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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Kannetha Brown Wants to Empower Her People Through Her Photography

“Photographs of your community inspire unity,” says Cambodian-American photographer Kannetha Brown about her idea for her latest photo series. A chance trip to an art show led her to stumble upon an incredible series of portraits that heavily inspired her. Spurred on by that feeling, she decided to do a similar one about members of her own ethnic community...
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Stephanie Dolen Finds Much Love in Documenting Floral Patterns

“Seeing patterns in nature encourages me to create patterns of my own,” says San Francisco-based photographer Stephanie Dolen about the inspirations behind her unique floral project. She enjoys documenting many of them in a flat lay layout in various patterns. These photos are minimally retouched, if at all, and she considers them a form of portraiture in many ways....
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Harshith Dambekodi Finds Fascinating Reflections in Mirror and Glass

“I usually have eureka moments in odd places,” says Indian professional photographer Harshith Dambekodi about when inspiration strikes him. He makes sure that he sets aside time to pursue personal projects while juggling a handful of commercial ones. This helps expand his creative skills and imaginative freedom in many ways....
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Maria Lax Creates Vividly Colorful Frames in the Dark of the Night

“I have a never ending fascination with light and the lack of it,” states Finnish photographer Maria Lax about the duality of light that shapes her multicolored photographs of the night. It’s still an ongoing project but ‘Night Rising’ has nabbed her a 2021 Fujifilm GFX Challenge regional award. She spared some of her valuable time to have a chat with us about the ideas behind it and how living in the Arctic Circle for many years gave her a deeper appreciation of the dark....
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Priya Panchwadkar Seeks Out Unique Frames of Mumbai at Night

“I like to get nervous,” says Mumbai-based photographer and Yoga instructor Priya Panchwadkar, about why she opted for film over digital when seeking out frames of her bustling city. She thrives on the unforgiving nature that each frame on her film roll can give her, when she’s out and about. And she wants the world to see how Mumbai looks at night when viewed through her imaginative eyes....
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Seeing Camera Innards Is What Mario Aumüller Finds Really Interesting

“You´ll never know what you get,” says Austrian photographer Mario Aumüller about the results that come out of his experiments with an x-ray machine and vintage cameras. What started as a fun pastime has now picked up steam on Reddit, where analog lovers eagerly await Mario’s next post. He loves looking around for old cameras to collect so he can examine their insides in this most unique way....
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Near Perfect Results in a Quality Filter: Lee Elements VND 2-5 Review

What’s easier to do – carry around a handful of ND filters of different strengths or a 4-in-1 solution that offers the same quality in a smaller, more convenient package? If you’re worried that the latter might result in those awful X-patterns or heavy vignetting, then Lee Filters has the solution for you. They’ve just launched their Elements series of Variable ND filters that come in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm screw-in sizes with 2 to 5 stops of neutral density. Billed at both photographers and videographers that seek the absolute best in optical performance, the Elements VND series are coated with multi-function nanocoatings that are scratch-resistant. Lee Filters always come with a hefty price tag, and the Lee Elements VND 2-5 is no different....
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4 Ways Camera Manufacturers Fail Photographers

We’re all fans of some photography brands. Some hold a special place in our hearts, and many among us defend them to no end. Others we can’t stand yet secretly wish our favourite brand would do better than. But this article isn’t about which brands are outshining the others. Almost all leading camera manufacturers are guilty of doing (or not doing) one or more of the points listed below. What is worrying is that some of these unhealthy trends have continued for years. And manufacturers don’t seem to want to address these points soon. Which ones do you find most annoying?...
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Amazing Stories Found Their Way to Nick Compton in African Homes

“Photographs are there to be taken. And that’s about you, your eye and your creativity coming together,” says South African born photographer Nick Compton. He’s created a photo series on homes that have popped up on his homeland’s coastlines. Delving into what makes them so unique, he tells us how he connected with various people while photographing their unique houses. ...
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Daisy Naidu Takes Unique Portraits in Homage to Legendary Artists

