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New Updates Come to the Thrifty Phottix Raja Softbox Lineup

Whether you’re just getting into shooting portraits in the studio or already a seasoned portrait master, light modifiers like the softbox remains crucial tool for your work. It can be challenging to choose from all the available options out there. Fortunately, Phottix has recently announced a couple of new additions to its popular Raja line of softboxes. You might want to check them out if you’re still looking for the right softbox for your studio....
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AP Sets Up GoFundMe for Family of Photojournalist Desmond Boylan

Photojournalist Desmond Boylan was on assignment in Havana on December 29  for The Associated Press when he felt unwell and soon died of a heart attack. With his passing, his family also lost his only source of income. This is why AP took to crowdfunding to help raise additional funds for his family at this difficult time....
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Here’s How a “Digital Collodion” Compares to a Real Wet Plate Photo

Can you achieve the unique look of wet plate photography in a digital photo? The short answer, of course, is yes. But the real question should probably be, how close does it look to the real thing? We find out in this interesting quick comparison video....
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Henri Prestes Takes Us Along Moody Cinematic Night Drives

Is the dreamy look of foggy nights and misty landscapes your frequent photography inspiration? We can’t blame you, as we’ve also found it to be a highly effective look for crafting emotive imagery, regardless of the genre or subject matter. Case in point is a gorgeous series by London-based photographer and cinematographer Henri Prestes, which takes us along a moody ride across various foggy locations. ...
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Learn Deep Sky Photography in This Comprehensive Course

Want to learn astrophotography but don’t know where to begin? There are lots of tutorials out there, but if you want to learn from experts who have been doing it for decades, here’s a Kickstarter project you might want to support. No complicated equipment and special software involved — all you need are this in-depth course, your DSLR or mirrorless camera, and Adobe Photoshop and you’re all set!...
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500px and EyeEm Among Websites With Stolen Account Details

We’re still pretty much fresh into 2019 but there’s already a major reason to stay vigilant over your online accounts. Some 620 million accounts from 16 websites have been compromised in a recent data breach, according to a report by The Register. These include photography websites 500px and EyeEm. If you’re on any of these platforms, we strongly suggest you change your passwords now, if you haven’t yet....
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Erik Witsoe Captures Beautiful Slices of Life in Monochrome

While black and white is a popular look not only for street photography but also for any project that calls for a classic or dramatic imagery. From portraits to landscapes, documentary photography, and photo diaries, photographers turn to the simplicity and elegance of black and white for both professional and personal work. Case in point is the beautiful 365 Monochrome Project of Seattle photographer and artist Erik Witsoe, which we’re sure will inspire you if you’re in the mood for monochrome....
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Get Lost in a Monochrome Afternoon Walk in Berlin with Skander Khlif

Munich-based Skander Khlif has been one of our go-to photographers when it comes to candid well-captured slices of life. Not random shots of people in the streets, but photos that have some story or show the beauty that surrounds him at a given moment. Scenes from his hometown are now among our staple features, but we also follow him around on his adventures in other cities and countries. For everyone’s street photography inspiration today, we put the spotlight on his monochrome snaps from an afternoon walk in Berlin....
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New From CineStill: Lay-Flat Powder Chemistry, Improved Film

We have some exciting news from CineStill for those of you planning to make a purchase from them anytime soon. First, their developing chemicals are now available in a new powder chemistry, and hence can be shipped cheaper and more conveniently. Also, they announced that the crowd favorite CineStill 800T film now comes in a new and improved version. ...
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Datacolor Introduces New and Improved SpyderX Color Calibration Solution

Not sure if your monitors are showing your photos in the most accurate colors? Now would be a great time to consider getting them calibrated. Datacolor has just unveiled the new SpyderX, the company’s fastest, easiest, and most accurate color calibration tool for your monitors. This new release is geared to come in handy for photographers, videographers, and other creative professionals whose projects require only the best color management solutions....
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Neil Burnell Takes Us to a Minimalist English “Chrome Coast”

