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Nikon Was #1 in Full Frame Camera Sales for 2017 Holiday Season

Earlier last year a lot, and we mean a lot, of noise was made last year with the news that Sony had overtaken Nikon to take the #2 spot in US full frame camera sales when that was announced last year. But now Nikon has an interesting headline-inducing stat of their own to show off, as team yellow was the #1 (not #2, not #3, number ONE) seller of full frame cameras for the 2017 holiday season....
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Adobe Looks To Make Your Selections as Easy as One-Click In Latest Photoshop CC Update

Isn’t it any photographer or graphic designers dream? To be able to just click on the object in an image you are working on, and having the software be able to automatically be able to detect that object and make an accurate selection. Obviously, this is a pipe dream, but it is one that Adobe is hoping to bring closer to reality with their latest version of Photoshop CC....
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Capture One 11.01 Brings Fujifilm X-E3 Support and Lots of Bug Fixes

Phase One has just updated their RAW processing software Capture One to version 11.01 which adds support for the Fujifilm X-E3 as well as support for 8 new lenses from Olympus and Leica. Beyond that, the update was focused on fixing a lot of the bugs that users had experienced since updating to the major update release of version 11.0....
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Reports: Fujifilm X-T3 Coming Ahead of Photokina 2018

Fujifilm’s X-T2 is barely coming up on being two years old, but it seems that Fujifilm is getting prepared to launch it’s successor, the X-T3 as soon as Photokina later this year. ...
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Cheap Photo: Save $400+ on a Tamron 70-200mm and More!

The beginning of this year so far has been a really mixed bag in terms of the deals that are available. There have been deals here and there on lenses and cameras that turn your head, and there have been others that really shouldn’t register on your radar unless you were already planning to purchase said lens. Anyways, we’ve got another batch of savings for you to take a gander at. ...
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Lensbaby Announces 46mm Macro Filter Kit to Expand Lens Capabilities

It’s always nice to be able to use something that you already have and to get something more out of it, right? Well, Lensbaby is taking a step outside of their usual path and rather than releasing a new lens for us, they have this new filter kit that will give you some special new capabilities with your existing Lensbaby optics....
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Fujifilm Releases New Firmware Updates for X-E3 and X-Pro2

The other edge of the double-edged sword that is Fujifilm’s strategy of constantly updating and upgrading their cameras through firmware updates is that there will be bugs that make it through the QA process here or there. Sometimes more severe than others, and sometimes rather benign or just more annoying than anything else....
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Reports: Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Mount to Feature 16mm Flange Distance

By now it should be no surprise to you that Nikon is working on a Full Frame mirrorless camera system, this has been common knowledge for some time now. But what did just hit the airwaves was the news that apparently this new full frame mount which the entire Nikon mirrorless system will be based around could be called the Z Mount....
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So, Kodak’s CES Announcements Look as Shady as They Were Unexpected

So, unless you were living under a rock over the last few days you have no doubt heard about Kodak’s two big CES announcements regarding their own Cryptocurrency for photographers and the new Bitcoin mining service they were launching. If you didn’t hear because of the news itself, you likely heard because the announcement sent Kodak shares soaring something like 250% after the announcement....
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Cheap Photo: $569 Off Premium Photoshop Actions and Light Leak Overlays

We love the convenience of heading over to PhotoWhoa when we are in need of some affordable photo education or tools. The curated library of discounted tutorials, tools, software, etc is one of the easiest ways to find quality learning opportunities in iches that you are excited to try out and tools to help you do your job better. Which is where the highlight deals for today come in; these two products give photographers some powerful Photoshop actions to improve your imagery and access to some killer light leak overlays to take your shots to another level....
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So, This Is What A 1D X MK II Looks Like On The Inside

Have you ever wondered what the inside of your camera looks like? Most of us have likely wondered, or at least thought about this at some point during our personal photography journies. But few have likely ever take the risk of actually going so far as to take the camera apart to do have a look. But leave it up to a Youtube Star to do it so that you don’t have to…...
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REVIEW: Joby Gorillapod Mobile Rig

Joby and their Gorillapod brand have been around for forever, and these versatile tripods have long been a favorite tool for run and gun photographers and videographers who always needed a tripod they could put anywhere. But in this age of mobile content creation a new breed of content creators, utilizing the incredibly powerful tools at their disposal in smartphones and action cameras, are growing and need tools to support their passions. Enter the Joby Gorillapod Mobile Rig, possibly the ultimate all-in-one tool for these creative content producers....
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WD and SanDisk Unveil Powerful New Portable SSDs That Traveling Photographers Should See

So when you are a traveling photographer one of the most annoying things is having to work off of slow external hard drives if your laptop doesn’t have the space to hold the images from your shoot. In the case of videographers, this is even more troublesome because trying to watch and edit videos in a video editor from a slower external HDD can be enough to drive one mad.

