Anthony Thurston Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.

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Wouldn’t It Be Cool If Nikon Brought 5 Way Image Stabilization to Their DSLRs?

It has come to light, through some new patents, that Nikon is prepping, or at least working on some tech to bring the 5 axis stabilization that we all love from mirroless cameras over into the Nikon ecosystem. This is some pretty big news because this sort of tech has really, mostly only been seen in mirroless cameras up to this point. It does, however, need to be noted that this information has come through discovered patents, it has not been officially unveiled by Nikon themselves, so for the time being, there are no clues as to if this tech will actually make it into a Nikon camera....
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Cheap Photo: Sony Rebates, Some with Over $450 Off!

If you are a Sony photographer right now, or you are one of the many DSLR owners out there seriously considering jumping into the Sony Mirrorless ecosystem then you will want to have a look at the list below, which includes deal on a vast array of cameras and lenses within the Sony ecosystem....
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Samsung’s New 970 PRO and 970 EVO SSDs Are Crazy Fast, as in 30% Faster Than the 960s

It is the year 2018, hard drives are becoming less and less common in most work focused computers as significantly faster SSD storage has come down in price. SSDs (Solid State Drives) are smaller than ever and they are faster than ever, and no company right now is pushing that need for speed more in the consumer realm than Samsung and their 900 series SSDs. The Korean electronics superpower just announced the latest addition to their 900 series family, the 970 Pro and 970 Evo SSDs, and they boast somewhat insane speeds in the 3,500MB/s range for reads and the 2,500MB/s range for writes....
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Dxo Labs Goes into Receivership, Says Not to Worry

Following the announcement of their planned split, a move that took DXO turned them into DXO labs and DXO Mark, it has now been reported that the company has gone into receivership. The move is being reported as a necessary piece of the process in french law to officially split the company, but at this point what, exactly, it could mean for the company is unclear....
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Cheap Photo: 5 Bundle Deals Mirrorless Camera Owners Should See

Often, once you invest into a camera system bundle deals make little sense. But thanks to the enormous success of the Sony mirrorless sytem, and in particular with their A7 III, more and more of you DSLR people are coming to see mirrorless as a potential upgrade path; either in the near or intermediate future....
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Venus Optics Announced a Slew of Lenses Today

It’s not every day that a company drops four lens announcements in one day. Yet here we are, as Venus Optics has just announced four brand new lenses, including what will be the world’s widest zoom lens for the Sony FE mount. But today wasn’t all about Sony love, the Chinese company also announced some goodies for Micro Four Thirds and even Fujifilm’s GFX system. These new Laowa lenses are sure to peak your interest in some way....
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This is the Ultimate List of Affordable Fujifilm Prime Lenses at Every Focal Length

In this roundup we will be taking a look at the array of prime lenses that are currently available in the Fuji X-Series ecosystem, both brand and third-party options. So if you have been on the lookout for some help in deciding where to invest your dollars in Fujifilm compatible prime lenses then you have come to the right place. ...
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The New Capture One 11.1 Has a Resource Hub with All the Tutorials You Need

It is the way of the world these days; a new camera is released and it can take weeks, sometimes months before the popular RAW processors are updated in order to support them. It’s one of the biggest drawbacks to being an early adopter, but thankfully the wait is’t generally long. If you happen to have purchased a Sony A7 III or Fujifilm X-H1 in the last months than you know this pain, but if you are a Capture One 11 user than your wait is over....
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8 Fantastic Lenses for Candid Photography in Any Situation

Candid photography has become more and more popular as the masses become more and more tone deaf to the look of cliché posed portraits. It’s a less perfect form of portraiture, but a truer to life one as well – in many ways at least. But popularity and technique to capturing these candid images aside, what sort of lenses are best for Candid Photography? This is the question that we hope to answer for you today, with the goal of pointing you in the direction of some gear that will make your life as a candid photographer easier....
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The Essential Budget Lenses for Every Canon Photographer

Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with that you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is a timeless, though under appreciated, a gift to the future. But if you are new to photography, or maybe just new to having a dedicated camera (upgraded from your smartphone, for example) you may be wondering what lenses you need for your new Canon camera.

