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Want to Get Your Dog to Look at the Camera? Here’s How

If you’re one of those people who get frustrated about how to get their dog to look at their camera for a photo, then fear not. The answer is pretty easy and you’re going to kick yourself for not thinking about it first. To understand this, you should first think about your dog and what they like. It’s obvious that belly rubs aren’t going to be easily communicated to your pup in order to get them to look at the camera. But a toy could do the trick. Even better though–so could a treat....
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Gallery: Sony a7r IV Extra Image Samples (Portraiture)

We’re currently at a press event with the new Sony a7r IV working with the camera and putting it through its paces. Sony has told us that the image quality is final. With a 61MP full-frame sensor at the heart, we’re pretty amazed at what it’s capable of doing. While other journalists were hanging out, we took it into the streets of NYC with a model, the Profoto B10, and a few lenses to show off what it’s capable of doing. With a claim of 15 stops of dynamic range and a lot more autofocus points, you’re not going to believe what we’re finding to be the biggest fault....
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The Sony a7r IV Has a 61MP Full Frame Sensor (And There’s More)

Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo presented some of the company’s latest products for the Digital Imaging Division. Amongst them are the new Sony a7r IV that includes features like a new 61MP full frame sensor at the heart. It has a whole lot of great features for professional photographers. At $3,500 it’s going to include things like upgraded weather sealing, wireless tethering capabilities, a ton of autofocus points, and much more....
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The Voyeur in Photography as it Relates to the Photographer’s Intentions

We talk about street photography, street portraiture, and intentions often on this site; but I feel that the idea of the voyeur is something that we genuinely need to bring up again. I’m not one to say necessarily that voyeurs should necessarily be berated, but that I instead think that one’s intentions should be put into perspective. To get right to the meat of this problem, I want to tackle the issue of photographing children–one that is often brought up. Many photographers will say “No, that’s wrong and you’re going to get in trouble.” And they’re right–in today’s society, it’s easy to be labeled as a predator of some sort. While taking pictures of people in public is completely 100% within your legal rights, I believe that street photographers should check their intentions in an effort to move street photography forward beyond the casual snapshot and the emulation of all those who came before us. That’s not to say that there isn’t good work out there–the street photography world has some fantastic work. But there is also a lot of the same and the images of many people look the same....
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These Cameras Deliver Clean Images for Large Prints at ISO 6400

One of the biggest things that we test for with High ISO Output from cameras is how well the images print at 17×22 inches. Sure, everything looks great on a computer screen or on your phone at ISO 6400. And in terms of practicality, there is no good reason to pixel peep your images because your clients aren’t. But they instead care about how the images will look on their wall when printed large. Printing is sometimes seen as a forgotten art, but if you think about how much joy it brings a photographer to see their images become manifest, then you’ll understand why high ISO output can be very important. So we went through the Reviews Index and our own printed image samples to see how they all stacked up to one another....
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The Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art Lens Is Real, and So Are Others!

Today, Sigma announced their much anticipated Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art Lens along with a new 45mm and more. Sigma’s 35mm didn’t really seem all that real but considering what the company has been doing to try to stand apart from other manufacturers, we’re not shocked. This one of the company’s first lenses designed from the ground up for mirrorless full frame cameras and to that end it will come in Sony E mount and L mount. It is also the fastest aperture 35mm lens with autofocus on the market right now for full frame cameras. A lens like this should prove to be very innovative as no one has done this before and it’s bound to help provide a nearly medium format look to the images it delivers. We’ve got more specs and details below....
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Cheap Photo: We Found Gently Used Lenses at Even Better Prices

The other day, we rounded up a few great used camera deals that we found–and we got more requests for used lenses. So we went through Amazon and looked for some of their highest rated and reviewed lenses. Then we ran some of those against our Reviews Index to figure out which ones you folks would want the most. The results? We found stuff like a Sony 85mm f1.8 FE for under $600. There’s also Fujifilm gear and even Zeiss lenses on this list at very affordable price points. There is truly something for everyone on this list. Let’s take a look!...
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The Phoblographer’s Introduction to Shooting Photos in Hotels (And How to Not be a Jerk)

