This Commercial Reminds Us of Konica as “The Oldest and the Boldest”

See which of the cameras in this commercial reminds you of Konica as one of the most historic camera brands of its time.

Konica may be no more but their legacy lives on in many of the film cameras still out there, ready for those who know what and where to look. For those unfamiliar with the Japanese camera company, today’s vintage camera commercial brings some introductions to some of its noteworthy models.

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Not Bad for a Content Creator: The Drobo 8D Review

The Drobo 8D is a pretty good option for the photographer or content creator who needs to have their photos, videos, and more always backed up.

My move to the Drobo 8D came after a number of LaCie drives had failed on me and caused a ton of headaches with our standard content production. Admittedly, I’ve never used something like the Drobo 8D before, though I’ve been aware of their benefits. For years, my LaCie drives had never failed on me. But then three failed within a period of half a year. Frustration finally made me move to a RAID. New photographers and content creators may not truly understand the need for one. Indeed, I was a photographer who said, “This would never happen to me.” In my defense, I’ve been a photographer who mostly worked from a laptop for the majority of my career; portable hard drives always made more sense. Most of the stuff I do goes online into the Phoblographer’s Media Library. But, there are times when I need to access other things, and the Drobo 8D has proven to be pretty great at keeping all my data secured and backed up when I’m home. Of course when I’m traveling, it’s not going with me.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Something Wrong with Your Image? Try This

Today’s photography cheat sheet will definitely come in handy for beginners wondering how to fix their snaps in camera.

Today’s digital cameras allow everyone to take decent photos, but for those who want to break free from shooting in Auto mode, taking full control of all the camera settings may seem daunting. At some point in every beginner’s manual photography journey, overexposed, underexposed, and blurry photos will be the norm. The goal, therefore, is to be able to fix or avoid these shots in-camera, instead of relying on Photoshop to correct them. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a quick troubleshooting guide that will allow you to do just that.

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Creating the Photograph: Claudia Paul’s “Red on Red”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach how they created an image with their lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Photographer Claudia Paul is a German-born, New York-based creative with over ten years of experience shooting editorial and commercial work. Her “Red on Red” concept is something she’s been developing for some time. For a bit of background on Claudia, she works frequently with Non-Profits and utilizes the power of strong imagery to help create positive change in the world. She lends her self-described ‘always personal’ approach to whatever the project might be with the goal of capturing authentic visuals. Claudia also runs a hands-on production company called Doppelganger Motion which focuses mostly on storytelling for small businesses and NGOs across the globe. She also recently joined the board of American Photographic Artists’ New York Chapter and is excited to strengthen the photo community and offer members crucial tools for growth.

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Apo Genc Reimagines Hamburg as a Utopian City in Infrared

All photos by Apo Genc. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Imagination is undoubtedly a big part of creative photography, In fact, it’s the very fuel that drive photographers like Apo Genc to see things differently and reimagine entire cities altogether. Case in point is today’s featured series, wherein the self-taught photographer used the surreal aesthetic of infrared photography to re-imagine and portray Hamburg as a utopian city. We often see infrared photography work nicely for landscape photography, so if you’ve ever been curious how it works with urbanscapes, this series will give you some ideas.

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World Press Photo Investigating Recent “Artificial” Plagiarism Claims

There’s a new development in the accusations of plagiarism made against World Press Photo nominee and German photojournalist, Maximilian Mann.

DOCKS, a photography collective made up of five documentary photographers, has published a report on the recent accusations made against Maximilian Mann’s WPP (World Press Photo) entry. As reported on The Phoblographer, Iranian Photojournalist, Solmaz Daryani, claimed that Mann had purposefully plagiarized her work. However, after DOCKS investigated the matter, new information shows it would have been impossible for Mann to have directly copied the work of Daryani.

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If Real, These Ultra-Fast Tamron Zooms Will Be Innovative but Large

The patents for the new E mount Tamron lenses have been filed and, if they go into production, one of them would be the fastest zoom on the Sony Platform.