Well, it’s just your luck that this post is all about that; the essential lenses for your Canon camera system. So, if you are ready, let’s jump on into it…...
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The Phottix Luna Ii Is Striving to Be the Only Portable Beauty Dish You Need at $80

Phottix has been doing their best to make photographer’s lives easier with quality lighting and lighting accessories for years now. One popular product that took away some headache was the Luna, their foldable/collapsible beauty dish. Today the company unveiled their new Luna II, their next generation portable beauty dish that is designed to make utilizing a beauty dish on the go effortless and easy as can be....
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Mindshift Gear Evolves Line with New Backlight 18L Backpack

Yes, you are not mistaken, Mindshift Gear did just launch some new bags a few days ago, and we were as surprised as you but they are back today with another bag announcement. This time in the form of the Backlight 18L, the next step in their extremely popular Backlight backpack series which features the ability to easily access your gear without having put the bag down thanks to a special waistband. Wildlife, Sports, Landscape; General Outdoor Photographers will want to pay attention here because this is a bag that was designed with you in mind from the start – and you can tell....
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Cheap Photo: 2500+ Lightroom Presets for Under $30

If you are like the majority of photographers out there these days, chances are you are using Adobe Lightroom for all or part of your image processing and editing workflow. Also likely is the idea that you are using presets, either self-made or purchased, in order to help make that process go by much more smoothly. The reasons for this are clear, not only does this help you batch edit multiple images, but it also helps a great deal with having a consistent look across your images. It is always nice trying out new presets, seeing what you can add to your workflow to expand and evolve your style. ...
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Posting To Instagram from Your Computer! A Look at Your Current Options

Instagram, if you are not using it often to share your photography with the world then you are missing out. But if we had to guess one reason why you are simply unable or unwilling to make the commitment, we would say that is possibly because you don’t like the hassle of getting the images you want to share on your phone in order to post it to Instagram. This has long been the struggle for professionals looking to get quality images onto Instagram, but it is 2018, there are actually ways now to post to Instagram from your computer. In this post we will be looking at a couple of ways that you can do this; hopefully saving you time and frustration with whatever your current Instagram workflow is....
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Fujifilm Drops New 250mm GF Lens, GF Teleconverter, and GF Macro Extension Tubes

GFX 50s owners, and those who are interested or on the verge of getting one are in for a nice surprise today in the form of some new toys being announced today by Fujifilm. Headlining these new product announcements from Fujifilm is the GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR, a monster lens meant to give the GFX-50s some more teeth in the telephoto arena; for shooting things like wildlife, distant landscapes, and maybe even action sports (though the camera is more limiting on that last bit that the lenses ever were)....
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New Fujifilm GFX 50s X Series Firmware Boosts Performance of Various Cameras

As we all know, and has been extensively documented throughout their tenure in the digital interchangeable lens market, Fujifilm has a history of constantly implementing updates and improvements to their cameras for years after they launch. That history continues here today with the official announcement by Fujifilm of the impending release over the next two months of firmware updates to the GFX-50S and 5 x-series cameras including the recently released X-H1....
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Mindshift Gear’s New Exposure Bags Are Squarely Targeted Towards Outdoor Photographers

Wildlife Photographers, Landscape Photographers; Outdoor Photographers in general. They all have pretty demanding needs from the bags that they choose to carry their gear in. Unlike other niches of photography where spending time indoors can be a large part of the job, for these outdoor photographers being out in the elements and bearing the brunt of Mother Nature’s rage is just another day in the office. They need bags that are able to hold up to the elements and keep their gear safe....
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Hands-on: Instagram’s New Focus ‘Portrait Mode’ Feature

Facebook-owned Instagram has decided to throw it’s hat into the ‘Portrait Mode’ game, though really this could be looked at as more of a ‘toe dipping’ than a full-on dive. The reason I say this is that the new feature, which allows users on to take ‘portrait mode’ images with computer-generated bokeh, is only available on devices which already have a portrait mode built into their system cameras. So, in essence, unlike other apps which have attempted to mimic the portrait mode effect and bring it to devices without the feature built in already, Instagram has instead chosen to ease into the idea by standing on the shoulders of the flagship level phones that already support the feature (The iPhone 6s, SE, and non-plus 7/8 being a few expections)....
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The Best Lenses for Candid Portraiture

Chances are that most of you shoot portraiture of some kind, be that families, weddings, kids, boudoir, pets, etc. But one niche of portraiture that is often overlooked is the whole idea of candid portraiture, which to some extent could also probably be classified as lifestyle in some scenarios. But what is important in candid portraiture? Heck, you may even be asking yourself right now what Candid portraiture even is....
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Cheap Photo: Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 VC is only $399

Tamron’s SP 45mm F1.8 VC is one of our favorite prime lenses for Canon and Nikon shooters right now. It is a nice focal length for those who like a little more width than a 50mm, but need more reach than a 35mm can provide. It also happens to be a great deal right now over on Amazon – just $399. Really, if you are in the market for a nice prime lens to replace your 35mm and 50mm, the Tamron 45mm SP is an excellent choice....
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Seagate Announces New LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB

