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Review: Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag

When the Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag was announced a few weeks, ago, we got a moment to take a look at Photo Plus East and called one in for review. The bag is a fashionable messenger designed with a few really key but differentiating design features that add to its overall unique nature. Being made of cotton canvas, the Cecilia Lambert Camera Messenger Bag has an exterior that is soft to the touch. There is also a bit of wax on the exterior to protect it from the elements and the drunk at the event where you’re the photographer. With lots of pockets, dividers, and a big strap, it is also designed with standards that lots of camera bag manufacturers have implemented over the years. ...
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We Collaborated with Tog Tees to Make These Unique T-Shirts. You Should Get One

We’re super excited to announce our official collaboration with Tog Tees and are bringing you these wonderful new T-Shirts. For years, as the Phoblographer’s founder and editor I always wanted to abide by strong ethics–which is why we never stepped into doing collaborations or selling merch the way a few others do. I’ve always wanted folks...
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Film Emulsion Review: Kodak Ektachrome E100 (35mm, 2018 Emulsion)

Kodak Ektachrome E100 was announced to be coming back to the market in 2016; and though Kodak took its time getting it back to the market I’m elated to say that it’s finally here. Before it’s latest death, Kodak Ektachrome was deemed by Kodak to be a replacement for Kodachrome. But indeed, it has never looked like that. Instead, Kodak Ektachrome has both a saturated look to it while also remaining pretty low contrast in its appearance and in comparison to the Slide film emulsions offered by Fujifilm. At the moment, it’s also still pretty tough to get your hands on some....
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Field Report: Using the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom in NYC

Testing drones here at the Phoblographer has always been pretty difficult; NYC has very strict rules about where you can fly, times, etc. and to that end it’s not always as simple as setting up a camera and shooting. It draws attention, and doing it responsibly and legally can provide for a number of challenges. Take for example the day that we went out with DJI to play with their new DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom drones–Trump decided to do a flyover of NYC and so the locations, timing and altitude were all pretty difficult to make work. Despite the Pro designation, it doesn’t really feel quite pro. Professional photographers will surely be able to do great things with it, but the heart of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom leave me really wanting....
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Sample Images: Nikon z6

Reviews Editor Paul Ip was just in Florida with Nikon using their new Nikon z6 camera, and it’s proving to be better than the Nikon z7. We’re still working on our first impressions, but here are some sample images....
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Review: Godox XProF Wireless Flash Transmitter (Fujifilm)

When the Godox XProF Wireless Flash Transmitter was announced and finally on the market, I strongly believe that serious Fujifilm camera users must have jumped for joy everywhere. Finally, you could use flashes for other camera systems with your camera and still be able to get full TTL and other parameters. In this case, you can do it all with Godox’s own system. If you’ve got flashes for Sony, you can control them with this transmitter. I’ve tested this with Nikon before, and when I did I wasn’t able to get TTL due to firmware updates being only compatible with PCs. But now that I own a PC (and a Mac) and I purchased the Godox XProF Wireless Flash Transmitter for Fujifilm, I was able to use the same flash with two different system seamlessly....
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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Lois Greenfield

On our latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, Lois Greenfield graced us with her presence, knowledge, and overall creative thought process. Lois started out seriously photographing as a photojournalist in theatres and then decided to go ahead and do a different type of work in studios. Of any modern dance photographer, Lois is truly a one of a kind–and I reference this very heavily and clearly in our interview. Lois started out in film and shooting with a Hasselblad camera and Broncolor Lights mostly with black and white film. But since moving to digital, she’s been able to do much more....
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We’re Making a Few Big Changes to Our Reviews

In an effort to keep the site fresh and adapt to how content is being delivered, The Phoblographer is changing the way that we’re doing reviews. The Phoblographer is making a few big changes to our reviews from now on. If you’ve been a fan of the site, you know that we tend to do...
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Review: SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (1TB)

In my time using the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, I’ve learned just how incredibly fast technology and transfer rates have become. Despite being satisfied with my 2015 MacBook Pro and iMac computers, their Thunderbolt ports were always more than adequate for me. But when using the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD and recently moving gigabytes of data between computers, I saw first hand at just how fast a few gigabytes could be transferred. It floored me, and for the photographer that needs those types of speeds all the time, the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a great data storage solution....
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Useful Photography Tip #188: The Best Time of Day to Take Outdoor Portraits Is…Anytime!

