mostly when I travel, once or twice a year. Both of my work and studies have nothing to do with art or photography. I guess photography is more like an escape from reality for me.” Phoenie first got into shooting photos this way; and she loves to use Kodak Portra. In fact, these images were shot of the Northern Lights using Kodak Portra 800....
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List: 30 of Our Favorite Inspiring Women Photographers

Over the years, we’ve interviewed a number of photographers of all genders. While the industry is very much male dominated, there are a lot of fantastic women photographers that deserve special recognition for the work that they do. These strong women put a major emphasis on creating and capturing fantastic images that will inspire so many out there....
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Film Review: Kodak Tri-X 400 (35mm and 120; Various Formats)

Arguably the most famous black and white film of our time has to be Kodak Tri-x 400; it’s been with photojournalists for years and years. These days though, most folks can’t tell the difference between Kodak Tri-x 400 and so many other emulsions on the market. Despite this, it’s still the most popular black and white film currently available with the highest possibility of never going discontinued....
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What a Photo Editor Looks For in a Photographer’s Website

Social media is easy–and perhaps this is one of the biggest reasons why so many photographers don’t to go ahead and make the jump into creating a website of their own despite how simple it is with services like Squarespace. In fact, for the photographer that wants to take the next step with displaying their work, they sometimes don’t understand how incredibly simple it can be with tremendous payoffs when it comes to getting your name out there. In fact, when pitching yourself and a project that you’ve done to a publication, it’s one of the most important things that any photo editor will ask for....
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Our Food Photography Workshop is This Weekend! Sign up!

Hi everyone,   We’ve got a limited amount of time left for you to register for our Brooklyn Food Photography Workshop this weekend!...
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Alex Medvick: On Using CineStill 800T Film in the 120 Format

“I think most portraits capture more than just a nose and pair of eyeballs.” says photographer Alex Medvick in an email response to our questions inquiring about his portraiture and using CineStill 800T in the 120 format. “They show us an emotional/stylized reality, centering around specific people.” Alex is a photographer based in Philly and is one of the few lucky enough to have gotten his hands on the film after the pre-sales that CineStill had....
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Street Photography and Kodak Tri-X Film: 62 Years of Going With The Grain

In recent years, thanks in part to social media and the ease with which participants can share images, street photography has enjoyed unprecedented popularity. A generation of digital cameras, inspired in part by the classic tools of street shooters, has combined with the power of social networks and easy image sharing to empower a new generation of photographers to embrace street photography. The results: A glut of photos: many of them mediocre, some good, and some of them really good....
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The Polaroid Land Camera is Now 70 Years Old

For many of us, the news of the Polaroid Land Camera turning 70 years old this year will be one that brings back some nostalgia. But others don’t necessarily know what the Polaroid Land Camera was. You need, the Land Camera was designed to shoot an instant photo and worked with a rangefinder focusing system to do just that. Most of them have an old-timey vintage feel with a proper bellows, aperture, shutter, etc....
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We’re at the Last 24 Hours of Our Kickstarter! Last Chance to Donate

Hi everyone, We’re in the very last hours of our Kickstarter initiative and we’ve reached our goal. Again, a very big thank you to everyone who is interested in the production of a well done Analog Photography zine. You’ve got around 24 hours left to donate and by the time you read this, maybe even...
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The New Lomography Color Negative F²/400 Film Is the Result of a Crazy Experiment

Today we’re getting a brand new film in the form of Lomography Color Negative F²/400 Film. Well, at least it’s kind of a new film. The company describes the origin of the film as being originally made by an Italian filmmaker. In 2010, they bought the last of it; and then they let it age in the Czech Republic. While doing this, they did some experiments with it. Seven years later, they took it out and they’re really happy with the results....
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Review: Kodak Ektar 100 (35mm and 120; Various Formats)

For a really long time, if you wanted very vivid colors in your film photos you needed to go to a slide film–but when Kodak introduced Kodak Ektar 100 things changed. Photographers were able to get punchy, vibrant, saturated colors with the ease of use that negative film provides. To this day, Kodak Ektar 100 is used to a variety of applications with one of the most common ones being landscapes. However it is also in use for portraiture as its low ISO value allows for incredibly sharp photos....
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5 Reasons for Portrait Photographers to Get Super Excited About the New Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG Art Lens

Yesterday, the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens was announced–and it’s an understandably amazing reason for portrait photographers to get very hyped up. The 135mm focal length is one of the best options out there for portrait photographers. It does a whole lot of compression of your subject and is often perfect for headshots. Of course, you’re standing pretty far back away from them but the lens is capable of delivering so many great looks that you’re bound to just fall in love with its capabilities....
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Bang for Your Buck Food, Portrait and Street Photography Workshops Coming! Sign up!