Seagate and their LaCie branded rugged drives have long been a favorite for the traveling photographers of the world thanks to their ability to keep your data safe through rough and unexpected situations. So it should come as no surprise that the company has announced a new LaCie Rugged product aimed at today’s creatives that is sure to perk up some ears; the LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB. This is not only rugged data storage for the traveling professional creative, but thanks to the RAID array, it is also a reliable system that protects your data on multiple drives while you’re on the go....
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Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 AF FE US Official Pricing and Availability Unveiled

We have known about the Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 since it was announced back at CP+, but until now we did not know what the timetable for US availability of the lens would be, nor what it’s price tag would be. Initial guesstimates, based on the official Japanese yen price had placed the FiRIN 20mm at around $1300 US, but the official announcement from Tokina shows that was completely inaccurate, and the official US pricing will actually be much more affordable than that....
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You Need to See this Deep Dive on the Science Behind Exposure and Metering

Exposure is an integral part of photography; you literally deal with this every single time you take a picture or look at the live view coming from your digital camera. Metering is also a very important part to how digital cameras work, especially those working in some sort of automatic mode; this is how your camera decides to measure the light and by extension, figure out what a ‘proper’ exposure for the scene is. The point is, both of these things are things that you are always using, but that you likely don’t know too much of the science behind, and today, with the help of John Hess of Filmmaker IQ, are here to help you remedy that problem. One of the best ways to get better at something is to take the time to better understand how it works; so if you have been struggling with exposing your images or dealing with the metering on your camera, then this could be the deep dive video you need to see....
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Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD (1TB)

Western Digital, or WD as you may know the company, has been really pushing the envelope in terms of external storage solutions for several years now. It started with their original My Passport Wireless (read our review) and has gone through a couple of iterations since then, culminating now with their latest offering for the traveling content creator – the My Passport Wireless SSD. What they are positioning to be the perfect external drive of the traveling content creator; be that photographer, videographer, whatever....
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10 Incredible Tech Gift Ideas for the Mom Photographer

It is easy to forget the technical aspects involved in photography, be that the computer that you are editing with, to the monitor you are displaying it on, and the hard drives that you are storing it all on. The point is, its easy to instantly jump to new cameras or new lenses when its time to start thinking about gift ideas for the photographers in our lives. But often, new tech could be a much more needed (and affordable in some ways) gift than a lens they may or may not need, or a camera that they will have to learn....
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15 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Photographers Under $100

Mother’s Day is coming up here in the US and we are pretty sure that there are at least a few of you out there who have not already gotten something for their mother; if that is you, and you are looking for ideas about what to get your mother who is interested in Photography for Mother’s Day then you are in the right place. This will be our first of a few roundups for those of you looking to get your photographically inclined mother something nice for the holiday....
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A Look Behind the Scenes at Sigma’s Japanese Lens Factory

I bet that if we showed you all how a lens was made, from start to finish (the first screw to the final plastic wrap) a large number of you would be surprised by the complexity of the process, as well as how many pieces go into such a product. It is easy to be ignorant to the process of putting something together when all you see is the final product, we all do it from time to time, be it over fast food or incredibly complex electronics. ...
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The Promise of Gnarbox Finally Realized in New Gnarbox 2.0 SSD Product

We were always fans of the overall idea and concept behind what Gnarbox was trying to do with their product. As photography journalists who need to travel a lot, the idea of being able to travel and only need to take a small portable storage unit like the Gnarbox with us was an appealing one, as it was to other types of photographers as well. But as is the folly behind many first-generation products, the ability to truly realize that capability had some road bumps in the original Gnarbox. But it looks as if the second generation Gnarbox could largely address all of the issues previously experienced on the first gen product – or at least, that appears to be the case as presented by the Gnarbox team....
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Cheap Photo: 50% off Fujifilm’s X-E2s, a Crazy Deal You Won’t Want to Miss

Generally when a product is available at a crazy discount there is a reason behind it; and there can only be one reason behind the current deal over on Amazon regarding the Fujifilm X-E2s. Either Amazon, or Fujifilm (or both) are looking to clear out their inventory of this older Fujifilm camera; but the winner here is you because that means you can get your hands on one hell of a camera for just ~$350....
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What Could You Do with $5? Another Example That Creative Shooting Isn’t Expensive

As a stereotypical starving artist, it can be easy to look at the excellent work done by bigger name photographers and find yourself making excuses as to why you couldn’t do what they are doing. Excuses can run the gambit from not having as nice of a camera, not the possessing the right lens, maybe your lighting gear isn’t as fancy, or your budget is just non-existent. But let’s just remind ourselves that these excuses, while easy to fall into the trap of thinking, are (mostly) bogus....
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Adobe Lightroom’s Latest Update Changes Camera Profiles and Your Presets

Adobe is continuing to bring new updates to Lightroom and Camera RAW in an effort to address many of the concerns that users have been voicing about the software. In the latest update, announced earlier today, they have decided to completely revamp their Camera Profiles functionality and adding it to Lightroom CC. Oh, and they are no longer called Camera Profiles, instead being shortened to simply ‘Profiles’.

