Paolo Pettigiani Reveals More of the Maldives in Surreal Infrared

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If surreal landscapes bring you creative inspiration, you’ll be amazed at the infrared photography of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani. We’ve been keeping tabs on his projects, and we think we found our favorite among all the destinations he has visited so far. The tropical paradise of the Maldives is a natural choice, especially when given his “Infraland” treatment. While the previous installment gave us a stunning bird’s eye view of the islands, reefs, and lagoons, the latest edition lets us explore and enjoy the views from the beach.

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Seeing Double with Louis Dazy and His “Neon Life”

All photos by Louis Dazy. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When it comes to double exposures, Paris-based Louis Dazy is among the photographers to pay attention to. With an impressive portfolio shot exclusively on film, he has been best known for his nostalgic and colorful juxtapositions of everyday life and neon signs. If you’ve been shooting film for some time, you’ve likely already come across his work. Otherwise, we think his Neon Life series will get you inspired to give double exposures a go, whether with film or digital.

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How Do I Make My Image Look Like This? Well, Learn Lighting

Besides a ton of photo editing, you can make your image look a certain way by just paying more attention to the world. 

What I’m going to propose in this article may sound absurd to some photographers, especially if you’re new to the art form. When you get into it, you’re swept up: told you should take photos and then spend hours in front of a computer editing your images to get them exactly the way you want them. And more recently came the idea that you’ll never be a great photographer unless you use something like Lightroom or Photoshop. I agree that post-production is part of the process in the creation of a finalized image, but I think the years I spent shooting film and digital side by side taught me a very important lesson.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: 19 Composition Tips You Should Know

Whether you’ve just started to take photography more seriously or farther along into it, the composition tips in this photography cheat sheet are worth checking out.

Composition is key for taking outstanding photographs. It’s one of the first things a person who enjoys taking photographs learns. A photo can be technically sound — well-exposed, properly focused, and tack-sharp — but if it’s poorly composed, it won’t be a great photo. Today’s photography cheat sheet has some excellent tips that will improve your composition and create stronger photos in the process.

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Cheap Photo: Grab the Fujifilm X-H1 with Grip for $999 While You Can

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The Fujifilm X-H1 is one of the best APS-C cameras around, and a no brainer at this price.

If you’re in the market for a new camera, and you want a smoking hot deal, this Cheap Photo is for you. For a limited time, the magnificent Fujifilm X-H1 with the battery grip can be yours for the insanely low price of just $999! That’s an instant savings of $300! You really don’t want to miss out on this red hot deal. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

Gorgeous In-Camera Double Exposures by Luciano Meirelles

If you’ve never tried double exposures in-camera before, the beautiful work of Luciano Meirelles using a Canon DSLR should inspire you.

Some of you may be able to tell that double exposure is one of our favorite creative techniques for digital and film photography. When done right, it produces some really cool and interesting results, as you’ll see in our featured series by Brazilian wedding photographer Luciano Meirelles. If you’re curious about this technique, his body of work is an inspiring example of it’s creative possibilities.

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Vikki Martinez Communicates Personality Through Self-Portraits

All self-portraits by Vikki Martinez aka Elvikkin. Used with permission.

“I have too many ideas and wanted an outlet for them,” explains Vikki Martinez, aka Elvikkin. You only have to take a look at her photography to understand what she means. Through her creative imagery, Martinez illustrates a mind bursting with thoughts and visions. Although her self-portraits may suggest she’s still figuring herself out, they deliver a message that says she’s confident in her creative capabilities. Looking at her portfolio is so much fun. To have the right balance between deeper meaning and light-hearted creativity isn’t easy to achieve. And yet, at only 23, Vikki is killing it! Her work is full of personality, color, humor, and excellent technique. If you need further evidence that she speaks for who she is through her photography, take a look at her YouTube channel. She’s certainly a character, and it’s great that she is comfortable enough to show this through both her photography and videography.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Achieving Beautiful Backlighting

Backlighting can be a powerful technique for many types of photography. Today’s photography cheat sheet tells us how to achieve great results with it.