Just a reminder to everyone that we’ve got a two day food photography intensive workshop coming up this weekend in Brooklyn, NY. Attendees will be treated to a three course dinner, shooting photos for their own portfolio, a free camera bag and a critique session....
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The Lab Box Lets Any Film Photographer Develop Film in Daylight

There’s something very exciting in the mix for film photographers today: a brand new Kickstarter called Lab Box wants to allow photographers to develop their film in daylight, at home, on the road, or pretty much anywhere. I’ve known about this since Photokina 2016 and I’ve been keeping my lips sealed until today when the...
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Less Than 48 Hours are Left in Our Analog Zine Kickstarter! Go Donate!

As you most likely know, our Analog Zine Kickstarter was fully funded. Again, a genuine thank you to everyone who donated. But I’d like to summon everyone’s attention who was interested in donating to the project but didn’t because it was too early on. With less than 48 hours left in the campaign, at this point you’re basically just buying a zine with the option of a year long basic subscription to La Noir Image; our premium black and white photography website....
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Film Review: Kodak Portra 400 (35mm and 120, Various Formats)

Years and years ago, Kodak announced something that would ensure for quite a while: Kodak Portra 400. Available in both of the 120, 35mm and large formats the film was and still is incredibly popular with photographers who like shooting portraits. It’s highly valued for its muted tones–which tends to go against much of what digital photography seems to offer straight out of the camera. However, Portra is in use for much more than just this....
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Impossible Project Polaroid 600 Review and Test

Some time ago, a parcel was delivered to my home with a polaroid camera and a bunch of different films from the Impossible Project, one of the coolest and funkiest companies of today. The level of excitement I felt at that moment, while removing the packaging and going through the contents, was unbelievable; I just could not wait to start playing with the new toy I got....
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Learn How to Take Better Food Photos Any Time of the Day Or Night

Hey everyone! This weekend, we’ve got our Food Photography workshop in Brooklyn and there are still available spots left for folks to sign up! Attendees get a free 24/7 camera bag, a three course dinner, and a critique on their food photographs. Join us! Find out more info right here!...
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Our Analog Zine Kickstarter Ends in a Few Days. You Can Still Donate!

This is one of our last reminders: our Analog photography zine Kickstarter is now fully funded. Again, a big thank you to everyone who made this possible. It means a whole lot to us. However, if you still want one and were afraid to donate before, you’ve got no worries now. At this point, you’re essentially just buying a zine with the option of also getting a subscription to La Noir Image....
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We’ve Added Sample Images from Fujifilm X-T20! Go Check Them Out!

We’ve been spending a bit of time getting to know the new Fujifilm X-T20 and so far we’re pretty impressed with it’s capabilities. Today, we’ve added sample photos to our first impressions. When shot the right way, the Fujifilm X-T20 can do something absolutely special....
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Review: Canon 28mm f3.5 IS STM (Canon EF-M)

The Canon 28mm f3.5 IS STM has got a few great features to it that make it very useful in various situations. Besides its compact size, it also has a cool macro light built into it. The light can be controlled using a button on the lens and can be very useful in many situations....
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From Belushi to Warhol: Marcia Resnick’s Portraits of the Bad Boys Of 1970s New York Counterculture

Marcia Resnick spent much of the 1970s and 80s photographing the marginalized, talented and creative souls — as well as some pretty famous rockers and poets — who were drawn like a magnet to dirty, old, low-rent and near-bankrupt New York City. They came there, Marcia observed, to re-invent themselves. “Musicians, writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers and dancers would congregate at clubs like the Mudd, Max’s and CBGB where they would enjoy the music and begin to collaborate on art projects.” Out of this scene came a mixture of punk rockers, transvestites, performers, and older counterculture figures who Resnick found intriguing....
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Video: A Walkthrough of the New Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens

Earlier this week, we got to play with the new Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens for Sony FE cameras. After our first impressions, we were able to bring back image samples in addition to talking with Sony’s reps about the lens. Mike Bubolo of Sony was nice enough to give us a guided tour and insight into how the Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens works....
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Thank You: Our Analog Photography Zine Kickstarter is Funded (You Can Still Donate)

Hi everyone, Last night, we reached our Kickstarter initiative goals and we got the $3,000 we’re asking for in taking the first steps to the creation of our Analog photography zine. A big, giant thank you goes out to everyone who spread the message, funded, and more importantly, believed in us. We promise you, we’re...
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Useful Photography Tip #172: Don’t Forget About Graduated Filters in The Editing Process

Ask any landscape photographer and they’ll tell you that one of their most valuable tools is a graduated ND filter. But sometimes they’re just not available on you when you’re shooting. Luckily though, you’ve got them built into Lightroom and Capture One Pro 10. And you can use them to get a whole lot more detail from the skies when you go shooting and later on when you’re editing....
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Which One: Sony a99 II vs Canon 5D Mk IV vs Nikon D810 vs Pentax K-1

Canon, Nikon and Sony have always been at each others’ throats when it comes to full frame DSLRs; but only recently did Pentax also finally step into the game. The Canon 5D Mk IV, Pentax K-1, Nikon D810 and the Sony a99 II are all fantastic cameras. They perform well on their own accord and we tried to figure out which one is the best of the bunch....
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We’ve Almost Fully Funded Our Analog Photography Zine Kickstarter! Help Us!

