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Christian Reister Gritty Black and White Photos Capture Berlin’s Frenetic Nightlife

The night is young, the drinks are cold, and the parties are colorful — but it’s a different face of nightlife that you’ll see in this new photo book by German photography Christian Reister. Titled Berlin Nights, this volume offers a more gritty and personal approach in monochrome to depict the vibrant nightlife of Berlin. Alongside heady clubs, interesting party people, and dizzying dance floors, he brings us to the calmer, and often more emotional “after party” scenes out in the streets....
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Cool “AudioPhotography” Project Combines Film Camera and Digital Sound Recorder

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of talented photographers and impressive projects that were truly inspiring and creative. Many of them tackled eye-opening topics, and some of them challenged the boundaries and norms of genres and approaches. However, this work of Italian film photographer Mario Cipriano certainly tops our list of favorites. If you’re in need of some bright ideas to fuel your own drive for creativity and out of the box photography projects, you’ll surely get a big helping with this!...
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Albert Watson: Improving the Artistic Intent of Photography

One of the best ways to get inspired as a photographer is to follow the life and work of the most prolific and iconic photographers before us. Among these, of course, is fashion, celebrity, and fine art photographer Albert Watson, whose works have appeared on countless magazine covers and major advertising campaigns for the biggest brands. He has also done countless talks and interviews about his life and work, the latest of which was during the Adobe MAX 2018 and nothing short of inspiring. Watch after the jump!...
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PhoGo App Aims to Change How Clients and Freelance Photographers Connect

Ever needed a photographer for an urgent project but can’t seem to find one? Alternatively, are you a photographer having a hard time getting started with your career because clients can’t seem to find you? The solution could soon come in the form of the PhoGo app, which promises to transform the freelance photography market as it stands today....
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Reuben Wu Reveals the Beauty of Peru’s Shrinking Pastoruri Glacier

Chicago-based visual artist and music producer Reuben Wu has been one of our go-to creatives for inspiration for his otherworldly landscape photography. One of these is Lux Noctis, which, in his own words, “presents familiar sights in a new and unfamiliar light.” For the most recent installment of this project, he traveled to Peru in July 2018 to photograph one of the few glaciers that remain at the tropics at an altitude of 17,000 ft. The results are as stunning and magical as expected....
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Meyer Optik Görlitz’s Bankruptcy Shows Kickstarters Don’t Always Work

If you backed any of the Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns of NetSE for vintage brands like Meyer Optik Görlitz, Ihagee Elbaflex, and Oprema Jena, chances are you won’t get any of your money back, as the company already filed for bankruptcy a few months back. But there seems to be some hope at least for Meyer Optik Görlitz to continue, as another German optics company has recently acquired the trademark rights to the brand....
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Street Photography Inspiration: Mexico City at Night with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 56mm f1.2

Every city takes on a different character at night, as you’ve probably seen in a number of impressive street photography projects we’ve already shared here. Today, we’re adding yet another to our inspiration bank: a quick photo walk around Mexico City at night with some stunning photos to boot!...
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Mark Broyer Takes Us to a Foggy Early Morning Stroll in Hamburg

We’ve been following the works of Hamburg-based Mark Broyer for a while now, and definitely enjoying the unique nighttime perspective that he captures his city with. We’ve seen colorful after hours, misty nights, and dreamy harbor scenes, all strong and fascinating all the way to the recent installments. But in his most recent take on this ongoing project, he takes us to an early morning stroll around a Hamburg on the cusp of waking up. ...
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Portrait Photography Tip: How to Make Your Model Feel Less Awkward

Want to get into portrait photography and make sure you get beautiful results with every shoot? Before you fuss around with your camera settings, locations, and lighting setup among the most important things you have to learn are posing and directing your models. But you can’t do that until they’re at ease and feel less awkward around you. Here’s a quick video with some suggestions on how to do just that....
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COPYTRACK Lets You Track and Get Paid for Your Images Used Without Permission