“It’s like I see something and an idea pops from nowhere,” says Indian photographer Daisy Naidu about the unexpected sources of ideas for her photography projects. Allowing these ideas to nurture and develop over time, she lets her imagination run free while executing them as concepts. She’s even done her own spins on portraits inspired by classical artists of yesteryear....
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Honoring Your Talent and Skills Is Important Says Barbara Minishi

“We are all born storytellers whether we actively recognize it or not,” says Kenyan photographer Barbara Minishi about the innate capabilities of all of us. A regional Fujifilm Grant winner for her colorful environmental portrait series, she tells us why her camera is her most trusted companion. ...
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Tamara Hijazi Finds Photographs to Be Time Capsules of Memories

“Photograph me as I am, or don’t look at me at all,” says Arab American photographer Tamara Hijazi, defining how she captures and likes to be captured in photos. At a very young age, migration to the Middle East kickstarted her love for photography. She tells us why photos help preserve fond moments that we look back at later and how the pandemic rekindled her connection with cameras. ...
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Tasneem AlSultan Shows Essential Workers In a Light of Dignity

“Everyone deserves to be photographed in a manner that shows them dignified,” says Tasneem AlSultan about her approach to photographing the often-overlooked workers of our societies. A surprising incident from her youth made her want to photograph their lives in a positive way. She’s spent a fair bit of her career creating projects to shine a light on the marginalized class that lives with and among us....
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Aviraj Adhikary Finds India to Be Beautiful in Aerochrome

“Darjeeling is the queen of hills,” says photojournalist Aviraj Adhikary on why he chose the Indian hill station for his Aerochrome series. A martial arts expert who’s currently doing a diploma in photography, he tells us why hill stations are the ultimate destination for creatives like himself...
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Camden Thrasher Snaps Amazing Photos Of Supersonic Aircraft

“I’m focused on what’s actually right in front of me,” candidly replies aviation photographer Camden Thrasher on how he keeps a clear head when airplanes are whizzing around him. An expert at freezing fast-moving aircraft, he’s taken some memorable images of them during his career. We caught up with him to learn more about his passion and also to talk about one shot of his that went viral....
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Artur Kayukov Makes Amazing Portraits Without Any Photoshop

“You can say I go strictly by the definition of the word ‘Photography,'” says Artur Kayukov about his skill set behind the camera and his reluctance to post-process at times. Not someone who likes to spend hours editing at his PC, he finds a certain charm in images that aren’t edited in any way. Believing that beauty is flawed and asymmetry is what makes us unique, he tells me what made him start a ‘No Photoshop’ portrait series and why he embraces this ideology a lot more these days....
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Bill Hao Is Confident We Can Love Old School Photography Techniques

“I am lucky; my wife supports me,” quips Bill Hao when queried about what his friends and family think about his massive wet plate camera obsession. He spent close to a year crafting the camera and its portable setup (if you can call it portable), and he loves touring his country and taking landscape photos. ...
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Reach Out for Beautiful Pictures! Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CT Review

Ever found yourself by a railing or a ledge, taking a photograph using a tripod, and wishing you had some way of sticking the camera a little further out? The new Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CT may just be the tripod you’re looking for then. With its innovative multi-angle central column and an adapter that allows you to add accessories or an extra camera even, this tripod has more than one trick up its sleeve. Does it tick all the boxes you’re looking for in a $349.99 tripod though? ...
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Easy on the Eyes. Harber London Tan Camera Strap Review

I analyze the usefulness of a camera strap based on four attributes – comfort, functionality, quality, and appeal. A good camera strap for me must sit comfortably for hours on my neck with an attached camera. It’s got to give me at least a handful of years before it starts to show signs of wear and tear. And while I don’t expect it to be a head-turner, I do like to have friends asking me about where I got my strap from. Harber London isn’t a camera accessories company but a family-run business that produces handmade leather goods. They’ve been around since 2013, but the Harber London Camera Strap appears to be their first foray into making something camera-related. They’ve created a fine strap in sync with the finishing quality of their other products. ...
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David O’Regan Has Built Three Unique Cameras of His Own

