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 fresh avenue for professional photographers to tell stories and promote their work.

Need some ideas on ways to make use of these new gallery features? Well, you have come to the right spot. Today we have compiled a list of 5 ways for professional photographers to utilize Instagram’s new gallery post feature. Let’s get into it…. Continue reading…

Street Photography and Kodak Tri-X Film: 62 Years of Going With The Grain

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In recent years, thanks in part to social media and the ease with which participants can share images, street photography has enjoyed unprecedented popularity. A generation of digital cameras, inspired in part by the classic tools of street shooters, has combined with the power of social networks and easy image sharing to empower a new generation of photographers to embrace street photography. The results: A glut of photos: many of them mediocre, some good, and some of them really good.

But even the best of digital street photos have a problem. Digital street photos are too smooth. They’re too clean. They seem clinical. They have very little noise, and certainly no grain. That grittiness, dirtiness that reflects the chaos of the street is missing. And so, software tricks are employed to emulate the graininess of classic films. Click a button, and your grainless digital image suddenly looks like it was shot with the film of choice for many street photographers throughout the years: Kodak Tri-X.

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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 better left to the pros, but that said, today we have a fun one to share with you.

The crew over and Indy Mogul on Youtube recently shared this great DIY Kinoflo build they intended for video use, but that we think could also be beneficial for some some studio work. It could be a great alternative to Kino’s for those of you looking to replicate Peter Hurley’s classic headshot setup.

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Understanding The Differences Between Darkroom Prints And Digital Prints

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While digital photography has taken over film in terms of popularity, there is a recent rise of film shooters, reviving the traditional process of analog photography. However, due to sheer convenience and accessibility issues, many films were developed, scanned digitally and printed by commercial or digital ink-jet printers. This was in stark contradiction to the original full workflow of film that involves the manual labor and expertise of darkroom printing. Therefore, what are the differences between full analog darkroom printing process versus the modern day, digital commercial printing? We have found a useful video on Youtube to compare and contrast results obtained from both digital and darkroom printing.

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The Difference Between an F-Stop And a T-Stop

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The most popularly known imaging parameter to measure the amount of light coming through the lens is an F-Stop, referring to the aperture of the lens. However, not many people know what a T-Stop (the light transmittance rate) means and how that is significant in comparison to the F-Stop. We have found this short and simple video by Channel 8 explaining the difference between F-Stop and T-Stop, and why that matters.

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Sunny 16, Seeing Light, and Improving Your Digital Photography with Analog Techniques

Pro Tip: The Sunny 16 rule dictates that, on a perfectly shadowless sunny day, you set your aperture to f16 and your shutter speed becomes the reciprocal of your ISO to get the perfect light meter reading.

In our digital world, 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 all a dying art. But back in analog film days this was an essential piece to a photographer’s process. Continue reading…

The mmCalc Crop Factor Calculator Makes Sensor Math a Snap

mmCalc Crop Factor Calculator

Sensor Size math isn’t a problem with the mmCalc Crop Factor Calculator. If you haven’t figured it out by now, there’s a lot of math involved in photography. One of the places you’ll often notice where math and photography intersect is in discussions of sensor size. If you’re trying to make apples to apples comparisons of photography gear, you’re usually talking in terms of full-frame equivalents. Often this will require some mental math (and sometimes not-so-mental math) to determine the crop factor. Or you can skip the arithmetic altogether by using this crop factor calculator by mmCalc.

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