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Which Light Modifier is Right for Your Portrait Shoot?

So, you’ve decided to shoot some portraits in the studio, complete with advanced lighting setup. Apart from working out the lighting techniques to use, you will also most likely have to choose a light modifier to get the ideal lighting output for your shots. If you’re not quite familiar yet with these tools, this video tutorial by Adorama and Mark Wallace should give you an idea....
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The MindShift PhotoCross 15 Backpack has Side Access and Weatherproofing

Still on the hunt for the perfect camera backpack for your adventures and outdoor photography? The MindShift PhotoCross 15 backpack, Think Tank Photo’s latest offering, promises to keep your precious gear protected from all the brutal trips you’ll take in search of the perfect shot. Boasting of rugged materials and a faceted design, this backpack is poised to both withstand the harsh elements and provide photographers with a comfortable carry on long days out in the field....
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A Quick Comparison of the Bokeh From Budget Friendly Vintage Lenses

Whether you’re a digital photographer with a soft spot for vintage lenses, or a hybrid shooter of both film and digital cameras, you’ll want to check out this interesting lens comparison. In the video below, we get to see which vintage lenses can give you bang for your buck if you prefer to go big on bokeh using your Micro Four Thirds camera....
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The Parrot ANAFI Thermal Drone Does Thermal Imaging

If you’re an imaging expert or industry professional who dabbles in highly specialized photography such as thermal imaging, the new ANAFI Thermal could just be the drone solution for your work. With this new offering, European drone group Parrot boasts of an improved ANAFI platform to provide a lightweight and easy to use drone, sensor, and software package for professional thermal imaging....
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Drawing Inspiration from Ansel Adams on Photographing With Intention

The reality remains that we’re inundated with photos everyday. Virtually everyone now owns a smartphone, making it easy for billions of images to be uploaded every day. Only a fraction of these images are made with artistry and creativity, let alone intent and technical mastery. Often buried within the Instagram and Facebook feeds are photographs shot by Ansel Adams, a legendary photographer who embodies what it truly means to photograph with intent. ...
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Jonathan May Reveals the Transient Lives of Australia’s Caravan Park Dwellers

The concept of home can be different for every person and even groups of people, which is why it’s always fascinating to see how photographers interpret it. Previously, we’ve seen Magnum photographers take on the challenge with Fujifilm and compile their visual stories in a photo book aptly titled HOME. Today, Sydney-based photographer Jonathan May brings us another fascinating perspective through his series titled Transient....
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Creative and Heartwarming Newborn Portraits by Amanda Steinbacher

Within the realm of portrait photography are sub-genres that we turn to as keepers of our memories and milestones. Among these is newborn and milestone photography, which immortalizes the joy of birth and childhood. In the photos she recently shared with us, Pennsylvania-based photographer shows us how powerful this type of photography can be in documenting precious memories that newborns and children bring to a family....
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Shooting Creative Night Fashion Photography with Rear Curtain Sync Flash

Thinking of upping your flash game with some creative night photography? Night  fashion portraits is certainly one of the fun projects you can do with flash. If you need some ideas, you might want to check out this quick video showing how to achieve cool creative effects using rear curtain sync flash!...
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John H.D. Wagner Explores the Idea of Loss Through Empty Spaces

If you’re fond of photographing empty or abandoned spaces, the latest installment of CineStill Frames will change the way you think about it. In this episode, director Brendan Leahy introduces us to Indiana-based artist and film photographer John H.D. Wagner, whose night crawls in search of moody vacant places to photograph are more poignant than they appear....
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Shooting Medium Format Landscapes with Portra 400 and the Yashica Mat 124G

Medium format has been pretty popular for portrait photography, but if you’d like to experiment with other genres first, we’ve found a nice video for you. It’s especially right up your alley if you tend to shoot a lot of landscapes. You’ll also find it helpful if you’re curious about the results of the popular Yashica Mat 124G!...
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Neal Auch: Memento Mori Styled in 17th Century Dutch Still Life

Thought-provoking photography projects also tend to be bold and disruptive, and this work of Canadian photographer Neal Auch certainly fits the bill. By combining conceptual photography with the styling of 17th century Dutch still life painting, he makes a strong case for his ideas on mortality. He describes his work as seeking to “engage with mortality headlong and encourages reflection on the fragility of life” done in the age-old tradition of memento mori. While death and mortality are some of the most widely explored topics in various creative disciplines, we don’t always see them interpreted as both beautiful and macabre. In this body of work, art, philosophy, and sentiment converge to inspire us to confront the fragility of life in imagery we most likely have never imagined....
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Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore Mock the Catalog Photo Shoot