Already have a scenic location in mind for a landscape photography shoot? You might want to get some ideas for it from today’s featured series. If you haven’t tried shooting landscapes and seascapes in minimalist monochrome yet, you might get some tips from UK-based fine art photographer Neil Burnell on how to achieve this elegant style. ...
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20×24 Studio Berlin: Keeping Large Format Instant Photography Alive Today

We’re confident that some of you are shocked that the film industry is still alive and kicking. If you fall into this camp, you’d be even more astonished to find out that even older, more ancient, antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces....
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Here’s Your Chance to Snag a Super Rare Nikon S3M

Looking for the next vintage beauty to add to your gang of awesome and rare cameras? Today’s find is without a doubt on the wishlist of every hardcore Nikon fan and camera collector out there: a super rare Nikon S3M package. Time to make some space and ready your wallet if that sounds like something you’ve always wanted!...
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Mark Broyer Highlights Color in Latest “After Hours” Installments

We’ve been following the night strolls of Hamburg-based photographer and art director Mark Broyer through his After Hours series, curious about the persona his town takes on come nighttime. We find ourselves wanting to do some street photography at night with each installment, and the two latest ones are no exception. If you too are looking for inspiration for your next street photography project, you’ve come to the right place....
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Danila Tkachenko Combines Fact and Fiction in “Monuments” Project

What happens when architectural photography meets conceptual and modernist art? Moscow-based photographer and visual artist Danila Tkachenko gives us an idea through a fascinating project called Monuments. In this series, he explores the boundaries of historical memory by combining abandoned orthodox churches and lightweight structures — elements that are real and imagined. If you’re looking for some out-of-the-box photography projects, this might just be one to inspire you....
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Alchemy Tintype: A Response to Today’s Forgettable Images

We’re confident that some of you are shocked that the film industry is still alive and kicking. If you fall into this camp, you’d be even more astonished to find out that more ancient, antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces....
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The Chrononaut: Cheyenne Beverley’s Timeless Portrait Photography

If you’ve been into portrait photography, you must have noticed that the film-inspired aesthetic has been pretty popular in the recent years. What started out as a nostalgia for the unique visual qualities of the 1970’s and 1980’s have become a go-to look. The works of emotive and experimental photographers like Brooklyn-based Cheyenne Beverley are great examples of why today’s creative culture thrives on looking at the past....
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Salvatore Matarazzo’s Ricoh GR II Snaps “Eyes From the Street”

One of the first things we learn when we’re photographing people is to make sure their eyes are in focus. Italian contemporary street photographer Salvatore Matarazzo often takes this fundamental portrait photography lesson to his bold work. In his most recent series, he especially dedicated a collection to some of the eyes he met while out in the streets. Not quite like the posed street portraits usually see or think about, these photos are quirky close-ups that introduce us to the subjects that caught our featured photographers’ eyes....
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Film Photo Award to Hand Out Three Kodak Grants to Film Photographers

Attention, film photographers! If you’re planning to shoot a body of work entirely on film or already have an ongoing project, now would be a great time to get it going. Film Photo Award has prepared three distinct grants of Kodak Professional Film to emerging, established, and student photographers across the globe. If you’re one of these talented individuals who are committed to continue further the craft of film-based photography today, you might want to give this a shot. ...
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The NANO1 is the World’s Tiniest Camera for Astrophotography

Ever wanted to point your camera to the night sky and take some gorgeous Milky Way photos, but feel intimidated by all the gadgets and gizmos required?  With the ultra portable NANO1, all the technology you need to get started fits in your pocket. Yep, this teeny tiny camera promises to let you shoot for the stars without all the bulky equipment....
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Stunning: Sony World Photo Awards 2019 Shortlist (Open and Youth)

If you’ve been eagerly following the annual Sony World Photography Awards, we finally have some exciting news for you. This year’s first shortlist announcement is finally out, showcasing some of the past year’s best single images from across the globe. The first batch features exceptional photos chosen by the World Photography Organisation for the Open and Youth competitions....
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Cheap Lighting Options to Develop Your Portrait Photography Style

We’ve said it time and time again — working with light is one of the first things you have to learn as a photographer, especially when it comes to shooting portraits. Since we can’t stress it enough, we bring yet another video tutorial with some helpful suggestions for cheap lighting options that you can practice with. ...
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Cool Photography Tip: Shoot Levitation Photography With This Easy Trick!