So, what are Profiles? A profile is basically a set of instructions for the image processor, in this case, Lightroom/Camera RAW, to interpret the RAW image data that is held within the RAW file you are trying to look at. Now, don’t get these confused with presets, the two are totally different tools. The profiles change everything about the image; the color saturation, contrast, etc. Many photographers choose a profile that closely matches what they saw out of their camera, which is why these profiles were originally called camera profiles....
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Four Perfect Backpacks for the Working Photographer

We are all photographers, and unless you are new or really just enjoy the minimalist approach, chances are that when you go out for your shoots that you have an entire kit that you take with you. This will obviously include a camera and lens, but also usually several accessories, some alternative lens options, maybe a tripod, laptop, etc. The point is, that is a lot of stuff you are likely needing to haul around and ideally you need something that can carry it all....
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Acros 100: Another Film Bites The Dust?

For as much as we all like to talk about the film renaissance that is currently going on in the world, the sad truth is that the benefits of this resurgence of interest in film have not translated over to the film companies – at least not in a big enough way to (with a few exceptions) prevent these beloved and popular film stocks from being discontinued....
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Cheap Photo: 15 Crazy Good Deals + 20% Off Sitewide at Photowhoa

If you ever hope to get better with your photography you must constantly be striving to learn and expand your skills; a great way to help yourself with this is by attending workshops, scheduling styled shoots, going to photo walks. The problem is, a lot of those activities can be quite expensive for a hobbyist, or even a professional in the slow season. So how else can you take the initiative to get better and improve your craft? Online education and tutorials, while not as fun as those in-person opportunities, offers you a vast amount of potential knowledge and is available at the click of a button....
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The Best Camera Bags for Outdoor Photographers

As photographers, we need often have a lot of gear that we need to carry around with us, and unless you have some awesome pockets from Dr. Who that are ‘bigger on the inside’ then you are likely in need of a bag of some sort to carry that gear around with. The problem, as you are likely aware, is that there are so many options out there for photographers looking to carry everything from a small amount of gear to a larger amount of gear, that it can be really easy to be paralyzed by all of the options....
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The Second Front: What We Know About Canon and Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Canon and Nikon were, for the longest time, the ‘big two’ of the photography industry. In many ways that is still the case, by default, but that tide has been turning. In large part due to the rise of mirrorless camera systems, primarily Sony’s full frame E Mount, but also from Fujifilm’s X-Series and the Panasonic/Olympus Micro Four Thirds partnership. Canon and Nikon’s response to Mirrorless technology the last decade has been the equivalent of a 5yr old sitting in the corner of the room with their fingers in their ears humming and chanting “I can’t hear you… I can’t hear you” over and over....
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DxOmark Releases Sony A7III Test Results, Besting the Flagship A9

In the Sony lineup right now you would likely rank their cameras in this order; A7R III/A9, A7S II, A7 III. But if the latest DxOMark Rankings mean anything to you then you may want to be giving the A7 III a little more of a look, as it is testing really well against all three of the cameras in the Sony system priced higher than it....
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Instagram Finally Gets the Hint About Chronological Feeds – Kinda

It’s been sometime now since Instagram decided to ditch their chronological feed in favor of a more Facebook-esq algorithmic feed that is designed to show you what it thinks you want to see. As with any major change, the move was hit with a lot of criticism, much of which seemed to fall on deaf ears at Instagram. Despite a lot of outcry, the company continued to launch new feature after new feature, while mostly ignoring the complaints about the algorithm-based feed....
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Cheap Photo: A Very Sexy 50% Off The Boudoir Posebook

Sex sells, and being Sexy sells. Boudoir photography is on the rise, both in terms of photographers offering this once niche portrait style, and in terms of women (men too) looking to hire photographers for these sort of images. So if you are looking to get in on this while the fire is still hot, you’re going to need to do some research and learning on posing for boudoir and how to produce the sexy images that your clients will be after.

