B+W Filters is Showing off Their New Packaging at Photokina

Schneider Kreuznach is set to present several improvements to their B+W Filters at the Photokina 2018.

If you’re already excited about checking out the manufacturers’ booths for the upcoming Photokina on September 26 – 29 in Cologne, you might want to add Schneider Kreuznach on your list. The German optics company is set to bring some improvements to their B+W Filters and related accessories. These include new packaging design, a B+W ND Calculator App, innovative surface coating for filter mounts, and new B+W square filters. Landscape photographers in particular may be interested in checking these out.

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The Best Portrait Lenses Under $500 That Will Take Your Images to the Next Level

Just because something is cheap it doesn’t always mean it’s bad, and these portrait lenses under $500 prove that point.

Sure, you can go out and spend big bucks on portrait lenses that will get you top results, but you can also great performance and images with more budget friendly options that will make you, and your clients say “wow”. We are always told that buying expensive lenses is the only way to get quality results, and in the past that may have rang true, but now, thanks to increasing competition between first and third party lens makers, even budget lenses perform incredibly well. When it comes to portrait lenses you want to make sure the glass you are using produces sharp images, and that color reproduction is on point. The portrait lenses listed below are what we believe to be the best options under $500. They are all razor sharp, all have excellent build quality, and they all punch well above their weight. Here are our picks for best portrait lenses under $500.

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Inspiration: The Winning Projects and Pictures of the 2018 URBAN Photo Awards

Get inspired with the impressive winning photos being showcased in this year’s URBAN International Photo Awards.

International photography contest URBAN International Photo Awards has recently announced the winning pictures, projects, and portfolios for this year’s competition. Now on its 9th edition, the contest is being promoted by Trieste-based cultural organization dotART, and gathers thousands of participating photos and photographers from across the globe. If you’re looking for some of today’s inspiring and outstanding photography, you might want to check out the entries that made the cut.

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Cheap Photo: Up Your Post Processing Game and Save $961 on 9,000 Lightroom Presets

Finding deals on new cameras, lenses, accessories, and software shouldn’t be stressful. That’s why we round up all of the best photography deals for you.

If you are on the lookout for the best photography deals on the web, you have come to the right place. Cheap Photo is all about finding the lowest prices on the gear and software you want and need.

We have found all of the best photography deals for you so you don’t have to spend hours crawling the web. If you are looking to improve your work flow in Lightroom, the Mega Bundle of 9,000 Pro Lightroom Presets for just $39 is for you. If it’s a new camera you’re after, pick up the Full Frame Canon 6D Mk II for $1,205 (Savings of $794.99). It’s the perfect way to break into the world of full frame cameras. When it comes to finding sales on software, tutorials, accessories, lenses, and cameras, we have you covered. Check out all of the amazing photography deals we have found below.

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5 Pieces of Gear an Aspiring Portrait Photographer Needs and Why

Making people come to life in images can be tricky, but portrait photographers know how to get the best out of their models.

No matter how good we are with people, we can benefit from the help of accessories in our line of work. If you are an aspiring portrait photographer, your charm and wit will serve you well, but being prepared from an equipment standpoint will do you well too. You don’t need to break the bank to be ready, but there are some key items that will help make you a successful portrait photographer.

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Venus Optics is Showing Off (Sort of) 12 New Lenses at Photokina

Venus Optics creates a number of manual focus, unique lenses and at Photokina they’re announcing three brand new ones.

While the new 17mm f1.8 and 12mm f1.8 for Micro Four Thirds lenses from Venus Optics are probably what will appeal to photographers a lot more, the company is also announcing a new cinema lens. That, and there are new variants on a number of their optics. The company’s press release explains it way better than I can.

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RANT: All That is Wrong with Street Photography

With its rising popularity and influx of millions of images, there is no escaping all that is wrong with street photography.

We recently ran a story covering the demise of the popular street photography collective, In-PUBLiC. The community became divided over one simple photo and things became quite heated. But whilst dummies are being spat out on the floor, there are far bigger issues destroying this craft.

Brace yourself. Here comes a rant.

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Loreal Prystaj Uses Mirrors to Explore Man’s Relationship with Nature

All images by Loreal Prystaj. Used with permission.

There may already be a multitude of projects exploring man’s relationship with nature, but among the best I’ve seen that embody this is the aptly titled Reflecting on Nature by New York City and London-based visual artist Loreal Prystaj. This visually stunning and clever body of work was evidently inspired by nature, but probably not in the way we mostly see. Instead of looking for a location based on an idea, Prystaj immersed herself in what she could find in her surroundings and let them work their magic on her project.

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The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the Lightest of the Big Four’s Lens Options

We’ve been playing with the new Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master lens for a little while and we’re pleasantly surprised.

Yes, we know that Fro Knows Photo leaked it before; and now we can officially admit that the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is real. This lens isn’t just an 24mm though and we can say with certainty that there really is innovation here. It’s got dust and splash resistance on top of being smaller and lighter than the options from Sigma, Canon and Nikon. Traditionally wide angle lenses with fast apertures were always huge. But with Sony’s new design for the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master, photographers who own a Sony FE camera are bound to more or less glue this lens to their body.

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First Impressions: Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master (Sony FE)

The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the lightest and most compact G Master lens yet.

Earlier this week, Sony invited members of the photography press to an event in San Francisco where they unveiled the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master lens, making it the 30th Full Frame lens for Sony’s E mount overall and the 8th lens within the G Master series. Weighing in at only 445 grams, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is currently the lightest and most compact lens in the G Master lineup. With excellent corner to corner sharpness and a wide focal length, the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is a lens that will suit the needs of photographers specializing in astrophotography, environmental portraiture, landscape photography, and travel photography alike.