A good number of creatives now encounter unauthorized or uncredited use of their photos and images. It has become a common problem especially of photographers, regardless of the genre. If you’re a victim of such despicable act, you might want to enlist the services of international copyright enforcer COPYTRACK, especially if you’re determined to collect monetary compensation on top of legal action....
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The Umbrill Active Pack Is a Shock-Proof Camera Backpack with a Built-In Airbag

If a camera backpack is your carrying bag of choice, there are now plenty of options. The latest of these is the Umbrill Active Pack, an innovative backpack that claims to be the world’s best intuitively designed bag with a built-in air cushion to provide safety, functionality, and comfort. It could be an interesting choice if you’re still looking for a camera backpack to serve your needs....
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Learn How to Get Stunning Photos Using Parallelism

With everyone being essentially photographers now, how do you make your work more insightful and set them apart from the rest? How do you keep improving your photography? The short answer is that you work on your composition. One of the ways to achieve this is to apply the principles of parallelism to your photography. If you’re hearing about this concept for the first time, Switzerland-based freelance photographer Samuel Zeller talks about it in great detail and what it can do for your work. ...
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“Camera Kids” Aims to Teach Photography to Vulnerable Children Across the Globe

It’s one thing to teach children to take better pictures with whatever camera they have, and another to empower vulnerable children with it. This is exactly the mission of Through the Eyes of Children (TTEC), a non-profit organization founded in 2000. They soon began conducting the “Camera Kids” photography workshops for children orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi. Now, the organization wants to take their workshops to other vulnerable children around the world, and they need your support to make the next generation of Camera Kids happen....
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The Phoblographer Talks About What You Need to Know About Third-Party Lenses

If you’re curious about exploring third party lenses, we have just the right stuff for you. The Phoblographer Editor-in-Chief Chris Gampat recently had a chat with Frederick Van Johnson of This Week in Photo to talk about third party lenses in the latest episode of TWiP Talks. Give this podcast a watch or listen and you may just find out if these non-OEM lenses are worth a go for you!...
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Palette Gear Modular Controller Now Has Capture One Integration

Looking for a more precise editing tool to streamline your workflow on Capture One? Starting today, the customizable and modular Palette Gear is now available for the latest version of the photo editing software on macOS. This innovative tool boasts of being the first fully modular hardware controller for Capture One, providing users with powerful new features and functionalities especially developed based on feedback from expert users....
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Try These Tricks for Achieving Mouthwatering Food Photography

Ever wondered how those food ads and commercials make the dishes so appetizing and convincingly good? Food photographers and advertisers have mastered the secrets to mouthwatering food photos, which you too can now learn through this shocking video! ...
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Replica Surfaces Offer Picture-Perfect Backdrops for Your Product Snaps

Ever wished you could make your product shots, food photos, and flatlays more appealing with some nice backdrops? Before you reach for pricey backgrounds or cheap options that may not suit your needs, you might want to check out what Replica Surfaces have to offer. ...
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I’m Moving On From Flickr; But Here’s What I’ll Miss

I’ve recently decided to move on from Flickr, and this decision, as some of you may already have guessed, was prompted by their recent announcement regarding the 1,000 photo limit for free accounts. In fact, I’ve already started culling my uploads there to meet this limit before the January 8, 2019 deadline. Many photographers have long moved on from it (including most, if not all the Phoblographer Staff) so I’m sure it’s mostly surprising why it has taken me so long to come to this decision. But I liked being on the platform for a handful of reasons, albeit nostalgic at best given all the choices we have today. So yes, these are also the things I think I’ll miss. ...
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Dive Into the Painterly Nocturnal Seascapes of Antti Viitala

The sea has always been a captivating subject for artists, inspiring them to find new ways to depict the spectacular scenes. One of our latest favorite works set in the seaside is by Cape Town-based Antti Viitala, whose surreal and aptly titled Nocturnal Seascapes set remind us of how stunning it is even at night....
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Stroppa Gets Festive with New “Rudolf” Set and Active Strap Colors

Just in time for the holiday season, the folks behind the simple yet elegant Stroppa camera straps have launched some new stuff for stylish photographers. Aside from giving their Active strap line a splash of colors, they also put together an aptly named strap set for us to don our cameras with — or, for those of us feeling generous, gift our photographer friends! ...
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Canon Apparently Has a Focal Reducer for EF-M Mount in the Works

Despite the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera being the most popular of Canon’s recent releases, the company has maintained its commitment to the EOS M APS-C mirrorless camera line. Looks like they’re busy cooking up something to prove this, as reports have surfaced about a Canon patent for a Metabones-inspired speed booster for the EF-M mount....
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Share Your Best Shot on Flickr and You Could Win Prizes!