The first time I shot in a hotel, I made a big mistake. Looking back now, I honestly think that I still wasn’t in the right, but luckily I didn’t do anything that went on to scar my career. Additionally, I was quick, quiet, polite, and careful. I think that most folks who go about shooting in hotels tend to treat it like they’re on Spring Break all the time; but that shouldn’t be the aim. You’re there to work; even if you’re doing it for fun you should still conduct yourself professionally and be responsible. If you remember that you’re privileged to be able to shoot in nice hotels and not entitled to it, then you’ll already have one of the biggest ego checks in place. If you don’t have this, then please cease to continue reading this article. But if you want to get serious, read on....
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How Leaving Adobe Creative Cloud is Like Getting Rid of a Clingy Ex

In 2013, I walked away from a proposed $10,000 Adobe ad spend with the Phoblographer. There was a previous spend of this much with the Phoblographer, which came to us as soon as the Creative Cloud service was announced. To be honest, it felt (in my opinion) like just a tactic used to satisfy all the photo websites so that nothing negative would be said about Creative Cloud. Indeed, Creative Cloud was pretty fantastic at the start. But after some time after Adobe had our money, Lightroom started to just not be practical anymore. So a few years ago, I moved the website’s staff from Lightroom to Capture One for editing photos. And most recently, I decided to cut ties with the Creative Cloud. But what I didn’t know is that it would leave my life kicking and screaming while causing some really awful headaches....
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Cheap Photo: We Found Great Used Camera and Lens Deals for You

Photographers: lots of gear on the market is used and available at more affordable prices. If you’re looking to add another item to your camera bag, then consider some of these great deals that we’ve found. It will make it much easier to swallow the cost of increased performance....
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Review: Sony 35mm F1.8 FE (This Is My Next Lens)

All I ever really wanted was a Sony 35mm f1.8 FE lens–and I never thought that they’d made one but when I received a call last week about testing a product not yet announced, I was quite shocked. The company has its 35mm f2.8 FE and a 35mm f1.4 FE lenses; both are quite good in their own respects. But what they really needed was a middle ground option: and that’s where the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE is coming into play very strongly. It’s small and designed to be on par with the quality that the 55mm f1.8 and the 85mm f1.8 deliver. If you know anything about those lenses, you’ll understand that they’re incredible values. Sony considers their 28mm f2 to be on the same playing field, but I’ve got mixed thoughts on that opinion. What I know for sure though: the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE is a far better choice. With weather sealing, fast autofocus, incredibly sharp image quality, beautiful bokeh and almost cinematic image quality to it, the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE is going to be my next lens....
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Last Chance! Get 3,900+ LR Presets for $14.50 in This Exclusive Deal!

We love bringing you great deals, and this one is a doozy! We have an exclusive deal for readers of The Phoblographer to help you build your library of Lightroom presets. Until July 10th, you’ll be able to get over 3,900 Lightroom presets for the ridiculously low price of just $14.50 when you use the coupon code PHOBLOGRAPHER50 during checkout. Join us after the break for more details on this limited time deal....
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Review: IRIX 150mm F2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens (The Bokeh King)

When IRIX first announced that their Dragonfly series of lenses would be a bit in between their Blackstone and their Firefly lenses, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Then I got to see it for a bit at Photo Plus East last year and my beliefs were a bit more positive. But what really made me very happy about the IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens is how it performs on the Canon EOS R. This lens is weather sealed, sharp, has 11 aperture blades to render gorgeous bokeh, accurate to focus due to a long focus throw and Canon’s absolutely fantastic rangefinder system, and overall a very versatile lens. Though IRIX’s options are more for enthusiasts due to the low price and the manual focus, this lens is worthy of being in the bag of any working portrait photographer due to the close focusing distance that it allows and the overall image quality. And for only $595, I’m shocked at what it can do....
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This Old Vivitar Camera Commercial Will Crack You Up

Whatever you do, please note that the opening lead of this article is sarcasm. In fact, the entire thing is written sarcastically. That’s why we’re doing it in all caps–because folks didn’t realize that around April Fools we wrote articles and all the way that the bottom we let people know that they were April Fools pieces but people didn’t scroll all the way to the bottom. So with all this said, please proceed and know this is sarcasm....
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Review: Lensbaby 35mm f3.5 Edge and Composer Pro (Sony FE)

