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Creating a Photography Blog Dedicated to Featuring Fantastic Women Photographers

Photographer Nicole Struppert is not only a photographer, but also the Editor of the Women in Photography blog. She’s been running it for a fair amount of time now and continues to update it and profile the work of fantastic women photographers. On a more personal basis, Nicole and I have been friends for a while now and I’ve been working with her to help build the site. We feature a lot of photographers here, but not a whole lot of bloggers. And in a situation like this, I find what Nicole is doing to be particularly interesting....
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Kyle Pozan: Film Photography as a Creative Outlet

All images by Kyle Pozan. Used with permission. In the hundreds of applications that I’ve received for the analog zine’s creation, I’ve had to become more discriminatory about the types of work presented. As it is, not everyone’s work is going to get in and I’m only featuring the absolute best of the best. But...
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Field Report: 24 Hours with the Ricoh GR II Shooting Candids

Every photographer romanticizes in one way or another years on down the line about a camera that they’ve used and loved. For many of us, it’s their first camera. When photographers speak about said camera, they’re describing the equivalent of a sensor experience of sorts. In many ways, when you talk to the photographer about the experience it’s often a poetic wax of some sort to a more nostalgic time in their lives. Yet for some photographers, that camera is and will be the Ricoh GR II....
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85mm vs 135mm Lenses for Portraiture: Which One Should You Work With?

One of the things that many portrait photographers and headshot photographers struggle with is figuring out whether they should get a 135mm or 85mm focal length for their portraiture. It’s a tough question if you don’t understand how one lens works vs the other option. In truth, they both do different things, but I’m not sure that there’s a great reason why a photographer would want to have one vs the other option. They’re both lens focal lengths that can do very specific things and do them very well....
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TODAY: Our Online Street Photography Workshop (Plus, Three More This Month)

Hey everyone, Within the next month, we’ve got a number of street photography workshops lined up. Join us in NYC and at your own computer tonight for the next three nights (or at your leisure). More details are after the jump!...
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Omri Shomer’s Street Photography Uses Spotlight Style Lighting

When you look at the street photographs of Omri Shomer, you start to see work that’s typical of many photographers though in a different way involving the use of specific lighting, color and urban geometry. Indeed, Omri’s work is pretty fantastic from an artistic standpoint. The 34 year old Israel based photographer started taking photos at the age of 13. His early influences are rooted in using an 8mm video camera which then branched out into using a 35mm pocket camera....
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We Want to Feature Female Photographers Who Shoot Film (and lots of others too)

Hey folks, This past weekend, I went through over 400 submissions for the upcoming analog photography zine and chose only the very best. Some photographers will be featured on our website, and only the absolute best are getting into the zine. But with that said, I’d love more submissions–especially from women who shoot film. Plus,...
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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Highlights The Selfie Mirror and High Key Lighting Mode

This morning, Fujifilm is announcing their brand new Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera. This is apparently an update of some sort to the Instax Mini 8–and doesn’t do a whole lot with the update but will surely satisfy lots of enthusiasts who simply digg using it. The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera seems to not only have new colors but also a better (I believe) selfie mirror, high key mode (which is new) and an attachable close-up lens. Other cameras have had the latter before....
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An Inquiry into Digital vs Film – Featuring the M10 vs M9 vs M6

Modern digital photography gets a bad rap, when it comes to the way we assess the character of digital capture. We think it’s without character....
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How I Learned to Connect the Technical and Artistic Parts of My Photographic Mind

When I was 25 years old, I was pregnant with my first child. I was the most excited I’d ever been in my lifetime because all I’d ever dreamed of being was a mother. The love I felt for this invisible being was more than my heart could hold and it would spill out all over anyone and everyone with whom I came into contact. I’d never felt more creative or inspired. At 26 weeks I was headed to my ultrasound appointment to have the results of our gender identification. It was then I learned that our sweet little dream had no heartbeat. I delivered our little baby with the most broken heart you could ever imagine and I have not one image to remember it by....
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How to Give Your Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Camera Manual Exposure

