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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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Street Photography: Remembering The Work of Elisa Tomaselli

In early 2020, the street photography community lost one of its own. Elisa Tomaselli sadly passed away on January 23rd. I’m unsure of how and why she passed, but I do know she was far too young to leave this world. I also know that she was an excellent street photographer, someone who I had featured on The Phoblographer before. We never met, and maybe only exchanged a handful of messages, so I can’t comment on the person. But I can comment on the street photographer. The fine, talented one that she was....
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5 Photography YouTube Channels You Need to Subscribe To

More and more photography YouTube channels are appearing online. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. The good is that you have better access to information and content. The bad is you have to trawl through all the poorly made material to find the gems. Thankfully we’re happy to do the dirty work. We’ve dug up the very best photography YouTube channels for you to enjoy....
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Could AI Photography Kill Our Industry? It May Be Possible

You shouldn’t be unfamiliar with AI; you use it every day. It’s in the store, your computer, even in your car. AI has advanced so much over the past 20 years, and it’s now able to do many tasks that were once only reserved for humans. For the most part, AI has replaced low-skilled jobs. But could it replace the role of a photographer? In a recent interview with Feature Shoot, tech journalist, Greg Scoblete, spoke about the impact AI may have on the photography field in the future....
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5 Photography Podcasts That You Need to Listen To

If you go to the gym, take a long walk, or have an epic road trip ahead of you, there’s a good chance you’re listening to a podcast along the way. A podcast can be great entertainment, while also providing you with the latest news and some solid education. The podcast industry covers all genres, and of course, photography is part of that. So if you’re looking for something fresh to listen to, we’ve got the best photography podcasts for you to listen to....
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5 Impactful Photographs The World Will Never Forget

All photos can make some kind of impact. But only a small few stay at the front of society’s mind for eternity. When we think of influential photos, our minds instantly goes to the likes of Nick Ut’s, The War of Terror, or Malcolm Browne’s, The Burning Monk. Most photos that stick in our minds...
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Here’s Why It’s So Important to Review Our Photography Archives

Today we make more photographs than ever before. The digital era is responsible for that, and it’s very easy to build up a catalog of photographs in a very short space of time. The consequence of this is that the mental lifespan of most photographs is very short; their impact diluted, their significance reduced. Photographs are now put on a creative rotator belt, churned out in mass. They exist on hard drives, cloud storage, and social platforms. Because of the number of images we produce, many photographs, although saved, are forgotten. That’s why we’re going to explore the importance of reflecting on our work and remembering the past. ...
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See How Film Photography is Getting People Back in The Real World

In an article recently published on CNN Travel, Jonny Bealby, owner of tour operator Wild Frontiers, spoke about his exciting new tour concept. Customers will visit beautiful destinations such as Oman and Mongolia, but with one catch – they have to disconnect from their digital devices completely. That means no smartphones to snap all that they see. Instead, they will be given analog cameras, allowing them to capture the most important moments. It’s a move I welcome and one that I find incredibly exciting....
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Why I Regret Deleting Personal Photographs (And Why You Will Too)

I’m of the opinion that all photographers have a stash of personal work in their portfolio. Whether they’re photos of loved ones, vacations, or something that holds importance to them, photos exist that have meaning and emotional value. Some put their most personal images out to the public, while others keep them safe and hidden away, only for personal consumption. As photographers, it’s in our blood to document; we live for it. And it’s the work that’s not for a client that best communicates our journey through life. But sometimes, there are moments in life we would like to forget. Photos we wish were never created. We run away; we delete. But is that a good idea?...
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Tips For Avoiding Bad Advice For The Newbie Photographer

If you’re new to photography, then get ready for a sea of information — some very good, and some, extremely bad. The process of learning never ends if you’re open to constantly developing yourself. However, in the beginning, you’re going to go from knowing nothing to falling deep into a world of knowledge and skill....
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5 Steps for Photographers Who Want a Healthier Relationship with Instagram

Ask yourself this question: “Am I using Instagram exactly how I should be?” Some of you will be, but most of you won’t. Because although Instagram has become a key player in a photographer’s journey, it was designed to be addictive. The powers that be want you to be using the app all the time and most of you are doing just that. App dependency, as harmless as it seems, isn’t healthy. The likelihood is you’re giving Instagram far more time than you actually need, no matter if you try to convince yourself otherwise. To help you break away and use the app more economically – and effectively – we’ve got some tips that will help you have a healthier relationship with Instagram....
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How To Save Money for Your Photography Passion

