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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shutter Speeds for Shooting by the Beach

Beaches and bodies of water are among the favorite shooting locations of landscape photographers for a good reason: they offer a variety of stunning scenes to photograph. A single location by the beach, for example, can be photographed with moving water for dramatic results or freezing waves for a more strong image. If a landscape photography shoot somewhere scenic and seaside is in order for you, we’re sure today’s photography cheat sheet will give you some tips for making the most out of your shoot....
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SILBERSALZ35 Films Now Come in Metal Cartridges With DX Code

Right at the heels of launching their best photos of 2019 compilation, the folks of Silbersalz dropped great news for those who are yet to try the SILBERSALZ35 films. The lineup of true 35mm cine films are now available in UK-made metal cartridges with DX code, and those who want to get a sample with one roll first instead of buying four packs can now order in single rolls. Empty film hardcases are now also available for those who want to have extra cases for stocking up on their favorite 35mm emulsions....
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Intrepid 4×5 Now Available in First Ever Limited Black Edition

Large format photography is still very much alive, so if you’re keen on getting into the craft, now is one of the best times to grab a camera and get started. There are plenty of options, both old and new. But if you have a taste for large format cameras in modern classic designs, the newly launched Black Edition Intrepid 4×5 will surely be of interest to you. But you have to be quick, as this gorgeous version of the popular Intrepid camera won’t be up for grabs for too long....
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Using Curves on Lightroom to Get the Vintage Film Look

The so-called film look or vintage aesthetic remains a popular visual style among photographers, whether they get it through shooting film or experiment with digital filters and presets. Nothing does it better than shooting with actual film cameras, but if you’re not yet sure about that, the digital route should If you’re using Adobe Lightroom to edit your photos and want to know how you can use it to get the film look, here’s a quick tutorial that will at least cover working with Curves....
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Lomography Fantôme Kino Is a Black and White ISO 8 Film

While the photography industry has been reeling from event cancellations and global lockdown, Lomography still decided to bring some good news to announce their newest black and white film. Dubbed Fantôme Kino Black & White ISO 8 Film, this super slow emulsion is geared towards film photographers who want to capture the dramatic in the everyday in punchy, cinematic aesthetic....
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Shooting with a “Ghostbusters” Brooks-Veriwide Camera

Looking for the next quirky camera to try and add to your camera collection? We can trust Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern to always have something interesting for us to consider. This time, it’s yet another nostalgic camera that made a Hollywood cameo: a Brooks-Veriwide medium format panoramic camera that appeared in Ghostbusters II in 1989....
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10 Photography Activities for Staying Productive in Quarantine

While we’re certainly living in unsettling times and are forced to cancel events and observe quarantine measures and social distancing due to COVID-19, there are still many things we can do to stay creative and productive. Our fellow photographers are coming up with tips and suggestions on how to keep our skills sharp even with the limitations that come with being stuck at home. JT of Run N Gun, who suggests we think of this situation as a gift of free time, recently shared with us his quick video and blog post about 10 things you can do today to keep boredom at bay while holding out....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Sizing Up Subjects in Your Frame

How much space in the frame should your subject cover? This is one of the simple questions that you may have when composing your shots. You can either fill the frame with a close-up of your subject if you’re shooting portraits, or go for a wider composition to emphasize the feel of the environment or show how your subject interacts with it. Size does matter when it comes to how you present your subject, but the long answer is, it depends on what effect you want to achieve in your composition. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet has more to say on the topic....
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HVSQ Ver. 2 Lets You Shoot Instax Square Film with Various Medium Format Cameras

Instant photography is very much alive, albeit with limited film options. Because of this, we’ve been seeing some bright minds coming up with accessories like instant backs to help increase our options for cameras that can accommodate the instant films available today. Instant backs that allow you to shoot Instax films using Hasselblad cameras have been particularly popular in recent times. The latest of these is the #HVSQ Ver. 2, the second version of the Instax Square film back made by Shenzen-based photographer Tao Yang for the Hasselblad V-System....
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This Cool Effect Was Done in Camera with a Widelux F7

Experimenting with creative effects is among the reasons why film cameras continue to be popular in the digital age, and today’s featured photos make perfect examples. While there’s a myriad of cool effects that you can do with your favorite image editing software, being able to pull off effects with film cameras is still quite an achievement. Case in point is the pixel stretch effect achieved using a mechanical swing-lens panoramic camera! If you have one or a similar camera, we’re sure these photos will get you curious to give it a try....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Get Started in Studio Portraiture

