Cheap Photo: Holiday Camera Deals on The Nikon D500, D750, D810 and More!

These Nikon camera deals will jingle your bells this holiday season.

There are some excellent Nikon camera deals for the holidays. The D3500 with two lenses is just $496.95!! The D5600 is a steal for just $696.95!! The D7500 with the 18-300mm lens can be yours for $1,776.95, saving you $220, and if you want to go Full Frame and get a camera that’s a favorite with pro photographers you can snag the D750 with 24-120mm lens and multi-battery power pack for $1,396.95; a whopping discount of $636.95!! There are also exceptional deals to be had on the Nikon D500, and the Nikon D810.

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We’ve Updated Our Canon EOS R Review: RAW Edits in Capture One 12

The Canon EOS R proves to have very versatile RAW files in Capture One 12.

With the Canon EOS R, we’ve found that the RAW files in Capture One 12 are surprisingly robust and yet even more capable than they are in Lightroom. Personally speaking, I bought the Canon EOS R because of both the lenses and how it renders skin tones. I still stand by this, but I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how good the image quality output is in general. The colors are fantastic, the high ISO output is more than good enough or both the web and prints, and the dynamic range has proved itself to be very useful.

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Dive Into the Painterly Nocturnal Seascapes of Antti Viitala

All images by Antti Viitala. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The sea has always been a captivating subject for artists, inspiring them to find new ways to depict the spectacular scenes. One of our latest favorite seaside works is by Cape Town-based Antti Viitala, whose surreal and aptly titled Nocturnal Seascapes set remind us how stunning these bodies of water are at night.

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3 Affordable Specialty Lenses That’ll Wake Up Your Creative Side

Why create images that look the same as everyone else’s when you can use specialty lenses and be radically different.

We as photographers always want images that are super sharp, have perfect color rendition, and have gorgeous bokeh, and while there is nothing wrong with that, ultimately a lot images that are taken end up looking the same. A quick scroll through Instagram will show you thousands of portraits or landscapes for example that are all technically perfect and pleasing to the eye, but honestly they all look the same, and it can be hard to tell one photographers work from another. It’s always nice to nail the perfect shot, but striving for perfection all the time can take the fun out of photography. These three specialty lenses will allow you to channel your creative side, be different from everyone else, and will make photography fun again. Continue reading…

My Affinity with Street Photography: A Love Story Like No Other

Street photography can get a negative press at times; accused of being stale and overdone, it’s often looked down upon.

I, however, love street photography and I want to tell you why.

I’ve practiced street photography for roughly six years now. When I first started, I would walk around the streets with an old Olympus bridge camera – taking photos of anything and everything.  I didn’t actually learn the term “street photography” until two years after I started practising it. After watching a Matt Stuart documentary, I said to myself “oh, that’s what I do” – albeit nowhere near to the same standard.

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Stroppa Gets Festive with New “Rudolf” Set and Active Strap Colors

‘Tis the season to get festive with the Stroppa holiday offerings!

Just in time for the holiday season, the folks behind the simple yet elegant Stroppa camera straps have launched some new stuff for stylish photographers. Aside from giving their Active strap line a splash of colors, they also put together an aptly named strap set for us to don our cameras with — or, for those of us feeling generous, gift our photographer friends!

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Canon Apparently Has a Focal Reducer for EF-M Mount in the Works

Canon is developing a Metabones-inspired focal reducer for the EOS M system that will convert a 50mm f1.4 lens to a 40mm f1.2–or at least that’s what a patent says!

Despite the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera being the most popular of Canon’s recent releases, the company has maintained its commitment to the EOS M APS-C mirrorless camera line. Looks like they’re busy cooking up something to prove this as well; reports have surfaced about a Canon patent for a Metabones-inspired speed booster for the EF-M mount.

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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds With These Presets, Guides and Overlays

Save time and money with these outstanding Lightroom Preset and Photoshop overlay photography software deals.