When shooting against the light, it’s easy to wind up with nothing but silhouettes. But, with some adjustments, you can get more flattering results through the backlighting technique. The key here is to put a light source behind your subject to create a rim light without overpowering it to cause a silhouette. A photography cheat sheet shared by Lifehack gives us some tips on creating the balance necessary for the backlighting technique.

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The First Prime Lenses You Should Buy for Your Camera (Sony Edition)

If you’re ready to buy prime lenses for your Sony Mirrorless camera, these should be on your list.

If you have never used prime lenses, and you’re wondering what the fuss is about, you owe it to yourself to take a closer look at what they can do. Prime lenses offer superior image quality and generally wider apertures than their zoom lens cousins. Their straightforward construction means there is less that can hinder their performance. Prime lenses have been revered by photographers for years. Their overall sharpness and their ability to isolate subjects make them firm favorites. If you own a Sony Mirrorless camera and are still using the kit zoom lens that came with it, you need to check out these prime lenses. They will rock your world. Continue reading…

X-Rite Introduces New i1Photo Pro 3 Plus for RGB Printing Workflows

X-Rite’s new measurement solution is for photographers who frequently print their work on various surface and materials. 

If getting the colors perfect on RGB printing is part of your workflow, X-Rite’s new spectral color management tool promises to get the job done. The i1Photo Pro 3 Plus is designed to provide professional color management for screens, scanners, and RGB printer profiles. This ensures that your photos show accurate colors in prints on various materials with challenging textures and glossy surfaces.

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These 10 Street Photographers Show the Medium Isn’t Dead

Street photography is alive and kicking. These photographers prove it.

“Street photography is dead,” proclaim the pessimists. We disagree. We believe the scene is thriving more than ever. There’s a worldwide community coming together to keep the craft fresh and exciting. There’s also a lot of mediocre work out there, but that’s part of any discipline. To say it’s dead, however, is incredibly inaccurate. There are street photographers today who produce fantastic work. And it gives us confidence that the current state of street photography is bright. So, with great pleasure, we give you 10 street photographers that show the future is in good hands.

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Cheap Photo: MeFoto Polarizer $4, Save on Bags, Tripods, Lights, More

These Photography accessories will make your life easier and will be easy on your wallet!

These photography accessories are going to go fast and for a good reason. If you like a good deal, you need to see what we have found for you. A MeFoto 67mm circular polarizer that’s regularly $62 has been discounted down to just $4! That’s crazy! There’s also a Cokin P ND Filter kit that’s only $46.32! The excellent Flashpoint XPLOR 600 with a pro Transmitter can be yours for only $798 for all major brands. That’s a $170 discount. There are deals on camera bags too, like the Think Tank Perception 15 which is just $54.95 (a $64 discount), and the MindShift Moose Peterson MP-3 bag which is only $160.04! The PacSafe Camsafe Anti Theft Camera Holster is $9.99 (regularly $59.95). Need a tripod? The FotoPro C5i aluminum tripod and ball head kit can be picked up for only $119.95. Join us after the break to see all of the photography accessories that are on sale. Continue reading…

Lotte Grønkjær’s Ethereal Flower Photographs Are a Thing of Beauty

All photos by Lotte Grønkjær. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Photographing flowers is a common and popular route through which many of us get started in photography, and it’s easy to see why. With their unique, delicate, and timeless beauty, they make perfect subjects for exploring a variety of genres such as macro, nature, and fine art photography. With her stunning work, Copenhagen-based Lotte Grønkjær sets a good example for those who want to elevate photographing flowers. Clean, minimalist, and distraction-free, her work emphasizes the elegance of her chosen flowers.

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The Lightweight Vi Vante “Tiger” Lambskin Camera Strap Is Out Now

This “Tiger” lambskin leather camera strap will add a touch of class to your Mirrorless camera.

If you have used cameras for any amount of time, one thing you’re sure to know is that not all camera straps are equal. Fortunately, the third-party camera strap market is alive and well, and there are a ton of options for photographers to choose from. The latest camera strap to hit the market is called the Tiger, and it is handmade by Vi Vante. This lambskin leather neck strap will add a touch of class to your Mirrorless camera. Join us after the jump for more details, pictures, and pricing details. Continue reading…

The Canon 50-82mm F1.1 Lens Will Likely Never See the Light of Day

The crazy Canon 50-82mm F1.1 would probably make your credit card melt if you were to consider buying it.

