Feroz Khan Feroz Khan

Never seen without a camera (or far from one), Feroz picked up the art of photography from his grandfather at a very early age (at the expense of destroying a camera or two of his). Specializing in sports photography and videography for corporate short films, when he’s not discussing or planning his next photoshoot, he can usually be found staying up to date on aviation tech or watching movies from the 70s era with a cup of karak chai.

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Thomas Koch and Team Snapped Unique Photos of Metallized Flowers

“Sometimes you put things together to change their meanings, to get even more beauty”, says Thomas Koch about his project titled “Ferro Flowers”. This was a collaborative effort between Thomas, Frederic Schlosser, and Bruno Damião. Their aim was to show what nature might look like in the coming years due to the effect of mankind’s actions on our planet....
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Ahad Halari Approaches His Travel Photos With a Piscine Perspective

“People might look at distortions in a bad way, but it’s all about perspective, isn’t it?”, questions Ahad Halari when I ask him about his love for using fisheye lenses. Based in India, he travels often and far as a photographer for entertainers and celebrities. For his personal travel photography though, he adopts a perspective that most of us reserve for special subjects. A lot of us do use ultrawide lenses on our travels, but when was the last time you saw someone use a fisheye for a lot of his travel photos?...
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Barney Smith Travels Around the World for Underwater Double Exposures

“It’s something I would love to do more of, connecting film photographers from around the world”, says Barney Smith of the UK. He’s an underwater photographer who has a self-confessed obsession with shooting film. Barney enjoys his photography more without the conveniences of a digital camera. It took him a while to learn the basics, but once he got the hang of analogue photography, he never looked back. Shooting film makes him slow down and really think about every possible variable before clicking the shutter on his Nikonos camera....
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Make Your Own Camera Bag: Tenba BYOB Insert Review

There’s no denying that Tenba makes some of the most amazing camera bags and backpacks available today. Ever since I went professional with my photography, I’ve lost count of the number of shoulder bags, backpacks, and roller bags I’ve bought that were made for camera gear. But what about those of us who enjoy the look and feel of a regular bag or backpack yet want to add our cameras safely inside it? Exceptional quality camera bags can be expensive for some of us. That’s where Tenba stepped in about 10 years ago with the Tenba BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) range of camera insert cases. You can put your cameras inside this handy range of inserts and drop them into almost any existing bag or backpack. We received some of their DSLR Backpack and Camera insert models to test out, and we weren’t disappointed....
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Scan Your Old Rolls Quickly. Negative Supply Basic 35mm Kit Review

No piece of photography equipment (new cameras aside) has gotten me this excited lately. Negative Supply reached out to us last month about their Basic Kit for 35mm Film Scanning. I jumped at the opportunity to try it out. This kit is a fantastic piece of equipment for amateurs and hobbyists who have many negatives in their collection that need digitization. With a copy stand, light source, and a film strip holder all included, it’s the perfect kit to get you started in the world of home film scanning Keeping the film perfectly flat is a key feature of this unit, and it makes scanning so much quicker and accurate....
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We’ve Updated Our Nikon 50mm F1.8 S Lens Review. The Lens Improved!

Nikon’s 50mm f1.8 S lens is probably the sharpest lens they’ve manufactured. Its optical quality far exceeds that of any F-mount lens ever made. During our earlier reviews, its AF speed and accuracy weren’t up to competitor levels. Many users reported varying levels of frustration with its AF accuracy levels, especially when using Eye-AF. Nikon has released updates to existing Z body firmware and released new dual-processor bodies (Z6 II and Z7 II). The AF accuracy and speed is much improved in our latest tests. There has also been an update to the lens firmware since our last review....
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Brand Loyalty Isn’t a One Way Street. They Need to Closely Listen to Us

I’ve decided not to name any brands as part of this article. This is because all brands are guilty of not listening to their core users at one point or another. Some, more so than others. A camera is just a tool for our work, and any brand’s camera can get the job done if used correctly. But at times, too it’s not just a tool. The brand’s styling and ergonomics become a way of expressing our style. An extension of our passion and, in some cases, fashionable. The more we invest in a brand, the more we consider ourselves part of its extended family. And at some point or another, a family can let us down. This isn’t going to be an article about whether or for how long you should be loyal to a brand or not. Nor is it going to be about whether your brand of choice is worth fighting for against someone else. It’s about brands being loyal in return as well....
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Jeroen Nieuwhuis and a Real Life Ice Man Challenge Limits of Endurance