With 2018 soon coming to a close, it’s time once again for us to go over the photos we’ve taken this year and share our ultimate favorite on Flickr for their annual Your Best Shot contest. Yes, you only have one shot at this, so make sure it counts — especially because there are prizes at stake this time....
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Seeing Things That Aren’t There…Until You Look

To appreciate today’s featured image, you have to STOP AND LOOK at it for a moment. Once again quietly: stop. and look. I don’t mean to be yelling at you. Really. But I did want to get your attention, because the story I want to tell you today demands some creative thought on your part. Fun! At this time of year, with the holidays fast approaching, we’re all going 100 miles per hour. And we need to just stop for brief periods to catch our breath. Or we risk missing something important....
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Take a Peek at the Cool Kodak LPD4 ISO 4 Black and White Film!

Once in a while, we come across some films that are rare, discontinued, often times obscure, and definitely very interesting. The folks of the Film Photography Project have been keeping tabs on some of these prized emulsions, as we’ve seen previously in their top 5 unique and ultra cool 35mm films to try and experiment with. They’ve recently shared another ultra rare film to try, and we’re sure many film photographers out there would be curious to experiment with it!...
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Rose Anvil + India Earl Camera Harness Claims it Won’t Pinch Your Shirt

Whether you’re yet to have your first camera harness or are in dire need of a new one, here’s something you might want to consider. The creators behind the handmade goods brand Rose Anvil collaborated with wedding photographer India Earl to create three camera harnesses designed with comfort, innovation, and variety in mind....
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Simon Puschmann Uses Powerful Flower Analogy Inspired by “Me Too” Campaign

How do you make a bold statement or support a cause close to your heart through your photography or art? Looks like Hamburg-based photographer and director Simon Puschmann figured out one of the most effective ways to do this: by crafting a powerful analogy to guide your visual message. He executes this idea gracefully in a series called Assaulted Flowers....
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Steve Roe’s Stunning Kyoto Photo Diary Will Fill You with Wanderlust

Japan is on every photographer’s dream destinations for many good reasons –the distinct look and feel of its cities is just one. If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and have your eyes specifically on Japan, today’s featured photo diary by Steve Roe will give you plenty of reasons to put Kyoto on your bucket list!...
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Antonio Gouveia on Creating an Atmosphere for Minimalist Photography

When it comes to the minimalist approach in landscape photography, we see a lot of different subjects and subtle variations in style. But the look and feel of the images remain consistent enough for the sub-genre to stand out on its own: heavily atmospheric, minimalist, and dramatic in monochrome. It has also become a popular approach to architectural photography, and it’s not uncommon for some photographers to do it for both genres. UK-based Antonio Gouveia is one, who often captures a good mix of natural and man-made elements in his minimalist work....
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Milad Safabakhsh: Tracing Human Presence on Earth with “Erde” Series

Humans have populated the Earth so successfully and heavily that it’s easy to find traces of human activity in virtually every corner of the world. Sometimes, these manifestations are harmless; many times, they bring serious repercussions for the planet. For Iranian fine art photographer Milad Safabakhsh, one way to interpret this is to look for these traces of human presence in their simplest or most subtle forms. With this in mind, he embarked on a journey to put together Erde, an ongoing, long-term body of work that highlights the effects and presence of humans on Earth. The series was derived from the etymology of the word “Earth”, which came from both English and German words, ‘eor(th)e/ertha’ and ‘erde’, respectively, which translate to “ground.”...
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Learn the Basics of Softbox for Controlling and Creating Soft Lighting