A common barrier for people trying to break into or sustain their path in photography is money. Gear, editing tools, accessories, travel, none of them are cheap. You would be forgiven for thinking that unless you’re a rich business tycoon, then photography isn’t an option for you. The reality is that’s not true. There are ways in which you can budget, cut back, and invest wisely to keep your photography hobby or career alive. We’re going to take you through simple money-saving tips and tricks to ensure you can keep doing what you love....
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5 Inspirations Throughout My Journey in Street Photography

We each have different journies in street photography. But, something most of us have in common, no matter the path we take, is that we have street photographers who have deeply inspired us along the way. Street photography is one of the oldest genres of photography. The first photo ever made with a person in...
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The Passion of Trees: A Story of Photographer Ali Shokri’s Love of Nature

“In our family culture, the tree is a symbol of life.” Nature photographer, Ali Shokri, grew up in Iran. It was in his beautiful home country that he would begin to develop his passion and love for nature – more so, trees. Years later, his passion would become the center point of his life’s ambitions. For the last 16 years, Shokri has been photographing trees. His mission? To show everyone how important and beautiful they are to the world. His body of work has since been turned into a photo book, The Passion of Trees. Showing off his collection of images and highlighting his message, Shokri spoke to us about a topic that he holds tightly close to his heart....
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You’re Wrong: Good Photography Isn’t Subjective. Here’s Why

People spend years of their life perfecting their craft. They invest thousands of dollars in education and equipment, sacrificing social events and family time so they can focus on improving their skill set. They do all of this because they hope that one day all the hard work will make them become a highly-skilled photographer. Only to be told that once they enter the pool of creatives, that good photography is subjective? Yeah, right....
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5 Photographers Keeping Black And White Photography Alive

Although we’re in 2019, black and white photography remains popular amongst photographers. That’s because it brings a classic, timeless feel – something color just can’t seem to match. Back in the early days of photography, people like Henri Cartier Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Ansel Adams championed the black and white aesthetic – setting the bar for the standard that others would need to reach. Thankfully there are photographers today reaching that bar, and they’re keeping the black and white aesthetic very much in high demand. Let’s take a look at some of the best of them....
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This Couple Is an Adult Entertainment Photographer Duo (NSFW)

“Now and then, you suddenly realize that there are naked people having sex right in front of you,” says Luke from the adult content site, Bright Desire. Alongside his wife, Ms. Naughty, the pair of them are shooting and photographing content that looks to break the status quo of the industry. In what they call “feminist porn,” their ethos is to make adult material that is inclusive of everyone and isn’t from the view of the male gaze. But aside from the polarizing topic of ethics in the adult industry, what is it like being on set? More so, what is it like photographing adult content? We discuss all that and more as we sit down to talk with both Luke and Ms. Naughty....
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Andrew Campbell’s Award-Winning Astrophotography Will Stun You

“I think with all things in life – if you love doing it – then you will always be motivated.” Those are the words of Andrew Campbell, a photographer based in the South West of England. He’s talking about his love for astrophotography, and the rewards he gets from the methodical art form. His passion requires patience, something Campbell has plenty of. The results? A body of work that wows us and leaves us asking for more....
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This Business Owner Experienced the Selfish Side of Photography

Photographers live for scenes and moments, something that can last a lifetime in the form of an image. It’s in our blood — ingrained deep in our mindset, and our philosophy of life. But there are times when our thirst to document impacts others. In a recent post on Reddit, a user complained about how photographers use his business property (without permission) during their portrait shoots. Of course, this is trespassing and against the law. But it also highlights a certain level of arrogance that, unfortunately, exists within our community....
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Mark Edward Harris’ Beautiful Orangutan Portraits Highlight Deeper Issues

“The older ones like to have me turn my camera around so they can see themselves on my LCD,” Mark Edward Harris tells us. He adds, ” I know this sounds a bit hard to believe, but it has happened on numerous occasions. Orangutans have self-awareness.” For the last six years, Harris has been working closely with one of the world’s most fascinating animals – the orangutan. But as eye-catching and interesting as this portrait series is, there’s a serious undertone, and it’s one Harris wants to help shed light on....
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“Shattered Glass” Highlights the Strength of These Incredible Women

“Every time I photograph one of these women, without fail, I leave with an incredible sense of gratitude, inspiration, and positive energy,” explains Katerina Gregoriou as she speaks about her project, Shattered Glass. She adds, “…documenting women who are making a serious change in the world is truly an honor and a joy in and of itself.” Katerina is no stranger to the adversities that are synonymous with being a female in the workplace – especially those that are dominated by men. Previously working as a mechanical engineer, she became accustomed to comments about her appearance and her ability to belong in such a working environment. But with each comment that came, so did an increase in her determination to prove the world wrong. And then in 2018 “photography found her,” and with that, she now had an outlet to express just how powerful she – and the millions of women like her – can be....
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5 Places to Find Inspiration for Street Photography

