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Meditations on Photographing the Death of a Loved One

Jason Reed sought to make sense of his father’s death through photography.


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Hang on a Minute Before You Upload that Photograph

Do you really need to put that photograph online? Perhaps it’s better to hold onto it rather than release it into the digital wild.


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ISO 400: Sally Davies Talks About Photographing the East Village

Sally Davies’s photographs of storefronts and street scenes in the East Village capture a New York seemingly stuck out of time.


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Maria Kappatou Finds Humor and Harmony in Greece

“Be in love with it and do whatever your heart pleases.” says street photographer Maria Kappatou.


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ISO 400: David Carol Talks About Life in Photography

David Carol is a photographer’s photographer with 35 years in the business and many stories to tell.


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Why We Need to Know About the Monsters

At FotoIstanbul, photographer Stanley Greene made the case for needing to know about the worst parts of humanity.


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The Importance of Weakness in Photography

Allowing yourself to be weak in photography can lead to stronger images.


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Thirty Minutes With Magnum Photographer Josef Koudelka

When someone asks for directions, make sure you answer because the person asking might just be Josef Koudelka.


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Leo Martinez Captures Duality in Chihuahua

Leo Martinez monochromatic work in Chihuahua, Mexico earned him a grant from VSCO’s Artist Initiative.


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Add That Photographer on Facebook

All it takes is clicking “Add Friend” to make an invaluable connection.


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Documenting the Refugee Crisis Through the Eyes of Mujtaba Jalali

Mujtaba Jalali has understood what it means to be a refugee all his life, and now he’s documenting the journey of other refugees like him.


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ISO 400: Ashly Stohl Talks About Publishing Her First Book

Ashly Stohl recently published her first book “Charth Vader” about her youngest son Charlie and his Darth Vader helmet.


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On Being an Invisible Photographer

Invisibility is one of the best skills a photographer can have.


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Working Through Doubt and Dry Spells

Doubt and creative dry spells are terrible things to deal with, but it is possible to deal with them.


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ISO 400: Amy Lombard Talks About Bronies and IKEA

Photographer Amy Lombard has an affinity for quirky subcultures.


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Scott Turner Lives With and Photographs the Kyrgyz People

Scott Turner’s decision to live and work with the Kyrgyz people has given him remarkable access for his documentary photo project on them.


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Yumna Al-Arashi Shines a Light on Migrant Workers in the UAE

In the United Arab Emirates, Yumna Al-Arashi discovered a society divided and set out to photograph the migrant workers toiling away day after day.


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ISO 400 – Jake Simkin Talks About Conflict Photography

Photographer and filmmaker Jake Simkin has worked tirelessly to tells stories of survival in the the most harrowing situations.


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What Street Photographers Can Learn from Nature and Wildlife Photographers

Next time you go out for a walk around town, try waiting in one spot for a photograph to happen.


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There Will Be Another Photograph

Missing the shot is always a drag, but don’t worry because there’s another shot around the corner.


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ISO 400: Fadi BouKaram Talks About Street Photography in Beirut

Beirut has seen a spate of protests in response to garbage that has been piling up on its streets, and Fadi BouKaram has been photographing them after work.


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Photojournalist Andrew Renneisen Works in Heavy Situations

Andrew Renneisen is a young photojournalist who finds powerful moments in tragic situations.


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Street Photographer Vineet Vohra on the Making of a Magazine

Starting and running a magazine isn’t always easy, but Vineet Vohra has been at the helm of Art Photo Feature with his brother, Rohit, for four years now.


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Pierre Belhassen’s Photography Explores Relationships Between Cities

Pierre Belhassen maintains a beginner’s mind in his approach to photography.


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The Need for Photo Detoxing

With the massive amount of photos online, it’s important to unplug and have a detoxing session every once in a while.


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Keep Your Bad Photographs

Holding onto old, bad work, no matter painful, is important to get a sense of your growth.


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Why We Need to Look at Horrible, Graphic Images

Graphic, horrible images help us to confront reality.


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Op-Ed: There Will Always Be a Camera and a Mode for Everyone

A recent article posited that camera sales are down because they’re needlessly complex, but that’s not the case.


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ISO 400: Spyros Papaspyropoulos Talks About Street Photography

Spyros Papaspyropoulos found a way to channel his passion for street photography into a website called Street Hunters.


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A Defense of Bruce Gilden’s Faces

Bruce Gilden’s latest project, Face, has caused quite a stir. Here’s why it works.


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A New Kickstarter Wants to Create the Holga Digital

The Holga Digital kickstarter initiative could make the famous toy camera a digital reality.


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ISO 400: Ben Moon Talks About Life on the Road

Photographer Ben Moon shares his story, how filmmaking and photography influence each other, and more.


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The Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Photojournalists

Did you make the jump to mirrorless for photojournalism? Here are some lenses you should consider.


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What’s Missing from Instagram for Serious Photographers

Instagram is one of the best photo communities there is, but it could benefit from some tweaks and updates.


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The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Photojournalists

Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular choice for photojournalists because of their excellent performance and small profile.


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Our Favorite Photos from World Photo Day

From landscapes to long exposures, here are favorites from World Photo Day.


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VSCO Adds Localized Language Support to VSCO Cam

International users of VSCO Cam can rejoice with the introduction of localized language support. There’re 10 languages to start with more on the way.


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Share Your Best Photo for World Photo Day

It’s World Photo Day! Show us your best shot.


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ISO 400: Brian Matiash Talks About Creative Rebirths in Photography

Brian Matiash talks about photographing people for the first time, the benefits and pratfalls of HDR photography and much more.


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How NatGeo’s Traveler Photo Contest Proved that the Camera Doesn’t Matter

Anuar Patjane’s underwater photograph of whales, fish and divers won the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, and he made it with a Sony RX100.


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The Best Cameras for Beginners

The market for cameras is wide and varied, which may prove daunting for beginners. Here are our picks for the best cameras for beginners.


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Don’t Rely on Cheap Tricks as a Crutch

There are things you can do in post that can spice up an uninteresting photo. Don’t do them. Let the photo remain uninteresting.


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Anuar Patjane Brilliantly Photographs Life Underwater

Anuar Patjane photographs life under the sea with a point-and-shoot camera.


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The Ten Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Street Photography

Given how vast the mirrorless and street photo worlds are, we put together our top ten list for mirrorless lenses that’ll serve you well on the streets.


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ISO 400: Amanda Rivkin Talks About Photojournalism Internationally

Amanda Rivkin is an American photojournalist whose work ranges from Obama’s victory in 2008 to the Gezi protests in Istanbul in 2013.


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Cody Wu Creates Double Exposures on Instant Film

Some DIY ingenuity helped Cody Wu create some intriguing double exposures on Instax film.


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PhotoShelter is Giving its Pro Members Unlimited Storage

If you’ve thought of diving into a pro membership with PhotoShelter, know that you’ll now have unlimited cloud storage.


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Tamron Releases the Ultra Light 18-200mm Di II VC

Tamron’s got a brand new and very light 18-200mm lens that’ll fit snugly in your bag.


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Check Out the History of Photographic Processes with These Videos

The George Eastman House has put together a series of small videos exploring the history of photographic processes.


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Learn the Basics of Food Photography with this Video

Izy Hossack from the very popular blog Top With Cinnamon teams up with SORTED Food to provide good tips for food photography in this video.


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