Maybe for a really long time, we’ve been going about trying to get manual control over Instax Film totally wrong. Instead of trying to hack medium format cameras and camera backs to accommodate the film, why haven’t we tried hacking the cameras available to start with? Well actually, the folks over at Camera Film Photo have been for a while now. Indeed, a Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 camera can be hacked to take a Schneider 65mm f5.6 lens and apparently even other lenses. The lens has both the shutter speed and aperture control on it just like some of the higher end medium format cameras and pretty much all large format cameras....
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Review: Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM (Leica M Mount)

Upon purchasing a Leica CL, I figured it was time to dive into reviewing more M Mount glass; and what better place to start than with the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM. For years now, I’ve been smitten with Zeiss lenses and most manual focus glass in general. Their lenses are fantastic, and are often highly regarded even amongst the M mount community of users....
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Join Us For Your Choice of Four Street Photography Workshops

Hey everyone, Within the next month, we’ve got a number of street photography workshops lined up. Join us in NYC and at your own computer. More details are after the jump!...
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How My Approach to Street Photography Has Changed After More Than a Decade of Photographing New York

The time-honored approach to improving one’s photography has always been time spent out there taking pictures. Education, gallery shows, and reading photography books can do wonders for a person’s development, but there is nothing that comes close to the importance of just going out there constantly for a long period of time....
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Panasonic’s Digital Camera Business Named in Dwindling Profit Report

It’s pretty insane to think that very soon, a very big camera manufacturer could fall–or at least that’s what being hinted at with a new report about Panasonic’s dwindling profits. In fact, six of the businesses under Panasonic aren’t doing so great and one of those listed is the digital camera business. Indeed, things really have changed over the years. The Micro Four Thirds coalition used to be #1 in the mirrorless camera sales world but they’ve fallen behind when it comes to sales. Sony now dominates with Fujifilm following in on a close second place. ...
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Faces of Shanghai: Visual Story Telling of the Faces and Emotions of a People

We’ve featured Blu & Pace before on this website, and they’re a couple who continue to astound me with the quality of their black and white photography. The due specialize in portrait, fashion and documentary photography–with a new series called Faces of Shanghai being are the fore of their new work....
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Comparing The Most Popular Black and White 400 ISO Films

Some of the biggest questions on the mind of every film photographer has to be how different black and white films perform in a similar setting. So with that in mind, the crew over at Brooklyn Shooters Channel have done a comparison of some of most popular 400 speed Black and white films out there. The films mentioned are Ilford Hp5, Ilford Delta 400, Kodak Tmax 400, Kodak Tri-x 400 as well as Rollei RPX 400. They’re all shot in medium format; which means that for lots of photographers out there who crate vs capture, this will be very interesting....
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SNAP! Pro’s New HD Wide Lens for iPhone Almost Totally Kills Distortion

Last year, we reviewed the SNAP! Pro iPhone camera case and really fell in love with its overall versatility. So when the company recently announced that they’ve upgraded the case and the lenses, that got us very excited. According to the company, the new case is designed not only for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus–but the newer lenses were designed to be a pretty major improvement....
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Intro to Street Portraiture: Learn How to Approach Complete Strangers

For every photographer that has ever been afraid of asking a complete stranger for a portrait, know that you’ll be in fantastic hands for our upcoming workshop on April 2nd. We’re teaming up again with Adorama to teach photographers how to approach complete strangers and ask them for a quick photo, direct them to get the best photo of them possible, and move on to keep doing it. It’s going to be a major confidence booster. More details are after the jump....
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Analog Film Photographers: Last Chance to Submit to Our Zine!

Hi everyone, This weekend, I’ve sectioned out a major portion of my time to go through all the submissions for our Analog photo zine to be sent out later this year. I’m also still accepting submissions from photographers who shoot Kodak Tri-X and want to be featured next month in La Noir Image. Want to...
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Levi Wedel’s Invisible City Envisions an Eerie Cinematic World Without People

There are more than enough films out there that use and envision a near apocalyptic future, but perhaps none really capture it like Levi Wedel’s Invisible City. Levi hails from Alberta, Canada and the Invisible City project is a number of photos taken at night on medium format film. The scenes depicted are devoid of people–and when you look through the images it’s really easy to feel as if you’re completely alone in the scene. This sense of being alone leads to an eerie uneasiness that someone or something may pop out and get you; and that something is creeping in the darkness....
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Colorgrams: Combining Psychology and Analog Photography Accidents