Looking for more novel ways and concepts to make your photography interesting? We got you covered with a neat and easy photography tip. Today, it’s about how to achieve those cool photos of objects seemingly floating. Whether it’s for a unique product shot or a magical concept shoot, we’re sure you’ll find some use for this quick trick!...
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Grab This Rare Lamperti and Garbagnati Aerial Camera for $10,000

If artifacts and items from a bygone era is your thing, we’re sure our latest vintage find will fascinate you. This very rare item may very well be one of the very first aerial cameras made. It could even be the only one of its model ever made! Go ahead and check it out to see if it’s something you’d like to add to your collection....
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Portrait Photographers: Here’s an Easy Trick for Posing ANYONE

A great portrait isn’t just technically sound, but also highlights the most interesting details and personality of the subject. This is why much of it depends on the poses and expressions which in turn depends mostly on you as a photographer. Not everyone can strike a pose like a professional model, but you can certainly get ANYONE to pose for a striking portrait. All you need is this easy trick. ...
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Lumiere Tintype: Inspired by Traveling Photographers of Centuries Past

We’re confident that some of you are shocked that the film industry is still alive and kicking, If you fall into this camp, you’d be even more astonished to find out that more ancient, antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces....
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Kari Orvik Runs a Thriving Appointment-Only Tintype Studio In San Fran

If you’re surprised that film is still alive and kicking, you’d definitely be even more astonished to find out that even more antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces....
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Langly Has a Bunch of Cool Camera Straps to Choose From

We understand that the perfect camera strap may take a while and some searching to come by, so we bring more options for you to choose from. Today, we have some goodies from Langly, makers of camera bags, apparel, straps, and other accessories. Check out their stylish leather straps, sturdy lightweight slings, and handy wrist straps to see if one of them will catch your fancy....
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Lomography Potsdam Kino Film Now Comes in Medium Format

Attention, medium format shooters! Just a few weeks after Lomography announced the Potsdam Kino in 35mm, they also gave word that the new ISO 100 black and white film also now comes in 120 format. The second in the Lomography Kino Films series, this panchromatic emulsion is said to be cut from “a legendary roll of German cinematic film.”...
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This Rare Leica IIIf was Made for the Swedish Army in 1956

It’s time once again for us to share our latest vintage find to those of you who are keen on expanding your camera collection with another rare addition. This time, it’s another early edition Leica which not only comes in stunning black color and some brassing here and there, but also a fascinating military history. If military-issued cameras are your thing, you better make space — and funds — for this beauty!...
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These Signed Henri Cartier-Bresson Prints are Going for $25,000 Each

Once in a while, we put the spotlight on some rare, original prints by iconic photographers instead of cameras and gear for our noteworthy vintage finds. Among these are Andy Warhol’s Polaroid Self-Portrait, Bert Stein’s worksheet from the Last Sitting with Marilyn Monroe, and a framed Ansel Adams print. Today, we’re adding a signed Henri Cartier-Bresson print to the pile. Whether you’re a street photography enthusiast, a Cartier-Bresson fan, or simply an avid collector of iconic photography, you might want to check this out....
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Reflex Moves Shutter Development In-House to Move Production Forward

In their latest Kickstarter update, Reflex announced that they’re now on track to finalize the Reflex I 35mm SLR camera with the decision to make the shutters in-house. This follows their previous announcement on not being able to secure a suitable shutter unit at an affordable price....
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The Tintype Studio: Revisiting a Chapter of Photography History

