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Steve Simon Shows Why This Museum Tour Is a Must for All Nikon Fans

Award-winning documentary photographer and author Steve Simon has recently visited the Nikon Museum in Tokyo, and as a long-time Nikon photographer, it proved to be such an exceptional experience. For those of us who can’t visit anytime soon, he filmed a quick walkthrough as a preview of all the wonders we can expect to find. Nikon fans will especially find this a treat! ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Settings for Photographing Sunsets

Sunsets are among everyone’s favorites to photograph for the dramatic burst of color they add, especially for landscape snaps. But let’s face it, we don’t always get shots that do them justice. Sometimes, it’s actually the camera settings that are to blame. Today’s photography cheat sheet comes with the settings and tips that you can try for your next sunset shoot....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Guide to the Symbols on Your Camera

It’s been a decade since we put together this noob’s guide to the symbols in your camera, and we thought it’s about time we made a follow-up to that. In today’s photography cheat sheet feature, we bring a bunch of visual guides that you can use as a reference to complement the noob’s guide mentioned above. It may seem too much to memorize at first, but with enough practice, all these symbols and controls will be second nature to you....
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Here’s Your Chance to Snag a Super Rare Leica 72 Half-Frame Camera

If you’ve ever thought about adding a rare vintage Leica to your vintage camera collection and missed your chance from our previous features, we come with another heads up. This time, it’s a super rare Leica 72, most likely the most unexpected Leica and the most expensive half-frame camera you’ve never heard of.  ...
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Guess How Much A Brand New Nikon F3/T and 50mm F1.2 AI-S Costs

On its own, the Nikon F3 remains a popular model of the iconic Nikon F line of cameras, with vintage camera collectors and Nikon fans seeking to make it a core member of their collection. Make it a rare special edition and you have an even more covetable camera that you’d best be ready to spend a handsome sum for. A perfect example is this Nikon F3/T Classic that we recently spotted, still in its original packaging and in new condition. ...
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Guess the Price of This Rare Zeiss Ikon Hologon Point and Shoot

There are still many lens options available today if you want to go wide with your vintage cameras. But if it’s something rare and unique that you’d rather have and use, our latest vintage find fits the bill rather nicely. Say hello to the Zeiss Ikon Hologon, one of the most interesting among the many Zeiss Ikon models and certainly one of the most expensive point and shoot cameras in history....
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Platyball Is Today’s Most Innovative Tripod Head Accessory

Tripod head designs have been more or less the same with only some minor improvements here and there. But, a new contraption gears up to change the way we see and work with tripods. Meet the Platyball, the latest from the company that brought us the Platypod flat tripod base. If you’re looking into a tripod head upgrade, this could be right up your alley....
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Claire Droppert Depicts the Dramatic”Frozen Silence” of Sweden

When it comes to visual themes and concepts like silence and tranquility, minimalist scenes are often the most effective. This makes winter wonderlands among the perfect places to shoot. In the latest installment of her Silence series, Rotterdam-based photographer and designer Claire Droppert takes us to Hemavan-Tarnaby in Sweden where she captured dramatic snowy scenes as visual representations of piercing silence. If you’re thinking of doing more landscape shoots this winter, we’re sure you’ll find this an inspiring collection. ...
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Vintage Camera Ads Feature Most Advanced Kodak Camera in the 1960s

Been enjoying the walk down memory lane through the vintage camera ads we’ve been sharing? Today’s featured ad and commercial are the next to surprise and delight you. If you’ve been shooting with Kodak films or are simply interested in the company’s history, we think you’ll be especially curious about the Kodak Motormatic 35 shown here!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Photographing Flocks of Birds

Previously, we shared some tips for photographing birds at the zoo and birds in flight. Now, it’s time for us to share more tips to further improve your bird photography skills with a photography cheat sheet for groups of birds. It’s one of the most popular subjects for both pro and beginner photographers, so we’re sure you’ll find something useful here to get better, more creative shots....
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“The Roaring Twenties” Among 2020 Creative Trends Says Shutterstock

It’s that time of the year again when the creative community refers to fearless forecasts on the top creative trends to guide their personal projects and professional work. Among the most trusted is Shutterstock’s annual Creative Trends Report, which is now out on its ninth edition. For 2020, the company has identified three major trends, the local favorites found to be favorites in 25 countries across the globe, and five rising trends that are set to gain traction....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Essential Canon EF Lenses for Adapting

DSLR cameras are here to stay, and they still make great shooting companions for both beginners and pros. If you decided to start your photography journey with a Canon DSLR and you’re set on specializing in a specific genre, we found a handy lens guide that you can use as a reference for today’s featured photography cheat sheet....
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Schneider Kreuznach Announces New Additions to the B+W T-Pro Filters

