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Ryan Ochoa Explores Identity and Mental Health Through Film Photography

My name is Ryan Ochoa and I am a photographer based in San Francisco. I work mainly with film, specifically 35mm since I believe it adds a rawness that reflects my hyper-sensitivity to the world — both the pain and the beauty within it. My go to camera is the Canon AE-1, and all photos in this series were shot on this camera. Topics I like to explore in my work include gender and identity, the illusion of the American Dream (a nightmare), as well as the distortion of image through light and color. I am a young queer boy who deals with Borderline Personality Disorder (which causes my hands to shake leading to the blurriness of some of my images) and these aspects of my identity heavily influence how I view the world behind the lens....
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Vassilis Tangoulis Borrows the Mysterious Mood of Film Noir for his Landscapes

When we speak of film noir, we are instantly transported to the classic crime movies of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Its distinct stylized imagery may have its origins from the movie world, but Greek photographer Vassilis Tangoulis thought of exploring the look it creates for moody monochrome landscapes....
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How Photographers Can Use Hard Light for Beautiful Portraits

In some of the previous video tutorials we shared, we were told that a soft light setup is the best for portrait work, especially if you’re working with female models. If you’re curious about how hard light can be used to make beautiful portraits, even for female models, this quick Adorama tutorial by Daniel Norton quickly shows us how....
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Irene Rudnyk Shares Her First Large Format Camera Experience

Surely, anyone who’s a fan of traditional photography today certainly has large format photography on his or her bucket list. Thankfully, we have a lot of online resources to feed this curiosity with, whether it’s about getting the right gear to get started or learning the entire shooting process. In one of her recent videos, natural light photographer Irene Rudnyk gets to have a go with this beautiful medium for the first time, with pretty amazing results....
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Eight Reasons Why Every Photographer Should Have Instant Cameras

Instant cameras have been a big part of the recent analog resurgence, and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing like seeing a print develop right before your eyes. With this medium, you also get to own a bit of photography history in the camera itself. However, if you still need some convincing, New York City-based photographer Josh Katz has 8 reasons why every photographer should actually have an instant camera....
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Watch How Handcrafted Wooden Wet Plate Cameras are Made

It’s always entertaining to watch how things are being made, especially if it’s a trusty camera you use all the time. But, let’s step away from the high-tech guts and circuits of DSLRs and other digital cameras for now. Instead, let’s watch something from the photography of centuries past be painstakingly handmade today. In a showcase of impressive craftsmanship, Norwegian photographer Dieter Schneider shows us how he makes his beautiful wooden cameras for wet plate photography....
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Speed Magny Backs Turn Nikon F Cameras into Instant or Large Format Cameras

During the 1960s to the 1980s, photographers who wanted to check their lighting or churn out images for very quick reportage had a secret weapon: the Speed Magny. This interesting contraption allowed them to produce Polaroid prints with their Nikon F cameras. While the entire setup looks rather bulky and awkward, it was still marketed as the “Instant” Nikon....
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Two Must-Have Portrait Lenses for Portrait Photographers

So, you’ve decided to focus on portrait photography and want to start putting together a gear setup that will let you achieve the best results. Choosing the right lens is a big part of working with portraiture, so if you’re still looking, Chicago-based portrait photographer Manny Ortiz talks about his recommendations in a recent video....
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Manu Grinspan: Colorful Street Photography In Cities at Night

I’m Manu Grinspan, a photographic artist specializing in evocative images of the living world and best known for my ‘unique-in-style’ color photography. Born in Belgium, I moved to Israel in 1996 and started to discover my passion for photography. Within a short time, I started my life as an international traveling street photographer. My photographs of people and street reveal a compassionate understanding of my subjects and my unique photographic touch....
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Cody Schultz: I Was Going to Be a Landscape Photographer