As photographers we like being behind the camera rather than being in front of a computer. By using presets and overlays we can give our images a consistent look and feel, and we can get back outside, or back in the studio with our clients much faster. Right now you can save a hundreds, and even thousands of Dollars on some amazing Lightroom presets, and Photoshop overlay bundles. The Mega Bundle of Lightroom Presets has over 9,000 presets for just $39! If you prefer to use Photoshop you can score over 3,000 overlays for the crazy low price of $39. If you have some winter shoots coming up and need some help with special effects the 1,700 Winter Overlays Bundle can be yours for $29. Perhaps you want to raise your Instagram game, or want to explore your creative side. If this sounds like you, check out all of the photography software deals after the break. Continue reading…

Share Your Best Shot on Flickr and You Could Win Prizes!

Flickr is inviting us again to share our best photos for Your Best Shot 2018. To make things more interesting, they have prizes this time!

With 2018 soon coming to a close, it’s time once again for us to go over the photos we’ve taken this year and share our ultimate favorite on Flickr for their annual Your Best Shot contest. Yes, you only have one shot at this, so make sure it counts — especially because there are prizes at stake this time.

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Cheap Photo: Jingle All the Way to Massive Savings with These Micro Four Thirds Holiday Deals

These Micro Four Thirds camera deals and huge discounts on lenses will make your holidays jolly.

Panasonic and Olympus both make fantastic Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses, and right now you can save some serious money thanks to these merry deals. You can grab the Panasonic GX85 with two lenses for just $497.99. That means you can save $502 on this deal alone. The Panasonic Lumix G7 with a 14-42mm lens can be snapped up for $497.99, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm lens is $499, while the newer MK III body with the same lens is just $599. There are massive savings to be had on top quality glass too. Continue reading…

3 Bang For Your Buck Lenses For the Discerning Cityscape Photographer

You don’t need to spend thousands on wide angle lenses to be able to capture stunning cityscapes.

There seems to be a certain stigma that follows cheaper lenses around these days that really isn’t warranted or deserved; and it is something that really needs to change. There really isn’t such a thing as a bad lens anymore. Whether you’re looking at wide angle lenses, telephotos, or even super telephotos, you’re going to be able to get great glass for little outlay. When it comes to cityscape photography the wider the lens the better, after all you want to capture as much of that stunning vista as possible, and fortunately there are some great wide angle lenses available that offer outstanding value for money. Continue reading…

Join Us on Instagram Live as We Interview Photographer George Byrne

The gorgeous Urban Geometry of Photographer George Byrne will be a big focus during our interview.

We’re deciding that we’re trying something brand new on the Phoblographer’s Instagram channel in the form of live interviews–and our first will be with Urban Geometry Photographer George Byrne. George Byrne creates large-scale photographs that depict everyday surfaces and landscapes as painterly abstractions. Borrowing from the clean, vivid clarity of modernist painting, he also references the New Topographics photography movement via a subject matter firmly entrenched in the urban everyday.

Born in Sydney in 1976, Byrne graduated from Sydney College Of The Arts in 2001, travelled extensively, and then settled in Los Angeles in 2011 – where he now lives and works.

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Cheap Photo: All of the Best Holiday Camera, Lens, and Software Deals. They’ll End Soon So Don’t Miss Out!

We have all of the best holiday camera deals, lens sales, and photography software deals all in one mega list just for you.

There are so many amazing camera deals this holiday season; not to mention massive sales on lenses, and Lightroom presets to Photoshop overlays too. The camera deals this year are absolutely mind blowing. You can get the incredible Sony A7R II for $1,598, the Fujifilm X-T2 with 18-55mm lens for $1,399, a Panasonic GX85 with two lenses for a ridiculously low price of $497.99, and the Nikon D750 with battery grip for $1,396.95. The Buy One Get Two Free Lightroom Presets Bundle for $39, and the Photoshop Buy One Get Two Free overlays bundle for $39 offer outstanding value too.

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Compress Your Images Without Compromising Quality with Squoosh

Remember when it took forever to download images on dialup? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Images on the web have been increasing in size throughout the years, and the displays we are viewing these images on have followed suit accordingly. High resolution desktop monitors and large mobile phone displays have become the norm, but unless you’re paying for the fastest internet plan, chances are these large images online will still take a second to load. This is where the recently launched browser utility Squoosh comes in. An open sourced project created by the fine folks over at Google Chrome Labs, Squoosh promises to “make images smaller using best-in-class codecs, right in the browser.”