Thankfully, you can get a big chunk of that out of the way with one purchase, The Posebook is a guide for photographers teaching you 28 of the top poses for you to have in your arsenal as a boudoir photographer. It also comes from the boudoir industry veterans behind The Boudoir Divas, and they are giving you quite a deal on this too, a full %50 off the standard retail price....
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Fujifilm X-H1 Firmware Update to Address Launch Bugs Coming by End of Next Week

Fujifilm launched their X-H1, now the top camera in their X-Series line, back at the beginning of the month following a mid-February announcement. Among many things, the camera was touted for its significant upgrades in the video arena and a big push was made to appeal the camera to the professional video crowd. But the shine on the X-H1 quickly wore off as reports started to come in with regards to issues with the camera, some minor, some more significant, and today Fujifilm has announced that a firmware update is coming by the end of next week to address at least two of these widely reported issues....
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Cheap Photo: $400 Off Tamron’s 24-70mm F2.8

Tamron’s 24-70mm F2.8 with image stabilization was a game changing lens when it was released, being not only one of the first 24-70mm F2.8 lenses to have stabilization, but it was also one of the most affordable. It is still, to this day, an excellent performer, despite the newer G2 version from Tamron now being on the market. But you know what that means, pricedrops and the current price on the older Tamron model makes it almost a no brainer if you are on a budget....
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RL Handcrafts Launch Camera Strap and Modular Harness on Kickstarter

RL Handcrafts is a boutique maker of hand made leather products for photographers, and their latest offerings are now up for your consideration via a new Kickstarter campaign. The newly minted Falco Switch, a convertible neck strap and camera sling, and the Derringer Modular Pro, a modular camera harness, are hand crafted out of real leather an designed for premium comfort....
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The Essential Lenses for Every Fujifilm Photographer

Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with that you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is a timeless, though under appreciated, a gift to the future. But if you are new to photography, or maybe just new to having a dedicated camera (upgraded from your smartphone, for example) you may be wondering what lenses you need for your new Fujifilm camera....
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Samsung Is Gunning For Sony’s Top Spot in The Imaging Sensor Business

It’s been years now since Samsung released a dedicated camera, despite their NX1 still holding up quite well even by today’s standards in many ways. So you would not be out of line for assuming that Samsung’s gaze had moved away from imaging and imaging sensors – but you would be mistaken....
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The Nikon D850 Filmmaker’s Kit Will Have Everything You Need for Serious Video

It could be argued that the D850 is one of the top cameras on the market right now, at the very least one of the top DSLRs (if not THE top DSLR); and some of that can be attributed to its video feature set, which is not something that Nikon has ever really been known for. Nikon is looking to continue to capitalize on this with the brand new D850 Filmmakers kit, which looks to be just about everything you could need, from the camera perspective, to be a serious videographer or filmmaker. ...
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REVIEW: Fujifilm 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro (Fujifilm X)

Macro photography is one of those interesting niches of photography that can sort of bleed over into almost every other niche of photography. You have wedding photographers needing macro detail shots of the wedding rings and reception details. You have food and beverage photographers needing 1:1 images of the items they are shooting. Heck, you also have true macro enthusiast shooting insane shots of insects and other tiny objects....
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Cheap Photo: The Ultimate Guide to Black and White Photography, Now $200 Off

In this day and age color reigns supreme and black and white photography is often an afterthought to many photographers. But there is something about the medium, a complicated nuance that is easy to overlook due to the perceived simplicity of the medium. But if you have ever tried to really work in black and white, not just applying presets without much thought, then you know how powerful black and white can be if you take the time to master it....
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The New Novaflex TrioPod Pro75 as a Solid Modular Tripod for Professionals

Novoflex is not a company traditionally associated with tripods, but that may change with the announcement here today of their new TrioPod Pro75. A tripod that the company has aimed squarely at professional photographers that offers solid support for their camera with the flexibility that only a modular system can provide. The benefits of a modular system are clear, as having the ability to adapt your tripod to whatever situation you are going to be using it in rather than having multiple tripods for various purposes, is much more convenient (and in theory, cost-effective)....
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The Essential Budget Lenses for Every Nikon Photographer

What are the basics? The essential lenses that every Nikon Photographer could use to create their art?  Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with that you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is...
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Fujifilm Releases GFX 50S Version 3.00 Firmware Update Along with Other System Updates

Fujifilm is known for their strategy of constantly updating and improving their cameras through firmware updates. My primary camera, the X-Pro2 is on its 4th firmware version since its launch, and today, Fujifilm released the version 3.00 firmware update for its mirrorless medium format GFX 50S camera which includes a couple of pretty notable additions to the camera....
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