One of the most challenging bits of being a photographer is coming up with ideas for a project, whether it’s for work or play. Getting an art director or creative director involved does help, but if you’re working solo, you have develop those solid concepts and themes yourself. The boldest and brightest ideas do sometimes come when you least expect it — like getting inspired by a hilarious catalog-style photo shoot segment from a recent run of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Whoever came up with the idea to do this mock catalog photo shoot for Drew Barrymore’s furniture line is a (photography) comedy genius and we’re sure many of you will agree....
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This Dreamy Holga Photo Was Shot from the Stratosphere

Crude and low-tech as it is, the Holga remains one of the most popular cameras for nostalgic and even quirky film photography projects. But one project took it several notches higher by taking it way out into the stratosphere. The brave and bright minds behind it actually flew not one, not two, but four Holga cameras to make sure they snag the shot!...
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Poignant Winning Images from 2019 World Press Photo Contest

Previously, World Press Photo shared with us their impressive shortlist for the 2019 Press Photo Contest, where the nominees had the chance to bag the World Press Photo of the Year and World Press Photo Story of the Year awards. The winning photos have already been chosen, so if you’re among those who are following the competition closely, the wait for the results is now over!...
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Arnaud Moro Brings Out the Glow in These Gorgeous Night Portraits

Nighttime has been fast becoming a favorite time of the day for many photographers to shoot portraits and fashion editorials for a number of good reasons. First, there’s the enduring trend of neon portraits, thanks to the style popularized by Brandon Woelfel, bold design directions, futuristic concepts, and some pop culture references. Then, there’s also the fact that colors are unmistakably brighter and more eye-catching when set against the dark canvas of the night. All these are especially the case in the collection of beautiful portraits by Arnaud Moro. ...
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Magazine Editors Share What Publications Want from Photographers

It’s the dream of every photographer to get their work published in magazines. Whether it’s getting sent on assignment to remote locations, seeing the spotlight on a personal project, or finding your work on the physical pages of esteemed publications, it’s something that we’re all striving to hang on our credit belt. If you’re yet to have yours featured, you must be wondering how you can increase your chances of getting your work accepted. We’ve touched base on this topic a few times already, but since it helps to get as many insights as possible, we might as well bring you more inputs from three more influential photo editors....
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The Nikon F: 10 Milestones to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Iconic Camera

As much as 2018 is an important year for Nikon with the introduction of the Z Series of mirrorless cameras, this year is also a big one for the company as the iconic Nikon F celebrates its 60th birthday. The first in the company’s highly successful line of professional 35mm SLR cameras, it was one of the most advanced cameras of its time when it came out in April 1959. To honor the Nikon F and its legendary successors on this special occasion, here are some key milestones that we believe are worth the revisit....
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The Intrepid 4×5 and 8×10 Large Format Cameras Get High-End Improvements

If you’re yet to get your own Intrepid large format camera, now would be a great time to contemplate your options. Intrepid Camera Co. has recently announced upgrades for both of their large format camera models. With this news comes the fourth generation of the 4×5 and the second for the 8×10, and the promise of improvements typically only seen in higher end cameras of its class....
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Here’s Your Chance to Grab an Unused Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9

Looking for yet another rare camera to shoot with and add to your growing collection? Today’s vintage find is definitely something that today’s generation of film photographers have on their cool camera checklist: a gorgeous Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9. One of the most impressive premium film point-and-shoots ever made, the main draw of this popular ultra-wide shooter is its f1.9 aperture. ...
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Yashica Should Have Stopped at Their Awful Camera, Not Made Film

Despite the catastrophic mess that was the Yashica digiFilm Y35, it seems the company now at the helm of the brand have turned to its film roots instead. Everyone was hoping that it was just another (bad) April Fools’ joke. But since they kept posting teasers a few days after and have kept them all over the company’s website, Facebook, and Instagram, we’re all forced to take that they’re really seriously at work. Needless to say, most photographers aren’t happy about it....
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Now Is the Best Time to Stock Up on Your Favorite Fujifilm Emulsions

