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How I Stopped Obsessing Over Canon L, Sony G Master, and Nikon G Lenses; and Just Continued to Shoot

Before I go on, you should know that I’m not at all saying that lenses from these manufacturers are bad at all. Just go to DXOMark and take a look at their scores: Sony is very high up there and Canon is highly rated with their zoom lenses. But amongst those photographers who seriously started picking up the camera within the past four years, I’d like to relate to you a tale of how my obsession was similar to yours and perhaps even worse years ago. It started with Olympus, then went to Canon, and then I finally learned my lesson. Before you drop absurd amounts of money that you don’t really need to spend, you should probably consider how the bliss from ignorance will one day only make you realize that you’re not going to be any better of a photographer just because you own these lenses....
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Firmware 2.0 Gives the Nikon Z6 and Z7 New Autofocus Revamps

When we went about testing the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7, we found the autofocus performance of each of them to be behind that of pretty much every other manufacturer. And now, the long awaited autofocus improvement firmware is ready to launch. The company is today announcing that in addition to eye-detection autofocus for still-image shooting, the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 should be able to focus better in low light situations. All the details you need from the press release are after the jump....
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The Profoto A1X Replaces the Company’s A1; Comes in Sony TTL

In my years of being familiar with Profoto’s product lineup, the lifespan of the Profoto A1 has been the shortest in my memory as today, it has been replaced with the new Profoto A1X. Notably, there is officially a Sony version–as the previous version could only work with Sony cameras via the Air TTL system and not in the camera hot shoe. In addition the the Canon and Nikon variants, the Profoto A1X also seems to share a very similar body. The light also boasts bluetooth compatibility with the Profoto Air app for your phone–something which only the B10 enjoyed previously. With a range of 300 feet, the Profoto A1X can fire 450 full power flash pops according to Profoto’s claims....
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The Beginner’s Guide on How to Do Your Own Firefly Lamp Portrait Photography

The trend that has taken over Instagram and lots of cinema is firefly lamp portrait photography. But lots of folks don’t know how to do it themselves or simply just associate it with other photographers. But the truth is that it doesn’t need to be. You can put your own twist and spin on it as using Christmas lights is very affordable and gives you a ton of options when it comes to doing this style of portrait photography. The bottom line: it’s all about being in touch with your own feelings....
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Opinion: Why Vertical Grips Are Overrated for Photographers

If you’re a photographer that really, seriously has a need for shooting with a vertical grip for business purposes that involve you padding your bottom line and ensuring that you can keep making money, then you can disregard this article. But I genuinely feel like most photographers don’t do this. The vertical grip on a camera is the photographer’s equivalent to the person who buys a Toyota Corolla just to put a body kit, spoiler, LEDs, and rims on it while rolling through a suburban neighborhood with music on that folks can hear for a block down. While this doesn’t quite disturb the peace, it surely is just as obnoxious....
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The Phoblographer Answers: What Is the White Part of an Instant Film Photo?

It’s always really nice to see your Instant Film Photo and the natural white border that it has; but did you know that there’s a scientific reason for this? Yes, while your beautiful border on your Polaroid or Instant film photo is cool, there’s a genuinely important reason why it’s there....
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Try This: When Photowalking, Shoot in Manual Mode Not Aperture Mode

The next time you go on a photo walk, I encourage every single one of you to turn off all the automatic modes and shoot completely manual. While this may sound like something lots of folks do, I’m sure that you all know in the deepest darkest parts of your hearts that you’re not doing this. Many folks shoot in aperture priority or even P for Professional mode. I did it. You most likely do it. Lots of folks do. And I think that we should all stop operating on autopilot and instead make more concerted efforts to take better images instead of just shooting hundreds just because we can. It genuinely isn’t going to make any of us any better no matter how hard you’ll try to argue against it....
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How to Light Your Macro Photos and Get Sharper Images