“When I want to achieve something, creatively speaking, I tend not to give up,” says 18-year-old photographer and inventor David O’Regan on how he started making cameras of his own. It was anything but simple, and there were quite a few stumbling blocks along the way. But he’s managed to produce something quite unique and has no plans to stop soon....
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Khadejeh Nikouyeh Gradually Fell in Love with Sports Photojournalism

“I had no excuse and I wanted to make her proud,” says North Carolina photojournalist Khadejeh Nikouyeh. Referencing the touching moment she remembered her late mother and signed up for a college photojournalism program, she remembers the sacrifices her parents made for her. The fine art photography program she signed up for 5 years ago didn’t fit well with her. A handful of jobs filled her life until she decided to get back to college to honor her mother’s desire. That was probably the best decision she had made in her life so far. A chance opportunity to shoot a professional high school football game gave her the first taste of sporting action from the sidelines. But it’s the emotion and drama off the field that she loves photographing the most....
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Eric Baker Gets Us Starry-Eyed with His Colorful Stellar Photos

“I’m always excited to go out,” says Connecticut-based astro photographer Eric Baker about his passion for night photos. He proves that equipment isn’t necessarily a barrier to taking good images. Some of his most memorable night photos have been taken with an entry-level Canon Rebel T2i, and he tells us how he’s achieved this....
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I’ll Love You Forevermore – Nikon FM2

I’ve been around cameras for as long as I can remember. Most of them were (or rather are) classic vintage cameras from my maternal grandfather’s arsenal. He wasn’t a professional photographer, but he could give most of them a run for their money as a dedicated amateur. And if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have become a professional photographer myself. The Nikon FM2 he purchased for himself in the late 80s remains my most prized camera today. It serves as a daily reminder of the wonderful times we spent together while he was around....
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Rania Matar Finds Inspiration in the Amazing Women She Photographs

“It is a process and I take the collaboration part very seriously,” says Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar about her photo sessions with women worldwide. Focusing on their inner strengths and personal emotions, she often finds a bit of herself in each subject she photographs. Many of her past experiences and learnings find their way into her photos as she seeks to break stereotypes with her portrait photography. ...
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Make Your Editing Swifter. Huion Kamvas Pro 16 (2.5K) Review

“Size Does Matter” was the tagline of the 1998 movie Gozilla. That can aptly be applied to the latest release from China-based drawing tablet manufacturers Huion, the 16-inch Kamvas Pro (2.5K) digital tablet. It’s not just about screen real estate though, for the updated model of the Kamvas Pro 16. The panel is now QLED, and its resolution has been upped to 2.5K (2560×1440) pixels. The pixel density is also upped to 186 PPI from 142 in the earlier model. 8 Bit color depth, 145% sRGB coverage plus a 1200:1 contrast ratio and 60 Hz refresh rate provides a viewing experience that’s both easy on the eyes and accurate. Let’s find out if it holds up as an editing tool companion to your primary workstation....
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Opinion: A New Nikon Rangefinder Mirrorless Might Surprise Us All

A recent post from the folks at NikonRumors hinted at the possibility of an upcoming entry-level model in the Nikon mirrorless lineup. Based on some patent drawings for a camera mount, it shows a mirrorless camera without an EVF. While this model might look like the Sony a7c, I’m hoping and praying that the Nikon Z4 (as the report says it might be named) would actually be a digital Nikon rangefinder camera. ...
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The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium Has Loads to Love at a Good Price

The editing tablet market is usually dominated by the Bamboo models from the industry-leading Wacom, but several other competitors have sprung up in the last few years. Most notable among these have been Huion and XP-Pen. In addition to them, Apple has thrown its hat in the ring with the launch of the Apple Pencil some years ago for usage on their iPad and iPad mini models. Now there’s a new player in the market who’s making heads turn with their Pen Tablet models – Xencelabs. They are designed by industry veterans with over three decades of experience and with sizeable inputs from artists worldwide. The Pen Tablet models attempt to make inroads into an established market. Can Xencelabs woo digital artists and photography editors with their products? We got our hands (literally) on the Pen Tablet Medium model to test out. ...
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How to Shoot Better Portraits of Your Camera