I am Cody Schultz, a landscape photographer who specializes in creating beautiful works of art in tones of gray. While I had originally began my journey into the realm of photography by creating portrait and fashion work, I found myself burnt out. My stress levels were higher than ever and having been in only 10th grade at the time, I could not handle it any longer. In the summer of 2016, I found Thomas Heaton’s YouTube channel and was immediately hooked: I was going to be a landscape photographer. And as if that was not difficult enough of a field to stick out in, I decided as a New Year’s Resolution for 2017 that my portfolio would be strictly black and white, at least for that year. Now, I am simply hoping to make a name for myself in a world full of nobodies....
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Film Photography Matters Because Black and White Still Matters

At a time where photography has evolved in leaps and bounds in digital advancements, why do some people still choose to shoot with film? Why does this obsolete technology persist? There are a hundred reasons a film photographer today will tell you, but Ian Wong of Digital Darkroom has a rather interesting view to it: film photography matters because black and white still matters....
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Tom Bradley’s Surreal Portraiture Explores His Relationship with Dhaka

My name is Tom Bradley. I was brought up in London, where I’m generally based, but I spend much of the time abroad. I’ve been pretty lucky these last 8 or so years and traveled quite extensively across west and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and one or two other places in the world. I suppose most of my work would be referred to as documentary, but as in the case of this particular work here (which I wouldn’t describe as documentary at all), I go wherever I’m drawn. The common (and very general) theme is that I tend to photograph life around me without setting things up or posing people. I’ve done projects on Syrian refugees, prisoners in Armenia, stone miners in Bangladesh, a small LGBT community in Bangladesh, and perhaps most extensively leprosy....
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Go For Broke: Telling the Story of Japanese-American WWII Veterans

While war and conflict remain some of today’s most commonly documented and explored topics, there are still a lot of stories that remain untold. Through his fascinating photo book project on Kickstarter, Los Angeles-based photographer Shane Sato wants to tell a wartime story that is probably still unfamiliar to many....
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7 Easy Photography Tips Beginners Can Do Today

Screenshot image from the video by Nico Mojica If you’re reading this, chances are you’re still figuring your way around the wonderful yet perplexing world of photography. After laboring through the search results of “best camera for photography beginners,” next comes yet another important question: How do you get better at photography? Nico Mojica of...
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The FJORD 36 Action Pack Project Is Going After the F-stop Mountain Series Packs

Still looking for the perfect backpack to meet your carrying requirements and keep your gear protected against the harshest conditions? Hong Kong-based NYA-EVO has recently set up a Kickstarter project for the production of its all-around adventure backpack, which they believe will rival the Mountain series packs from F-stop....
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One Black One White Photo Book Documents the Art of Shanxi Noodle Making

Through a hearty mix of food photography and documentary photography, Kristie Chow of art and media website One Belly is set to publish One Black One White – Shanxi Noodle School in China, a photo book on noodle making in Shanxi province of North China. Whether you’re a documentary photographer with an interest for unique stories or a foodie who wants to explore food photography, this project should be inspiring for you. Kristie’s Kickstarter campaign for the 16-paged photo book was successfully funded with 20 days to go. Through this book, backers will learn about the artistry of noodle making in Shanxi, which was part of her month-long journey across four provinces in China to learn their distinct regional noodles....
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Ryan Brown Snaps the Frenzy of Morning Subway Commute in New York City

All images by Ryan Brown. Used with Creative Commons permission. Cities at their busiest times are among the favorite subjects of street photographers. The energy can be hypnotic, and the activity often makes for an interesting profile of its city dwellers. With today’s featured snaps taken in New York, it’s easy to see why photographers...
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Vikas Vasudev Shows the Faces of a Forgotten Land

Among the travel advice that we are often told is to make a genuine connection with the locals for unique experiences. It can be pretty intimidating at first, especially when you travel to big cities or set out on your own for the first time. But if you’re a photographer, overcoming your shyness and apprehension can set you up for an interesting project and keepsake of your trip. Today’s travel and portrait snaps by Mumbai-based Vikas Vasudev proves to be an inspiring example....
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Elena Iv-skaya Shows Stunning Retro-Styled Swimmers for “Dreamer Pool”