“I found myself honored to spend a day learning and absorbing the knowledge Wim gratefully shared with us”, says Dutch photographer Jeroen Nieuwhuis about his experiences with the Ice Man – Wim Hof. A multiple Guinness world record holder for his endurance feats, Wim’s long years of training have given him the ability to control his heart rate and blood circulation to withstand extreme temperatures like no other. Jeroen and his team spent a day capturing Wim’s daily routine to showcase his endurance skills on camera....
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Dora Goodman Marries new Technology to old School Camera Tradition

“The driving force behind our dedication to the craft of designing and creating cameras, is to carve a legacy”, says Dora Goodman about her eponymous, small scale camera manufacturing company. What started as a hobby to beautify the exterior look of vintage cameras has blossomed into a camera design and production career for Dora. Based out of Hungary, her company produces 3D printed analogue camera bodies and their accessories. They also work on open-source designs allowing other photographers to modify and improve these designs to their liking...
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Zenji Uehara and His Experimental Photography Produce Unique Images

“I want to convey a sense of wonder rather than logic”, says Japanese photographer Zenji Uehara about his work. A book editor until his mid-20s, Zenji quit his day job to pursue photography after seeing the photos of legendary photographer Daido Moriyama. The experimentation that Zenji pursues doesn’t just involve new techniques. He actively designs and invents new add-ons for his cameras and lenses, some of which have successfully sold many units worldwide....
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Paul Kessel Found his Love for Street Photography After Turning 70

“A photograph does not succeed by content alone”, says Paul Kessel, a retired psychologist and professor from New York. “Photography is about vision, persistence, perception, memory, lots of practice, patience, and so many other elements beyond technique”. As someone who made his foray into photography a lot later than most people do, Paul’s street work has garnered various accolades in the USA and globally. His persistence to head out often to capture his next best street photograph won him 1st place at the 2020 Miami Street Photography Festival, among other global accolades....
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Joseph Jackson Spent Time Under his Microscope While in Lockdown

“I immensely enjoyed getting lost in these little worlds, at a time where we were all very isolated”, says Joe Jackson. “…hopefully it will make people look at the everyday objects around them in a new way, seeing the hidden beauty in mundane objects” he mentions about his project ‘Odyssey’. Beginning in March 2020, the UK had imposed several weeks of lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Just prior to its start, Joe grabbed some boxes of equipment from his studio in London, to spend his time at home creatively...
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Roland Kraemer Fell in Love with the Ocean While Photographing Waves

“I didn’t know how much I needed the ocean in my life and how calm I feel being close to it”, says Roland Kraemer. As someone raised in southern Germany, Roland was more of a mountain person who loved the chill of the high altitude air against his face. A road trip to the beaches of France changed this attitude completely, and he found himself being drawn to the sea on an almost daily basis for 5 weeks....
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Is the new Nikon Zfc the Perfect Step Forward for the Company Now?

The closer it got to the release date, the more apparent it became that Nikon’s Zfc was going to be a crop sensor body. This was a feature that I was desperately hoping against, having made the decisive and firm jump to Full-Frame sensors nearly a decade ago. If the similarly styled Nikon Df could have been released with a Full-Frame sensor, why did the Zfc have to cut corners in this department? ...
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Luminar AI Update 3 – Just How Good Is the Update?

In addition to native support for Apple’s new M1 machines, the latest update to Luminar AI promises improvements to a handful of features. Enhancements to their Sky AI algorithm are at the top of the list to provide more realistic looks and greater control for your sky replacement cravings. There’s also better sky detection and separate controls for moving your replaced sky and its reflection (if any). Augmented Sky AI is a new tool added to help with the addition of objects to your sky. Keep reading to see how these updates fared in our tests....
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Prakash Pancholi Shows us how to Literally Paint With Light

“The fun starts when you combine both the ambient exposure and your drawing in the image”, says Prakash Pancholi who resides in Dubai. A flight operations scheduler by profession, Prakash spends his spare time crafting light painting tools in his home. What started as a hobby that was kicked off by accidental light exposure in one of his long exposure images then turned into a passion that evolved into a portfolio. ...
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Avalanche Helps Lightroom Users Easily Migrate to Capture One

I started using Adobe Lightroom in 2008 (at least my catalogue says so). I don’t think there was a competing software with an image cataloguing workflow combined with powerful editing tools for many years later. Adobe Lightroom was (and still is) an excellent post-processing tool, but it continues to be known as a resource hog. Exporting a batch of 10 raw files to jpeg full resolution still tends to spike the CPU usage indixcator even on my new M1 Mac Mini. I believe it was around the release of Capture One 8 when many photographers and image editors began to seriously consider it as an alternative to Lightroom. I’ve read countless reviews about how it gives them better results, especially when editing RAW files. There’s also the customization of the work panel, which is more flexible than Adobe Lightroom. While Lightroom still holds a sizeable market share, there’s no doubt that more photographers these days are starting to use Capture One as their first choice for editing. This review doesn’t touch on Capture One’s retouching capabilities in any way. It is limited to comparing Avalanche’s Lightroom catalogue conversion algorithm to the native one used by Capture One...
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Binly Documents the Often Forgotten Stories of Lao Americans

