It’s pretty darn clear that film photography is coming back into fashion despite what haters may say. This goes hand in hand with photographers of all types trying to find a way through all the Instagram algorithms. It’s a rough world out there, but there is surely something to be said about producing good quality content consistently along with hashtagging just right and creating an inspirational message for your devoted followers. So if you’re looking to figure out the latest and greatest way to cut through all the fluff on Instagram, just note that it has everything to do with creating quality content. For those of you who suck at content, here are some tips.
Portraiture and gaming the system on Instagram isn’t always so simple. In fact, it’s pretty difficult. But photographers have been trying to cut through all the noise as best as they can for as long as the platform has been around. Getting better photos for Instagram starts in-camera, then with the editing process, and then with creating better content overall on the platform. So here’s what you should know.
All images and text by Debmalya Sinha. Used with permission.
My name is Debmalya Sinha and I’m a personal documentary photographer. As Martin Parr once said, “Unless there’s some vulnerability there, I don’t think you’re going to get good photographs”; I started looking for my vulnerabilities inside my otherwise easy and mostly satisfying life and quickly found out one can find pain even in the intense orgasms inside the most loving embraces of life if one is looking for it. Emptiness and fear became central to my photographs and my life during this period. A downward spiral of self inflicted sufferings later, I slowly realised that crisis is not only about pain and suffering. Simultaneous joy of an ephemeral moment and the sadness as it floats away is a projection of vulnerability too and can be expressed together. This helped me start my current project “Mono No Aware” where I’ve explored emptiness and togetherness concurrently in a dreamlike fictional sequence. Here is a very short video of a subset of the pictures from the project.
We’ve known for years that Zeiss lenses are pretty pricey, but a rare Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is taking the cake in so many different ways–going for $15,200 on eBay. The lens is an offering from Zeiss that of course is hard to get your hands on and for many reasons is really coveted. But by today’s standards it’s probably really a foreign idea to lots of photographers. The lens is an M42 mount–which was popular back in the day. The M42 mount is a screw mount system that includes a number of really fantastic lenses. Zeiss, Schneider, Pentax and the likes of Vivitar amongst others made some really good lenses in that mount that even today really astound me. Lenses back then also had a particular character about them–with the Zeiss Jena offerings being made in East Germany.
Looking at specs one couldn’t help but notice that and X-Pro2 feature a lot in common. Both have Fuji’s new 24mp sensor, both are rangefinder inspired, both have hybrid optical and electronic viewfinders, and both have (or can have in the case of the X-Pro2 ) a 23mm F2 lens . So with all of this in mind one would not be that out of line to wonder which setup is the better option, and today we are here to answer that question.
All images and text by Pieter Symon. Used with permission.
I was attending the Louvre Museum party of France president elect Emmanuel Macron. It was a great evening and I tried to catch the spirit. The story I try to tell with these pictures is the story of mainly young French people, celebrating that Emmanuel Macron has been chosen president. Attending the event, people cheering and singing along with the national anthem, waving French and European flags, this felt like the celebration of a great victory, of a revolution. Against the background of the Louvre Museum, some of my shots make me think of this painting of French symbol Marianne (see here). That feeling, that is what I tried to capture.
The 24mm lens: it’s a classic focal length that for a very long time has been close to the hearts of many photographers. When I say many photographers, I’m really not kidding. There are great reasons why it’s the wide angle of a 24-70mm lens and there are great 24mm lenses on the market that are fairly compact and high quality. So if you’re getting into using a lens like this or considering it, check out these tips.
A couple of years ago, a company tried to create the SunDisc in order to change the way that we lit our photos. The SunDisc is a collapsible and portable softbox and reflector in one. It’s very versatile and lets you shoot with a gold or silver interior. We reported on it back in 2015, but it failed. Why? Maybe they were asking for too much money; but at least to me it seems like a really nice and no-brainer solution for many different types of photographers who use flash.