If you’re surprised that film is still alive and kicking, you’d definitely be even more astonished to find out that even more antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces. For today, the spotlight is on The Tintype Studio, which offers a fun and retro take on portrait sessions in their creative space in downtown Toronto....
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More Stunning Astrophotography Shot Using Polaroid Instant Camera

Ever wanted to explore the possibilities of Polaroid photography? How about taking it to the stars? A couple of years ago, Daniel Stein showed us that it’s possible to do some stunning instant photos of the Milky Way with a Polaroid camera. If you were amazed with those snaps, we’re glad to report that he’s back with more to wow and inspire us....
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The Mobile Darkroom Can Print Without Negatives and Enlarger

While Spanish-American photographer Adrian Otero was feeling under the weather for a week, he had plenty of time to come up with a little project. He ended up putting together a little project that he called The Mobile Darkroom. If you’re interested in darkroom printing your own photos — whether film or digital — his bright idea might be something you’d like to try yourself....
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Through the Lens: Ian Berry on Photographing Some of South Africa’s Historic Photos

On March 21 1960, Magnum photographer Ian Berry was present to cover the Sharpeville massacre, which turned out to be a pivotal point in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. The British photojournalist recalls the event in the first episode of BBC Culture’s Through the Lens, and talks about the photos that he took during the event, as well as in the four decades that followed as he lived with apartheid....
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It’s Not Photoshop! How Old School Photography Studios are Standing Out in 2019

There’s no doubt that photography has gone a long way, from the equipment down to the techniques, and even the purpose of each shot. However, we haven’t really forgotten about the craft’s humble beginnings. If the fact that film is still very much alive surprises many today, imagine the astonishment once they learn that even more archaic photographic techniques are still being practiced today. Wet collodion photography is as old school as it gets, and there are still a good number of studios out there that offer the unique experience and result it brings....
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This Gorgeous Mamiya 645 PRO TL is a Rare Commemorative Edition

Mamiya medium format SLRs are among the most coveted by photographers and camera collectors alike, so we won’t be surprised if this gorgeous, pearly white model catches your fancy: a special edition Mamiya 645 PRO TL. While it’s not exactly vintage, it still makes a pretty addition to every photographer’s collection. If your camera shelf and wallet are both ready, allow us to usher you into our latest ebay find. ...
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This Rare Andy Warhol Polaroid Self-Portrait is Yours for $65,000

Andy Warhol has taken a number of well-known Polaroid snaps of the rich and the famous during his time — including himself. Now, with our latest vintage find, you can grab the chance to snag one of those precious Polaroid self-portraits. Not a reprint or replica, but an original framed print! Just prepare to part with a whopping $65,000 and it’s all yours to adorn your home or office. ...
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Rafal Krol’s Hasselblad 503 CX Reveals Minimalist Charm of a Port City

Minimalist photography, with its unique focus on shapes, textures, and silhouettes, is something we’ve been keenly looking at in the recent years. The latest to catch our attention is a serene and moody set of travel snaps by Rafal Krol, who takes us around the historic port town of Saint-Malo in Brittany, France. If you’re a fan of details, black and white imagery, and atmospheric minimalism, this series is definitely one you should check out....
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Everything You Need to Know About Smoke Bomb Photography

Smoke bombs can be a great way to add a blast of color to your next photoshoot. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your smoke bomb photography. Smoke bomb photography has exploded in popularity lately. In fact, smoke photography has become so trendy that even wedding photographers are using smoke bombs as a way to spice up their wedding photos....
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An Original Contact Sheet of Marilyn Monroe’s Last Sitting is Up for $195,000

Our latest vintage find may not be a camera or old school photography equipment. Yet, it’s the stuff that many collectors of all things vintage photography would pay a fortune to have. And a fortune is precisely what you’ll need if you want to grab this item: an original contact sheet from the so-called last sitting of Marilyn Monroe for renowned fashion and commercial photographer Bert Stern. ...
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Przemyslaw Kruk Shares His “Misty Impressions” of Austria’s Ötztal Alps

