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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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You Need to See These Powerful Documentary Projects That Focus on COVID-19

Here at The Pholographer, we sure love sinking our teeth into some good documentary photography. We appreciate the vision, time, and execution photographers put in to share the world’s most important stories. And while some projects fail to hit the mark, many hit the sweet spot and make a substantial impact on society. And with everything that’s going on the world, a deadly virus and quarantines, some photographers are capturing the moment wonderfully. So while we could wax lyrical all day about our love for the genre, let’s move on to this round-up of fantastic documentary projects that you all need to know about....
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OP-Ed: Street Photography Has Lost Its Soul. Here’s How to Find It

Let’s take a look at how street photography can remain fresh and relevant in the future. I’ve been consuming a lot of street photography of late. Partly because that’s my job, and also because I’m stuck at home. Through my Instagram, I’ve been able to connect to many street photographers I’d not come across before,...
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5 YouTube Channels Perfect for Learning About Landscape Photography

Landscape photography takes a lot of time, dedication, and patience. Endless scouting of the perfect scene, long hikes to the ideal spot, and a deep understanding of light are all part of creating an amazing photograph. But it’s what makes it so tricky that also makes it so enjoyable, especially if you love the great outdoors. If you’re struggling to create the same magical landscape photos as the photographers who inspire you, you need quality tutorials — below we share with you exactly what you need. ...
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5 Cameras I Dreamed of Owning When I Was Broke

First and foremost, I’m not rich. But compare my income today to that of when I was younger, then it’s safe to say I’m doing okay. When money was scarce, I would visit my local photography store, salivating and longing for cameras that my bank balance would not grant me. Like Wayne Cambell, fantasizing over his dream guitar, I would look at my favorite camera and say, “oh yes, she will be mine.” So, without further ado, here are five cameras I dreamt of owning when I was broke....
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5 Street Photographers Highlighting the Power of The Fujifilm X100V

The Fujifilm X100V is a fantastic street shooter, and these photographers prove it. The X100 series has long been a popular choice amongst the street photography community. The sleek design, fixed lens, and rangefinder-style are perfect ingredients for a reliable, well-performing camera for street photography. But, of course, a good camera is only part of...
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COVID-19 Proves How Invaluable Street Photography Is to Society

Tired, cliche, easy: these are just some of the words used to describe street photography. Those who practice candid shooting are often labeled as voyeurs, loners, and creeps. I believe no other community in the industry has to defend itself as much as the one of street photography. But when a global epidemic comes along, and the world as we know it gets flipped on its axis, it’s not portrait or landscape photography people turn to for visual documentation — it’s street photography....
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5 Quick-Fire Tips to Make You Even Better at Street Photography

Street photography can be as equally frustrating as it is rewarding. It’s not easy creating a compelling photograph out of a scene you seemingly have no control over. That’s why many fall at the first hurdle, deeming it too difficult to do well. But like anything, practice prevails, and if you master the basics, you’ll eventually get to a point where you’re creating fantastic street images. To help you on your path to glory, here are five quick fire tips for better street photography....
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Alessio Trerotoli Delivers Needed, Refreshing Take on Street Photography

“This series is a sort of art therapy to me,” says Italian Street Photographer, Alessio Trerotoli. He adds, “…I’m a guy full of joy, irony, and love, but I know I have a dark side somewhere, and I need to accept it and to live with it.” He’s talking about Raindrop Blues, his series that mixes street photography and fine art to create a set of images that are both compelling and emotional. It’s a refreshing twist on a genre that has risked becoming stale over the years. And when The Phoblographer first saw the work, we were excited at the thought of sharing it with our readers....
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Missing Street Photography? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do Indoors

Street photography doesn’t exist unless you have streets full of people. Right now, those streets are empty, as all of us remain indoors during the current epidemic. If you practice street photography, there’s a good chance you’re feeling a little sorry for yourself right now. But you shouldn’t be. Because at this moment, you have the opportunity to focus on other areas of the photographic practice — while keeping it linked to the genre of photography you love the most....
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60 Seconds: The Human Form And Psyche in Long Exposure (NSFW)

