The Sensor in The Sony A7R IV Is Outperformed by Its Older Sibling

The sensor in the Sony A7R IV has been through tough tests at DXOMARK, and it came through with flying colors.

If you’ve been thinking about buying the Sony A7R IV, but wanting to see the real-world reviews like the ones we do, as well as lab tests like the ones DXOMARK performs, then today is your lucky day. DXOMARK has announced that testing on the sensor found in Sony’s latest Megapixel monster is complete. Where does the Sony A7R IV land in their league table? Find out after the break. Continue reading…

5 Photographers Prove the Ricoh GR III Has Professional Performance

The pocket-sized Ricoh GR III may look like your average point and shoot. However, these five photographers show it offers so much more…

The Ricoh GR III continues the GR trend of revolutionizing the way people shoot street photography. How can such a small system pack so much power and impeccable image quality? We answered that question in our official review of the camera. In this piece, we want to go beyond the specs and focus on those using the GR III in the real world – and at a high standard. So we got comfy in our chair, made a cup of homebrew, and began trawling the internet for the best photography shot with the Ricoh GR III. We were not disappointed, and neither will you be.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: DSLR Terminology for Beginners

Still confused about the terms and phrases related to your new DSLR camera and photography itself? We have just the photography cheat sheet to help with that!

Whether you like it or not, taking photography seriously means learning a lot of technicalities and terminology that will help you better understand the tools and the process. In turn, you’ll be able to work with your gear more efficiently and take better photos. We know it can be overwhelming for beginners to memorize all of these at once, which is where these handy-dandy photography cheat sheets come in! For today, it’s all about the stuff related to DSLR photography.

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Cheap Photo: Learn the Art of Long Exposure Photography for Just $29

You can make dreamlike, surreal images with long exposure photography, and this guide will show you how.

Long exposure photography in itself is not very difficult to master; anyone can set a camera on a tripod and can slow the shutter speed down enough to cause some blur in the clouds or rushing water. But, do you know how to create captivating images that aren’t the same thing everyone else is creating? Can you create otherworldly long exposure images that tell a story? This new long exposure photography guide from Sharon Tenenbaum will teach you how to make images that will blow your mind and set you apart from the rest. The best part is that, for a limited time, you can pick up this tutorial for just $29. Join us after the break to find out more about this deal. Continue reading…

Three Excellent Sony Lenses You Can Use for Wildlife Photography

If you like capturing animals out in the wild with your Sony Camera, these are the lenses you need to use for wildlife photography.

Wildlife and birding photography are growing in popularity, and camera and lens manufacturers are taking note of this as they are releasing more cameras and more lenses that are suitable for these genres. Sony has made cameras with incredible tracking capabilities, and they have also made lenses available that lend themselves well to wildlife photography too. If you have a Sony camera, and you are in the market for a lens that will enable you to take wildlife images easily, this article is for you. After the break, we will share with you three of our favorite Sony lenses that are ideal for wildlife photography. Continue reading…

These Photographers Are Getting the Best Out of the Sony a7R IV

The Sony a7R IV promised big results, but at a cost. These photographers prove it’s worth every penny.

When the Sony a7R IV was announced in the summer of 2019, Sony lovers waited with anticipation to get their hands on the latest flagship model. Packed with a 61MP full-frame sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, and a ridiculously fast focusing system, the a7R IV certainly holds its place amongst the boys and girls. Eventually released this September (read our first impressions), Sony shooters have only had a couple of months to put the camera through its paces. But even in such a short amount of time, plenty of photographers have created quality images with Sony a7R IV. And because we’re so selfless and loving, instead of keeping all these great photographers to ourselves, we’re going to share the best of them with you.

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The New Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 Macro Lens Costs Only $429

Kenko Tokina just dropped their latest offering for Full Frame Canon and Nikon DSLR users looking for a versatile macro telephoto lens.

Japanese premium camera accessories manufacturer Kenko Tokina has just announced the release of the new Tokina atx-i 100mm f2.8 Macro FF lens, which promises unparalleled versatility for Full Frame Canon and Nikon DSLR users. If you’re looking for a macro lens that will provide close-focusing capabilities and life-sized reproduction, this could be a new option worth checking out.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Fun Christmas Party Photography Ideas

With Christmas parties just around the corner, we thought of sharing today’s photography cheat sheet so you can prepare early for the photography side of things!

