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Sebastian Weiss Explores the Outward Personality of Architecture in “Dramatis Personae”

In portrait photography, the goal is to capture the essence of a subject’s personality and make use of a certain mood to match or highlight it. For Hamburg-based Sebastian Weiss, the goal of his architecture photography is more or less the same for an ongoing project. If you’re into this genre of photography and are curious about how he captures the “personalities” of buildings and architectural elements, this is definitely a body of work you’d be delighted to see....
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No More Fumbling with Your RC2 Tripod Plate with this Simple Hack

Ever had a problem figuring out which way your RC2 tripod plate should go in dimly lit shooting conditions? You probably didn’t think about solving all the hassle and fumbling about with this quick and easy tripod plate trick…until now! ...
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The Old NPC ProBack Let You Shoot Polaroid Peel-Apart Films with a Nikon SLR

Once in a while, you come across a photography contraption whose purpose or use eludes you. Some of the ones that occasionally still pop up on ebay and photography forums is the NPC Polaroid ProBack, a camera back that was designed to take Polaroid peel-apart instant films for checking exposure, lighting, and composition on the spot. ...
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Watch a 360 Video of Ultra Large Format Wet Plate Photography in a Historic Studio

Wet plate photography, one of the traditional photographic methods, gives a completely different but fascinating experience, as you’ve probably learned from our previous features. Portrait and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter shares with us another interesting look into his ultra large format wet plate process, from the cameras he uses, traveling with his wet plate gear, and shooting in a historic studio....
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Mika Suutari Imagines a Lonely Life for a Plague Doctor

One of the strengths of conceptual photography is its appeal to the imagination through story-based imagery. In this day and age where everything has already been done, a concept, in fact, doesn’t need to be something perplexing or completely unfamiliar. The most moving concept can also come from a distant past, as today’s featured photographs by Finland-based Mika Suutari demonstrate....
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Osborne Macharia Fashion Photography Focuses on the Iconic Rude Boy

After featuring a handful of work showing daily life around Africa, it’s time for us to go deeper into its pockets of culture that most of us rarely see. Today’s featured project by Nairobi-based Osborne Macharia is an colorful inspiration for both fans and practitioners of fashion photography....
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Mads Peter Iversen Revels in the Beauty of Nature Through Landscape Photography

Danish photographer Mads Peter Iversen may have eased into photography from commercial videography, but you can say taking his sweet time enabled him to discover the kind of work that resonates with him. In between juggling his time in Aarhus and Silkeborg, he’s jumping from one breathtaking location to the other to create his beautiful fine art landscape snaps. In this submission, he shares with us the beauty and grandeur of nature that motivates him to do artful landscape photography....
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The Wait for a Peel-Apart Instant Pack Film Revival Continues

When Fujifilm slated the FP-3000B Instant Black and White Film for discontinuation, it was the only black and white instant film in 3×4 format in the market. Four years later, we’re on a mad scramble after the last stocks of the FP-100C, which Fuji discontinued in early 2016. Despite the many exciting developments in the instant photography arena, the beloved peel-apart films still remain sorely missed. The task to revive it remains difficult, apparently even for Polaroid Originals, so we are left waiting (impatiently, for some of us) for its return....
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Alexander Berdin-Lazursky Merges Photography and Digital Art in Futuristic Fashion Portraiture

Creative projects that blur the boundaries between digital art and photography may be pretty common albeit somewhat controversial these days. But once in a while, we come across bodies of work that are simply surprising and amazing, it doesn’t matter how they were made. Today, we bring you one such collection of images by New York-based Alexander Berdin-Lazursky....
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CAMS Camera Plates and Sling Straps Up for a Major Redesign

If you’re one of the potential buyers of the Carry And Mount System (CAMS) Camera Plates and Sling Straps who have found it incompatible with your camera, you might want to check it out again. A CAMS major redesign currently being funded on Kickstarter, with a focus on accommodating smaller camera bodies....
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Felipe Bedoya Captures the Daily Life of Colombia’s Beach Vendors

