The Best External Hard Drives For Photographers (2017)

Photographers need technology, more so now than ever before in the history of the art, and in particular since the move to digital over a decade ago. Storage for our digital images has been a consistently growing need. It doesn’t matter if you process your images on a desktop or a laptop, eventually you will run out of space on the internal storage you have available and you will need to either transfer image files off your primary storage onto an external device or start to work from an external device. But what sort of drives should a photographer be considering?

If you have been wondering what sort of external drive you should get then look no further because today we will be providing you with some incredible options that will fit the needs of every photographer. Continue reading…

Samsung’s NXs is an Interchangeable Lens Selfie Stick

16235557282_06376baf13_o

Don’t count Samsung out of the camera/photography game just yet: today the company announced their latest entry into the NX series of cameras. It’s called the Samsung NXs–with the “s” moniker alluding to selfie sticks.

Despite the fact that a kitten dies every time that you use one, even I need to admit that the Samsung NXs is bound to appeal to the people who want DSLR (or mirrorless camera) quality with the ease of use that the Selfie Stick allows.

Continue reading…

Eight Fantastic 85mm Lenses for Portrait Photographers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (1 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

The 85mm lens–it’s a classic and one of the most popular focal lengths for portrait photographers. This focal length is highly valued for many reasons–but above all else it compresses the view of the portrait subject just enough to render them flattering while allowing the photographer to maintain a close, intimate proximity to the subject. Beyond this, everyone loves bokeh and focal lengths like this offer lots of it.

We’ve scoured our Reviews Index to find and compile some of our favorite 85mm lenses just for you and have also included sample images from each of our reviews.

Continue reading…

An Independent Analysis of Flickr’s Most Popular Tags

Flickr's Most Popular Tags

Flickr has evolved over the years. As a place that used to be for serious photographers, it still is in some ways but it has evolved into something much different to also appeal to the mobile photographer enthusiast community. Explore Flickr and you’ll find what remains of a couple of very hardcore groups as well as loads of random, but very good images. Then consider the fact that the most popular cameras in the community are Apple and Samsung phones. After this, you’ll find traditional DSLRs from Canon and Nikon then come Sony mobile phones. Then add in the variable of the community’s most popular tags.

So what does this mean for the community and how it has changed?

Continue reading…

The Best Mirrorless Camera Lenses for Photojournalists

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

Continue reading…