I love opening up my vintage camera packages from eBay when they arrive. The feeling of holding a classic 35mm beauty in your hands is matched by a few other experiences in the world of photography. Each of these cameras has a history behind them that makes them unique. Almost immediately after dusting and polishing them, I take photographs of these beauties. And when I go about taking these pictures, I consider the cameras as persons that have stories behind them. Think of it as a camera’s portrait. They need to be placed and lit correctly to tell that story. Because a thing of beauty is something that needs to be appropriately shared with the world. ...
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Add a Cinematic Look to Your Photos. Irix Edge Vari ND 2-5 Filter Review

They’re very popular in cinematography circles for their cine lens lineup, and just a couple of months ago, Irix Lens released a new range of variable ND filters. They say it’s one of the slimmest and most compact ND filters in the market. The Irix Edge Vari ND 2-5 filter comes in two versions – the Magnetic Mount System (MMS) version and the more standard screw-in version. I received a copy of the latter for our review and was pleasantly pleased with the color rendition and lack of X pattern banding in the images taken with it....
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Brainstorming in a Bathroom Brought New Ideas to Michael Marrero

“A bathroom is private, it’s the most personal space in a home, and every person has their own particular relationship to it,” clarifies commercial photographer Michael Marrero about “The Bathroom Series.” Locked in a house for 6 hours and given a confined space to shoot in, he and his team came up with some witty stills. Things did look like they got a bit out of hand during this, and Micheal tells us more about it in this interview....
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Andrei Certan Lives Moments in Life Through His Double Exposures

“My creativity is fueled by all the restrictions I give myself,” says film photography enthusiast Andrei Certan, about how he guides his photographic vision. Almost exclusively an analog medium photographer, Andrei lets his inner sentiments drive how he composes and frames photos. Seeing the work he shared with me for this review, I think his emotions are definitely putting him on the right track for this....
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Scanning Made Easy – Negative Supply Basic Film Carrier 120 Review

A comfortable mix of innovation, durability, fun, and convenience. That probably sums up the Basic Film Carrier 120 in a single sentence. Designed by the talented folk at Negative Supply, whose Basic 35mm Kit we reviewed a few months ago, this new kit helps you scan your 120mm negatives in a jiffy. Much like with all their other products, you’ll have a fun experience using this one. There’s no other unit quite like it on the market, and it’s worth every penny you’ll pay for it....
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Shivam Pandey Found Many Interesting Stories Among Rural Farmers

“It’s just the matter of making them feel you can connect to them,” says Indian photographer Shivam Pandey, on how he approached farmers in his village for capturing their daily routines. The pandemic had him moving back to his village in Uttar Pradesh, but that didn’t stop him from looking for creative outlets. ‘Farmers of India’ was a photo series that came about after he moved back in with his parents....
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Medium-Format Magic in a Full-frame Lens. Laowa 45mm F0.95 Review

Imagine being able to get the kind of bokeh and depth-of-field that medium format camera users show off in their images, with your full-frame camera. Creamy, buttery, super smooth out of focus portions with an ultra-shallow depth of field. The Laowa 45mm f0.95 Z-mount lens delivered this and more in the week or so of indoor and outdoor testing that I did with it. It’s not an autofocus lens, but it’s still won me over....
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This Is One Upgrade You Can Avoid for Now. FilmLab 2 iOS App Review

If an app version is incremented by a whole number, this usually indicates that many new features have been added. In some cases, it could mean an almost complete overhaul of the app itself, both visually and functionally. Rarely have I seen an app undergoing such an upgrade that negates the core purpose of the app itself. Judging by the recent reviews I’ve seen on the App Store, I’m not the only one who’s facing these problems in the new Filmlab 2 iOS app....
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Lanna Apisukh Shoots Beautiful Film Photos for the NYTimes