If you’re one of those folks looking for that golden, sunkissed look to your portraiture then what you genuinely want is the entire period of the golden hour–and ideally before it. In big cities like in New York, sundown can last for a number of hours. The sun gets really nice and warm–so when combined with 5600K white balance (or auto, I guess) you can make skin tones really pop. But if you’re the type of person that can’t always wait for the sun to give you what nature does best, then seriously consider that the best time to take outdoor portraits is truthfully any time of the day....
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Tomorrow! Dance Photographer Lois Greenfield on Inside the Photographer’s Mind LIVE!

Dance photographer Lois Greenfield is joining us on Adorama TV next week.  On November 7th, dance photographer Lois Greenfield will be joining us on Adorama TV for the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind. Lois has been a dance photographer for many, many years and has been interviewed here before. So we’re doing something...
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The Results of Testing the Nikon Z7 vs the Fujifilm X-T2 for Concert Photography

“Think they’ll mind if I bring a camera?” I said to Reviews Editor Paul Ip in a text message a few hours before we went to see the Ataris together. Ultimately, they didn’t mind at all; and that’s the honest truth about how this post is coming together. This wasn’t planned, and it isn’t a formalized test because, well, it would be completely stupid and nonsensical to make this into a formalized test. When Reviews Editor Paul Ip and I decided to use the Nikon z7 and the Fujifilm XT2 to shoot the Ataris concert, we got to the front row of the very tightly packed Kingsland venue in Brooklyn, and then we shot. We couldn’t get the center we couldn’t even really move lest we surrendered our spot. But we made the most of it, and we learned a lot about the Nikon z7 and the Fujifilm X-T2....
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If You’re a Portrait Photographer, This Could Be Your Biggest Problem with Instagram

The embarrassing feeling of being “caught” is something that every guy dreads–especially if he’s a genuine portrait photographer with a clean record and who put his career first. “Caught” is a term that I’m using in relation to an issue with Instagram’s algorithm; and to fully explain what’s going on, I should relate a tale of embarrassment and explain how it’s changed me....
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Video: The Fujifilm GFX 50R Went Through at Least 10 Different Designs

We’ve been anticipating the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera for a little while now and after getting some hands on time with it at Photokina, we were even more intrigued. So at the recent Photo Plus Expo, we had a bit more time not only with the camera, but with Fujifilm’s own Makoto Oishi. Makoto spoke to us in a bit more depth about the camera–stemming from the design, who it is for, and even the autofocus....
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Watch Esteemed Dance Photographer Lois Greenfield Talk About Her Creative Vision

Dance photographer Lois Greenfield is joining us on Adorama TV next week.  On November 7th, dance photographer Lois Greenfield will be joining us on Adorama TV for the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind. Lois has been a dance photographer for many, many years and has been interviewed here before. So we’re doing something...
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Flickr is Finally Getting Rid of that Antiquated Yahoo! Sign In

One would think that Flickr would have gone the way of MySpace and Xanga years ago when it was cool, but there is still a community that apparently cares about it despite its lack of serious relevance in the major photography world these days. But today, the company announced a number of new changes including the fact that they’re removing that pesky required Yahoo! sign-in. That’s at least one step in the right direction as it’s personally kept me off of the platform for a long time now. This news comes after SmugMug bought Flickr....
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Extra Image Samples: Nikon z7 with 35mm f1.8

“I think I like this grip more than the Sony!” is what Reviews Editor Paul Ip said about the new Nikon z7 when he held it in his hands recent. Indeed, the internet sat there complaining about a million things in regards to the Nikon z7. But in my testing, I’ve honestly not found it to be too terrible of a camera. Is it behind in some ways? Yes; but so is Canon with their weird Face detection and Sony with their lack of an actually useful touchscreen. Not to mention Panasonic still hasn’t even brought their full frame camera to market yet. But in terms of actual, honest use, it’s not terrible–but there are surely things that are annoying....
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Video: What Makes the Nikon Z7 Viewfinder so Special?