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Cheap Photo: Stuff Your Stockings and Save a Bundle on Canon Camera Deals and Lenses This Holiday Season

Canon has more camera deals and discounts on lenses than you can shake a candy cane at.

The Christmas and holiday deals keep on rolling in, and this time it’s Canon who has dished up some awesome camera deals and discounts on top quality lenses. If you have been eyeing a Full Frame 5D Mk iV you can save $500 on one right now. The 6D Mk II with battery grip is just $1,299, and the Mirrorless Canon M50 with two lenses is a steal at $829. There are also savings on glass too. The 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II USM is down to $1,799 (Save $300), the Canon 100mm f2.8 L IS USM has a discount of $200 making it $699, and the outstanding 24-70mm f2.8 L II USM can be yours for $1,599!

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We’ve Updated Our Nikon z7 Review: RAW Edits in Capture One 12

Now that Capture One 12 is out, we’ve updated our Nikon z7 review.

The Nikon z7 finally has support from Capture One 12 after the recent update, and so we’ve added this to our Nikon z7 review along with a comparison to what we did when editing in Adobe Lightroom. Editing in both programs when it comes to the Nikon z7 is interestingly different. Both programs showcase the Nikon z7 as a very capable camera, but the way that the editing happens is much different. In addition to that, both programs are capable of delivering much different looking images.

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Seven Reasons Flash Is Superior to Natural Light for Portrait Photography

Do you want more or less control over your lighting when photographing portraits?

With the number of portrait photographers proclaiming that they only shoot in natural light perplexingly on the rise, one begs to question why someone wouldn’t want to have full control over how they lit their portrait subjects. This is something that photographer Craig Beckta addressed in his latest video, where he shares the seven reasons why he believes flash is better for portraits than natural light.

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Review: Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master (Sony FE Mount)

The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master combines affordability with versatility in a lightweight, compact package

Announced back in September of this year, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the latest entry joining Sony’s premium G Master lens lineup. At press time, it also happens to be the lightest and most compact G Master lens as well, barely tipping the scales at a mere 15.7 oz (445 g). Exceptionally sharp from corner to corner even when shooting wide open thanks to a pair of extreme aspherical glass elements, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is also capable of producing some truly dreamy bokeh courtesy of its circular aperture design that incorporates 11 blades. This combination makes this lens one of the most versatile, wide angle, native lenses available for Sony E mount, with lots to love for landscape shooters, astrophotographers, street shooters, and environmental portraitists alike. Since we only got to spend a few hours with the 24mm G Master in San Francisco back when it was first unveiled during a behind closed doors media briefing, we were excited to finally get our review unit in so that we can put the lens through more exhaustive testing on our own terms.

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Seeing Things That Aren’t There…Until You Look

The following is a syndicated post originally found on J. Riley Stewart’s blog. It has been published here exclusively with his permission. Syndication by Joy Celine Asto.

To appreciate today’s featured image, you have to STOP AND LOOK at it for a moment. Once again quietly: stop. and look. I don’t mean to be yelling at you. Really. But I did want to get your attention, because the story I want to tell you today demands some creative thought on your part. Fun! At this time of year, with the holidays fast approaching, we’re all going 100 miles per hour. And we need to just stop for brief periods to catch our breath. Or we risk missing something important.

The picture isn’t important. The things our kids say and do everyday: those are important. The holiday wishes we get from friends: again, important. The quiet planning by those busily preparing holiday meals: Important. Important. Important!

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Comparing the Dynamic Range of the Sony A7 III, Canon EOS R, Fujifilm XT-3, and Nkon Z7

Let’s see how the current flagship mirrorless cameras stack up against one another in terms of dynamic range.

In the future, when we look back on 2018, we will remember it as the year the photography industry moved full steam into the mirrorless world. Never before have so many compelling mirrorless camera options been available on the market at the same time. The Sony A7III was the first, announced back in February of this year at WPPI, and it was followed by the Nikon Z7, Canon EOS R, and the Fujifilm XT-3 being announced within days of each other that summer. Photographer Michael Andrew recently did a comparison of the dynamic range between these four mirrorless cameras in his latest video, which you can view after the jump.

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