Street photography can be a lonely game. Much time spent alone roaming the streets, hoping something of interest comes your way. Because of the isolation, and the fact there’s no guarantee of getting a great shot, it’s easy to become deflated. You find yourself in a rut, and your camera starts to collect dust. While there are ways of getting out of a creative rut, sometimes you need a little more. You need to be inspired by those around you. Below are some top sources of inspiration....
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Did You Know These Five Celebrities Are Competent Photographers Too?

You’ve seen them in movies, heard their hit records, and watched their mind-bending entertainment, but have you seen their photographs? Away from the glitz and glamour of the celebrity lifestyle, some famous people enjoy picking up a camera and creating photographs. We’re not talking about Brooklyn Beckham either – you know, the young kid who got a gig with Burberry without hardly getting out of auto? No, we’re talking about people who, alongside their successful career, clearly know a thing or two about making a good picture. Check them out below....
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Is This Photographer Right to Be Ashamed About His Past Work?

In a recent post on Reddit, a photographer shared the story of how he first got involved with professional photography. He produced adult entertainment. Struggling to find a photographer up to the standard he wanted, he took to doing both the production and stills himself. After some time, he left the business and walked away from photography. Years later, he’s now looking to reenter the industry but feels ashamed of his past work. The Reddit poster deleted thousands of images, only keeping what he considered to be artistic. Is he right to be ashamed? More so, was it a good decision to erase years of work?...
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Can You Guess Which Smartphone Camera These Photos Were Shot On?

Let’s be honest, smartphone photography started as a bit of gimmick. It was fun to think you could create a photograph with a tiny pocket-sized device. Since then, smartphone photography has become big business, and many photographers are advocates for doing the core of their work on a mobile device. But we don’t want to get too lost in all the seriousness that comes with the creative world. We want to go back to having a little bit of fun, all while checking out some cool photography. So we’re going to play a game. Are you ready?...
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Saiful Huq Omi Documents the Crisis Faced by the Rohingyas

“I really do not want to go into details about my own traumatic experiences,” says Saiful Huq Omi. Omi is a photojournalist, who for the past 12 years, has been documenting the oppression and genocide of the Rohingyas. The Rohingyas are Muslim people based in Rakhine State, Myanmar. After the Burmese government revoked their citizenship, the community has been left stateless, now living a life of pain and suffering. After his first visit to the community, Omi became deeply connected to their struggle. He made it his mission to ensure he got their story told. In 2018, in conjunction with Schilt Publishing, Omi released his work in the form of a photobook. However, that’s not where the story ends, and even today, he is fighting hard to get people to listen....
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These Trends Show Instagram Does Not Care About Photography

It’s a new year, and with that comes a new focus on how to approach Instagram. Brands and those lovely influencers will take to the app to push the latest trends that will help them ace their IG game. In an article posted on Later, the author shares seven key points that those who want to win at Instagram should focus on in order to succeed. None of them are groundbreaking, and all of them are, well, are rather soul-destroying....
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5 Classy Examples of Black and White Boudoir Photography (NSFW)

When done correctly, boudoir photography is one of the more polished and artistic genres within the field of photography. Shooting the work in black and white adds an extra layer of sophistication to it, making it extra appealing to those that view it. Of course, other components such as strong lighting and an experienced model contribute to giving the imagery and extra edge. But being a master of the black and white look is going to push the photographs a little bit further than the rest. Thankfully there are photographers working today that are incredibly masterful when it comes to black and white boudoir photography. We’re going to take a look at five of the best....
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Where Street Photographers Have Been Finding Inspiration for 14 Years

Hardcore Street Photography (HCSP) has been around since the golden days of Flickr. Founded in 2005, HCSP is wildly seen as the arena that will make or break a street photographer – both creatively and emotionally. Its no-nonsense approach to conversation means it has earnt respect and members see it as a place where they can get an unfiltered and detailed response to their work. It’s due to its brutal honesty that HCSP has been able to keep strong, even as Flickr weakens. With 82 thousand members and an active community, it shows no signs of slowing up yet. Because of that, it continues to be a credit to an often criticized street photography community....
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5 Photographers Show the Strength of the iPhone 11 Pro Camera

Remember when we all went crazy over a 2MP camera on a mobile phone? Now we have a smartphone camera that has not one, but three lens options built into it. Apple by no means is the only – or even the first – company to have this feature, but it’s certainly the most popular. In our developing world of tech, are the three lens options just another gimmick to keep us handing over our money? Or will it help improve the quality of work from smartphone shooters? The below photographers answer all those questions, as we take a look at five photographers showing the iPhone 11 pro is one of the best smartphone cameras on the market....
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Is This the Most Entitled Photoshoot Request Ever?