For a long time now, I’ve been a big fan of lots of the stuff that Lensbaby does, and with the Lensbaby 35mm f3.5 Edge I feel like they’re not doing anything particularly special aside from an update. That’s not to say that this is a bad product. In fact, it’s a fun product. But for what it’s worth, the Lensbaby 35mm f3.5 Edge isn’t as fun or as sharp as the company’s longer focal lengths. You’re sure to get that tilt-shift effect that people love to try to recreate using algorithms. However, when you use the Lensbaby 35mm f3.5 Edge you start to see that this lens has a lot of character. From the way that it can deliver lens flares to the tiny sliver of semi-sharpness that it has in the center, the Lensbaby 35mm f3.5 Edge can make any photographer have lots of fun if you just fully embrace it and throw all the conformities otherwise out the window....
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Review: Capture One Editorial Color Grading Style Pack

The Capture One Editorial Color Grading Style Pack is perhaps the company’s best offering so far; and if you were to purchase any single style pack from the company, I’d immediately tell you to spring for this one. This pack was designed with a number of photographers and retouchers who shoot for big campaigns. As the name implies, it’s designed to give you look that you’re used to seeing in all those glossy magazines without the hassle of it. But like many other bundles of presets out there, you’re probably going to gravitate more towards three or so. However, the massively wide breadth of lighting situations that the Capture One Editorial Color Grading Style Pack can cover is great....
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Review: Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS (Almost Worthy of Being L Glass)

When the Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS was first announced, I was excited until I learned that it didn’t have weather sealing. For those of you who have been fans of the site for years, you’ll know that I’m big on weather sealing. I’m of firm belief that every camera and lens these days should have it. And I’m also a big fan of small lenses for mirrorless cameras. The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 USM IS is just that. It surely isn’t an L lens but this is a lens designed for fun and a little bit of serious work. Most importantly, it has image stabilization built in....
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Comparison: Sigma’s Lenses for Studio Portraits (Here’s What We Found)

Portrait photographers these days enjoy using a multitude of focal lengths, and Sigma’s lenses offer a whole lot for the portraiture photographer. The company has spent years revamping their lineup with their Art series lenses and these lenses often top the charts on many proper lab tests. But we know that photographers don’t use lenses to shoot charts or brick walls and so we took them into a studio with models and lights to figure out which ones we liked the most. Our opinions may surely vary from yours and any professional working photographer will always lean towards a telephoto focal length. While this test has a lot of implications for professional photographers, it will also apply to lots of us who shoot and don’t demand the most professional needs....
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OP ED: This is the Year that Camera Manufacturers are Fighting to Survive

This piece is being written objectively from the point of view of a journalist embedded in the photo industry for over 10 years. At the helm of one of the largest photo blogs in the world, I can tell you with all certainty that it looks like every camera manufacturer is fighting to survive harder than they have in previous years. Not only are we seeing a lot of entries into the world of full-frame mirrorless, but we’re seeing partnerships, innovations, etc. to remind the general public that cameras are still relevant. You and I know better of course; but in a world where everyone is so incredibly satisfied with their phone’s convenience and an ILC camera that shoots in auto mode, I feel like camera manufacturers need to do even more to survive. ...
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Review: Tenba Shootout 16L DSLR Backpack (The In-Between Bag)

When I first saw the Tenba Shootout 16L DSLR Backpack, I was at Ira Block’s apartment in Manhattan. Ira, who hails from National Geographic, designed the bag with the folks over at Tenba. Though it’s marketed as a DSLR shooting option, it’s probably more correctly labelled as an offering for those who use bigger mirrorless cameras and have the lenses that go along with them. But the Tenba Shootout 16 DSLR Backpack is sort of an odd choice. It’s got the depth and length of most camera bags, but it doesn’t have the width purposely. It’s designed to keep you minimal, sort of. Think of it as a bag for the in-between crowd–and there are a lot of you out there....
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These Are the Best Apple Computers for Photographers Right Now

Lots of us photographers aren’t ready to let go of Apple. Though the company has been maintaining an abusive relationship with the professional for many years, their computers and their systems still simply work. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about and things don’t go wrong often. The same can be said for PCs, but they’ll need work to get there. So for the photographer that is looking at a new Apple computer of some sort, we dissected the options out there right now and here’s what we think is best....
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Low Light Portraiture: How to Make the Most of Ambient Lighting