The goal of most documentary photographs is to tell a story in the most straightforward way, but what happens when it’s given a fine art treatment? Today’s perfect example comes in the form of photographer and illustrator Felipe Bedoya’s photos of beach vendors in the port town of Cartagena in Colombia....
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The Former Lead of Apple Aperture Created a New RAW Editing App

Need to edit your RAW photos on the go? The newly-launched RAW Power app for iOS lets you edit your RAW snaps with iPhones and iPads that are running on iOS 11. You can download it for free today from the App Store and have the the option for a single purchase Advanced Adjustment Pack for $9.99 to unlock premium editing features....
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How to Shoot Colorful Bokehlicious Night Portraits

What goes well with street portraits and night photography? Bokeh, many photographers now will immediately tell you. It’s not exactly a new concept and many of us have been playing around with bokeh for all sorts of concepts and projects. But, seeing how the so-called bokehlicious night portraits are so trendy now, it may well be worth it to see how it’s done and what makes it so popular. Manila-based photographer Gab Loste has shared his process in a quick video tutorial....
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How to Create Beautiful Cinematic Portraits in the Studio

The cinematic aesthetic is one of the big trends photographers from various genres are currently jumping into, for a good reason. It creates beautiful results that effectively evoke emotions and sentiments to the viewer. This technique is popular among photographers who primarily want their work to tell a story. Portraiture is a pretty popular application of this look, so if you’re a portrait photographer keen on knowing how to do it in the studio, here’s a video tutorial that’s right up your alley....
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Wear Your Love for Photography with TogTees Shirts (and Stuff)

Whoever said “wear your heart on your sleeve” must be talking about showing what you love with a shirt. If you feel you can use an extra shirt or two to wear your love for photography, you might want to check out some cool photography-themed graphic tees and other stuff from Philadelphia-based TogTees....
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ALPA of Switzerland Launches Limited Edition ALPA 12 SWA + Helvetar 43mm Kit

Medium format snappers, architectural photographers, and landscape photographers, here’s something that should tickle your fancy. Swiss camera maker ALPA has recently introduced its latest camera package for film photographers: the ALPA 12 SWA equipped with ALPA Apo-Helvetar 5.6 43 mm lens. You’d have to be fast, though, as it’s super limited edition with only five kits up for grabs....
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How Many of These Film Photography Hacks Do You Know?

Film photography, without a doubt, can be an intimidating and totally different world for beginners. Those who have found their way around are now shooting confidently thanks to little tips and tricks accumulated over the years to make their analog lifestyle easier. Whether you’re new to the film snappers club or someone a little far along, I bet there’s something new to you in this quick list of hacks from Mike Janik....
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Matthieu Bühler Takes Us to a Dreamy Stroll Around Neon Tokyo

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Japan is a paradise for photographers. It’s not just because of the latest and greatest in photography gear, however. Its cities are full of character that make them distinct, memorable, and certainly picture-perfect. Tokyo-based Matthieu Bühler shows us how the capital alone makes for a dreamy street photography location in his beautiful set called Neon Dreams....
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You Can Now Own a Fully Working Replica of the First Space Hasselblad

Ever dreamed of being an astronaut-photographer and flying out in space to take photos that are literally out of this world? Now, you can at least pretend to be one with a fully functional replica of the first ever Hasselblad camera modified by NASA for space flight....
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How to Pose a Model for Fashion vs. Fine Art Portraits

Both fashion and fine art photography make use of portraiture for eye-catching pictures, yet the final results show different styles. If you find yourself wanting to dabble on both but aren’t sure about what sets them apart from each other, learning how to pose a model for fashion vs. fine art is a good start....
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Upcoming “Instant Dreams” Documentary Celebrates the Magic of Polaroid Photos

