Can a Professional Photographer Use 360 Photography Commercially?

Pro Tip: When shooting landscapes, keep in mind that not everything needs to be an HDR despite what so many people in the community do.

360 Photography and Virtual Reality are some of the areas where photography seems to be evolving, becoming cool, fun, and fulfilling the human need to constantly be entertained. Like a dog that sees a squirrel run across a field, there are some of us in the industry that simply just go for it because it’s the cool thing to do. But in all honesty, it doesn’t have a lot of major uses for the professional photographer. Instead, it’s just a way for people on social media and other platforms to be engaged. To that end, it could become the ultimate Behind the Scenes Tool for a photographer’s life.

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On a Budget: Six Cameras For Natural Light Portrait Photographers

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It’s true: any camera these days is capable of taking a great photo–especially with natural light portraits. Natural light portraiture is a staple of today’s professional photography market, and a favorite of those looking to dip their toes into the professional realm thanks to its low barrier of entry with gear beyond the camera and lens. But some do it better than others. In our opinion a key for this style of shooter would be the camera’s dynamic range, ISO performance and AF accuracy.

Today we wanted to look at our top 3 DSLR and top 3 mirrorless cameras that we have reviewed that are currently on the market for the the enthusiast and semi-professional wanting to get into natural light portraits.

Here are our picks…

*also Note, Today is Prime Day, and there are a TON of deals to be had over on Amazon. But many are time sensitive and those are hard to list out here, so, needless to say, head on over to Amazon and check out the available deals. You may be able to save yourself some major cash on that purchase you are already planning on making. 

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Five Wide Angle Lenses Under $500 for Landscape Photographers

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Lots of landscape photographers love shooting wide–but they also don’t like to pack too heavy. With the maturation of mirrorless cameras have also come the further development of great lenses from those companies. At the same time though, no photographer wants to spend way too much money. In all honesty, most modern optics are so good that you don’t really need to.

We’ve gone through our Reviews Index to find a few wide angle gems for the landscape photographers out there while keeping the budget to under $500.

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3 Versatile Zoom Lenses For Photowalking Under $500

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Fast primes are great and all, but sometimes you just need a solid all-in-one lens to throw on your body that allows you to be versatile in your shooting without having to fumble around with switching lenses and missing shots. It’s easy to forget that the world is not just about super fast F/1.4 primes and F/2.8 zooms, and contrary to what some pixel peeping snobbery may lead you to believe, there are actually some killer all-in-one lenses out there that offer both versatility and an an acceptable level of quality – and they are fairly affordable as well.

We took a gander through our reviews index and have pulled this list of the 3 best versatile zoom options for under $500. These are just a few of what we recommend you consider if you are in the market for a good and affordable zoom for your next Photo Walk.

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Bonus Crazy Comparisons: Bokeh between Fast Leica Primes, Current and Vintage

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This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. All images by Horatio Tan. Used with permission.

In order to give something back to my readers, I intend to post these crazy comparisons that may not otherwise be published on other sites, given the availability of the equipment, or the availability of some of my intended combinations. These comparison will not likely be useful for many, but all the same, entertaining, especially if you are a photographer… well… I suppose you’ve got to be a photographer, to some extent, to even visit my site… ha ha!

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Opinion: Cartier Bresson Would Have Faced Massive Obstacles in Today’s Photo World

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All images © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum as per the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today’s photography world is one where Henri Cartier-Bresson would have done well only in very specific instances and circles. Much of this has to do with advances in society such as use of the internet, autofocus, social media, etc. Bresson’s legacy was very much one of his specific time period–and if he were around today there would be no doubt that he would be an important part of photography, but it may not be as a photographer. Instead, in today’s world, Bresson would have been an influential player with his healthy amount of financial resources and his ability to work with other people.

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Which One: Fujifilm X Pro 2 vs Fujifilm X-T2

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Did you know that Fujifilm has two flagship cameras in the X series lineup? For many of you looking to upgrade or switch, it will be a question of the Fujifilm X Pro 2 vs the Fujifilm X-T2 when it comes to purchasing. It’s a bit insane, but the company’s reasoning for this has to do with the fact that they’re offering both a rangefinder style and an SLR style camera body for those that want them. It makes sense–Panasonic does the same thing.

At the moment of publishing this post, we’re just comparing specs here. However, we’re supposed to test the Fujifilm X-T2 very soon and we’re going to update it accordingly.

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How to Become a Legitimate, World Renowned Street Photographer

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Street photography is pretty much as simple as going out and shooting photos of people in public–but there are the street photographers that do it better than everyone else and then there are those who do a lot of marketing. Indeed, there are terrible photographers with lots of gigs and sales and conversely there are photographers with great work and no gigs or sales. But the world of the Street photographer is different.

It gets even tougher when it comes to street photography for the reasons that your income will mostly rely on licensing and print sales from galleries. So how do you ensure you’ve got the work that counts? Here’s how!

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