If you’re looking for lens filters to protect the delicate front element of your lens, Schneider Kreuznach B+W Filters are among your options. The filter collection just saw a couple of new additions to the T-Pro range, designed with a thinner profile to match cameras that are getting more and more compact. Made suitable for all focal lengths, including wide-angle and telephoto, they are also made with a titanium finish for a unique look....
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Hex Drops New Mini DSLR Sling Bag for On-the-Go Shooters

Need a more compact and convenient bag to stash your mirrorless camera or all your DSLR essentials? One of your newest options is the sleek Hex Mini DSLR Sling, designed to serve a variety of uses for photographers and content creators on the go. But most importantly, it promises to keep your gear organized and protected....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Photographing Birds at the Zoo

Birds of all kinds are among the most popular subjects among nature and wildlife photographers and birding enthusiasts, but sometimes they can be a challenge to photograph. With today’s featured photography cheat sheet, however, we can get a notch better at photographing captive birds for a start. So get your camera ready, plan a day at the zoo or a birding center, and bring with you these easy tips! ...
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“Flora” Is an Upcoming Zine for Double Exposure Fans

Double exposures may not be a recent invention in the photography world, but the last decade saw more and more photographers experimenting with it. We’ve seen this creative technique become popular for portraits juxtaposed with buildings, seascapes, foliage, and flowers. If you’re particularly interested in floral double exposures, we found a zine project you might want to support on Kickstarter....
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5 Rare Leica Cameras to Satisfy Your Lust for Vintage Cameras

Leica cameras easily make it to a lot of photographers’ wishlists and tools of the trade. But for those who are also avid vintage camera fans, rare Leica models are the Holy Grail cameras of their collection. If that sounds you, we put together a round-up of five rare Leica cameras that we believe will make great additions to your acquisitions....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: The Dummy’s Guide to Using a Tripod

Tripods have long been one of the most important tools of the trade for many photographers. Some genres and projects even require it. If you’ve made the big decision to invest in a sturdy and reliable tripod, it’s not enough that you know how to secure your camera to it. With today’s photography cheat sheet to help you make the most out of it, especially if you’re going to use it a lot during outdoor shoots....
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How to Get the Vintage Polaroid Look in Photoshop

The nostalgic look of Polaroid photos remains popular to this day, but we get it if you’re not really ready to dive into the real thing yet. If you simply want to experiment with the look with your digital photos for now, there are many ways for you to achieve it using your go-to editing software. For today, we have an in-depth tutorial showing you how to do it in Photoshop and create a preset that you can drag and drop like a filter over any photo....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shoot with Monopods Like a Pro

Despite the variety of options out there, there are some photographers who find the tripod a little too bulky for their liking. Sure, there are now tripod designs and materials that are more lightweight and specially made for travel. There are also camera bag compartments and contraptions that are designed to let you carry them with ease. But if it’s down to a matter of preference for more compact options, the monopod could do the trick for you. How do you use it, though? Let today’s featured photography cheat sheet be your guide!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering Lighting for Macro Shots

As with all kinds of photography, lighting is a crucial part of a beautiful, well-exposed macro photo. Not only will it ensure your shots are sharp, but will also give them an extra punch. With a handful of quick tips from today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to use effective lighting for macro photography in time for your next shoot!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shutter Speed Visual Reference

One of the first important lessons you have to learn to take better photos is how shutter speed works and what its role is in creating a good exposure. If you’re still figuring it out and need a less technical resource to use as a reference, a visual guide might work better for you. And we bring exactly that for today’s photography cheat sheet....
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The Talking Minolta Compact Camera Had Such Fun Commercials

With the recent vintage camera ads we’ve featured being on the fun and interesting side, it was only a matter of time before we spotted and shared today’s commercials. If you’ve shot with or still have the Minolta compact featured here, you’re in for a treat. But if you’ve never seen the camera before, your curiosity will definitely be piqued!...
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Shooting with the Unusual Bronica RF645 Medium Format Camera

Thinking of getting into medium format film photography and looking for a camera to start your journey with? One of the newer cameras you might want to check out — but most likely haven’t heard of — is the Bronica RF645 rangefinder camera. If that just piqued your curiosity, we bring a new video by Alastair Bird that will serve as your quick introduction to this interesting camera....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Telephoto Lens Tips

Telephoto lenses are among the tools that are indispensable for many photographers, especially those who specialize in sports and wildlife photography, and other shooting situations that require the extra reach. If you too have decided to embark on a photography journey where these lenses prove handy, we suggest checking out these quick tips from Canon’s photography cheat sheet....
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Lomography LomoChrome Purple Now Comes in 110 Format