This year has been phenomenal for instant photography, especially for Polaroid Originals and the iconic Polaroid cameras. On top of new films, new cameras, improved emulsions, and everything in between, the icing on the cake is a new documentary about the magic of Polaroid photography....
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Elizaveta Porodina Channels the 1960s “It Girl” with Retro-Inspired Portraits

When it comes to portrait photography, I find myself gravitating towards themes and styles that go beyond straightforward portraiture. Nothing against the usual posed model shots, but portrait projects that tell a story, reinvent a style, or emulate a concept are simply inspirational in my book. One such example that I’ve tucked into my list of favorite portrait works is the retro-inspired “Who’s That Girl?” by Elizaveta Porodina....
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TurnGram Delivers Prints of Your Instagram Snaps Every Month

At the height of the digital age, people have turned to social media to share photos and memories with their friends and loved ones. Rarely do we see people keeping thick photo albums for viewing later. Framed photos of various sizes also don’t grace living rooms, offices, and personal spaces like they used to. But if you’re among the handful who still like having your photos printed, an online service called TurnGram conveniently sends prints of your Instagram snaps to your doorstep every month....
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Texas Teacher Aims to Mentor 30 Students with Kodak Box Cameras

When Texas-based educator and photographer Dusty Parrish came across a Kodak box camera from the 1930s, he didn’t want to keep the experience to himself. He had the brilliant idea of bringing back the old school photography experience to kids today by mentoring 30 kids from the school he’s teaching in. But of course, acquiring 30 box cameras alone requires some funding, and that’s where he needs our help....
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Film Test Shows Greatly Improved New Polaroid Originals Color Films

If you were frustrated with the Impossible Project era films for Polaroid cameras, you’re definitely not alone. Alongside raves of the moody and retro look they created, these instant films were plagued with so many reports of failed photos and disappointing color renditions. Fans of instant photography and Polaroid cameras finally got their hopes up for better emulsions with the Polaroid Originals rebrand, and they were not disappointed. In an in-depth test by Cyrus Arthur for The Science of Photography, we get to see how big the improvements are for the new Polaroid Originals color films....
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The Polaroid Originals Duochrome Films are Back in Stock

Attention, Polaroid snappers and instant photography fans! If you’ve been looking for a new film to experiment with, it’s time to stock up on some Polaroid Duochrome Films. They’re finally back in stock on the Polaroid Originals online shop!...
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Ken Hermann Tells the Story of Magic Amidst Modernity in Inner Mongolia

In a time when cities have grown ten-fold and life gets more and more fast-paced, some places still maintain a deep connection with their age-old practices and traditions. Copenhagen-based Ken Hermann gives us a colorful and fascinating view into this mix of mysticism and modernity with a portrait project set in Inner Mongolia called Shaman....
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Make Photo Booths Extra Fun with the Polaroid All-In-One Photo Booth Kit

Thinking of getting a photo booth for your next party but want something more fun and out of the ordinary? Polaroid has you covered with an entertaining All-In-One Photo Booth Kit that includes an oversized version of their iconic Polaroid frame. Parties, celebrations, and events will surely be extra fun and memorable with the quirky photos guests can take using this photo booth set....
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Infographic Shows How Instagram is Running Social Media Marketing

There’s no denying that Instagram has become the top online marketing tool for businesses of all kinds. Every major company has an account, and even independent brands are banking on it in place of traditional ads. It’s highly visual, has a wide reach, and effortlessly trendy — and that easily sounds like the formula for a successful marketing tool. An infographic shared to us by eCommerce solutions X-Cart reveals the figures behind the influence of Instagram....
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The Magnum Photos and Aperture “Great Journeys” Square Print Sale Ends Tomorrow!

