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Cheap Photo: Great Deals on Nude Model Photography Webinar

Nude model photography is one of those things that gets knocked a lot in the photography field. ‘Anyone can take a good picture when you have a model who looks like THAT’ is a common retort to photographers posting sexy and nude images on social media. But as any photographer who has actually shot or attempted to shoot it knows, its a lot harder than ignorant commenters realize....
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Cheap Photo: Nikon’s D750 Only $1500

Nikon’s D750 is a very popular camera among wedding and portrait photographers and now you can add one to your kit for an insane price of just shy of $1500. That is about $500 in savings on one of Nikon’s most popular DSLR workhorses. If you have been considering a D750, this could very well be one of the best prices you find on it for a while. ...
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10 Great Budget Lens Options For Street Photography

Street photography is a popular past time for photographers of all shapes and sizes thanks to it being something you can just grab your camera and go do for a few hours. Many photographers have obviously taken in beyond hobby status and turned it into a successful career, but for most, street photography is more about the artistic release being creative in an environment you have absolutely zero control over....
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5 Best Cameras With WiFi For Instagrammers

As much as some of us in the industry would like to forget, many people these days are getting into photography specifically to get better at posting images to their Instagram and social media accounts. One step these people can take is by ditching their phone camera all together and upgrading to a dedicated camera kit. But it should be one with great WiFi or connectivity to make transferring from the camera to phone (to post to IG) as easy and painless as possible....
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Cheap Photo: Time Lapse Photography 101

Have you been stopped in your tracks by some of the amazing time lapse videos produced in recent years? We know we sure have and these amazing videos have led to many photographers looking to get into time lapse photography. If you are one of those photographers, looking to get the knowledge you need to produce awe inspiring time lapse videos, than today’s deal is one you will want to check out!...
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Tips For Using Adapted Glass On Fujifilm X-Series Cameras

One of the big draws to any mirrorless system is the ability to use old adapted glass as a way to both save money and introduce some creative imperfection into your images. Fujifilm’s X-Series cameras come with the styling of older vintage cameras, and as such many old manual focus film lenses actually look right at home on camera like the X-Pro 2 or X-T20....
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Three Affordable Medium Format Film SLRs for the New Photographer

Even with the likes of Fujifilm, Hasselblad and Pentax lowering the medium format digital bar in terms of pricing, the fact is that for the majority of us, these cameras and systems are still very much out of our reach financially. But getting that medium format look doesn’t have to be so expensive, it just means taking a step back in time and shooting on film....
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The Essential Budget Portrait Kit: Nikon Photographer

Similarly to Canon, Nikon has been near the top of the photography market for some time now and as such, its always a popular choice for new photographers. As well, the plethora of options in terms of accessories and lenses makes building a budget kit in the Nikon system really doable....
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Cheap Photo: Lens and Camera Savings From Olympus

Olympus has some new lens and camera savings that went live this week! If you have been considering any of the Olympus lineup of cameras or lenses, now would be a good time to jump on that bandwagon to get a good deal....
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Which One: Fujifilm X100F or Fujifilm X-Pro2 with Fujifilm 23mm F2?

Looking at specs one couldn’t help but notice that Fujifilm’s X100F and X-Pro2 feature a lot in common. Both have Fuji’s new 24mp sensor, both are rangefinder inspired, both have both hybrid optical and electronic viewfinders, and both have (or can have in the case of the X-Pro2) a 23mm F2 lens. So with all of this in mind one would not be all that out of line to wonder which setup is the better option, and today we are here to answer that question....
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Cheap Photo: Portable Beauty Dishes on Sale

If you want to get out of the studio with your portraiture than having some easily portable lighting in your kit is essential. A great modifier for portraiture is the beauty dish thanks to the beautiful light that they produce. These portable beauty dish options are perfect for location shooters because they break down and are easy to transport compared to traditional beauty dishes....
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The Essential Budget Portrait Kit: Canon Photographer

Canon is still the top dog in the photography industry, and that means that a lot of you may be thinking about building out a solid portrait kit with your Canon camera. The good news is that since the system is so popular doing this on a budget is very doable without breaking the bank....
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The Essential Budget Portrait Kit: Fujifilm X Photographer

The latest Fujifilm cameras are getting a lot of attention and hype these days, are you one of the many photographers picking up an X-Series body for the first time and are looking to create some killer portraits? We you are going to need a portrait kit, so let’s get this figured out for you....
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The Essential Budget Portrait Kit: Sony Mirrorless Photographer

So you have your new Sony mirrorless camera and you are wanting to get into shooting better portraits, what should you have in your kit? Let’s put together the essential budget portrait kit for Sony mirrorless shooters....
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Cheap Photo: New Canon and Nikon Bundle Deals!