“… as Lao people, we often think about what home and homeland means to us”, says the multi-award-winning poet, dancer and photographer Krysada ‘Binly’ Phounsiri. “Bridging those connections in the medium of photography and art is an avenue I feel strongly for.” Binly’s aim is to focus on the history of Laotian Americans and people of Lao descent living in the US. He hopes to highlight the decades long experience of their diaspora using his artistic talents as a photographer. Currently an online project titled “Secret No More, an Expression of Humanity”, he plans to have these images in a gallery in San Diego when the pandemic situation becomes more favourable....
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Terry Godlove Converts Stunning Vintage Lenses to New Camera Mounts

“There are lots of readily available adapters—but I find they offer no advantage over a standard helicoid and mounting plate”, says Terry F. Godlove. A professor of philosophy and religion at Hofstra University, Terry loves tinkering around with vintage lenses, to makes their mounts compatible with modern mirrorless cameras. ...
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SILINA’s Sensor Curving Technology Hopes to Speed up Industry Usage

“SILINA does not reinvent the wheel of sensor design and manufacturing”, states their CTO Wilfred Jahn, “but is developing technological solutions to curve existing (flat) imaging sensors.” A PhD holder in Electro-optical System Design, he forms one half of SILINA’s co-founding team along with CEO Michael Bally. Seeing a potential increase in demand among technological sectors, the duo formed SILINA in 2020 with a vision to reform the existing sensor ‘curving process’. ...
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Badrish Isdin Freezes the Movement of Musicians in Time

“Life can move quickly sometimes, passing by in a blur, and I enjoy the possibility of freezing a moment and capturing the impossible.”, says 20-year-old Badrish Isdin. As a musician and storyteller, he’s used simple photography gear and captured some striking portraits of musicians in motion. ...
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How Shuko Kawase Uses the Fujifilm X-S10 to Take Better Street Photos

“I look for authentic body language and real emotions. I think body language says a lot without exposing people’s identities and facial features.”, says Shuko Kawase of Japan, about her street photography. Having studied arts in various cities worldwide, she is currently based in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband Nicanor Garcia(also a commercial photographer). Late last year, Fujifilm Spain contacted them to produce a visual project using their newly launched camera – the X-S10. The couple spent 2 months testing it out as a street photography camera, focusing on the IBIS and its ability to help produce shake-free images. ...
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Will The Sony A7 IV Be A Massive Upgrade? It Needs To Be!

When mirrorless cameras became mainstream by about 2014 or so, I observed two kinds of photographers who moved over to this system from other brands’ DSLRs. Those who weren’t too worried about sensor size, and loved film emulations switched to the Fuji X Series. Others who stood firm about a larger sensor requirement moved to Sony’s offerings. Many DSLR users of Nikon and Canon who got tired of waiting for them to bring out competing models, eventually moved to one of the aforementioned mirrorless brands. Even Olympus managed to win over older photographers who got tired of lugging around heavy DSLRs and lenses. ...
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Tom Hegen Documents the Polarizing World of Oyster Farming

“I don’t judge the places I photograph, I see myself more as an observer, documenting those places, providing an overview and insights on our relationship with nature.”, says Tom Hegen, a photographer and designer based in Munich, Germany. His work focuses on the connections between man and nature, especially on the impact on landscapes caused by human intervention. In his Oyster Farm series, Tom takes a look at how humans farm food even in some of the most improbable places one can imagine...
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Zola Chen Captured The Fascinating and Ultra Rare Megamouth Shark

“We bring videos and images captured underwater up onto the land to show people who cannot swim”, says Zola Chen, a marine ecology photographer based in Taiwan. First observed in 1976 off Kahuku Point in O’ahu, Hawaii, the Megamouth shark is one of the rarest documented species of sharks. The then Waikiki Aquarium director Leighton Taylor named it Megachasma pelagios, Greek for “giant yawner of the open sea”. Its mouth can extend roughly to 30% of its body length, and it is one of only three filter-feeding types of shark. To date, it has been officially sighted less than 100 times....
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Dubai’s Analog Photographers Don’t Mind Spending on Their Love for Film