If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on some prints by the world’s most celebrated photographers, now is your chance. Magnum Photos has recently partnered with Aperture Foundation for a Square Print Sale, which has over 100 signed prints by the likes of Martin Parr, Alex Webb, and Joel Meyerowitz up for grabs for $100.  But you have to hurry, as they will only be available until tomorrow, November 3rd....
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Anthony Kurtz Shows Everyday Life in Senegal with Powerful Street Portraits

Photography has the amazing power to show a slice of life virtually any corner of the globe, and I find projects harnessing this to be amazing. Joining my growing list of favorites of such works is a two-part series of Senegal street portraits by Berlin-based commercial, editorial, and art photographer Anthony Kurtz....
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Chris Clor Captures the Beauty of the Outdoors in Punchy Monochromes

There’s no doubt that landscape photos look stunning in color. Once in a while, however, you come across a body of work in black and white that shows you a different side to the beauty of the outdoors. It may not be entirely new, but the timeless look of landscapes in monochrome remains a favorite of photographers. If you need some black and white inspiration today, you’ll find the landscape work of London-based Chris Clor impressive....
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Shane Griffin Creates Colorful Abstract Photos with Defective Glass

Photographers have many ways to play and experiment with light, but this featured body of work most likely doesn’t involve the usual methods you have in mind. To create his psychedelic Chromatic sets, New York-based Shane Griffin did a simple experiment with light and glass. The results are really interesting and give a new dimension to playing with light....
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No Mother, No Child Project to Photograph Colombian Mothers Whose Children Were Adopted Abroad

One of the powers of photography is to tell the compelling stories of people from across the globe. For her brave photography project, Cologne-based Jennifer Dallmann will be travelling to Colombia to tell the stories of mothers whose children were adopted and whisked away to other countries....
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The Secret Nikkor Lens for Gorgeous Bokeh and Swirls

Do you love the look of bokeh and swirls on your portraits and creative photography projects, but don’t have the right lens for it yet? We’re going to let you in on a little secret: the Nikkor 55mm 1.2 AI lens, which is often overlooked in favor of the more coveted 50mm 1.4 or 1.2 lenses, could be a top choice....
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Stijn Hoekstra Takes Us Around a Cinematic Amsterdam in Winter

If you’ve seen and loved the faces and scenes of Cuba captured in cinematic style by Stijn Hoekstra, you’ll surely enjoy this featured set. The Amsterdam-based cinematographer and photographer wows us again with his beautiful photography, this time with a series of cinematic snaps of winter in his city....
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Easy Street Photography Tips for Beginners

Has street photography got you curious about shooting your city’s best candid moments but don’t know where to begin? Josh Katz comes to your rescue with a handful of tips and tricks that you can try with your camera or even smartphone camera today....
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Kickstarter Project aims to Publish Photobook Addressing Police Brutality in the US

Photography today has become a tool for anyone to tell their compelling stories through moments captured in time or snapshots of the aftermath. Photojournalism and documentary photography, in fact, are among the popular pursuits of photographers today. One of these is Alanna Styer, who aims to get Kickstarter funding for her photo book which addresses the issue of police brutality in the United States....
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Michael Crouser Documents the Beauty of Colorado’s Mountain Ranches

Some of the most captivating photography projects showing the beauty of the outdoors aren’t limited to landscape photography. Case in point is a body of work by commercial and fine art photographer Michael Crouser, in which he shows us the beautiful scenes of cattle ranching in the mountains of Colorado....
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How to Create Rainbow Effect on Your Photos Using Photoshop

Screenshot image from the rainbow effect video by Jessica Kobeissi One of today’s most popular photography trends is the rainbow effect on portraits. Some of us may feel it’s overused and gimmicky, but it’s most likely going to stick around for a bit longer. If you haven’t done this before and want to see what it...
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DORYU 2-16 is the Subminiature Camera You Probably Didn’t Know About

If you’re not yet convinced that Japan is the stuff of photographers’ dreams, that will soon change with what you’re about to read. Say hello to the cool and ultra rare DORYU 2-16, a pistol-shaped subminiature camera made in Japan from 1954 to 1956....
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Deaf-Blind Photographer Ian Treherne Shares His Inspiring Story