“I am currently working as a Psychologist, creating photos both as a part of my job and as compensation.” says photographer Kay Adams in her email to us. “Ever since I was 16, I tried to get my hands on everything related to photography. I started digital, but switched almost completely to analog photography.” Born in Germany in 1989, Kay cites a sense of deeper connection to her analog romance. She calls this series her “Colorgrams” and in some ways, they remind me of Rorschach drawings....
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Zen: Musings on The Meditative Act of Photography

I close my eyes. The air is cold, blanketing the ground in a light frost, causing harsh shivers that race down my spine. I hear birds in the distance screaming at one another in a cacophony of song and screech. The star-filled sky above me is a deep romantic blue. I take a deep breath. I can smell smoke from a campfire that was extinguished only hours ago. I slowly open my eyes. Along the eastern horizon I see a glow; faint, but growing....
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Laine Ellison’s MILK Portraiture Draws Inspiration from 70’s Disco Era Luxury

“I got into photography by originally (shooting) landscapes wherever I traveled, but never did anything serious with them because I felt as though it wasn’t my niche.” explains photographer Laine Ellison in an email to the Phoblographer. O’ne day a friend and I decided to go out and shoot around with some portraits and that’s when I truly became passionate about photography.” Like a lot of other photographers out there, this was only the beginning. Laine truly was and still is inspired by the creation process involved with portrait photography. A lot of this is evident in her particular style which she states draws influence from the 70’s luxury and extravagance....
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Ali Choudhry’s Portraits Convey Edgy Characters in Everyday People

“I started photography about 7 years ago when my partner gifted me a camera for Christmas.” photographer Ali Choudhry tells us in an email. “I had recently lost my possessions in a house flood and this was his way of getting me back into art as I often mentioned some of the things I’d lost.” Ali specifically says the word art because of his portraiture process involving the specific creation of photos, not their capturing. When Ali sent his initial email, I could from the words that he was holding back from showing us some of his best work–and instead being timid to show off all the work that every other photographer has out there on Instagram....
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The Fujifilm X Pro 2 and Fujifilm X-T2 Are Getting 33 Massive Updates

One of the absolute best things that every Fujifilm X Pro 2 and Fujifilm X-T2 owner can say about their camera is that with every firmware update, it seems like Fujifilm is giving them something akin to a slightly upgraded and revamped camera body. This has been present in the thoughts of Fujifilm camera users for a while now; so with the news of new big firmware updates coming, it’s time to get excited again. The news, which broke via FujiRumors, is bound to have a lot of Fujifilm camera fans excited....
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La Noir Image Is Featuring Photographers Who Shoot Kodak Tri-X

Hi everyone, Next month, we’re featuring and doing premium posts all about Kodak Tri-X on La Noir Image–our premium black and white photography publication. So with that in mind, we’re also going to be doing free artist features. Want to submit? Follow the directions after the jump....
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Medium Format Film Photography for the Digital Photographer: An Introduction

When I first got started in medium format film photography, I found it pretty confusing. But I, like many of you, was basing it off of the digital photography formats available. This can get even more confusing for digital photographers getting into film. So we’ve got a tutorial video that should sort it out....
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Jayanta Roy’s Himalayan Odyssey Is a Hypnotic Black and White Landscape Photo Series

Jayanta Roy’s Himalayan Odyssey photo series surely reminds us that you don’t need the Golden Hour to create fantastic landscape photos. According to Jayanta, he developed the series over a year of travelling. Now just imagine that for a second: you’ve been travelling a whole lot and you’ve accumulated a whole load of images: what’s going to make you choose the final photos for your portfolio? Luckily, Jayanta did a fantastic job not only with shooting the photos, but also getting really inspiring black and white photos of the the mountain range....
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We’ve Updated Our List of the Absolute Best Budget Lenses. Check it Out!

