Gina Manning on Shaping Your Photos With Lighting

Photo by Amanda Macchia | @megalomandee

This is a syndicated blog post from photographer Gina Manning. It and the images here are being used with permission.

In this post I’m going to talk about how I used lighting in my last shoot! MOST OF ALL, I want to show just how much fun experimenting with light and its seemingly endless possibilities can be. You should start looking at lighting differently, if you in anyway find the thought of lighting your own photos scary or overwhelming – do read on.

Check out the BTS video of the shoot I’ll be talking about and breaking down in this article!

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Why I Think Film Photography is Horrible


In partnership with Format MagazineClick here to build your Format portfolio website today with a free 14-day trial, no credit card required. This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. It and the content here are being used with exclusive permission. Original piece by Benjamin Kanarek.

Shooting since the 1980's, fashion photographer Benjamin Kanarek calls the analog trend "slow and cumbersome."

I remember the first time I picked up a digital camera. It was 2003 and I got this little Canon G5, a good point-and-shoot, and it was 5MP.

Before that, I used film. It had to be scanned into a computer, then manipulated digitally. That was alright—but when I picked up this Canon, I thought it was amazing. It’s instant feedback. You see exactly what you’re going to get. You adjust your lighting as you go, you’re thinking on your feet.

What you can learn on digital in one year is probably five to ten times what you can learn on film in the same time. Film is a very slow feedback loop.

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9 Cameras That Changed the Photo Industry In the Past 10 Years

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm x100 28mm review photos hands on (2 of 22)ISO 200

Camera technology continues to move forward every day, and when you look at how far we’ve come in a span of 10 years, you’ll see just how fast things have progressed. It’s indeed pretty remarkable. Photographers who have spent their careers shooting mostly film didn’t see such rapid advancement even though technology was surely moving ahead then too in the name of capitalism and competition. When digital photography came about though, things changed. As companies started to develop newer processors, engines, and sensors, they all started to create products with shorter life spans.

But in the past 10 years, 9 cameras have truly made their mark on the industry.

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Which Fujifilm X Series Camera Is The Right One For You? The Easy Answers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X-T2 review initial product images (4 of 12)ISO 2001-450 sec at f - 2.8

Fujifilm is another mirrorless brand that has received a lot of attention from the photography community in recent years, with their X Series bodies and unique X-Trans sensor technology not only setting them apart from DSLRs in terms of their size, weight, and appearance, but also from other mirrorless brands in terms of their unique color rendition and image quality.

But with Fujifilm now into their second generation (or third, depending on who you ask) with the release of the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2, there are many options for photographers looking to get into the Fujifilm X-Series. Today we break it down for you and rank each camera based on your intended use for it. Obviously it is not this simple for everyone, but these breakdowns and rankings should at least give you a good starting point in terms of what cameras to research further depending on where you feel you fall in our ‘use case’ spectrum.

Also be sure to check out our feature on pretty much every lens for the Fujifilm X series system.

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Which Sony E Mount Camera Is The One For You? The Easy Answers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (5 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Sony’s mirrorless cameras are at the forefront of an ever evolving photographic industry, and in a market where product cycles usually range from three to five years, Sony has blown up that trend and regularly updated their A7 series cameras much more often than the norm. This has led to there quickly being six relatively new A7 full frame cameras, in addition to the APS-C based A6000 and A6300. This makes shopping for a Sony mirrorless a little confusing; and you’re bound to be asking yourself stuff and wondering if you need the latest model, do you need the higher ISO, or resolution or faster auto focus, etc. In today’s post we break it down and share our picks for which Sony mirrorless camera is right for you.

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Every Photographer Needs to Say No to Some Photo Gigs

ISO 12,800. Shot with the Nikon D810

One of the toughest things that every photographer has to learn is how to say no–but once they do, they eventually find out just how incredibly empowering it is. You, yes you reading this piece, are most likely a person that defines yourself as a photographer. If you aren’t then the chances are that someone or various people in your circles define you as one. It’s a label, and for that reason you’re probably looked at as the “friend with a camera”–which is a common term that agents for actors and actresses use. Of course, this also means that you’re in some way or another the old reliable person to take a picture. 

And let’s be honest, you’ve probably gotten the inquiries from your friends and family who generally don’t understand exactly what you do, your interests, or your specialties. If you’re still starting out, you probably don’t even know your own interests.

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8 Motivational Facebook Groups for Portrait Photographers

Model: Bec Fordyce

Portrait photographers can sometimes feel like they’ve got no place for a spot just for them. Of course Instagram can be tough about this, but oddly enough Facebook isn’t. There are loads of groups dedicated to just portrait photographers that can mean all the difference for them when it comes to learning, inspiration, networking, etc.

Here are eight that we’re currently smitten by.

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