But at CES 2018 WD and SanDisk together unveiled two products that will be of particular note to photographers and other traveling creatives....
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DxOMark and DxO Labs Break Up, Now Separate Entities

It was just revealed, in a DxOMark email that was sent out to cover milestones for the company during 2017, that DxOMark was officially spun off from DxO Labs into its own company. This change actually happened back in September according to the email, but for whatever reason, the company/companies chose not to disclose this until now – 4 months later....
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The Down Low: 50mm vs 85mm For Beginners

Lens suggestions and comparisons are just a part of life for the beginner photographer. As you are constantly yearning to satiate that uncontrollable desire to get better gear and shoot better images, you often find yourself wondering about what your next lens purchase should be....
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Lightroom’s Range Mask Tool Is Amazing For Food Photographers

You likely have your opinions about Adobe’s handling of Lightroom and Lightroom CC, but those issues aside, some new features in Lightroom have really been a great additions. One of those features is the Range Mask tool, and part of what makes it so cool is that it allows you to adjust your mask based on the colors or luminance in your image....
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Rock n Roll’s New Hendrix Camera Straps Look Incredible

In the world of photography there are those photographers who care nothing about style, being all about the function of their gear. But we don’t talk to those people (just kidding guys, we love you), so for the rest of us it matters to us if our camera straps look good and help us look good for our clients. So when a new strap with an interesting look comes around, we take notice....
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Joby Unveils New GripTight PRO TelePod for Mobile Video Enthusiasts

One of the fastest growing content mediums right now is video and in particular live streams. In order to meet the needs of these budding communities of content creators, JOBY has announced their new GripTight Pro Telepod....
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Cheap Photo: At Least 25% Off on Lenses; and New Year Savings

Happy 2018 everyone! We hope that you have had a wonderful first week of the new year and that your new years resolutions are still going strong. We closed out 2017 with a great set of deals, and since many of those expired along with 2017 we though it would be a good idea to update you all with the current deals that are now available in 2018. So here are a few highlights…...
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Samyang’s Next FE Lens Could Be 135mm

Korean lens maker Samyang has been known to throw out teasers when they have new lenses in the works and staying true to form, the company is at it yet again. There have been SAR reports over the last several months about some possible Samyang FE lenses that were in development but until now nothing from the company indicated that a new lens was actually incoming....
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The Legendary 1910 Emil Busch Glauker 3.1 is Now on IndieGogo

It has been over 100 years since Emil Busch introduced his Glauker 3.1, which would turn out to be one of the most advanced and important lenses of its era. A huge trend in the global photography lens market these days, thanks to mirrorless mounts making older lens designs easily adaptable to modern cameras, has been updating classic lenses for modern use....
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Are Long Telephoto Lenses For Shooting Landscapes? You Bet

When many of you think about landscapes and specifically photographing them you probably think about standard to wide angle lenses. This is not an illogical thing to think, a lens that allows for a wider frame of view will allow for a larger landscape to be captured. However, you would be surprised that the fact is many landscapes are taken with longer telephoto lenses....
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Getting the Most Out of Your Mobile Photography Endeavors

As the adage goes, the best camera is the one that you have with you and these days that is most likely your phone most of the time. That said, many of you are likely hesitant to use your phone or rely on it for pictures because of the poor quality phone cameras used to provide. But those were the old days, cameras these days are capable of more than enough performance for general use photography....
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Two New 7Artisans Lenses Are Now Available

It has been a while now since 7Artisans announce their new 12mm F2.8 and 35mm F1.2 prime lenses for APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. That was back in November and there was some question about when these lenses would finally be available for purchase, and well – that day has come....
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Cheap Photo: Our Last Deal Report of 2017

2017 has been a great year for deals and savings, but as with all things, it must come to and end. Unless you have been under a rock you know that in just a few days we will ring in the new year and as such this will be our final Cheap Photo deal report of 2017. If you are looking for some ways to spend that extra Christmas money or gift cards that you were gifted then these will be some deals that you want to pay attention to – because many of them expire the moment that clock strikes midnight on on New Years Eve/Day....
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DxO ‘Enthusiastically’ Working on New Nik Collection For 2018

Evangelists of the Nik Collection of photo editing plugins got a nice Holiday gift from their new friends over at DxO. The company announced that since acquiring the Nik Collection from Google earlier this year that their team of developers has been working on a new version of the beloved photo editing plugins....
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Adobe Lightroom CC Extended Use: Is It As Bad As They Say?