When you think about macro images, we often imagine those really, really detailed close up photos. As long as there is good lighting, it’s simple to do with focus stacking or even just stopping the lens down with enough light in the scene. Many photographers on their spare time adore the meditative act of fixating on an object and photographing it to get every single detail of the subject. These objects are typically small toys, food, insects, plants, etc. It’s fun and requires the photographer to make a number of very repetitive but careful movements. But of course, every bit of lighting is always useful and we don’t always have good lighting naturally around. But don’t worry: using a flash in this situation is pretty much brainless....
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Why It’s So Important to Have Other Hobbies Besides Photography

While photography is a fantastic passion and hobby to have, I don’t at all think that it should be the sole thing that brings you joy in life. The world is a fantastic place filled with tons of variety and if you limit yourself to just one hobby, it can get boring and monotonous. Instead, you need to be able to give yourself a variety. Think of it as a diet. Unfortunately there isn’t a single one food that you can have over and over again to stay very healthy. However with a variety, you can stay healthy and continue to go about your daily life. Sustainability needs at least a small variety of things. But flourishing is best done with a plethora of choices....
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I Don’t Understand Why Photography Is Such an Expensive Hobby

There was recently a time when I decided that I needed to take up yet another hobby besides photography, video games, food, reading and meditation–and so I went back to music. Before I was a photographer, I wanted to tour in a punk rock band. So I had two different bass guitars, two different amps, spent lots of time training my brain how to sing and play at the same time, slaved for hours writing music and songs while channeling emotions into words, etc. With a bit of extra cash on hand after taxes, I realized something really insane....
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Quick Tips on Shooting Better Headshots with an APS-C Sensor Camera

There is a myth that an APS-C sensor camera cannot take great portraits because there isn’t that much bokeh–and when it comes to headshots, that’s positively not true. APS-C sensors are highly capable and in fact, have a few advantages over medium format and full frame sensors. Photographers using Sony and Fujifilm mirrorless cameras or Canon and Nikon APS-C cameras will be able to take great headshots of people no matter what. In fact, it isn’t really the camera that matters when you’re considering the technicalities....
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The Phoblographer Wants the Female Perspective for New Projects

You can be the latest voice of the Phoblographer’s growing and very successful team. Hey folks, The Phoblographer next ideal candidates for our open positions will have the female perspective. One is a columnist and the other is a video producer. We’re currently accepting applications. More details are below....
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The Canon 85mm F1.2 L USM RF Is $901 More Than Sony’s 85 G Master

One of things that I think genuinely sets the Canon RF camera system apart from others is lenses like the Canon 85mm f1.2 L USM RF. As the company’s second f1.2 aperture lens the 85mm is even more targeted to portraiture than the 50mm f1.2. Photographers who use the system and shoot portraits a lot will be inclined to spend their hard earned $2,699 on this lens which is almost $1,000 more than Sony’s G Master. In the new Canon 85mm f1.2 L USM RF includes the control ring around the lens, perhaps better weather sealing, a blue refractive element to reduce CA, and an f1.2 aperture. However, Sony’s 85mm f1.4 G Master Lens has 11 aperture blades where the Canon sports only 9. Sony’s also focuses closer....
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We Don’t Celebrate Living Photographers Enough; Just the Dead Ones

If you ask any landscape photographer who one of their favorites is, I’m positive that they’d say Ansel Adams with nary enough of them waxing on about how fantastic Varina Patel is. And for portraiture shooters? You’re bound to get someone talking endlessly about Avedon and not enough about the more specialized work that Lois Greenfield does. When it comes to street photography, everyone is quick to talk about Bresson with little speaking about the genius that is Adam Miller. Why? Is it marketing? Partially the answer is yes; but the other big answer is that I think that the gatekeepers tend to spend too much time focusing on the work of dead photographers. If I were to get even deeper into this, they spend too much time focusing and trying to ensure ticket sales to those of white men–not enough women or photographers of color. But the latter is for a completely different article....
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B&H’s Payboo Credit Card Charges 29.99% Interest in Trade of Sales Tax