All images by Elena Iv-skaya. Used with Creative Commons permission. There are some who say that today’s generation of creatives have this strange nostalgia for an era they never experienced. Instagram, for one, is partly responsible for the retro aesthetic we often see slapped on social media today. However, I totally understand the fascination of...
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Mikael Broidioi’s Road Trip Diary Shows Stunning Landscapes of the American West

A trip doesn’t feel complete without a travel diary of some sort, especially if it’s a major road trip that is full of picturesque moments and postcard-worthy landmarks. The travel set taken by French photographer Mikael Broidioi during a trip to the United States early this year is certainly brimming with these, and flipping through it is sure to bring you a serious case of wanderlust....
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STRANGER: Street Photography Shot in the London Tube Made Into a Photo Book

For today’s Kickstarter campaign that you might want to support, we have a project whose premise was born out of today’s most explored topics in photography: smartphone photography and “tubeography.” London-based street photographer and multimedia artist Dan Rodriguez aims to put the two together into a photo book called STRANGER....
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Evelyn Bencicova’s “artificial tears” Puts a Beautiful Spin on Mundane Life

We hear the phrase “art imitates life” every now and then, but I think that sometimes we see “imitations” that make us wish life can be just as artful in the real world. I was recently reminded of this as I browsed through the beautiful set by Bratislava-based photographer and art director Evelyn Bencicova....
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New Kickstarter Project Inspires Photographers to Follow in Dorothea Lange’s Footsteps

All images by Kenneth Wajda via Kickstarter In the spirit of documentary photography from the era of Dorothea Lange, photographer and photojournalist Kenneth Wajda aims to create a photo book of documentary images that will introduce America to the Americans. The inspiration behind it is the initiative of Roy Stryker: the economist, government official, and...
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Developing Color Films at Home is Easier than You Think

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to develop your own color negative films at home but feel it’s too complicated, There are actually plenty of resources out there that will tell you it’s actually pretty easy. Part of the misconception is brought by the fact that it needs three chemicals (developer, bleach, fixer, or developer, bleach + fixer, stabilizer) instead of two (developer and fixer) for black and white developing. To show you how it’s easier than you think, English photographer Jonathan Notley has recently made a video tutorial for developing color films using Tetenal Colortec C41 chemicals....
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Giacomo Bruno Beautifully Documents Tea Picking in Sri Lanka

Documenting daily life in plantations is one of the most beautiful projects that every photographer should take on if they have the chance. Every location holds a different story and shows a certain scenery but the messages are always eye-opening. Case in point is the excellent documentary work by Milan-based Giacomo Bruno, simply titled Ceylon Tea....
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Giles Duley Talks About Documenting the World’s Problems on Ilford Film

Photographer Giles Duley is a documentary photographer that specifically states that he photographs what he doesn’t like. It’s a powerful statement....
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Albert Watson on His Career and Iconic Photographs

Screenshot image taken from the video by Phase One Those who are probably not familiar with the name Albert Watson must have still seen seen many of his iconic images. The British photographer has taken timeless portraits of many celebrities, and has worked with some of the biggest global brands for their advertising campaigns. From...
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Charlie Naebeck’s Energetic “Kinetic” Project Takes Dance Photography to New Heights

After more than a year of shooting, scouting for collaborators, editing photos, and putting everything together, Charlie Naebeck is finally set to release a book to culminate his Kinetic project. This series, which is an exploration of the energy of dance, is his own take on photographing the graceful movements of this art form through long exposures and multiple exposures. Early into the project last year, we’ve given a preview of his experimental and non-conventional approach to photographing the dancers he collaborated with. Now, he’s gearing up for a worldwide launch of his Kinetic book and an accompanying music album on October 20th....
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This Kickstarter Promises Backers the Puurrrrfect Instax Photo of a Hoodcat

Heads up, cat lovers. The next year is still a few months away but this calendar is all you need to welcome 2018 with a meow. Featuring cat photos snapped by Adam Myatt, also known as The Cat Man of West Oakland, the 2018 Hoodcats Calendar promises to be “filled with Oakland’s finest felines.”...
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These Custom Hand Painted Backdrops are Great Additions to Your Studio