So, you’ve decided to play around with different lighting setups for doing studio shoots. One of the very first equipment you’ll come across and need to learn is the softbox. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it or it sounds complicated, let this quick video by Daniel Norton guide you on some basics....
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Check Out These Cool Kodak Ektachrome Photos Snapped With a Leica M6

Now that more and more lucky film photographers have started getting their hands on the Kodak Ektachrome, some of us not-so-lucky ones are getting even more curious about the results of this much awaited emulsion. In this quick video, Ohio-based photographer Matt Day shares some of the Kodak Ektachrome photos he shot using a Leica M6, as well as his thoughts on how to shoot this precious slide film....
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Paul Hoi Used a Mamiya RZ67 and Expired Polaroids for These Surreal Landscapes

Traveling with film of all kinds and formats has become increasingly popular these days, and we all have the analog resurgence to thank for it. Instant films are now among the staples of traveling film photographers, and some would even be keen on experimenting with what expired Polaroid films are still out there. The results, as experimental landscape photographer Paul Hoi found out four years ago, can be rewarding....
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What It’s Like to Take the World’s Largest Polaroid Photo

If no one has told you yet, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Polaroid films go bigger than the 4×5 peel apart instant films you’ve probably seen. Snoop around at the Polaroid Originals website and you’ll see some handmade 8×10 instant films for large format cameras. But, it gets even bigger than that. How big exactly, this interesting video shows us, complete with a photo shoot!...
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Tom Hegen Explores Global Warming Effects Through the Arctic’s Abstract Beauty

The Arctic region is one of the most extreme places on Earth, but also among the most vulnerable. We’ve long been hearing about why it’s imperative to keep the polar region protected: to avoid the catastrophic consequences and to. Munich-based Tom Hegen shows us what we could possibly lose to climate change in a beautiful, abstract-styled landscape photography series titled The Two Degree Celsius Series....
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Why You Should Look Back at Your Old Photographs (and Cringe)

Cameras sure have gone a long way since the birth of photography, and photographers now have a lot of tools to achieve their creative vision. Even smartphones are now equipped with cameras that are getting more powerful, making it possible for virtually everyone to be a photographer. All these have made it possible for most of us to create decent photos today. But how do we know if we’re improving given that most of the technicalities have already been taken care of for us? Canadian photographer Peter McKinnon tells us about one way to find out in his quick video....
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Florian Mueller’s Street Photography Turns the Lens to Shanghai’s Streets

Night scenes are among the favorites of many street photographers. The sheer number of outstanding works we’ve featured on the topic are a testament to this. We’re adding one more to our roster of favorites in the form of Florian Mueller’s latest set, which takes us to the streets of Shanghai and its colorful Nightshift scenes....
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Dan Joseph Introduces the English Folk Scene with a Portrait Project

I’m Dan Joseph a commercial photographer based in London. I grew up in London and developed an early interest in photography thanks to a combination of my father’s photography background, and access to a homemade darkroom. After completing a BA in Photography at the University of Portsmouth in 2006, I moved back to London to begin my career....
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How to Create Stunning Lighting on Location Using Speedlights

One of the things you’ll learn as a portrait photographer is that lighting definitely still has its place when you’re shooting portraits on location. If you want to give it a try soon, Trevor Dayley has put together a quick video with lighting equipment maker MagMod to help you get an idea on how you can use speedlights to achieve stunning outdoor portraits....
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Kilian Schönberger Reveals the Beauty of Europe’s Fantasy-Like Forests

While most of the Northern Hemisphere has been bathed in the golden glow of autumn, Kilian Schönberger has been enchanted by a different scene. For the Cologne-based landscape and architecture photographer, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the beauty of broadleaf trees. The magical scenes he captured, which look straight out of myths and fairy tales, show us exactly why....
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Juno Captures Magnificent Swirls of Jupiter’s Clouds and Storms