“Shoot wide open.” is probably a bit of advice that you’ve heard when shooting low light portraiture. The great news is that you don’t need to use a flash to get a portrait that pops and that makes people stare–instead you can use a lot of the lighting that’s just around us. We as human beings create a ton of lighting in various places at night, and with a bit of creative freedom and thinking, we can make lights work for us. Lots of photographers reach for prime lenses at night but in recent years new lenses like the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM that have a very fast aperture throughout the entire zoom range have popped up. By and large, these lenses are changing the way that photographers can operate at night in low light situations where they can’t use a flash or bring lighting with them. And best of all, it means that you can focus on bigger things like working with your model, adapting to the lighting and the colors in the scene....
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First Impressions: Capture One Latitude Style Packs (Very Versatile)

Today, Capture One is announcing two new style packs under their new Latitude series: Pacific and Infinite Peaks. These were done in collaboration with photographers Bryan Minear and John Schell. They’re designed for a variety of different needs as both of these shooters come from different backgrounds. In each style pack, which will run you $34 for a limited time, you’ll get a few presets (or styles) to apply to your imagery and manipulate however you’d like. If you want both, you’ll be able to grab them for $49 for a limited time. Like all other Capture One Style packs, they’re easy to import into your software and then begin working with them immediately. We took a look at them before release and they may just be our favorite official packs even over the Editorial. However, they’re still not beating RNI Films....
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Fujifilm Shares Why ACROS II Is Coming in Only 100 ISO for Now

“And Gen Z…” explains Manny Almeda, Fujifilm North America Division President for Imaging to us when asked about Millenials really being responsible for bringing back Acros film. “It’s a shock to us also. We discontinued it because there was such a small demand.” He continued to state that they don’t believe that they’ll be generating enormous demand for it, but that something just didn’t feel right with Fujifilm’s discontinuation of Acros back in 2018. Across 100 film was the last black and white film emulsion left in the Fujifilm portfolio of products until it was taken from us. The reason? Diminished sales....
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Review: Rokinon 85mm F1.4 AF FE (This + Sony a7r III = Portra Colors)

When testing the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE, I admittedly ran into problems with the autofocus performance that needed to be fixed. Luckily, I knew how to do it with a quick clean of the communication contacts. But the fact that I needed to do this and have this knowledge is something that I’m not sure that the average photographer has–at least those who would be attracted to the more affordable Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE option. If you get beyond this, you start to realize that it’s a fantastic lens for portraiture. On the Sony a7r III, it’s capable of focusing very accurately albeit still slower than Sony’s options. But I’m positive in saying that if one looked at the images side-by-side from each lens without pixel peeping, no one would be able to tell the differences between one or the other....
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First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D II (Better in Every Way Possible)

Photographers who went ahead and purchased the original Hasselblad X1D will be happy that they bought into the system; because the Hasselblad X1D II is promising to not only be much more affordable but is supposed to best its predecessor in every way possible. Hasselblad admitted to us in our press preview of the camera that they did everything that they could with the hardware. But there are limitations. With the Hasselblad X1D II, the company is looking to up its ante across the field. Still, a camera designed for the photographer on the go that needs medium format quality and performance, one of the coolest things that they’re doing is making a very useful tethering solution via the iPad. This is bound to be useful when on location with a producer/creative director/client over your shoulder. We had under an hour to play with the new Hasselblad X1D II recently, and here are our initial thoughts....
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How to Create Watercolor-Like Photographs of Dancers

Being a legally blind photographer, part of my ambition has always been to tell stories the way that I see them and to let the world understand how I see the world. Something that I often describe it as is looking at the world and seeing it as a painting. I’ve learned more and more about how to make images look like paintings much to the dismay of pixel peepers. But personally speaking, I don’t care too much about those folks and never have. Instead, I’ve embraced creativity since the beginning. And to that end, I decided that I’d take a moment to share with folks how I’ve been doing a series that I’m currently creating....
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Review: Canon 85mm F1.4 L IS USM (Works Well with Eye Autofocus)

If you’re a DSLR owner and wanted to have some sort of update for your own really old 85mm f1.2, then you’ll see that the Canon 85mm f1.4 L IS USM answers a whole lot of those problems that the older version had. Indeed, the implementation of image stabilization is a huge upgrade when coupled with the significantly lighter body, faster autofocus, and overall sharper optics. To be fair, the 85mm f1.2 and Canon’s f1.2 lenses were designed more for rendering a specific look on full frame and 35mm film bodies. Then you look at all the other great stuff that the Canon 85mm f1.4 L IS USM has. It’s packed with weather sealing and even when you attach it to Canon’s EOS R, you’ll reap the benefits of that....
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The Datacolor SpyderX Tool Kits Could Be Essential for Photographers

