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12/17: Join us for a Brooklyn Street Photography Workshop
Hey folks! Next weekend, we’re hosting what’s going to be an awesome street photography workshop right here in Brooklyn, NY, and ending with a fantastic, high quality BBQ dinner. Want read more? Head on past the jump or just check out all the details here.
Obviously, all camera systems these days have become very mature and capable of doing almost everything that a photographer needs or wants. They’re all good and can help image makers in many ways. Working photographers these days need to be able to do a variety of things though not including just photography, but also things
The Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR is a lens that’s designed to go along with the company’s weather sealed bodies. It lives alongside the 23mm f1.4 R and works in conjunction with the 35mm f2 R WR. It’s also at a shockingly lower price point than its larger aperture cousin despite having the ability to survive a rainstorm with ease. With nine aperture blades and some of the most pleasant aperture rings and focusing rings I’ve ever felt, it’s bound to be a hit for many.
Adobe has finally updated Lightroom CC. Besides support for a whole slew of new cameras and lenses, there is a brand new Reference view interface built into the develop module. Details from Adobe’s blog post are after the jump.
If you were to look at what some of the biggest names in the premium camera strap manufacturer lineup were, one brand that would immediately come to mind is Holdfast Gear. Their straps are so incredibly different from everything else out there and for the most part, they got a bit of extra peacock to them vs many of the others. For a while now, I’ve been testing the Holdfast Gear Maven camera strap on the Impossible Project’s I-1 camera. Despite the fact that it isn’t specifically designed for that camera, it still works very well with it due to the camera’s design.
Without a doubt, some of the most luxurious camera bags on the market are made in England by Hawkesmill. But not only are the bags luxurious, but they’re also built very well overall for the most part. With the new release of the smaller versions of the company’s larger bags, there have been a few changes. For example, the Hawkesmill Jermyn Street camera bag has a few new updates like the use of a hook system to keep the bag closed.
Have you noticed that cameras and lenses these days are becoming more and more pricey? Well, the good ones are at least…
When you think about most medium format cameras out there, it’s often possible for people to consider the fact that they’re all really large. Granted, the newer digital cameras are changing that, but most of the medium format film cameras have always been very large. The exceptions were the rangefinders. Indeed, some of these are very expensive, but others are pretty affordable overall. And if you’re looking to keep your kit compact overall, then know that it’s pretty simple to do.
It’s no secret: lots of photographers are drooling over the idea of shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera. The idea of owning something bigger than full frame 35mm (though not even the size of true digital 645) is something that is bound to attract a whole lot of photographers. Then consider the fact that everyone and their mother is a photographer these days. Everyone will want a medium format camera because they’re becoming more and more affordable. Though for what it’s worth, I’m very positive that not everyone understands medium format.
All images by Salim Hasbini. Used with permission. When you were first starting out as a photographer, you most likely knew nothing about flash. Some of you may still know nothing, but you should know that it isn’t that difficult to learn. If anything, it just requires you to be creative and to see light.
Cosyspeed is a camera bag manufacturer that was initially known for creating some pretty suped up fanny packs for photographers. In some ways, they kind of are–but they’ve also evolved quite a bit with the company’s Streetomatic making a decent sling bag. Now, Cosyspeed is releasing their CAMSLINGER Streetomatic+. This is a camera bag that is a bit larger and designed to accommodate larger mirrorless cameras and even serious DSLRs without a grip and that have a lens attached.
You, yes you, are a banana. For today, and only on this day, you have chosen to go about your business dressed up as a banana. You’re going to brunch, doing your laundry, hanging out with friends, commuting, etc. But the entire time, you’ve chosen to do so while dressed as a banana. Out of the blue, someone decides to come take your picture in public without asking you for permission. You get angry. You tell them to stop taking pictures of you and to leave you in peace, totally alone to enjoy your ripening process.
No one wants to buy your prints partially because of the fact that you (if you’re reading this) are most likely a nobody in the photography industry. That’s a very broad and general statement, but let me explain.
Lens innovation over the past few years has mostly focused on pure image quality. But it’s obvious that we’re at a point where cameras and lenses both these days are so good that it doesn’t matter. So lens manufacturers have needed to do something else to make them all much better. With that said, new innovations have come up which have made lenses better and allowed photographers to have even more creative freedom when working with them.