Decided on doing more portrait photography projects and now need a space of your own for it? If you already have a dedicated spot where you can set up your own studio, the next step, of course, is to get the necessary equipment. Since you most likely already have a camera or two, refer to today’s photography cheat sheet for the rest of the gear to get you started....
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Turning a Portable Scanner Into a Large Format Camera Digital Back

Large format photography is not only still very much alive today, but it’s also evolving, thanks to crafty photographers who go the DIY route to the give us more ways to work with it. Among the most interesting examples are digital backs for digital cameras — even for large format cameras. Read on if that sounds like something you’d like to try for a weekend project....
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The Golden Hues of the Haldi Festival Are Perfect for Documentary Photography

Festivals and community events are among the favorite subjects of documentary photographers for a good number of reasons. Not only do they serve as windows to various cultures and beliefs around the world, but also reveal the different aspects of humanity. In her collection of photos of the Haldi Festival, however, Navi Mumbai-based photographer Akshaya B. also shows us that festivals are also perfect for those who want to explore and play with vivid hues in their photography. If you’re looking to add some color in your work, this Indian festival is nothing short of a golden opportunity!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: The Most Confusing Part of Flash Photography

Flash photography isn’t as simple as illuminating your subject with flash, especially if you’re using a professional flashgun or strobe lights. To be able to use flash effectively, among the things you must know is how to work with the Guide Number of your flash. This technical detail will help you determine the right values for manual exposures in flash photography. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will serve as a quick guide you can use for your next practice, whether in the studio or on location....
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This Commercial Reminds Us of the Doomed Kodak Stab at Instant Film

With the late 1970s and 1980s being a prime time for instant photography, it’s not surprising that camera companies thought about challenging the reign of Polaroid. Perhaps unknown to many today or forgotten by most, Kodak did so by releasing their doomed attempt at instant cameras and film in 1977. Allow us to refresh your memory or give you an idea with today’s featured vintage camera commercial for the Kodak Handle....
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More Awesome Square Format Film Cameras to Add to Your Collection

When it comes to medium format cameras, square format or 6×6 is considered as the standard image size. We’ve previously featured other frame sizes that you can opt for, but to get the full experience, square format should never go missing in your film photography gear. If you are still missing one, allow us to give you more recommendations apart from these five square format cameras we already featured in the past....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

Wildlife photography is certainly one of the most popular and exciting genres to get into, but it certainly comes with its own set of challenges. If your goal is to get out there to photograph some of the most poignant moments in the animal kingdom, you must be wondering about how to begin. With some tips from today’s featured photography cheat sheet, you’ll have an idea about the kind of work involved. ...
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Why the Mamiya 6 Is a Great Medium Format Camera for Travel

Medium format film cameras are typically not the first to come to mind when we speak of travel cameras. However, Ohio-based photographer Matt Day may have just the camera for you to consider: the Mamiya 6. Known as a compact 6×6 medium format rangefinder camera due to its collapsible design, it also comes with other convenient features like the built-in light meter and aperture priority mode. If you’re looking for a medium format camera that will make a great travel companion, we suggest checking out Matt’s latest video....
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Vintage Polaroid Commercial Teaches Us How to Press the Perfect Picture

Despite the prevalence of Fujifilm Instax cameras, Polaroid cameras from decades past remain popular to this day. Among them is the Polaroid Sun 600, which is the star of today’s featured vintage camera commercial. Today, this instant camera is among the iconic models that continue to be sought after in vintage stores and secondhand markets, thanks to word of mouth among film photographers. Still, it’s always interesting to see how these cameras were marketed back then, often with the help of celebrities and well-known photographers, like Hugh Laurie for this 1980s commercial....
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10 Popular Point and Shoot Film Cameras for the Compact Shooter

We’ve all heard the sage advice that the best camera you have is the one with you, and for many people, it’s their smartphone. Others still prefer an actual camera, albeit a small one that they can bring everywhere, instead of a bulky DSLR. A mirrorless camera makes for an easy choice if you’re a digital shooter, but if you’re curious about film cameras as well. Surely, you must have heard of two increasingly famous but also insanely expensive models: the Contax T2 and Yashica T4. But if those are way beyond your budget, you actually have plenty more options....
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This Bulletproof Coffee Campaign is a Fun Inspiration for Conceptual Photographers