Whether it’s for the office, in your home, or with your friends, Christmas parties make fun photo opportunities. They’re perfect for getting extra creative with props, backdrops, lights, and gizmos to get some unique Christmas photos. With today’s photography cheat sheet, we think everyone will surely have a merry good time taking pictures during Christmas parties!

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The New Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Will Cost $1,099 in December

Now that the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 has a price, you’ll know how long to shake the couch down for the extra pennies hiding under the cushions.

Last week Sigma announced they would be releasing a new 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art lens. While the press release was chock full of details and specs on the lens, the price and any potential release date were mysteriously missing. Following another announcement from Sigma today, this new lens won’t, in fact, be free and you’ll have to wait until December to get your hands on it. Join us after the break for pricing and release details. Continue reading…

3 Sigma Lenses That Will Make Your Next Wildlife Photography Trip Easier

If you love wildlife photography and the results from Sigma lenses, these three telephoto lenses will please you.

Sigma’s lenses have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years; they now produce some of the very best lenses on the market. Sigma is known for its prime lenses, but Sigma’s zoom lenses are equally as great. If you’re a wildlife photographer or you enjoy birding, and you haven’t looked at Sigma’s telephoto options, this roundup will clue you in on what they have to offer. After the break, we will take a quick look at three Sigma lenses ideal for all types of wildlife photography. Continue reading…

What Happens When You Give New Yorkers Their Street Photos?

Here’s an interesting social experiment that anyone who takes street photos might learn from.

For most people, street photography typically involves “taking” something from the scene and the people in it. But what happens when photographers give something back to the people they photograph — something as simple as the actual photos they took? Recently, this was the idea Brooklyn-based Josh Katz decided to put to the test as a social experiment. Of course, he was in one of the best spots to do this: bustling New York City, the quintessential street photographer’s playground.

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These Rare Snoopy Toy Cameras Are Perfect for Kids and Young at Heart

If you’re looking for something to get them young ones into shooting film, we think these rare Snoopy toy cameras will do the trick.

‘Start them young’, as the age-old wisdom goes, and with our rare vintage find, you will certainly get the young ones interested in shooting film. Two kinds of rare Snoopy toy cameras just popped up on our Etsy and eBay radar, and we thought to share them in case any of our readers are keen on getting their kids (or nieces or nephews) to be their film photo walk buddies. If that sounds like you, details are after the jump!

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Zac Henderson Explores Our Place in the Universe in “A Cosmic Perspective”

All photos by Zac Henderson. Used with Creative Commons permission.

For as long as mankind has been around, we’ve been gazing up at the heavens both in awe and in wonder of what could be out there in the vastness, far from our reach. The night sky fuels this curiosity even more, as it unveils to us all the celestial bodies that the daytime keeps hidden. Apart from astronomers, photographers like Zac Henderson continue looking up to observe, document, and explore our place in the universe. In fact, for his stellar set of landscape snaps, the Boulder, Colorado photographer and videographer was inspired by one of the ideas of the late astronomer, cosmologist, and science communicator Carl Sagan.

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Review: Canon EOS M6 Mk II (An Excellent Travel Camera)

Canon’s Color Science proves to be very lovely with the Canon EOS M6 Mk II.

The Canon EOS M6 Mk II is a small mirrorless camera with the most megapixels on an APS-C sensor on the market. Sharing the same sensor with the Canon EOS 90D, I was sort of skeptical of how it would perform. But in real-life testing, I was pleasantly surprised. This camera is targeted at the hobbyist and serious enthusiast. It’s going to shoot great photos. More importantly, you’re going to create fantastic pictures with it. And beyond that, I was also impressed at the JPEG quality. As a photographer that has been leaning more towards getting it right in camera, the Canon M6 Mk II gave me a whole lot to work with.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Settings for Various Shooting Situations

In need of some camera setting advice for your next practice? Today’s featured photography cheat sheet comes to the rescue!