Poraj-based Przemyslaw Kruk has been one of our go-to landscape photographers for breathtaking mountain scenery, and he continues to wow us with his recent works. One of these is his collection of dreamy snaps of the Ötztal Alps, a mountain range traversing Austria and Italy. It’s definitely a fitting addition to our growing list of landscape photography to look out for, so you might want to check this set out if the genre is particularly interesting for you....
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Salvatore Matarazzo Takes Us to a Vibrant “Pocket Beach” Vacation

Along the stretch of the Marina Di Massa in central Italy’s Province of Massa and Carrara is a 2.5-kilometer beach that caught the attention of Salvatore Matarazzo in the summer of 2018. There, he documented the animated scene of locals flocking to the pocket beach for a quick and cheap vacation. If you’re looking for some fearless street photography to inspire you to get close and keep going for the shots, this set will do just that....
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Tabitha Soren Explores Our Complicated Relationship with Technology in “Surface Tension”

Our relationship with technology and devices is a tricky one. They’re supposed to make our lives easier, pamper us with convenience, and entertain us for as long as we need it. But at their worst, they become a constant source of distraction, discontent, and distress. Photo-based artist Tabitha Soren offers us a unique view into this reality with a thought-provoking new series. Titled Surface Tension, this body of work shows us how greasy fingerprints and smears serve as evidence that we spend much of our lives glued to our screens, tapping and swiping away in an unnoticed “dance of fingers.”...
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Futurism, Zine Culture, Neons Top Shutterstock Creative Trends for 2019

Need some insights on the biggest creative trends to help with your upcoming projects? Shutterstock’s Creative Trend Report for this year is now out, and it has some pretty interesting predictions on the ideas, styles, and concepts that are set to shape this year’s creative projects. While a lot of these seem to lean more for design work, marketing campaigns, and visual art, we’re sure some photographers and multi-disciplinary creatives will find them nonetheless useful and inspiring....
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Dax Ward: Documenting Impermanence Through Urban Exploration

Every derelict location comes with its own individual history, but each one is connected in the sense that they are reminders of what once was, what might’ve been, and what happens when we forget. They are no longer freshly painted, not shiny and new anymore. Windows are broken. Doors, furniture, light fixtures, and most metal has been either stolen or scrapped.  They are not as they once were, nor will they ever again be.  Nonetheless, despite the decay and rust that many see as unsightly blots on the landscape, the allure for urban explorers and photographers lies in identifying and capturing the remaining beauty in these forgotten locations. If we look closely, it isn’t hard to find....
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Gustavo Rosas’s Street Photography in Buenos Aires Shows Pops of Color

Black and white is the quintessential look of street photography, but the craft is also now impressive in color. Some of our favorites aren’t just simple captures of what’s happening here and there — they’re also clever exercises on how to catch the eyes with pops of color. A perfect example is today’s featured set by Gustavo Rosas, who uses this technique in his street snaps of Buenos Aires....
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Tiina Törmänen Captures Dreamy Underwater Lakescapes

Underwater photography is one of the most challenging yet also breath-taking genres to get into, as we’ve seen in a lot of stunning projects we’ve featured in the past. Today, we bring yet another unique addition in the works of Finland-based Tiina Törmänen, who take us into the dreamworlds beneath the lakes of her country. If you’re a nature lover keen on discovering the beauty of underwater scenes, this set will make you want to take the plunge....
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Lena Pogrebnaya Used Kodak Portra for this Stunning Fashion Editorial

Looking into shooting film for your next fashion portraits or editorial project? We’ve found just the right stuff to inspire you. Ukranian fashion photographer and architect Lena Pogrebnaya used the iconic Kodak Portra film to shoot one of her most recent campaigns for a clothing brand. The set is a fine example of why the look of Kodak Portra films remain sought after for today’s portrait and fashion photography....
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