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5 Ways For Professional Photographers To Use Instagram Galleries

Instagram just launched their latest update and it is one of the biggest changes yet to the world’s most popular photography network. This new gallery post-type opens up a whole new avenue for professional photographers to tell stories and promote their work....
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UNO II Is A Special Backpack Style Camera Bag For Photographers

As photographers, I think we are all always looking for a bag that better fits our particular needs. Be that a larger bag to carry a ton of gear or a smaller bag to grab and go with a basic kit. One thing that always seems to come up is your bag either being too much or too little for a given task – enter the UNO II, a bag that can be whatever you need it to be with interchangeable panels....
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Phottix Ares II Triggers Are Now Available

Phottix has grown a lot over the last several years, one of a few companies to crawl out of the soup of obscure photo accessories, and into the limelight. The company known for their lights and lighting accessories has just released their latest triggers, the Ares II....
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Cheap Photo: Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Rokinon Deals That Make Your Wallet Sing

Happy Tuesday everyone! You made it through Monday and there are now only 3 days left in this work week. There was a ton of killer announcements today from Sigma for CP+, but the purpose of this post is to remind you of some of the killer deals you can get on gear available right now. Have a look!...
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5 Older But Excellent Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying

In the film days you could buy one camera and use it for years upon years, in order to change your look you used different films. These days that dynamic has changed, and now photographers are pressured into buying the latest and greatest cameras after just a couple of years. But taking into account where digital photography is these days, there are still some great cameras out there to be had, many times for a significant discount over their cutting edge brethren....
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DIY ‘Kinoflo’ Lights Using Tungsten Bulbs

In our industry where even the simplest of accessories can seem to be disproportionately expensive the allure of DIY projects can be strong. For every good DIY project there are several that you should just leave to the pros, but that said, today we have a fun one to share with you....
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Sigma Announces New 24-70mm and 100-400mm Zoom Lenses

In addition to the attention-grabbing 14mm and 135mm F/1.8 prime lenses, Sigma has also announced tow new zoom lenses today at CP+, their new 24-70mm F/2.8, and 100-400mm F/5-5.3. Both of which will be very enticing to their respective niches....
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The Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art and Sigma 14mm f1.8 Art Lenses Will Induce All Your Drool

Sigma last made waves with their long awaited 85mm F/1.4 back at Photokina in September, and they aren’t waiting long to make some more with today’s announcements. On today’s docket is several lens announcements including Sigma’s brand new 14mm F/1.8 and 135mm F/1.8 – two lenses that are sure to make some mouths water....
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Black Body Radiation And White Balance: Space Physics in Your Camera

When is the last time you really thought about what is going on inside of your digital camera when you are taking a picture? I’m not talking about the exposure or direct photographic processes but beyond that, into the physics and other scientific processes? If you are like me, that answer is probably never, if ever....
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Fujifilm Announces Organic Sensor Tech Update with Panasonic

It’s been years since Fujifilm and Panasonic teamed up on developing an organic CMOS sensor, and over the years the teams have taken turns in releasing updates about the development of the sensor technology. This week Fujifilm released a new update on the technology, noting that they are making strides towards mass production of the sensor for a wide variety of applications....
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Cheap Photo: $1000 Off the Nikon D750 Kit!

Is it Thursday already? This week is flying bye but that means its time for another cheap photo deals post update. Today we have some great deals on Nikon DSLRs, Canon lenses, a Case Logic Bag and an action camera. Make sure and check this out before you buy, could save you some $$$. ...
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The Best Budget Lenses For Documentary and Photojournalists

While photojournalists, at least those with full-time paid gigs, are a dying bread, the idea of documentary photography and photojournalism, in general, are stronger than ever. More and more people are taking to the streets to document protests, and atrocities happening across the world on a daily basis....
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Sunny 16, Seeing Light, and Improving Your Digital Photography with Analog Techniques

In our digital world with being able to see our images on an LCD or EVF screen moments after pressing the shutter, the art of being able to see light, to know the approximate exposure of a scene prior to taking a shot is a dying art. But back in the analog film days, this was an essential piece to a photographer’s process....
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Fujifilm’s Prime Lens Trinities: Which Is Right For You?

Fujifilm shooters find themselves in an interesting dilemma of late with there now being two clear prime trinity setups that one could choose from. On one hand you have the newer, weather sealed, and smaller F/2 variants in 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm. On the other hand, you have the F/1.4 23mm and 35mm with the F/1.2 56mm....
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How Sue Bryce Creates Her Own Natural Light Look with Strobes

Sue Bryce is a titan of the photography education circuit, with thousands upon thousands of photographers flocking to her workshops and events in an attempt to learn from the queen of glamour portraiture. Bryce has largely built this reputation over the years as an exclusively natural light photographer, but that has all changed now....
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Think Tank’s New Signature Series Bags Are Here; Look Pretty Nice

Think Tank, the maker of popular and stylish camera bags, has today announced their new Signature Series of soft shoulder bags. The new bags are made of a nylon/polyester blend that Think Tank says is as soft as wool, but has the benefit of being water resistant....
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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon and Sony Savings For All