Last night, a number of B&H Photo affiliate partners were sent an email about a new way that B&H Photo is trying to change the game for online purchasing. The new system is called Payboo, and once you get passed the eye-roll-worthy name, you start to see some great sounding things. The idea behind Payboo is that B&H Photo is trying to go back to the way things were when they didn’t need to charge state sales tax for online sales. Amazon and others need to do this according to the law, and when you think about it ethically it really just makes sense to pay your taxes anyway. Since they had to make that change, B&H Photo lost a competitive edge as even New York residents would ship a product to a friend to Jersey and then have said friend bring the goods to NYC for them....
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Review: Tokina 16-28mm F2.8 OPERA (Canon EF)

Reviewing the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 OPERA lens was a bit of an odd thing for me as it goes against much of what I really want in a modern lens these days. While the focal lengths are limited in their range, the price point is kept down well over $1,000. It was disheartening that I couldn’t take it into very rainy situations due to the lack of weather sealing. But again, this all comes with a lower price point. Though this may seem like a way of cheaping out the customer, they’re not. The Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 OPERA has some beautiful image quality that will satisfy many a photographer. With some very sharp optics inside this lens, I was also very pleased to see that it delivers images with pleasing bokeh. Though at the same time, I really wish that Tokina didn’t hold back at all....
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Review: Alter Rapid Filter System (A Photojournalist’s Essential)

To really understand the Alter Rapid Filter system, you need to analyze how lots of modern photojournalism work is done. There is a greater demand for both high quality video and stills both. We can talk all day about the quality of a still frame taken from a video, but the quality still isn’t there yet for those of us that want to see it super large. And so, the Alter Rapid Filter System accommodates to the needs of the photographer that needs to shoot both video and photo often in the same setting. My days as a tech journalist showed me that this is something that needs to be done pretty often when on a location. And being able to use the Alter Rapid Filter System makes things a whole lot easier....
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Review: Profoto B10 (The Best Light I’ve Ever Used)

When I first used the Profoto B10, I knew fully that this was the perfect light for me for many reasons. It’s the size of a 70-200mm lens, is capable of HSS, has 250 watt seconds of power, offers cross compatibility across many different types of TTL systems, can function as both a stills and cinema unit with an LED lamp that changes color, has an app that allows even further tuning and control via Bluetooth on your phone, and is simply reliable. I know that that previous sentence is long winded and offers a ton of features, but for a very long time I was searching for a more or less self-contained lighting option that does all this. An all in one light such as the Profoto B10 is perfect for a journalist....
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After That Adobe Price Increase, I’m So Happy I Switched to Capture One

Before I go on, I should fully mention to you that this isn’t a sponsored post. So any accusations of that can go out the window with both our 10 year long policy and the fact that we clearly label everything that is sponsored. But instead, this isn’t my rubbing “I told you so” into your face. Rather, this is my call to remind everyone that there is another option that is arguably better in every single way. The way that I like to describe an Adobe relationship is to make it synonymous to an abusive relationship or a drug. You keep coming back more and more. You know it’s bad. You know that you can do better. But yet for some odd reason you decide that you’re happier with being comfortable. Comfortable means that sometimes you sustain but more of the time you just don’t grow. ...
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Garry Winogrand’s Color Street Photo Exhibit is Enthralling and Confusing

Those who head out to see the Garry Winogrand’s Color slide work at the Brooklyn Museum will most likely be photographers; and those photographers will be given a fantastic treat for most of the exhibit. While Color showcases a number of these images with incredible justice to the great street photographer, I spent some of my time in the exhibit scratching my head with a number of questions. I’ve personally had a very on and off relationship with Garry Winogrand’s work–and Color has done a lot for further selling me on his photography. While my problem with the exhibit isn’t the way that most of the images are portrayed, attendees will spend most of the time in a particular, single room....
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Fighting Trolls: A Note About The Phoblographer’s New Comment System

With the Phoblographer turning 10 years old in a few months, I’ve had a change of heart about comments and trolls. For those of you who have been with us for this 10 year ride and 1/3rd of my life, I want to genuinely thank you for coming along. It means a lot to me,...
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Photographers: We Should Start Calling Photo Theft as “Piracy of Images”

