Red River Palo Duro Baryta Fiber Paper Mimics an Ansel Adams Favorite

Palo Duro Baryta Fiber is Red River’s latest paper for those who want professional, museum-quality prints.

Whether you’re a print enthusiast or have yet to print your best snaps professionally, Red River’s new paper offering could be a great option for you. The Palo Duro Baryta Fiber 300 boasts rich tonality, depth, and feel of traditional wet darkroom fiber paper, promising prints that will meet, if not surpass, gallery and museum expectations.

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Low Light Portraiture: How to Make the Most of Ambient Lighting

Low light portraiture is pretty difficult unless you know how to adapt to your environment very well. 

“Shoot wide open.” is probably a bit of advice that you’ve heard when shooting low light portraiture. The great news is that you don’t need to use a flash to get a portrait that pops and that makes people stare–instead you can use a lot of the lighting that’s just around us. We as human beings create a ton of lighting in various places at night, and with a bit of creative freedom and thinking, we can make lights work for us. Lots of photographers reach for prime lenses at night but in recent years new lenses like the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM that have a very fast aperture throughout the entire zoom range have popped up. By and large, these lenses are changing the way that photographers can operate at night in low light situations where they can’t use a flash or bring lighting with them. And best of all, it means that you can focus on bigger things like working with your model, adapting to the lighting and the colors in the scene.

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First Impressions: Capture One Latitude Style Packs (Very Versatile)

The new Capture One Latitude Style Packs deliver some of the most versatile looks of any style packs yet.

Today, Capture One is announcing two new style packs under their new Latitude series: Pacific and Infinite Peaks. These were put together in collaboration with photographers Bryan Minear and John Schell. They’re designed for a variety of different needs; both of these shooters come from different backgrounds. In each style pack, which will run you $34 for a limited time, you’ll get a few presets (or styles) to apply to your imagery and manipulate however you’d like. If you want both, you’ll be able to grab them for $49 for a limited time. Like all other Capture One style packs, they’re easy to import into your software and immediately begin working with. We took a look at them before release and they may be our favorite official packs, even over the Editorial. However, they’re still not beating RNI Films.

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Fujifilm Shares Why ACROS II Is Coming in Only 100 ISO for Now

Fujifilm ACROS II 100 was announced and will be hitting the market ideally later this year, and we found out why it’s back.

“And Gen Z…,” explains Manny Almeida, Fujifilm North America Division President for Imaging when asked about whether Millenials are really responsible for bringing back Acros film. “It’s a shock to us also. We discontinued ACROS because there was such a small demand.” He continued to state that they don’t believe they’ll be generating enormous demand for it, but that something didn’t feel right with Fujifilm’s discontinuation of Acros back in 2018. ACROS 100 film was the last black and white film emulsion left in the Fujifilm portfolio of products. The reason for its discontinuation? Diminished sales.

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Review: Rokinon 85mm F1.4 AF FE (This + Sony a7r III = Portra Colors)

The Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE is a very good lens overall, but you may still want to stick with Sony’s options.

When testing the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE, I admittedly ran into problems with the autofocus performance that needed to be fixed. Luckily, I knew how to do it with a quick clean of the communication contacts. But the fact that I needed to have this knowledge is something that I’m not sure the average photographer has–at least those who would be attracted to the more affordable Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE option. If you get beyond this, you start to realize it’s a fantastic lens for portraiture. On the Sony a7r III, it’s capable of focusing very accurately, albeit still slower than Sony’s options. But I’m positive in saying that if one looked at the images side-by-side from each lens without pixel peeping, no one would be able to tell the differences between them.

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Doug Golupski: Shoot Kodak Aerochrome Like Slide Film

With Kodak Aerochrome still one of the most enigmatic yet sought after emulsions today, we couldn’t help but ask Doug Golupski to tell us how he works with this film to create stunning landscape snaps.

“If you understand how to shoot slide film, Aerochrome is no different,” Doug Golupski said on the common misconception that Aerochrome is a fragile film that requires special treatment. It is indeed a special infrared film, as his stunning results, and many before him, show us. His Kodak Aerochrome snaps are among the best we’ve seen, so we thought it was only proper to put them on spotlight — and ask him more about his tips and tricks for making the most out of this film. If you’ve ever wanted to grab some rolls but also felt afraid of wasting them, this interview feature should be an insightful resource for you.

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Cheap Photo: Grab a Fujifilm X-T2 for $799, 60mm Macro Just $399

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The X-T2 and many other Fujifilm cameras and lenses are on sale right now.