Is Adobe Lightroom CC as bad for photographers as many media heads made it out to be? Is it the end of the world for the professional photographer who edits almost exclusively with Lightroom? In short, no, but let me set the stage for you a bit…...
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Using Strobes to Enhance the Sun in Portraiture

So many photographers out there rely heavily on natural light for their outdoor and indoor portraits, but many of you also make use of external lighting sources like strobes or speedlights. One great way to make use of both methods of thought is to use a strobe or speedlight as a fill light in your natural light portraits instead of something reflective, like a 5 in 1 reflector....
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Cheap Photo: Now To Grab A Deal or Two For You

Christmas is close enough now that any deals remaining are not going to be arriving in time for you to take advantage. That said, this doesn’t mean you need to let them go unused! You’ve spent the last month buying gift after gift for your friends and loved ones, so why not take advantage of a deal or two for yourself while they are still available?...
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What Is Dynamic Range and Why Is It Important?

Dynamic Range, if you have read a camera announcement or review in the last 10 years then chances are that you have seen this term more than a few times – especially in the last 3-5 years. But if you are newer to photography or just never took the time to investigate you may find yourself wondering what exactly dynamic range is and why you should even be concerned about it. Today we are here to help you get that question answered....
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The Ultimate Landscape Photographer’s Tutorial Guide For 2017

Landscape photography is a really popular hobby for a lot of photographers. It is a great way to get out and use your gear without needing models or a ton of equipment, not to mention the benefits of getting you out of the house or office and into the wild for a bit....
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Leica CCD-Gate Woes Continue Even To This Day

You would not be thought down on if you had forgotten about Leica’s CCD-Gate problem with their M9 family of cameras and the CCD sensors that are housed within them. It has been a long time since all of that business went down, but if you happened to be an M9 owner the issue never truly went away. Earlier this year Leica announced that after August 15th, 2017 the free CCD replacement program that the company implemented to mitigate the problem would end for cameras purchased more than 5 years ago....
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Fujifilm SP-3 Printers Being Flipped On Ebay For Huge Markups

Fujifilm’s Instax Square format has been a huge success for the company with individuals who were unsatisfied with the size for the format of the smaller (but more popular) Instax Mini Film. Apparently, the demand for the SP-3 printers, which use the Instax Square film, has been immense because they are actually being picked up and flipped on auction sites like eBay for as high as a 2005 markup....
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Instax Share App vs Fujifilm Camera; Which Is Better For Your Instax Prints?

Instax is a great way for photographers to give instant prints to clients, either as a memento of the shoot or as an added service. While most people will have to transfer the images to their phone, Fujifilm shooter has the ability to connect directly to their Instax Printer with their Fujifilm X-Series camera body. This makes the process of printing even quicker, skipping the step of having to send the image to your phone first....
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Report: Early 2018 Could See Native Sony FE Art Lenses From Sigma

It has been widely thought that Sigma will be finally entering the Sony full-frame mirrorless system with native lenses, but reports on how soon and what those lenses could be have been few and far between – until today....
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Cheap Photo: Sigma Goes All In On Last Minute Holiday Savings

Sigma’s Art lenses are among the most popular third party lenses on the market these days with photographers from nearly every major brand having the ability to make use of these excellent lenses. Well, it appears the folks over at Sigma are feeling a little extra generous this holiday season and have recently announced a series wide discount of $100 off....
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Using Later To Make Your Social Media Madness More Manageable

As photographers we are constantly wearing multiple hats, everything from an accountant to the salesman, to customer service, to photographer, and marketer. A big piece of that these days is social media and how we promote ourselves on these platforms can often be the gateways to greater successes in our careers. However, being as we are so often wearing multiple hats, it can be hard to remember to post on your various accounts often enough for them to do any good for you. This is why a social media planner like Later is so helpful....
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iMac Pro Reviews Are Coming In; Should Photographers Be Considering It?

