Jordan Matter Shows You How to Create Portraits Right Outside Your Home

Lead image by Chris Gampat.

Shutterbug and photographer Jordan Matter are at it again with a new Portrait Tutorial video showcasing tips for photographers who are just starting out in portraiture. While some photographers simply don’t know how to work with people; other photographer are just challenged by finding better locations to begin with. But Jordan shows you how to make the most of something random and all around you.

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Here’s How the Stacked CMOS Sensor in the New Sony a9 Works

If you haven’t known already, the stacked CMOS sensor in the new Sony a9 flagship camera isn’t exactly all brand new. Indeed, it’s the first time Sony has done it with a full frame sensor and released it to the public. But the technology has been used in phones and many other sensors in the past. The Sony a9 has a full frame 35mm sized 24MP stacked CMOS sensor at the heart of the camera and the way it operates is crucial to the overall functionality of the camera.

We talked to Sony’s Mark Weir about how the sensor works and he explained how it differs from conventional CMOS sensors.

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Street Photography Tutorial: How Street Photographer Jonathan Higbee Works a Scene

Recently, we teamed up with photographer Jonathan Higbee for a free, one hour Facebook Live Street Photography Tutorial on how he works a scene when it comes to street photography. During the session, we answered questions live and Jon also talked about the way he specifically works vs what many other photographers do most of the time.

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Photographer Steven Klein’s Work Is Showcased in This Interactive, Trippy Video by The Macallan

The Macallan collaborated recently with legendary photographer Steven Klein in their 6th Masters of Photography edition of Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The brand has previously worked with Annie Leibowitz, Elliott Erwitt, and Mario Testino; but what’s perhaps most incredible about this particular collaboration is the announcement’s interactive video–which admittedly, I recommend viewing from a desktop for the best experience.

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Review: Fujifilm GFX 50S Mirrorless Medium Format Digital Camera

For years and years, a lot of us have been drooling over the idea of mirrorless medium format digital cameras, and the Fujifilm GFX 50S is one of the first offerings to make it onto the scene. Fujifilm opted to take the same route that Leica, Pentax and Hasselblad have done with a sensor built into a body vs the more traditional SLR styles of Phase One and some of Hasselblad’s lineup. The Fujifilm GFX 50s (price) you’d think would be targeted at the photographer who needs that kind of resolution, but instead it’s aimed at the photographer who typically uses a Canon 1Dx Mk II or Nikon D5 type of camera. Essentially, the highest end of the highest end. Weddings? Yup, this is for that. Sports? Well, that’s where Fujifilm starts to hit a wall.

However, the camera is an alternative option: opting instead for better resolution and a larger sensor in the same way that wedding photographers years ago reached for 645 medium format film cameras.

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Using a Single Speedlight to Make a Stick of Old Spice Look Interesting

Screenshot taken from the video.

For every photographer who has ever been afraid of flash photography, we’ve got a special treat for you. Photographer Dustin Dolby created a fantastic video on how he used a single speedlight to create a magazine quality photo of Old Spice. In the video, he takes viewers through his mistakes just to see what the light does to each scene. Dustin moves the light from one place to another, uses a softbox, adds reflectors, etc. He successfully shows off what lighting in the right place can do for a photo.

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Video: Watch 47 Minutes on the History of Fujifilm

Fujifilm, when you really think about it, is one of the photo companies that has weathered one hell of a storm. Along with the likes of Canon, Olympus, Leica and Nikon, they’re still a company that is an independent camera manufacturers and wasn’t owned by a larger entity of any sort in their evolution. In terms of the photo world they went from being a major producer of film, to then transitioning into digital (sort of well) and then very well into mirrorless digital. But at the same time, one probably can make a big argument that they’re the largest of the big photo companies considering Instax sales.

Earlier this year, Inside the Storm profiled the company’s history over a special 47 minute episode.

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