After holding back for a few years in regard to making lenses for Sony Mirrorless cameras, Tamron has now gone all-in on the platform. We have seen some spectacular lenses from Tamron, including the 28-75mm Di II RXD f2.8, the 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD, and even their new affordable f2.8 primes (which are currently on sale for $299 each). As another sign of intent when it comes to the Sony platform, Tamron has recently filed two patents for ultra-fast zooms and, if they go into production, one of them (a 70-130mm f2) will become the fastest zoom lens on the Sony Platform. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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10 Great Lenses to Use for Photography Projects During Quarantine

Photography Projects are all about capturing and documenting things happening in your life, and these lenses will help you do that easily.

Nobody likes being stuck inside, especially creatives who thrive on being out in the world. Don’t think for one second that just because you are stuck inside your house that photography and your creativity have to stop. We’re living in an unprecedented time right now. Years from now, our kids and their kids will be asking us about 2020. What was it like? What did we do? How did we pass the time? These are the questions we will be asked. Wouldn’t it be great if we could pull out a photo album we made, or share images with those who wanted to know what life was like for us during these weeks, possibly months? Photography projects help us capture these moments that will help tell our stories. The lenses we have rounded up after the break will help you capture daily moments that will relay the stories of our time in quarantine.

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New Photographers: I’m Begging You to Not Be This Guy

New photographers tend to do things that annoy lots of people, and this is something you shouldn’t do at all.

If someone were constantly shooting a flash in your face, how would you react? Wouldn’t your eyes need a break? It would get annoying and you’d probably want to commit a small act of violence against the offender. So what happened to me and a buddy the other night at a Seiko event is the more modernized version of that. Instead of using a flash, a photographer just had a straight LED light on top of their Canon EOS R and shot non-stop. It was really, really annoying for a number of reasons.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Which Tripod Is Right for You?

A tripod is certainly an essential tool for every photographer, so this photography cheat sheet helps you decide which type is best for the work you do.

Photographers are recommended to invest in a good tripod, with some kinds of photography more in need of it than others. However, with so many different options out there, it may be overwhelming to pore through all of them and come to a decision. If you’re planning to get a tripod soon but aren’t quite sure yet what to get, this photography cheat sheet from Canon Asia should be able to help.

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Potential Flaw: The Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Is Missing a Very Big Feature

Can the Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD shape up and get past a few hurdles?

We’re sure everyone is asking why the Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD isn’t going for the extra 20mm to reach 200. The company has expressed many times that it was prioritizing weight, size, and cost. When you look at it from that standpoint, they’re totally right. At its current position, the Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Di III VXD is a viable option over Sony’s 70-200mm f2.8 and f4 options. The enthusiast and the professional alike could both reach for this lens. But, if we’ve seen anything in the past few years, it’s a couple of significant trends that have been demanded by many photographers across the board. The first is better optics: Tamron’s are excellent, but not always what they claim according to our tests. The other is a big one: the image stabilization.

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Quarantine Conversations: Magnum Photographers Discussing Their Work

Check this out if you’re curious about what Magnum photographers are tackling during lockdown and quarantine.

We’re used to Magnum photographers going on assignments to tackle the world’s most pressing issues head on, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re staying home like the rest of us. However, that hasn’t stopped them from making the most of their time with a new video series titled Quarantine Conversations. Here’s something to watch whether you could use more inspiration or are simply curious about how Magnum photographers are responding to issues brought about by this time of lockdown and quarantine.

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Under $100: We Found a Bunch of Photography Essentials Just for You

These bargain-priced photography essentials will help you grow and make your life as a photographer easier.

When we talk about photography and the gear we use, more often than not, we end up talking about the cameras and lenses we own, but for some reason, other accessories such as learning materials, flashes, tripods, and bags take a back seat in the conversation. To get the most of our cameras and lenses (and ourselves), we need accessories that can help us perform and grow to our fullest potential. After the break, we are going to take a quick look at some great items that we believe are photography essentials: the best part is that they all cost under $100.