At Photo Plus Expo 2018, we got a chance to ask Nikon about the viewfinder in their new Nikon z7 camera. During their presentation to the press, what their engineers said they were most proud of is the viewfinder in the camera. Nikon’s Lindsay Silverman explained to us why. According to him, Nikon really did a lot here. In fact, there are Nikkor optics in the viewfinder and they have things like fluorine coatings. In fact, it’s designed pretty much like a Nikkor lens. You like Nikkor glass, right?...
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Camera Bag Review: Portage Supply Kenora Backpack (4th Generation)

When I was first told about the Portage Supply Kenora Backpack by my buddy Travis, I went out and bought the 3rd generation backpack off of Amazon at his pointing them out. But after establishing a press relationship with the company, I was told about their 4th generation backpack–and for every day use this has to be one of the best options that isn’t a roll top camera bag. The Portage Supply Kenora Backpack has it all: looks, ruggedness, leather, canvas, quick access, and most importantly it’s comfortable. In fact, it’s the only backpack I’ve used that doesn’t have straps to secure it around your chest that I like. Why? Well, in real life use I realized that the design is in such a way that it doesn’t need them. Yes, seriously–it doesn’t need them....
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Video: How Sony Designed the 24mm F1.4 G Master Lens

At Photo Plus Expo 2018, we had a chance to speak a bit with Sony’s Mark Weir about the design behind the new Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master Lens. This lens is quite revolutionary in the fact that it is a bit smaller than most other 24mm f1.4 lenses out there and it is significantly lighter. As Mark explained to us, this is due to the inherent design. Of course, it’s first and foremost designed for Sony’s mirrorless cameras–and so a smaller size is paramount due to there being smaller cameras. But there’s a lot more to it than just that....
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Camera Bag Review: Portage Supply Mariner Messenger Bag

For years, I had sworn off messenger bags–but the Portage Supply Mariner Messenger Bag is using its beautiful looks and design to lure me back in. Admittedly, messenger bags are awful for your bag and in the long run I couldn’t see myself using the Portage Supply Mariner Messenger Bag as an every day bag. But on the occassions where it makes more sense for me to bring along a messenger instead of a backpack, I think that the Portage Supply Mariner Messenger Bag is going to be the one for me. Let’s discuss why....
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How Face Detection in the Canon EOS R Differs from the Sony System

While companies like Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic all have eye detection autofocus, lots of portrait photographers are eager to know how Face detection and eye detection works in the Canon EOS R. We’ve completed our Canon EOS R review and in practice, it’s well known that Sony is the one to beat in this genre of photography. For years, photographers used to use one autofocus point, focus and recompose their scenes very carefully to get what they wanted. That’s obviously changed over the years, but the massive innovation came years ago when Sony implemented eye autofocus into their A7 series cameras. And soon, the entire industry followed in their footsteps....
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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Jeff Rojas

To a packed crowd at the Adorama Event Space, experienced photographer Jeff Rojas educated a crowd on how he thinks as a photographer–and first and foremost he’s all about business and the interpersonal connection. Jeff states that he barely even touches his camera when he’s with a subject. In fact, he spends most of the time talking with them and forming a connection instead of actually shooting. According to Jeff, this helps him cut down on the images that he needs to take and he is able to figure out ideas, get a rapport and make it easier for both him and his subjects to work together....
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It’s Been Eight Years and This Wedding Photography Meme Is Still So True!