Apple’s iMac line of desktops has long been a popular choice for creatives, photographers in particular. So no doubt when Apple announced their iMac Pro many of you were happy to see a new pro-level iMac coming to the marketplace. Well, the reviews on Apple’s new all in one desktop solution are coming in and while the reviews are positive, to say the least, one thing is abundantly clear to us…...
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A Quick Primer on Depth of Field, Bokeh, and Focal Lengths

Bokeh is probably the most buzzy of buzz words associated with photography in this day and age, with everyone from smartphone instagrammers to professional fashion photographers coveting any lens that claims to offer a smoother, creamier, more unique bokeh....
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Quick Tips on Getting The Most Out Of Your 85mm Lens While Shooting Portraits

85mm, THE classic portrait focal length. If you are just getting into shooting portraits, or maybe have been shooting on the wider end with a 35mm or 50mm lens, then shooting with an 85mm lens could be something that you are looking for tips on. If that is the case, then this is the post for you as we will go over some tips for getting the most out of your 85mm lens when shooting portraits....
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How To Master The RGB Curves In Photoshop and Lightroom for Better Post Processing

There is no doubt about it, we are in a preset world where you can achieve virtually any look you desire for your images at the click of a button and the slight push of a slider. However, this is a double-edged sword that can lead to photographers failing to have a defined look or looking too much like everyone else....
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Adobe Spreads the Update Love Across The Entire Lightroom CC Ecosystem

Adobe’s Lightroom CC ecosystem has grown in many ways over the years, from the popular desktop app into both major mobile platforms, the ecosystem ensures that no matter what medium you are processing an image on you can utilize the familiar tools available of Lightroom CC. Today, continuing their promise to provide frequent updates and upgrades, Adobe announced a slew of updates for all of the apps in the Lightroom CC ecosystem....
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12 Budget Lenses For Street Photographers Under $500

Street photography is not a niche of photography known to be much of a money maker, in fact if you get into street photography looking to make money you are looking in a very wrong place. This means that street photographers are often looking for more affordable kit options that allow them to get what they need for the look they are going for with the lowest hit to their wallet as possible....
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The Photographer’s Ultimate Portrait Lens Guide For 2017

It’s time to get our ultimate guides out of budget lens territory and back into the ultimate territory. So today we are going to do our ultimate lens guide for 2017. If portraits are your thing, and you are starting to think about possibly upgrading your kit while there are holiday deals or maybe at some point in 2018, then this will be a post you should see....
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Cheap Photo: Still Time To Save Big With These Holiday Savings

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching and that means that the cutoff for affordable pre-holiday shipping is also fast approaching. Soon the only way to get your hands on these killer deals before the holiday will be to pay for the privilege, so if you are on a deadline, we highly recommend jumping on these deals while you still can....
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ALPA Makes Moves Aimed At Medium Format Video Shooters

In a somewhat interesting move ALPA, the medium format camera maker, has started to make moves aimed at attracting medium format video shooters to their platform. The biggest of these moves is now bundling Hasselblad’s 100MP H6D-100C digital back with some of their cameras, in addition to adding more connectivity options for video specific features such as Arri-Rosette, Universal Rail, and standard 15mm rods....
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Flickr’s 2017 Year End Review Show More Smartphone Gains

There is something to be said about the obvious lack of professional photographer’s presence on Flickr these days, but in terms of the broader photography market, there is still a lot of use of Flickr. This is what makes the company’s year-end reviews so interesting, it helps paint a picture about what cameras are being used and the top brands be utilized by non-professionals around the world.

In their latest year-end review for 2017, the company indicated some continued gains by the smartphone market over the dedicated camera industry (DSLRs, Point and Shoots, Mirrorless). Let’s have a look at their analysis....
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Landscape Photographers! These 10 Lenses Will Do You Well For Under $600

Calling all landscape photographers! Are you interested in expanding your kits but want to do so on the cheap? Well you’re in luck, not only because landscape lenses are already somewhat affordable, but because today we are going to share our picks for 10 landscape lenses that you can get your hands on for under $600!...
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The Ultimate Wedding Photographer’s Gear Guide For 2017

Shoot Weddings? Want to Shoot Weddings? This is the Ultimate Guide for You.  As we continue our ultimate guide series rounding up our top content of 2017 we make our stop in the land of love and eternal happiness – weddings. Wedding photography has grown to become one of the most popular and reliable photography...
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Fujifilm GFX100s To Come In 2019 And May Have IBIS, Reports Say

Building upon the report that we shared last week regarding the Fujifilm GFX R rangefinder styled camera, new reports have surfaced that possibly shed some light on when we can expect to see the next GFX S camera. It’s not all that far off too, coming sooner than expected, and maybe packing some impressive new features....
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