Most photographers go about trying to become better by starting out with putting their work online. They share via Instagram, 500px, Flickr, Reddit, Facebook Groups, etc. Depending on where you venture into, the levels of toxicity may vary. You could be a portrait photographer posting an image for critique online but actually just be critiqued by a landscape photographer. And for a few seconds, you’ll sit there and read a glaring, sharp tongued remark about your image and how terrible it is. But in all honestly, your image probably isn’t terrible at all–it’s probably just something that that person doesn’t like at all.
The Sony a99 II has pretty much the same sensor that’s inside the Sony a7r II, but for some odd reason cameras with older sensors appear to outdo it according to the latest DXOMark scores. While Sony clearly beats out Phase One and Canon, both Pentax and Nikon outdo the a99 II’s sensor. The Sony
Lots of camera straps these days are typically made of really nice leather, canvas or sailing rope. But a brave new Kickstarter is trying to do things a bit different. Kimi Camera, run by William Roy, is trying to create camera straps made of vintage Kimono silk and leather. This is completely different from everything else out there and quite honestly is sort of refreshing.
There have been lots of rumors on the web about whether or not the Fujifilm X-A10 would be a real thing, and it appears that they were right. This morning, the company announced their newest addition to their X series lineup of cameras that stuffs a 16.3MP APS-C sensor at the heart, though it isn’t clear if it’s an X Trans sensor or not though we’re positive that it isn’t. This is due to the fact that Fujifilm is billing the new X-A10 as a first ILC camera.
Phase One’s Capture One is the industry standard in the fashion photography market, and it’s steadily becoming more and more popular with many photographers getting frustrated with Adobe Lightroom. Today, the company is announcing Capture One Pro 10: which they claim to be putting user experience center stage in addition to interface improvements, under-the-hood tuning, etc.
Magnum Photographer Martin Parr is one of the most respected living photographers of our time not only for his documentary work, but also for his particular style. A few years ago, he spoke to a number of students about photography, and the advice that he gave them still holds up.
While it’s still not totally there yet, the Fujifilm Instax format is starting to offer support for the more serious minded photographer out there. The imaging area is around the size of true 645 format, and for that reason it would be absolutely incredible as a serious image capturing format. The film is more than capable of delivering great details but the problems for many years has been the cameras. However, two in particular are fantastic choices for a photographer looking to get more seriously into the Instax format.
As part of the proof that cameraphones are becoming better and better, Sports Illustrated shot its latest cover of its magazine with the new Motorola Moto Z and the Hasselblad True Zoom attachment. The image was shot by photographer Mike LeBrecht who has shot sports portraits and photos for many years now. Of course, there’s also a crazy amount of lighting involved and it looks pretty darn photoshopped, but at least it shows that the industry is evolving quite a bit.
Around the photo industry photographers and creatives have often turned to MOO for their business cards. It started years ago when some photographers got those little miniature half-sized cards, then the square cards, then a whole variety of them. Often, they’re a point of conversation amongst photographers, creatives, and anyone that you give your card out to for the reasons that you’re not giving them just any business card but typically one that you’ve thought about and carefully designed yourself.
Photographers that take their craft very seriously most likely have a website to show off their portfolio. If you’re a professional or a semi-professional, this is a guarantee; but if you’re a hobbyist or enthusiast, it would make sense to have a website of some sort. But then in that case, does it make sense
If you’re a traveling landscape photographer that is always in the great outdoors, you typically need something lightweight with solid image quality and that is very reliable. Sure, some folks may love their DSLRs, but once you go mirrorless it’s just so tough to go back. With that said, here are some items that we really digg right now.
Everyone loves looking at all those really cool photos and videos showing off exactly what a medium format viewfinder of some sort shows off. For the most part though, they’re a lot harder than you’d think to truly pull off effectively. Many photographers simply tend to use photoshop or Lightroom to brighten up that specific area that you see within the viewfinder. Part of this has to do with the lighting in the area and another part has to do with just what type of camera you’re using.