One of the genres of photography that I admire the most is photojournalism. Being handed an assignment and having to tell a story, often in nothing more than photographs, can be a daunting challenge. It isn’t enough to come back with a handful of good-looking, technically correct images. If they don’t accurately illustrate the tale that will entice viewers at first glance, you’ve probably failed at your task. While its aesthetics haven’t changed much over the decades, the technical side of photojournalism has gotten a lot easier with the advent of digital photography. Some photojournalists still like to challenge themselves occasionally by shooting their assignments on film, and we interviewed Lanna Apisukh for her personal insights and experiences on this....
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Vincenzo Pace and His Cameras Soar High for Aerial Photography

“The planes basically became like family to me,” narrates New York City-based aerial photographer Vincenzo Pace, about his immersion into the world of aviation as a child. Much like myself, he’s been a lifelong aviation enthusiast and is also a photographer whose aerial work has been published worldwide. Exciting as it looks, shooting air-to-air isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the results that can be obtained by skilled photographers like Vincenzo is astounding. He tells us about how he fell in love with airplanes and when he took the leap to take photos of them from an aerial perspective. ...
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Jesse Feyereisen Doesn’t Toy Around with His New Hobby

“It’s both challenging and rewarding,” says Wisconsin resident Jesse Feyereisen about his newfound love for photographing toy figurines. What started as a random shot of a Darth Vader figurine he received for Christmas turned into a passionate fascination for producing cinematic scenes with toys as the heroes of the photograph. As Jesse explains, it’s more than just close-up photography, with much pre and post-production work needed. With the results sometimes rivaling what you see on the big screens, he’s really making images that look out of this world. ...
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The Fascinating History of the Fake Leica Camera

When is a Leica not a Leica? When it’s a Soviet-made Zorki or a FED (among others). These visually and functionally resemble Leica cameras from the mid 20th century. What drove some countries to manufacture copies of screw mount cameras manufactured by Ernst Leitz GmbH? Was this just imitation, or was there more that led to the knockoffs being manufactured? We spoke to three subject matter experts for their insights into the origin of fake Leica cameras....
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Escaping Emotional Reality Helps Rosie Hardy Create Better Self-Portraits

“Times are changing and we have to change with them,” says UK-based photographer Rosie Hardy about the changing pace and formats of how photography grows online. She’s enjoyed considerable success with her photography, having gone viral multiple times via her work on Flickr. That has translated into commercial projects with high-profile brand names and celebrities in the years that followed. The fame hasn’t changed her as a person though; she’s still grounded in reality. Except in her surreal images – they transport the viewer to an otherworldy setting, often representing her emotional thoughts and feelings. ...
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Look at the Gear Used by Sony World Photography Awards 2022 Winners

The National Award winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards were recently announced. While we don’t classify the success of a winning image based on what gear was used, it’s nevertheless a fun stat to read about. Here’s a breakdown of the cameras and lenses used (where the information is available) to produce the winning images for each country’s top photographer...
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Massive with Colorful Features. ASUS ProArt Display PA329CV Review

I’m not new to larger-than-life computer screens. Having used an iMac since 2009 and purchasing a 27-inch professional monitor a couple of years ago, I thought I’d gotten used to seeing images on a big screen. It’s only a handful of inches larger, but the ASUS ProArt Display PA329CV monitor looked a lot bigger than my personal one. The size isn’t the only thing going for this 4K resolution monitor, as it’s packed with many features aimed at professional creatives in the imaging field. Its got 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 color space coverage. The integrated USB-C port supports file transfers to your attached computer and 90W charging capabilities. With the Vesa-certified DisplayHDR rating at 400 nits, it’s bright enough for most professionals. ...
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Adeolu Osibodu Finds Reflecting on His Thoughts Creates Better Images

