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The BlackRapid Camera Sling Has the Female Photographer in Mind

Transporting heavy gear can be a struggle. That’s why a durable camera strap is an absolute must! The latest offering from BlackRapid aims to provide a durable camera strap, that allows photographers to conveniently access their kit. Pro photographer, Nicole Elliot, first came up with her concept for a camera sling back in 2016, while on a trip in Ecuador. As a woman, she wanted to create something from the female perspective, using a centuries-old concept as the foundation of her product....
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Maren Klemp and Her Powerful Story Show the Strength of Photography

“I’m sure every parent is or has been worried about their children, it’s part of being a parent.” Photographer Maren Klemp was faced with one of her biggest challenges yet. In 2013, her daughter became unwell, resulting in a complex febrile seizure. The seizure shook her family and her to pieces. Although her daughter survived, the consequence, for Klemp at least, was a world of worry, anxiety, and PTSD. As life got darker for the Norwegian photographer, she turned to photography to try and help her heal. Born out of her pain was her latest project, Scenarios....
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Looking for a Good Photography Documentary? Check These Out!

If you’re passionate about photography, then it’s likely your interest goes beyond the practical aspect of the craft. Your love leads you to consume. Other photographs, photo books, tutorials, and the like. A well-made photography documentary is popular with budding photographers and seasoned pros. Thanks to content streaming site YouTube, there are plenty of photo docs you can invest your time in, getting inspiration and education along the way. Let’s take a look....
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Pedro Vidal’s Beautiful Behind the Scenes Ballet Will Leave You in Awe

“Shooting makes me see things in a beautiful way,” says Barcelona based documentary photographer, Pedro Vidal. He adds, “to photograph is to rediscover your surroundings and that’s what motivates me the most.” Vidal is a multi-disciplined creative. His photography focuses on human form and behavior. After spending some time with his work, enthralled by its beauty, we knew we had to offer him our platform. Join us as we get to know him better, and take a look at his latest project, Dégagé....
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How to Manage Nerves at Your First Paid Photography Gig

Getting your first paid photography gig can be exciting, but also extremely nerve-racking! Going from a photographer that shoots for fun to one that shoots for cash is a strange transition. You move from having the freedom to shoot as you please to needing to deliver and meet a client’s expectations. Of course, someone saying...
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These 7 Things People Say to Photographers Will Infuriate You

Photography, although fun, can be a frustrating practice at times. Not only because of the technical aspect but also all the extra baggage that comes with it – like dealing with non-photographers. Here at The Phoblographer, with our combined decades of experience, we’ve heard some ludicrous things in our time. Some requests so ridiculous all you can do is laugh, and others, well, make you want to punch the wall and say “I do that sometimes!” In this piece, we take a look at the seven most infuriating things you can say to photographers....
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7 YouTube Videos Highlighting the Role of Photography on 9/11

Another year has passed us by, but memories and feelings remain the same. The September 11 attack is still the most impactful, talked about, and polarizing event in modern history. The role of photography on that day allowed people to see the pain felt by millions of people in New York and around the world. Some images have, in the saddest kind of way, become iconic. And they serve us today to help us remember, while teaching younger generations of the heartbreak felt by the western world. In this piece, we’re going to combine photography with video, as we turn to YouTube to remind ourselves of the importance of photography almost 20 years ago....
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Street Photographer Joe Aguirre Is Now on a Sexual Misconduct List

Several allegations have been made against street and portrait photographer Joe Aguirre. While rumors have circled for several years relating to Aguirre, they’ve finally come to fruition after brave women came forward to speak out about their experience. The sad reality is, what we’re seeing is nothing new. Too many male photographers act in an overly aggressive, sexual, manner when photographing women. Aguirre is another name added to the list. And it’s a sign that, even in 2020, female models have to worry about their safety during shoots....
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Do We Really Need a Law Dictating the Ethics of Photoshop?

The Daily Mail UK recently reported that an MP in the UK has put forward a photoshop law that could ban celebrities secretly photoshopping their images. If passed, the bill would mean celebrities would have to label images that are digitally altered when posting to social media. It’s unclear whether or not the bill will pass, but it does bring up the debate about ethics and responsibility. And although the focus will be on celebrities, responsibility also falls on photographers and photo editors. One has to ask if we have a duty of care to the wider public?...
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Boudoir Photographer Yolandi Jacobsz Makes the “Moment of Sexy”