There was no dearth of labs in Dubai when I grew up. I lived in one of the older parts of town, and within a 1-mile radius of my home, there were at least three that I can remember. With the advent of digital photography and fewer people printing, their number sharply dropped by the late 2000s to less than a handful by 2015. Film became more expensive to source for those who didn’t travel abroad often, where it was still easily available. This lack of processing options hasn’t deterred the extremely active film photography community from meeting up often over a shared love of analog....
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Chris Hoare Documented How Bristol Stayed Sane in the Pandemic

“I hope my pictures in some way seduce people into these spaces”, says Chris Hoare about his latest project. Growing Spaces was conceptualized as an idea before the Covid-19 pandemic but had to be completely done under the UK lockdown restrictions. This unexpected turn of events coincided with an upsurge in public requirements for open gardening allotments, which greatly aided this photo documentary....
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Astrophotographer Rey Hernandez Made an Astonishing 54 Hour Photo

“I can’t tell what [is] my limit, there [are] just so many targets and each yields [a] different outcome the more time you put into it.”, says Rey Hernandez, who currently has reached 54 hours of exposure time on a night sky photo. He hopes to hit a 100 hours exposure someday to photograph more amazing constellations in our night sky...
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Opinion: A Nikon Retro Mirrorless Camera is Everything We Want

Whether it’s Leica’s M and Q cameras, Fuji’s Xseries or the Olympus OM-D and PEN collection, there’s always been something appealing about digital cameras housed in a vintage body. I don’t own cameras from either of these brands, but to me, they represent some of the most beautifully designed digital cameras made. I agree with the views of our EIC Chris when he speaks about the beauty in the design of the Olympus PEN-F (a camera that’s long overdue for an update now). For the most part today, camera brands tend to match each other in specifications such as megapixels, frames per second, high ISO values and noise handling. Where brands like Leica, Fuji and Olympus are clearly winning is in the styling and ergonomics departments. Porting over classic retro looks stemming from years of experienced designs in their film range has proven to be a winning formula for them. Aside from the Df, I can’t recall a time in recent years when I’ve stopped a fellow photographer holding a Nikon, Canon or Sony camera to take a closer look at the aesthetics of what they held. It’s almost like these brands have forgotten to include a stylist in their design and R&D departments. The latest update from NikonRumors about an upcoming vintage-looking Mirrorless body from Nikon has really excited me....
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Is Canon’s 3D Lens Patent Something That the Industry Needs Now?

Looking into the patents registered by camera manufacturers can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have the excitement and hope of an upcoming product release. On the other, complete confusion over why a company would file a patent for something which isn’t in demand. Patents also aren’t a strong indicator of release dates and more often than not, a patent remains in limbo forever. Canon’s latest patent for a 3D lens system has me a little confused...
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Per Schorn Captures What People Look Like When They Fall

“I noticed that there are certain situations that just don’t get caught by a human eye”, says Per Schorn from Frankfurt. During one of his overseas shoots, what started as an idea turned into a project that has received multiple awards internationally. ...
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You’ll Love the Cinematic Sci-Fi Photography of Teemu Jarvinen

“Great location equals great photos, but an uglier location makes you a better photographer”, says Teemu Jarvinen. What makes his work even more fascinating is that he didn’t even own a camera until he turned 22 about five years ago....
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Han Chen Made an Awesome Instax Back for the Mamiya RZ67

“I don’t have my own Zinstax, believe it or not. If I had a spare one, I would always send it to the next customer on the waiting list”, says Han Chen. Currently a student based in Germany, Chen’s brainchild is the aptly named Zinstax – a 3D printed back made for shooting Instax film on a Mamiya RZ67. A love for photography and making new things fell into place together to produce this unit. In 2019 he realized the lack of such a product in the photography world, so he designed and manufactured one by himself. As with almost all film photography lately, the results are uniquely unpredictable. The finishing quality of the Zinstax alone has me considering the thought of getting an RZ67 someday...
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Jason De Freitas Takes His Time Shooting Astrophotography on Film

“I’m so starved for light that I’m usually exposing for as long as I have time for or my tracking accuracy can achieve,” says Jason De Freitas. Jason is based on the South Coast of New South Wales and is one of the world’s few long exposure film astrophotographers. He’s a fine art photographer that makes the most of Australia’s varied landscape and dark night skies. That;s a critical part of how he makes his unique astrophotography on film....
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Review: Vanguard Alta Fly 49T Roller Bag

If there’s one thing that photographers are obsessed with, as much as with bodies and lenses, it’s camera bags. In the nine years or so that I’ve been shooting professionally, I’ve owned no less than 10 different backpacks or roller bags. Most of them have been phased out as my gear list got bigger or as my personal requirements for a camera bag changed. Despite looking them up before, I’ve never owned a Vanguard one so far. I took the Alta 49T for a few spins around Dubai, to see if it matched up to my current bags of choice....
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