It can be kind of confusing or even overwhelming to fiddle around with camera settings when you’re just starting out shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. You have to account for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and setting them based on the lighting condition and shooting situation. While you’re still mastering how the Exposure Triangle works, keep today’s photography cheat sheet close so you have something to refer to when you’re out and about shooting.

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Is Instagram the Best Medium for Sharing Creative Nude Photography? (NSFW)

When it comes to getting the word out about our work, Instagram remains the medium of choice.

We live in a tricky time. Creativity comes in many forms and approaches, yet for some reason, we are still averse to things like artful nudity. Art has explored the human body since we’ve come to have a more profound appreciation for it, yet today, even implied nudes are sometimes deemed lewd or inappropriate. Nudity in photography, no matter how tastefully done, is often either frowned upon or censored, especially on social media platforms. Photography seems to be the hardest hit because of its realistic nature. If you’ve ever posted portraits with nudity involved, chances are it’s been removed no matter how tasteful or creative the approach was. You’re not alone in this.

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New to Portrait Photography? Check Out These Affordable 50mm Primes

These incredibly affordable 50mm lenses are all you need to get started in the world of portrait photography. 

Photography is an incredible art to get involved with, but it can also be one of the most expensive. We are inundated by people and YouTube channels advising that you MUST use the most expensive lenses in order to be a pro or get pictures worth anything. This is simply not true. If you’re a photographer considering portrait photography, you’ll be pleased to know there are affordable 50mm lenses that create sharp images and produce all the bokeh you need. After the break, we have listed some of our favorite 50mm lenses for portrait photography that won’t make your wallet cry. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: The Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro Is Just $419 (Ends Today)

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This is a screaming hot deal on the Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro TTL (save $230).

If you’ve had your eye on the excellent Flashpoint XPLOR 400 Pro TTL, today is the day you need to pick one up. Adorama is having a one day deal on this 400ws rechargeable monolight. The XPLOR 400 Pro TTL usually costs $649, but for today only, you can pick one up for only $419! This is easily one of the hottest deals you will find on this side of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Join us after the break for more information about this incredible deal. Continue reading…

If It’s Real, the Leica M10 Monochrom Could Be Perfect for JPEGs

Slated to launch in 2020, the new Leica M10 Monochrom should delight cult followers.

As we know, Leica cameras have a cult following for a good reason. Leica cameras set the standard in the days of film with their gorgeous builds, ease of use, and the stunning images that could be created with them. Leica has continued this tradition as they have transitioned into the world of digital cameras. The original Leica M10 Monochrom was launched in 2015, and it sported an 18 Megapixel sensor that deliberately had the color filter array removed. The new Leica M10 Monochrom slated to hit shelves in 2020 is shaping up to be a megapixel monster that could end up being the best JPEG camera ever. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

Comparing 85mm vs 135mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

Choosing the right lens is crucial to portrait photography. But how exactly do you choose from the myriad of options out there? For now, let’s narrow it down to 85mm and 135mm.

Let’s say you’ve already mastered shooting portraits with your trusty 50mm lens and want to expand your skills and arsenal to other great lenses. How do you pick the next one from all the choices? Please allow us to simplify that a bit and narrow down your options to two other popular focal lengths for shooting portraits: 85mm and 135mm. To help you choose between the two, we have a simple but detailed comparison by New York City-based photographer and educator Jessica Whitaker in one of her latest videos.

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How the Photography Industry Changed for Women Over the Last Decade

Photography has been a part of our world for over 150 years. Lead Photo by Kezi Ban

It began as most things did, available only to the privileged few, mostly where wealth and power were concerned. As such, it’s undeniable that the field has historically been male-dominated and slow to change with the times. While we’ve made many advancements as an industry, we have a long way to go, and yet, there seems to be a lot of resistance in acknowledging how and where things still need to shift. Given this, we decided to explore the changes made over the years with female photographers who have been in the industry for at least a decade. We spoke to them about how things were when they first started, what things disappeared over time, and what things are still present in our community and culture. While some shifts have definitely happened, through speaking with these five phenomenal photographers, certain sentiments were repeatedly echoed as issues we still face today.

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