Understanding the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Medium Format Mentality

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It’s no secret: lots of photographers are drooling over the idea of shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera. The idea of owning something bigger than full frame 35mm (though not even the size of true digital 645) is something that is bound to attract a whole lot of photographers. Then consider the fact that everyone and their mother is a photographer these days. Everyone will want a medium format camera because they’re becoming more and more affordable. Though for what it’s worth, I’m very positive that not everyone understands medium format.

In fact, you may honestly want to stick with 35mm, APS-C, or even Four Thirds.

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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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Those Cool Medium Format Viewfinder Photos: Not as Simple as You’d Think

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Everyone loves looking at all those really cool photos and videos showing off exactly what a medium format viewfinder of some sort shows off. For the most part though, they’re a lot harder than you’d think to pull off effectively. Many photographers simply tend to use Photoshop or Lightroom to brighten up that specific area that you see within the viewfinder. Part of this has to do with the lighting in the area and another part has to do with just what type of camera you’re using.

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Chase Jarvis on Getting Work with No Experience

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Check out this informative video from photographer Chase Jarvis giving advice on how to get work with no experience. Jarvis opens by suggesting being around the kind of work you want do. For example, assisting on photo shoots, sweeping floors, going to meet ups, or whatever you have to do in order to be around the community that creates the type of work you want to pursue. Additionally he stresses how important investing your own time and money into your work is in order to create “proof points” (evidence and examples that support a claim you make about your product and/or service). Continue reading…

The Return of Spot Color Black and White Photos on Instagram

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For many, many years photographers hated the spot color look. Spot color, for those of you who haven’t been into photography for more than maybe five years, is when a black and white photo is created but only a specific single color is kept. The problem is if that color was spread through the entire scene in some way or another, it wouldn’t be as effective. These days on Instagram, lots of photographers do it VERY effectively so much so that it’s a trend again. The technology and the artists have become better and typically use the color in the scene to help draw the viewer’s eyes into a specific part of the scene.

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Elena Helfrecht’s Expressive Surreal Portraiture Speaks Volumes (NSFW)

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All images by Elena Helfrecht. Used with permission.

“I think photography works so good as an outlet for me now that it has a big part in my victory against self harm and self destructional behavior.” says Elena Helfrecht, who describes herself as a 24 year old fine art photographer based in Berlin, Germany. “I have not hurt myself since many years now.” Her work was shown this year at the Berlin Unframed Festival, Turin The Others Art Fair, and Bruxelles Off Course Art Fair.

“With my photography I uncover the human psyche through the body.” she describes about her work. “I like to consider skin and bones to be books we can read in. Often I work with concepts to illustrate certain emotions and states of minds, my camera is therefore my instrument to tell stories that words cannot grasp.” In fact, Elena got started with self portraiture, and then went on to capture what she believes to be the human essence.

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