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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.

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Act Soon for These Nikon Instant Savings!

Why not get the Nikon 40mm f2 that we gave an Editor’s Choice award to? There are lots of instant savings on Nikon gear happening now until May 31st! If you’re a Nikon shooter who hasn’t plunged into the Z series, why not? The new hotness is the Nikon Z5 with the 24-200mm kit on...
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The Best Lenses for the Leica CL (the Original)

There are tons of Leica lenses out there, and there are also a lot for the Leica M mount. But because it’s the smallest Leica m-mount camera, the Leica CL stands out a whole lot. The best lenses for the Leica CL are also ones that balance image quality with size. That’s the focus (pun intended) for this round up. Dive in with us!...
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Finding the Beauty of Fujifilm Velvia Using One Lens

The Fujifilm Velvia film simulation is most likely one of the most popular options. Folks love vivid colors and those Fujifilm tones always hit just right. In fact, it’s the perfect simulation to use on your vacation. Photographers have used Velvia for years to document the world around them. And using a lens like the Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD lets you do it in the spirit of those vintage photos....
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The Canon F1 and Its Curious History in Cinema

The Canon F1 is a well-known camera to many of us. But let’s be frank, it’s not as popular as the Canon AE1 that sits in attics and garages. The Canon F1 (also referred to as the Canon F-1 in this article) came out in the 1970s and was a mainstay for around 20 years. Today, you can still find them used and in fantastic condition. These cameras are gorgeous–so much so that they appear as popular props in the movies. But if you know anything about the Canon F1, you’ll probably wonder why it’s in the movies....
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We Join Lensrentals to Discuss the Truth About Weather Sealing

Back in February, we record a podcast with the folks at Lensrentals on one of our favorite topics: weather sealing. In fact, it shouldn’t be called weather sealing; it should be referred to as weather resistance. The episode of their podcast was released this past month, and we discussed not only weather resistance, but a...
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Here’s a Great Fuji Camera for Travel Photographers!

Are you a world traveler and love Fujifilm? Then consider the XT3 WW edition. They’re still moving and available! The Fujifilm XT3 WW is a special edition of the XT3 (sort of). Fujifilm basically removed the battery charger so that it could be a single SKU worldwide. So, you’re just getting the USB Port cable....
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3 Lightweight Lenses for Bird Photography That Photographers Will Love

If given the opportunity, we think that everyone would love photographing birds. But not everyone wants to carry all that much weight on them. Luckily, there are some fantastic lightweight lenses for bird photography out there. With the right settings, they’ll shine and stand out from loads of other lenses on the market. We’d know too, we tested them! So in this roundup, we’re diving into the best lightweight lenses for bird photography. Check it out!...
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That’s a Nice Camera. I’m Sure It Takes Great Photos

If you clicked this story, then this was probably said to you a few times. Photographers will let out a sigh of exasperation. Non-photographers will not have any idea as to why someone would be bothered by this. But yes, you have a nice camera. And it’s very capable of taking great photos. In today’s world, no one is making a bad camera. But there are tons and tons of awful photographs made with the cream rising to the top in certain situations....
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The Sony a9 III Could Be Awesome! Our Wishlist

If you had to guess if the Sony a9 III is coming out, would you think it is? Or is the Sony a1 making it completely useless to release? Personally, I don’t think so. If Sony made a camera with a 50MP sensor a speed demon, they could do it with fewer megapixels too. That’s just the tip of the iceberg on where we think that the next Sony a9 could go. And there’s far more!...
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3 Metal Lenses With Beautiful Image Quality

Very few things make us swoon like metal lenses. If it’s not the way that they feel in the hand, it’s the experience of turning a focusing ring to get something in focus. What’s more, they’re typically built incredibly well. So we’re sharing our love of metal lenses with you folks and recommending a few that we think you’ll truly appreciate....
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Why Everyone Uses Lightroom Classic Over CC. The Simple Answer

Lightroom Classic is, for better or worse, the industry standard for so many photographers out there. New photographers and very experienced photographers alike often use Lightroom Classic instead of Lightroom CC. Introduced a few years ago, Lightroom CC was designed to address various speed and performance issues. It’s a lightweight version of the program. But that also means that it’s not as powerful as photographers need it to be....
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Was Your Photo Used Without Permission? Don’t Panic. Read This