Despite his deteriorating eyesight and hearing impairment, Ian Treherne from Rochford, Essex hasn’t let his condition stop him from being a photographer. In one of their episodes for More Than An Image, Wex Photographic shares the inspiring story of Ian, and how he interacts with the world though photography even with his debilitating condition....
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Why the Pentax 67 is the Best Medium Format Camera for Portraits

Want to get into medium format film for portrait work? You must have been doing research for quite some time now, first with a camera to use. Chances are, you’ve come across the hefty Pentax 67 medium format SLR camera. If you’re looking for some insights on this popular option, Arizona-based photographer Aidan Moneyhon gives a run down of reasons why it’s the best medium camera you can pick up for portrait photography....
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Yashica Electro 35: The Yashica Camera You Should Buy Today

One good thing that the heat of the Yashica digiFILM brouhaha has brought would probably be a renewed love or interest for the Yashica cameras of the previous decades. One such camera is the Yashica Electro 35, a rangefinder line that that is still sought after and loved by beginners and long-time film photographers today....
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Ron Gessel Shows the Sweet Joy of Cotton Candy World

If you’re running out of ideas for a documentary or street photography project, you might want to do a simple exercise: Photograph something you feel is too familiar or often overlooked. You might end up painting a pretty interesting picture of something typically seen as ordinary. Case in point are Ron Gessel’s cheerful snaps of people enjoying cotton candy....
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Andrew Kurcan on Capturing the Quiet, Unspoken Moments of Grief

For me, photography is not only a profession, but a way to cope, interact and understand the world around me. Earlier this year my brother-in-law died unexpectedly. Weeks later my mother passed away — equally unexpectedly. 2017 has been defined by grief — the loss, the anger, the confusion, the isolation — often a full gamut of emotions. Over the past few months, I have been shooting a photo essay titled On Grief as an attempt to capture those quiet moments when one is left with nothing but their own thoughts. Being a visual creative, I find that I cope and express best with imagery....
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Marcos Alberti Breaks Barriers Surrounding Female Sexuality with The O Project

Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti is back with another daring project that explores and reinterprets a mostly taboo topic. Following the success of his Wine Project, he has recently launched another portrait set done in the same fun style. The goal this time is to encourage the conversation on female sexual well-being and break the barriers surrounding it....
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Eric Davidove’s Street Portraits Show the Faces of San Francisco’s BDSM Culture (NSFW)

I am Eric Davidove, a photo hobbyist living in the San Francisco Bay area, who loves taking street photos. My camera is the Sony a6500 and my two lenses are the Zeiss 16-70mm and Zeiss 24mm. I have been shooting for about 2 years and picked up the hobby during a time when I suddenly found myself unemployed. Taking photos helped me deal with the stress and anxiety of unemployment, which lasted a year. For many years, a long time ago, I was a street mime who observed and interacted with people. Becoming a street photographer was a natural progression, and the mime experience helped me better anticipate and capture street moments, and interact with strangers....
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Michael Schauer Weaves Stunning Stories Into Landscape Photography

I am Michael Schauer, a 27-year-old landscape and nature photographer, photographing since late 2014 and hailing from Munich, Germany. During my Sociology studies I picked up photography as a new creative outlet and started out with the forests and mountains surrounding Munich but soon found that my heart beats for the cold and northern landscapes. In my work I look for new ways to interpret places and stories through my own creative point of view, giving it a surreal twist in hopes that the viewer can relate to the feeling of solitude and calmness....
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Maciej Kalkosinski on Photographing Iceland’s Landscapes in Black and White

If you ever got into landscape photography, you know that there are places that act as a magnet for shooters. I always felt that uncontrollable force gravitating me towards vast empty spaces. That was the reason I moved from central Europe to Scandinavia, and that was the reason I always wanted to visit Iceland. Making my dream come true was not that easy though....
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