Are you a fan of all things space and astrophotography? We’re sure Juno is currently one of your favorite photographers — or will now be. NASA has recently shared some JunoCam snaps from the spacecraft’s latest Jupiter flyby, and they’re all, literally and figuratively, out of this world....
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The Rarest Prototype Canon Lens on Earth Is Yours for $29,999

It’s time once again for us to give all you vintage gear fans and collectors our latest ebay find. Today, it’s yet another ultra rare item that apparently has an interesting history: a Canon 45-200mm f2.8 (C35) prototype lens. There’s a good chance that you haven’t heard of this lens before, but if the details in the ebay listing are correct, it could very well be one of the most intriguing lens anyone can have in their collection....
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Here’s How Five Different Film Scanning Techniques Compare

If you develop your own film at home, you might as well be doing your own film scanning with a flatbed scanner. It’s a crucial part of every film photographer’s workflow so it’s important to know how to do it properly. If you’re yet to figure that out, here’s a helpful video comparing different film scanning techniques and which one works best....
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RNI Films for iPhone Now Supports RAW Format

Great news to all photographers using RNI Films on their iPhones! Really Nice Images (RNI) has recently introduced support for RAW formats in the latest version of the app. Whether you’d like to give your RAW images a quick analog look or are curious about trying out this film-inspired photo editing app, this update should give you more options to do so on your iPhone....
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Grab This Extremely Rare Black Paint Leica MP + Leicavit MP Combo for $237,500

Here’s another for all you Leica collectors out there with deep pockets to match. Our latest vintage find is an original 1957 black paint Leica MP body with a matching Leicavit MP fast winder. If this is something that tickles your fancy, be prepared to shell out a whopping $237,500 for it!...
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Exploring the Mysterious and Graceful Visual Stories of Laura Makabresku

I’ve always believed that more than looking technically outstanding and visually impressive, photographs should be able to make the viewers feel. This often best applies to portrait photography, but is also at the heart of may conceptual photography out there. Case in point is the poignant work of Poland-based Laura Makabresku, who I believe creates the most beautifully emotive and unique photos today. Armed with visual narratives that are both mysterious and graceful, she appeals to our innermost emotions, which she describes as “opposites that build tensions within ourselves, which spark our creativity and vitality.”...
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Stevie Iseral Uses Natural Light to Capture Her Subjects’ Natural Beauty

My name is Stevie Iseral and I began taking photos at the age of fifteen. The moment I picked up my first camera, I immediately fell in love. Throughout my years of taking photos, I have tried to develop my own personal style. Being from Louisiana, there aren’t many modeling agencies available. This pushed me to challenge my skills and photograph my friends and family. I like to describe my work as dreamy, delicate, and colorful. My main goal in photography is to capture an individual’s natural beauty and help them see why they are so special. Everyone is so different, and I think it is amazing that we can capture that in a photo....
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Sony Announces Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Contest Winners

Sony Electronics Inc. recently announced the winners of its Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program Contest, which is part of its “Be Alpha” campaign flagship initiatives. Out of over 6,000 entrants, the five winners were chosen to receive funding, mentorship, Sony digital imaging products, and other perks. ...
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Thibaud Poirier Depicts Hong Kong as a Shrine to Modern Architecture

Hong Kong is a favorite of many photographers for its multi-faceted character as a city, especially when it comes to its culture and architecture. Just one of the countless photographic odes to the city is the cleverly-titled Residensity, a most recent work by Paris-based Thibaud Poirier which shows just how populous Hong Kong is. ...
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It Takes Just Five Minutes to Make This DIY Diffuser for Macro Photography

Diffusers are among the things that should never go missing on every photographer’s toolkit. But if you’re just starting out, it’s understandable if you don’t have one yet. There are lots of choices out there, and it can also depend on what flash you’re using. But you certainly can shoot with one right now, if you realize that you’re in dire need of one. All you need are some everyday office materials to put together a basic DIY diffuser that works....
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DxO Releases Updated Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1

Today, DxO has released the Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1, the company’s second update to the creative plugin suite. This version now offers full compatibility with macOS Mojave and the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. Certain interface and compatibility issues with other host applications have also been corrected in this new update....
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