I genuinely believe that as a photography community, we need to redefine the idea of photo theft. The inference from this comes from a nearly 10 year blog post about copying and piracy. Both the music and video industries have far more money than us as photographers and have been able to figure out a way to stand up for their rights in order to get more money and have the issues they want policed thoroughly. And so the post, along with a lot of what’s been happening with copyrights in the photography world have been really making me think about the idea of photo theft....
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The Point and Shoot Camera Can Succeed if You Make it Less Boring

If we look at the trends when it comes to spending and even in how people consume content, we can tell that people click on and purchase what they really, really want and not necessarily what they need. This is evident in the fact that so many people don’t buy real cameras with zoom lenses and instead just do the whole digital zoom thing on their phones. But using a phone camera is fun–at a recent serious art event I saw a few young women stand in front of a neon sign for at least 10 minutes taking pictures of themselves. This is the dominant mentality–it’s about convenience and fun. I mean, come on–there’s an app called Huji that simulates what a disposable camera can do. But the truth is that the modern disposable camera just isn’t sexy. The further, not sugar coated truth, is that manufacturers are very busy creating cameras for an incredibly incestuous community....
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Opinion: I Like 28mm More Than 35mm and 50mm Is Just Garbage

When I first started out with photography, I followed along with what everyone else said: that 50mm lenses are really where it is at and that there is absolutely nothing better. “If you want to have the best images, you need a 50mm f1.8 and shoot with it forever or you’ll be nothing.” is pretty much the mantra that was thrown at me. But after some time, I realized that 50mm wasn’t really how I saw the world and that instead, the 50mm lens is just garbage to me. It’s the center of my vision more than anything else. So I moved to 35mm and adored it. This is more or less how I saw the world–until I really started working with 28mm lenses instead. ...
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Review: Canon EOS RP (Well Worth the Money for Almost $1,200)

When I look at and think about the Canon EOS RP, I see the strategy for Canon that they’ve been imparting for many years. Said strategy goes something like this: bundle the camera with a printer and a lens and do an instant rebate with the retailers to simply move the product. Then also add in an adapter for EF mount lenses. Do this around the holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Black Friday. As much as this camera may be designed to flood the market, it honestly isn’t all that bad of a choice. The Canon EOS RP is a good entry level camera and perhaps one that photographers first picking up a dedicated device can grow with for a long time. And for those who ask if there is an auto mode and who don’t want to worry about anything else, you can do that too while the rest of us make horrified faces at you....
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These Thermoses Won’t Leak All Over a Photographer’s Camera Bag

In all my years of traveling for work as a journalist, I’ve encountered a number of pretty awful and pretty great beverages–but sometimes all I want is a massive lot of it in my own thermos. Personally, I’m part of two tea clubs and collect teas of many different varieties. I trade with friends, gift some of it, etc. And when I’m out and about in the summer, nothing is better than some of the freshly made iced tea that I make at home still nice and cold within said thermos. The same goes for my favorite blend of chai. So over the past few months, I decided to spend more money than a sane man should on thermoses and figure out which ones are best for photographers. Most importantly, which ones won’t leak all over your camera bag....
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Are Fast Aperture Lenses Really Worth the Money? Probably Not!

When you start out as a photographer, you probably go straight for the kit lens or small, fast aperture lenses like a 50mm f1.8 or so. There are reasons why some lenses are called te Nifty 50–and it’s because they’re nifty, at 50mms, can let in a lot of light, and can help a photographer grow for many years as they become better. In some cases, they’re very affordable. But in other cases, manufacturers will demand and premium for the lens. Of course it all varies on a number of factors. So we’re going to take a look at a number of options out there....
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Useful Photography Tip #193: Don’t Forget to Bounce a Flash off the Nearest Wall at a Party

When you’re at a party using a flash, it’s common practice to either use a bounce card (like a Flashbender) or to bounce the light off the ceiling and a bit behind you in order to give frontal illumination to your subjects. But also seriously do remember to take note of all of your surroundings. If you’ve got a wall not far from you, bounce the flash off of that and turn your back to the wall. By pointing the flash up and behind you, you’ll provide some nice frontal lighting on your subject....
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Saturday: There’s a Pub Crawl Happening Just for Photographers in NYC