If there was ever something that annoys photographers, it’s photo theft. Was your photo used without permission? Is it being used commercially or as part of a piece of artwork? Trust us, we know. It never feels good. And if you’re confused about what to do, we’ve got a bit of a walkthrough for you right here. ...
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The Best Cameras for Shooting JPEG Photos You’ll Love

Oh man! Very few things excite me like not needing to edit the photos I just shot. They keep me in the moment and ensure that I’m not shooting for the edit. Instead, I’m shooting for the moment and getting the photo the best possible in-camera. In fact, certain cameras are just so good that I don’t need to edit the photos. We’ve tested a bunch here at the Phoblographer over the past 13 years. So here are the best cameras for shooting JPEG photos....
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Classically Beautiful. Meyer Optik Trioplan 35mm F2.8 II Review

Most of us reading this review won’t need a new lens. In fact, most of us probably also don’t need a camera moreso than we want one. Knowing this, the Meyer Optik Trioplan 35mm f2.8 II is the lox in your bagel and cream cheese. It won’t replace a single lens in your camera bag at all, but it will surely give it the spice that your photography perhaps really lacks....
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How to Use a 28mm Lens and Love the Photos You Get

The 28mm lens is reasonably odd. It’s a bit wider than 35mm and longer than 24mm. If you choose the 28mm focal length, you’re bound to not go for the longer or shorter options just named. You’ll get the best of both worlds somehow, but it will be a master of none. So why would you choose a 28mm? We’re explaining to you why you’d do just that. And we’re also rounding up photographers who use the 28mm lens and leading you to where you can find the best ones....
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How Alison Bounce Makes Underwater Photos You’ll Fall In Love With

“I didn’t recognize myself in these ‘too perfect’ images,” photographer Alison Bounce tells us in an interview. “Today I modify my photos slightly to compensate for the constraints of water. They are more authentic.” Alison is an underwater photographer with work that takes inspiration from paintings. Her work is simply stunning, and while gazing at her work, I found something almost romantic about it. Once we talked to her, I discovered some incredible stories....
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Grab These Nikon Deals Before the End of the Month!

There are lots of instant savings on Nikon gear happening until May 31st! If you’re a Nikon shooter who hasn’t plunged into the Z series, why not? The new hotness is the Nikon Z5 with the 24-200mm kit on sale for $1,999. Of course, you could also just adapt your old Nikon lenses to the...
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Can DSLRs Come Back? Here’s What We Think They Need

In the past decade, the DSLR died. We know that some of you still swear by them and that they’re still shooting award-winning photos. But let’s be honest, mirrorless cameras can do so much better at this point. And there’s no way that a DSLR will be able to compete with what a mirrorless camera does. To be frank, they’re dinosaurs. Deep down inside of all of us, there’s a part that thinks that dinosaurs are cool. I mean, how many of us love watching Jurassic Park or Kaiju films? This is where DSLRs need to go they’re ever going to come back....
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3 Beautiful Zeiss Lenses to Adapt to Canon RF Cameras

If you’re a fan of the classic look, then you’ll probably adore what Zeiss lenses can do. And if you’re a Canon RF camera shooter, then you’re in luck. We’ve reviewed tons of Zeiss lenses over the years on Canon bodies and have always been in awe of what they can do. If you’re looking for something slower and with a more unique look, we think you’ll love these. Dive into this roundup with us!...
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Understanding the Huge Divide in the World of Photography

If you look at it, there are two schools of thought in photography. There’s gear and photos. Some people are great with gear. Other people are great photographers. Just because you’ve got an expensive camera, it won’t mean that you can shoot a great photo. More importantly, it doesn’t mean that you also understand how to create a great photo, the idea of a moment, etc. I’ve also met a ton of photographers really into their art that barely know how to use their cameras. ...
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The Secret to Sharper Photos That You Forgot About

Here at the Phoblographer, we’re truly not about getting sharper photos. In fact, we think modern lenses are way too sharp. But we know and understand that a lot of you want even sharper lenses. That’s wonderful that you do. However, we think that if you’re just trying to buy a new lens or spend a lot of time in post-production that you’re doing yourself an injustice. Instead, you’re probably forgetting about this one important trick to getting sharper photos. So we’re going to talk about it and a little bonus tip, too!...
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Time To Upgrade Your Fujifilm XT2? Here’s Your Moment!