If you want to get your hands on an amazing camera for a ridiculously low price, you need to act fast. Right now the excellent Fujifilm X-T2 can be yours for only $799! That’s a massive savings of $800.95 of the original price! This is a beast of a camera that is hard to beat at this price point. There are also sales on the X-T3 with the 16-55mm f2.8 for $2,498, and the X-T20 with the XC 16-50mm for just $699. There are also deep discounts on Fujifilm lenses too, like the 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 for only $499, and the XF60mm f2.4 Macro for just $399! Come on in to see the Fujifilm X-T2 deal and many more. Continue reading…

More Photography Tips We Wish We Knew Before Getting Into Photography

Have you been taking note of the photography tips you wish you knew before diving into became a photographer? See if any of the ones on your list are here!

Previously, we shared a rundown of photography tips that J.T. of the Run N Gun YouTube channel wished he had known before diving into craft. We also encouraged those who are far along into their photography career or hobby to do a little retrospect and think about their own take on the subject. Today, we continue with J.T.’s list and more insights that will prove useful for budding photographers.

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What Is RGB and How Does it Work for Photography?

Ever heard of RGB but have no idea what it means? This quick primer should give you an idea about what it is and its role in photography.

RGB is a term (or acronym, to be precise) that gets thrown around in the creative fields, particularly among designers and photographers. For those who are just getting into these fields, however, what it means and how it works may still be a bit of mystery. In one of their recent blog posts, Shutterstock gives a quick overview on what RGB actually is and how designers use it for web design. Photographers will also find this a useful resource, so it’s worth the know-how, especially for those who want to do both creative disciplines.

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The Hasselblad X1D II Arrives with Zoom Lens, Mobile App and Camera

Hasselblad has just dropped the latest additions to its portfolio which promise to bring impressive medium format photography to more creatives.

Hasselblad continues to place itself on the front line of medium format photography today with the introduction of the latest additions to its product portfolio. The highlights of the announcement are the evolved X1D II 50C camera, the much awaited XCD 3.5 – 4.5 35-75 Zoom Lens, and the iPad-supported Phocus Mobile 2 image editing application. The company also shared more details about the development of the upcoming CFV II 50C digital back and the 907X camera body which can be combined into a highly compact package.

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First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D II (Better in Every Way Possible)

The Hasselblad X1D II has a bigger emphasis on improving many of the problems of the first camera.

Photographers who went ahead and purchased the original Hasselblad X1D will be happy that they bought into the system; because the Hasselblad X1D II is promising to not only be much more affordable but is supposed to best its predecessor in every way possible. Hasselblad admitted to us in our press preview of the camera that they did everything that they could with the hardware. But there are limitations. With the Hasselblad X1D II, the company is looking to up its ante across the field. Still, a camera designed for the photographer on the go that needs medium format quality and performance, one of the coolest things that they’re doing is making a very useful tethering solution via the iPad. This is bound to be useful when on location with a producer/creative director/client over your shoulder. We had under an hour to play with the new Hasselblad X1D II recently, and here are our initial thoughts.

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How to Create Watercolor-Like Photographs of Dancers

A while back I started out with creating a new series of watercolor like photographs of dancers.

Being a legally blind photographer, part of my ambition has always been to tell stories the way that I see them and to let the world understand how I see the world. Something that I often describe it as is looking at the world and seeing it as a painting. I’ve learned more and more about how to make images look like paintings much to the dismay of pixel peepers. But personally speaking, I don’t care too much about those folks and never have. Instead, I’ve embraced creativity since the beginning. And to that end, I decided that I’d take a moment to share with folks how I’ve been doing a series that I’m currently creating.

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Olympus Adds M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, Firmware Updates

Been waiting for new stuff from Olympus? The company just launched a new teleconverter and the latest firmware upgrade for two of its interchangeable lens cameras.

Attention, Olympus shooters! The company has just announced a bunch of new stuff you may need: the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 for super telephoto and super telephoto macro shooting, and the latest firmware upgrades for the professional OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Olympus OM-D E-M1X interchangeable lens cameras. The Olympus Workspace also now has a Firmware Version 1.1 update available.

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Review: Canon 85mm F1.4 L IS USM (Works Well with Eye Autofocus)

We took our time with the Canon 85mm f1.4 L IS USM because we liked it that much.