To better understand the psychology between a professional and their client, we spoke to boudoir photographer Yolandi Jacobsz. Boudoir photography is an extremely delicate genre. Most of the clients that walk into a photographer’s studio are women. They can bring with them a mixture of emotions and insecurities. A boudoir shoot is an opportunity for the subject to be born into or reinforce confidence. Because it’s so vulnerable, it takes a skilled pro to help their subject truly become themselves....
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Photographing Portland: The Photojournalist Who Was Shot in the Chest

The on-going tensions between the people of Portland and its law enforcement have been a polarizing topic in America. Some feel the aggression from the police is justified, viewing it as a direct response to violence committed by a section of the protesters. On the flip side, many believe this is a total abuse of power by those employed to protect. Naturally, events such as this attract wide media attention. A major part of the coverage is photography, something we, of course, want to focus on....
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The Portrait Kitchen Creates Enchanting Photos in Their Home Studio

When most people open their kitchen to the public, it’s because they want to offer their tasty cuisine. That’s not the case for Jon and Anjee. A married couple based in the UK, this photography duo instead open their kitchen to shoot portrait sessions for their clients. Aptly named The Portrait Kitchen, the work the pair produce in their studio is of an excellent standard. Looking at the work, one would never know it was created amongst rolling pins and Britain’s finest china (we assume.) And although the idea wasn’t born out of our current times, for anyone who is still stuck at home, the work made in The Portrait Kitchen will inspire you to be more creative in your own abode....
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Zayn Abunnasr Photographs the Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

On August 4th, 2020, the city of Beirut was struck with disaster. Lebanon’s capital was left in ruins after a large explosion in the city’s port area. Reports suggest around 180 people died in the explosion, with 6000 people left injured. The people of the city, now in disarray, took to the streets to display their anger at a government, who they feel are largely to blame for what happened. On the ground, amongst the key-workers and general public, was photographer Zayn Abunnasr. Although primarily there to help clean up and support his city, he also wanted to ensure he was able to document. We spoke to Abunnasr to learn more about the mood on the ground in a city, handling yet another crisis....
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Why Street Photography Is Easy for Norah Alamri in Saudi Arabia

“The reality is every country has beauty hidden everywhere,” says Norah Alamri. She adds, “but the media always focuses on representing the bad and sometimes inaccurate news about my country.” Speak to most people in the west, and if you mention Saudi Arabia, it will be met with comments like “it’s dangerous, sexist, and totalitarian.” There’s truth to it, but this truth can be found in many countries around the world. But we seldom read or hear about Saudi’s beauty and its positives. That is why the work of Alamri is so important, it helps people see her country in a different light. Let’s take a look....
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Entry-Level Cameras Aren’t Cheap and Many People Just Need Their Smartphone

“Hey, Dan. I wanted to ask your help on buying a camera. I have a budget of around $300″. It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I struggle to answer. Not because I don’t know what I’m talking about, but because how can I recommend a dedicated camera for $300? For what you can get for that price, one has to ask themselves if the one in your pocket is all you need anyway?...
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Toy Story: How This Photographer Brings His Toys to Life

“I confess to having an offbeat sense of humor, and that will often come out in my work,” says photographer Mitchel Wu. If you had never met Mitchel but had only seen his work, you would know immediately that he’s a funny man. And the amount of humor that’s put into his toy photography is equaled by an insane amount of skill and talent. His client list is strong enough to make the most well-rounded photographer envious. And his job as a whole, although complex, looks like a hell of a lot of fun – we had just as much fun learning all about it!...
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5 Astonishing Women Doing Boudoir Photography Tutorials on YouTube

Boudoir photography can be a whole lot of fun, both for the model and the photographer. But those elegant, attractive, and sensual photos are not easy to achieve, especially if you’re working with non-models. You need plenty of knowledge to do it, more so if you want to do it well. Because most boudoir subjects are female, we wanted to put this piece together from the female photographers’ perspective. Because after all, who knows about women’s bodies better than women themselves?...
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No Street Photography for Four Months. My Mental Health Is Struggling

Earlier this year I wrote an article that covered my journey through depression. Street photography played a major role, possibly the most significant, in helping me come out of the darkness. The article was published on March 7th, three days after I arrived in Medellin, Colombia. Two weeks later a four-day quarantine started; four months later and it still hasn’t ended. I’ve not practiced street photography once in all that time, and the impact it is having on my mental health is starting to show....
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Photographing Portland: “It Was the Most Intense Night of the Last Five Years”

America is facing one of the most challenging times in modern history. A pandemic, protests, and abuse of power from those serving to protect are crushing the nation right now. Portland, often cited as the epicenter of liberal, progressive values, has seen some of the worst actions and aggravations from law enforcement in the whole of the United States. Beatings, bullets, and all-round brutality have been the harsh reality for the people – including the press and photographers....
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A Look at the Most Under-Appreciated Genre in the Photo Industry