Conceptual photography is all about bringing a certain idea or visual story to life. Sometimes, it’s a creative way for us to tickle the imagination. But it also proves useful for communicating a message to consumers, which is why it’s often a powerful tool for marketing campaigns. A perfect example for aspiring concept photographers is a light-hearted campaign photographed by Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson (Kremer Johnson) for Bulletproof Coffee....
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Les Garçons Crafts Visions of Spring Through Food

When we speak of spring, the first things that come to mind are images of flowers, greenery, and fields in full bloom. However, the creative minds behind Les Garçons bring us a more creative and conceptual way to see and represent this beautiful season and the refreshing imagery that comes with it: scrumptious and delicately styled food photography. If you’re looking for out-of-the-box ideas about spring or food photography, this featured series definitely fits the bill. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Clutter-Free Backgrounds for Great Snaps

Ever felt that a shot would have been perfect if not for distracting element in the background? Can’t cut off or blur an annoying element behind your subject? Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid cluttered and distracting backgrounds, but taking the time to pay extra attention to it will give you the best results. With tips from today’s featured cheat sheet, you’ll be able to make sure your subjects are set against the best backdrops possible....
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This Adorable Lego Camera Combines a Folding Design and a Mirrorless Camera Back

Last time we heard from Albertino of Instax Magic, we were impressed with his attempt to revive a 90-year-old Zeiss Ikon Trona folding camera. However, he did it in a way that a lot of us most likely didn’t expect: using Lego bricks. Now, he’s back with another Lego masterpiece, this time a colorful digital camera inspired by his five-year-old son. If you’re looking to tinker around with a lego camera project and are looking for some inspiration, this will certainly give you some ideas!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Foreground Interest in Landscape Photography

Among the important landscape photography techniques that every beginner should learn is how to draw the eyes to the shot by adding a foreground element. A common mistake about landscape photography is that it’s only about shooting a sweeping capture of the scene. However, this reduces the shot to a snapshot that lacks a clear subject or point of interest. This is where today’s photography cheat sheet comes useful with some tips on adding foreground interest and leading lines to strengthen your landscape photography....
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Richard Drew Tells the Poignant Story Behind “The Falling Man” Photo

There were many scenes of chaos, destruction, and panic captured during the 9/11 attacks, but one of the most haunting images is actually a quiet one. When Richard Drew pointed his camera up to one of the towers, among the horrors he captured were people falling from it. However, he didn’t know until later that one of the frames would turn out to become a symbol of the tragedy of every life lost that day. ...
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7 Reasons Why Photographers Still Need a Speedlight Today

Adequate lighting is crucial to achieving properly exposed shots, and sometimes, you’ll need the help of additional light sources if the scene isn’t bright enough. The speedlight or “flash gun”makes a portable and useful option for this. It can be fired either on the hotshoe of your camera or wirelessly on a cold shoe. If you’re wondering why a speedlight deserves a space in your camera bag given the increasingly improving low-light capabilities of cameras today, this quick video has seven reasons for you....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Do You Know How to Expose for a Pet’s Fur?

Photographing pets can be challenging at times, as all of us have likely experienced when attempting to capture the adorable moments of our fur babies. Sometimes, it can even be stressful for both the pets and the photographer. With some tips from today’s featured photography cheat sheet, however, all the chasing around and more will be well worth it!...
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Gabor Nagy Showcases the Magnificent Little Volcanoes of Iceland

If you’ve ever needed more reasons to believe that Iceland is one of the most magical and otherworldly places on Earth, the stunning aerial photographs of Gabor Nagy will definitely give you another. In part four of his Iceland From Above series, the Budapest-based photographer and Sony Ambassador takes us to the Stampar volcanic crater row in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Not only does this selection strongly suggest checking out the region if we haven’t yet, but also showcases more of the otherworldly landscapes that Iceland has come to be known for....
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Coronavirus: What Photographers are Doing to Cope

All over the world, events and gatherings, including photography events and workshops, are being cancelled as part of measures to keep the COVID-19 from spreading further. Social distancing is also in effect to prevent the spread of the virus, so that means no shooting portraits with models and even strangers out in the streets. Client work and paid projects are also affected, making this dreaded disease such an ordeal for professional photographers. The biggest question, therefore, is how are photographers holding up? What are they doing to deal with the onslaught of COVID-19?...
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A List of Photography Events Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID-19