It’s very sad, but photographers who shoot weddings are still trying to justify their prices to folks. It’s not unusual to hear “Oh, we have a budget.” or “We really can’t afford to pay a whole lot.” And on top of that, it’s also sad that many people aren’t able to understand the difference between what their phone does, and what a proper camera in the hands of an experienced professional with a creative vision can do. Unfortunately, it’s too easy for folks to say “I can do that.” until they realize that they can’t. Plus, they actually like Uncle Bob....
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We Found Out Why the Ricoh GR III Isn’t Weather Sealed (and Much More)

With the Ricoh GR III being announced, photographers are excited to see just how it will perform. More importantly, the camera is important to the street photography world for its great image quality, small size, fantastic lens, and reliability overall. When we reviewed the Ricoh GR II, we adored just what it was capable of doing and the image quality rendition. With the Ricoh GR III slated to arrive next year, we wondered why the Ricoh team made some of its design choices. And so we reached out and asked. Though brief in their information, it’s apparent that Ricoh still may have more details to come....
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Not News: People Are Jerks on Instagram and Grass Is Green

In a recent story, the Atlantic tried to show off to the world how awful of a place Instagram has become; and generally speaking I agree. The piece, which I encourage you to read for yourself, talks about harassment and it being rampant around the social media platform–which is inherently due in part to its design. The article uses specific incidents where people have been harassed and trolled by complete morons on the internet. And if you’re a photographer, then you’re most likely aware of how much this happens–especially when it comes to gear....
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Review: Leica M10-D (Almost the Leica That I’ve Been Waiting For)

When I walked into a meeting with Leica and saw the Leica M10-D, it reminded me of the very few times that I gasped with utter and pure excitement in the industry: when Sony announced their radio flashes/transmitter, when Capture One finally started to work closer with Fujifilm, and when Kodak announced that Ektachrome was coming back. And for the most part, I’m writing my review of the Leica M10-D from the point of view of a fanboy simply because I genuinely don’t expect most people to understand the camera. One side will call me a spoiled, hipster millennial and the other side may label me as an elitist snob with full conviction that Leica paid me a ton of money to write this. But indeed, this post is being written with pure joy and admiration at what Leica has done with the Leica M10-D; but I am also fully acknowledging where it’s gone wrong....
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Fujifilm: The Fujifilm GFX 100 Could Still Have an X-Trans Sensor

At Photokina 2018, Fujifilm gave so many photographers what they wanted with the new Fujifilm GFX 50R rangefinder style camera. This camera comes two years later after the first entry into the medium format category for Fujifilm, the Fujifilm GFX 50s. During the presentation, it seemed like the Fujifilm GFX 50R was more or less similar to the 50s but with a different style of body. After all, Fujifilm tends to do this with their X-T and X Pro lines. So to that end, it’s fair for photographers to assume that the two sensors will be the same....
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Tom Hagen’s “The River Veins” Are a Beautiful Allusion to a Living Body

Some of the best things in photography are metaphors that make the mind creatively think about something else and add a sense of creativity beyond just simple capture; and that’s what Tam Hagen’s The River Veins does for us. Tom, who created the series using a Canon 5D Mk IV, it the man behind the series that is making us think more not only about how it was exactly done but also about the many implications behind the series....
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We’re Hiring: Tech Specialized News Writer

PS: I’m specifically closing comments on this post. We won’t answer them. Send us an email inquiry like we ask. Hey folks, The Phoblographer is looking for a Tech Specialized News Writer. Want to apply? See below!...
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This Nearly $7,000 Pack of Polaroid Film was Signed by Andy Warhol

Photographer Andy Warhol and his love of Polaroid film is no real secret if you pay attention to history, and this recent find on eBay is a major treasure for any fan of Polaroid, Instant film, or even Warhol himself. Also known as the creator of Pop Art, Andy is also closely known for his many Polaroid photos shot over the years–some in his studio while others were done at parties almost Photo Booth style. Said “treasure” is none other than a pack of Polaroid film signed by Andy himself. Technically, one could argue that this belongs in a museum. But on the other hand, it would make much more sense in the collection of a photographer or a designer....
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There’s a Super Rare Instax Wide Back for Mamiya Universal Cameras on eBay Right Now