There are really two times that a photographer should really consider buying a bundle deal, if they are just getting started, or they are switching systems. That said, if you fall into one of those categories both Canon and Nikon have launched some new instant rebates on their DSLR lineups saving you up to $550. Here are a few of the bigger deals, more after the jump!...
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Cheap Photo: Lots of Fujifilm Camera Savings Right Here

As photographers, not only are we always needing more storage to hold our digital images, but we are needing better ways to backup that data within our various workflows. One of the best ways to do this is with a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that allows you to backup the data on your computer to a separate location within your home (or in some cases offsite). One such solution is the Synology DS416play, which happens to be a killer deal right now at only $399....
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When Does Using Adapted Glass on Your Mirrorless Camera Stop Making Sense?

Many photographers, myself included, often tout the ability of mirrorless cameras to utilize old film era lenses to save money and try new focal lengths without breaking the bank. But at what point does doing this actually, make sense, and when does it start to be a bad decision....
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Picking Specialized Cameras vs Do It All Cameras

There is this epidemic in the photography industry right now where everyone wants every camera to do everything better than every other camera for a lower price. This is why you always see walls of complaint comments when new cameras are announced, it does this well but not that, or lacks in this one feature that so and so really wanted. It’s just the reality of a camera, some will fit better for certain people and certain uses better than others – and let’s remember, virtually no one is making a ‘bad’ camera these days (at least if we are talking about the traditional camera makers). ...
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Cheap Photo: New Fujifilm Savings on Their Latest Tech

Fujifilm has been running a deal on their last generation cameras like the X-T1, X-T10 and X100T for a while now. But we just got wind of some new savings on their latest generation cameras including the X-T20 and X-A3. Check out the deals below to save some cash on Fujifilm’s stellar X-Trans III technology....
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Medium Format Film Cameras With Autofocus For Beginners

So previously we have talked about some great budget medium format film camera options for those on a budget, but all of those cameras were manual focus only. Today we wanted to bring a few options into focus that feature something that many of you can’t live without – Autofocus....
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Save Big on This Guide For Posing from Photographer Andy Armstrong

You can spend all the money in your bank account on the best gear available, and poor over lighting tutorials until the end of time, but if you fail to have a solid grasp on posing than you will never be able to use that gear and lighting prowess to make images worthy of the money and time spent on them....
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Cheap Photo: Save $40 off Fujifilm’s Instax Share SP2

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 is currently on sale for a cool $40 off, bringing it down from its usual $200 price point to a $160 price tag. These little printers are great for those who want to have some fun instant prints available from your smartphone or Fujifilm X-Series camera without buying one of the dedicated Instax Mini cameras....
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5 Great Starter 35mm Film Cameras For The Budget Minded Hipster

Have you caught the Film photography bug? Maybe you are seeing all of these digital photographers trying to emulate the look of film or you have seen the work of some modern day film photographers and it has inspired you to pick up some Ilford or Kodak?...
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Cheap Photo: Sony Trade In Savings

Sony really wants you to join their ranks, and to give you a little added incentive they are running their ever popular trade in program where you can get up to $450 credit towards your new Sony gear when you trade in your old gear. The catch about doing this online is that you have to buy your gear before you send in your trade in, so there is some overlap, so we recommend going into a participating retail location to take advantage. But for those interested in taking advantage of this online, here are some current Sony prices on new gear you may be interested in…...
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Cheap Photo: Memory Card & Dual Chargers Galore!