Given the precautionary measures necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, events, shows, and gatherings of all kinds across the globe are being postponed or canceled — some well-known photography events included. The CP+ (Camera and Photo Imaging Show) 2020 was among the first that got cancelled last month. If you’ve marked your calendars months in advance and have been looking forward to attending, chances are they’re already canceled or postponed; others most likely will soon follow. In case you’re looking for updates, here are just some of the events we got wind of that were originally scheduled but will no longer push through or have been moved to later dates....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Freezing Movement with Fast Shutter Speeds

Fast shutter speeds are useful for achieving various creative results — when used correctly. As a general rule, you can freeze movement for creative shots using a shutter speed of at least 1/250 sec or faster. Still, you’ll find that how fast exactly you should set the shutter speed actually depends on many factors. Today’s photography cheat sheet, however, will serve as your quick reference for the best camera settings and techniques to use based on your shooting situation. ...
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Reveni Labs Creates a Very Tiny Light Meter for Vintage Cameras

Given the popularity of film photography today, many vintage cameras are being given a new lease on life. However, some of them either don’t have built-in light meters or no longer have working light meters. For shooting situations and films that need precise exposures, a reliable light meter will be necessary. Not everyone has the budget or access to handheld light meters; others simply don’t like working with them. For this, Canada-based Reveni Labs has created a modern yet tiny light meter that easily pairs with hundreds of cameras....
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Gustav Willeit Crafts Mood Through Painterly Landscape Photography

Ever felt like trying something new with your landscape photography? How about creating something more moody and mysterious out of it? Why not experiment with creative techniques to achieve a unique look? These are just a few ideas that you may be inspired to try after checking out the impressive landscape series by Corvara, Italy-based Gustav Willeit. Challenging the usual expectations we have with landscape photography, the series instead appeals to our notions about memory and the passing of time....
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Daido Moriyama Is a Wealth of Gritty Street Photography Inspiration

When it comes to street photography, we cannot talk about the gritty and punchy black and white aesthetic without mentioning Daido Moriyama. Hailed as the Godfather of Japanese Street Photography, he remains one of Japan’s most celebrated photographers, best known for his radical approach to the genre. Whether you’re new to his work or could use some street photography inspiration, this slideshow is certainly worth checking out....
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7 Black and White Photography Tips to Really Improve Your Work

Think you could use some tips to bring your black and white photography to the next level? We’ve already shared loads of tips and tricks for photographers of all levels, but since we’re always looking for tips and insights from experts then and now, here’s another set from another real pro. In a recent video by COOPH, London-based street photographer Alan Schaller, the co-founder of Street Photography International who also shoots exclusively in black and white, gives some seven helpful tips and insights on getting better at the craft....
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Chris Clor Imagines Jesus and His Disciples in the Modern World

If you’re into conceptual photography, you often have to keep an open mind and a playful imagination to come up with the best ideas for a project. A perfect case in point is London-based photographer, retoucher, and CGI artist Chris Chlor, who came up with an interesting and humorous take on the imagined scenario of Jesus Christ and some of his disciples finding themselves in the modern world. ...
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Bayard Wootten: The Pioneering Female Photographer You Haven’t Heard About

This month is all about recognizing and honoring the works of women in all fields and industries, photography included. We already got started with 20 contemporary women photographers to inspire you this year. But we’d love to add one more, an important yet mostly unheard of at that: Mary Bayard Wooten, one of the most important photographers of the early 1900s. She was way ahead of her time, facing and rising above the challenges that she faced as a single, divorced mother, an entrepreneur, and a creative in a male-dominated society....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Landscape Photography Checklist

When it comes to landscape photography, being prepared is paramount to getting the picture-perfect shots. This doesn’t just involve picking out the best spots, but also making sure you cover all the other important stuff that you need to do before, during, and after the shoot. For today’s featured photography cheat sheet, we have a simple yet effective check list that will help you avoid making the mistake of being unprepared....
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Rogue Drops Improved FlashBender v3 for Your Flash Photography Needs

Whether your flash accessories are due for an upgrade or you’re already looking to finally invest in them, the latest iterations of the FlashBender products could be of interest to you. Now on their third version, these kits and tool come with improved features that should fit your indoor and outdoor flash photography needs....
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Will 2020’s Occulture Visual Trend Spill Onto Photography?