It has been a bit since we did a full cheap photo post, mostly thanks to myself being in Vegas for WPPI last week. So today we kick off your week with some great savings on everything from Instant prints to incredible cameras and lenses. Check it out! ...
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First Impressions: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Lens

In addition to their new 70-200mm F/2.8 G2 lens Tamron also announced a brand new 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5, an ultrawide lens designed specifically for crop sensor cameras. It has a ton of major improvements over the old version of this lens, and it looks to be a great addition to the Tamron lineup....
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First Impressions: Sony FE 85mm F1.8 (Sony E Mount, FE)

In addition to the new 100mm F/2.8 G Master lens that Sony announced at WPPI 2017, they also brought out their new 85mm F/1.8. This should be particularly exciting for money strapped Sony shooters who are looking for an affordable option in the 85mm range....
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Report: Fujifilm May Be Working On A New 18mm F2 Mk II

A staple of the Fujifilm X-Series for some time now has been the 18mm F/2. But as with many of the early lenses launched with the X-Series, it is beginning to show its age and users have been noting the need for an update now for some time....
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First Impressions: Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2

Tamron has announced their newly updated 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2, a lens that offers what look to be several significant improvements over the old Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 model. We have been here at WPPI 2017 and we had a chance to play with the new lens a little bit on the show floor so we are here today with some quick initial impressions....
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The Best Lenses For The Sony A7 II, A7s II, and A7R II

Photographers that use the Sony E Mount system professionally (or are interested in doing so) will no doubt be looking for the best lenses to use with their Sony A7 II, A7s II, or A7r II bodies. Today we have a great selection of lenses for you to consider depending on what specialty you plan to focus on....
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Westcott’s New Omega Reflector 360 Is A Round Omega Reflector

Westcott and Jerry Ghionis have announced their latest collaboration in the form of the new Omega Reflector 360. The new reflector, like the original Omega reflector, features that shoot through design to allow you to get amazing light and catch lights in your subject’s eyes without the need for a complicated setup....
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She Shoots Film: A New Magazine Featuring Women’s Film Photography

Photography magazines, at least the mainstream on store shelve types, are more or less a thing of the past (there are still a few who persist). But some smaller publishers are using capabilities of today’s technology to market niche magazines to specific demographics. One new such project is She Shoots Film, and their first issue is almost ready for market....
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First Impressions: Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF G Master (Sony E Mount)

Earlier today at WPPI 2017 Sony unveiled their new FE 100mm F2.8 STF G-Master Lens, we had the pleasure of being able to play with the lens a little bit on the show floor so here are some initial impressions on Sony’s latest G-Master lens announcement....
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Tamron Launches New 70-200mm and 10-24mm at WPPI 2017

WPPI is an interesting show and given its timing every year there rarely seems to be many big announcements happening, but this year we have a big one from Tamron....
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Cheap Photo: ONA Backpacks And Canon EOS Savings!

Man is it almost the weekend already?! This week has flown bye and here we are, ready for another deals post to send you off into the ether of another weekend. Today we have some killer deals on Canon DSLRs and very stylish ONA backpacks. Check it out!...
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The Mathematics of Popularity in the Age of Instagram

Should photographers be judged by the size of their Instagram following? From the perspective of talent, it would seem unfair to rate a photographer in such an arbitrary way. But is it really unfair? It is, but life is unfair. Get use to it....
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Capture One Pro 10.0.2 Adds Support for Fujifilm’s X100F and Canon’s EOS M5

As more and more photographers are becoming frustrated with slowdowns and performance issues with Adobe’s Lightroom, many are finding themselves looking for alternatives, with Phase One’s Capture One Pro being a popular and well-reviewed option....
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Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art Beats Zeiss Otus in DXO Tests

Sigma has been on an absolute tear with their lenses the past several years, this is not news, we all know this. They have been making childs play of OEM brand lenses from Canon and Nikon, but one brand that still always managed to best them (granted at a considerable premium in price) was Zeiss. But that is no more, at least according to the these just release DXO test results....
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Can You Use Darkroom Paper as Film? Apparently, Yes!

One of the most fun parts about rediscovering old film cameras and technology is the fun experimentation that you can do with things that you just can’t do with a digital camera. Once such question that photographer Azriel Knight asked himself in a recent youtube video was if he could use darkroom paper as a replacement for film....
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The Best Lenses For The Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon’s 5D Mark IV is their new workhorse DSLR for professional photographers (lets be real, those who actually need a 1D series body is pretty minimal). This is a solid choice for wedding photographers, photojounalists, sports photographers and more. But what are the best lenses to pair with this camera? Here are our picks…...
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Cheap Photo: Great Nikon, Olympus, Canon and Sony Savings

We hope that you all enjoyed your weekend, but that dreaded day that is Monday has returned and its back to work. But we figured we would give you a glimmer of joy today with some great deals on some of the gear that you have been looking to add to your kit. Deals include savings from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus so take a look!...
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How Photographer Dieter Kohn Photographs the Rich With ISO 5 Ektacolor Paper

