7 Lenses That Really Changed the Photography Game this Year

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Lens innovation over the past few years has mostly focused on pure image quality. But it’s obvious that we’re at a point where both cameras and lenses these days are so good it doesn’t matter. So lens manufacturers have needed to do something else to make them all much better. With that said, new innovations have produced better lenses, and allowed photographers to have even more creative freedom when working with them.

We went through our reviews and found a bunch that have come up this year.

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Understanding the Difference Between Terrible Photos and Something You Just Don’t Like

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Most photographers go about trying to become better by starting out with putting their work online. They share via Instagram, 500px, Flickr, Reddit, Facebook Groups, etc. Depending on where you venture into, the levels of toxicity may vary. You could be a portrait photographer posting an image for critique online but actually just be critiqued by a landscape photographer. And for a few seconds, you’ll sit there and read a glaring, sharp tongued remark about your image and how terrible it is. But in all honestly, your image probably isn’t terrible at all–it’s probably just something that person doesn’t like at all.

The first time this happened to me was in college; except that it wasn’t online–it was in a classroom. Photojournalism 101 was the course I was taking and I was assigned to do a project on some sort of important happening in my college. Like many other people that attended that class, my work was ripped apart by the professor. It’s one thing for someone to hide behind some sort of online avatar and spew nothing bit acidic hatred towards your photography, but it’s a whole different thing to get it in real life. For what it’s worth, it’s far more demeaning and disheartening.

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The Best MOO Business Cards for Photographers

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Around the photo industry photographers and creatives have often turned to MOO for their business cards. It started years ago when some photographers got those little miniature half-sized cards, then the square cards, then a whole variety of them. Often, they’re a point of conversation amongst photographers, creatives, and anyone that you give your card out to for the reasons that you’re not giving them just any business card but typically one that you’ve thought about and carefully designed yourself.

We checked out some of their wares and found some of the best business cards specifically for photographers. Of course, there is always that NFC device card. But here are some of the better more traditional paper cards.

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Do Photographers Really Need a Blog If They Have Instagram?

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Photographers that take their craft very seriously most likely have a website to show off their portfolio. If you’re a professional or a semi-professional, this is a guarantee; but if you’re a hobbyist or enthusiast, it would make sense to have a website of some sort. But then in that case, does it make sense for a photographer to have a blog? I mean, why should you have a blog that updates and shows off your photos if your Instagram is already doing this? It doesn’t make sense, right?

Well, yes and no.

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Free Book! Keep The Focus: Meditation Techniques for Street Photographers

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German Street Photographer Thomas Ludwig has been working on a special book for Street Photographers. Lots of photogs state that when they go out and photograph, that it’s almost like a meditative process. So after speaking with a lot of some of the best in the business, he developed Keep the Focus: Meditation Techniques for Street Photographers.

The eBook is a free download, and features the insights of folks like Mike Boening, Valerie Jardin, Eric Kim, Marco Larousse, Thomas Leuthard, Rinzi Roco Ruiz, Spyros Papaspyropoulos and Forrest Walker. It focuses specifically on three meditation techniques. “The more you familiarize yourself with these techniques, the more you will find yourself able to better concentrate and focus when taking pictures.” says Thomas. “This will have a visible impact on the quality of your photos! It may even stimulate your creativity and create new potential and possibilities.”

The Best 35mm Camera Lenses Under $1000

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The 35mm focal length is one of the most popular prime lens options out there, and with such popularity, there comes with it plenty of options for the budding photographer to choose from when looking for a 35mm lens to join their kit.

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Which Nikon Camera Is Right For You?

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Ok, now that we have covered all of the mirrorless brands, now lets get back to the trusty ole’ DSLR brands, starting today with Nikon. Nikon has a long history of being one of the most popular and well known camera brands out there, so there are likely many of you wondering which Nikon brand you should be considering for your experience, skill, and specialty.

Ready? Great, lets begin.
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The Return of Spot Color Black and White Photos on Instagram

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For many, many years photographers hated the spot color look. Spot color, for those of you who haven’t been into photography for more than maybe five years, is when a black and white photo is created but only a specific single color is kept. The problem is if that color was spread through the entire scene in some way or another, it wouldn’t be as effective. These days on Instagram, lots of photographers do it VERY effectively so much so that it’s a trend again. The technology and the artists have become better and typically use the color in the scene to help draw the viewer’s eyes into a specific part of the scene.

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