6 of the Best Asian American Photographers in 2022

If you’re a regular ready of The Phoblographer, you will know that we have put extra light on Asian American photographers that we adore this month. From the powerful work of Michelle Watt to the cutting-edge creativity of Andrew Kung, we’ve enjoyed nothing but pleasure from sharing some high-quality photography stories with our readership. Each weekend we have brought you someone new, and in this piece, we’re going to bring them all together and share our favorite photographers from Asian American Month 2022.

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Teresa Hoang Looks for Quality Expressions When Taking Photos

“When I am photographing people in my own community I tend to think of them already being a part of my life,” says Vietnamese American photographer and design student Teresa Hoang. Family and community play central roles in her life, and she seeks to capture them as uniquely as she can. It’s all about connecting with the subject for this young photographer. And producing visually pleasing images are the natural outcome.

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Andrew Kung Makes Simple Yet Timelessly Beautiful Photos

“If you look at any of my mood boards or inspiration boards, I’m referencing films by Wong Kar Wai, Edward Yang, 1900s fashion photography, and even contemporary documentary photography…” says photographer Andrew Kung in an interview with The Phoblographer. “I work and take inspiration across genres as they all have an influence in each image I construct.” Looking at Andrew’s work is akin to exploring the complex tasting notes of a fine bourbon. And, as he states, his work draws on various influences and marinates to become something truly special.

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The Nikon 50mm F1.2 Z Has a Discount!

How about that Nikon 50mm f1.2 lens, huh? Did you also know that one of Nikon’s best lenses has a discount right now in the form of the 24-70mm! Or why not get the Nikon 40mm f2 that we gave an Editor’s Choice Award to? There are lots of instant savings on Nikon gear happening right now until May 31st! If you’re a Nikon shooter who hasn’t plunged into the Z series, why not? The new hotness is the Nikon Z5 with the 24-200mm kit on sale for $1,999. Of course, you could also just adapt your old Nikon lenses to the camera if you wish. Take a look at these savings after the jump.

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Danielle Dierking Brock’s Chonk Daddies Will Make You Smile

“It gives me so much happiness to know my work and passion make the world smile every day,” says creative photographer Danielle Dierking Brock. She combines things that give us all the feels and turns them into humorous and glamorous images. Her photo series, Chonk Daddies, has plenty to offer from chickens, cats, and feminine daddies. But why? Let’s find out.

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Here’s a Hack to Unlock Creativity: Do Something Boring.

For creatives, inspiration is often found in the most unlikely of places (like the shower) and at the worst of times (like when trying to fall asleep). But what if the commonality between all those cliche places is the fact that they are boring? I was reading a novel (my favorite boredom buster) when I found one such source of unlikely inspiration and an idea to unlock creativity. 

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Is Fujifilm Growing Out of the Brand We Love?

The Fujifilm X mount is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year — and for such a young ecosystem, what they’ve managed to accomplish is nothing short of incredible. Having said that, we admit that the recent years haven’t brought as much innovation as we would’ve imagined. And some moves even left us wondering where the brand was going.

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Grab a Fujifilm XT3 WW Before Father’s Day!

Are you a world traveler who loves Fujifilm? Then consider the XT3 WW edition. They’re still moving and available! The Fujifilm XT3 WW is a special edition of the XT3, sort of. Fujifilm basically removed the battery charger so that it could be a single SKU worldwide. Instead, you’re just getting the USB Port cable. And that’s fine if you charge your cameras via USB the way I do. If that interests you, they’re on sale right now in two different configurations. Check out our review! This sale ends on June 5th, so act quick!

How to Get the Redscale Look In-Camera Without Post-Production

You’d be shocked at just how simple it is to get the redscale look everyone loves and craves. The redscale look derives from the organic look you can get from film. And so, I’m going to preface this piece by saying you should just shoot film. But you can also totally get the look digitally in-camera. Better yet, you don’t need to do post-production. In this short, useful photography tip, we’re going to teach you how to get the redscale look.

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How to Shoot Beautiful Cat Portraits

The internet loves cats, as do most people! Getting a beautiful portrait of your cat can be incredibly tough for most of us. Sometimes they won’t stop moving around, they’re too dark, or we can’t hold their attention. But a little bit of pet psychology can help here. We’re going to give you a short tutorial on how to shoot beautiful cat portraits you’ll love.