Photographers that are of a particular skill set above the typical amateur are going to want to pay attention to the new Datacolor SpyderX tool kits being announced today. Besides including their much improved SpiderX Elit calibration uni, they’re also assisting higher end photographers by bundling a few other goodies. There are two kits: the SpyderX Capture Pro and the SpyderX Studio kit. One isn’t necessarily a higher end than the other more so than one is designed more around the need for capturing out in the field while the other is for studio work....
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Why Photographers Are Switching to a New Photo Editor for PC

There is a lot of editing software out there to choose from, but PhotoWorks is a photo editor for PC that stands out from the crowd. Combining professional capabilities with an incredibly easy-to-master interface, this photo editing software for PC could be the answer for masses of photographers who have been looking to switch to a less complicated system without compromising on quality....
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Using Wondershare Recoverit 8.0 for SD Card Data Recovery

Ideally, SD cards help us extend the memory of a device and transfer data seamlessly across multiple sources. While this is a major function, it also makes them vulnerable to data loss. Chances are that you might end up losing your important files from SD cards out of the blue. Don’t worry – you can still get them back using a reliable SD card data recovery tool. Although there are numerous data recovery tools in the market, only a handful of them actually work. If you are also new to data recovery, then you should know about Recoverit. It is one of the most trusted and accessible tools that is even used by leading experts. Recently, the application has released a new update that offers a wide range of advanced features. Let’s get to know more about the SD card data recovery feature of the tool....
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You Should Never Force Yourself Through a Creative Rut

The last time that I suffered through a creative rut, I spent around a year or so trying to figure out who I was photographically. But what I learned during that time is that it doesn’t make any sense to force it. Lots of photographers during their creative ruts spend time trying new things over and over again. And it’s fun–sometimes things don’t end up going in their portfolio and sometimes they learn new things that they add to it. For some, that’s fine. It’s part of the process and they’re not forcing themselves through their rut. ...
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The Acquaintance: Esther Mbabazi’s Photo Essay of Birth in Rural Uganda

“The Acquaintance” centers around photojournalist Esther Mbabazi’s chronicles in Bududa on the slopes of Mountain Elgon. Bududa has a hilly landscape that presents geographical challenges. Naturally, this complicates movement, especially for pregnant mothers. Walking long distances up and down hills to get to the hospital can prove to be a challenge–so pregnant women often opt for working with TBAs instead. As a documentary photographer, Esther uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society. Coming from a humble background, her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, economic, physical and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and minority groups. Esther is driven to bring to light issues in society that are too often overlooked....
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Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay (My New Favorite Instax Camera)

When I first heard the rumors of the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay, I admittedly groaned. The company’s last attempt at fusing digital and analog together was subpar in my opinion. But with their second attempt in the form of the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay, I’m pleasantly surprised and shocked. This is THE SMALLEST INSTAX FILM CAMERA. And not only is it small, but it’s one that reminds me of a suped-up compact camera from yesteryear while embracing lots of new fashionista influences. The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is going to appeal to so many different types of photographers: there is something here for not just the younger crowds but also the photographers that really care about image quality. The lens on the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is one of the sharpest that I’ve seen and used as it moves the camera away from plastics to glass. Then there is the Bluetooth accessibility that allows a photographer to wirelessly control the camera from the app. Indeed, Fujifilm packed a whole lot into the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay....
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First Impressions: Sony 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS (FE Lens)

I’m very shocked at how much I liked the Sony 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS after playing with it for a weekend a few weeks ago. I’m not at all saying that because I doubt Sony’s ability to make a great lens, but because I found the lightweight, focal length range, relatively compact size, and image stabilization combined well together to create what could arguably be Sony’s most useful lens to date for photojournalism. Though it’s only of the G moniker and not a G Master, there is little holding me back in saying that any photographer would be unwise to not purchase this lens. At a $2,000 price point, every photographer will get a number of useful focal lengths along with image stabilization and small size. Plus, it’s got a solid image quality! Though despite all of this, I’m still a bit wary as the last time I used a G series lens, I had a bad experience with its build quality....
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Review: Sony 600mm F4 G Master OSS (A Bird Photographer’s Dream)