German Street Photographer Thomas Ludwig has been working on a special book for Street Photographers. Lots of photogs state that when they go out and photograph, that it’s almost like a meditative process. So after speaking with a lot of some of the best in the business, he developed Keep the Focus: Meditation Techniques for Street Photographers.
It’s been years and years since we’ve seen any true major innovation in tripods. But Cokin is doing it: the Coki Riviera is a tripod designed to look, feel and function like vintage tripods. We’re not talking 1970s: but try 1800s. With that said, it incorporates wood and leather into the design.
Samyang is announcing today two new additions to their lineup of lenses: the XP 14mm f2.8 and the XP 85mm f1.2. The company and its sister Rokinon have created only manual focus lenses for years, but the Korea based company has been making strides with autofocus optics very recently too. These two options are manual focus only.
If you’re reading this today, it’s Thanksgiving here in America. Thanksgiving dinner excites all of us and if you’re going to try to take better pictures of the food, just remember the biggest tip for all food photography: use Window lighting.
For many, many years photographers hated the spot color look. Spot color, for those of you who haven’t been into photography for more than maybe five years, is when a black and white photo is created but only a specific single color is kept. The problem is that if that color was spread through the entire scene in some way or another, it wouldn’t be as effective. These days on Instagram, lots of photographers do it VERY effectively so much so that it’s a trend again. The technology and artists have become better and typically use the color in the scene to help draw the viewer’s eyes into a specific part of the scene.
The Micro Four Thirds camera world has often been a major battle ground more than a collaboration: and that’s very evident with the release of the new Panasonic 12mm f1.4. For many years, Olympus has had the 12mm f2–a stellar lens in many ways that still remains so today. This was an owner’s only choice if they wanted a 24mm equivalent prime, but now Panasonic has an f1.4 option. On top of that, it has a working aperture ring, a nice build quality overall, fantastic image quality, and weather resistance built into the design. In many ways, it’s an excellent lens–and could probably be an essential piece of kit for every Micro four thirds camera user.
Most photographers don’t know anything about how to use a flash. They’ll generally put it on their camera, aim it upwards towards the ceiling (or directly at their subject) shoot and worry about it later. Nothing could be more incorrect about that unless you’re specifically going for that look. The problem is that most people aren’t going for that look. So instead, they sit there frustrated about working with a flash.
“I think photography works so good as an outlet for me now that it has a big part in my victory against self harm and self destructional behaviour.” says Elena Helfrecht, who describes herself as a 24 year old fine art photographer based in Berlin, Germany. “I have not hurt myself since many years now.” Her work was shown this year at the Berlin Unframed Festival, Turin The Others Art Fair and Bruxelles Off Course Art Fair.
Quite obviously, the best way to create an image that looks like film is to shoot film to start out with; but if you don’t have a film camera or aren’t ready to take that dip yet, there is a basic fundamental principle that you should know. Lots of photographers go out there and create images that they state and believe truly looks like film. But indeed, it really doesn’t. The reason for this is because most photographers don’t understand how film works when it comes to one of the biggest parameters out there: colors.
Lots of photographers that don’t like to or know how to work with a flash often go for natural light when it comes to portraiture. The most common method of shooting involves using an area with lots of shadows or overcast. But one of the coolest ways to create an image that you’re bound to become smitten for is by backlighting your subject. Backlighting means placing the main light source (often then sun) behind your subject. The best of us like to put it behind their head to give off a nice glow to the subject, but there are a number of fantastic ways to use backlighting when shooting portraits.
I think every photographer can relate to the first time that they fell in love with a camera, but the act of becoming smitten with a piece of gear is perhaps nowhere as important than with street photography. You see, lots of street photographers buy something and stick with it for life if they don’t need anything better. There are photographers that have acquired Leica M cameras and continue to shoot with them over and over again. This mutually exclusive relationship isn’t as big with other types of photography. Of course though, there are very big reasons for this.
We’ve been in Austin with Sony for the past couple of days testing all their newest cameras out. Our Sony a99 II and Sony RX100 V first impressions have both been updates and hyperlinked accordingly, Below the jump, you can find a number of our sample images from the Sony a6500.