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2018: This is the Year of the Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

The full frame mirrorless camera finally started to creep out of its confines and it was long overdue.

The full frame mirrorless camera: I genuinely feel like in every portal, group, and forum that I step into there is a conversation about this. It’s been a long time coming. Leica was the first to the scene nearly 10 years ago with the Leica M9. Then Sony came along with the Sony a7 and Sony a7r. Heck, even Hasselblad and Fujifilm released mirrorless cameras with bigger sensors than full frame 35mm. And then this year, Nikon and Canon finally decided that they’d step up and give us the Nikon Z6, Nikon Z7, and the Canon EOS R. It’s about time: barring a few players, the world of DSLRs and APS-C cameras was starting to get kind of dull. Combine this with the fact that Apple, Google, Samsung, and Huawei are trying to give everyone a reason to not buy a bigger camera and you’ve got a photography world that needs to modernize.

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Sylvain Deffaix’s Stunning Vistas of Northern Vietnam from Above

All images by Sylvain Deffaix. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The north of Vietnam is home to some of the best and most unique natural views in this Southeast Asian country; majestic mountains, lush rice terraces, and astounding karst formations that couldn’t be found anywhere else. These landscape views always make for great pictures but while most visitors would take shots at eye-level, Sylvain Deffaix elevated things a notch – literally – and captured places in this region from a bird’s eye view.

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Opinion: The Fujifilm XT3’s Sensor Still Doesn’t Output Images That Look Totally Like Film (But They’re Nice)

The Fujifilm XT3 is shaping up to be a really fantastic camera, but it still isn’t utilizing the reason why so many of us went to Fujifilm in the first place.

The Fujifilm XT3 (or as they call it, the Fujifilm X-T3) is the company’s latest evolution to their SLR style camera body designed to be a workhorse for many photographers. Despite a whole lot of great and absolutely fantastic things built into the camera, I personally am wondering what Fujifilm’s goal is here with the idea of the X Trans sensor and Film Simulations. One of the reasons why I was so smitten with the X Pro 1 was the fact that it delivered images that really looked like well shot and developed film. To some extent, the Fujifilm XT2 did too but only really with Acros. With the latest iteration, the Fujifilm X-T3, the company is delivering a new 26.2MP X Trans Sensor that delivers the most beautiful colors of any APS-C sensor that we’ve seen. But at the same time, the film simulations just don’t feel right.

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Birgit Schlosser Shares Her Beautiful Minimalist Architecture Photographs of Lanzarote

All images by Birgit Schlosser. Used with permission.

For anyone who’s used to seeing highrises made of steel and glass and concrete, and wooden structures painted in various colors every single day, Lanzarote, the fourth largest island in the Canaries, would be a refreshing sight to behold as experienced by Birgit Schlosser. As is the case in the more popular Santorini and its own white structures, all of the houses in Lanzarote are painted white on the outside due to strict implementation by local authorities. Pops of color appear only on painted shutters which are either green in the countryside or blue by the sea.

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This Photo Series Puts a Woman and Her Giant Yellow Balloon in Bangkok

All images by Julia Marie Werner and Manuel Wagner. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Ah, Bangkok. Just like any other major Southeast Asian city, Bangkok is bustling, often crowded and noisy, and filled with sights you can’t see anywhere else; floating markets, temples, street food carts at every turn, tuk tuks, and a whole lot more.

Who knew that this city would serve as the perfect backdrop for an editorial-esque shoot? Big Yellow Balloon in Bangkok, a personal collaboration between photographer Julia Marie Werner and Manuel Wagner of Wagnerchic Postproduction & Retouching, puts the Thai capital under a new light as it features a girl in baby blue athleisure wear exploring the city’s streets with a, well, big yellow balloon in tow.

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Franck Bohbot Documents the Character of Indie Bookstores and Their Booksellers

All images by Franck Bohbot. Used with Creative Commons permission.

In our previous features, we’ve seen New York-based photographer and filmmaker Franck Bohbot capture the beauty of New Orleans at night, and dreamy winter scenes in the Big Apple. Today, we showcase yet another of his interesting photography projects; a portrait project that aims not only to introduce us to New York City’s indie booksellers, but also show us the character of the bookstores themselves.

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I’m a Photographer Who Took a Year Off of Instagram; My Business Didn’t Suffer

Today’s reality for photographers on social media, revolving around immediate reward and recognition, might fool you into thinking that your primary challenge is attention.

It’s a trap, don’t fall for it. The world of digital noise makes it easy to lose focus and blur your vision. It was never so tempting to mistake publicity for value. Facebook and Instagram do not care about your photography when they set or change rules. As useful and important as these platforms are, their sole purpose is a purely commercial operation specifically designed to make you come back as often as possible to spend more time there. I did not fall in love with photography to satisfy an algorithm whose primary purpose is to create more advertising revenue. I am the owner of the process and the purpose.

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Cheap Photo: Save $1570 on the 50.6MP Canon 5DSR and Hundreds on Lenses

We know you love finding cheap cameras and gear, so do we, that’s why Cheap Photo exists.

Whether you are looking for cheap cameras, or deals on other photography related gear and accessories we have you covered. We search the web looking for the biggest savings, and then we put everything we find into one place.

We have found some amazing cheap cameras, lenses and accessories for you. If you have been looking for a high resolution DSLR you can save $1,570 on the impressive Canon 5DSR, or if you have been wanting to jump into the Mirrorless world you can save $500.95 on the Fuji X-T2 which is on sale for $1,099. If it’s a telephoto lens you are after you can save big on the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 which offers a savings of $300. Check out the all the deals below and save money on all the gear you want.

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