Three Retro Modern Instant Film Cameras For the More Serious Photographer

Instant film cameras, otherwise called Polaroid cameras, are incredibly fun and have been incredibly popular with lots of people. Typically, the cameras and film are most in use with young adults though in recent years, there have been more efforts to expand the category to make it appeal to those who want something a bit more serious. Whether it’s the case of adding manual controls or even giving off a nice retro aesthetic, some cameras have just been more popular with the folks who reach for higher fruit.

So if you’re looking to go for some of those more serious instant film camera offerings, then look no further than right here.

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The Advantages of Being a Female Photojournalist

Pulitzer-nominated photojournalist Paula Bronstein tells us about her experience in Afghanistan. When it comes to documentary photography from the frontline of news, it takes a lot to beat Paula Bronstein’s body of work. The photojournalist’s decades-long career has taken her from India to Sudan, Mongolia to Indonesia, documenting political turmoil and natural disasters. Her work has garnered multiple awards, including a Pulitzer nomination.

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Six Film Emulsions to Travel With on Your Next Trip (and a Few Recommended Cameras)

Lots of photographers are wary of bringing film with them on their next airplane trip, but the experienced photographers have learned how to do it. Sure, your phone, a good point and shoot, or a small ILC camera will work great but there is something absolutely unique about what film will do for the experience. Typically, folks love to look at and fall in love with their travel photos as soon as possible. But when you delay that otherwise instant gratification just a bit, you’ll be much more thoroughly surprised later on. Even if you shoot instant film, there’s still a Je Ne Sais Quoi about that moment that enhances the experience.

Here are a few of our favorite film emulsions

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How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens for You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look you are attempting to produce.

Do you want to know how to choose the right portrait lens? Perfect, this post is for you. Let’s have a look at some of the key considerations before making your portrait lens selection. Continue reading…

Why I Think We All Need to Stop Caring About DXOScores and Lab Tests

Before I get very deeply into this piece, this post isn’t a personal attack on DXOMark, DPReview, Imaging Resource, or any of the sites that do some sort of lab testing. They run a legitimate business that in some ways puts camera and lens testing into a format that is mathematically easier for lots of people to determine for themselves. But if you’re a photographer who has been working in this industry for a while and has developed a set of skills that allows you to create beautiful photos no matter what piece of gear you’re using, then it technically won’t matter if you’re using a Canon 5D Mk II or a Sony a9 as long as you can think creatively and capture or create a jaw dropping photo.

And with that statement I will begin my very pointed opinion.

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The Basics: How to Choose Your First DSLR in 2017

Want to know how to choose your first DSLR? Don’t. Mirrorless is where it’s at; read our mirrorless post. But if you really, honestly insist on going the DSLR route as your first interchangeable lens camera – this is the post for you.

The DSLR, and the SLR before it, have long been the gold standard of the general photography industry. These cameras work by placing a mirror between your lens and your sensor, bouncing the image up into a prism and into the viewfinder so you can see what you are shooting. This was a huge advantage over other camera tech back in the day, though nowadays with quality electronic viewfinders in mirrorless cameras the benefits of this are less drastic.

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The Basics: How to Choose the Right Nifty 50mm Lens for Your Camera

“What should I upgrade to after my kit lens?” This may have been a question you have asked recently, and if so, chances are that one of the popular answers given to you was a 50mm or Nifty Fifty. The reason for this is that you can get a fast lens with good image quality for cheap, and 50mm is a versatile focal length too, so it’s nifty. But as with all things, there are options to consider. So if you are wondering how to choose the right Nifty 50mm for you, you’ve come to the right place.

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P for Professional: What I Learned From Shooting in Program Auto

P for Professional: that’s the mantra that has been preached by photographer after photographer simply to make fun of the idea. It’s been taken so seriously that the Home Shopping Network has said it at times with complete seriousness. Though amongst the millions of us, we tend to know better. This saying is often connotated with the idea that a person shooting in P mode can’t shoot in manual mode. But looking at loads of photographers out there, a whole lot of them shoot in aperture priority or shutter priority which more or less also automates the process. The idea of shooting in P, or Program Auto, is blasphemy to so many photographers out there as a result of the photography industry’s years of marketing and ideals.

So at a certain point in time while reviewing the Canon 77D, I thought to myself that maybe I should give it a shot. In 11 years of shooting photos, I’ve honestly never used the P mode until very recently.

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