Workouts For Photographers: How to Stay in Your Best Shape

Years ago, I entered into a mentally dark place that led to my becoming clinically obese. It prompted me to write a super popular piece about how photo walking helped me lose weight. We’ve also talked to various folks about self-care. With it being summer in the US right now, we believe it’s time to talk about workouts for photographers. So we spoke to a few fantastic photographers about how they stay in shape. 

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Canon’s Best Flash Has a Nice Discount Right Now

There is something about the Canon EL-1 that fascinates us. In our review, we said noted its innovations. The Canon Speedlite EL-1 uses a new Xenon flash tube. While other flashes can get a similar output at full power, the EL-1 can shoot down to 1/8192 power, where most flashes stop at 1/128 or 1/256. That allows the light to better blend with the ambient light in dim scenes, as well as creating a more seamless look when using as a fill flash. And right now, it’s enjoying a healthy discount, and so are other speedlights from Canon. Be sure to check them out and purchase one. These deals end on July 3rd.

How Rowan Renee Explores Trauma Through Their Photos

“The impulse to create Bodies of Wood came from a dream, or rather a nightmare that made it clear that the only way to heal was to talk about what happened,” says photographer Rowan Renee (they/them) to the Phoblographer in an interview. “The culture of shame and silence around any kind of abuse within the family is a powerful force, but it’s particularly strong for victims of incest.” Rowan was always fascinated by antique cameras, and so took a workshop at the Penumbra Foundation. That’s where they really started to hone their skills and eventually create Bodies of Wood.

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This Beautiful Photo By Niki Phillips Has a Heartwarming Story

“Picasso once said ‘good artists borrow, great artists steal,’” photographer Niki Phillips told us in an interview. “And that’s kind of what we did with this photo. But definitely want to give the credit to Jordi (Koalitic) for having this awesome idea. He’s insanely talented and outrageously creative.” Niki is a duo along with his wife, Aubrey. To create this mesmerizing portrait, the two did some spur-of-the-moment work.

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Comments to the Editor. Findings With the Sony a7r IV

Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of comments. People can be pretty toxic at times when you and your staff work pretty hard to output content. That’s why for a while I removed them from the site. But sometimes, our comments are actually from people who realize that we’re human beings too. And instead of responding to them in our comments section, we had the idea to write full letters to them. Inspired by the Letters to the Editor in the New Yorker, we’re doing just that here.

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The OM SYSTEM Sale for June is Almost Over!

There’s only a few days left! If there was ever a moment to get into the OM SYSTEM, it would be right now. There are instant savings available until June 26th on a bunch of the products you’ve been drooling over. Are you considering getting your first ever real camera? Then there’s something for you in this round up. Maybe you’ll end up pairing it with a nice, small, f1.8 lens! Take a look and see.

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Panasonic GH6 Review: Amazing Video, But That’s It

Five years after the launch of the GH5, the Panasonic GH6 arrived in a hail of video features. But, while the Micro Four Thirds camera has a long list of options for videographers, Panasonic dubs the GH6 as a hybrid for shooting multiple media types. Besides the 5.7K video, the sensor was upgraded to the highest resolution of any Micro Four Thirds camera yet (25.2MP). Meanwhile, to reduce noise, Panasonic introduced something called Dynamic Range Boost.

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You Can Win a Brand New Camera: Perks for Phoblographer Subscription

We’ve been working really hard on offering something brand new to our readers. And now, we’re ready to announce one of the biggest things in The Phoblographer’s 13 year history. If you’ve already purchased our subscription through our app, then you’re already entered in the drawing to get some big things. But if you haven’t bought our $24.99/year subscription, you’re going to want to. Today, we’re introducing membership perks for our audience.

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Who Really Puts Instax Film in Their Mouth?

Sometimes I forget that I’m 35 years old and that my fellow millennials have done some stupid things like going to Fire Festival. But when I look at the new warning label on Instax film, I wonder if Gen Z didn’t learn from the tide pod trend from years ago. Not long ago, Fujifilm issued a new warning on the back of their Instax film. It specifically tells customers that they’re not supposed to put the film in their mouth. But isn’t that obvious?

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3 Lights for Professional Photographers We Really Liked

If there is anything that I have fun reviewing, it’s lights! We’re always excited about the creative possibilities that lights give vs something like a lens. And what’s more, our entire reviews staff is trained on how to make the most of lights. If you’re in the market for some good strobes, take a look. There are lots of affordable lights for professional photographers on the market. But then again, there are also some that are just well worth the investment.

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Shooting Photos: Should the Term Change for Photographers?

