5 Reasons for Portrait Photographers to Get Super Excited About the New Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG Art Lens

Yesterday, the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens was announced–and it’s an understandably amazing reason for portrait photographers to get very hyped up. The 135mm focal length is one of the best options out there for portrait photographers. It does a whole lot of compression of your subject and is often perfect for headshots. Of course, you’re standing pretty far back away from them but the lens is capable of delivering so many great looks that you’re bound to just fall in love with its capabilities.

So here are some reasons why we’re so hyped about the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens.

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How I Transitioned from a Musician to a Photographer

I’d love to give you some philosophical answers on how my photography connects to my music, but I can’t. Truthfully, I invested my time in photography almost in spite of music. Any musician who performs live has those dreams of “making it”, but the music industry is cold; everyone from the record executives to the club promoters. It’s all a business. I feel many of the creative industries are just that: industries.

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From Belushi to Warhol: Marcia Resnick’s Portraits of the Bad Boys Of 1970s New York Counterculture

This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image: the Phoblographer’s premium black and white photography website. Subscribe for as little as $15/year for this and a lot more great stories. Original post written by Mason Resnick.

Marcia Resnick spent much of the 1970s and 80s photographing the marginalized, talented and creative souls — as well as some pretty famous rockers and poets — who were drawn like a magnet to dirty, old, low-rent and near-bankrupt New York City. They came there, Marcia observed, to re-invent themselves. “Musicians, writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers and dancers would congregate at clubs like the Mudd, Max’s and CBGB where they would enjoy the music and begin to collaborate on art projects.” Out of this scene came a mixture of punk rockers, transvestites, performers, and older counterculture figures who Resnick found intriguing.

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Which One: Sony a99 II vs Canon 5D Mk IV vs Nikon D810 vs Pentax K-1

Canon, Nikon, and Sony have always been at each others’ throats when it comes to full frame DSLRs; but only recently did Pentax also finally step into the game. The Canon 5D Mk IV, Pentax K-1, Nikon D810, and Sony a99 II are all fantastic cameras. They perform well on their own accord and we tried to figure out which one is the best of the bunch.

Take a look at our comparison review testing the Sony a99 II, Canon 5D Mk IV, Pentax K-1, andNikon D810.

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The Best Budget Lenses For Documentary and Photojournalists

While photojournalists (at least those with full-time paid gigs) are a dying breed, the idea of documentary photography and photojournalism, in general, is stronger than ever. More and more people are taking to the streets to document protests and atrocities happening across the world on a daily basis.

In general, documentary photographers and photojournalists can be pretty hard on their gear. They are out in the elements, with gear getting snow, rain, and even blood on them. Gear hits the ground hard or bangs off walls as the photographer needs to get out of the way of danger. So what are some good budget lenses for photojournalists that are still versatile but can also take a decent beating? Have a look at our picks below for some recommendations.

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Why The Analog Photography World is a Far Nicer Place Than Digital

Years and years ago, there were film photographers who loved taking their lenses and cameras into labs and testing the results with charts and such. For the most part, that still happens with digital. But modern analog and film photography has evolved. Lots of people are turned off by it, but also lots of people are incredibly attracted to it for its freedom of expression and the amount of raw talent that goes into creating a photo in-camera without Photoshopping or Lightroom work. Sure, lots of the same things done in Lightroom can be done in the darkroom, but that’s just when you’re printing. Instead, modern analog is more about the art: and a million times better than modern digital.

Before I go on, this isn’t a battle of digital vs film, digital vs analog, etc.

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A Different Wavelength to Inspire: Landscapes in the Infrared Spectrum

“Have you done any photo projects?” This is a question I loathed answering for a long time. I am asked this question several times a year and my response makes me cringe. “No, I haven’t done any sort of photo projects.”

Ugh…Inadequacy. As an Olympus Trailblazer, I am inspired by this type of work from my peers, and I knew it was my turn.

I have always wanted to put together some sort of cohesive series of images. However, over the years I have never found anything that I felt would make a good personal project for me.

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The Secrets for Getting Out of Creative Slumps as a Photographer

Let’s face it: constantly innovating, creating new ideas and coming up with the next “most spectacular image” can be exhausting. We’re all looking for ways to carve out our own space in this giant world of photography without looking like we’re just trying to be different for the sake of being different. It usually happens right after a string of excessive creativity. The pendulum swings. You wake up ready to tackle the day and think up your next amazing idea and boom: your mind is a giant empty canvas…a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

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