“I think what makes good art is to engage people and not dictate to people what to feel,” says Mark De Paola. He’s a multi-disciplined creative, working across many industries, inducing television, art, and photography. His photography series, 60 seconds, is a detailed look at what makes us human. He created the work over eight months, using long exposures as the core technique of the creation of the images. Through the series, De Paola breaks all the rules of traditional long-exposure photography. He holds the camera in his hands, rather than placing it on a tripod. And he doesn’t ensure his subjects are in focus. The result? A series of photographs that depict the natural flow of being human. It’s an extremely compelling project and we wanted to dive in deeper to understand it....
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These Reactions to a Brooklyn Beckham Photobook Will Make You Laugh

Brooklyn Beckham was never going to be the most liked photographer in the industry. As the son of multi-millionaire superstars, he got one of the biggest legs up any photographer has received. For a teenage boy, as he was at the time, his work wasn’t the worst we have ever seen, but it certainly didn’t warrant a photobook and gig with Burberry! A few years have passed since he burst onto the scene, but even now, people enjoy giving the 21-year-old celebrity photographer some virtual jabs on social media....
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How Professional Photographers Are Getting More Instagram Followers

Most photographers want to build a popular Instagram feed. From adoring followers to professional opportunities, they are many perks to having a successful account. But it’s not easy, especially when you’re up against a billion other users. Gone are the days when the first wave generation could rise to the top just simply by having an account before the masses arrived. Today, you have to be clever and calculated to succeed at Instagram — we’re going to learn what that means, exactly....
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How a Photographer Lost Big to Instagram After Being Offered $50

Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair has lost her court case against popular news publication, Mashable. Sinclair took the online-magazine to court after accusing it of infringing copyright law. In an article published back in 2016, Mashable used one of Sinclair’s images. The company is said to have initially offered Sinclair $50 to use one of her photographs. But after she declined, the company turned to Instagram to work around using her image. With everyone pointing the finger at each other, let’s break down the situation and explore possible solutions going forward....
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On Confrontation and the Debate of Self Defense in Street Photography

Street photography is all fun and games, well, until someone decides to get angry. Because, while for the most part, people won’t blink an eye, sometimes you’ll catch someone who is ready to air some aggression. If you’re a smart street photographer, in most cases you’ll know how to avoid confrontation — but sometimes it still happens. There are many ways to defuse a confrontation and settle any aggression thrown at you. But what if it doesn’t settle down? Then what?...
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Here’s Why I Was Scared to Share This Lingerie Shoot

At my core, I’m a street and travel photographer. But over time, I’ve been prone to doing the odd portrait shoot as well. I like shooting portraits because, unlike street photography, it feels more like a creative collaboration between two people. I don’t claim to be the best at them. But I’m happy to show off my work to others, confident I can do a good job. But after a recent lingerie shoot, I found I wasn’t so keen to share the finished product with the world....
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World Press Photo Investigating Recent “Artificial” Plagiarism Claims

DOCKS, a photography collective made up of five documentary photographers, has published a report on the recent accusations made against Maximilian Mann’s WPP (World Press Photo) entry. As reported on The Phoblographer, Iranian Photojournalist, Solmaz Daryani, claimed that Mann had purposefully plagiarized her work. However, after DOCKS investigated the matter, it says new information shows it would have been impossible for Mann to have directly copied the work of Daryani....
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OP Ed: National Geographic Is in the Wrong for This Rights Grab

Making a sustainable income as a photojournalist isn’t easy at the best of times. To do it during a global crisis where everyone is feeling the strain is pretty much impossible. To help keep the flow of quality photojournalism running, National Geographic is offering applicants between $1000 to $8000, so that they can keep working on stories. On the surface, that sounds like an incredible opportunity. However, after doing a little reading into the T&Cs, some photographers believe National Geographic is overstepping the mark when it comes to a photographer’s ownership of their photos....
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6 Cameras for Street Photography That Started a Movement

In modern times, street photographers get excited about cameras like the Ricoh GR III and the Fujifilm X100V. But since the practice of street photography began, there have been some absolute gems in the hands of photographers. Many of those cameras have had their time; moved to one side for the modern, more advanced systems. But they still hold value, and there’s no doubt they were considered remarkable cameras in their day — and some are still remarkable even by today’s standards. And some cameras from the past started a movement, something people got behind and held dearly to their hearts. Let’s take a look....
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Format Offers $25,000 to Photographers Impacted By COVID-19

Because of ongoing quarantines and social distancing, many photographers have been left with little to no work. The popular online portfolio platform, Format, recognizes this and wants to support those who are currently struggling. In a recent announcement, the company has said that $25,000 is available for photographers in desperate need of financial support....
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Mario Cruz Documents the Heartbreaking Living Conditions in Manila

