Our Favorite Camera Bags for Street Photographers and Photojournalism

The street photographer needs a compact bag that helps them retain as low key of a profile as possible.

When street photographers go for camera bags, they often reach for something that will last them years. These bags are sometimes converted standard Jansport offerings or others, but they’re not proper camera bags. A proper camera bag allows a photographer to section things off for quick access. It also provides protection from the elements. Best of all, it makes sure your gear doesn’t get tossed about. We went through our reviews index to find some of the best camera bags for street photographers.

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Does Social Media Really Mean the End of Traditional Photojournalism?

Everyone can practice photojournalism these days thanks to the phone in their pocket and apps like Facebook.

When you think about photojournalism and those who practice the trade, what do you think of? What do your picture? Do you think about camera laden men and women running around to get the shots we end up seeing in newspapers, magazines, and on TV? If so, you’re not alone; this is the image that I and countless others have. But times are changing, and the face of photojournalism is in danger of changing too. Continue reading…

The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR is for Photojournalism

It looks like the Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR lens can take some abuse from the elements.

Considering the abuse that we’ve put the Fujifilm GFX 50R through, we’re pretty confident that the new Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens should be able to survive all of that too. In fact, the only product photos that Fujifilm sent us for this new lens are those where the lens is in the field and roughing it out in the snow. This new lens is the latest zoom option to come to the medium format world and it keeps a constant f5.6 aperture throughout the range. Now, if you’re a full frame 35mm film/digital shooter, then these focal lengths seem odd. But if you convert it to 35mm then it’s more or less a 79-158mm f4.4 lens. Sort of odd for sure, but useful if you need it.

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Tea Journals Tells the Story of Animals Through Photojournalism

Photo by @sabrina_boem_photography Donata has volunteered all her life at the local shelter and she still helps stray cats. She rescued Vivaldi’s mother from the street when she was about to give birth. Having lived so long in the street she was weak and all kitties almost died at birth. Donata made a promise to herself: she would do anything to save at least one kitty. Vivladi did survive and he’s been living with Donata ever since.

Cheryl Senter calls her @tea_journals Instagram feed a labor of love. The goal — to promote visual journals and animal awareness through journalistic, street style, animal documentation. After recently tipping the 20K mark, Cheryl has shown no sign of a slow down and tells us that it may turn into a book that donates all the proceeds to animals. For her this has been quite a project. Cheryl is a photojournalist first and foremost, plus she’s on our list of fantastic female photographers to follow. So we spoke to her a bit more about the project.

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Eros Hoagland Believes Photojournalism Does Not Change The World

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Photojournalism plays an integral part in conveying truths and stories in the form of images showing timely newsworthy events, connecting to the viewers from everywhere around the world. However, Eros Hoagland, a burned out photojournalist believes photojournalism does not change the world. In this documentary video “We Fear Wolves We Never See Them”, Hoagland shares how photographing the drug war in Mexico has exhausted him and decided to move out of photojournalism.

In 1984, Eros Hoagland’s father who was a photojournalist was killed while photographing the war in El Savador. Hoagland then inherited his father’s cameras and subsequently followed his footsteps in photojournalism career, which led him to covering the drug war in Mexico in 2005.  Continue reading…

The Failure of Modern Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

For generations, what photographers have tried to do to get society to change its minds about social and political issues is showing exactly what happens. We, as in most of society, are behind a safety of sorts: there are screens, editors, warnings etc that the most graphic photojournalism and documentary stories that can really change a person’s mind about an issue. These censors have made the public immune to so many things–so much so that we continue on to other stories like those of some kid blaming Pokemon Go for them walking into traffic.

Why? We, as a society, like being entertained pretty much to death,

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Photojournalism, Permission Rights and The Social Web: A Combination That Works Least for the Photographer

While there are loads of award winning photographers in the best agencies, newspapers, and wires the future of photojournalism seems to be changing more and more to where quite honestly, the photographer has the least amount of importance in most of history. Just recently, a photo of a woman in a dress being arrested by well armed police men made the rounds like wildfire online. Part of getting this shot involved access that working with those big companies can get you. It also comes with publication after publication using the image without permission or licensing for their own reasons. It’s theft–and part of this has to do with how the social web works.

But is this the future of photojournalism as we know it? This has been asked before, but is it really, truly the future of the format?

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Jonathan Hodder: Documentary Photojournalism Abroad

All images by Jonathan Hodder. Used with permission.

Photographer Jonathan Hodder is a British-Filipino national currently working for the United Nations in Southeast Asia. He tells us that he is “designing and managing projects on democracy and human rights.” His job takes him around to many places in the world, and so he manages to photograph many people in various walks of life.