They’re still moving and available! The Fujifilm XT3 WW is a special edition of the XT3, sort of. Fujifilm basically removed the battery charger so that it could be a single SKU worldwide. Instead, you’re just getting the USB Port cable. And that’s fine if you charge your cameras via USB the way that I...
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Why It’s Time to Bring Back the Tilt-Shift Lens

If you ever experienced photography before Instagram, then you hopefully got to check out the tilt-shift lens. They were used for a variety of things: architecture, landscapes, and surreal work. It’s where the idea of miniatures comes from. And almost a decade ago, they were expensive and not used as creatively. These days, the tilt-shift lens is completely missing from various camera systems. And I think that the tilt-shift should make a return, but in a totally different way....
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Why I Love F1.8 Lenses More Than F1.4 Lenses

Photographers for a long time have wanted to reach for f1.4 lenses while scoffing at f1.8 lenses. No, let me rephrase that. Photography snobs for a long time have wanted to reach for f1.4 lenses. To many of them, they could easily and clearly tell the difference between f1.8 and f1.4. They claimed that they could even do this while looking at the whole image. I’d like to say that this is a boomer point of view at this point. If you want a fast aperture, then lean into it and go for an f1.2. But for the majority of work, I think f1.8 lenses are more than sufficient. And here’s why I prefer them....
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The Best Instax Cameras for Your Next Party

Is there anything as fun as Instax cameras in the photo world? Probably not. They give you the instant gratification of digital and the analog fun of film. They also come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. We think that Instax cameras are very fun, and we think you’ll love these at your next big party. Take a look at this roundup!...
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The Best Portrait Lenses for Sony E Mount Cameras We Love

Of course, some photographers would rather reach for zoom lenses than prime lenses. We get that! So if you’re a professional photographer using Sony cameras, you’re in the right place. Looking for the best portrait lenses for Sony E Mount? We’ve tested these ones and found them to be exceptional in a variety of tests. But more importantly, they’re also innovative in different ways. Take a look!...
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Last Chance to Get One of These Tamron Lenses Discounted!

These savings end in a few hours! If you’re looking for a fun new lens, consider Tamron, especially if you’re a Sony shooter. They check all the boxes. Tamron is partially owned by Sony, and they tend to share autofocus information. Their lenses are also weather-resistant, lightweight, affordable, and have good image quality. What’s not...
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How to Use Flash as a Fill Light for Macro Photography

There’s a major problem with modern macro lenses. In fact, there are a bunch of problems. Lots of them are telephoto lenses with a fast aperture. And if you focus down to macro ranges, you have to stop the lens down or use focus stacking. If you stop it down, you need to either use a nuclear ISO setting or use fill light. It’s a complicated life if you’re using a macro lens for sure. But through and through, we prefer to use fill light for macro photography. And believe it or not, it’s simpler than you’d think....
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Photographers Need a Hot Shoe Flash with More Power

For over the past decade, every lighting guru has told us to take the flash out of the hot shoe. You’ll probably recognize a few key names if you’ve been around for a while. David Hobby, the Strobist, probably taught all of us how to light. Syl Arena probably taught us all how to shape the light. And Dustin Diaz, the man from Flickr himself, taught us all what’s possible. They all took the hot shoe flash out of the hot shoe and onto a light stand. But there are situations where a hot shoe flash is handy in the hot shoe. And overall, they need more power....
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These Four Tamron Lenses Have a Discount. Pick One Up!

