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Polaroid’s New Flexible Twin Flash Lights May Get You Mistaken For An Alien

In the world of photography lighting, it seems that nothing is off limits, even odd dual flex lights meant for on camera use in macro photography. Polaroid, a company that continues day by day to makes us wonder how on earth they are still turning a profit, has announced their new Flexible Twin Flash Lights for Macro Photographers....
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Cheap Photo: Get 11,000 Lightroom Presets For Under $50

We live in a preset world, and chances are that you use some in your workflow at some point. We use and have made our own, as well we have tested and reviewed many of the available options out there. But this deal we are telling you about today is just plain madness. How would you like to get your hands on the unlimited possibilities of 11,000 Lightroom presets for just $49?!...
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Reports of a Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera System Continue to Come In

We still find it somewhat amazing that no one has yet challenged Sony in the full frame mirrorless market. It is to the point now that any serious contender to the FE system will need to be pretty great right out of the gate, as Sony has had many years not to perfect and work the kinks out of their system. One big idea that has been floating around is that Canon will be entering the full frame mirrorless arena, possibly with an EF Mount!...
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The Absolute Best Cameras For Working In Low Light From Each Brand

These days many photographers like to work in a variety of situations, from bright noon sun to starlight, but many cameras can’t handle themselves well in all these situations. So, if you are a photographer that finds themselves wanting a camera that can handle itself in lower light scenarios as well as during the day, which cameras should you be considering?...
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Full Frame Medium Format? Yes, It’s Coming – But Not From Who You Think

Full Frame Medium Format, a full size 645 digital sensor, it is the idea that many hopes either the Fujifilm GFX or Hasselblad X1D would sport, but neither of those companies took that leap with their Medium Format Mirrorless systems. However, a full frame medium format systems are apparently on the way and confirm, and no, it’s not from Fuji or Hasselblad, not Pentax, PhaseOne – no… It’s coming from Zenit....
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How To Choose The Best 35mm Lens For You

The 35mm focal length is popular for all sorts of photography niches, from weddings to boudoir to wildlife to landscapes. This makes your choice of 35mm lens extra important because you are likely intending to use it in multiple scenarios. You don’t want to spend more money than you need to, and certainly, don’t want...
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How To Choose The Right Street Photography Lens For You

Street photography, much like landscapes, nature and wildlife is generally a solo hobby niche for photographers. You can go out on the streets and just enjoy snapping images and documenting the city around you. It can be a fun way to enjoy photography while decompressing from a long day at your 9-5. But does a photography choose the right street photography lens for them?...
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Cheap Photo: Hundreds Off Canon’s 7D Mark II, Canon 70D

Who doesn’t love saving some money, right?! We sure know we do, regardless of if it is on bubble gum at the corner store or on some sexy new camera equipment from our favorite online retailer. There are always deals to be had and this week we have some great ones on some big name products like the Canon 7D Mark II and Sony FE 55mm F1.8....
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10 Lifehacks For Staying Motivated and Inspired In Your Photography

We all remember what it was like when we found our wings in photography when you could actually take a picture based on something you saw in your head and have it come out on the back of the camera. It’s motivating, but just like the actual adrenaline rush you get when you see it, this motivation and inspiration always fade over time....
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Fujifilm’s Earnings Reports Are Looking Good Bolstered By Strong GFX, X100F, And Instax Sales

Fujifilm has released their first quarter results for this year and things are looking particularly well for the company’s imaging solutions division – the one we all care about. The report showed a significant increase in sales for the imaging division, especially compared to the 4th quarter of last year....
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Legendary Biotar 75 F1.5 Lens Officially In Development By Oprema Jena

A while back we mentioned reports indicating that Myer Optik or Zeiss could be looking into relaunching the famed Biotar lens lineup, specifically the legendary 75mm F1.5. Now those reports have been officially addressed by a company called Oprema Jena, a sister company to Myer Optik, in an email both confirming the reports about the development of the lens and explaining those involved in the project....
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Nikon Patent Reveals Nikon Pro Mirrorless May Have Pellicle Based F-Mount Adapter

We have been hearing a lot on the wind about Nikon’s current ambition for launching a pro-focused mirrorless system. But one of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds was regarding what sort of mount would the system use. Would they go with a completely new mount, or find a way to use the F Mount – well a newly discovered patent may indicate one direction that Nikon is considering....
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These Are The Speedlights We Recommend For Lighting Up Your Party Photography

As you have noticed lately, we have been exploring the arena of party and event photography, specifically the gear and tools needed to get great results in that genre. So far we have covered cameras and lenses, the two most critical aspects of a party or event photography kit....
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5 Crop Sensor Lenses With Bokeh Like Butter