When we were shown the Sony 600mm f4 G Master OSS, I was sort of shocked to see and hear that it was coming. My first thought would have been another zoom lens for sports photographers, but it would be unlike Sony to really just announce a zoom lens. Instead, the Sony 600mm f4 G Master OSS is an option for photographers that pulls out all the stops. You’re still going to need a monopod or tripod to shoot with it for long periods of time, but I’m going to admit that it isn’t imperative. The lens works in combination with Sony’s IBIS system to give the photographer a whole lot of image stabilization when photographing sports and birds alike. Then consider the weather sealing inside and the fact that this is the largest lens for a mirrorless camera system that we’ve seen thus far. And despite this, we completely see the value in it....
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An Ode to the Unsung Hero That Is a Photographer’s Microfiber Cloth

It’s evident in certain circles that when you become a photographer of a certain experience and one who wears a certain prescription, there is an emphasized need for items like a microfiber cloth. Their uses are numerous and within your circles, you’re expected to carry them in the same way that a scout never leaves home without their pocket knife. The microfiber cloth not only helps a photographer keep their glasses clean, but also aids with other problems that photographers are bound to experience....
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Useful Photography Tip #195: Golf Bags Are a Great Way to Store Light Stands on a Flight

Want more Useful Photography Tips? Click Here. Photographers traveling on flights often will have trouble with lots of the gear that they’re carrying. Not only do you get thoroughly checked when bringing cameras, lenses and more but light modifiers can also be a pain. Let alone the cost of all that stuff can add up. But...
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The Cinematic Look: Three Tips for Candid and Street Photography with an 85mm Lens

Though the purists in street photography will tell you that you need to get up close and personal to someone on the streets, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with using an 85mm lens. Of course, any wrongdoing comes with the intentions of the photographer. In this case, your intentions should be to try to get a different look at the scene and capture it as it happens with lesser chance of being seen. If you feel like calling it such, you can think of it as being a fly on the wall. It’s a term that so many street photographers aspire to be when they shoot....
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How I Beat Instagram Addiction in a Few Steps (And How You Can Too)

If you’re already saying that Instagram isn’t toxic, then I’m going to assume that you’re either too far deep down the rabbit hole, you’re an influencer that’s afraid to lose influence and who has no problem feeding off of someone’s addition to their phone, or you just aren’t aware that this is a problem. But indeed, it’s a condition that can drain you and fill your life with a lot of darkness. Take it from a guy who has to keep social media around in order to keep running a large photography blog. Though social media is less and less of our traffic due to their efforts to keep you on their platform, we have to admit that it’s sort of important to us. Further, lots of us rely on Instagram as photographers. So here’s how I went about making it less toxic. ...
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Review: Zeiss 40mm f2 Batis (A Lens for Sony FE Photojournalists)

The 40mm focal length is one that photojournalists can truly benefit from; and in the case of the Zeiss 40mm f2 Batis for Sony FE cameras photographers will be quite pleased with the results if they’re discerning about their look. Similar to what Sigma did, with their 40mm f1.4, the Zeiss 40mm f2 Batis has a muted color tone for the film look. It isn’t as sharp, but it is also slightly more affordable, smaller, lighter, etc. This lens also boasts weather sealing, fast autofocus, and the signature display window on top to give the photographer a ton of information that they need right then and there. The working photojournalist will surely find the Zeiss 40mm f2 Batis to be a good lens for their needs; but at the same time this doesn’t feel like a Zeiss offering. Further, I’m a bit befuzzled at why Zeiss didn’t make this an f1.4 lens....
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Candid Quotes from Photographers Who Shot Punk Rock’s Golden Age

Rock photographers often go about not only capturing concerts but other special scenes that many others don’t get access to. At a recent panel event, Bob Gruen joined fellow punk rock documentarians David Godlis, Marcia Resnick, and Paul Zone. on a stage at the Museum of Arts and Design. The event was held in collaboration with a current exhibit showcasing a bunch of memorabilia from the era. At the panel, each of the photographers spoke about a number of their images and the stories behind them. ...
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Review: Vi Vante Matador Noir (The Only Strap You’ll Ever Need)

I didn’t really understand the Vi Vante Matador Noir camera strap until I held it. Then my dad, who was visiting my while I was sick, really understood it too. The former UN diplomat in him is almost as discerning as I am, but he completely understood why someone would spend $250 on a strap like this. The thing about leather straps is that they’re already pricey–and often the sailing rope and canvas straps can serve just as well. But what the Vi Vante Matador Noir is combines the best of both worlds. Is it expensive? Yes. But this is genuinely the only strap you’ll ever need....
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Street Photographers Taking Pictures of Homeless People is Exploitation