If you’re looking for a fun new lens, then consider Tamron, especially if you’re a Sony shooter. They check all the boxes perectly. Tamron is partially owned by Sony, and they tend to share autofocus information. Their lenses are also weather-resistant, lightweight, affordable, and have good image quality. What’s not to love? On top of...
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How to Shoot Spring Photos if You Have Allergies

It’s spring! That means *ACHOO* that it’s time for you to get out and *ACHOO* shoot spring photos! Photographers everywhere love this time of *ACHOO* year because of the natural beauty of the world. You *ACHOO* get to see colors that you’d otherwise never witness. There are a lot of tips on how to go shooting photos during the springtime. But we’re focusing on the stuff that no one tells you. So if you’re looking to shoot some of the best spring photos you’ve ever shot, consider these practical tips....
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The Fujifilm XT3 WW Has a Discount Right Now

The Fujifilm XT3 WW is a special edition of the XT3, sort of. Fujifilm basically removed the battery charger so that it could be a single SKU worldwide. Instead, you’re just getting the USB Port cable. And that’s fine if you charge your cameras via USB the way that I do. And if that interests...
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Camera Fans Are One of the Worst Parts of Photography

I’m a user of various camera systems. If you’re on the Phoblographer’s reviews team, then you’re bound to be a brand agnostic. You can use pretty much any camera and camera system that’s thrown at you. And over the years, I’ve seen cults of camera fans become a very ugly part of photography. For anyone that’s shot for years, this isn’t anything new. But the culture around camera fans and loyalties are awful, divisive things that get in the way of making better pictures and having a more sustainable photo industry....
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Silver Cameras Are Stunning. We Need More of Them!

I’ve always been baffled as to why camera manufacturers don’t make more silver cameras. For years, they were considered the standard until black came in. But that doesn’t mean at all that silver isn’t worth a look. In fact, I genuinely think that camera manufacturers need to return to making more silver cameras. But with that said, it should actually look like silver and not some sort of dark shade of gray. Let’s take a look at some of the most gorgeous silver cameras to come out in recent years....
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Pick One! The Best 28mm Lens for Vintage Lovers!

The 28mm lens isn’t the most popular focal length. And in our eyes, this is a sad shame. For some of us, it resembles how we see the world. To that point, a lot of them can look the same. But there are a few key gems that have that put some extra twinkle in our eyes. Here’s our list of the best 28mm lenses for vintage lovers. And yes, we’re going for the vintage renders....
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Affordable Macro. But Be Careful! Laowa 85mm F5.6 Review

For a long time, I wondered why Macro lenses needed to be very large. And then the Laowa 85mm f5.6 came out. It’s a full-frame lens that’s very small. Granted, it’s got a lot of trade offs to meet a certain price point and a few other parameters. Before writing this introduction, I took some time to really think about and process my own thoughts on this lens. Is it a good lens? I think that there are surely folks who would want it, and to them, it will be a great lens....
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Could a Digital Pentax 67 Make Us Fall in Love with DSLRs Again?

There is no doubt in my mind that if there is one company that’s barely hanging in there in the photo industry, it’s probably Pentax. They haven’t made the monumental mistakes that Nikon has in the past, but they’ve run into a lot of unfortunate events. Hoya more or less gutted them a little more than a decade ago. Samsung never ended up buying them. And the Ricoh company hasn’t done much with Pentax. But now, they’re truly starting to make an effort with building more factories and all. If anything can grab our attention again, it would be something different: like a digital Pentax 67....
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Film Photography Is Going to Get Sharper. And That’s Not a Good Thing

Let’s think about what we know of the film look. Besides the tones, it’s often a lot softer. It’s very difficult for someone to look bad when you’re shooting them with film. We love the look of film photography and what it does. Years ago, photographer Frank W. Ockenfels III discussed how digital is too sharp and clear. But as scanners are replaced with dedicated cameras, film is going to face a very big problem. ...
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Love the 50mm F1.2? We’re in Love with These Four

There’s surely a love affair that lots of photographers have with the 50mm f1.2 lens. Since its earlier days in the film world, photographers loved it for weddings and portraits. And these days, with such great high ISOs on cameras, photographers love the 50mm f1.2 for its beautiful bokeh. But get this, a lot of them only cropped up in the past few years. And we’ve tried them all. So let’s take a look at which ones are the best....
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Save Big on Tamron Lenses for Mother’s Day 2022

You should act fast! These deals on Tamron gear won’t last long! Save on the Tamron 11-20mm f2.8 lens and go walking into the forest for some relaxation time! Or photograph birds with their 150-500mm lens with built-in image stabilization. Even if you’re not going to buy these lenses for Mother’s Day, grab one for...
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Our Favorite High ISO Film Emulsions That Create Photos You’ll Love