More power and more storage, these are things that all photographers need. UHS-II is the latest and greatest in the SD card market with its blazing fast speeds that make transferring photos a breeze and even 4K video nice and snappy. Today we have some savings on some of these lightning fast cards to pair with your new cameras....
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35mm Black and White Film You Can Still Get Quickly Online

Film photography is having a renaissance, and this means that more and more photographers are looking to buy. But an issue than many are finding is the difficulty of actually buying film in a store these days. You can usually find film in camera stores still, but even there stock is usually limited, and the other unfortunate reality is that these shops are becoming more and more rare....
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All Around Prime Lenses: 35mm vs 50mm. Our Favorite Choices

One of the questions that is asked all the time as photographers are considering upgrading their lenses has to do with 35mm and 50mm primes, and great general all around lenses. Traditionally both 35mm and 50mm have been recommended as general purpose lenses for everything from travel and street photography to portraiture....
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Cheap Photo: A Bunch of Canon EF Lens Savings

All this talk about Sony, Panasonic, and Fujifilm deals lately, we thought it was also worth mentioning the current slate of Canon savings that you can still take advantage of. These deals aren’t new, but we have not mentioned them in a bit, so if you have been looking for some Canon savings, here ya go....
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6 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Fujifilm X Pro2

When moving over to a new camera, especially when moving from a completely different system, there is always a bit of a learning curve while you figure out the menu and discover how you work best with the camera. Fujifilm has been hot lately with many transplants from other systems picking up new X-Pro2, X-T2, and X-T20 cameras for the first time....
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Cheap Photo: Panasonic, Sony and Fujifilm Savings For All!

Not to be outdone by Sony and Fujifilm, Panasonic has some deals going on right now as well on some of their excellent micro four thirds cameras and lenses. If you have been thinking about jumping into the Panasonic system, then maybe now is a good time. ...
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4 Rangefinder Inspired Digital Cameras For Those Tired of The DSLR Lifestyle

What does your camera look like? What does that style and appearance say about you as a person, as a photographer? It is not uncommon to care about what your camera looks like, though this aesthetic preference usually takes a back seat (as it should) to other more important issues with a camera, such as image quality, performance, etc. But assuming your threshold for desired performance is met, what style and design qualities are important to you in your next camera?...
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Cheap Photo: New Sony Rebates Live Today!

There is no denying that Sony is really hitting their stride right now in the mirrorless market, with their A7 series (still?!) the only full frame player in that market and the A6xxx series still one of the better options in the cropped markets. So naturally, many of you are looking into picking up a Sony kit, either to try out or maybe as a full on switch. Which makes deals like the new Sony rebates that are live today even better…...
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4 Fixed Lens Cameras You Can Actually Use As Your Primary Shooter

It’s easy for those of us with interchangeable lens cameras to look at fixed lens cameras with a bit of a scoff as we think to ourselves about how limiting and basic they are. It is true, for a long time fixed lens cameras were very much a staple of the consumer, and therefor less advanced, segment of the camera market. But for a while now there have been some great fixed lens offerings from several manufacturers which offer some incredible performance in a small, and portable package....
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Cheap Photo: $200 Off The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is a great mid-level micro four thirds offering ideally suited for those looking to keep things small and light. Packing most of Olympus’s latest technologies into a small, light weight package, this camera is a no brainier for anyone who places size/weight at the top of their priorities list. Oh, its also currently $200 off....
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A Prime Dilemma: 50mm vs 85mm Lenses And How to Choose

Popular lens upgrades for photographers who prefer primes to zooms, the 50mm, and 85mm focal lengths are among the most popular in use today, but which one should you go with if you had to choose just one for your next lens purchase?...
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Cheap Photo: Big Fujifilm Savings on 16MP Based Cameras!

Fujifilm has been gaining a ton of steam since the release of their new 24MP based cameras like the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-T20. That said their older 16MP based cameras are still pretty great too, and they also happen to be on sale right now for some insane savings over their usual pricing....
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Getting The Most Out Of Your Fujifilm 23mm F2 R WR Lens

Fujifilm’s 23mm F2 is one of their newer lenses, the only newer option being the 50mm F2. It is a lens that offers Fujifilm shooter’s that classic 35mm field of view, in a small package with a fast aperture. So what should a new owner of the Fujifilm 23mm F2 know about this lens in order to get the most out of it?...
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Speed Demons: 4 Mirrorless Cameras With Fast Autofocus

In general for the longest time if you wanted to have the fastest and most accurate autofocus you had to drop some major cash on a Canon or Nikon flagship camera. Simply put, smaller and more affordable cameras just couldn’t keep up. Then more and more mid-range cameras started getting decent AF, which was great from an affordability standpoint, but still left a lot to be desired for those who wanted to have fast AF and not have to carry around a brick....
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Three Perfect Mirrorless Cameras For The Advanced Amateur

Are you ready to upgrade from that basic mirrorless kit that you bought to learn photography with? Advanced amateurs make a large portion of the photography marketplace, yet most guides and gear roundups seem to favor people in the beginners or professional category. The issue arises because basic cameras are well, too basic for an advanced amateur to do what they want/need, while professional level cameras are often overkill in terms of features and out of reach financially anyway....
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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds Off the Phottix Indra360!

