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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (1 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

While Canon and Nikon keep on trucking with their powerhouse cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus have viable and noticeably smaller alternatives. In photojournalism, particularly in breaking news situations, you have to be able to react to split-second changes, and the size and amount of gear you have can help or hinder you. As mirrorless cameras have become more robust, there’s been a gradual shift away from bigger rigs in photojournalism. If a smaller camera can do the job just as well, if not better than a bigger one, why not go for the smaller one? There’s less strain on your neck! With that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists.

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TLR cameras–these Twin Lens Reflex machines have a very unique functionality that makes them appealling to so many people. You need to look down and into the camera as you shoot from the hip or around the center of your chest. Then you’ll need to set the exposure and shoot. These cameras are beautiful, fun and make photography a very different experience.

While there are loads and loads of cool vintage TLR cameras that you can get for cheap, there are also some more modern versions. Here are some that are very worthy of note.

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Leica M3 Cutaway (1)

Many photographers that still shoot film adore Leica–and those photographers also want to go for the very best eventually. You’ve got lots of great options to start out with though, and there are loads of old rangefinder cameras that you can get, too. But some photographers only want a Leica–specifically a film Leica. These cameras by far have some of the best ergonomics and most simplistic features even today.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (2 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

The general consensus is that Sony cameras are quickly gaining more and more popularity amongst many photographers. Out of the box, they’re quite capable–but many of you probably don’t know that there are loads of other features that the cameras can do, but are not immediately available. We’re not necessarily talking about firmware updates and improvements that come that way, but instead we’re emphasizing extra features.

For example, did you know that your Sony A7 can shoot in timelapse mode?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Elinchrom 1000 WS light review images Bec (1 of 3)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.6

Most photographers will preach to you about how soft, shadowless light is all that there ever should exist. They’ll continue on and on about this–and how great it makes people look. But in reality, hard light can do the same thing in the right situations. Hard light is used by many fashion photographers and portrait photographers to give their subjects a bit more of an edge in the images that they create. But it’s also used in product photography for the same reason and to make something stand out.

In this post, we explain how to use hard lighting for your photography.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 85mm vs 50mm portrait test image of steph (1 of 1)ISO 2001-2000 sec at f - 1.4

If you’re an event photographer, wedding photographer, or work with people that aren’t models at all, you’ll realize that the majority of people don’t know how to pose themselves except for when they take selfies. Instead, people will rely on you to do the work. The real truth though is that you’re not completely responsible for the perfect photo and instead the process of posing someone for a portrait is a collaborative process. You’ll be leading, and in that case you should have a better idea of how to pose people.

Here is a step-by-step process on how to pose someone.

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