If you’re setting up your dream studio, I’m sure you’ll need a variety of backdrops for product and portrait work. While you’re most likely planning to head to a nearby photo supply store to check some swatches, you might also want to have at least one of the custom hand painted backdrops made by Kate Woodman in your collection....
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Dafni Kemeridou Explores The Truth About Herself in Self Portraits (Slightly NSFW)

Dafni Kemeridou is a young photographer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1994. She studied photography at I.E.K. AKMI School (2012-2014) and attended photographic workshops given by photographer Dimitris Triantafyllou (2016-2017). In 2015-2016, she gave presentations and held photographic editing sessions for FOAPTH (the photography club of the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki). She uses photography as visual tool to explore and question herself and the world. Her photography deals with themes such as time, dreams, and existentialism. She usually prefers the low light of the twilight hours that creates an atmosphere of mystery and emotional depictions within the image. The longer exposures and light manipulations that also exist in most of her images are there to enhance the sense of time and space....
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Liselotte Habets Tells an Unusual Tale of the Bond Between Humans and Pets

How many of us are guilty of keeping photo diaries, videos, and portraits of our beloved pets? All of us, I guess, at some point in our stints as photographers, will have amassed a big photo collection of our adorable furry or feathered companions. The pet portraits of Amsterdam-based Liselotte Habets, however, go beyond the usual adorable photos that make everyone melt into a collective “awww.”...
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The Cyanotype Project 2.0 Aims to Teach You How to Make 10-Foot Cyanotype Prints

Been itching to learn how to make cyanotype images? Sure, YouTube holds plenty of learning resources for you. We even shared a tutorial that can help you learn the ropes of this traditional process right at the comfort of your own home. But what if you want to go up one level and make big prints?...
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Damien Echols’ Photo Book Started His Healing Process from PTSD

Photography is, without a doubt, a form of therapy and self-expression for many creatives. We take photographs to document our own ideas, visions, dreams, perspectives, and journeys. For New York City photographer artist and bestselling author Damien Echols, photography became another spiritual component in his journey to healing from extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)....
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This Beautiful Minimalist Space in Japan is a Photographer’s Dream Home Studio

All images by Yoshihiro Asada and Norihito Yamauchi via Arch Daily It’s been said all the time that there’s always something for everyone, and we believe we’ve found the perfect house for photographers. It’s designed to maximize natural light, has plenty of space for a home studio, and has a lot of picture-perfect corners. There’s just...
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Nydia Lilian’s “After Life” Imagines an Earth on the Brink of Collapse

All images by Nydia Lilian. Used with Creative Commons Permission. It cannot be denied that much of our existence depends on nature: from the air that we breathe, our basic needs, the science that furthers our minds, and the art that fuels our drive to create. This is why the potential destruction of nature —...
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Matt Rainwaters Documented a Haitian Hospital Without Running Water

All images by Matt Rainwaters. Used with Creative Commons Permission. Through the power of photojournalism, we get to see and be aware of some of the most important real-life stories from every corner of the globe. There are times, however, when the stories aren’t for the faint of heart. We bring you one such story...
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Yakub Merchant’s Street Photography Emphasizes People Through Their Windows

All images by Yakub Merchant. Used with Creative Commons Permission. Do you ever wonder how many of the personal projects you find most interesting were sparked by a spontaneous idea? I sometimes do, and today’s featured set of portraits is definitely a case in point. Taken by London-based photographer Yakub Merchant while on assignment, it...
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Polaroid Offers Versatile and Bendable Lighting in a Portable Package

All images courtesy of Polaroid Flexible LED Lighting Panel listing on Amazon Polaroid recently announced its Flexible LED Lighting Panel, a lightweight and bendable light source that promises to be a must-have accessory for photographers and videographers of all levels. If you’re always on the go, do a lot of location shoots, or would like...
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Rupert Vandervell Explores Our Relationship with Urban Spaces for “Urbanites”