“No experience necessary as full two-week training will be given.” It’s a line I would often see when browsing photography jobs. It was never written in ads for commercial work, and it was certainly never linked to wedding gigs or portrait shoots. This line, at least it seemed, was only reserved for real estate photography. So, if a total novice can go from having no clue to being a real estate photographer in only a matter of weeks, it means it must be easy, right?...
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Matteo Verre’s Self Portraits May Raise More Questions Than Answers

All selfportraits by Matteo Verre. Used with permission. “How do we develop our identity?” asks Matteo Verre. He adds, “how much of what we are is unique and original and how much is the result of our experiences, our education, sensitivity, culture?” Verre is a photographer that uses art to shed light on human behavior....
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Wrong Time or Bad Photos? Why These Photo Books Are Failing

I’ve previously written about the importance of street photography during these unprecedented times. Having visual documentation of how communities, governments, and countries have responded to the pandemic will serve us well in our search for understanding and education. How the content is delivered is varied. It could be through websites, newspapers, and even photo books, to name just a few examples. But timing is everything. Some photographers are already trying to sell photo books covering the topic, and it makes me ask the question: Is it too soon?...
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Are Women Street Photographers More Unsafe Than Men on the Street?

I recently reported on a Reddit thread that focused on one of the advantages women have over men when shooting candidly: photographing children. As anticipated, the piece sparked debate, and in some instances, outrage. Some suggested it wasn’t my place to comment on such topics, while others said, “what about all the privileges men have in street photography that women don’t?” It’s a fair question. And to my fault and shame, it’s not one that I’ve taken enough time to think about, until now....
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Larissa Ramey Shares What Life Is Like on Both Sides of the Camera

All images used with permission. “People know when you don’t care about what you do as an artist,” explains Larissa Ramey. She adds, “photography is my passion, and I want that to be front and center with my work.” Ramey falls into the category of being both a photographer and a model. Speak to most...
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Barbara Cole Gives Fascinating Insight Into Her Underwater Photography

“I don’t disclose the technical elements of my practice,” says Barbara Cole as we ask her what gear she uses to make her amazing photographs. We would usually press for more detail. However, the extra layer of mystery only adds to the intrigue of her photography. Cole is an artist whose work forces you to question. It won’t give you the answers, but instead, encourage you to find your own. Fascinated by her underwater photographs, and determined to get to know her better, we spoke to Cole for what has to be one of our most interesting interviews to date....
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Paid Street Photography Contests Are Just a Lottery Ticket

New street photography competitions are popping each year. Because the craft is so easily accessible, it’s a sure-fire way for organizations to guarantee a high amount of entries. Not to mention a nice amount of money. I fail to take pay-to-enter photography competitions seriously. No matter how hard an organization tries to mask its intentions, we all know they’re nothing more than money-spinners, and most of those who enter are buying a lottery ticket....
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How to Shoot Street Photography at Night and Be Creative

Shooting street photography at night is great fun. Sadly, many shooters (especially newbies) are put off by the fact they won’t have natural light to illuminate their scenes. But although shooting conditions are different at night, you can still create quality street photographs. Actually, shooting in the darkness of the night encourages you to be a little more creative, and as a result, you can get much more compelling images. Of course, there are some techniques and approaches you need to be familiar with to well execute shooting street photography at night. In this piece, we’re going to go over them, getting you ready to shoot when the sun goes down....
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Redditors Call Out “Female Privilege” in Candid Photography

We all know the stereotype — a middle-aged man with a big camera and long lens, photographing people passing by. He must be a creep, a child snatcher, a voyeur with ill intention. I feel confident in saying that, most of the time, the labeling is unfair, and most people have good ethics and only want to capture candid moments. In this thread, photographers highlighted some of the everyday issues they feel and face when out shooting in public...
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This Is Why People Hate Street Photographers

Street photography isn’t inherently creepy. The process of shooting candid moments, telling the story of humanity, it’s truly a beautiful thing. But (sadly there’s a but,) there are some creepy street photographers, even if they’re not consciously trying to be so. And while I’ll defend the craft to the death, I cannot defend this photo....
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Cameron McClarty Uses an Analog Powerhouse to Shoot Portraits

“I came to the conclusion that I would just shoot film instead of trying to force the film.” Cameron McClarty’s route to using film isn’t uncommon. For years, the digital market has tried its best to emulate the analog aesthetic. Some cameras have come close, but not close enough. Thankfully McClarty found the right path, and he picked up the ball and ran with it. His portraits have that retro vibe blended well with modern day creativity. In his hand is a powerhouse, an analog camera that sets the standard of what a quality camera should be. Excited by his work and his tool to create, we spoke to McClarty and put him under The Phoblographer’s spotlight....
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Is Instagram’s Move to Protect Photographers as Good as It Seems?