Looking for the perfect opportunity to bust out your 110 film camera? Now would be a great time as ever, as Lomography has recently launched their prized LomoChrome Purple film in 110 format. If you’ve already tried this famed film in 35mm and 120 formats, why not give it a go in this miniature format as well?...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Exposure Compensation Guide

Exposure compensation is among the nifty tools you have at your disposal to ensure properly-exposed photos and give you the results you want. So it definitely pays to know how it works. If you’re yet to master it, today’s featured photography cheat sheet has everything you need to know to get the hang of exposure compensation on your next shoot....
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David Levitz: Street and Travel Photography as a Creative Outlet

I’m David Levitz from San Francisco and I’m a hobbyist street and travel photographer. I use photography like many others as my creative outlet from my normal day to day work. I’m fascinated by cinematic scenes, night colors, poor weather conditions, and urban environments and the people within them. When I take photos I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for but often it’s silhouettes of people in interesting places or dramatic colors/moods. I try my best to capture imagery that’s unique to me....
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Bo Wen Huang Will Appeal to the International Urban Explorer

Anyone into urban exploration will most likely tell you that abandoned places are home to a lot of history, nostalgia, and drama that are simply perfect for photography. If the more emotive side of photography appeals to you, today’s body of work will definitely inspire you to seek these forgotten spaces. In his Abandoned Taiwan snaps, Taipei-based Bo Wen Huang takes us to many different places in the country that show various scenes and stages of decay, each with its own mood and imagery....
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This Vintage Nikon Ad Used One of the Three Stooges and Einstein

While commercials and advertisements that sell straight up do the job well enough, it’s always been the creative and disruptive ones that make a difference. So, for today’s dose of retro goodness, we thought about sharing one of those witty vintage camera ads that we no longer see in today’s promotional materials. This one is especially a bonus for long-time Nikon users, especially those who may have started their photography journey with this film SLR camera!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Handheld Shooting

A tripod is an invaluable tool for shooting situations when you need to keep your camera absolutely steady so you get sharp photos. However, if you don’t have one yet or didn’t get to bring one with you, you’d have to pull some tricks to avoid blurry photos. You’ll never know when these tricks will come in handy, so we have today’s featured photography cheat sheet to help with that....
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Denis Vejas Documents a Winter With a Shaman in Kazakhstan

A compelling documentary photography project rarely comes easy. More often than not, a story unfolds out of tips from locals, chasing leads, and keeping an eye out for stories that are unique, untold, and unexpected. These are just some of the lessons that we can learn from an interesting work of Lithuanian documentary photographer Denis Vejas, who spent one winter in Kazakhstan in 2011 to 2012 to document life for its last Sufi dervish shaman.  ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Top 10 Photography Mistakes to Avoid

All the previous photography cheat sheets we’ve shared so far have all been arming you with the essential tips and tricks to get you a step ahead in your photography game. This time, however, we think it’s also worth letting you on the most common mistakes that photographers either overlook or fail to account for. So, for today’s photography cheat sheet, let’s take a look at the top 10 mistakes that experienced photographers urge that we avoid....
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Tips for Shooting Black and White Street Photography at Night

If you’ve only been shooting black and white street photography during the day, there’s actually a lot of dramatic and compelling images that you’re missing at night. In a brief video by Vladimir Pcholkin, he shares his insights on shooting black and white street photography at night, and gives us a few simple tips for making the most out of it should we decide to give it a go. ...
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Incredibly Adorable Portraits of a “Catriarch” by Kristina Makeeva

Everyone knows the power of beautifully captured cat and dog portraits (and how these photos can turn the cutest pets into Internet superstars). Anyone who wants to take better pet portraits, especially those of cats, are in for a treat in the adorable work of Moscow-based Kristina Makeeva. While these feisty felines are often challenging to photograph, the results are often rewarding, as she demonstrates in the portraits of her cat Kotleta....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering Exposure for Macro Photos

As with any kind of photography, macro photography can benefit considerably from histogram readings. This tool will let you evaluate your exposure more accurately than you would from checking your camera screen. If you’re yet to master using the histogram for your macro shots, we have just the photography cheat sheet to get you started....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Photograph Flying Birds

Flying birds may be one of the most popular but also challenging subjects to photograph, especially for beginners. But today’s photography cheat sheet tells us that it’s actually not as difficult as it sounds. All you need are the right camera settings to achieve the results that you want. So if you’ve been frustrated but now ready to give it another go, make sure you bring these helpful tips with you!...
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Dive Deep Into the Underwater Cosmos of Laura Emerson

Man has been captivated by the quest to explore the unfathomable expanse of the universe. Yet,  there are still depths right in our own planet that we haven’t reached. To some degree, we don’t have to look far for worlds that are strange, otherworldly, and unfamiliar. In her clever and stunning underwater series, London-based Laura Emerson shows us that the wonders of the cosmos lie not only in some distant corner of deep space; it’s also right here in our homeworld....
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How to Make Ground Glass for a Large Format Camera

