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Admittedly, when I look at great work, I’m curious not just about the circumstances that led to the images, but also about the technical choices the photographer made. This data isn’t always readily available, but the folks from In My Bag, a photography magazine, have been working to make that information available with a couple of button clicks.

Dubbed Kit Wars, possibly a nod to the time-killing Kitten War, the database prompts you to choose level (Amateur, Pro, Part-time pro, Guru/Educator), Style (too many to list) and Country. Should your combination yield results, you’ll see the photographer’s gear, a sample of their work and influences. Or, you can check off photographers from a master grid and Compare them to see what’s in their respective bags. It could prove useful to folks who are trying to figure out what gear to get or who are just curious.  You can also use Gear Head to search by brand and Talents to search for photographers by genre.

In My Bag is also asking photographers to submit their kits to the database in order to build out. All submissions also count towards a competition in which you can win equipment from Elinchrom. The whole operation is in beta, and doesn’t feel all that streamlined. Photographers can also submit images of the gear, but for whatever reason, the gear images look far too low res to be intelligible.

Despite the kinks, the site looks promising. Go ahead and give it a spin.

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Cityscapes in many ways are similar to landscapes, but instead can combine lots of geometrical shapes and can be a bigger problem when it comes to contrast–or at least that’s what a typical landscape photographer would say. In fact, the key to better cityscapes has to do with embracing the cities for what they are. Instead of worrying about the technical details, just go out there and shoot. Part of it comes from instinct, another part from just how captivating a scene can be, and the other part is knowing how to translate that captivation into images that make others feel the same way that you did.

In essence, it’s more than just capturing the moment. It’s about making someone feel like they’re in the moment.

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Editor’s Note: this is a syndicated blog post from Marius Vieth. It and the images in the post are being republished with permission.

GAS, also known as Gear Acquisition Syndrome, is very common among photographers. It simply means that you just can’t get enough new lenses, equipment and upgrade your cam as soon as possible in order to have more options and – according to the seemingly prevalent opinion – become better. But have you ever thought about the opposite side of this imaginary disease – the Gear Avoidance Syndrome? A syndrome that might even be good for you and your photography. And your wallet.

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With WPPI 2015 on the brink of starting up very soon, we’ve been busy scouring the web for the best in the business when it comes to wedding and portrait photography. We’ve also worked on curating and creating lots of tips and tutorials to help you get your start or help you get even further along in the photo world.

But we’re not only talking about gear: part of being a photographer is also having people skills. And as many of the photographers that we’ve interviewed will tell you, it’s pretty much everything. Here’s our giant roundup of Portrait and Wedding Tips.

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One of the best tools that every photographer can always look back on are eBooks. And in the case of Shaun Hines, he’s back again with a brand new eBook for street photographers. The author of Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box has decided to make his talents much more specialized and in a very bite sized package. In fact, we’re talking about two chapters and a very rudimentary introduction to street photography.

A Street Photographer’s Notebook is short introduction to the art of street photography that doesn’t spend too much time getting its rocks off on gear–instead it focuses on the thought process from a very personal view.

And like many personal views, we don’t agree with all of it.

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Put a camera in front of a street photographer in a given situation, and they will use it based off of the camera and lens’s specific strengths and characteristics. Yes, gear is cool–and it can help you get specific and specialized images, but it isn’t the end all be all for street photography. The most important part of taking a picture is the photographer that composes, frames, and manipulates the images to get a specific look. However, street photographers for some odd reason love to chat about gear and how amazing it is.

Yes, gear is cool. But not many people can tell which image was taken with a Leica or a Fujifilm camera. The debating back and forth along with the gearhounding is unnecessary. If I were to tell you straight up what the best camera for street photography is I would probably say the iPhone and Nexus 5. Why? Because they’re always available, have entire scenes in focus, deliver images that can easily be manipulated in a whole number of ways, and there are people who shoot with them that make their living or supplementary income from them.

With this said, there are loads and loads of street photographers that don’t accept or validate the work of many mobile shooters.

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