Hi everyone, Since 2010, we’ve been curating a special of the single best budget lens offerings for all the camera manufacturers on the market. Today, we’ve updated that guide quite a bit to include a number of other lens offerings. You can check out the guide right here. This list has been updated to include...
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Film Emulsions with a Look You Can’t Get in Digital Photography

There are loads and loads of film emulations that have been more or less copied with presets for Lightroom. Everyone has their own interpretation, and for the most part if you ask any film photographer, they’ll tell you that they don’t look like film. At the same time though, there are film emulsions out there that really don’t look like anything that can possibly be replicated in digital....
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How Well Do Old Medium Format Lenses Hold Their Sharpness Vs Modern Prime Lenses?

Something that has always been in the back of any camera lens lover is how well do the older lenses hold their own against the newer lenses. Indeed, older lenses have a special character to them that can’t really be replicated with most modern lenses sans the offerings from Lomography and Lensbaby. While most 35mm film format lenses were designed with an appeal for more consumers than professionals, medium format was always more of the cream of the crop (with exception to large format.)...
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The Phoblographer’s Tour of Sony’s Camera Factory: An Inside Look at How the Sony a7r II is Made

Very recently, I got a chance to visit Sony’s factory in Thailand and to tour what goes into making each camera and lens. Admittedly, so much is going on that it’s kind of confusing–with the lenses perhaps being the simplest to explain. We were allowed to shoot very specific video and photos of the process as it happened....
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Watch Our Upcoming Online Street Photography Workshop at Your Own Convenience

Just a reminder folks: for the next three nights I’m teaching an online street photography workshop teaching folks all about the industry from an editor’s perspective. You get course packets, lifetime access to the workshop material, etc. That, and it’s only $97. There’s also our black and white street photography workshop that we’re teaching later next...
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Phrame.it Protects Your Polaroid Prints From Fading Due to UV Light

One of the biggest problems with prints from the Impossible Project has to do with how UV light degrades the images over time–but a new solution from Phrame It is looking to counter that issue. The Kickstarter initiative is for the creation of picture frames with acrylic glass designed to protect your images from UV light while also giving the appearance that the image is floating in air. If you’re a person that shoots a whole load of Impossible Project film, then it makes a whole lot of sense for you to show off your snaps this way vs putting them in a box shielded from the light of day....
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Review: Lensbaby Trio (Fujifilm X Mount)

Lensbaby has always had a very interesting lineup of optics; and the Lensbaby Trio is no exception. Lensbaby has never gone for the clinically perfect and sharp optics but instead sharp optics with a twist–pun not intended. Sometimes they’re super soft, sometimes they’re very sharp and you can throw the focus off in one way or another. But with the Trio, you’re getting an interesting combination. You get a set of 28mm f3.5 optics that switch out turret style. You’ve got the ability to focus but not to change the aperture setting at all....
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How to Shoot Golden Hour Portraits That Require Less Editing

Spring is here; it’s a time for golden hour portraits and photographers to get excited about chasing the light in the creation of the killer photo. Many photographers love shooting during the Golden Hour especially due to its ability to deliver soft, golden light and to make a person’s skin tones look fantastic. When it comes to photographing people in traditional portrait settings, there’s something much more appealing about warmer lighting situations than cooler lighting. While cooler lighting surely has its place, warmer lighting is often much more flattering....
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Still Taking Submissions for Our Analog Zine.

Hey folks, We’re still gathering submissions for artists to be featured in our analog photography magazine coming later this year. Want to be featured? Head on past the jump to see how....
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Tokyo Stories: a Special Photobook Curating Personal Stories of the People in Japan

The idea of putting together a number of stories from various people isn’t a new one; but a new Kickstarter called Tokyo stories looks to do that while giving us a look into the minds of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures. Worked on by photographer Elodie Grethen, she cites that she created the book partially out of the fact that when she moved from Vienna to Tokyo, she didn’t know anyone. So she went out trying to find friends....
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Jett Inong’s ANXIETY Combines Street Photography with Creative Color Usage

“Photography to me is a very complex form that consists of vast amount of visual language.” explains Jett Inong. “It is more eloquent than verbal language itself. When we look into a manual to build or fix something, we are most likely reliant to the photographs rather than the typed words for instructions.” In fact, Jett has a great point. No one likes to read a manual; and so it indeed is a type of language–one that’s easily conveyed in his series, ANXIETY....
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Using New Camera Lenses with Old School Film Emulsions