If you’re browsing eBay, the equivalent of an Instax Unicorn has surfaced on the web: an Instax Wide back for the Mamiya Universal camera. This adapter lets you load up Fujifilm Instax Wide film and shoot it with the medium format lenses used by the system. In addition to that, the system gives you full manual control over the image. With that said, you have full manual control over a modern Instant film format–currently the largest available on the market to consumers. Serious portrait photographers will adore the ability to do this with a camera that can fire off flashes and do so much more. One of the only other cameras that is nearly this versatile is the Mamiya RB67 and RZ67 series of medium format cameras....
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Fujifilm: “Giftable” Print Product Sales are Up 40% Year After Year

Fujifilm is arguably in one of the best positions to push the idea of the printed photograph onto a modern audiences, perhaps even more so than Canon. Go to almost any lab or printing service in America and they’re most likely using Fujifilm’s color paper. Recently, Fujifilm raffled off a few Instax cameras and told participants that their images would be displayed in their new Print Life Photo Exhibit. In additional return for submitting images, Fujifilm let participants know that they’ll be sending them an 8×8 print of their photo after uploading their images. The result: over 13,000 entries–which may not sound like a lot but considering the scope of the prizes and what most folks in marketing will tell you, was significant....
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Camera Bag Review: Peak Design Everyday Messenger 2

The first version of the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag was a hit with many people; although personally I wasn’t a huge fan of it. The original Peak Design Everyday Messenger wasn’t very ambidextrous and although the second version has surely made strides forward, there is something that is still very awkward about the bag that I think appeals more to tech bros more than anything else. There is a lot of great technology and ideas in the bag, yet for what it’s worth I’m still not its biggest fan. Perhaps it’s because I’ve mostly moved over to backpacks, but the Peak Design Everyday Messenger 2 still doesn’t feel like a camera bag to me. Instead it feels like an every day bag that happens to be targeted at photographers....
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Opinion: I Dream of a Camera with a CCD Sensor Again

Digital photography in my opinion has become too simple; and that’s fine if you’re a beginner but I also think that it breeds a number of bad habits based solely on human laziness. You may call it evolution, but in the world of communications and journalism there is the idea that as we create technology, we become the technology. So we end up just relying on it to do all the things for us. And indeed that is true–I still laugh at my old teachers who told me that I’d never bring a calculator while grocery shopping. These days, I simply order my groceries via Fresh Direct unless I need something specific that I can get a few blocks away....
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Review: Canon EOS R (the Mirrorless Camera That Truly Surprised Me)

If you had told me a year ago that Canon would come out with a camera like the Canon EOS R and that I’d actually purchase one from Adorama, I would’ve laughed in your face. But Canon has genuinely surprised me. The Canon EOS R camera is targeted at the semi-professional and high end enthusiast and can be looked at as a bit of a fusion between the Canon 5D Mk IV and the Canon 6D Mk II but stuffed into a mirrorless camera body and given a few new adjustments that make it a uniquely Canon product vs being another Sony copycat. The camera houses a more than sufficient full frame 30.3MP sensor that is a happy medium between many of the 24MP sensors and the 42MP+ sensors out there in full frame cameras. To that end, one could argue that it is sort of positioning itself to be a jack of all trades and a master of none....
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Opinion: I Think Instagram Is One of the Worst Things That’s Ever Happened to Photography

If I were to sit here and think about all the apps and communities that have added value to photography, I’d say that Instagram isn’t one of them despite it changing the way that we communicate more in pictures than anything else. I’d give credit to Tumblr, Behance, EyeEm (also questionable due to their AI rankings of your images), and despite how awful they’ve become over the years, 500px and Flickr. These were places and communities for actual creatives. Tumblr was all the rage for a while when it changed, and arguably it’s a place for creatives all over again with just how much emphasis there is on giving credit to creators. Instagram allowed anyone to be a “photographer” and also allowed more people to become professional photographers. But what I actually think is the bigger issue is that it has also arguably devalued the price of an image....
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Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8 (The Software Equivalent of an Abusive Relationship)

