Concert Photography: Nailing the Autofocus in Dark Venues

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Getting the photos you really care about at a concert can be an ordeal if you’re in a dark venue. Just naturally, most concerts are in dark venues and the lighting there can make it difficult for a camera’s sensor to be able to focus due to it changing so quickly. Years ago, many photographers used to use the zone focusing method, and that’s still an option if you want. However, if you don’t want to manually focus your lens, then try these tips to ensure that you’ve always got the image perfectly captured.

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Those Awesome $200 Olympus Savings Set To End Today| Cheap Photo Daily

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Today’s update is just a friendly reminder for all of you Olympus and Micro Four Thirds shooters out there who have been putting off those killer Olympus savings. It’s the last chance to get in on these deals, so if you have any interest at all in any of these crazy $200 or $100 off deals then make sure to check out the listing and jump on it before they are gone forever. Here are several of the biggest of note:

  1. Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 (Save $200) – Deal
  2. Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO (Save $200) – Deal
  3. Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 PRO (Save $200) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

Today’s update continues after the jump…

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How to Avoid Confrontation When Doing Street Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC mirrorless extra sample photos (38 of 46)ISO 1001-500 sec at f - 1.4

When doing street photography, no photographer wants to get into any sort of confrontation. Though what you’re doing isn’t illegal by taking pictures of someone in public, it can offend or creep someone out. That’s easy to do too!

You should be aware that every photographer will get into a confrontation at one point or another–for some it rarely happens and for others it happens often. But there are ways you can avoid it.

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Vintage Camera Review: Hexar AF

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Few cameras will make a photographer’s mouth water like the Hexar AF. When it comes to some of the best point and shoot cameras that use 35mm film, it’s tough to get anything better (though there arguably are other options.) The Hexar AF is often said to be one of the best available for street photographers and has a fixed 35mm f2 lens stated to be a copy of a Leica Summicron. Everything about it is designed to be low profile.

The design of this camera is so good that it can be seen in many today–with it likeness most prominently compared to the Fujifilm x100 series of cameras. If you’re a street photographer, there’s a lot that you’ll like about this camera. In fact, even if you just want a fixed lens point and shoot, you’ll adore this camera. At the same time, there are things that could drive you a bit nuts if you crave more full control.

All film was generously processed by the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. 

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Cityscape Photography: Composition, Gear and the Application

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All images and text by Bryan Minear. Used with permission.

When it comes to cityscape photography, I truly believe that every city has a unique “soul” to it that you have to find and visualize. Let’s begin by talking about your mindset when approaching a new city. Sometimes it takes a little time to acclimate to a certain place in order to really get the “vibe”.

For example, I have been to Chicago about 10 times now. But it wasn’t until my 3rd or 4th trip that I really started to mesh with the city and shoot the kind of photos that were portfolio-worthy. The same can be said for NYC, which is wildly different than Chicago. I still absolutely love looking back at photos from my first or second trip there, but it wasn’t until later trips that I found my groove. All in all, just do what you can when you are visiting a place. When I vacationed to London, I only had four days before we were on our way to Florence and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to just come back to shoot anytime that I wanted. So I had to do the very best that I could in the time that I had.

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Mario Palufi: Capturing Beautiful Moments in the Streets of Sydney

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All images by Mario Palufi. Used with permission.

Mario Palufi is a 22 year old photographer from Indonesia living in Sydney. He’s a street photographer and absolutely loves the medium due to the inspiration he’s gained while shooting. He works light with minimal gear and instead focuses a lot on geometry and colors.

But most amazingly, he’s found great ways to deal with angry people on the streets.


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Red Bull Illume Announces New Photo Contest for US Mobile Phone Photographers


Mobile phone image by photographer Toby Caughron. © Toby Caughron / Red Bull Illume

Today, Red Bull is announcing a brand new contest for their famous Illume contest. For the first time, they’re holding one specifically for smartphone camera users. The contest is giving those that use their phones extensively a chance to have their images join the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour as it makes its way across the US. The winner’s photo will be displayed on a special light box that will travel around the US in the tour.

Submissions are open today and end August 14th, 2016. When the submissions are closed, a number of judges will choose their favorite images.

The Red Bull Illume ceremony will take place on September 28, 2016 at The Art Institute of Chicago, and at that ceremony the Top 55 finalists, 11 Category Winners, and one Overall Winner will be announced. The images will be displayed at Millennium Park on custom 6.4 w x 6.9 h ft. light boxes for the very first stop of the 2016 Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour.

For contest rules and details, please visit the contest page.