VSCO Introduces New Borders Tool for VSCO X Members

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If you’ve been manually editing colored borders to your photos before uploading them to Instagram (or anywhere else), here’s something up your alley. VSCO has just introduced their new Borders tool, which you can exclusively access if you’ve signed up for VSCO X membership.

Existing users who love playing with color combinations and framing their images with colors will especially find the new Borders tool enticing. If full access to app’s complete preset library, enhanced editing tools, film emulation technology, and curated content weren’t enough to get you to sign up for a VSCO X membership, this new tool (as well as early access to upcoming features) might interest you enough to start a free 7-day trial. If you find that you like the full selection of presets and features, the membership will cost you $19.99 per year.

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CineStill bwXX Film in 35mm is Back in Stock After a Really Long Time!

CineStill bwXX has been out of stock and was feared never to return. But it’s back!

Great news for everyone in the film photography world, CineStill bwXX is back in stock. This film is the company’s only black and white film emulsion and unfortunately is not as popular as the company’s 800T or 50D film emulsions partially because, well, it’s fairly rare. You see, CineStill bwXX has been out of stock for a really long time, I want to say over a year. Every time that you go to their website and look for the film, you see that it isn’t available. But in a recent Instagram story, Cinestill announced that the film has returned. And even better, it’s current being sold at $2 off!

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The Ultimate Micro Four Thirds Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the be all end all guide to the Micro Four Thirds System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we plan to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is the Micro Four Thirds system, powered by Olympus and Panasonic, which continued to offer incredible performance in small packages during 2017.

We have posted several Panasonic, Olympus and overall Micro Four Thirds guides here over the last year regarding cameras and lenses. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on the this system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Nikon Lens and Camera Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Nikon’s DSLR System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are doing that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Nikon, which has had a bit of a down year despite releasing arguably the best DSLR on the market in the D850.

We have posted a lot of great Nikon guides over the last year on everything cameras, lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Nikon’s F system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

Adam Jesionkiewicz’s Astrophotography Captures Beautiful Nebulas

All images by Adam Jesionkiewicz. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you think astrophotography is all about photographing the star trails and the Milky Way at night, you’re definitely mistaken. One look at the breathtaking photos snapped by Warsaw-based Adam Jesionkiewicz will tell you that this highly specialized type of photography is capable of creating images literally out of this world.

When he’s not working in the field of graphic design, Adam spends his time looking up to the night sky as an astrophotographer. And by that, I don’t mean simply peering through a camera pointed up to a clear sky to capture the stars and the Milky Way like how we typically see them. Essentially, he extends his reach all the way out into the vast cosmos with the help of specialized cameras and telescopes to take images of nebulas and other celestial objects.

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Julien Fumard Documents Life with Sled Dogs in Northern Finland

All images by Julien Fumard. Used with Creative Commons permission.

In a simple but also charming photo diary, French photographer Julien Fumard shows us what it’s like to spend winter in the northernmost region of Finland, warmed by the company of some adorable sled dogs. If “must love dogs” is something you live by, the photos are definitely worth your while.

When we speak of sled dogs, we often think of them in highly energetic packs speeding their way across snowy landscapes. However, not a lot of us see them in more relaxed environments. Luckily for Julien, he was able to travel to the municipality of Inari in Lapland, the largest and northernmost region of Finland, in 2012. He went home with a collection of part documentary, part travel photos he called A Dog Life.

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Something Personal: Richard Avedon’s Intimate Biography is Now Out

Richard Avedon’s new biography is now on Amazon

Thirteen years after his passing, we know little about the personal life of Richard Avedon. Yet, he remains the legendary portrait and fashion photographer behind some of America’s enduring images of fashion, beauty, and culture. Finally, we can now have an intimate look into his life and work through Avedon: Something Personal, a biography initiated by his longtime business and closest confidante, Norma Stevens.

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Instant Film Review: Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome

We’ve waited a long time for Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome film and it’s finally here!

One of the best things to have happened in the Polaroid/Instant Film world in so many years is the arrival of Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome. Announced earlier this year, the new film is a highly needed item that shows Fujifilm’s commitment to the Fujifilm Instax Wide format. The company has Mini, Square and Wide–and for a while the Wide format hasn’t been shown very much, if any, love. Perhaps this is because the other formats are much more portable, but Fujifilm Instax Wide has an appeal to photographers on the higher end. It is the largest format of all the Instant film formats and when put into the right cameras, the images sing.

Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome could be the absolute sharpest black and white instant film emulsion I’ve seen or used in years. In my opinion, it’s capable of outdoing even the old Fujifilm 3000B. Yes, I seriously never thought I’d say that. While I miss the excitement of the peel apart process, I’ll be the first to admit Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome is a superior film. And you can get Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome on Amazon now.

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