I’m going to begin this review by stating that during my review period for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8, I gave the program every single advantage that it could truly have. But I’m going to stand very strongly by my next statement: I think that any photographer that continues to use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8 on the regular is seriously doing themselves a massive injustice and genuinely doesn’t care about the livelihood of their own business–and that goes for whether you’re a professional photographer, influencer, or a blogger/journalist like I am. To that end, if you don’t have a business and you’d just like to spend more time on forums, Facebook groups and your most private Instagram pods complaining about it amongst yourself, then please do. Despite the fact that the Phoblographer partially came up on social media, I’ve never been one to want to willingly engage in toxic discourse and to instead look for solutions. At the same time, realizing that this isn’t going to help you get images out faster and it won’t give you much of what Capture One Pro has been delivering for years now. Capture One has never sponsored the Phoblographer at all; instead I say all of this due to my own experiences, frustrations and for what I’ve implemented as a standard amongst our staffers....
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APPLE EYEFONE VS GOOGLE PICKLE XL 3 VS CANONIKON FIGHT WHICH ONE?!!!!!

APPLE AND GOOGLIE ARE NOW BETTER THAN CANIKON AND THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH MY VIDEO OR READ MY CLICKBAIT PIECE ON WHY!!!! THE GOOGLIE PICKLE 3 XL WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY BY THE GOOGLE GODS AFTER THE ANNOUNCE OF APPLE EYEPHONE XS AND BOTH OF THE PHONES ARE REVOLUTIONARYING HOW U DO THE FOTOGRAPHY!!!!...
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Review: Andrew Gibsons “Art of Black and White Photography”

Lots of folks sit there and say that black and white photography is a crutch for when your editing doesn’t work otherwise, but Andrew Gibsons Art of Black and White Photography is a different beast that begins with telling you to learn how to think in black and white. But that’s sometimes difficult to do as black and white photography has so many different looks. One may most appreciate the looks of a scene with super high contrast scenes and lots of clarity while yet others only adhere to the school of Kodak Tri-X. No matter what level of photographer you are, there is bound to be something that you’re going to learn from Andrew Gibsons Art of Black and White Photography....
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Tonight! Jeff Rojas Talks Portraiture With Us on Inside the Photographer’s Mind!

Jeff Rojas joins us tonight! He’s a teacher, photographer, writer, and overall wealth of knowledge and he’s imparting it on folks at Inside the Photographer’s Mind. On October 10th, Photographer Jeff Rojas will join Phoblographer Editor in Chief Chris Gampat to sit down and speak candidly about portraiture, photography, the industry, what he’d say to...
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First Impressions: Fujifilm GFX 50R (The Camera I’ve Been Waiting for)

I can’t tell you about all the literal dreams that I’ve had about a camera like the Fujifilm GFX 50R; but I can tell you all about how I’m incredibly pleased that it seems to be modeled akin to the Fujifilm GW690 III of many years ago. This camera is Fujifilm’s rangefinder style medium format option–the one that many of us have been waiting for for some time. It’s design is not only one that will appeal to studio shooters, but landscape photographers and even documentary photographers. Part of this comes with the enhanced autofocus system that the camera has and the fact that it is highly capable with the right lenses. Though the Fujifilm medium format zoom lenses are nice, I genuinely think that the company’s prime lenses are still its strongest offerings despite slower apertures....
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First Impressions: Leica S3 (One of the More Unique Medium Format Cameras Out There)

When I originally played with the Leica S2, I was enamored with the Leica S system and it’s approach to making medium format more like a standard full frame DSLR. With the Leica S3, the company is continuing that tradition with more or less the same body. But what is so much different is really what’s on the inside. This sensor is unique; with the Leica S3 there is a brand new 64MP sensor at the heart designed to keep the same 3:2 aspect ratio that so many full frame 35mm photographers are used to using. But of course, this sensor is bigger than a full frame 35mm option. Though at the same time, I’m still trying to understand and wrap my head around the photographers who will go for a camera like this....
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Opinion: Samsung Wasn’t So Bad of a Camera Company; Folks Just Didn’t Give Them a Chance

