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Jeremy Cowart Makes Creative Use of Light for Moody Portraits

Lighting is a key component of impressive portrait photography, so it pays to know the different lighting techniques to help you get the job done. Once you’ve mastered these, however, you’ll begin to think of different ways to break the rules and let creativity take the reins. To help inspire you and give you some ideas, we bring one of the recent color portraits by Nashville-based photographer and artist Jeremy Cowart. If you like your portraits with a generous helping of colors, we’re sure you’ll find this collection particularly eye-catching. ...
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Leonidas Vaggalis: Capturing Emotion in Everyday Situations

My name is Leon Vaggalis and I come from Athens, Greece. Married to a beautiful wife and two great kids. I am a photographer in my free time and want to shoot anything that makes me get into thoughts. Generally, I like to give an emotion to each photograph I take, but I don’t always succeed. I like street photography because it’s kinda random and people act natural....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Composing with the Rule of Thirds

When in doubt about your composition, one of your best bets is to go for the Rule of Thirds. This is why every photographer is encouraged to begin mastering this technique when they’re just starting out. Read on to see how you can apply it to the shots you want to do with this handy photography cheat sheet by Company Folders. ...
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This Photographer Helps Others Find Therapy with the Art of Photography

As a documentary photographer, Minneapolis-based Nina Robinson draws inspiration from many different creative mediums, people she has interviewed, and fellow photographers whose works explore transformation, family, social issues, and solution-focused journalism. As an educator, however, she didn’t have the slightest idea about how the Phototherapy program she helped develop would also lead her to develop a passion for teaching senior citizens....
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How His Childhood and New York City Inspired Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden remains one of the biggest names in the realm of street photography, so it’s always worth learning about his insights on the genre. Not too long ago, he sat down with another esteemed photographer, Martin Parr, and talked about some interesting stuff about his beginnings and “fearlessness while photographing people out in the streets. In a video brought to us by a partnership between Magnum Photos and NOWNESS, Gilden once again talks about shooting around New York City, how his childhood was instrumental to his choice of subjects, and how the right characters are essential to a strong body of work....
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Guess How This Mind-Blowing, 81 Megapixel Photo of the Sun Was Shot

They said don’t stare at the Sun, but we bet you’re going to stare at this incredibly detailed photo for a long time. Astrophotography is cool enough already, with photos of the Moon, star trails, and the Milky Way Galaxy. But, there’s a lot more to it. Sacramento-based photographer Andrew McCarthy shows us what else...
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Can the Canon Rebel T3i Still Take Great Portraits?

We’re at a time when constant upgrades render cameras out-of-date every few years, especially for professional photography. This often leads many photographers to fuss about their gear and feel the need to constantly upgrade to the latest and greatest. However, it’s often possible to get beautiful results even with old cameras. The cheap camera challenge that Mango Street recently did is a testament to this. So, if you’ve ever wondered if you can still pull something good off that nearly decade-old DSLR gathering dust somewhere, the quick answer is yes!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Lens Filter Guide

Ever wondered about how different filters work and what they can do to your photos? In a nutshell, these accessories are useful for addressing challenging lighting conditions or creating a certain mood or effect. They work best if you choose the right filter for the right situation, and can affect image quality otherwise. There are plenty of resources out there on the topic, but for starters, we have a photography cheat sheet as a quick reference....
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These Double Exposures Inspire an Experimental Twist to Studio Portraits

Once in a while, we photographers can feel stuck or uninspired about what we do, and that includes shooting portraits in the studio. When that happens, trying out a new approach can shake us off our creative stupor. Experimenting with double exposures is always a good exercise, whether you’re shooting with film or a digital camera with this feature. To give you some ideas, you might want to check out the work of Kiev-based graphic designer Victoria Ouarets....
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Mitch Rouse: Stunning Aerial Photos in Glorious Medium Format

If the unique abstract quality of aerial photography is your cup of tea, you must have been on the lookout for our next featured body of work. To inspire you today, we bring the stunning work of Wyoming-based Mitch Rouse, showcasing a variety of landscapes and terrains that look otherworldly when viewed from above. As latest additions to our favorite aerial snaps, they make perfect examples of how a change in perspective can often reveal nature’s artistry and penchant for abstract imagery....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Cropping Guide for Portrait Photography

The concept of composition is the foundation of any outstanding photo, and it’s especially the case for portrait photography. Part of compositon is deciding which part of your subject appears in your shot. Whether composing through your camera or cropping in post, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good portrait by trimming it at an awkward part. To that end, this simple photography cheat sheet will be a handy guide for you....
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The Cosina-Made 35ES: The Vivitar Rangefinder You’ve Never Heard Of

Apart from rare Leicas, limited edition models of various popular cameras, and the occasional oddballs, some of our vintage finds also include some rather obscure cameras that most of us haven’t heard about before. Case in point is the Vivitar 35ES, and this particular item we spotted is pretty unique on its own. Whether or not it deserves a spot in your collection, we’ll let you decide....
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Paolo Pettigiani Reveals More of the Maldives in Surreal Infrared

If surreal landscapes bring you creative inspiration, we’re sure you’ll be amazed at the infrared photography of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani. We’ve been keeping tabs on his projects, and we think we found our favorite among all the destinations he has been so far. The tropical paradise of the Maldives is an easy choice, especially when given his “Infraland” treatment. While the previous installment gave us a stunning bird’s eye view of the islands, reefs, and lagoons, the latest lets us explore and enjoy the views from the beach....
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Seeing Double with Louis Dazy and His “Neon Life”