“Previously, I only used the streets to hurriedly get from A to B, but a camera has this remarkable ability to make time slow down and appreciate the way people interact with each other, consciously or unconsciously.” he tells the Phoblographer. “These moments can often be aesthetically beautiful, emotionally very strong, or a combination of both. This is why I fell in love with street photography.”

He’s been into seriously shooting since 2014 and

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Four Photojournalists Discuss Ethics in Photojournalism

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A couple of months back, the Bronx Documentary Center held a panel with four famous photojournalists discussing the ethics of photojournalism. The panel was held in part with their gallery showing called Altered Images–which displaying manipulated images in photojournalism over the past 150 years.

The photojournalists in attendance were Joao Silva, Ricky Flores, Joseph Rodriguez and Eugene Richards. The moderator of the panel was Whitney Richardson, photo editor at The New York Times. Throughout the panel, the photojournalists speak of hardships and balancing their thoughts on community vs what editors at papers need them to do and later on have interesting things to say about American media.

The video is after the jump and is well over an hour. so it’s probably best listened to or watched later on in your day. Additionally, the language tends to get courser–but what you’ll find is a very real and uncensored experience.

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ISO 400: Amanda Rivkin Talks About Photojournalism Internationally

President Elect Barack Obama waves to a crowd of 250,000 through bullet proof glass after becoming the 44th U.S. President on election night in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois on November 4, 2008.

President Elect Barack Obama waves to a crowd of 250,000 through bullet proof glass after becoming the 44th U.S. President on election night in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois on November 4, 2008. Photo by Amanda Rivkin

All photographs are copyrighted and used with permission by Amanda Rivkin.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Amanda Rivkin, an American photojournalist currently based in Chicago who has a wealth of international experience, having worked in places like Azerbaijan, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey. She’s been published in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Le Monde and Newsweek among others. She has a deep understanding of storytelling and an eye for subtlety that you don’t often find in news photographs.

If you’d like to see Amanda’s work, you can check out her website and follow her on Instagram @amandarivkin and on Facebook.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

The episode is embedded below.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Photojournalism

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Photojournalism is the process of documenting the happenings of life on camera through photography. These days, it tends to extend into videography but the main elements of the practice still hold their roots in still image capture. Photojournalism can still be a tough job as far as getting work and images that are different than other photojournalists but that is still a story that would hold an audience captive.

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5 Impactful Photographs The World Will Never Forget

All photos can make some kind of impact. But only a small few stay at the front of society’s mind for eternity.

When we think of influential photos, our minds instantly goes to the likes of Nick Ut’s, The War of Terror, or Malcolm Browne’s, The Burning Monk. Most photos that stick in our minds tend to be related to politics, our environment, or terror. Very rarely do we hold on to good news. We’ve had uplifting images such as humankind’s first visit to the moon – but even that is not free of conspiracy and controversy. Many of society’s photographs that are never to be forgotten are from a century gone by. What about the modern era? What’s going to be the leading photographs for the next generation to reflect on? Let’s take a look.

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Review: Panasonic 70-200mm F4 OIS Lumix S Pro (It’s Fast!)

The Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS Lumix S Pro isn’t a bad option for the photojournalist.

Many of you are of the philosophy that you hate zoom lenses, but the Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS Lumix S Pro is genuinely one of the most capable we’ve tested for the system. Thus far, I’ve found it to be the fastest focusing lens for L mount. That’s great news for photojournalistic photographers in addition to those who shoot weddings and events. You’re going to get great photos from it, but be sure to make a lot of space in your camera bag. Combined with the size of the Panasonic S1, you’ll see that it’s really large.

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Quick Tips and Tricks for the Fledgling Photojournalist

Getting into photojournalism and want to know how to improve your snaps? Here are some quick tips and tricks handy for the fledgling photojournalist.

As with all genres of photography, mastering photojournalism will take years and a lot of practice. But, as a budding photojournalist, you have to start somewhere. Fortunately, we have generations of great photojournalists to learn from, and some fundamental tips and tricks that have proved useful to the craft. If you’re still getting the hang of it, this quick guide will be helpful.

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Special Report: The Leica M10 Monochrom Is Kodak Tri-X in Digital Form

The Leica M10 Monochrom is much more than just a black and white sensor.

“That’s a new one for you folks,” is what I said when being briefed on the new 40MP sensor at the heart of the Leica M10 Monochrom. Indeed, it’s not just the Leica M10’s sensor with the Bayer array removed, but something completely new. The 40MP sensor is optimized for detail and dynamic range. One could argue it’s mid-way between the Leica Q2 and the Leica M10, but the truth is that it leans more towards the Leica Q2 when it comes to resolution. If you’ve never held a Leica M10 or even know how to use a rangefinder, this camera is the one that will probably make you fall in love with using them. When they’re in your hand and you’re in-tune with how a rangefinder works, you’ll become a totally different photographer. The pictures you take become more about your passion and the moment than anything else.