There was a time when shooting with a crop sensor meant being looked down on, and in many cases that is still the case. But many of the myths about shooting a crop body are not as true as they once were, for everything from high ISO low light performance to Bokeh. These days you can get some really great bokeh from crop sensor cameras and they aren’t going to break your bank either....
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Ultra Budget Bokeh: 10 Creamy Lenses That Won’t Break Your Bank

We all love bokeh, after all, what’s not to like?! Actually, there is quite a bit not to like in the form of digits on the price tag. The best bokeh is not a cheap thing to attain, but with that said, bokeh is hardly extremely expensive either. Many lenses that are extremely affordable can offer you bokeh that fights above it’s pay grade....
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Telephoto Zooms Lenses for Capturing Party Shenanigans From Across the Room

Telephoto zooms are more popular in the party and event scene than you might think initially from the outside. These fast lenses with long-range help photographers capture interactions from a distance without disturbing anyone. You certainly shouldn’t be using a telephoto zoom for an entire party or event in most cases, but as part of a well-rounded party and event photography kit, these make for valuable tools....
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The Secrets of Photography Hidden Within Edward Weston’s Home

Edward Weston, one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century, is known for his work in championing extremely detailed imagery that was so far removed from the soft focus look that was popular during his time. He spent over 40 years photographing and developing a style of imagery that to this day photographers reference for inspiration....
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Eric Kim Lays It Down: Get More Followers On Instagram

Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram – Social Media. Although many of us photographers wish that these things were not as important to our businesses as they are, the fact is that they are. So with that knowledge, we all have the intense desire to do well on each of the social platforms that we take part in. Be that friends on Facebook, or Followers on Instagram and Twitter....
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Fujifilm Announces Latest Round of Firmware Updates for Five Cameras

Fujifilm, sticking with the program and reputation that they have developed since entering the mirrorless cameras market all those years ago, has announced new firmware updates. The new updates are available for 5 cameras in the Fujifilm lineup including the GFX 50s, X100F and X-Pro2....
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The Flower Men of Malik Ghat Shows Off a Rarely Seen Side of Indian Culture

Ken Hermann is a photographer based out of Copenhagen, who while on a trip to India came across a sight that he couldn’t help but be fascinated with. The Flower Men on the Malik Ghat Market are skilled men who carry flowers to marketing wearing these interesting and beautiful dress-like outfits. It is a sight to behold and from the moment he saw it, Hermann wanted to share this sight with the rest of the world....
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Cheap Photo: Samyang FE 35mm and More Great Items On Sale

Time for another check in on the deals front! Today we have a great selection of deals ranging from fun accessories to some affordable lenses. Additionally, many of the Fujifilm and Panasonic deals that we mentioned in our previous most recent cheap photo check-ins, so make sure and check those out still as well if you have been thinking about it. They likely won’t last much longer....
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Shooting Cityscapes at Night, From Composition to Lightroom

Shooting Cityscapes at night can be a great hobby for photographers and civilians alike, the city never moves, it’s always available to shoot and you can do it at your leisure. During the day and during the night you can take some breathtaking images that will capture the attention of your viewers. But if you are new to this, the idea of shooting at night may give you pause… so, let’s remedy that....
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The Best Budget Lenses For Pentax Photographers

Pentax users, it’s your turn! If you have a Pentax kit or you are thinking about picking one up – maybe for that K-1 DSLR – then you are likely wondering about the best budget options for Pentax right now. Due to the brands dwindling popularity lens reviews and thoughts can be hard to come by, so today we are throwing you a bone with our picks for the best budget glass available for Pentax cameras. ...
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Developing Your Own Film at Home for a True Start to Finish Experience

If you have been following our site for any period of time you would know and have seen our coverage regarding the growth and renaissance of analog film photography in recent years. Photographers are getting back to the medium’s roots and are learning to enjoy the process of working with their images on film....
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The Best Budget Lenses for Micro Fours Thirds Photographers

Micro Four Thirds still gets a bad rap in a lot of photographic circles due to its sensor size, but as many are now coming to terms with on the Fujifilm side of the equation. We have hit this sort of wonderful place to where sensor size really doesn’t matter as much as it did in the last. Surely, there are things APS-C or FF will do better, but in terms of general photography, Micro Four Thirds cameras are just as capable as their larger format brothers....
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The Best Budget Lenses for Sony Photographers

Sony has taken the photography industry by storm with their full frame mirrorless system, building upon the already strong system they had built with their APS-C cameras. Lots of photographers are ditching their Canon and Nikon DLSRs in favor of these lighter and smaller Sony bodies, and so naturally, some of you are trying to figure out what your best budget lens options are for the Sony system. This is where we are here to help....
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Party Time! 10 Cameras With AF That Can Handle The Dance Floor