“The experience of walking on the top of the floating trash in the Pasig River was shocking,” says Portuguese photojournalist, Mario Cruz. He adds, “But even more shocking was realizing that I was the only one shocked by it.” In 2018, after stepping foot onto the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines, Cruz began to tell a story that focuses on our destruction of the environment and our neglect of humanity. Heavily polluted and transformed into a waste ground, Pasig River was declared biologically dead by the 1990s. It’s no place for human existence. Yet, after being failed by their dreams, a community of settlers has had to call one of the city’s most toxic environments their home....
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Street Photographers Are Turning to Virtual Reality To Create Photographs

Everyone is in quarantine and the streets are empty, but that’s not stopping street photographers from doing what they love. For street photographers, having the streets void of people is an absolute nightmare. But due to the Corona Virus, this is the reality many street photographers are dealing with right now. Mandatory quarantine means everyone...
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Forget the Masters, Now’s the Time to Invest in Other Photographers

From Steve McCurry’s India to Robert Frank’s The Americans, the masters of photography have sold millions of photobooks worldwide. Their work is seen not only as a source of pleasure but also for education. Famous photographers do well in the print market too, with some of their finest work selling for thousands of dollars. The cream of the crop is not shy of a penny or two. And although it makes sense to spend our hard-earned on those who are perceived to be the best, with everything that’s going on in the world, we need to start supporting all the other talented photographers that make up our industry....
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Should Parachute Journalism Be Nominated for Photo Awards?

Are you aware of the issues relating to parachute journalism? In the recent scandal that broke in the 2020 World Press Photo awards, Iranian photographer, Solmaz Daryani, accused a fellow photojournalist of heavily borrowing from her work. The WPP nominated German photographer, Maximilian Mann, for his series, Fading Flamingos. The project focused on the slow...
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Photo Projects You Can Do at Home While Quarantined

You potentially have a lot of time on your hands, which means it’s time to get creative and try some new photo projects! COVID-19 has completely taken over the world. The impact it has had on global industries, including the photo industry, is catastrophic. People are doing all they can to keep going, keep sane,...
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5 Small Photography YouTube Channels You Need to Know About

If you’re looking for a fresh photography YouTube channel, we have some quality options below. Having many subscribers isn’t always synonymous with quality content. Sure, the cream tends to rise to the top, but they’re plenty of relatively unknown channels putting out great photography content. We have a soft spot for those on their grind,...
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5 Street Photographs That Will Make You Smile Today

Street photography is a fun genre of photography. There are no creative limitations, and you can experience a wave of emotions dependent on the kind of work you view. Some street photographers like to focus on social justice, while others want to get you interested in the mundane. And some street photographers look for candid moments that are sure to put a smile on your face. To cheer you up, here are five street photographs that are sure to make you giggle....
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World Press Photo Nominee: “I Strictly Reject the Accusation of Plagiarism.”

World Press Photo (WPP) nominees always generate conversation and debate. In an article published by Kaveh Rostamkhani, Iranian photographer, Solmaz Daryani, feels ethics have been broken by one of the WPP nominees. Maximilian Mann was nominated in the Environment category for his series, Fading Flamingos. However, Daryani has expressed concerns that many of the images submitted by Mann are too similar for comfort to a project she created a few years earlier....
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Can Photography Treat Depression? It Worked for Me

A study suggests photography can help with depression – it certainly helped me with mine. Feature Shoot recently ran a story that highlighted a study published by researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield. First published in the spring of 2018, the study noted that participants involved noticed an improvement in their mental...
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20 Women Photographers to Inspire You Through 2020

There are many reasons to highlight the work of women photographers. Our reason is simple; we love to show off greatness. As one of the photo industry’s leading publications, we’re fortunate enough to be exposed to talented women photographers all the time. And they’re in all photographic fields too. Street photography, documentary, portrait, product, and more, the female presence is on the rise across the board – it’s incredibly exciting! In fact, it was more difficult cutting it down to just 20! But we got there, and this is the very best of best....
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How to Establish Your Photographic Identity Beyond Instagram with Format

Format has gone through a rebranding in 2020, let’s see what’s new and how you can use it to your advantage. Unlike the other website building platforms, Format holds the photographer at the center of their core values and vision. As the platform has evolved and the company listens more to photographers on the ground,...
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