In the film world, there is positive and negative film, but each must be converted into a print form. But one method being used by Dieter Kohn on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Florida skips the film phase altogether – directly exposing the paper for a ready to go full-size print moments after capture....
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Adorama Announces New ORLIT Flashes and Monolights

If there was one thing that you could say that was true of the photography industry today, it would be that there are more options now in terms of quality low budget lighting and accessories than most people know what to do with. Adorama is bringing another batch of products to the market with their newly announced ORLIT lighting products....
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Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO, Stepping Down Next Week

Hasselblad’s CEO, the man credited with pulling the company out of the slums that resulted of that fail rebranding project with Sony, Perry Oosting, will be stepping down from his post at the company next week....
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Cheap Photo: Nikon Kits And ‘Tog Tech Deals

If you have been looking to switch over to the Nikon system, there are currently some good deals on Nikon kits available for stellar cameras like the D500 and D750, as well as more budget oriented options like the D3300....
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SIRUI’s New UV, ND, and CP Lens Filters Are Just 2MM Thick!

SIRUI has announced the launch of a new line of lens filters for photographers. These new Ultra Slim filters will be available in UV, ND, & CP varieties as well as in standard threaded, 100x100mm and 100x150mm....
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Casey Neistat Gives Into The Dark Side, Goes Sony

Casey Neistat may not be daily vlogging anymore, but the popular Youtuber is still producing videos and putting out some killer content regularly. In one of his recent videos, Neistat did something that will likely stick in the craw of fellow Canonites, he discusses giving into the dark side and going mirrorless, with the Sony A7s II....
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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Product Images Leak Ahead of CP+

Japanese camera and lens manufacturers are getting geared up for their annual CP+ show in Japan later in February. This is always a big time of year for announcements and by extension, leaks of upcoming products. New image leaks reported over on Nikon Rumors, seem to indicate the existence of a new 70-200mm on the way from Tamron....
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Why Black and White? Top Street Photographers Weigh In

This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. Subscribe for as little as $15/year for this and a whole lot more. Lead photo by Rinzi Ruiz. Black and White tugs at everyone differently, but there is work that truly tugs at the hearts of everyone. It has the power to create interest from chaos, emphasizing...
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Cheap Photo: Lens Savings For Team Red

There is always this constant ebb and flow of deals on a weekly basis, with deals popping up and fading away. Sometimes with few ever noticing they were there. That is why we have these Cheap Photo posts, to keep you all informed of the deals as we come across them, to save you money and help you maximize your photography budgets. ...
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This Tool Will Help You Pull Authentic Emotion From Your Subjects

Have you ever come home from a shoot and looked at the images, found them to be technically good and solid images, but they just lacked a little something… real or authentic? Nothing can quite kill an otherwise stellar shot like a subject with dead eyes and no emotion....
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500px Announces New Directory & Partnership With Adobe Stock

500px has been one of the biggest players in the photo sharing and photographer community spaces for many years now. The company has branched out adding its own stock offering and today has announced some exciting new features, starting with their development of a brand new photographer directory....
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Kickstart Your Business In 2017 With A Solid Content Marketing Plan

It’s a new year and most of us probably have some new years resolutions for our personal lives, but what about your business? Surely you have at least the generic goal to make more money during 2017, and beyond that many of you have likely set goals to improve your marketing – either through social media, advertisements, SEO, etc....
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Learn The Key To Better Boudoir Posing With Jen Rozenbaum

Boudoir is one of the hottest niches of photography right now, not just because of the upcoming valentines day holiday, but also due to shifting views on nudity and sexuality around the globe. Jen Rozenbuam has been teaching boudoir photographers how to pose all women (thick, thin, tall, short, etc) in an alluring and sexy way for years with her 8 points of posing. ...
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Get $2,700 in Photography Education for $97; Proceeds Go to Charity

5DayDeals is back with another charity supporting educational deal and this is one that you won’t want to miss. Just like last time for the purchase price of just $97 you will be getting your hands on incredible educational products to help you grow as a photographer. ...
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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm Preorders and Killer DSLR Savings

Today was Fujifilm day, and many are looking into preordering some of Fujifilm’s latest products. We’ve got you covered, so before we jump into our usual deals coverage, we have all of the available Fujifilm pre-order products listed for you below. It is a great day to be a Fujifilm photographer, just don’t make your wallet cry too hard…...
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After The Kit: 5 Killer Lens Upgrades For Your Sony E Mount Camera

Chances are that a lot of you may have picked up a sweet deal on a Sony A7 series camera or kit while those holiday deals were hot, so now you may find yourself wondering about where to go next after your kit lens. Well, just as we did with Fujifilm and Canon, today we are taking a look at just that for the Sony mirrorless system....
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This Books Of Chocolate Polaroid Nudes Won’t Melt In Your Pocket (NSFW)

Polaroid Chocolate was one of the last Instant films that Polaroid actually produced in limited quantities. It is incredibly rare, and that is what makes this photobook on IndieGoGo so special. Photographer Brian Bruno is putting together a book of artistic nudes that were shot on this rare Polaroid Chocolate film, and he is seeking your support and taking pre-orders via his IndieGoGo campaign....
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