If you are an event photographer of any sort, be it a wedding or other gathering, chances are good that you may find yourself in a low-light situation pretty regularly. In a fast paced low-light environment your cameras AF is critical to achieving quality images in that sort of setting, and as we all know, not all cameras are created equal when it comes to low-light AF....
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Portrait Focal Lengths, Putting Myths Aside For Clarity

Surely you have run into this situation while trying to get a better handle on what sort of lenses and gear you should invest in for portraits. You have a small space and you are asking for wide angle lens suggestions and everyone goes off the deep end about not using wide angle lenses for portrait without actually explaining why; or by using over simplified responses like ‘bad distortion!’...
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Cheap Photo: Panasonic and Fujifilm Headline This Week’s Savings

Last week it was some Fujifilm deals (which are still active by the way) and this week it’s Panasonic savings. If you are into video than there is no doubt that you have at least considered some Panasonic gear for your kit, and if you were holding out for some deals, now is a great time to jump on that bandwagon thanks to some nice camera and lens deals you can take advantage of now…...
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How to Sync Your Settings and Batch Edit Multiple Images in Lightroom

Photoshop, for all of its power and precision, is more of a tool to be used on an individual basis from image to image. Sure, you can batch edit images with it, but let’s just say it’s less than ideal. Non-destructive image management programs like Lightroom are much better for this sort of task. In Lightroom you can do your color toning and processing on one image and then select other images to sync those settings with – commonly this is referred to batch editing (because you guessed it, you are editing a ‘batch’ of images)....
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Could Zeiss Be Bringing The Legendary Biotar Lenses Back?

Zeiss is one of the most well know optics manufacturers in the world, they make or have made optical lenses for virtually every purpose and these days their lenses can be had in mounts for almost every major camera brand. As such, they have a deep history and have had many well-loved lens lines come and go over the years, one of those being the Biotar line....
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The Best Budget Lenses for Nikon Photographers

Nikon is a huge brand in the world of photography, holding the #2 spot worldwide behind Canon for years (though recently slipping behind Sony in Full Frame sales here in the US). Many of you out there are likely looking for some great lenses to add to your kit without breaking your bank account. Lucky for you, Nikon has a great selection of both Nikkor and third-party lenses, and today we are here to help you find the best budget lenses for Nikon....
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Picture of Fujifilm’s Upcoming X-E3 Becomes Clearer in Latest Reports

Fujifilm has brought their latest technologies to all of their main X-series now except one, the X-E line, so naturally, the common line of thought right now is that a potential X-E3 is likely to be the company’s next announcement. For those unaware, the X-E3 would be to the X-Pro2 what the X-T20 is to the X-T2, but the latest reports are indicating that we may just have some surprise additions to the X-E line to sweeten the deal a little....
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The Best Budget Lenses for Canon Photographers

Canon is still far and away the most popular camera brand in the world, and so there is no doubt that some of you out there are probably looking for a new lens to add to your kit. But there are so many lenses available for the system, both Canon branded and those made by third parties....
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The Best Budget Lenses For Fujifilm Photographers

Fujifilm has been building up a solid following over the years since introducing their X-Series to the world. In the last couple years its popularity has grown at a break neck pace as their latest generation X-T2 and X-Pro2 have been alluring photographers into finally ditching their heavy DSLR systems. But just as DSLR owners want to know the best budget options for their systems, new Fujifilm owners are probably wondering what the best budget lenses for fujifilm photographers are as well....
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 Getting the Most Out of Golden Hour Using Only Natural Light

Right up there with buying a 50mm lens and the rule of thirds, probably one of the most thrown around recommendations in photography is photographing your subjects during golden hour. It is one of the most common times of day to see photographers out looking for images but it also comes with some interesting challenges that newer photographers may struggle with....
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Why Your Direction, Not Your Posing, is What’s Holding Your Work Back

What is it that separates some of the most well-known photographers of our generation and everyone else? It’s not the gear because as we have said many times, no one makes a bad camera anymore. It’s not the editing, we all have access to the same software and can learn the same techniques. Part of it is talent available to them, sure, but what really what it comes down to their skill with directing that talent, be it a VIP A-List model or a walk-in client off the street....
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How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens for You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and is often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to making appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look that you are attempting to produce....
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Voigtlander’s New Lanthar 65mm F2 FE Macro Lens Will Be Under $1,100

It’s been a while, but back at CP+ 2017, you may recall that Cosina announced the development of three new Voigtlander branded full frame native Sony E-Mount lenses. As is the case whenever new native full frame lenses are added to the Sony system people got excited, but since the announcement information about these lenses has been quiet – until now....
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Cheap Photo: New Fujifilm Savings Close Out July Deals