In an article published on Slate, a reader asked the websites’ Care and Feeding section a question relating to photography: “I want to celebrate my husband’s vasectomy with a photoshoot. Is that insensitive?” Amongst her question, the reader wrote about the worries she had of offending people who were unable to conceive. But on the flip side, she felt she should be allowed to celebrate her and her husband’s decision not to have a baby by having a “We’re not expecting” photoshoot. The poor soul, lost between a rock and a hard place as she unwraps her first world problems. Let’s help her, shall we?...
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7 Perfect Examples of Inspiring Wedding Photography

Weddings are one of the most stressful gigs a photographer can take. High emotions and interfering families make shooting a wedding an interesting day, to say the least. That’s why it takes a level of skill – and temperament – to ensure you deliver the client something they can cherish forever. It can take years to get to a standard where you can charge thousands of dollars for the gig. But rather than focusing on the experienced photographers, we want to show you the freshest of wedding photographers that we’re digging right now....
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5 Photographers Show the Google Pixel 4 Is Worth Every Penny

Ahhh smartphone photography. It’s amazing how far it has come. And the new Google Pixel 4 is a prime example of the exceptional quality coming out of a pocket-sized device. Both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have been available for just over a month, but already some fantastic photography is being made with both devices. Investing in a $900 smartphone can feel like a risk, especially when your primary motivation is to get a good phone camera. So if you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should put your hand in your pocket, these photographs will show you that the new Google Pixel 4 range is worth every penny....
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When it Comes to The Instagram Business Model, We’re The Problem

When Instagram was first released way back in 2010, it generated excitement like no other app had previously done in the photographic community. Before that, Flickr was the go-to platform that had the sole focus of sharing photographic content. But because of the sheer reach and simplicity that Instagram offered, the tide changed, and with it, millions of people fell in love with the photo-sharing app – a love that would eventually turn sour....
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The Best Street Photographers of 2019 According to the Phoblographer

It should come as no surprise that we’re huge fans of street photography here at The Phoblographer. And because of what we do, we’re very fortunate to be able to feature and speak with some of the best street photographers in the game. The craft has become extremely popular over the past decade, with many people declaring their love for shooting on the streets. Some are good – and some, well, not so much. But beyond that are some fantastic shooters, creating great work, all while flying the flag for the street photography community. We have our favorites, of course. So as we approach the final stretch of another wonderful year, we want to share with you all our favorite street photographers of 2019....
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Photography Helped Ian MacDonald Overcome the Darkness of PTSD

“By the time I was twenty years into my career, the gaps in my armor started to reveal themselves,” says Ian MacDonald. He continues, “this is when I can recall experiencing the earliest signs of PTSD.” Ian is a multidisciplinary photographer who most aligns with street and travel photography. To say he has been on a journey is an understatement. Once a paramedic, Ian has seen things that many of us hopefully never will. Because of his experience and dedication to helping others, Ian found himself having to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Always a creative, photography would act as a catalyst for healing. It would help him to move out of the darkness and into a much better place in life....
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These Photographers Achieve Great Results with the Leica M10

When the Leica M10 was released back in 2017, the Leica community couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. It’s a full-frame system that packs 24MP into its CMOS sensor, and, of course, it’s a Leica so people were always going to drool over it. But boasting you have a Leica M10 is one thing, proving you can use it is another. We know a thing or two about what makes a good photograph. Because of that, we can see past the gear heads and identify who the real photographers are. In a list that packs some of the very best, here are five photographers doing the Leica M10 the justice it deserves....
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Instagram Has Made Street Photography Cliche and You’re the Problem

In an article recently published on World Press Photo, writer Colin Pantall asks: Why photograph when every picture has already been made? It’s a great question and one that highlights the impact of both an oversaturated industry and hobby. Because nowadays, everyone is a photographer – especially with the rise of social media and the smartphone camera. In his piece, Pantall focuses on the impact cliché images have had on documentary photography and photojournalism – but I want to take a look at street photography; a genre in which many continue to complain has become stale and tired....
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