An Introduction to Understanding Portrait Photography in Medium Format

If you’re a photographer who has thought about getting into the medium format world, then congratulations: you’re ready to step up into the next level of creating better portraits. You see, medium format photography often forces photographers to think in a different way simply because the format is so much larger than traditional digital and film photography formats. Artistically speaking things can change. But more importantly, things change technically.

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Using a Modified Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Camera (And More) For Fantastic Portraits

All images by Notches. Used with permission.

As I’m going through submissions for the upcoming Analog photography zine by the Phoblographer, I’m pooling through well over 400 emails. Some of them are positively fantastic, and some others aren’t quite zine quality but they’re still very good. For example, take the photographer who calls themselves Notches. Why? I’m not honestly sure. But part of the unique look that Notches develops in their images comes from the more manual instant film camera options out there. One of which is a modified Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 offered by Camera Film Photo. This lets the user have full shutter speed and aperture control.

But more than that, there’s a sense of wanderlust in Notches’ images.

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What is an Instagram Pod: A Look at Secret Groups Within Instagram

You’ve probably heard about what an Instagram pod is, but there’s also a high probability that you haven’t. Let’s suss the situation around a bit: Instagram, who answers to the Facebook overlords, has been using the company’s algorithm in your news feed recently to change what you see and interact with in regards to stories and the standard photos/videos sent through. In effect, what that means is the work you’re trying to put out there could really be great, but simply isn’t working out due to how this algorithm works. Instead, it’s all based on engagement and even more laser tuned into the old adage in photography “It’s more about who you know than what you know.”

Networking, you know: basics of the art industry 101.

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Making the Most of the Fujifilm X Series System for Portraiture

Arguably, Fujifilm’s camera system is one that delivers images and an experience closest to old school film–which means it’s more than adequate for shooting portraits. In fact, it’s one of the most popular subject matters to shoot amongst the Fujifilm X series community of photographers. With a variety of lenses, film emulsion simulations, and cameras at your disposal, it’s incredibly simple to take a great portrait. What the system is surely missing though is a great third party flash solution.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best things about the system for portrait photographers.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Tamron Prime Lenses

In our years of reviewing lenses, we’ve reviewed a lot of prime lenses–including every prime lens offering from Tamron. The company has worked on revamping their lineup for the past few years the same way other lens manufacturers also have. But the biggest difference here is that Tamron offers great image quality, autofocus, weather sealing, and does all this at a really amazingly affordable price point.

So we’ve gone through our reviews index to sort together all of our Tamron lens reviews and help you figure out what’s best for you.

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How Daylight White Balance Can Make You a Better Photographer

For the past year or so, I’ve been doing a special experiment with the way I shoot photos: I’ve been working almost exclusively with daylight white balance. Crazy, right? Especially when these days the auto white balance setting seems to do such a great job. Plus, when you consider how easy post-production is these days, it almost makes no sense. But indeed it does. Shooting a bit more restrained lets you think in a different way.

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Review: Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

One of the lenses that the Sony FE system has been lacking for a while is a proper 135mm lens offering; but today Zeiss is solving that with the Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis offering. Like many of the other Batis lenses out there, it’s a lens that is characterized with an almost clinically smooth body, weather sealing and the company’s very unconventional LCD info screen on top of the lens. It’s truly designed from the ground up for digital. Being a 135mm focal length, it’s going to surely find itself in the hands of portrait and headshot photographers who shoot with Sony cameras. In fact, along with the Sony 85mm f1.8 and G Master lens offerings, I consider the 135mm f2.8 to be a nearly perfect portrait lens offering.

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