I’ve spoken before about photographing and doing street photography with intent. And I think that when street photographers take photos of homeless people that they’re not doing these people any good. Photographing scenes where these homeless people are the primary focus and surrounded by others more financially fortunate is also not such a great thing to do. While many years ago, this could have told stories when put into the pages of credible publications, today’s world doesn’t lend itself well to this type of photographic intent. Indeed, the world has changed and actions speak louder than words. What often ends up happening is that these photographers self publish by adding images to Instagram or other platforms. These images are then passed by in a feed, double tapped, and moved onto another photo or served an ad. The result is that a person viewing the photos doesn’t want to go help a homeless person in the way that politicians and people used to do....
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The Panasonic S1H Will Offer 6K 24p Video and Much More!

Today at CineGear 2019, Panasonic is announcing the development of the company’s Panasonic S1H full frame Lumix Pro camera targeted at the cinematographer. With a similar body style to their Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R cameras, this camera features an L mount but will be able to be used with a PL mount for cinema. When it becomes available this fall, it’s going to boast features such as the same cinematic look that can be delivered from Varicams, 14+ stop V-log gamut, 6K 24p video, and multi-aspect recording such as a 4:3 anamorphic style. When the press asked Panasonic if it will have features for photographers, the company’s reps said that they couldn’t comment just yet on the specifics. However, they stated that the Panasonic S1H will be able to shoot photos....
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Forget Gear: This is the Best Way for a Photographer to Grow

Let’s be honest, you probably have all the gear that you NEED as a photographer–wanting and needing are two different things. But what every photographer needs (and it’s true today more than ever) is an actual functioning website. Your Instagram isn’t enough–that’s a place for us to see the work that you do in a less curated fashion as you work tirelessly to beat an algorithm. But a website from a company that is ethical to photographers like Format is worth the investment into yourself. Your Instagram can get shut down, shadow banned, etc. But a platform that you control won’t have that problem. And trust us, it’s a set it and forget it type of thing with occasional updates and a far less toxic community than Instagram can be....
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Video: Why the Fujifilm GFX 100 Needs In Body Image Stabilization

With 102 Megapixels at the heart of the new Fujifilm GFX 100 camera, there is a very justified reason for having image stabilization built into the camera. While traditional medium format users wouldn’t necessarily think this, Fujifilm has been working hard to change the way that we think about the larger sensor space. So with the Fujifilm GFX 100, they brought image stabilization to it partially because it’s a camera that is designed to be handheld and used for professional lifestyle work. So while you can still use this camera in the studio or locked down onto a tripod to shoot a landscape, the image stabilization helps you to do things like adventure and sports photography....
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Useful Photography Tip #194: You Need This if You’re Manually Focusing a Telephoto Lens

One would easily think that focusing with a telephoto lens manually would be a peace of cake; but the reality is that there a ton of complicated physics happening. In fact, it’s both exhausting and requires the photographer to be incredibly deliberate. Perplexed at how this is so difficult? Well let’s break it down for you....
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The Olympus TG-6 is the World’s Most Modular Point and Shoot

The Olympus tough camera lineup has always been pretty darned good for what they are, and the new Olympus TG-6 is promising to be even better–if not take it over the top. The company’s latest offering is pretty much as modular as a DSLR or Mirrorless camera without being a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Instead, Olympus allows photographers to have all the accessories they could possibly want. This camera is designed for the enthusiast that is afraid to bring their phone back from a swim and also always to be able to shoot great images underwater. However, it’s also a great, pocketable option for the photographer going on an excursion of some sort into more remote regions. Unfortunately, Olympus hasn’t given the camera a Four Thirds sized sensor; which is what I really wanted personally. But there are lots of other great things going on here....
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New Photographers: Please Stop Supporting Unsplash, Support Behance

The motivation for this piece comes not only from the message that I’ve been actively preaching about Unsplash and the companies supporting them, but also because I’ve noticed that a ton of new photographers who enjoy showcasing their work on Reddit just don’t know any better. And so it is my genuine hope that everyone shares this message with every other photographer that they know. This isn’t at all a sponsored post for Behance–we’re pretty strict about our editorial policies and transparency in a journalism world where so many aren’t. I don’t want to call this a public service announcement, but instead I want to call this my beckoning to photographers to stop giving up their work and their creativity for free. ...
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