Early this year a photographer took Mashable to court after the publication embedded one of her Instagram photos without consent. Her attempt to sue the company was unsuccessful, sparking wide debate across the photography community. Many felt that Instagram needed to do more to protect the work of photographers, beliving it was too easy for third parties to use their images. Since the court ruling, it seems Instagram has listened to the needs of its users....
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Why You Should Choose Mirrorless Over DSLR in 2020

My last DSLR was the Nikon D600. I paired it up with Nikkor 50mm 1.8 G and oh how I loved that combination. It helped me to create great pictures, and even though the model is eight years old, it would still serve any photographer well if they were to pick it up today. But as much as I love the DSLR, it’s hard for me to state its case for anyone looking to buy their first camera or upgrade their current one. Why? Because mirrorless systems are here, and they’re getting better and better....
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5 YouTube Channels to Watch for Those New to Portrait Photography

If you’ve been experimenting with portrait photography, then you’ll know by now that it’s not easy. Getting the perfect portrait requires skill, experience, and a lot of learning. Thankfully, in the digital era, with the likes of YouTube being at the forefront of content consumption, plenty of experienced photographers are happy to share their knowledge with the world. We’ve rounded up a list of the best of the best, to help take your portrait photography to the next level....
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16 Funny Photography Memes to Brighten up Your Day

2020 is proving to be an intense and crucial year. But we all need to step away at times, put down our shield and take a moment to smile, and dare we say, laugh. To lighten the mood and bring some humor to your day, we’ve gone through a bunch of memes and found several that are sure to make your belly hurt from laughter!...
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Emre Çakmak Shocked Us with the Gear He Used to Make These Images

“I think that the best camera is the one I have with me,” Emre Çakmak tells The Phoblographer. It’s a sentence often said by those who understand that being creative will always out trump having the best gear. That’s not to say the camera in your hand has no importance. But a photographer with vision will always outperform a photographer with the best camera and little creativity. On the topic of making amazing photographs, Çakmak blew us away. When we first saw his work, we said, “awesome multiple exposures.” But we were wrong; they weren’t multiple exposures at all. Here’s the truth behind these fantastic images....
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How to Overcome Self Doubt in Photography (Breathe, It’s Okay)

In a recent Reddit post, one user wrote about dealing with self-doubt in photography. The author of the post said they had had success in many fields, including music, but was struggling to match the same success in photography. They wrote, “…seeing my work getting nowhere while I had achieved success with much greater ease in other fields is demoralizing and makes me doubt my abilities…” They added, ” (I) wonder if my time is better spent elsewhere.” The post reminded me of my own self-doubt through my time in photography, and the journey I went on to overcome it....
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Photographer Shevaun Williams Shares What Gear is in Her Travel Bag

“Your hands should move around that camera like second nature,” says Shevaun Williams. “That leaves your brain and soul to concentrate on the fun stuff of creation.” Williams is a seasoned travel photographer and has explored much of the world, learning about new lands and cultures. Behind her final images is a selection of gear that allows her to achieve her creative objective. Furthermore, her artistic eye plays a crucial role in her creating the exceptional work that she does. The Phoblographer wanted to understand what gear is vital to Williams’ travel photography, and how she brings the ideas in her creative mind to life!...
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Here’s What I Wish Fujifilm Did With the X-Pro 3 (And Why I Won’t Buy it)

When Fujifilm first announced the X-Pro 3, it completely split the Fuji faithful. Many rejected the design, while others embraced it. That’s because Fujifilm made a rather bold move by hiding the LCD screen. Paying further homage to the analog camera, the X-Pro 3 was meant to be a hybrid between digital and film. The company was on the right path for making the perfect camera for street photography. I just wish it did it with more conviction....
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7 Female Photographers I’m Thrilled to Have Discovered During Lockdown

While some turn their noses up at female-only lists, The Phoblographer strongly believes they’re essential. Not just when the moment suits society, but always, as giving a voice and a platform for fantastic female photographers is something we’ll always do. Lockdowns have allowed the opportunity to explore some new and exciting work — that’s been one benefit of this whole experience. I’ve made some great connections throughout this time, and I’m going share with you some of my favorite female photographers that I’ve discovered....
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I Used a 3.3-Inch Smartphone Camera: Here Are the Results

