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Instaxxx: A Novelty Nude Instant Photography Book On Kickstarter (NSFW)

Kickstarter is for more than just new tech gadets and interesting doodads, creatives from all over also use the service to try and help fund their projects of passion and today we have just one of those such projects....
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After The Kit: 5 Killer Lens Upgrades for Canon

Canon is still the top dog in this industry and no doubt many of you received a new camera over the recent holiday season, quite possibly a Canon camera. Today, just as we have done with Fujifilm previously, we will be taking a look at some of our picks as the top lens upgrades to grow your Canon kit following whatever kit lens you got with your camera (likely the 18-55mm). ...
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VSCO Quietly Shutters NY Office And Lays Off Staff

VSCO, the company behind the very popular lightroom film presets and the popular image sharing app, has quietly shuttered their NY office and laid off the employees staffing it. The move comes as the company looks to centralize and expand operations at its Oakland California Headquarters....
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After The Kit: 5 Killer Lens Upgrades For The Fujifilm X-Series

One of the biggest questions photographers get asked and that they ask themselves after purchasing a new camera kit is, “What’s next?” What lens should they add to their kit or upgrade to next? Well, today we start our new series looking at just that, with 5 killer upgrade options for photographers looking to go beyond...
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Take Your Composites to Another Level With This Masking Software

If you are into making composite photos, replacing skies, or whatever than you know how big of pain this can be in Photoshop. Fluid Mask 3 is dedicated masking software that by many account does some of the best masking out there....
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The Lily Drone Is Officially Dead In The Water

A few months back the Lily drone made waves and was touted as what could be the next wave in drone technology. A drone that you could just throw into the air, would track you and follow your movements among other things. The company took in millions, upwards of 34 million to be exact. But it is all now over....
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Latest Reports Reveal Fujifilm X-T20 Specs: Bound to Turn Heads

Fujifilm really caught the attention of the photography community in 2016 in a way it had not done in years with the release of it’s X-Pro2 and X-T2 flagship cameras featuring their next-generation X-Trans sensors. In 2107 everyone has been wondering what the company will bring to the table and just how much of the technology presented in the flagship models will trickle down to the mid-range and lower tier models. Well, according to the latest batch of reports out of Fujirumors and Mirrorless Rumors, we may have an idea. ...
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Three Kits: Canon Wedding Photography

It’s a new year and it is also downtime for a lot of wedding photographers in this part of the world. A lot of you are Canon shooters and may be thinking about upgrading or reinvesting some of the past season’s income on some new gear. Today, just as we did with Fujifilm and Sony, we will take a look at a few kits that we feel are perfect for the various types of Canon wedding photographer....
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Instagram Now Supports Wide-Gamut Color on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Devices

It seems like a week can’t go bye without some sort of Instagram news about updates or features hitting the wire, and while I am not complaining, this speed is just nuts. The latest update to the popular mobile images sharing network is one that makes wide-gamut color a reality for iOS users – specifically iPhone 7 and 7 Plus....
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Cheap Photo: Panasonic Deals For The Micro Four Thirds Lover

Panasonic announced their GH5. and so that means some good deals are to be had on the GH4, still a great camera by all accounts. But we aren’t featuring just one Panasonic deal, the GH4 is great, but we also have some savings on the FZ1000, GX8, and some lenses as well. If you are a Micro Four Thirds photographer then you should take a look at these. ...
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Instagram’s Terms of Service Rewritten So You Can Understand

In this internet age, it is not uncommon to come across a wall of text known as terms of use or terms of service prior to signing up for an account on a website, game, basically anywhere really. The practice is such commonplace that most of us, the true vast majority, don’t even take the time to read these documents anymore. Despite our collective ‘whatever’ attitude towards this piece of the signup process, it is actually a really important document and one that should be understood before accepting it....
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Dell’s New Canvas Monitor Is Like Adding A Surface Studio To Your Existing PC

Dell was making a big deal about their new monitors at CES 2017 and one of their units that really caught our eye from a photographer standpoint was their new ‘Canvas’ display, which aims to replace other products you may have like a Wacom tablet or a Microsoft Surface Studio....
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Learn To See Creatively (and other incredible education deals)

It’s that time of the week again, when we focus our deals coverage on the educational side of things. Gear is important, but keeping your creative mind sharp and learning new techniques is an important thing for all photographers to do. Here are three quick hit deals that if you look at nothing else in this post, you should see....
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Inspiration: The Olympus PEN-F Shoots Some Beautiful Video