While it took Canon a while to fully embrace Mirrorless cameras and lenses, we can’t say that they aren’t trying to catch up with Sony and other manufacturers when it comes to the technology. Since the launch of the EOS R, Canon has released some fantastic lenses for the RF mount. The Canon RF 50mm f1.2 and the RF 24-105mm, for example, are based on their very popular EF mount cousins. They are quite excellent, but a recent patent shows that Canon is thinking outside the box when it comes to lens design. The patent is for a crazy RF 50-82mm f1.1 behemoth that would undoubtedly turn heads. Join us after the break for more details about this insane lens. Continue reading…

Master The Art Of Posing And Lighting Women for Only $19 (Save 51%)

Knowing how to use your camera is only half the equation. With this guide, you’ll be posing women like a pro in no time.

Being able to use your camera is only half of what goes into creating dramatic portraits of your female clients. To make your subjects sparkle, you need to know how to make them feel confident in your abilities as a photographer. To get your subjects looking the best they can you have to connect with your model. You have to make them feel and look confident. You have to know how to communicate with them. If these are skills you’re lacking, The Art Of Posing And Directing Women will help you tremendously, and for a short time, you can save a massive 51% when you pick it up for only $19. Join us after the break to find out exactly what this guide will teach you about posing women and becoming a better photographer. Continue reading…

The Leica Summicron SL 50mm F2 ASPH Can Be Yours for $4,495

The new Leica APO Summicron SL 50MM F2 promises the Leica look on any L Mount camera.

We have good news for fans of Leica and those who have purchased any L Mount Alliance cameras recently. Leica announced they have released a new Leica Summicron SL 50mm f2 ASPH lens that will apparently set a new benchmark for SL lenses. Nifty fifties are often considered to be the standard focal length in photography, and they are loved by many photographers for their versatility. Join us after the break to find out more about the new Leica Summicron SL 50mm lens, and what it might be able to do for you. Continue reading…

Phone Cameras Are Great, But Most Traditional Cameras Are Here to Stay

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi just announced massive 64 and 108 Megapixel sensors for upcoming phones that might put some traditional cameras under threat.

Smartphone technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and so is the camera tech inside of them. Mobile photography is becoming more and more popular thanks to incredible artificial intelligence and the sensors used to capture the images. Capturing stunning shots with the phone in your pocket is now easier than ever. With the announcement that Xiaomi will be releasing phones with 64 and 108 Megapixel sensors from Samsung, one has to wonder if smartphones are going to begin outperforming more traditional cameras. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

Creative Portraits Shot with Rear Curtain Sync Flash by Michael Winters

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your portraits, you might want to try shooting in rear curtain sync flash.

Working with flash for portrait photography may seem daunting at first, but it can open up your work to many creative techniques and possibilities. Shooting with the rear curtain sync flash mode is a good example. We’ve seen some noteworthy examples over the years, and we’d like to add one more to inspire you to try it out. New Hampshire portrait photographer Michael Winters gives us some ideas for working with the rear curtain sync flash mode in the studio.

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FACTS: Why Leica M is the Best System for a Film Photographer

Film photographers: besides a few point and shoots, you’re best off using a Leica camera for many reasons.

If you’re a Leica film photographer already, then you most likely agree with this statement. Though the Canon, Nikon, and Pentax users are probably going to be salty here, there is very little use for a film SLR in the 35mm format. All of the viewfinders are dark at night–which is a problem unless you’re really just shooting during the day. But with a rangefinder, it’s typically much easier to get your subject in focus and to get a lightweight package. The Leica M series of cameras (and to a certain point Voigtlander cameras and Zeiss Ikons) are great tools for the modern film photographer. We’re going to tell you why.

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A Cheat Sheet for Every Wedding Photographer’s Mental Health

Precious memories depend on you when you’re a wedding photographer. Help your clients get the best photos of the big day by sharing this photography cheat sheet with them.

Wedding photography can be stressful both for the photographer and the couples, but you can do something about it. Preparation is key, and it’s a team effort. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet is specially designed for that. If you’re looking for some tips to make the job easier for you, this is a visual guide you should definitely share with your clients.

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