Brittany Smith Brittany Smith

Brittany is a commercial fashion and portrait photographer working in Montana and NYC. When not behind a camera she can usually be found at a local artisan coffeeshop, writing for photography education sites and publications, teaching fitness classes, or baking something fabulous.

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It’s Stunning! Leica 50mm F0.95 Noctilux Review

g a Leica is often revered as having achieved a certain level of success amongst photographers. It’s what many, myself included, aspire to attain someday. Out of all of the 50mm lenses on the market today, Leica’s lineup of 50mm has easily been my favorite. The Leica 50mm f0.95 lens is the flagship within their lineup. It’s also one of their most expensive lenses....
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Beautiful Optics. Bokeh for Days. Leica 75mm F1.25 Noctilux Review

Leica is synonymous with pristine image optics and a price tag to match. Most of their lenses are on the wish lists of photographers worldwide. Their Summicron lenses are at a price point that most have to save up for. The 75mm Summicron was a hit, so naturally, the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux lens has to be notorious, right? With a price tag of $14,295.00 we would sure hope so! Keep reading to see if the low light performance and incredible bokeh justify the cost....
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It’s Attractive And Functional. Manfrotto Pro Light Flexloader Review

Pretty to look at and added drop protection don’t always go hand in hand when it comes to backpacks. The Manfrotto Pro Light Flexloader backpack exemplifies both. It is an attractive mid-sized camera backpack that looks like it was made for the city. It’s designed to accommodate a 16″ laptop as well as a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer. It can double as a regular backpack when you remove the internal dividers. Is it comfortable? Keep reading to find out....
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The Most Comfortable Backpack I’ve Used! FStop Tilopa Review

Camera backpack manufacturers finally realize that one size doesn’t fit all. This is especially true for women. Some will nail the comfort of the shoulder pads, but the waist straps cut into the hips. Sometimes the design puts too much stress on the shoulders. More often than not, it’s the sternum strap that is very ill-fitting and unflattering. The F-Stop Tilopa 50L backpack is one of the first that I could recommend for women. Keep reading to find out why....
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Beautiful. Functional. Billingham Hadley Large Pro Review

As it turns out, few offerings deliver on all three bullets. Even fewer are successful when it comes to larger camera bags. Billingham is known in the industry for beautiful bags that are built to last, which is reflected in the price. As someone moving to a medium format sensor, I was curious to see if the Billingham Hadley Large Pro could deliver style, comfort, and functionality. Could it be as successful as the original Hadley?...
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New Functions. Improved Performance. Capture One 22 Review

Capture One is back with the newest rendition of their beloved editing software. Capture One 22 improves some of their best features and introduces several new functions that photographers have been requesting. Real estate and landscape photographers can now enjoy a powerful HDR merge function. Panoramic stitch resembles the Brenizer Method and makes it possible to create larger canvases in smaller spaces. Make sure you have plenty of hard drive space for these functions. You’ll see why. ...
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The Most Unique Lens? Leica 16-18-21mm Tri-Elmar F4 Review

Wide angle lenses tend to be built with specificity in mind. They are rarely designed to be your main workhorse. When it comes to Leica brand lenses for M-mount, there aren’t many options for super wide-angle options. The Leica 16-18-21mm Tri-Elmar f4 lens offers three wide focal lengths in one compact design. You can compose one frame and easily change the perspective and focal length with the turn of a dial. It specializes in several genres quite well and makes it an excellent crossover lens. Keep reading to find out. ...
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Wonderful Darkroom Vibes! Leica 50mm F1.4 Summilux Lens Review

Is there a more universal focal length than 50mm? I love being able to throw a 50mm lens onto my camera because I can use it for almost everything. When I first started photographing in the digital age, it’s the only focal length I owned for several years. It also seems to be one of Leica’s favorite focal lengths as well. The Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux lens is a moderately priced offering amongst their lineup. So how does it stack up? ...
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Toxic, Exploitative, and Predatory – Unsplash Continues Their Race to the Bottom

egrity. Do you remember when that meant something within the photography industry? It seems like a lifetime ago. We live in a world of consumption powered by greed and exploitation. We are in the midst of an all-out sprint race towards the bottom with our beloved industry at stake under the guise of community. Unsplash is at the helm of this ship and continues to devalue photography. The Unsplash Awards are back for their fifth installment and continue their exploitive quest for license grabs in exchange for exposure. Oh, and they promise to get your work seen by major brands, which is true. We have yet to see that pay off....
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To the Mountains! 3 Legged Thing Billy 2.0 Tripod Review

