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Why I Have a Full-Time Job

This is a syndicated blog post from Bryan Minear. It and the images in this post are being used with permission.

There seems to be a divided mindset between the freelancers and their freedom, and the 9-5 creatives with their security and benefits. My story has less to do with those things and more to do with getting the most i can out of my job, and keeping my passion for the things i love. Let’s take a bit of a step back into my past so I can walk you through to where I currently am and hopefully give some insight to anyone in a similar situation.

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While the technical side of the photography world will sit there thinking about and citing 100% sharpness, dynamic range, high ISO results, etc. you have to remember that all of this simply gets in the way of you actually creating a good photograph. The honest truth is that it is simultaneously 100% possible to create a God-awful image with high megapixels and a sharp lens or a jaw droppingly gorgeous photo with a crappy plastic lens and a tiny sensor. In fact, it’s done everyday–there are loads of people out there with super expensive gear that believe it will help them take good photos and that they can be the next Ansel Adams.

In some ways, the best thing to do is to forget about the technical side or master it so well that you don’t even necessarily think about it.

Here’s what gives an image impact.

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2015 Recap: 1 Year With the Fujifilm X-Series

This blog post was originally published by Keenan Hastings. It and the images here are being syndicated with permission.

This is not a review of the Fujifilm X-Series cameras, this is simply my recap of 2015, my story in which I heavily used the X Series system.

I can’t believe 2015 is over… Actually, I can’t believe I made it through the entire year. Last September I was let go from my job for improper content on social media (as most of you know). It was one of those bittersweet moments, where I felt shitty because I was fired, but also excited about the opportunities that were now in front of me. I admit early on I was scared, I went from a full-time job where I made a decent amount of money to literally having no income whatsoever. If that wasn’t pressure enough I was expecting a kid as well. I needed an outlet, a vacation or a road trip, something to take my mind off of everything.

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Seven Lenses for APS-C Cameras with Great Bokeh

The rules involving getting really nice bokeh generally have to do with aperture blades; but there is much more than that. For example, fast apertures in regards to the focal length and the distance to the subject can also help determine what your final photo will look like and how nice the bokeh looks.

Oh right! And the larger the sensor, the more bokeh you’ll have at a given aperture and distance.

For what it’s worth though, despite APS-C sensors being seen as small, they’re still very capable with the right lenses. And even though bokeh isn’t the name of the game when it comes to getting really high quality images, it can help lead a viewer’s eyes in an image.

Combing through the site’s Reviews Index, we’ve compiled a number of lenses you’re bound to fall in love with. Now keep in mind, full frame camera lenses will also give you nice bokeh but these lenses were specifically designed with an APS-C sensor in mind.

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“Always shoot in RAW” is quite a good statement to live by; but with the incredibly beautiful black and white image renderings that more modern cameras can offer, it’s easy for even the toughest reviewers to be perfectly okay with the JPEG renderings of some newer cameras. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should just shoot in JPEG necessarily, but considering the amount of really good black and white work currently out on the internet, it’s really tough to sit back and say that you’re going to go about willingly spending more time editing when you don’t necessarily have to.

To that end, who cares what you shoot if you’ve got a damned good photo?

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How Cameras Can Be More Like Phones

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Cameras and smartphones (with really good cameras) are working in ways to try to be more like one another. Smartphones are starting to shoot RAW more often, they’ve got lens systems, etc. But what have cameras become? They’ve got WiFi to transfer images to phones, some have apps that can improve them but otherwise the traditional digital camera hasn’t really changed. But if you look at mobile photography and social sharing culture, you’ll notice that the whole thing is really about fun.

In some ways, cameras just haven’t gotten there yet.

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Not every photographer can make it on Instagram; and with the new algorithm added to the news feed it’s going to be even tougher at times. One of the best ways to hack that is to find a way to reach out to the curators; which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming workshop being taught by yours truly about online marketing for photographers. You can save $30 on registration with discount code “thephoblographer”.

If you’re looking for something a bit more organic, then there are still a number of other communities that may appeal to you.

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Imagination First, Gear Second.

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This blog post and the images are a syndicated post from Emanuele Faja. They are being used with permission.

I am writing this essay because I am getting a feeling that photography is becoming more and more about the gear and less and less about the photographs. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about…

Also, this can apply to any discipline, not just photography.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite amazing when new cameras come out with never-before-seen features and they blow everybody’s mind but that’s not really what photography is about, is it?

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Photokina 2016 is going to be a very big time for the photo industry if what we’ve seen so far for this year is any hint of what’s to come. One thing that’s been on the mind of Fujifilm camera owners is if a full frame mirrorless camera or a medium format camera would be on the way at all. For years, Fujifilm was well known for its very good medium format film cameras; and in some ways it would make a lot of sense if an X Trans sensor found itself stuffed into a medium format rangefinder style camera or even a proper 645 DSLR.

But how likely is this to really happen?

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The Sony FE lens selection is continuing to grow, and now, they’ve got a number of good lenses with full autofocus at a pretty affordable price point. A couple of years ago, the company launched their a7 and a7r cameras with two main lenses (not counting the kit). And today, they’ve expanded quite a bit with the help of Zeiss and a couple of other third party offerings. Sony alone now has 20 lenses!

But if you’re looking for a solid prime lens, then there are three solid choices available.

For more, we encourage you to check out the Phoblographer’s guide to Sony FE Mount lenses.

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