This Saturday, photographers will be treated to a very fun and special time as they get together to eat, drink and be merry…or something like that. The NYC Photographer’s Pub Crawl Sponsored by American Photographic Artists is happening and it seems like a great way for photographers to get together, network, hang and talk shop. Some event details are on Facebook....
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Rant: Modern, Dedicated Photo Printers Desperately Need Bluetooth Integration

I think that one of the biggest things that I hear from all the manufacturers out there is that print is on its last legs, evolving, becoming more niche, etc. And to be very transparent, I think that they have themselves to blame. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve been bigger efforts from Fujifilm, Canon, HP (sort of), and Epson to really reach out to younger audiences. By that, I don’t necessarily mean age, but more photographic age. There are still so many photographers that don’t know what their images look like on a print and haven’t had the opportunity to really get prints made. I think that Bluetooth can honestly make this so much easier....
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How Close Should You Be to a Portrait Subject When Shooting With a 35mm Lens?

Many photographers swear by their 35mm lenses and almost never want to shoot with anything else. The reason for this is because it so closely simulates what the human eye sees and so it’s easy for a photographer to go out there and shoot a scene just the way that they see it. That would be great, if 35mm lenses were absolutely perfect. While they’ve greatly improved, 35mm lenses are still not perfect and when used for portraiture still can’t replace or do what a proper telephoto focal length can. But with patience, you can figure out how to make the most of a 35mm lens for portraiture....
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Review: Fujifilm 16mm F2.8 R WR (The Adventurer’s Lens)

The Fujifilm 16mm f2.8 R WR lens is a lens that I wasn’t expecting from the company simply because of the fact that they already had a very good 16mm f1.4 R WR lens. However, considering the company’s philosophy of bringing things down to a more elementary audience in a more affordable, weather sealed form, it played out into being right in line with what they do. This is a lens that isn’t all that bad, but if you own the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR, you don’t need this. I’ll preface the review that way, but also note the very affordable price point of this lens. ...
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Omar Z Robles on the Challenges of Photographing Dancers with Film

“People nowadays think almost like a tribe about equipment and gear.” says Omar Z Robles about his recent project released that is shot on film. “But in the end they’re just tools to carry your vision.” We’re inclined to agree–in the same way that a painter can create works of art with a variety of brushes, a photographer can do the same. We’ve spoken with Omar about his creative process on Inside the Photographer’s Mind before, and he’s very careful about his overall creation process. While one may think that he’s simply capturing scenes, he’s actively directing–which is what folks of folks don’t do vs simply capturing. With Omar’s years of shooting under his belt, this was an interesting mental challenge for him; which he obviously succeeded at....
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Review: Instant Dreams Is a Beautifully Flawed Marketing Flick

Since November 2017, there has been anxious hype around Instant Dreams–a documentary that is supposed to give the Instant film initiative a major pat on the back. The film, done by Willem Baptist, offers hypnotizing visuals while following the stories of a few key individuals who adore Polaroid and the culture. Those visuals end up being some very gorgeous scenes mixed in with perplexing shots and motion graphics that cause someone to look away or be hypnotized without intense concentration. At the same time, Instant Dreams does very little to truly tell the stories of these folks and does even less to humanize them through the lens of objectivity. But overall, it ignores a few elephants in the room....
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Just How Does the Weather Sealing on Higher End Cameras Stack Up?

Weather sealing is far more important than you’d think when comes to your camera’s operability. It’s one of the biggest variables that we test with cameras that boast this. With our 10 years of testing cameras and lenses, we asked each manufacturer to show us some of their best. With that said, we asked for weather sealing diagrams on some of their best cameras–and they provided, for the most part. We incorporated this with our real world testing to see just how each system is stacking up to one another....
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Creating the Photograph: Donald Bowers “Why Here! Why Now?”