Does anyone else remember when Samsung did the “Ditch the DSLR” event many years ago in an effort to win market share and convert the world over to mirrorless cameras? I do; and at the moment I too probably didn’t give them enough credit. But in retrospect, Samsung was an absolutely brilliant and genius company when it came to cameras and envisioning the future. The problem though is that we as consumers just weren’t ready for it; and we were also just not able to get on board with an electronics company with no real major partners besides Schneider giving us cameras....
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What the Photographic Printing World Needs to Do to Appeal to a Younger Audience

Throughout all my meetings in the photo industry, what’s consistently spoken about is how little people print anymore. Indeed, it isn’t a necessary part of the photography process because you can’t double tap the images or scroll passed them. But printing is still the ultimate experience in photography. Folks of course want to get into it, but if you’re looking at it as an outsider, it’s pretty darned complicated. Your more common options are heading to a Walgreens and getting prints made there. But the bigger and better prints aren’t well known to folks. ...
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SILBERSALZ35 is One of the Most Exciting Things to Happen to Analog Film in Some Time

To really explain what SILBERSALZ35 is, I should state that they’re a combination of CineStill, true cinema, and what a few other companies have been/tried before but ultimately failed. After meeting with them personally at Photokina 2018, I’m genuinely excited to talk about a company like theirs. If you’re excited about cinema and the look, feel, and texture of that gorgeous film grain that you see on the silver screen, then I’m positive that you’re going to share my adoration and excitement about SILBERSALZ35....
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First Impressions: Tokina 50mm F1.4 Opera (Canon EF)

One of my biggest criticisms of Tokina was their lack of weather sealed glass, but the new Tokina 50mm f1.4 Opera offers it and a number of other great things. Tokina and Hoya, who provide the literal glass in the lenses for most of the industry, are very experienced lens makers and when you look at what the Tokina 50mm f1.4 Opera really is, you start to realize that the bigger is better rend is really imperative to creating better lenses. But in comparison to many others on the market, the Tokina 50mm f1.4 Opera offers not only weather sealing but gorgeous bokeh, sharp optics, and an autofocus fast enough to track moving subjects in low light (tested on a Canon 5D Mk IV) for under $1,000. ...
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Photographer Jeff Rojas Is Our Next Guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Jeff Rojas is a teacher, photographer, writer, and overall wealth of knowledge; he’s imparting it on folks at Inside the Photographer’s Mind On October 10th, Photographer Jeff Rojas will join Phoblographer Editor in Chief Chris Gampat to sit down and speak candidly about portraiture, photography, the industry, what he’d say to the younger version of...
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First Impressions: Ricoh GR III (Street Photographers, Pay Attention)

The Ricoh GR III is a camera that street photographers have been waiting for for a really long time; but depending on who you are you perhaps wanted different things. Its predecessor, the Ricoh GR II, still proves to be popular amongst the street photography community for its small size, great image quality, leaf shutter lens, and overall low profile looks. Lots of photographers use it, but it surely does have its flaws. The Ricoh GR III promises to improve on some of those flaws and also adds new features such as image sensor stabilization. Photographers have been waiting years for this camera and there was even a period of time where its predecessor was tough to come by due to supply issues. To be honest, I think that Ricoh could create a higher end and lower end model for this camera to build out the offerings even more. ...
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Useful Photography Tip #187: How to Remember What 120 Film You Were Shooting With

Most Medium Format cameras don’t have some sort of window on the back of the camera that you can peer into; that’s one of the many way that they differ from 35mm cameras. So then the question becomes how to remember what film you’ve got in that camera? Well, the answer varies but the most consistent one that you’ll find is that you should be using the little note holder on either the back of the camera or the film back depending on what you’re using....
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