We feel, and most others agree, that the Olympus PEN-F was one of the most beautiful cameras to come out in the last year and a half or so. The craftsmanship, build quality, all of the aesthetics were on point and top notch....
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The Ricoh R Can Live Stream 360 Video For 24 Hours

It’s CES 2017 and you know what that means… a lot of announcements and a lot of new tech. Ricoh is not being left behind either, today announcing their new Ricoh R, a camera that Ricoh is claiming to be the first 360 camera capable of up to 24 hours of live streaming....
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How You Can Use Color To Enhance Your Storytelling

Beyond adjusting your White Balance or picking a color preset, have you ever stopped to think much about the color in your imagery and how that color is affecting the viewer of the image? It is easy to overlooks such things as you are growing into your own as a photographer, but how you use color in your imagery can have a profound impact on how it is perceived....
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Fujifilm Launches New Graphite Edition X-Pro2, X-T2, and XF 23mm F2

Fujifilm is following their own roadmap from previous generations and has announced special ‘graphite’ silver versions of their latest X-Trans III based cameras, the X-Pro2, X-T2 as well as a 23mm F/2 R WR to match....
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Cheap Photo: Great Deals on Lenses, Tripods, and Hard Drives

Time for our first real cheap photo post of the new year! Let me first say that we had a great year in 2016 as far as keeping you all updated on the latest deals and savings, and we hop to continue that trend in 2017....
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Panasonic Also Announces New 12-60mm F2.8-4 Power OIS, and More

In addition to the previously announced Panasonic products, the company also added some new glass to its arsenal of high-quality micro four thirds lenses. The newly announced 12-16mm F/2.8-4 ASPH is the first lens introduced into the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F/2.8-4 series and covers a full frame equivalent field of view roughly 24-120mm....
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Panasonic Unveils New GX850 4K Camera For ‘Selfie-Takers’

Panasonic has quite a bit on the docket today, and not to go unnoticed is the new GX850, a compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera the company is billing as “the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera for selfie-takers.” The new camera features a 16MP Live MOS sensor with a max ISO of 25,600 and a tiltable ‘selfie’ 3 inch touch screen LCD. ...
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Nikon Officially Unveils New D5600 In US

Nikon officially unveiled the D5600 in other parts of the world already, but today the company made the new upper entry level D5600 DSLR official here in the US. The new camera brings the latest Nikon technologies like Snapbridge and pairs it with a very capable 24MP sensor to make a great entry level camera for US photographers. ...
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DJI Teams Up with Seagate to Develop Better Data Solutions for Drone Operators

Seagate is making some moves to better services the creative sector, first with their announcement earlier providing the drives in LaCie’s latest rugged drives, and now with DJI working on specialized data solutions to tackle the quickly growing demands of drone pilots.

The issue the two companies are trying to address comes from drone camera systems becoming higher and higher resolution, while at the same time flight times are growing longer. This has created a rather interesting dilemma to figure out how to better store and manage all of the data that may be captured over the course of a full drone flight. ...
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LaCie And Seagate Team Up On New USB-C And Thunderbolt-3 Products

LaCie has long been a popular brand among photographers for their rugged external hard drives capable of taking a beating while protecting our data out in the field. CES is this week and like many tech companies LaCie has some new announcements, along with a new partner, so lets get into the news. ...
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Point of View Street Photography With the Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Fujifilm‘s X-Pro2 is known for it’s leica-esq appearance and much like the leica is known and revered in street photography circles as a camera to have....
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24 Hours on the Night Tube: Street Photos From a City Dweller

Metro commutes are a pain, as any city dweller will tell you. Be it a bus, a train, a subway, taxi, getting to and from your destination in a large city is no fun at all. That said, you can also find some interesting subjects, from a photography perspective, if you just open your eyes and look around. This is exactly what photographer Tarik Ahmet did in his project 24 Hours on the Night Tube. ...
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5 Tips For Great Portraits with Fujifilm’s Acros Simulation

One of the hallmarks of the Fujifilm digital camera system these days is their incredible film simulation profiles which not only produce beautiful colors and gorgeous black and whites, but also an incredibly real-looking and organic grain.One of the simulations available on the latest generation of the X-Series cameras, namely the X-Pro 2 and X-T2, is the Acros film simulation. Unlike the monochrome black and white setting, the Acros simulation offers a slightly more subdued look right out of the box–a look that in this writer’s opinion feels a little more filmic than the standard monochrome black and white....
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8 Great Deals on Photography Education