Photographer Donald Bowers is based in New York City with over 12 years of professional experience. And for “Why Here! Why Now?” Donald decided that he wanted to play around and experiment a bit. For a bit of background on Donald, he’s a Getty Images photographer and has had a wide variety of clients including Cohn & Wolfe, Grey Advertising, CNN and Heineken. He describes his work as inspired by polished photography with elements of rawness and unpredictability. He loves collaborating with clients and is always eager to find innovative solutions to challenges that arise during the process. To put it more concisely, he says that it’s “mildly wild and slightly styled.”...
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Yes, a Photographer’s Lenses are Still More Important Than Their Camera

Photography has changed, but amazingly not all that much in the terms of lenses vs cameras. And the reason why I’m coming to this is because of a number of discussions that happened over the holiday season as they pertain to cameras being crap or great. The truth: a crappy camera can take amazing images with great lenses while simultaneously a great camera can take crappy images with a terrible lens. It’s a true statement and I’m not sure that anyone should really consider anything else to be the truth....
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We’ve Updated Our Sony a7r III Review to Include Animal Eye AF Tests

With the new Sony a7r III firmware 3.0 update, photographers are getting a pretty significant boost to their camera’s performance. A lot of this boost has to do with autofocus algorithms and what the Sony a7r III is now capable of with Animal Eye AF and the AI database that has been transplanted into the Sony a7r III. In addition to that, photographers who are using the camera for portraits and such will have a better time and easier time getting an eye in focus–but in a way that won’t throw off the flow of a photo shoot. Our Sony a7r III review has the full report....
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Opinion: The DSLR is Dead and We No Longer Need Them

In the past few years of shooting and traveling there hasn’t been a single moment where I pick up my backpack with electronics and tell myself “Man, I wish this were heavier.” To that end, I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of being DSLR camera free. Though I am a Canon EOS R owner, I’ve found that my Sony FE kit and my Fujifilm X series kits are lighter and often just as capable. So more often than not, those are what end up coming with me. But there have been times where I’ve dreamed of a small, large sensor compact camera with weather sealing and good image/autofocus performance that could do a great job. This would be ideal. For many others, there is the phone....
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5 Short Tips on Shooting Better Portraits with a 35mm Lens

For many years, a 35mm lens wasn’t considered a viable option for shooting portraits–and depending on who you ask it still isn’t a good option. It doesn’t mean that it can’t be done, it just means that it’s much more difficult to do effectively vs other options that are longer on the market. But the 35mm lens has become standard in the way that many photographers see the world. In turn, they want to capture the world just as how they see it. For portraiture, we’re going to give you some bite sized creative tips on how to make the most of a 35mm lens....
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New Sony a7r III and Sony a7 III Firmware Brings Animal Eye Autofocus

If you choose to update to the latest firmware for the Sony a7r III and the Sony a7 III, you’ll be treated to a number of new features. Chief amongst those features is what Sony is pushing AI–which they’re stating is more akin with referencing a database than cloud computing. In what seems like manufacturers have been doing for many years, this new firmware puts a pretty big database on your camera that Sony also claims will be improved over time. What this ultimately translates into is Animal Eye Autofocus–which Sony also states will be best used for Cats and Dogs initially and more animals to come in the future. ...
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Review: Datacolor SpyderX Elite (Their Best and Their Most Behind Product Yet)

If you were to ask most journalists, editors, and photographers about how often they calibrate their computer displays, I’m positive that the answer would be never–though the Datacolor SpyderX Elite should give them a number of reasons at least to consider it. The most recently updated product from Datacolor includes a few big design changes and deviations from the previous products. For the creatives who have been using the Spyder units for years, you’ll be happy to know that it operates mostly the same. But in terms of future proofing and reaching out to a newer generation of creatives, there are some obvious and glaring problems with the new Datacolor SpyderX Elite. A number of competitors have popped up in the most recent years to include pretty revolutionary features to the genre of products. But what’s perhaps the Datacolor SpyderX Elite’s biggest problem is the displays that they’re catering so hard towards....
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The New Canon Rebel SL3 Is Less Expensive Than Some Point and Shoots

