#MoreThanAnImage Highlights The Power Of Photography To Change Lives

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As photographers it can be easy to focus on the technical aspects of photography; the gear we use, the settings that are chosen. These are the easy parts of photography to distill down to something that can be reconstructed by another. But the real power of photography and our power as photographers is in our ability to tell stories, to capture moments, and heal others through the light we capture.

Wex Photographic recently put together three short films highlighting British photographers for their #MoreThanAnImage series. The purpose of the series is to emphasis and look at the power of photography as a tool for change and healing. Continue reading…

5 Fixed Lens Point And Shoot Cameras For Professional Photographers

Photographer: Anthony Thurston

As professional photographers we demand a lot from our cameras: we need manual controls and the ability to tweak the settings to our liking, at the same time though, lugging around our professional gear all the time can be a pain. Luckily for us, these days camera companies are making some pretty great fixed-lens point and shoot cameras that come with all those features that we need, but in a small, compact, and easy to carry everywhere size. It is the best of both worlds for when the thought of taking your 5D Mark IV or D810 makes you cringe.

Today we will be sharing some of our top picks for fixed-lens point and shoot cameras that give professional photographers the tools they need to be creative and capture images they can be proud of – even with our professional caps on.  Continue reading…

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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Photographer Joel Crane Wants to Create a Multi-Format Tintype Camera

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Australia based photographer and woodsmaker, Joel Crane, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his unique custom-built multi-format tintype camera. A fan of many different photography mediums including 35mm, medium, and large format, Crane is using his passion for older methods of photography to create a modern version of the classic tintype camera. Unique to crane’s model is a multi-format design with swappable backs allowing different size images to be created from 5 x 7 and up.  Continue reading…

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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New Book Wants to Document the History of Skateboarding through Portraits

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All images © Matt Kurtin. Taken from the Kickstarter.

Bay Area photographer, Matt Kurtin, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his upcoming book documenting the history of skateboarding. Working with one type of film, one lens, and one camera for the entire project, Kurtin seeks to showcase the skateboarding world in a more compassionate light than previously done before. After breaking his own ankle while skateboarding, Kurtin picked up a camera and photography quickly became an obsession. His current project will combine his two passions into a four part photo book. Continue reading…