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The Secret Weapon for Night Photography Is This Filter

It’s common knowledge that at night you should have a tripod and cable release at a minimum, but there’s one tool that’s considered a secret weapon among successful night photographers and that’s an intensifier filter. An intensifier filter (AKA red intensifier, light pollution killer and the technical name “didymium”) is a tool every photographer needs to have in their kit. Basically, the intensifier works by targeting the light emitted by common street laps and dramatically reduces the muddy yellow glow as the light passes through the filter. What you end up with is a clean RAW file with rich color, and increased contrast and sharpness....
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The Neutral Density Filter That You Probably Don’t Know About, But Should

The more we know about controlling light the better off we are as creators. But in addition to that, we need the proper tools to control light. Without the right tools, we limit our potential to create work based on our vision, which is a frustrating thing. It’s also important to have quality tools that are reliable and produce predictable results. One of the most straightforward ways to control light is with a neutral density filter but there are some very important things to look out for when finding the right filter for you....
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The Five Small, Affordable, Prime Lenses Every Photographer Should Start With

Starting out in photography or a seasoned pro, every photographer deserves pro grade primes lenses that won’t make you go broke. Here are some of our top picks of small, pro-grade prime lenses that won’t break the bank....
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Some of the Best Lenses for Concert Photography for 2018

Concert photography is a fun way to get cool shots but it’s not as easy as you might think. Yes, the lighting is done for you and the performers are doing the performing for you and yes, you do need to capture a lot of frames but with concert photography, the lens will make the biggest difference for any photographer....
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5 of the Best Image Stabilized Lenses for Photographers with Shaky Hands

Too much coffee or too many years behinds us, our hands can sometimes fail us. Shaky hands can make what should be a sharp photo and make it slightly soft or worse. Below, we cover some of the best lenses with IS built in which also happen to be some of the better lenses available for DSLR or mirrorless systems....
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Photo Gear for the Landscape Photographer Who Wants to Carry Less

Think of landscape photography as street photography in nature. The animals are not giving permission but we photograph them anyways and the walk is good for you. If you’re like most street photographers, you don’t like to carry a ton of gear to make the photo. Check out our recommendation from smartphones to medium format digital....
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The Top Three 35mm Film Cameras for Photography Students

While it’s hard not to see the endless announcements of new-better-bigger digital cameras and accessories, slowing down and rolling some film will help you become a better photographer faster than relying on a computer with a lens attached on the front. If you want to become a better photographer, make photographs. That means being present to what you want to create, shooting film, trips to the lab and making prints. If you have not shot film, the experience is both fun and liberating, free of notifications popping up, that old camera smell when you hold it up to your face and just the overall experience can be therapeutic.

When getting into film, you’ll want to choose a manual 35mm film SLR and a 50mm lens. That’s what we all learned on back in the day for many reasons, mainly it was cost-effective and straightforward to get into. There are loads of good deals on vintage 35mm SLR’s on eBay and Amazon so choosing one can be difficult. I made a list of the top three 35mm film SLR’s based on affordability, compatibility with modern cameras and reliability. When looking for a used 35mm film SLR reference these two posts where we cover how to purchase vintage gear and how to remove fungus if it happens. ...
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Travel Centric Instant Film Cameras You’ll Want on Your Next Trip

At first glance, looking at an instant print will stir judgements about the crummy colors, lack of sharpness and the fact that the print is a one-off but that would be far off base when thinking about instant photography. Creating with instant cameras is far deeper when you look below the surface. When creating with instant cameras you’ll experience a closer human connection, a genuine photographic print and way to connect with another human being that’s not social media. Creating with an instant camera is less an ego play and more an act of pure photography. Free yourself from the distractions of social media, the desire to spend hours in post and practice your craft. You’ll become a better photographer by shooting with an instant. Here’s some solid choices when looking for instant cameras....
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Five Budget Flashes for the Frugal Strobist Photographer in Need

If you want to separate your work from the hordes of people wearing their cameras, you’ll need to control light. There’s no better way to control light than with a flash and a good flash don’t need to send your accountant into shock either. Here’s five budget flashes you need to know about....
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The Best DSLR Lenses Under $800 That Will Make Your Photography Pop

When it comes to budgeting money for a camera kit, the majority of your money should go into high quality lenses. Camera technology changes often but a good lens can last a lifetime. In this roundup, we look at high performing lenses for DSLR’s that won’t break the bank....
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Cheap Photo: Amazon Deals for Photographers You Need to See!

Amazon is the world largest shopping mall. Sometimes, trying to find a good deal on photography gear can suck up hours of time when you should be out shooting. In this roundup, I scour the deals on Amazon and curate what stands out. Photography deals can be limited in quantity, refurb, open box or otherwise. Click the Amazon links to read details on these photo deals....
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5 Pretty Great 50mm Lenses for APS-C Portrait Photographers (And Some Tips!)

We often refer to 50mm lens on a full frame as a “standard” lens because 50mm is fairly close to the perspective of the human eye. Using a 50mm lens on a camera with an APS-C sized sensor changes that perspective by about 1.5x making your effective focal length closer to what you get with a 75mm lens on a full frame body. Now, that’s not a bad thing at all and if you love shooting portraits it’s a very good thing! A 50mm lens on a camera with an APS-C sized sensor is a killer portrait lens. Also, because longer focal lengths compress perspective you’ll get more of a three-dimensional look when making full body portraits if you shoot at your brightest aperture....
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The Essential Gear Guide for Minimalist Street Photographers (2018)

Here’s our gear guide for minimalist street photographers. There’s zero forgiveness with street photography so if you’re serious, embrace minimalism and focus on the craft. When working the street you need to be of a present mind and know your gear inside and out....
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The Essential Professional f2.8 Zoom Lenses for Every Camera System

We need to keep our overhead in check while being able to have a decent range of focal lengths in our kit and so professional f2.8 zoom lenses are an essential for working photographers. In addition to that, we’re wanting lenses that gather a lot of light and are sharp. Professional photographers are dealing with so many moving parts on a shoot, the last thing we need to be thinking about is if our gear is going to crap out so build quality is a top priority....
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Cheap Photo: 9,000 Lightroom Preset Bundle for Under $40

You dump loads of photos into Lightroom and as a result, trying to edit each one is quite time-consuming. Adobe Lightroom presets are a huge help getting to that final look fast. Get 9,000 Lightroom Presets for only $39....
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I’m a Photographer That Landed My First Magazine Cover on Welfare

With two middle fingers to the sky, I left corporate America and declared myself a professional photographer. It was March 25th, 2005 and in my journal, I wrote “shoot and get paid” which was harder than I thought....
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Actually, I Did Not Switch to Sony; This is Why

I just started using my Sony and now I’m done with it. I stand by what I said in the video below, Sony makes a good camera overall but the more I used the A7RIII the more I realized it was not for me....
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Why I Ultimately Ended Up Choosing Sony Over Other Camera Brands

The camera has become the paintbrush but unlike a paintbrush to the painter, the camera is a very personal choice for the modern photographer. The number of camera choices for visual artists today is confusing and can slow down creative growth which is what happened to me. It’s important for photographers to buy into a system that has a solid future and one that allows creativity room for growth....
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