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The Best Manual Focus Lenses Photographers Will Love

Some photographers are 100% in tune with their surroundings, and they’re the ones using the best manual focus lenses available.

There are photographers who just never understand how to use manual focus lenses, and photographers who know that using them requires you to be in tune with your environment. Think about the way Leica M shooters think and about how they’re able to predict something before it happens. Being in tune with his surroundings is how Robert Capa was able to capture some of his best images. Indeed, the best manual focus photographer can be quicker than one using autofocus. Manual focus lenses are not only great for photojournalism, they’re also for moments where slow photography allows you to make genuinely better photos. So, we went into our Reviews Index to round up some of our favorites.

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Instagram Has Made Street Photography Cliche and You’re the Problem

Now more than ever, street photography has become cliché. But what’s the solution? And more importantly, do we need one?

In an article recently published on World Press Photo, writer Colin Pantall asks: Why photograph when every picture has already been made? It’s a great question that highlights the impact of both an oversaturated industry and hobby. Because nowadays, everyone is a photographer – especially with the rise of social media and the smartphone camera. In his piece, Pantall focuses on the impact cliché images have had on documentary photography and photojournalism, but I want to take a look at street photography; a genre many complain has become stale.

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Review: Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Almost G Master Sharpness)

The Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD is a lens that wide-angle shooters may not want to remove from their Sony cameras.

When I was testing the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD lens, I almost never wanted to take it off of my camera. Believe it or not, it wasn’t because of the image quality (although it’s good in and of itself), but it’s size. It felt like a lightweight prime that wasn’t overly mammoth. It was a nice reminder of what mirrorless cameras are supposed to be: smaller and lighter with the lenses to suit them. With an $899 price point, I think the photographers who go for the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD are going to be very happy. Pros and enthusiasts alike will appreciate the fact that it can survive heavy rainfall and continue to pump out great images. Couple this with how quickly it focuses and how reliable the lens can be, and you’ve got a winner. If I’m getting your hopes up though, you should note that this isn’t a G Master lens.

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How the Photography Industry Changed for Women Over the Last Decade

Photography has been a part of our world for over 150 years. Lead Photo by Kezi Ban

It began as most things did, available only to the privileged few, mostly where wealth and power were concerned. As such, it’s undeniable that the field has historically been male-dominated and slow to change with the times. While we’ve made many advancements as an industry, we have a long way to go, and yet, there seems to be a lot of resistance in acknowledging how and where things still need to shift. Given this, we decided to explore the changes made over the years with female photographers who have been in the industry for at least a decade. We spoke to them about how things were when they first started, what things disappeared over time, and what things are still present in our community and culture. While some shifts have definitely happened, through speaking with these five phenomenal photographers, certain sentiments were repeatedly echoed as issues we still face today.

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These 24mm Lenses Are Very Special, and Here’s Why You Need Them

24mm lenses are perfect for many photography genres, including street, weddings, environmental portraits, and more.

Here at The Phoblographer, we have a soft spot for 24mm lenses, and for good reason. These prime lenses are so handy they should have a permanent home in each and every camera bag around the globe. Need a lens for street photography? The 24mm has you covered. Need a solid performer for environmental portraits, landscapes, astrophotography, weddings, or documentary and photojournalism work? A trusty 24mm won’t let you down. Here’s a quick look at six of our favorite 24mm lenses that you should consider adding to your lens library. Continue reading…

Why the Leica SL2 Is Good for a Certain Type of Portrait Photographer

The Leica SL2 is more or less a camera for creative photography and that makes it great for portraits.

It’s no surprise that the Leica SL2 could probably be one of the best options for portrait photographers using medium format. During my time with the Leica SL2 before its announcement, I thought carefully about who this camera is targeted towards. In many ways, I liken it to the Canon 5D Mk II’s launch many years ago. That was a camera designed for the creator–the portrait, landscape, studio, and documentary photographer who did things slowly with careful setup. It’s not a speed demon like the Sony a9 II. It’s not designed for those who do sports, photojournalism, etc. Part of this is due to the autofocus system coupled with the fantastic lens lineup that Sigma, Panasonic, and Leica all offer. The camera will have issues in low light, but the image quality will always be solid. For that reason, I think the Leica SL2 is a great camera for the photographers amongst us that do slow work. And let’s be honest: there’s a ton of you.

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