Attention, film photographers! If your stash is missing some Fuji films, here’s your chance to snag some while they’re still at wallet-friendly prices. Yes, you’ve read that right. Fujifilm is set to raise the prices of its professional films in the US soon, so go get your fill while there’s still time before it happens....
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How to Get Creative with the Double Exposure Effect

Double exposure is among our favorite creative photography techniques, and we’re sure it’s also high on the list of many experimental photographers out there. We’ve featured a lot of projects that make great use of this technique, whether it’s done in camera or crafted in post-processing. If all that inspired you and got you wanting to learn how it’s done, we have just the video tutorial you need....
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Your Pentax 67 May Be Missing this Super Telephoto 800mm Takumar Lens

You’ve read that right — our latest vintage find is something especially for Pentax 67 users! Whether you’re thinking of expanding your lens arsenal for your iconic medium format SLR camera, or simply want to try a project that requires a fast super telephoto lens, this item is definitely worth checking out....
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Skander Khlif Captures Fascinating Scenes From Thailand’s Floating Markets

When he’s not roaming his hometown in search of eye-catching street scenes, we know that Munich-based Skander Khlif sets out to get them whenever he’s traveling. Last time we tagged along in his adventures, we got to see destinations like Moscow and New York city through his lens. We also got to hitch a ride on his quest to capture a world on rails, which we found a perfect inspiration for travel photographers. Today, we put the spotlight on yet another of his wanderlust-inducing series, this time set in one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions....
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Anas Kamal Documents the Hazards of Lime Quarrying in Egypt

The reality of working conditions around the world remains one of the most important subjects explored through documentary photography. So it’s only but proper for us to put the spotlight on projects as poignant as The White Mountain by Anas Kamal, which reveals to us the harsh environment that white lime quarry workers find themselves in, day in and day out. If you’re looking for fine examples of documentary photography projects today, we’re sure this one is worth the look....
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Ilya Nodia Creates a Cinematic Batman Cosplay Shoot With Video Lights

Cosplay photography has been one of the most popular portrait photography sub-genres for a good reason: it helps bring to life the world’s most popular and well-loved superheroes. However, as any cosplayer and photographer will tell you, it’s often not as simple as getting someone to dress up as their favorite comic book character and photographing them in it. There’s also the task of making everything in the photo as convincing as possible. This is where the cosplayer-photographer tandem is put to the test: the cosplayer in how detail-oriented and accurate his portrayal is, and the photographer in how well he is able to set the scene and tell the story. Today, we take a look at how Russian photographer Ilya Nodia achieves this with his cinematic take on a Batman cosplay shoot....
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Photographing Inside Cuba’s Legendary Boxing Gym

Cuba is home to many stunning scenes, intriguing locations, and fascinating people, and photographers across the globe have made it their mission to tell their story. The latest on our list of favorite documentary photography works set in the country explores one of its most iconic boxing gyms, as captured by Jason Bax and John Towner....
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Marcus Bleasdale: Harnessing the Power of Photography in the Congo

With the primary goal of photojournalism being to tell thought-provoking visual stories that explore today’s most pressing social issues, practitioners often find themselves faced with the mission to shoot photos that incite change. Such was the case for photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale, who told the poignant stories about his work in Africa during a 2013 talk for Nat Geo Live. If you’ve taken an interest to photojournalism and hope to do some compelling projects with it someday, let his story this serve as an inspiration for you....
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How to Set Up Beautiful Portrait Lighting at Home (and Practically Anywhere)

Some portrait projects, personal or otherwise, will require you to shoot at home, which is why it’s important that you know how to setup your lighting even when you’re working outside the studio. With this quick video tutorial, you’ll be able to use a number of lighting techniques at home or any location other than the studio. ...
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How to Master Zone Focus to Shoot Street Snaps of People

We can’t stress enough how zone focus is one one of the most useful techniques in street photography, so allow us to share yet another resource to help you get the hang of it. In this video by Swedish photographer and media producer Mattias Burling, he shows us how the popular technique can be of great help to those who find photographing people out in the streets intimidating. If you’re just starting out, it doesn’t hurt to give this a try!...
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Martijn Doolaard Photographs Extreme Cycling in Kyrgyzstan’s Winter