Hey everyone, We’ve got some very promising news: our Kickstarter is almost fully funded. We’re that much closer to being able to deliver an evocative zine showcasing the work and thought processes of some of the best modern analog photographers in the world. Nothing would make us (and many of you) happier. Our goal asks...
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Why The Analog Photography World is a Far Nicer Place Than Digital

Years and years ago, there were film photographers that loved taking their lenses and cameras into labs and testing the results with charts and such. For the most part, that still happens with digital. But modern analog and film photography has evolved. Lots of people are turned off by it but also lots of people are incredibly attracted to it for its freedom of expression and the amount of raw talent that goes into creating a photo in-camera without Photoshopping or Lightroom work. Sure, lots of the same things done in Lightroom can be done in the darkroom, but that’s just when you’re printing. Instead, modern analog is more about the art: and a million times better than modern digital....
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First Samples: Sony 85mm f1.8 FE and Sony 100mm f2.8 STM G Master FE

Earlier tonight, we got the chance to play with the brand new Sony 85mm f1.8 FE and the new Sony 100mm f2.8 STM FE G Master. Both lenses performed absolutely wonderfully, but if I really had to put my money on one or the other, I believe that I’d personally lean more towards the 85mm. To be fair, I spent most of my time with this lens and if I spend more time with the 100mm f2.8 then my opinion my change. But I’m a far bigger fan of 85mm focal lengths than 100mm....
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We’ve Got a Week Left to Fund Our Analog Photography Zine (And Our Special Workshop!)

With one week left in our Kickstarter, we need to raise only $1,000 more dollars to get complete funding in order for us to put out one of the best zines featuring modern analog photographers today. The zine is going to be a beautiful, high quality, limited edition magazine that will adorn your coffee table as...
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Why I Built a 90mm 4×5 Film Pinhole Camera

All photos and blog post by Julian L. Used with permission.   I first got into photography with a Kodak Instamatic 126 when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I absolutely loved it, it was magical to me at that age. I actually recently bought the same camera off eBay to run some 35mm...
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The Canon 77D Is for the Amateur Photographer That Doesn’t Think They’re Very Amateur But Not Quite Intermediate Yet

Today, Canon is introducing a few new products that have apparently been terribly kept secrets but also have been making some scratch their heads. To start, the new Canon 77D is supposed to live above the Canon T6s but below the Canon 80D. Why? Well, I’m sure that there’s a good reason if they’re literally creating a new line of camera for it. In some ways, you can imagine it as the two cameras semi-sort of smushed together into one and removing the weather sealing....
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Digital to Analog: Daylight White Balance in Various Lighting Scenarios

As more and more photographers start going from digital to analog, we wanted to teach everyone about a big part of how you not only see light, but also color. Note that most film is balanced to daylight, so if you go about shooting with it in various situations, you’ll probably like the results or you won’t....
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A Look at How Digital Cameras Lose Their Value Compared to Film Bodies

If you’ve even decided to click on this article, then you’re probably aware of some of the frustrations that some of your fellow photographers feel. Let’s preface this: four of five years ago you may have purchased a Fujifilm X Pro 1. Last year it was updated, giving it a sufficient four year life span. Now you want to upgrade, and you’re finding that they’re still going for brand new sometimes at a ridiculously low price and used for only a few hundred. But the newer cameras like the Fujifilm X Pro 2 costs around $1,699. Fujifilm isn’t exclusive to this though: so too is Sony and the Micro Four Thirds coalition....
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The Simple First Step to Making Your Food Photography Look Better Every Time

This is one of the first steps that we’re going to teach in our Food Photography workshop later on this month. It involves lighting your food in a different way and is just the first step involved with making your food photos look great. More importantly though, this is a piece of information that you’re going to learn and that will help you make better lighting decisions every time....
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10 Days to Go on Our Kickstarter: Help Us Make a Beautiful Zine about Analog Photography

Hey everyone, We’ve got 10 days left to get our Kickstarter fully funded and we’re almost there! But we can use more support. Just a reminder: our zine is going to be all about analog photography. It’s going to feature 100 pages of photos and short interviews profiling a number of photographers on why they...
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The Capture One Pro Keyboard Manages Your Shortcuts With Ease