If you’re a DSLR owner and wanted an update for your own really old 85mm f1.2 you’ll see that the Canon 85mm f1.4 L IS USM answers a lot of the problems the older version had. Indeed, the implementation of image stabilization is a huge upgrade when coupled with a significantly lighter body, faster autofocus, and overall sharper optics. To be fair, both the 85mm f1.2 and Canon’s f1.4 lenses were designed more for rendering a specific look on full frame and 35mm film bodies. Then you look at all the other great stuff the Canon 85mm f1.4 L IS USM has. It’s packed with weather sealing and when you attach it to Canon’s EOS R, you’ll reap the benefits of that.

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Nine Lenses That Will Make Your Firework Photography Sparkle

Firework photography can be challenging, but so satisfying.

Fourth of July celebrations are almost upon us, which means many of you will probably try your hand at firework photography. Zoom lenses are perfect for firework photography as they can give you much more flexibility when it comes to composition choices. Seeing as you can’t move around safely in the dark, and the fact your camera is going to be sitting on a tripod makes zoom lenses much better for this genre of photography. If you want to capture rockets shooting off and exploding into the sky, these nine zoom lenses will really help make your firework photography plans go off with a bang. Continue reading…

A Closer Look: The Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L vs The Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art

The Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L gives the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art a closer run for it’s money than originally thought.

The Canon 50mm f1.2L is a mighty fine lens, and anyone who uses it will be happy to have it as part of their kit, but the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art is also a nifty fifty that packs a heck of a punch. Recently, DXOMark reviewed the new Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L, and part of its comparison saw the Canon and the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art go head-to-head, but the results (as some of you pointed out) could have been a little skewed due to the cameras that each lens was tested on. Let’s take another look at these two lenses in another head-to-head that is on a more level playing field. Continue reading…

Comparing Video Color Science: Sony vs. Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras

Max Yuryev makes a quick color science comparison between Sony and Fujifilm of skin tones and landscapes.

Still undecided between Sony and Fujifilm mirrorless cameras which one to go for in terms of colors, especially if you like shooting videos on the side? Max Yuryev has a quick video that should help you decide. In his color science comparison, he put the Sony A6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30 to the test and encouraged viewers to take their picks before revealing his own choices and findings.

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The Datacolor SpyderX Tool Kits Could Be Essential for Photographers

With the Datacolor SpyderX tool kits, photographers will be able to get a lot more from their workflow.

Photographers of a particular skill set above the typical amateur are going to want to pay attention to the new Datacolor SpyderX tool kits announced today. Besides including their much improved SpiderX Elit calibration unit, they’re also assisting higher end photographers by bundling a few other goodies together. There are two kits: the SpyderX Capture Pro, and the SpyderX Studio kit. One isn’t necessarily a more high end than the other; one is designed more around the need for capturing out in the field, the other is for studio work.

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The Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System Is One the Coolest Things

Lensbaby addresses the portrait photographers’ need for creative, in-camera effects with a new lens filter system for existing lenses.

If you’re fond of shooting with all sorts of objects to create special effects, Lensbaby has something to help make things easier for you. Say hello to the newly released OMNI Creative Filter System, which promises to be a unique professional tool that you can use with your current prime and zoom lenses.

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Review: Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System (That Extra Pop We Need)

Photographers who enjoy introducing creative, in-camera effects and light distortions will find lots to love about Lensbaby’s OMNI Creative Filter System.

Any photographers who have experience shooting through objects like prisms, crystals, and mirrors to create unique effects in-camera will tell you that the results are often unpredictable. The process of using these optical modifiers can also be rather bothersome; you have to hold your camera with one hand while manipulating these modifiers with the other. Lensbaby’s OMNI Creative filter System aims to simplify this experience and make creating these in-camera effects less complicated and a more manageable affair. Being announced today, the new system uses prisms and your lens’ filter mount system to give photographers the ability to create some cool in-camera effects.

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Dance With Closed Eyes Shows the Power of Those With Perceived Limitations

All images by Tatiana Ilina. Used with permission. 

“Sometimes art can change how people see the world, but I want to change how the world sees people.” Those are the powerful words of Tatiana Ilina, a documentary photographer based in New York. Through her imagery, she is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless – shining a light on those whom society has often placed in darkness. By connecting with fringe communities, she educates herself in the process. “I was always interested in creating the stories about incredible people who made me see many things in this world from another side.”

Tatiana’s Dance With Closed Eyes is a photo series that shows people who are blind but refuse to live up to the limitations our world has expected them to have. As a publication that empathizes with the blind community (our EIC is registered as legally blind), we were more than curious to learn about this moving project.

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