High ISO film emulsions aren’t all that common; in fact, they’re almost as rare as slide film. But when you need to shoot film in very low light, they’re your best bet. With the film renaissance still underway, we’re happy that some are still around for us to use. There’s not much better than loading it into a camera and shooting a party with some analog goodness. So we’re rounding up a few of our favorite high ISO film emulsions. Dive in with us!...
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Fujifilm Film Prices Are a Big Mess. Here’s Why

You might’ve seen the news that Fujifilm raised its prices by up to 60%. But that will only affect you if you’re in Japan. So those of us in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world are a bit safer. Still, though, we’re not completely safe. In fact, Fujifilm film prices are receiving a very odd update of some sort here in America. The company is citing the cost of materials, but something seems very dubious about all this....
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Mother’s Day 2022: The Best Gifts for Photographers

It’s that time again! Mother’s Day 2022 is right around the corner. Have you considered giving your mom the important gift she deserves? Well, if your mom or your partner is a photographer, then this is the guide that will help you out. We’ve carefully selected and tested the best gifts for photographers for Mother’s Day 2022. Take a look at what we like!...
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The Photojournalist Bag: Our Selection of the Best for Photographers

The photojournalist is one that constantly needs to be on the move. Sometimes you’re bringing an entire mobile studio with you. At other times, you may be at a location for a long time. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find the perfect photojournalist bag. Let it be known, we’ve probably reviewed the most camera bags of any brand out there. So take a look at some of our favorites....
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OM System OM1 Review Update: The RAW Files are Great!

We’ve updated our OM System OM1 Review, and we encourage you to go check it out at this link. We previously made a correction to how subject detection is used. But our latest review update tackles RAW file versatility. Recently, Capture One 22 was updated to process OM System OM1 raw files. And our findings are seriously surprising....
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Rehoused Vintage Lenses with Weather Sealing Could be Amazing

There are times when I’ve really loved the look of a vintage lens but wanted the weather-resistance of a modern lens. Best yet, I know that I’m not alone here. The modern photography world offers lenses that are incredibly clinical. With that said, and if we keep going at this rate, every single lens will look the exact same. Why can’t we have variety? Why does everyone need to make their own version of the metaphorical spicy chicken sandwich but remove the spice? That’s why I believe that if someone rehoused vintage lenses the right way, they’d make a killing....
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The Best Lenses with Character You Want for Sony E Mount

If you want lenses with character and are sick of the same clinically clean image quality, you’ve come to the right place. Why sit there and shoot a photo only to have to do tons of post-production? Why not be happy with what you get out of the camera? Well, that’s what we’re rounding up in this post on the best lenses with character for the Sony E Mount. Take a look!...
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The Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM II Works Great With These Cameras

If you’re excited about the new Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM II, then gear up! It will work best on these cameras. We asked Sony during our briefing about this. During our review, we also tested it on the older Sony a7r III. It still worked just great. But we’ll discuss that more in-depth in this roundup. Here are the best cameras to be used with the new Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM II....
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Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master II Review: A Fanboy’s Love?

Many photographers are bound to like the new Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master II. Following up their previous lens, this one has Sony leaning even harder into their beliefs. It’s sharper, smaller, lighter, and even more clinically perfect. It takes a lot of the tech they’ve created for years and bundles it into this lens. If you’re a fan of that extra clean Japanese look, get ready to pony up a lot of money....
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Farrah Skeiky Photographs Big Differences in the Modern Punk Scene

“Listen, it’s not ‘thirty, flirty, and thriving,'” explains photographer Farrah Skeiky to us in an interview. “It’s ‘thirty, flirty, and if the shoe doesn’t have the word Air or Jordan in the name, I’ve put in gel insoles,’…I stretch, I drink at least a gallon of water every day, and I take my vitamins.” Farrah embodies lots of the ideals of the modern punk and hardcore scene in her photography. She’s done lots of diversity, LGBTQ+, and cause-centered work over her career. And like lots of other photographers, she couldn’t wait to get back to shooting when the pandemic had died down a bit....
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