There are a lot of keyboard options designed to work very well with Photoshop and Lightroom and today, Phase One has announced a partnership with LogicKeyboard to deliver the Capture One Pro Keyboard for the mac. The special keyboard is designed to give photo editors better and quicker access to their shortcuts through color coded layouts. ...
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The Lightroom Photographer’s Intro to Working with Capture One 10

For a while now, I’ve become more and more frustrated with the things that Adobe has been doing with Lightroom. Like the Apple users amongst the creative world, it’s just not cutting it for us anymore. So I’ve made a video on how I’m working with Capture One Pro 10 these days to show everyone else how you can get into it....
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The Best Lenses for the Fujifilm X Pro 2 and the Fujifilm X-T2

Photographers that use the Fujifilm X series system professionally (or are interested in doing so) will be amazed to know that there are a number of fantastic lenses available to use for the system. Of course, despite the fact that the company’s system hasn’t been around for as long a period of time as some others they’ve been able to do quite a bit in a short amount of time. The Fujifilm X series system has a lens for nearly every single type of photographer–and the system is just going to continue to grow....
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Deal Alert: Fujifilm FP-3000B Is $17.27 on Amazon Right Now

For anyone that really loved Fujifilm FP-3000B instant peel apart film, you’re in luck. For the first time in a while, the film has dropped in price quite significantly. On Amazon, it’s currently at $17.27–and if you really love using the film it would be a fantastic idea to try to snatch some up immediately...
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Why You Should Never Underestimate the Power of Cropping

Most photographers don’t realize the power of Cropping an image and instead just move on past it in their catalog. Go back and give it a try!...
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Tutorial Package- Creating the Photograph: On Assignment at a Restaurant

Today, we’re super psyched to finally launch a special product that we’ve been working on for a really long time–Creating the Photograph: On Assignment at a Restaurant. Stemming from our very popular Creating the Photograph series, this tutorial video package includes a whole load of educational content that is bound to occupy you for a while. ...
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Humor: Let the Movie Napoleon Dynamite Teach You How to Do a Headshot

Napoleon Dynamite is surely a cult classic film; and one of the parts that photographers can truly appreciate is the headshot session of Uncle Rico. If you’re an established headshot photographer then this will make you laugh and cringe at the same time. But even if you’re not into portraiture, it’s still something worth laughing at simply because of the dialogue and posing process....
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This Trick Will Teach You How to Create, Not Capture A Photo

In a recent photography workshop that I was teaching, I encountered a problem with an attendee as far as a creative vision is concerned. And that’s when I really started to think about how I can teach someone how to even start developing a creative vision of any sort. For the uninitiated, a creative vision is an idea that you have which you try to translate into a visual masterpiece on camera. It involves light, framing, depth of field, and creative freedom....
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I’ve Left Lightroom for Capture One and I’m Not Sure I Can Ever Go Back

For many, many years I was a hardcore Lightroom user. When it comes to way that most people work, I don’t blame them for using the product; it’s simple, is more than good enough, and allows you to manage your system, edit, print and export all from one spot. It’s a one stop shop in many ways. But the old adage goes something along the lines of believing in and knowing exactly what you have until you suddenly see something else that’s more shiney, better, robust, etc. For me, that’s Capture One Pro 10....
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This Vintage Camera Video Ad Was Shot With the Nikon F5

These days, it’s not uncommon to see timelapse videos shot with just still cameras; but it was very uncommon to see it back in 1997 and done with the Nikon F5. But a vintage ad (yes, because the 90s are vintage) This commercial was shot back in 1997 by Alastair Thain using the Nikon F5 camera! According to the YouTube description, this was the first time a stills camera had ever been used to shoot “moving images”. More than 200 rolls of 35mm film were developed for the commercial, in rolls of 36 shots each. These were spliced, graded for colour and edited....
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Join Us For a Two Day Food Photography Intensive on 2/25 (Sponsored by Adorama)

The Phoblographer Frameworks Photography Workshops is offering a special two day intensive class for all you foodies out there. Everyone attending gets a free bag courtesy of Adorama and a three course dinner. Plus, you of course get some fantastic knowledge for photographing food....
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How to Make Your Images Look Sharp and Three Dimensional In Camera

One of the best things that you can do as a portrait photographer is find a way to really make your subject look like they’re popping off of the screen at your viewer (technically speaking of course!) With modern lenses it’s very simple to do, but even if you don’t have those or the latest and greatest software it’s still also quite possible if you just take a few careful steps....
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Review: Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 (Canon EF)

In very recent times, lots of companies have started to tout the fact that they can create wide angle lenses with little to no distortion: and the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 lens is one of those that puts itself to a claim like that. If you’re from the camp of photographers that highly doubts what the company is capable of because you’re a Canon, Nikon or Sigma user, then I implore you to consider opening your mind up a bit....
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