Fujifilm has announced a new batch of savings available to those of you who are looking to get into the X-Series as well as those of you already in the X-Series looking to expand your current kit loadout. These are some great savings on some of Fujifilm’s most popular last generation cameras and lenses, so this is a deal list you should check out if you have any interest in Fuji products at all....
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The Photo Guide: App Based Photography Learning For Our Generation

What do you do when you come across something related to photography that you don’t know? Maybe a new term or a technique you were previously unaware of? Chances are that you do what most people do when they don’t know something… you Google it. But when you do this you end up with a ton of extra things that may or may not be relevant, or even correct. The Photo Guide is an app for iOS that is designed to fix this problem by giving you access to photography education and learning in an app where you can be sure that you are not wasting your time searching through pages of junk websites to find the answer you were looking for....
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The Basics: How to Choose Your First DSLR in 2017

Want to know how to choose your first DSLR? Don’t. Mirrorless is where it’s at, read our mirrorless post. But if you really, honestly insist on going the DSLR route as your first interchangeable lens camera – this is the post for you....
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The Phottix Premio Parabolic Umbrella Series Has Build Quality in Mind

Phottix, long known in the industry for their budget friendly but well-built lighting accessories, has launched their new series of Premio Parabolic Umbrellas, which the company says will be replacing their popular Para-Pro line of umbrellas. Similarly to the Para-Pro lineup, the new Premio umbrellas will come in both shoot through and reflective models, and will also come in 33-inch and 47-inch configurations....
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Lowepro’s Latest Nova and Flipside Series Bags Accommodate the Outdoor Photographer

Camera bag maker Lowepro has just announced a flood of updates to their Nova and Flipside series bags with a total of 8 new bags being announced. Lowepro has long been a favorite for photographers thanks to their wide variety of bag options to fit the needs every photographer, along with good materials and excellent features – these Nova and Flipside updates continue in that tradition....
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10 Tips on How to Get Your Photography Exhibited

When you are getting into photography there are some things that many aspiring photographers dream about accomplishing; for some that is something like getting published in a big name magazine. For others, that is something like having their work exhibited at a gallery. Both are lofty goals but today we are going to take a look at the latter. Jordan Matter recently teamed up with Shutterbug to put together this great video featuring 10 tips on how to get your photography exhibited, and it offers some great advice for photographers hoping to go that route....
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Using a 50mm Lens for Natural Light Boudoir Photography

As societal taboos ebb and flow, Boudoir Photography has been on the rise, becoming a more common and accepted niche of photography than it ever has been. It is likely that many of you have seen boudoir work by photographers you follow and have maybe been thinking about getting into it a little yourself. If so, this post is for you as we share some great points for utilizing natural light and a 50mm lens to create some fun boudoir imagery....
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The Basics: How to Choose the Right Nifty 50mm Lens for Your Camera

What’s the first lens I should upgrade after my kit lens? This may have been a question that you have asked recently, and if so, chances are that one of the popular answers given to you was 50mm or Nifty Fifty. The reason for this is that you can get a fast lens with good image quality for cheap, and 50mm is a versatile focal length too, so its Nifty. But as with all things, there are options to consider, so if you are wondering how to choose the right Nifty 50mm for you, you’ve come to the right place....
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Is Fujifilm Looking Into In Body Image Stabilization After All?

Not all that long ago there was a lot of talk about Fujifilm and the lack of IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization). They even did some interviews and explained that IBIS was supposedly not compatible with their current X-Trans implementation, also noting that they were unwilling to compromise image quality to made software adjustments to images that would be required. That pretty much put to rest any hope and rumor regarding Fuji and IBIS… until now....
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How To Choose Your First Good Point and Shoot Camera

Point and Shoot cameras, once a staple of the middle-class family, has now largely been replaced with high-quality smartphone-based cameras. But there is still a good portion of the population who likes to have a standalone camera in their bag for when the smartphone doesn’t cut it, and those situations do exist. Smartphones aren’t nearly as versatile as a point and shoot camera with a zoom lens, nor do they offer the image quality or low light performance of a fixed prime lens compact point and shoot. But some of you may be asking yourselves how to choose your first good point and shoot camera? That is what we are here to answer for you today....
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Lightroom Mobile on iOS and Android’s Latest Upgrades Include Selective Brush

Lightroom has always been sort of an interesting thing for photographers. On one hand, you have this powerful photo processor in your phone or on your tablet that can sync with your computer (assuming you use Lightroom). On the other, you have this sort of watered down version of the desktop app that you (we are assuming) use on a regular basis. Adobe has been working to improve Lightroom Mobile in many ways, and today the company announced significant updates for both the iOS and Android versions of the app....
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