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Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

Here on the site, we consistently talk about how shooting manual is key. The truth is that for many photographers that are still growing their chops, yes–it surely is key. These photographers should spend a year or more shooting exclusively in manual mode. But for a moment, we’re going to be incredibly real here.

Not every single situation calls for you to shoot in manual mode and not a single person in the world is going to look at a photo and say, “I hate this image. You know why? Because this idiot didn’t shoot it in manual mode like a true pro.”

The absolute complete truth is that the metering of many cameras these days is good enough (providing you use spot metering) to give you the results that you want providing you use the right spot. But in addition to that, Aperture and Shutter priority are just fine and can help you to ensure that you actually get the shot in the right situation. Shooting street photography? Why not give Aperture priority a go? Sports shooters often use shutter priority to ensure that they can get the Quarterback making that special throw or that incredible tackle.

So when do you need manual mode? If you specifically have a creative vision that needs you to have a specific amount of movement in the scene, a specific depth of field, a specific ISO, or if you’re using a flash. When a flash is added into the equation, you’ve got something totally different happening.

Overall the most important thing is that you need to get the photo. At the end of the day what someone cares about the most is that you have an interesting image. No one cares if you use manual mode, they want to be visually stimulated.

If the mode is there, use it as an available tool to you to help you create a better image.

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One of the biggest problems with carrying a tripod around is that it can sometimes feel like you’re carrying around way more than just your camera and lenses. Whether you’re traveling or just not in the mood to lug around something massive, you’ll want something that can slip into your camera bag and get the job done. Fortunately, there are lots of great options for photographers out there that need a tripod in instances like these.

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All images by David McKay. Used with permission.

When it comes to conversion projects, one of the most common ones that we all see are transforming a camera into a Polaroid shooting version. But photographer David McKay did the opposite and instead converted a Polaroid camera to shoot 4×5 images. Inspired by the work of previously featured Lucus Landers, David was originally put off at purchasing a large format camera but when he heard about the DIY approach, he decided to give it a shot.

The results so far haven’t disappointed us.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (5 of 9)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.5

Every photographer starts out brand new–fresh from the egg and just opening their eyes and not knowing a whole lot. And every photographer needs to do exploring, experimentation and overall has to go on a journey of self discovery to find where they fit in in the world of art. But getting there can be very tough and you’re bound to experience ups and downs as wells as the crazy and the surreal. Unfortunately too, some of us may just lose the spark.

But here’s how you can start to find your way as a photographer

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All images by Marius Vieth. Used with permission

Photographer Marius Vieth is a 26 year old German fine art photographer with a focus on street photography. He travels around the world and is a multi-award winning photographer who on the site is writing a book about street photography, finding your creative soul and how to live as an artist.

“My art revolves around the human element in an urban world. In the heart of the city hustle from New York to Seoul I give unique everyday characters the stage they deserve. Sometimes in poetic infatuation or deep admiration, sometimes in mystic surrealism.” Marius tells the Phoblographer. “Whether in vivid colors or distinct black and white, all art works unites a clear, distinctive style: gentle, bold and intense.”

So when we stumbled upon his Neo Noir photo series, we were very amazed. Inspired by the Film Noir world and the many movies that he’s seen, Marius talked to us about Neo Noir.

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Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post that was originally published and written by Marius Vieth. It is being republished here with permission.

Although this article is not the easiest one to write, I just need to get this off my chest. In case you haven’t noticed, street photography means the world to me. I pour all my heart and soul into it and to be honest, just like you I couldn’t imagine living without it anymore. If something or someone has a special place in your heart, you are willing to go out of your way and speak out inconvenient truths that may or may not offend certain people. Whether you may fully agree with what I’m saying or can’t believe that I have the audacity to do so, I’m only saying this, because I deeply care.

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