Among the visual trends that Shutterstock included in their fearless forecast for 2020 is Occulture, which they described as imagery involving spiritual elements like magic, astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, and palmistry, with motifs that range from cosmic to creepy. We’re definitely seeing a lot of these in illustrations, packaging design, and branding. We’re sure some of you may be wondering, will this trend also crossover to photography? How can photographers use and interpret this growing interest in the occult? ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Photographing Animals in Wildlife Parks

Wildlife photography can certainly be extra challenging to get into, so lots of practice is required for anyone who wants to make it their genre of choice. Fortunately, there are parks and sanctuaries that you can visit to practice before embarking on wildlife adventures. If you already have a location in mind and plan to set your practice there soon, we have just the photography cheat sheet to help make things a bit easier for you....
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5 Great 6×9 Format Cameras for the Medium Format Film Photographer

One reason why 120 film is a medium loved by many is the versatility offered by its different frame sizes. Some photographers prefer the 6×7 format because it’s only slightly larger than the 6×6 format and prints nearly exactly to 8×10 paper. Others go for the 6×9 because it has the same aspect ratio as the frame of 35mm film. So, if you need both the extra resolution and a wider area for your photos, this medium format frame size may be for you. If you’ve already decided to make the shift, we have a bunch of camera recommendations for your consideration....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Creating Balance Using the Rule of Thirds

Sometimes, it’s tempting to just place your subject smack in the center of the frame and take the shot. But once you’ve become familiar to the Rule of Thirds, you’ll open your photography to more dynamic compositions. Whatever you’re shooting and whether you’re shooting in horizontal or vertical framing, you’ll be able to achieve this with today’s featured photography cheat sheet. ...
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This is the ASMR Earporn for Fujifilm X100 Photographers

Shutter sounds are music to our ears without a doubt, which is why some photographers are delighted by the loud clanks, slaps, and whirrs of film cameras. There are lots of shutter sounds videos out there, but looks like it can be taken a notch higher with the addition of ASMR. We’ll let you decide if it’s silly or a serenade!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot Better Photos Underwater

Ever wondered how you can get gorgeous underwater photos using your mirrorless camera? There are actually many things to consider and keep in mind for this, including gear requirements, the best shooting mode, using flash, and other lighting options. Canon Asia comes to our rescue with some tips in their photography cheat sheet....
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Patagonia Staff Photographer Jeff Johnson on Adventure, Cameras, and Photography

Feeling a little lost and uninspired in your photography and think you can use some motivation? You might want to sit down and follow around Patagonia Staff Photographer Jeff Johnson in this quick photo walk video recently shared by Gear Patrol. Ten blocks, roughly eleven minutes, and an insightful interview may just give you the inspiration and sense of adventure to get your photography going again....
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4 Photographers Shooting Dazzling Photos with the 6×7 Format

If you’ve been wanting to get into medium format film photography and have done enough research, you must have come across the fact that 120 film comes in several frame sizes, including 6×7. This format was popular because, as Wikipedia mentions, it enlarges almost exactly to 8×10 inch paper, leading its proponents — especially those who print — to hail it as the “ideal format.” You may even have stumbled upon our round-up of fantastic cameras to shoot 6×7 format with. We can only hope that’s enough to help you either make up your mind about shooting in this frame size or which camera to get you started. But in case not, we’re thinking these awesome projects we’ve featured in the past will inspire you. This format is great if you’re not a fan of shooting squares, but don’t take our word for it — let these photographers and their works serve as proof!...
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Steve McCurry Launches Two Virtual Photography Exhibits on YouTube

Steve McCurry is a photojournalist that often needs no introduction. But, chances are photography enthusiasts and beginners have only ever heard about him from his iconic “Afghan Girl” photo. The portrait of a girl with piercing green eyes, however, isn’t his only masterpiece. Today, we bring a couple of slideshows — or virtual exhibits, as they are called in the videos — showcasing some of his most outstanding works that depict food and reading. If you’re craving some photography inspiration, you’ve come to the right post!...
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Tadao Cern Brings Out the Humor in Portrait Photography

Humor is one of those things that opens us up to many creative ideas, regardless of the craft or field we’re involved with. We see it in a lot of conceptual photography, but sometimes, it can make a difference even in simple portraits. Such is the case in the collection of funny faces captured by Lithuanian architect turned artist-photographer Tadao Cern. If you’re looking for something to inspire you to add humor into your work, this project may give you some ideas....
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