Austrian wet plate and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter has always been our go-to guy when it comes to all things cool about large format photography, especially wet plate photography. Aside from taking impressive, one-of-a-kind snaps, he’s also quite the handyman with his cameras and often makes modifications and DIY parts required by his projects. The latest of these is a DIY ground glass for the large format camera. As always, he documented the process in a cool video and shared with us a bit of information about it....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Bag Essentials

Whether you’re heading out of town or braving the great outdoors, it pays to be prepared with what you take in your camera bag. Apart from your gear and other essentials, there’s a bunch of other stuff you should take with you. If you’re not quite sure yet, let today’s photography cheat sheet be your handy guide. ...
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Photography Tips: When to Choose Black and White Over Color

One of the most important creative decisions you’ll make when editing your photos is choosing between color or black and white. When does a photo look better in monochrome? What should the highlight of your photo be if you want to go for a black and white image? How do you know which between the two gives a better mood for your photos? JT of Run N Gun YouTube channel answers these questions and more in one of his latest rundown of useful photography tips....
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This Vintage Camera Ad Reminds Us of the “Countdown” Polaroid

Polaroid cameras from decades past remain among the most popular and beloved when it comes to vintage cameras, revered alongside their modern counterparts. That’s why apart from the cameras themselves, a lot of us instant photography fans find ourselves fascinated with the vintage camera ads that feature them. Today, put the spotlight on one such ad, which takes us back all the way to 1970....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: 10 Tips for Better Drone Photography

With drone photography becoming more and more popular in the last few years, photographers are also becoming more and more willing to get creative and experimental with their projects. So, if you’ve been looking for tips to improve your drone photography and make the process easier for you, today’s photography cheat sheet features 10 useful ones you have to try today....
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This 1997 Kodak Commercial Reminds Us of Their Missed Digital Moment

While Kodak is still around, it remains revered for its rich film legacy and not really for any of its digital offerings. In fact, the Kodak disposable camera (or single-use camera, if you’d rather call it) is more popular today than any of its EasyShare digital point-and-shoot cameras. It’s actually puzzling, as a commercial from the mid-1990s reminds us of the time that the company seemed to have understood what it meant to take pictures further. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Nikon’s Photo a Day Challenge

Another year, another opportunity to get better at photography! Regardless of the genre you want to specialize in, one of the fun things you can do is to take on photography challenges. Among the most famous of these is the photo a day challenge, like today’s featured list from Nikon. If you need some ideas to jump-start your creative photography, consider this one of the photography cheat sheets to use as reference and inspire you this year. ...
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This Vintage Camera Ad Shows Us How to Selfie in 1912

The recent decade saw the world so enamored in selfies that it has gone from a seemingly innocent preoccupation to an obsession likened to a mental disorder. Still, self-portraiture wasn’t a thing of recent times, and there are actually several things that prove it. One of them is a vintage camera ad showing us how it’s done way back in 1912 — or not....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Photographing Moving Subjects

One of the most challenging and sometimes frustrating parts of photography is capturing moving subjects in sharp focus. It certainly helps to master your shutter speed, but there are also some tricks you can use to use motion to your advantage. Whether it’s a speeding vehicle, playing kids, or pets moving around, or other subjects in motion, today’s photography cheat sheet should be able to help. ...
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Quick Tips for Getting Started with Flash Photography

Working with flash can open up your photography to many creative options, as you’ve probably seen from most studio setups and even some outdoor photography projects. If you’re thinking of finally adding a flash to your tools of the trade, this tutorial has everything you need to know to get started with flash photography. As a bonus, this will especially be of great use to you if you’re eyeing the Profoto A1X flash....
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Hengki Koentjoro’s Black and White Showcase of Mighty Waves

From one of our favorite black and white landscape photographer comes another stunning series showcasing the beauty of the sea. This time, he takes us to Banten Province of Indonesia, where he captured the mighty waves of Sawarna Beach and transformed them into minimalist monochrome masterpieces. If you’re looking for some inspiration for landscape photography in glorious black and white, we’re sure you’ll be impressed with his take, whether you’ve been following his works for a while or seeing them for the first time....
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Futurama’s Bender Is Everyone’s Film Photographer Friend

If you’re looking for something to tickle your funnybones, we come bearing some photography humor! This time, it’s a quick dose of some pop culture stuff courtesy of Matt Groening’s (yep, the same guy that gave us The Simspons) animated sci-fi sitcom Futurama. If you’re a film photographer (or someone who has one), this one is especially for you!...
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