Some of the most effective and clever takes on street photography have veered away from the usual scenes of activity and curious-looking faces. We’ve seen architecture transform into spaceships, cities take on colorful alter-egos at nights, and shadow play serve as a compelling narrative device. In yet another beautiful example of eye-catching street photography, London-based photographer and filmmaker Rupert Vandervell explores how we interact with the cities we live in and the urban landscapes we traverse everyday....
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Mark Broyer Shares the Beauty of Foggy Nights in Hamburg

All images by Mark Broyer. Used with Creative Commons Permission. The hours between dusk and dawn are certainly favorite times for many photographers, despite the lighting conditions being mostly challenging. In a previous feature, we’ve seen Hamburg-based Mark Broyer document the beautiful glow that his city takes on during the colorful after hours. For today’s night photography...
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Mako Miyamoto’s Space Adventure Takes Us “Further West”

With space exploration currently making bigger and bigger leaps in technology and scope, it’s not surprising that more and more creative minds are filling the gaps with their imagination. It’s interesting to see how conceptual photography has been picking up the pace, often borrowing themes, aesthetics, and story lines from some iconic space-themed science fiction flicks. Portland-based Mako Miyamoto brings us yet another interesting take on mankind’s quest to find the next alien lands to colonize....
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Kim Høltermand’s Grå is a Story of Moody and Minimalist Urban Geometry

As of late, we’ve showcased a lot of works that show how architectural photography becomes powerful when we go beyond photographing buildings. Today, we look at a recent work by Danish fine art photographer Kim Høltermand, who once again shows his keen eye for details and prowess in urban geometry in a set simply entitled Grå....
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Learn the Difference Between Hard Light and Diffused Light

If you’re new to photography, one of the most important lessons you have to learn is the difference of light quality from a hard light source as compared to a diffused light source. Knowing this will be useful for a lot of studio applications, from product shots, to fashion editorials, to creative portraits. If any of that is what you intend to do, here’s a LearnMyShot tutorial that should be of help to you....
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This Soviet Era Mini Spy Camera is Up for Grabs on eBay

Heads up, vintage camera collectors and Russian camera fans! There’s a rare, Soviet Era spy camera that you can snag off eBay, and it’s actually a pretty interesting piece of photography history. Called the F-21 AJAX camera, this tiny snapper is known for being the camera of choice of the Soviet intelligence agency Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB) during the 1950s....
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Jonathan May Imagines the Adventures of a Sleepwalker in THE SOMNAMBULANT

All images by Jonathan May. Used with Creative Commons Permission. We’ve seen the kind of visual narratives that the night inspires, whether it’s a town’s vibrant alter-ego, a city’s pervading darkness, or the slow celestial dance of the night sky. In yet another stirring tale, set in the ungodly hours of nighttime, Sydney-based photographer Jonathan...
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Irene Rudnyk Explains Why She Shoots in Natural Light

  It’s strange and mostly absurd how there’s still a lot of bickering over photography techniques, gear, and choices today. We should be already at a time when everyone accepts that everything ultimately boils down to one thing: personal preference. The fact that fashion photographer Irene Rudnyk still has to defend her preference for shooting...
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Planning, Shooting, and Editing Stunning Milky Way Photos

  For anyone who is interested in doing astrophotography, getting perfectly captured snaps of the the Milky Way Galaxy is the ultimate goal when photographing the night sky. However, it’s admittedly a challenging a tedious endeavor. Thankfully, there are now many resources, like this one by The Finer Photo on YouTube, that you can use...
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Michael Streckbein Captures Cinematic Urban Scenes for NIGHTLAND

All images by Michael Streckbein. Used with Creative Commons Permission.  The gloom of cities at night becomes even more ominous when fog comes to envelope the surroundings. Yet for some photographers, the drama of this combination is something too beautiful to pass up. If capturing this scene is something that you have on your street photography...
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Mauricio Candela’s Nostalgia Project Portrays the Simplicity of Childhood

One of the qualities that make childhood memories powerful subjects for any creative work is their universality. While we differ in experiences, the nostalgia of our younger years is something that we all feel once in a while. Today’s photography inspiration will surely inspire you to take a trip down memory lane for your own creative work....
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