There are times I’ve written “shooting animals” or something else along those lines. In other countries, it’s probably okay to keep saying that. But in America, it feels disgusting in these times. If you’re sitting there saying we’re getting caught up in vernacular and culture, then I implore you to convince me of your side. However, I’m going to talk about mine.

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How to Shoot Great Astrophotography Without Photoshop

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One of the most liberating things about modern cameras is just how far the technology in some of them has come. Lots of photographers love to shoot astrophotography, but end up spending a while in post-production layering and compositing photos. But what if you didn’t need to? That’s the focus of today’s short Useful Photography Tip. Here’s how to do astrophotography without needing Photoshop. In fact, you could even do this in-camera.

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3 Affordable Macro Lenses Photographers Love

If you’re looking for affordable macro lenses, you’re in the right spot. Want to shoot photos of your food? What about the watches you’ve collected? Well, know that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get the beautiful photos you’re looking for. Dive in with us; this roundup will help you find what you need.

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VSCO Is Back! Can Adobe Alum Make Them Great Again?

The big news today is that VSCO is making a return. Not that they were gone, but we haven’t heard very much about them for a while now. When they first launched, VSCO felt like a community that would take on Instagram the same way EyeEm did. While the latter seemingly turned their editors into AI algorithms, the former became quietly focused on itself. VSCO is still around and has worked on many ways to make your photos look cool, and they’ve been hard at work on other things. Today, they’re announcing that former Adobe employees have hopped onboard to their upper management. Will this make them the apple of a photographer’s eye again?

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How to Handhold a Telephoto Lens for Better Wildlife Photography

It’s no secret that wildlife photography really requires a telephoto lenses. Some think those lenses can be big and cumbersome. But in recent years, that hasn’t been the case. These lenses have become much lighter and easier to manage. What’s more, it’s easier to handhold a telephoto lens for wildlife photography because of the tech inside. In this short tutorial, we’re going to talk about good practices and introduce you to some of that tech.

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How to Be Mentally Present for Street Photography

Lots of street photographers say they’re in the zone when they’re out shooting. That can be taken a bunch of different ways, but we’ve talked to countless photographers who feel that street photography is therapeutic. The craft forces them to focus on other things mentally and distracts them from what’s going on in their lives. So, how do you put yourself in the right state of mind? We’re going to talk a little bit about it.

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Photographer Paul Harries Bethinks on the Great Chester Bennington

“Magazines always wanted shots of him with his shirt off, I am sure he found this tedious, but he never made a fuss about it,” says photographer Paul Harries about photographing Chester Bennington. “These shots were not used at the time but when the news came through about his death, I was asked to find something unseen for the cover of Kerrang! Magazine.” Paul was fortunate enough to photograph Chester over the years, and he shared a few memories with us.

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The Best Lenses Under $500 for Your Mirrorless Camera

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The best lenses under $500 are probably the ones you already have. In fact, if you’ve used your camera for a while now, we’d be shocked if you didn’t pick these up. There are few things that make us happier than adding an affordable gem of a lens to your camera bag. And because we know that not everyone has over $1,000 to spare on their hobby or profession, we’re rounding up these little gems for you. Take a look, and dive in with us!

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How a Wedding Made Me Not Miss My DSLR

This is the story of how I was reminded that I do not miss the DSLR days, and how I am very happy mirrorless has arrived in full. A childhood friend of my companion got married last weekend and I found myself photographing her wedding, a little against my will. That story needs a bit of context first. My girlfriend was invited to a wedding. She could bring a +1 and, being the boyfriend, that ended up being me. Nothing special. During cocktails, the wedding photographer came down with some sort of food poisoning. She turned red and could barely stand on her feet. After a little bit of panic, my girlfriend had the great idea to remind everyone that her +1 happens to be a wedding photographer who can help out while the hired photographer rested in the back room.

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The Best Prime Lenses for the OM SYSTEM OM-1

The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is a fantastic camera in so many different ways. It brings with it a ton of innovation that we haven’t seen in others on the market. Couple that with the great lens selection that’s available and you’ll be amazed at what it can do. Do you like prime lenses? Well, we’re selecting the best prime lenses for the OM-1. Take a look!

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Pritham D’Souza Illustrates Hope With a New Lockdown Series

Quarantine Tribe, Pritham D'Souza

“The lockdown made me realise how we take everything for granted,” reflects Indian professional photographer Pritham D’Souza about the recent couple of years we’ve been through. Not having used a camera for three months during this period, he decided to shake up his routine. Quarantine Tribe was born out of a desire to provide hope in times of distress and disarray. Pritham tells us how he collaborated to create these images, and why hope is always just around the corner.

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