Review: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

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Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.

This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..

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Travis Tank: Heavy Metal Rocker to Full Time Photographer


All images by Travis Tank. Used with permission.

Austin, Tx based Photographer Travis Tank is one of the most candid and real wedding photographers that I’ve had the pleasure of talking to in a while. Travis’s story is a fascinating one that begins with him as a heavy metal kid in high school. Like all lovey dovey romantic stories, he met a girl; and she didn’t want to date a loser. Despite his not wanting to, Travis went to college, hated it, and started to work in photography. He liked it, and he kept at it.

He married that woman, and now they’ve got a wedding business, kids, clients, and almost no time to try to have a family life. It’s tough, but somehow they make it happen.

Travis’s story is quite an inspiring one.


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These Tricks Made Me a Better Photo Editor

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As a photographer who cut his teeth on large format film, I have always tried to “Get it right in camera” and carried this mantra over to my digital photographs. With the popularity of HDR, VSCO presets, and plenty of other trends, I generally lean towards the safe side of editing. In many ways, I am a traditionalist, and until recently I haven’t been interested in altering my workflow or style. Over the past few years I have been added to a variety of Facebook Groups both locally focused (NJ/NY) and larger (like VSCO Users.) The images that started showing up on my timeline inspired me to rethink my philosophy and approach to editing. All of the awesome photographs showing up in my feed made me feel a little bummed about my “boring” work. I decided to take a crack at revisiting some of my older wedding photographs, to see if I could improve them.

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Bryan Minear: On Mobile Photography and Landscapes

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All images by Bryan Minear. Used with permission.

Photographer Bryan Minear loves using his iPhone just as much as he loves his Fujifilm cameras. He is an Ohio-born photographer and designer currently based in Detroit. A professional since 2007, he’s had his hands in nearly every form of photography. “…it wasn’t until recently limiting myself to only shooting stuff that I care about (weddings, landscape, and architecture) that it has really blossomed for me both as a business and as an art form.” says Bryan in his initial pitch email.

Since earlier this year, he’s been using Instagram to create at least one photo a day. This includes not only shooting but editing and sharing older photos. He’s currently working on a portrait series that he is calling #HoldStillTheSkyIsCrazy where he uses the Average Camera Pro App on the iPhone to take dynamic portraits with crazy sky movement. “Something that was inspired by my love of ND filters and long exposure daytime shots.”


Bryan has had a love of photography since his youngest days, and today he uses his Instagram to show off lots of his work. Much of that work that you may be captivated by are his landscapes.

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Creating the Look of Golden Hour Using Profoto B1 Strobes

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Why wait for the Golden Hour when you can create it? That’s part of the idea behind a new Profoto video tutorial featuring Pye from SLR Lounge. Pye discusses how at a recent wedding he shot, it was impossible to shoot during the Golden Hour because of events running behind. However, the bride really wanted a portrait session during that time.

So what he ended up doing is quite brilliant.

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FotoSwipe Lets You and Your Friends Share Images Between Phones

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While some of us just use email, dropbox, Google Drive, or other apps, a new mobile phone app for sharing images peer to peer style between mobile devices is hitting the market today. It’s called FotoSwipe. and it emphasizes a drag and drop feature to share images from one device to another. To do this, “the app uses one-time and time sensitive proximity codes and location-based technology to help ease the fear of personal photos landing in the wrong hands.” according to the press release.

The company claims that users can share unlimited photos or videos just by swiping without having to worry about security. To do this, your photos are protected by a time-sensitive proximity key for users who don’t swipe to receive within 15 secs. Multiple user sharing is also possible with a one-time social sharing code.

Hey, at least now you have less of a reason to screenshot on Snapchat, right? For the more professional photographer amongst us, Fotoswipe could be a cool way to share images and moments at a party or wedding. That way, you don’t need to flood Instagram with the hashtag #omgbestweddingevaaaaarrrrr

Both iOS and Android users will be able to download it today. The intro video is after the jump.

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The Painterly Surreal Portraits of TJ Drysdale


All images by TJ Drysdale. Used with permission.

“My first wedding gig ever was for a super rich couple who spent tons of money on their wedding. They hired me as their photographer, and I charged them a grand total of $300 for the entire thing.” says photographer TJ Drysdale— who is a portrait photographer based in Tampa, Florida. His work uses all natural light, and he portrays slices of time where the subject is searching for something, be it physical, spiritual, or otherwise. He’s been featured in many publications for what has been called a “romantic, graceful, and understated style.”

TJ has been shooting for many years now, and we talked to him about his sources of inspiration and how he built his career.

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The Essential Sense of Self Awareness as a Photographer

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You, yes you, have a specialty as a photographer. Maybe you’re an incredible landscape photographer that can make someone’s jaws drop wide open. On the other hand, you could be a great portrait photographer who not only creates beautiful portraits but also makes people feel great about themselves afterwards. But no matter what you do, you have a specialization.

You, yes you, as a photographer can’t do everything. Maybe you’re good at shooting portraits, candids, weddings and other photojournalistic stuff, but you’ve got an inherent weakness unless you’ve been doing this for well over 35 years. Even then, you probably can’t do everything.

So when someone asks you to shoot their wedding but you’re really a specialist in landscapes, why would you say yes?

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