I’m not going to lie, the new Canon Rebel SL3 shares a whole lot in common with many of Canon’s other cameras–which ultimately means that there is no real innovation. But it looks nice, and perhaps that’s what Canon is really trying to do at the $599.99 body only price point. In the spirit of making a quick buck, it boasts a whopping 9 point autofocus system based on a camera from over 10 years ago. But again, it’s pretty in white....
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Everything Above ISO 1600 Looks the Same, Stop Complaining About It

In the past year, we started doing something that most other photographers don’t do with images at ISO 1600 and above: we started printing. Printing is arguably the absolute best thing that we can do when it comes to making images. Printing helps make our images manifest and gives them a different look that most others can’t really experience behind a screen. Just the other day, a friend and former colleague came into my office and looked at prints that we’ve made at ISO 6400 and above. And she said something absolutely amazing to me....
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The Panasonic G95 Boasts Weather Sealing, Autofocus Under Moonlight

With Mother’s Day being next month, the announcement of the new Panasonic G95 seems like quite an interesting announcement to release today. The new camera is boasting very efficient autofocusing abilities, a modest 20.3MP sensor, dual axis IS, 9fps shooting, and weather sealing. Honestly, this sound like everything that most people need in a package of around $1,200. That and they’ve got a new lens. See all the details after the jump....
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Book Review: HOME by Magnum Photos (Collaboration with FUJIFILM)

Photographers who pick up HOME will take pride in knowing that this massive tom contains images from arguably some of the best documentary photographers in the world. To curry the pot even more, they’ll further reinforce their love of Fujifilm, a brand that they surely relate to as many folks will probably own their cameras or shoot the company’s film. And for the most part, HOME does justice to the work of many of these photographers. You’ll have a number of emotions hit you while reading the text from the photographers and looking at the images....
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Review: Leica Q2 (Almost a Perfect Camera, But Still Not There)

When I first got the Leica Q2 in my hands, I really wondered if Leica had created a perfect full frame point and shoot. And in some ways, I think that they did; but in other ways I believe that it wasn’t thought out fully despite the big deal of it being given some of the best weather sealing on the market. Targeted as a backup camera for professional photographers and as a camera for photographers who want to travel a lot, the Leica Q2 offers a lot. In addition to the tank-like exterior, it boasts a 47.3MP full frame sensor in addition to a high resolution EVF. The focal length is still a 28mm f1.7 lens but this time it is not only weather sealed but offers optical image stabilization. The camera can also shoot at 10fps to help you capture the decisive moment. And while the Leica Q2 delivers beautiful images, I’m still not sure that I can give it a full stamp of approval....
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Anthony Bogucki Photographs Beautiful Flowers with a Hasselblad 500C/M

My name is Anthony Bogucki. I’m 22 years old and I am a strobist photographer from the Greater Detroit area. I had always felt photography was about capturing a moment. As soon as I started experimenting with off-camera lighting, my perception of photography suddenly shifted to being about creating a moment. Flash photography has given me greater freedom in materializing the vision I see in my mind by allowing me more granular control over my final image. There’s no need to be chasing that golden hour light when you can create your own. I have done a large photo series on flowers but recently have branched off into portraits and other still subjects. I was drawn to floral subjects because I think they enforce the idea of creating a moment, flowers are frequently picked and taken out of their environment to be experienced on their own in another....
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Camera Manufacturers: Please Make Your Menus More Like Canon’s

This is a specific message to almost the entire industry with the exception being Panasonic: whose menu systems are designed to be pretty darned simple overall. But for such innovative companies, I’m shocked that Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Nikon don’t have better menus. You see, Canon is where I hold my thoughts in the most regard when it comes to menu systems. Canon in many ways has created what the old school thought of Apple had: simplicity. Want to format your memory card? It takes two taps: one to get to the major menu and another to tap a number for the submenu. In that submenu you can select format. ...
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YouTube Fauxtographer Under Scrutiny After It’s Revealed That He Doesn’t Shoot RAW

“Hey guys!” he started as he began to issue one of his biggest apology videos to his community. A famous Youtube photographer recently issued an apology to his hundreds of thousands of followers and viewers after video footage of him not shooting a RAW photo emerged onto the internet. The photographer, who shall remain nameless...
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