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From “No one dies at a Gypsy wedding” by Arjen Zwart

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by the photographers.

In the pantheon of photographic endeavors, there few things more rewarding, and oftentimes more frustrating and demanding, than a long-term project. Short-term projects can take several weeks or a couple of months, but long-term projects take years, which can be both disconcerting and invigorating. Over the course of a project, you might amass several hundred or several thousand images, but the final edit will be much less than that, depending on the shape it will take: a book, a series, etc. There’ll be days when it feels like the images are fantastic, and there’ll be days when it feels like they’re terrible. The most important thing is to stay committed, and that can be the most difficult thing. [click to continue…]


After our standard Pro zoom lens shoot out, we decided to put the telephoto lenses against one another. As mirrorless camera systems have evolved and continue to develop, they’ve had to meet the demands of professional photographers who have picked up their systems. One of the classic zoom lenses that many photographers tend to reach for is the equivalent of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. These lenses are great for portraits, events, weddings, landscapes and pretty much anything that you can think of due to their versatility.

So with Fujifilm, Samsung, Olympus, and Panasonic all offering their own versions, which one is the best?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film Photos Kodak Porta Ektar TriX  (19 of 55)

“Hey Chris, we were thinking about buying a DSLR.”

“What? Why? No, oh god, why?!”

When it comes to answering the camera-related questions of people who are soon to have children, this is usually how the conversation starts. When someone wants to buy a brand new camera, it’s for a good reason like the fact that they’re having a new kid. But there are parameters in place: it needs to be simple to use, it needs to have professional image quality, and it can’t be too expensive. Typical, right?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that many of us photographers have known for a couple of years now: you don’t need an interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR for professional looking images.

No, really, you don’t. What makes the images so great are the combination of the sensor and the lens, but there are fixed lens cameras that can do the same job of many of those cameras in an even more affordable package and smaller. Of course though, there are also a couple of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that do a great job.

Here are five of our favorite cameras for the new parent.

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Mirrorless camera manufacturers have been working at creating better lenses and building out their systems. Very recently, the manufacturers with APS-C and Four Thirds sensors came up with constant aperture pro zoom lenses for their cameras.

Now don’t get us wrong: no manufacturer is making a bad lens or camera. In fact, all of them are superb. So with that in mind, we went about rounding up the information that we collected and figuring out which lens delivers the most pleasing results based on the specific system that they work with.

Our results are after the jump.

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Pro Tip: For this image we placed Grace's back towards the sun so that it would give us a natural hair light. The softbox was then placed camera left as you see it in the image above this one.

Pro Tip: For this image we placed Grace’s back towards the sun so that it would give us a natural hair light. The softbox was then placed camera left as you see it in the image above this one.

Congratulations, you’ve probably just picked up your first flash if you’re reading this post. Welcome–and know that pretty much everything that you’ve thought you’ve known about using a flash should be thrown out the window. The use of a flash in general has to do with adding light to a scene and creativity rather than just using it in spots where it would otherwise be too dark.

We’re serious: throw everything away that you thought you knew about using a flash and read on.

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Editor’s Note: This blog post has been syndicated from Brian Calabrese with permission. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram for even more.

It seems as though these days, photographers are a dime a dozen and if you are a photographer, I am sure you have aspirations to stand out from the rest.  But what does it take to become the photographer that everyone is clamouring for?  Those that are successful in photography or anything for that matter offer something that others don’t. They go above and beyond their call of duty.

The most acclaimed photographers are those that truly have a passion for their craft.  They eat, sleep, and breathe photography.  They absorb and soak up as much knowledge as they can stand.  Their appetite to improve and learn more is simply insatiable.  This incredible energy is magnetic, attracting all of the customers you so desire into your services.

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