Tripods seem to be either lightweight or strong. If they’re versatile, they’re often compromising on either strength or weight. That’s where the 3 Legged Thing Billy 2.0 comes into play. While it’s built for the beginner in mind, its light weight and versatility are sure to entice working photographers. The tripod is small enough to comfortably travel with or throw in your backpack and go hiking. It is also sturdy enough for longer exposures. The Billy 2.0 aims to be your go-to travel companion....
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Improved Animal and Face Detection! Sony A7 IV Review

It has been fun watching the community pine for the newest Sony a7 IV leading up to its announcement. Based on what photographers have been asking for online, they will be delighted with the versatility of this camera. Its premise is to build a bridge for hybrid shooters and make their creativity even more attainable. While the video functionalities are sure to pique interest, this review will focus on its photographic capabilities. Does it live up to the beloved a7 series? There’s no question that it does. It’s sweeping an even broader net for who this camera is for. The short answer is it’s an excellent option for most genres of photography. Keep reading to find out why....
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We All Wanted It. Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Printer Review

lgic and fun? Yes, please! Fujifilm is back with another instant film printer, and it’s sure to be a hit. The Fujifilm Instax Link Wide printer is lightweight and ultra-portable. Its iOS app is simple to use and offers a lot of personalization. As a photographer, I’m most excited about how this will add me to offer an even better experience for my clients. Keep reading to find out why....
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How to Shoot Fashion Photography with the Leica SL2-S

r refusing to conform. I think that’s why I love fashion photography so much. It’s all about finding your own voice, embracing the unconventional, and reaching for the stars. Combining beautiful clothing with the capabilities of the Leica SL2s makes breaking the rules all the more fun....
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It’s Comfortable! Morally Toxic Wraith 20L Review

Camera bags are a dime a dozen these days, with most promising to be the only bag that you  need. It’s a let down, really, as most will choose the beautiful leathers and nylons but overlook comfort. Other bags are comfortable and either a letdown in the looks department or it’s really not functional. It really shouldn’t be that difficult to find a bag that is functional, comfortable, and pretty to look at. That’s where the Morally Toxic Wraith 20L bag comes in. ...
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What a Value! Fujifilm GFX50s II Review

fferings and is sure to entice photographers looking for more real estate. If the optics are what we’ve come to expect and love from Fujifilm, this will be a great camera to make the switch. Spoiler alert, they are. Keep reading to find out why....
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Great Sharpness! Nikon 50mm F2.8 Z Lens Review

Nikon is continuing to add more focal lengths to its newest Z-system lineup. Among those is the newest Nikkor Z 50mm f2.8 lens. It’s lightweight, compact, and weather-resistant. It’s moderately priced for a nifty fifty. Is the simplistic design with macro capabilities truly one size fits all? Or is it more of a monotone one-hit wonder?...
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It’s Wonderful! Fujifilm 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Lens Review

photography. Their film simulations let photographers be photographers again, and their lens roadmap keeps expanding. The new Fujifilm 18mm f1.4 XF WR lens provides the classic 28mm equivalent focal length paired with a fast aperture. It’s an ideal focal length and is speedy enough to take with you everywhere, making the system even more enticing....
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Fujifilm Makes Medium Format Even More Competitive With GFX50S II

I remember when medium format was revered as the precipice of having made it. Only a select few within the industry had the resources to shoot with a $60,000 Phase One or Hasselblad H-system. Although it was something many photographers aspired to, the minute club was rather pretentious. I remember assisting a photographer at Milk studios and feeling like I’d never be able to shoot that caliber of work with my income. Enter Fujifilm. It has been a pleasant surprise watching the journey of Fujifilm’s GFX series shatter that mindset and evolve into what it has become today. And now, with the introduction of the Fujifilm GFX 50s II, they are making medium format more accessible than ever....
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It’s Pretty Great! HoldFast Gear Explorer Quiver Lens Bag Review

The HoldFast Gear Explorer Quiver bag was created to meet the high demands of weddings, sports, and events photography. The design takes inspiration from an arrow quiver that provides an archer unlimited access to their arrows. Lightweight and versatile, it provides easy access to your equipment. The bag can be worn cross-body, attached to a Money Maker dual camera harness, and as a waist pack with an add-on purchase of a belt. It is also comfortable enough for those long photoshoots and stylish enough to double as an everyday bag. why did you choose holdfast gear quiver lens bag...
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It Keeps Getting Better. HoldFast Gear Skinny Money Maker Review