TTL studio strobes are all of the rage these days in lighting circles and Phottix’s Indra series is one of the more affordable options on the market that has been getting some good reviews. Currently you can pick up the Indra360 for over $400 off, a crazy good deal if you have been in the market for a set of these. If you want to know more about the Indra you can check out our review of the Indra500 here....
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Review: Alien Skin Exposure X2 (Slightly NSFW)

In this world that we are in now with Adobe virtually refusing to fix the simplest of performance concerns with Lightroom after what has been years of complaints now, more and more third-party processing packages and software is getting looked at by photographers....
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Cheap Photo: Major Panasonic LX100 Deal, Save over $240

In terms of compact fixed lens cameras, one of the best out there right now is the Panasonic LX100 series, and for those interested you can get it for a great deal! Normally around the $800 mark this killer compact camera is currently on sale for under $550, but hurry, this one likely won’t last long....
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Studio Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Have you been thinking about getting into more studio photography, be it portraits, still life, product, etc? As we have done now for a few other photograph niches, in this post we will be taking a look at studio photography and some of the essentials to have at your disposal besides the obvious cameras and lenses....
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The Best Lenses For The Canon Rebels, 80D, and 7D Mark II

We have already shared our thoughts on some of the best lenses out there for full frame cameras like the Canon 5D Mark IV, but what about lenses for the Canon APS-C based EF-S cameras like the rebels, 80D,and 7D Mark II? There is no doubt some overlap, but there are some great lenses that we would recommend for the APS-C based cameras that are different from their full frame brethren. So lets get into it....
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Portrait Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Chances are that many of you reading this are portrait photographers, or want to be portrait photographers. Being one of the most popular photography disciplines there is a plethora of information out there on the web to help you decide on the best camera and lens combinations for you and your budget – but what about the other stuff?...
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Landscape Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Let’s be real here, if we are honest the only truly essential gear for a landscape photographer with passion and commitment is simply a camera. These days great results can come from utilizing just about any camera, that said, there are definitely some highly recommended items that all – if not most – landscape photographers will agree make landscape photography that much easier and fun to enjoy....
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Cheap Photo: Budget Camera Bundles For Beginners and Hobbyists

When professionals and advanced amateurs find themselves shopping for photography gear they are often looking for one item or two, bundles and kits are usually pointless because they already have many of the extra included items. This is different for beginners and hobbyists though, who may just be getting into photography or upgrading a really old kit. Today we have some great budget camera kit bundles for you all to take a gander at, enjoy!...
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The Best Lenses for your Panasonic Lumix and Olympus OM-D Camera

Are you just getting into the micro four thirds ecosystem? Curious about what the best lenses out there are for your Panasonic GH4 or Olympus OM-D E-M1? Well you are in the right place as today we are taking a look at the best lenses for street, portraits, landscapes, action, weddings and more!...
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5 Essential Tech Items For The Modern Working Photographer

In this day and age being a photographer is more than just carting around some cameras and lenses, technology has become an integral part of the photography equation. This means that beyond your standard photography gear such as lenses, cameras, tripods, and such you also have this array of technology tools that can and do help make a photographer’s life that much easier and hassle free. Today we wanted to highlight some of that tech....
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5 Lenses That Deliver a More Unique Creative Look

As a photographer it is common to fall into ruts with your use of lenses, preferring one focal length or lens over your others, or a certain set of lenses over others. For some these are nice fast prime lenses, for others maybe they are semi-fast zoom lenses, or something else. One thing that is for sure though is that once you get your hands on those lenses that you prefer it can sometimes be hard to find a reason to use a different lens unless the situation specifically calls for that over your usual favorite....
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