One of the cooler things about owning a camera with a legacy lens system is that you can use their lenses with old school film cameras loaded with fresh film. That typically goes for lots of new lens options on the market. To be clear this means that Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Leica M and Sony/Minolta A mount lenses can all work seamlessly on your film cameras and your digital cameras without the need for an adapter. In fact, for a really long time I’ve used the Canon EOS Elan 7 as a backup camera body of sorts....
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The Editor’s Perspective: On Marketing Your Street Photography

As many of you know, this blog has interviewed and featured loads and loads of street photography and street photographers. Just take a look at this awesome list we did last year. From the perspective of an editor there are lots of great ways to get your work in front of the important gatekeepers of...
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Last Chance to Enter Our Landscape Photography Contest!!!! Hurry!!!

Hey everyone, you’ve still got a bit of time to enter our contest with Lomography. We’re teaming up with Lomography for a contest to give one photographer the chance to experiment with Lomography Color Negative F²/400 (and Lomography Earl Grey!) for themselves. Here are the details:...
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This Sunday: Learn How to Shoot Portraits in the Studio With Instax Wide Film

Hey everyone, One last reminder that this weekend we’re teaching a workshop over at Lomography NYC’s Gallery store, showing attendees just how you can shoot portraits Studio style with Instax Wide film. Trust us when we say it’s really not as simple as you’d think; but it’s also not super difficult. Everyone who attends gets...
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The Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Shoots Instax Film with an f4.5 Glass Lens

The photography market finally has another glass lens camera of some sort with the Lomography Automat Glass edition’s announcement today. It joins the Diana F+ and the Mint TL70 as a few of the only offerings with glass lenses on the market. But beyond the lens, it also has the fastest aperture of the bunch coming in at f4.5. Sorry though folks, it only works with program automatic mode–which is a bummer if you’re looking for manual aperture and shutter speed control....
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Daniel Valledor: Street Photography Inspired by Cinema

If you were to liken any sort of photography genre to cinema, it would be tough to do so with street photography–but Daniel Valledor is sort of putting that claim to rest. You see, Dan is a photographer and DP based in Madrid. During the day, he’s a Telecom Engineer but he’s worked in advertising and commercial photography. To his extra credit, he’s shot a number of award winning short films and has won over 50 awards and 100 selections in international film festivals....
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The Theory Behind Why You’re Not Getting the Most From Scanned Film

The lead image of this blog post features a beautifully scanned negative of Kodak Portra 400. Looks really nice, right? Lots of photographers who get into analog film photography will then go about scanning their images to show them off online. I mean, it’s just what we do. But here’s the truth, it’s incredibly hard to get a GOOD scan. There are scanners that scan to DNG files and TIFFs, but they’re only so good. Why?...
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Vintage Camera Review: Leica CL (Leitz Minolta CL, Minolta CLE)

Years ago, I owned a Leica CL when I was getting into photography. Trying to balance an understanding of both film and digital, I toted this around with my old school Olympus E-510 DSLR. They were perfect together for a college student. But then I needed money, unfortunately I had to sell my Leica. Very recently though, I took the plunge before my 30th birthday and bought myself one. You see, the Leica CL is the same camera as the Minolta CLE and the Leitz Minolta CL....
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Street Photographers and Portrait Photographers: Check Out Our Workshops!

Hey folks, This Sunday, we’ve got a special portrait photography workshop that we’re teaching involving how to use Fujifilm Instax Wide in the studio. Plus we’ve got more just for street photographers. Check out our upcoming curriculum....
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RNI Films All Films Gets New Support for the Fujifilm GFX 50S and More Cameras

If you’re looking for any sort of film emulation/simulation software out there, I’d arguably throw a lot of my weight behind RNI Films All Films when it’s used properly. If you’re already using the popular Adobe Lightroom add-on (reviewed here) then you’re most likely very happy with the results. You’ll also be pretty stoked to know that it just got an update to include new camera support like for that of the Fujifiilm GFX 50S....
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