When I think of HoldFast Gear, I think of ultra-accessibility, comfort, long-lasting, and stylish gear. The company is beloved by wedding photographers and event photographers in the industry, and rightfully so. The HoldFast Gear Skinny Money Maker is a skinnier iteration of their original best-selling dual camera harness. Any fears of the thinner straps digging into my shoulders subsided after testing it out for several weeks. The leather is supple and molds around the contours of the shoulder. The harness has that added layer of convenience with which HoldFast Gear has become synonymous. Additionally, it’s incredibly comfortable for the most demanding of photoshoots....
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A Powerful LED Option! Stella Pro Clx10 Review

lla Pro Clx10 is a powerfully compact and versatile offering that will entice a lot of photographers. It features an integrated battery, bi-color LED options and packs a lot of power for its fun size. The question is, can it truly replace the need for strobes as advertised?...
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Innovative Design. Lot’s of Potential. Nomatic Everyday Backpack Review

Peter McKinnon’s inaugural partnership with Nomatic generated a buzz when they launched their backpack Kickstarter in 2019. They are back for another collaboration to ring in the successor, the Nomatic Everyday Backpack. The second Kickstarter has recently concluded, and production is underway....
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Beautiful, Sharp, And A Bit Boring. Sigma 35mm F1.4 Review

I remember when Sigma debuted their Art series of lenses to the world some odd years ago. One of my dearest friends rented the 35mm for Canon and invited me to come play with it. I quickly made him laugh and snapped his portrait. It captured an incredibly basic scene, yet there was something inviting and intriguing. Granted, during this time QA was subpar and a number of lenses were lemons. Sigma has since worked hard to rectify the issue. In doing so, they’ve also removed a lot of other things in their newest mirrorless offerings. When testing out the Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens for Sony, I found myself wondering why they left “art” in the name....
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A Unique Option for GFX! Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f1.4 Lens Review

In a world where the quest for technical perfection has led to clinical staleness, the Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f1.4 lens is a breath of fresh air. It arrived on my doorstep in a small, unassuming brown box. Inside was a surprising luxury feeling black box padded with foam which housed a very standard-looking manual focus lens. My first impression wasn’t great. It is heavy and lacks extreme sharpness at its widest aperture. The bokeh this lens produces can resemble something that was painted or added in post-production. However, like all worthwhile relationships, it was a slow burn. The Mitakon 65mm f1.4 makes you work for it, making it all the more satisfying when you nail the shot. The more I used it, the more its quirks grew on me....
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Did Canon Philippines Make A Misogynistic Choice?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the powers that be in the industry had the fortitude to admit they don’t value women? Each new offense is a middle finger salute, and the reaction to remedy them is increasingly hollow. The newest chapter of this mundane book is being written by Canon Philippines. Naturally, their decision to name an all-male ambassador team is met with resentment and outrage. It’s hardly a shock. What is surprising is their non-apology apology met with silence from the other global divisions....
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Beautiful, Sharp, and Modern! Leica 75mm F2 APO ASPH Lens Review

For more stories like this, please subscribe to The Phoblographer. The Leica M-mount system is often revered as a benchmark of aspiration and a defining line in the sand of having made it. For decades, M-mount lenses have been championed for their dreamy lens quality. However, as they have adapted to the general market demands...
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We Love It! Leica 50mm F2 Summicron APO Review

Leica M-mount lenses are little works of art. They don’t try to reinvent the wheel from a design aspect and I think that is one of the things that I respect them for the most. Instead, they find ways to enhance their products without departing from what works. That is precisely the case with the Leica 50mm f2 Summicron APO. The lens takes what is great about the original Leica Summicron-M 50mm and expounds upon it. And it is reflected in the price accordingly, naturally....
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Surprisingly Great. Fujifilm 70-300mm F4-5.6 R OIS WR Review

For more stories like this, subscribe to The Phoblographer. The Fujifilm 70-300mm f4-5.6 R OIS WR lens (say that three times fast!) is a very compact, versatile telephoto zoom lens. It is quick to focus in ideal shooting environments, comes equipped with image stabilization and weather sealing, and is comfortable enough to shoot with all...
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New Tricks. Same Old Annoyances. Nik Collection 4 Review

DxO is back with the most recent iteration of its Nik software, Nik Collection 4. It’s lacking the pomp and circumstance of the complete overhaul it got after being acquired from Google. Instead, the revamped Nik Collection 4 is more like a soft crescendo. It is similar to an S version release with the subtle refinements we’ve come to know and appreciate. But it has a whole lot of room to improve. Before you download it, be absolutely sure that you’ve got a lot of hard drive space. You’ll see why....
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