Bitten by the travel bug and now craving for an adventure of a lifetime? That’s exactly what our featured travel photography project will inspire in you today. If you have a great love for the outdoors and are keen on embarking on your own journey of self-discovery, you’ll want to have some stunning photos to serve as a keepsake of your trip. You might also want to get some ideas from designer, photographer, and filmmaker Martijn Doolaard, who spent a year cycling from his hometown in Amsterdam all the way to Singapore. Now, let’s take a few pages off his travel diary to get a glimpse of the harsh terrain he had to traverse as he cycled through Kyrgyzstan....
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Mijoo Kim Documents Korean Fisherwomen’s Centuries Old Traditions

How people all over the world make a living everyday remains one of the most fascinating topics that documentary photography explores and puts on the spotlight. The latest on our list of favorite documentary projects is The Mother of the Sea. Here, New York-based Korean photographer Mijoo Kim introduces us to the haenyo of the Korean province of Jeju and their unique, centuries-old tradition of freediving to make a living. If you’re looking for more outstanding works in the genre to get inspired with and learn from, we highly recommend checking out this series....
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Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D Now Available for Micro Four Thirds

If you’re still looking for a distortion-free wide angle lens for both photo and video work with your Micro Four Thirds camera, Venus Optics comes forward with a solution. The lens manufacturer has just announced the M43 variant of the Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D lens, which they are marketing as a perfect lens for video work. ...
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Luminar Is Now Available as a Plugin for Adobe Lightroom Classic

If you’re interested in trying out Luminar but are still stuck in the eternal sadness that is Adobe Lightroom Classic, Skylum has just announced a solution for you. Called Luminar Flex, it’s promising an extension of Luminar’s AI-powered technologies to you current workflow. But if you’re not using Lightroom, it can pair with Apple Photos and other options too. Those other options include Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. With it, you get to utilize powerful filters, editing options, and AI-powered technologies to step-up their creative options and save time in their post-processing work....
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Icebergs Double as Floating Castles in Tom Hegen’s Moody Series

Looking to get inspired by yet another unique photography project? Trust Munich-based photographer Tom Hegen to deliver some of the most fascinating aerial photography projects. He has so far taken us to some of the most extraordinary locations to show us landscapes in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ve seen him transform even the most banal places into abstract works of art. Today, we look at another fine example in The Iceberg Series which he photographed during an expedition flight on the west coast of Greenland....
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Sebastian Weiss Traces Architectural Lines and Shapes Around Europe

It’s been a while since we last marveled at the architectural photography of Hamburg-based Sebastian Weiss, particularly his unique “personality” driven series Dramatis Personae. His attention to detail extends into his other projects, such as his explorations of shapes and lines in the architecture of some well-known European cities. If you’re an aspiring architectural photographer looking for projects to study, you will surely find this body of work impressive and inspiring....
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Skanda Gautam Documents What Happens When Bricks are Made

Last time we featured the works of Kathmandu-based Skanda Gautam, we took a look at some of Nepal’s most pressing issues and vibrant festivals through his lens. Since he has a lot more social stories worth exploring, we might as well dive in to another of his fascinating series: a close look at the everyday life of locals and migrant laborers toiling away at a brick kiln....
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Tips on Photographing Artwork Beautifully and Accurately

Among the myriad of projects you can take on as a photographer, possibly one of the most technical of them is making a photographic copy of an artwork. It can be challenging to reproduce all the colors and elements of a painting, for example, in the most faithful and accurate way possible. If you find yourself tasked with this mission, we may have just the right video tutorial for you....
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Alien Skin Exposure X4 RAW Photo Editor Adds LUT Support

Today, Alien Skin Software announced that the Exposure X4.5 update to their non-destructive RAW photo editor and organizer is now available. It’s been a while since we had a look at what the film-inspired photo editing alternative offers, so we were just as curious about the new stuff the Exposure X4 update has in store for us....
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Why? Someone Painted a Canon P Rangefinder a Fugly Shade of Green?