Shooting on a smartphone is nothing new, but what about shooting on one that’s only 3.3-inches big? Smartphones, laptops, tablets – they suck us into a world that can be very difficult to get out of. Working in the digital space, I’m often looking for ways I can disconnect and be more present in real...
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Photos of Beaten Photographer Raise Questions About Photographer Safety

London based street and documentary photographer, Christian Cross, attended London’s anti-protest on June 13th. Several groups of far-right protesters were fighting against the removal of several statues around the UK. Unfortunately, peaceful protest soon escalated into violence, with many people injured because of it. Although Cross himself managed to leave unscathed, he did see another photographer beaten and bloodied....
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Why You Don’t Need the Fujifilm X-T4 (Get the X-T3 Instead)

The Fujifilm faithful bubble with excitement whenever a new camera is released in the company’s flagship X-Series line. The latest addition is the Fujifilm X-T4. It comes with improvements that Fuji shooters have been waiting for for quite some time — but not everybody needs them. At the cost of $1700, it’s important to know if the camera is what you need, or if you’re going to be more than a-okay with its predecessor, the X-T3....
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A Conversation with Our Street Photo Contest Winner, Nina Welch-Kling

“I often pinch myself and look around with the eyes of a child marveling at the organized chaos around me,” says Nina Welch-Kling, as she talks about her love for street photography. She recently won our street photography competition with her exceptionally good photo that stood out from the high standard of submissions. Aside from her recent success, Welch-Kling has already been making her presence felt in the street photography community. Her work is timeless, and her scenes tell a story. It was our pleasure to speak with her and learn more about her background and approach to the candid frame....
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6 Cameras in the Hands of Popular Street Photographers

The final product – the photo – is what defines a street photographer. It’s their artistic vision and creative flair that will set them apart from the pedestrian shooter. That said, the camera they use certainly influences the quality of work, both from a technical and phycological standpoint. We want to go behind the image and take a look at which cameras are in the hands of some of the most popular shooters of street photography....
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Did This Photographer Deserve the Outrage Directed Against Him?

Popular street photography account, Life Is Street, came under fire on the day of Black Out Tuesday. The owner of the account uses white squares as part of the aesthetic on the feed. It so happened that on Black Out Tuesday, he posted a white square, causing an angry response from many of his followers. But as people were quick to point the finger, labelling him “insensitive” and accusing him of having “no solidarity,” they overlooked one key point: the man is black....
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Here’s How I’m Changing the Culture of Instagram

I’ve long been a critic of Instagram when it pertains to photographers. For quite some time, I’ve argued the platform doesn’t care about the photography community, and that the culture fuels mediocre, copycat work. Frustrated with algorithms and influencers, I’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the social media giant. But I’m a hypocrite. Because throughout all this time, I’ve continued to use the platform, never trying to change the culture, until now....
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Street Photography: 35mm Vs 50mm, Which One Is Right for You?

I’d always encourage photographers to opt for a prime lens when shooting street photography. They’re often sharper, smaller, and more fun to use. A 35mm and a 50mm are popular choices for both new and seasoned street photographers. Personally speaking, I tend to veer more towards a nifty fifty, but I’ve also enjoyed shooting with a 35mm. But it’s not just a case of choosing one or the other. The decision is based on what I’m trying to achieve with my work. Let’s take a closer look....
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Nudity Pertaining to Photography: Is It Really Necessary? (NSFW)

I’m not a prude. I love nudity — too much, some may say. But when it applies to photography, I’m more analytical about the use of nudity and its purpose in the overall message. The Phoblographer was recently sent a press release highlighting the work of Spencer Tunick. The work looked at isolation and togetherness, and all his subjects were nude. Tunick is a seasoned photographer; his credentials speak for themself. But while reviewing the project, I kept asking myself: Why?...
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Travel Photography: How to Keep the Dignity of Your Subjects

As exciting as travel photography is, there’s a way to approach and protect the dignity of your subjects. I’ve been exploring the world for the better part of four years. Being able to combine photography and travel is a dream come true for me; discovering new lands, cultures, and experiences is fantastic. But as I...
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Old and New: These Are My 7 Favorite Camera Designs

I’m inclined to say that most cameras look very similar. That’s not a criticism; there’s only so much you can do when putting the ergonomics together. And although the look of the camera isn’t the most important factor, it is appreciated when manufacturers go a step further than the traditional design. Our community often gets lost in spec sheets, obsessing over megapixels and freshest rates — I want to us to step away from that for a moment. Instead, let’s focus purely on design, and see which cameras, old and new, have been the most eye-catching over the years....
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