As we have done the last few weeks, its time for another installment of Improve Photo, this week focusing on a great deal for posing men. For many photographers posing women comes as a second nature, but throw a man into the mix and suddenly posing ideas are hard to come bye. This will help you fix that issue....
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Disney’s Animation Multiplane Camera Is A Blast From The Past

It could be argued that for my generation, no other company had such an impact on our early childhood entertainment than did Disney. Beyond the children watching their cartoons, though, their impact on entertainment and animation technology should go without saying....
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Three Kits: Wedding Photography With The Sony Mirrorless System

Now that it is the winter and Wedding photographers are in their off-season across much of the northern hemisphere, many are taking stock of their current kits. This is the time to look at what else is on the market, look into buying new gear, and trying out the latest technological achievements. Sony has been one of the most talked about brands of the last few years, and their current generation A7 series full frame mirrorless cameras offer what a lot of professionals are looking for. Here are our picks for kit options for wedding pros thinking about jumping into the FE system here in 2017....
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Cheap Photo: Killer Deals on Fujifilm Instax Products

Impossible is trying their best to bring back that classic Polaroid film and ecosystem, but I think it would be safe to say that the king of instant film photography currently is Fujifilm‘s Instax line. These are great for fun family photography as well as professional uses. Thanks to some post-holiday savings, you can get some great deals on Instax products, as noted below:...
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Fujifilm’s New GFX Video Series Gives A Glimpse Into Their Vision For The Camera

Fujifilm turned a lot of heads in September with their GFX 50s announcement. We have all been patiently waiting for the cameras to hit the market even if the fact is that most of us will still find them out of our price bracket by a good margin....
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Great Photo Accessories To Spend That $25 Giftcard on!

We hope that everyone who celebrates it had a wonderful Christmas holiday this weekend! No doubt many of you got some small $15-$20-$25 giftcards for the occasion and are now wondering what to spend your gift card on. It is true, in the photography world a $25 figure will not get you much, but there are some needed and important things you can still get for the $25 giftcard from your great aunt Verna. Here are some of our picks:...
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Could Third-Party AF Adapters For Fujifilm Finally Be Coming?

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I have always felt that a big reason as to why Sony has had the success it has had with its mirrorless system, namely the A7 series cameras, is thanks in part to the vast array of third-party AF lens adapters. This has been one downside to the Fujifilm system, in my estimation, since there are no AF adapters to this point, there is no easy ‘try-before-you-buy’ option if you are a photographer who relies on AF (which most of us these days do). It looks like this could be changing, though, as a video demonstration of the first (to our knowledge) third-party Fujifilm AF adapter has surfaced....
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Photos from The World’s Largest Santa Claus Convention

To capture the world’s biggest Santa Claus networking and educational event, photographer Dina Litovsky made the unlikely trek to Branson, Missouri in July on assignment for National Geographic. The convention, Discover Santa, hosts over 800 professional Santa Clauses for workshops that range from “A More Comfortable Hat for Santa” to the more business-oriented “Finding and Keeping Clients”—but this isn’t your average mall Santa hangout....
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Improve Photo: Lindsey Adler’s Designing An Image, Boudoir Cookbook, & More!

Has it been a week already?! It really has, so it is time for another edition of Improve Photo, where we feature some of the great deals out there right now on photography education, tutorials, books, etc. This week we continue where we left off last week, with some killer deals on some of the best education around....
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PortraitPro Body Aims For Easier Body Reshaping

If you are a portrait photographer then chances are you have had to break open photoshop at least a time or two to do a little reshaping here or there (where it was really needed or not). Doing a good job reshaping a subject’s body can be time-consuming and the folks over at PortraitPro are looking to make the process much easier and more user-friendly....
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Instagram Adds Stickers To Stories With Holiday Cheer

Stories were a huge feature addition to Instagram not only because the feature was directly ripped off from Snapchat, but because it gave Instagrammers a new way to interact with their followers without cluttering up their carefully curated feed. Instagram’s latest update brings a new addition to the Stories feature, stickers....
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Which Canon Camera Is Right For You?

We had to wait to get our 5D Mark IV review finished before we could release this one. Which is why this is so far behind the Sony, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, and Nikon editions of this post. Canon is the top dog in the camera industry, they have a long history of producing some of the best, most capable, and user friendly cameras on the market. If you are looking into picking up a Canon DSLR, here is our breakdown and where we feel like you should go depending on your needs. ...
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Think Fujifilm Cameras Can’t Shoot Weddings? Maybe This Will Change Your Mind!