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Just $29!!: Create Works of Art with This Photoshop FX Bundle

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If you want to make your work stand out from the crowd, this Photoshop action bundle is for you!

We have all seen images on Instagram and other photo-sharing platforms that make us take a second look due to the excellent effects applied, and we often wish we could apply some of the same effects to our own images. Did you know that you can do it, and that it is much easier than you might think? That’s where this incredible Amazing Artistic Photo FX bundle comes into play. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you will be able to transform your pictures into images that will that turn heads and make jaws drop, and for a limited time this bundle has fallen in price from $625 to just $29! Join us after the break for the details.

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Building Personal Style and Perspective Within Your Street Photography

There are two major steps in the growth of a street photographer.

The first thing that a street photographer should be learning is the technical side to the craft, which can initially feel like a daunting task when you consider both the fast-moving, spontaneous aspect of the genre and the fear that doing it may cause. Once that hurdle has been cleared, next comes the most interesting aspect of the growth and learning. This is where a photographer begins to hone their ideas into a personal style and perspective. It’s a gradual process that takes time, a lot of photographing, and some good old-fashioned research and self-reflection. Here are some of the most important steps to help you grow into your personal style and hone your perspective in your work.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Getting Up Close for Wildlife Photography

If you’re into wildlife photography, practice getting close to wild animals for awesome shots with this quick photography cheat sheet.

Photographing from afar is one of the most convenient, surefire ways to do wildlife photography. But some wild animals are simply great for close-up snaps. The challenge, therefore, lies in getting close enough to these creatures to get perfect shots without disrupting them in their natural habitat. Today’s photography cheat sheet comes with some helpful tips if you’re planning to try this and level up your wildlife photography.

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Did Sony Get It Right? The Sony 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Review

The Sony 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS is great for photographers who want a lightweight lens for wildlife, sports, nature, and portraits that won’t break the bank.

With the release of several new APS-C camera bodies last year, Sony finally thought it was about time to release APS-C specific lenses to go with them. Photographers who have been using Sony’s APS-C cameras have been crying for a super-telephoto zoom that they can call their own for the longest time, and now Sony has answered those calls with the Sony 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS. Has the wait for this super-telephoto lens been worth it? Let’s find out in our review.

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Flickr Is TRYING to Improve Groups with New Admin Tools

Flickr promises a better, easier, more intuitive curating experience for group admins with their latest improvements.

With photographers being able to spend more time on social media and online communities lately, Flickr made a timely decision to roll out some improvements to the group admin experience. The company announced some tools to make Flickr groups management and curation easier especially for new group admins. Whether you’re planning to start a photography community on Flickr or already managing one, this update should be particularly useful.

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Join Us, We’re Talking About Telephoto Lenses for Landscape Photography

Register for Pro Camera Reviews and join us live tonight!

Photographers: we know that you’re all cooped up inside and want to get shooting. But let’s talk about gear and the whole experience of shooting. We’re doing just that in tonight’s episode of Pro Camera Reviews. Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show featuring discussion of the products the Reviews Team at the Phoblographer are actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. It includes open Q&A from the audience towards the end of the show, and will air every Sunday at 7pm EST. You can register for the next episode right here.

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Great Examples of Negative Space in Black and White Photography

In itself, black and white photography is already minimalist, but you can make it even more effective with great use of negative space.

When we speak of minimalist photography, shooting in black and white is often one of the first techniques that come to mind. Without the distraction of colors, a scene is reduced to the interaction between light and shadows and how they make eye-catching contrast, often useful for both creative photography and visual storytelling. But, to make your black and white photography even more effective as minimalist images, simplifying your composition with a good grasp of negative space is necessary. This is where today’s featured video tutorial comes in handy.

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