“I feel immense gratitude and a stronger belief in making work that’s true to one’s self,” says Nigerian photographer Adeolu Osibodu. If you take a look at each of his images, you find there’s a deeper meaning behind each of them. That’s not by accident; he takes his time to create his images from thoughts that arise during his daily life. Emotions turn into ideas that are transformed into his visually appealing and somewhat surreal portraits. And he hopes that his work can positively portray his people and his country to a larger audience eventually....
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The Beautiful Work of the Folks Who Do Camera Customization

“I had no idea what it would lead to,” says Aaron Parke of Camerakote about the first time he attempted to customise his beloved Spotmatic with a new coat of paint. What started as a personal project to spruce up his camera has now turned into something that has gotten him a steady stream of clients. He’s not the only one doing this in recent times. I spoke to three customisation experts specialising in giving old cameras a brand new look by overhauling their exterior. The personalisation possibilities are endless once you realise what these specialists are capable of doing to turn your beloved camera into a one-of-a-kind collectable. What’s amazing is that I contacted each of the three independently, but it turns out they’re all quite well connected with one another. ...
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Life’s Lessons Inspire Jovana Rikalo to Make These Photos

“I am very nervous when not taking photos,” says photographer Jovana Rikalo from Serbia about how much photography is ingrained in her daily life. She enjoys telling visual stories with her photographs, constructed out of emotional thoughts and moments from her life. Every moment has potential for inspiration for this creative thinker who seeks ideas from just about everything she can. Drawing on a plethora of concepts to produce a single visual interpretation isn’t uncommon for her, and she breaks down some of her photos in an interview with us....
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Alice Camera Is Hoping to Make Your Photography Almost Effortless

“A drive to embrace new technology and change” answers data scientist and CEO of Alice Camera, Vishal Kumar, when I query him about what sets Alice Camera apart from other camera companies today. He found that existing mirrorless cameras were too cumbersome to use, and decided that a shift was needed in the camera industry. A frustration that stirred up multiple ideas in his head, which eventually led to the creation of the Alice Camera. We caught up with Vishal and his team for an exclusive interview about the upcoming camera and an insight into the AI algorithm it uses to produce pictures....
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When Tragedy Struck, Jared Phelps Tried Photography to Heal Better

“Photography helps me a little because I get to capture those moments and take myself back to them whenever I want,” says photographer Jared Phelps about how turning to photography has helped him cope with a tragedy. Being unexpectedly gifted a camera a few days after his father passed away has helped overcome this loss immensely. We spoke to him about how he finds his way back to normality by looking through the lens of his Fujifilm X-T4....
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These 4 Wildlife Photographers Have Encountered Really Scary Moments

“The main difference between wildlife and sports photography is that in sports photography, the subject you’re trying to capture won’t try to eat you,” said a friend of a friend who will remain unnamed. Something said in jest, of course, but the fact is that extra precautions need to be taken when out in the wild photographing animals. Despite taking these, sometimes photographers can be on the receiving end of some unexpectedly scary moments. ...
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Wolfgang Collects Unique and Hard to Find Vintage Lenses

“With vintage lenses being made decades before the internet, it’s hard to verify the information you find online,” says bokehsommelier aka Wolfgang. A researcher, collector, and expert on classic lenses, he’s in the process of setting up what he hopes will become Europe’s first dedicated vintage lens rental store. By verifying the origins of each lens, he hopes that his store will be one of the more authentic ones around. It’s a brave attempt, but given the rarity of some of the lenses he’s planning on procuring, it could just be a runaway success....
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Stacy Piotti Shows How to Take Photos with Mr. Potato Head

“I got to thinking about the common saying, ‘That looks like it was taken with a potato,'” says expert cyanotype photographer Stacy Piotti, about the origins of the idea of this project. She began experimenting with pinhole photography after receiving one as a gift a few years ago. After a handful of DIY pinhole camera experiments, she decided to give Mr. Potato Head a go at transforming into a one-of-a-kind camera. ...
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