For most photographers out there, we can’t just sit back and accept that we got a JPEG from a camera that can easily and obviously be improved with some editing in RAW. It’s a fundamental pillar of photography and always has been since the earliest days that you can go into the darkroom and get more from an image than what you shot. JPEG rendering overall has become better and better and nowhere is that any more true than with black and white photographs.
You’ve got some mojo! You are a photographer so imbued with creative energies and drive that you believe that you’ve got the know-how to become a professional, full time photographer. Congratulations in the most sincere and honest way possible. You’ve got the aspiration to do what so few believe that they’ll ever be able to.
Want more Useful Photography Tips? Click here. Think about this really quick: when you go into a room, where does light typically come from. Most people really prefer the look of lamp lighting. But the truth is that most light that we see actually comes from above us in some way or another. Think about the
The Nikon 105mm f1.4 E ED is perhaps one of the best portrait lenses out there on the market right now. There is so much going for it.
Many modern camera lenses focus by moving the elements inside of the lens. But not all lenses focused like that. Modern large format and some medium format cameras focus with the use of a lens bellows. Part of this is because otherwise the lens itself would be huge. In today’s tutorial video, we show you all about focusing a camera with a lens bellows, the problems around them, etc. We don’t get into everything, but for the person looking to go big with medium format or large format, all this is great information to know.
We took the Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II to Iceland, and if you’ve been following us on Instagram you’ll know that it survived a hailstorm. But we wanted to give it our ultimate torture test: the faucet. The faucet represents some of the toughest rain showers ever (at least here in NYC where you can easily come out looking like you just had a fight with Shamu), and also goes to show just how tough the camera is designed.
One of Leica’s most popular lenses is their 50mm f2 Summicron; and so they just went and completely ruined it oh my god why would you do something like this it makes no sense painted it all red–you know, just in case you want that. It’s a special anodized Red version that will be available in December for $8,950.00.
It’s no secret that there is a plethora of photo editing software out there. While most photographers are enamored by Lightroom and Capture One Pro, you should know that other options such as CameraBag Photo exist–and they’re honestly not too shabby. In many ways, it resembles Lightroom but also includes its own customized interface that is easier to work with. Though Lightroom has always been king of the hill in many ways, I never thought that I’d find an even simpler way of working with images.
“I am a French photographer living in London, and my work focuses on historic architecture & heritage interiors.” says photographer Tamara Sredojevic about her work in an email pitch. According to her, she likes to work with empty buildings. “I like to give myself (and viewers) a chance to look at beautiful places without the mass of tourists holding selfie sticks.” She continues to state that it’s the only way that you can fully immerse yourself into what was once possibly the house of a historical figure.
With everyone seemingly trying to get into the world of 360 photography and video, there is no doubt a whole lot of disruption in the photography world right now. But if there is anything out there that really seems incredibly cool, then it’s probably the PanoCapture Loop used to create what’s being called a PanoMoment. Being launched on Kickstarter today, the project is one that delivers a 360 panoramic experience that sort of combines a timelapse, 360 photography and the interactivity that caters so much to the viewers out there with the attention span of a cocaine addict seeing s fluffy squirrel run across a field. A PanoMoment captures a still moment in time and essentially lets you scrub back and forth the way you normally would in a 360 image. But as you do this, the moment in time changes. It’s not a movie file, but instead a bit more like a stop motion 360 image.
For many of you enamored by the arguments of Fujifilm or Sony, megapixels, dynamic range, and more, you probably didn’t care about a very big announcement from Fujifilm years ago. Today (November 14th) is the three year anniversary since the film was discontinued. This was the last peel-apart instant film available on the market in black and white. Today, it’s still available but it isn’t being manufactured any more.
When you look at most Graduated ND and standard ND (Neutral Density) filter sets out there, you’ll find loads of pretty expensive options. But when you look at the Neewer Complete ND Filter kit, you start to scratch your head–at least you will as a novice. The more experienced amongst us will know that the build quality of the higher end stuff will be leaps and bounds better and so will the image quality. We all completely understand the difference between great glass, mediocre glass, and know that you won’t be able to create as great images straight out of the camera as you can with better glass and paying for a much higher premium overall.