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How Photographer Michelle Watt Makes Photos You’ll Love to Explore

“I think my conceptual frameworks usually come from something very personal, like working out past traumas,” says photographer Michelle Watt to the Phoblographer about how she gets her ideas. “…I’m constantly curious about how people use visuals to express what they express.” Staring into Michelle’s work is synonymous to staring into the soul of a complex human being. It has layers, skin, and its own wardrobe on top of it. And in that way, Michelle’s work is captivating and endlessly fascinating.

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The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 Has Savings Right Now!

One of Nikon’s best lenses has a discount right now! Or, why not get the Nikon 40mm f2 that we gave an Editor’s Choice Award to? There are lots of instant savings on Nikon gear happening right now until May 31st! If you’re a Nikon shooter and haven’t plunged into the Z series, why not? The new hotness is the Nikon Z5 with the 24-200mm kit on sale for $1,999. Of course, you could also just adapt your old Nikon lenses to the camera if you wish. Take a look at these savings after the jump.

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This Is the Revolutionary Spiderman of Tripods: Benro Tablepod Flex Review

Flexible tripod legs wrap around objects to hold a camera secure, but traditional legs tend to be easier to use on tabletops. The Benro Tablepod Flex is both. The tabletop tripod’s legs are hollow tubes that store a second set of flexible legs. By swapping the different legs, or using both legs together, the Benro Tablepod Flex offers additional possibilities with six legs instead of three. That makes a tripod that can cling to a number of different objects almost as well as Spiderman.

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The Canon Prime Lenses That Need to Come to Market

It’s insane to think that Nikon and Canon announced their full-frame mirrorless cameras in the same year. Yet a while back, Nikon made me realize a very good thing about them in a press call. During the pandemic, they were announcing the equivalence of about one new lens a month. On the other hand, Canon mostly stayed quiet. Canon focused on developing a few lenses to be much different than the rest of the pack. And we can all agree they’ve done a superb job. But there’s a lot more Canon can and should be doing. Here are the Canon Prime Lenses that need to come to market based on our thoughts.

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The Best Lenses for the Canon EOS R7

Truly, we don’t believe that the Canon RF-S lineup of lenses will do the Canon EOS R7 any justice. They’re still newer and at this point are more kit lenses than anything else. Instead, the best lenses for the Canon EOS R7 lie with the company’s higher-end products. Want to get wildlife photos you’ll adore? These lenses can do it. Need to shoot sports? Well, the Canon EOS R7 can do things we haven’t seen APS-C cameras do before. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find the best lenses for the Canon EOS R7. Take a look!

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Is the Canon EF-M Series of Cameras Doomed?

With the new announcement of the Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10, we’re curious about whether or not the Canon EF-M series is doomed. I mean, why bother to continue it? The autofocus performance is subpar compared to that of the RF series of cameras. Nothing in this lineup is weather resistant either. And, for the most part, lenses for it haven’t been released or developed in a while. So is it really gone?

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Canon EOS R10 First Impressions: Better Than a Rebel

Make no mistake, the Canon EOS R7 will steal the spotlight for today’s announcements from Canon. But the Canon EOS R10 is no slouch. This camera is designed for people who want something better than their smartphones. Those people are also budget conscious and most likely won’t understand many of the controls. To boot, they’ll also want something smaller and lighter. The Canon EOS R10 fits those needs according to Canon. But I’m not totally sure about that.

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Canon EOS R7 First Impressions: Better Than the Sony a6600?

The person who buys the Canon EOS R7 is bound to be the same person who purchased the Canon 7D Mk II years ago. Action photographers and wildlife photographers will love its specs and performance. You should know that the Canon EOS R7 has the Canon EOS R3’s autofocus. Previous Canon users will also appreciate its 1.6x crop sensor. So, if you take an award-winning autofocus system and shove it into an APS-C camera, how will it do? And more importantly, how is Canon really differentiating this for action and sports photography?

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This Is Why Your Pictures Suck (And How to Fix Them): Part 3

The internet has become instrumental in how we share and access photography. Pictures once reserved for high-end galleries, accessible only to those with money, are now available for anyone with an internet connection. That’s a good thing. I do wonder, though, how has consuming photography online impacted the way we create. Has it, in many ways, made photographers lazy?

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3 of the Best Zoom Lenses for Sony FE Cameras

The best zoom lenses for Sony FE cameras don’t have to cost tons of money. For a professional photographer, that means a lot! What’s more, you often don’t want something that’s going to weigh you down if you’re shooting for an entire day. That’s why we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best zoom lenses for Sony camera users just like you. If you’re a passionate photographer who does this as a hobby, you’ll be amazed at how great and affordable these lenses are. Check this out!

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