Classic cameras always look best in classy chrome or elegant black. If you agree, you may squirm a little in your seat with our latest vintage find: a gorgeous Canon P rangefinder camera that comes in a rather bright and arguable hue. But if you’re interested in it anyway, step right up and check out what we’ve found!...
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Ludwig Favre Brings out Details in “Architectural Swimming Pool”

If you’re a photographer training your eye to get sharp on architectural elements and structures, you’ll do well to study our featured series. We have yet another impressive work from Paris-based fine art photographer Ludwig Favre, this time showing us a fine example of how even the most humdrum of settings become eye-catching with enough attention to detail....
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Kodak Pro Image 100 and Color Plus 200 Films Now Available in the US

If you’ve been stocking up on some films from ebay and sellers abroad, it’s most likely because there’s a bunch of films that are hard to come by in the US. Well, we come bringing some good news. Two of these films from Kodak, Pro Image 100 and Color Plus 200, are now within your reach, as the Film Photography Project (FPP) now carries them in their online store!...
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Lubo Sergeev Reimagines the Hajduks in a Conceptual Portrait Series

Conceptual photography comes with many sub-genres, with conceptual portraits among the most popular — and certainly one of our favorites.  Today, we look at a beautiful project that should easily impress and give ideas to aspiring and practicing conceptual portraitists. Bulgarian photographer and digital artist Lubo Sergeev may specialize in advertising photography, commercial image production, and high-end photo manipulation, but he also has a number of projects that are inspired by and rooted in history and art....
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Final Shortlist for 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Announced

If you were inspired by the works showcased in the first shortlist announcement of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, we’re sure you’ve been looking forward to seeing more. Finally, the World Photography Organisation has recently announced the shortlisted series under the Professional and Student competitions, each already hailed as some of the world’s best bodies of work published from the previous year....
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The Button-Free Profoto Connect for AirTTL Flashes Isn’t an April Fool’s Joke

Ever wanted to learn flash photography but are intimidated with the technicalities of things? Hopefully, Profoto’s latest accessory could be of assistance to you. Profoto Connect is a button-free remote trigger that aims to make flash simple and easy to use for every photographer. By making their newest remote trigger completely button-free, Profoto believes that achieving beautiful lighting and experimenting with Profoto flashes will be effortlessly simple. No more complex buttons and menus that you’ll find on a typical remote trigger....
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Ludwig Favre Reveals the Beauty of Chicago in a Nostalgic Series

While looking at a city objectively has its merits, sometimes an artistic perspective also proves to be effective in creating its poignant portrait. Paris-based fine art photographer and Lumix Ambassador Ludwig Favre has given us a fine example in the past with his glowing portrait of New York Chinatown just before sunrise. Now, he turns his lens and taste for colors in yet another stunning series, this time showcasing Chicago....
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Cone of Shame: Winnie Au’s Endearing Dog Portraits Will Melt Your Heart

Mention the “cone of shame” to any pet owner and you’ll be met with all sorts of stories about trips to the vet or groomers, and why the contraption was necessary. But in the ongoing personal project of Winnie Au, the Elizabethan collar becomes a work of art and a symbol of hope for dogs in need of surgeries. If you’re an animal lover looking for a unique project with a cause to support, you might want to check this out....
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The Overland Book Unvcovers the Unknowns of Central Asia

There’s always a lot about physical photobooks and monographs that make the viewing experience more rewarding. That’s why whenever we come across a printed project, we feel more of us should indulge in the tactile experience once in a while. This is especially the case with travel photography that focuses on roads less traveled and mostly unknown places. Such is the case for the Overland photobook, which promises to “take the reader on a visual journey across the almost forgotten lands of Central Asia.”...
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Markus Hofstaetter Now Offers Cool Wet Plate Passport Photos

Just when we think we’ve seen everything from Austrian portrait and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter, he manages to surprise us each time. He’s pushed the boundaries of wet plate photography and what can be done for the craft. We’ve followed him in his adventures in shooting macro photography using two wet plate cameras, shooting a 91-year-old box form SLR handheld, and traveled with one of his massive wet plate cameras to shoot in the historic Museum Fotoatelier Seidel in Czech Republic. Now, he’s back with another fun project: passport photos shot in wet plate collodion. ...
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Ying Yin Revisits Abandoned Theme Park Once a Shrine to the American Dream

There’s a myriad of things, events, and places that define and symbolize childhood for us, but theme parks certainly among the ones on top of the list. For Shanghai-based photographer and photo editor Ying Yin, it was the curiously named American Dream Park, which, as its name indicates, showcased structures depicting American-inspired architecture. It has been closed and abandoned for decades, but that didn’t stop her from taking a trip down memory lane and bringing home some photographic mementos. ...
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