Many traditional DSLR wedding photographers often find themselves questioning the ability of Fujifilm cameras, well, mirrorless cameras in general really when it comes to their ability to handle the ever-changing circumstances of a wedding. Maybe some have been burned by trying to jump from a DSLR to mirrorless in the past, or maybe they have just heard shop talk about how they just can’t cut it....
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Three Kits: Wedding Photography With The Fujifilm X-Series

Today we wanted to take a look at the X-Series from a wedding photography perspective. What cameras and lenses should be considered for the wedding professional looking to build out the ultimate wedding kit with Fujifilm? Well, that is a subjective question, but here are our picks....
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The 48Hr Switch, The Ultimate All-In-One Bag For Photographers?

The never ending struggle as a photographer is finding that perfect bag. The one that carries everything that you need it to without a ton of wasted space, that also looks good and matches your unique style. That can double as a camera bag, or a travel bag when needed....
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Cheap Photo: Last Chance On Many Holiday Deals

It is probably too late to get anything shipped before Christmas unless you are prepared to pay an arm and a leg for shipping (unless you happen to be an Amazon Prime member). But let’s be honest, if you were going to get anyone anything you would have gotten it already, now is the time to take advantage of those remaining holiday deals for yourself....
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New Report Indicates Canon May Replace 6D MKII with FF Mirrorless

One camera that many have been looking forward to from Canon in 2017 is the EOS 6D Mark II, the follow-up to the popular entry level full frame 6D. But an interesting report from Canon Watch is now suggesting that we may not get a 6D Mark II at all, instead of seeing Canon launching their own full frame mirrorless camera to go head to head with Sony’s A7 series....
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Improve Photo: Simply Boudoir, John Keatley, Travel Photographers Handbook

As a serious photographer you should always be growing, experimenting, and learning new techniques to keep your creative mind sharp and your talents expanding. Today we wanted to kick off this special version of Cheap Photo, which we will be calling Improve Photo, which will focus entirely on deals and sales of education, tutorials and photo learning tools designed to improve your photography and help you grow as an artist. We hope to do one of these per week, alongside our usual gear focused Cheap Photo posts....
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Tutorial: Mixing Strobes and Natural Light for Outdoor Headshots

Heads can be stuffy business, always hanging out in a studio, playing with the same exact lighting setup and just going through the motions. One great way to have your headshots stand out is by getting out of the studio altogether and taking your headshot sessions outdoors!...
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Canon Issues Warning On Fake 50mm F1.8 II lenses In Circulation

Being the world’s biggest and most popular camera brand means that Canon is constantly playing a game of whack-a-mole with counterfeiters and other shady elements looking to capitalize on the Canon brand. Canon has released a new warning today regarding the existence of fake Canon 50mm F/1.8 II lenses (not the newer STM version, the old Nifty Fifty) and has disclosed how to identify the illegitimate lens....
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Cheap Photo: Killer Price Drops on Westcott Apollo

Today we have a line on some new Westcott Apollo brand price drops, these are great modifiers if you are using speedlights to light your images. Zeiss is also selling their Touit lenses for Fujifilm at a nice discount, so make sure to check that out as well if you are looking at third-party lenses for the X-Series. ...
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DxO Update To Unlock Facebook Live Functionality

Live streaming has become a great marketing and networking tool for creative professionals in general, but especially for photographers. It allows you to give your fans and potential clients a look at your personality, a look behind the scenes of your business, and so much more. One big complaint about many though has been the restriction of having to live stream from a phone, with their limited video and image quality options....
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Dear Fujifilm: Our X-Series Wishlist for 2017

Today we kick off this series with a look at the Fujifilm X-Series, a system that has enjoyed a lot of growth and popularity this year with the release of their new flagship X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras, as well as some great lens releases. But as noted, we are still left wishing for more in 2017, so here is our wish list for Fujifilm....
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Matching Exposures In Lightroom, The Easy Way

Unless you are shooting in a studio environment with artificial light, chances are that when you get home from a shoot that a lot of the time you will have a lot of varying exposures. This can be a pain when you go to start processing your images because a lot of images from the same scene may have exposure variances ranging from minor to major – and it can take forever to try and match them all up one by one....
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