4 Fixed Lens Cameras You Can Actually Use As Your Primary Shooter

It’s easy for those of us with interchangeable lens cameras to look at fixed lens cameras with a bit of a scoff as we think to ourselves about how limiting and basic they are. It is true, for a long time fixed lens cameras were very much a staple of the consumer, and therefor less advanced, segment of the camera market. But for a while now there have been some great fixed lens offerings from several manufacturers which offer incredible performance in a small, and portable package.

These are cameras that can produce exceptional, professional quality images, with their only downside (if you see it as one) being their limitation to a single focal length and field of view. If you are someone who constantly changes lenses, or is constantly zooming, a camera like this may not be for you. But if you find yourself utilizing the same lens for long portions of a shoot, and that look happens to be covered by a fixed-lens camera we mention below, then you may just want to pay attention, because these are some killer cameras. Continue reading…

Portrait Photographers: Portraiture is About A Lot More Than Just the Eyes

When you’re starting out as a portrait photographer, everyone teaches you all about the eyes. “Get them in focus!” “Make it the most in focus and strongest part of the image!” That’s what they say; and after years of shooting portraits, that’s what every photographer will continue to tell everyone else. “They’re the windows to the soul,” everyone says. But after years of shooting portraits, I’ve said before that the eyes aren’t honestly always that important unless you’re shooting very close up. If the eyes are a big part of the photo, then yes–indeed they are important because of how humans always make eye contact.

And then you remember there are a lot of people who don’t always make eye contact–and that body language is sometimes a million times more important.

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A Prime Dilemma: 50mm vs 85mm Lenses And How to Choose

Popular lens upgrades for photographers who prefer primes to zooms, the 50mm and 85mm focal lengths are among the most popular in use today. But which one should you go with if you had to choose just one for your next lens purchase?

50mm is a common answer when anyone asks about what lens they should buy next. This is in part because fast 50mm lenses are incredibly affordable (when compared to other primes lenses) and in part because they are incredibly versatile, being able to thrive in many shooting situations ranging from street photography to portraits.

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A Final, Heartbroken Goodbye to Fujifilm FP 100-C Instant Film

For years, I’ve been in love with Fujifilm 100-C peel apart film. It’s beautiful; or at least it was beautiful. As many photographers know, it’s been discontinued though there are talks from third parties about bringing it back. And as a younger photographer who started casually in film, got serious in digital, then very serious in film again, what personally breaks my heart so much is that I discovered (way too late) the absolute fun and extended magic of working not only with the film’s positive photos but also the negatives.

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These Are Photographic Film’s Worst Enemies (7 Common Film Issues)

This is a syndicated blog post from CineStill and the Brothers Wright. It and the images here are being used with permission.

“Here today, gone tomorrow…”

– a predominant theme in the modern digital world around us. The greatest appeal of photography is the ability to capture that fleeting moment. To lock it, in true permanence, with the swift and sure click of a shutter. But as with all things ones and zeros, digital photography is by nature immaterial. Film photography, on the other hand, is a physical process with immutable results.

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Creating a Photography Blog Dedicated to Featuring Fantastic Women Photographers

All images by Nicole Struppert. Used with permission.

Photographer Nicole Struppert is not only a photographer, but also the Editor of the Women in Photography blog. She’s been running it for a fair amount of time now, and continues to update it and profile the work of fantastic women photographers. On a more personal basis, Nicole and I have been friends for a while and I’ve been working with her to help build the site. We feature a lot of photographers here, but not a whole lot of bloggers. And in a situation like this, I find what Nicole is doing to be particularly interesting.

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Field Report: 24 Hours with the Ricoh GR II Shooting Candids

Every photographer romanticizes in one way or another years on down the line about a camera they’ve used and loved. For many of us, it’s their first camera. When photographers speak about said camera, they’re describing the equivalent of a sensory experience of sorts. In many ways, when you talk to the photographer about the experience, it’s often a poetic wax of some sort to a more nostalgic time in their lives. For some photographers, that camera is and will be the Ricoh GR II.

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An Inquiry into Digital vs Film – Featuring the M10 vs M9 vs M6

This is a syndicated blog post from Horatio Tan, Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with an exclusive permission statement.

Modern digital photography gets a bad rap, when it comes to the way we assess the character of digital capture. We think it’s without character.

The problem with digital photography is the uniformity of rendering. But it is understandable why this is the case. In reproducing reality, camera manufacturers endeavor to produce optics and sensors that would optimize capture as close to real life as possible. That has become the yardstick of achievement. That is why digital photography looks more or less the same across different systems.

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