Masterclass Tutorial: How to Shoot Better Film Photos for Instagram

It’s pretty darn clear that film photography is coming back into fashion despite what haters may say. This goes hand in hand with photographers of all types trying to find a way through all the Instagram algorithms. It’s a rough world out there, but there is surely something to be said about producing good quality content consistently along with hashtagging just right and creating an inspirational message for your devoted followers. So if you’re looking to figure out the latest and greatest way to cut through all the fluff on Instagram, just note that it has everything to do with creating quality content. For those of you who suck at content, here are some tips.

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5 Square Format Cameras You’ll Love to Get Your Hands On

Lead photo by Reinis Traidas

The Square Format is an absolutely lovely format when it comes to shooting photos. It delivers a really nice symmetry that can sometimes be very difficult to work within when it comes to creating photos. But for many years, it was the standard on Instagram. Square Photos also seem to have a special charm about them; and I strongly suggest that every photographer try it.

Here are a number of our favorite square format cameras.

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Michiel de Lange: Picturesque Moments in the Street That Look Like Drawings

All images by Michiel de Lange. Used with permission.

Photographer Michiel de Lange has a body of imagery that’s absolutely fantastic in that his candid street photography is edited in a way to look a bit like highly complex scratch drawings. The photos in the end look absolutely fantastic. “Originally from South Africa, I started meddling with serious photography in 1986 when my father passed on his old Asahi Pentax SLR and a few lenses to me.” Michiel tells us. “Using this camera, I spent a few years exploring and teaching myself photography in its basic, raw form, later upgrading to a used Pentax ME Super, which I continued to use into the early 1990’s.”

Michiel got more serious into photography with the advent of digital in 2003. These days, he calls his Leica Q and Fujifilm X100s his favorites.

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10 Great Budget Lens Options For Street Photography

Street photography is a popular past time for photographers of all shapes and sizes thanks to it being something you can just grab your camera and go do for a few hours. Many photographers have obviously taken in beyond hobby status and turned it into successful careers, but for most, street photography is more about the artistic release being creative in an environment you have absolutely zero control over.

So with that in mind, many photographers are taking up street photography as a hobby when they aren’t out shooting portraits or weddings. You may be one of them, and you may be wondering about some good budget lens options for street photography. Well if that is the case then you are in luck, because today we have some great budget lens options for you.  Continue reading…

Why Small Film Cameras Are The Ultimate Every Day Camera

This addiction of mine began a few years ago and continues into today; it helped spur a movement. Remember a few years ago how Fujifilm came onto the scene with cameras that had retro aesthetics, looked gorgeous and actually functioned well while doing it nowhere as expensive as Leica? Then Olympus hopped on board. Then Sony, and the train kept taking off. It got its fundamental start with film cameras and that whole movement. The idea of using a proper dial of some sort and retro-grade ergonomics has continued to enamor photographers everywhere–but no matter what camera manufacturers have done, I think that I can make a very valid argument that they’ve all come very close and done a fantastic job. However nothing fits into your hand or functions just right like some sort of small film camera.

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5 Best Cameras With WiFi For Instagrammers

As much as some of us in the industry would like to forget, many people these days are getting into photography specifically to get better at posting images to their Instagram and social media accounts. One step these people can take is by ditching their phone camera all together and upgrading to a dedicated camera kit. But it should be one with great WiFi or connectivity to make transferring from the camera to phone (to post to IG) as easy and painless as possible.

Today we wanted to list a few of the best cameras on the market right now in terms of connectivity, to make posting to social media that much easier for you. But beyond that, since we are looking at this specifically from the angle of an amateur or semi-pro who is using this camera mainly for Instagram and social media projects we will base our recommendations around the needs of that sort of user.  Continue reading…

Tips For Using Adapted Glass On Fujifilm X-Series Cameras

One of the big draws to any mirrorless system is the ability to use old adapted glass as a way to both save money and introduce some creative imperfection into your images. Fujifilm’s X-Series cameras come with the styling of older vintage cameras, and as such many old manual focus film lenses actually look right at home on a camera like the X-Pro 2 or X-T20 .

Utilizing adapted lenses on your Fujifilm X-Series camera is pretty simple, but for those of you who may be new to the idea, let me just break it down for you real quick. There is, to my knowledge, only one adapter currently that works ‘natively’ with the X-Series cameras, and that is the Fujifilm produced Leica adapter. This adapter communicates with the camera and has some little niceties that third party adapters don’t, but unless you already have Leica glass lying around, we don’t really recommend running out and dropping money on those – at least from a budget minded perspective it makes no sense. Continue reading…

Three Affordable Medium Format Film SLRs for the New Photographer

Even with the likes of Fujifilm, Hasselblad and Pentax lowering the medium format digital bar in terms of pricing, the fact is that for the majority of us these cameras and systems are still very much out of our reach financially. But getting that medium format look doesn’t have to be so expensive, it just means taking a step back in time and shooting on film.

Don’t get me wrong, you can still spend a ton of money on a medium format film setup – just take a look at some of those Contax 645 kits running around. But if you want to keep things relatively affordable, there are some great options out there that will give you that medium format look in a great package for less than the price of a point and shoot digital camera.
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