When it comes to double exposures, Paris-based Louis Dazy is among the photographers to pay attention to. With an impressive portfolio shot exclusively on film, he has been best known for his nostalgic and colorful juxtapositions of everyday life and neon signs. If you’ve been shooting film for some time, we’re sure you’ve already come across his work. Otherwise, we think his Neon Life series will get you inspired to give double exposures a go, whether on film or digital. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: 19 Composition Tips You Should Know

Composition is key for taking outstanding photographs, so it’s one of the first things that you’ll have to strive to learn from the get-go. A photo can be technically sound — well-exposed, properly focused, and tack-sharp — but if it’s poorly composed, it won’t be a great photo. Today’s photography cheat sheet has some excellent tips that will help you improve your composition and create stronger photos in the process....
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Gorgeous In-Camera Double Exposures by Luciano Meirelles

Some of you can tell by now that double exposure is one of our favorite creative techniques for both digital and film photography. When done right, it produces some really cool and interesting results, as you’ll see in our featured series by Brazilian wedding photographer Luciano Meirelles. If you’re curious about this technique, his body of work is an example of the creative possibilities that await you....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Achieving Beautiful Backlighting

We are told all the time not to shoot against the light, or else we’d get nothing but silhouettes. But, with some adjustments, you can get flattering results through the backlighting technique. The key here is to put a light source behind your subject to create a rim light without overpowering it to cause a silhouette. A photography cheat sheet shared by Lifehack gives us some tips on creating the balance necessary for the backlighting technique....
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X-Rite Introduces New i1Photo Pro 3 Plus for RGB Printing Workflows

If getting the colors perfect on RGB printing is part of your workflow, X-Rite’s new spectral color management tool promises to get the job done. The i1Photo Pro 3 Plus is designed to provide professional color management for screens, scanners, and RGB printer profiles. This ensures that your photos show accurate colors all the way to prints on various materials with challenging textures and glossy surfaces. ...
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Lotte Grønkjær’s Ethereal Flower Photographs Are a Thing of Beauty

Photographing flowers is a common and popular route through which many of us get started, and it’s easy to see why. With their unique, delicate, and timeless beauty, they make perfect subjects for exploring a variety of photography genres such as macro, nature, and fine art. Copenhagen-based Lotte Grønkjær sets a good example to those who want to elevate photographing flowers with her stunning work. Clean, minimalist, and distraction-free, her work focuses on the elegance of her chosen flowers (and sometimes other natural elements like leaves), ranging from tulips, poppies, and anemones....
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Creative Portraits Shot with Rear Curtain Sync Flash by Michael Winters

Working with flash for portrait photography may seem daunting at first. But it can actually open up your work to many creative techniques and possibilities. Shooting with the rear curtain sync flash mode is a good example. We’ve seen some noteworthy examples over the years, and we’d like to add one more to inspire you to try it out. New Hampshire portrait photographer Michael Winters gives us some ideas for working with the rear curtain sync flash mode in the studio....
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A Cheat Sheet for Every Wedding Photographer’s Mental Health

Wedding photography can be stressful both for the photographer and the couples, but you can do something about it. Preparation is key, and of course, it’s a team effort. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet is specially designed for that. If you’re looking for some tips to make the job easier for you, this is a visual guide you should definitely share with your clients....
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Two Ways to Shoot Single Light Portraits with the Chimera Lantern

Whether you’re looking into experimenting with a new lighting technique or simply want to keep your shoot minimal, a single light setup will do the trick. There are many different ways to do this, but Adorama adds one more to the list. In a recent episode of OnSet, Daniel Norton demonstrates how to achieve simple but beautiful headshots in the studio using the Chimera Lantern, a less commonly used light shaper....
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ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder Now Funding on Kickstarter

Over a year since we learned about Jason Lane and his own hand-coated glass dry plates, the New Hampshire-based dry plate photographer is back with a new project. After spending the last year collaborating with Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera, they’re now ready to present the result of their hard work. The ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder, available in 4×5, 5×7, and 8×10, is now up for grabs for large format photographers out there via Kickstarter....
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Portrait Photography Hack: Your Smartphone as a Colorful Light Source

Looking for a cheap colored light for your next portrait shoot? Look no further, because your smartphone will work if you’re in a pinch! Not everyone can afford professional studio lights that can take color gels. This lighting hack recently shared by JT of Run N Gun could be an option worth trying for your next shoot....
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Thibaud Poirier Captures the Peaceful Beauty of “Sleeping Venice”

It’s always fascinating to see a different look at the world’s most famous cities. One way photographers do it is to capture a glimpse at night, as they often take on a different persona without all the activity and lit only by the faint glow of street lights. We’ve seen some excellent examples (like Mark Broyer’s After Hours in Hamburg) in the past, and we’re adding one more to the pile. From Paris-based Thibaud Poirier comes a series featuring the calm and quiet side of Sleeping Venice, which can be a drastically different visual experience for those of us used to the hustle and bustle of the popular Italian city....
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How to Make Time for Photography While Having a Day Job

While a lot of photographers out there are shooting to make a living, there’s also a big chunk of the population who do it as a hobby. Work can often “get in the way” of doing photography for some, but Spanish-American photographer Adrian Otero says it’s definitely possible to squeeze it into our busy schedule. He gives us some insights on how he was able to do it in one of his recent videos....
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What Lenses Should You Invest in for Wildlife Photography?

Thinking of upgrading your lenses for shooting wildlife photography? If you’re determined to do it long-term, we have just the right stuff for you. UK-based wildlife photographer and journalist Tom Mason gives a run-down of his lens recommendations, but not the way most photographers would do it. Understanding that choosing the right lenses for the job can be daunting for beginners, he decided to recommend lenses that you’d be using for years....
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This Dope, Refurbished Blue Leica M4-P Can Be Yours for $956

Still looking for a cool vintage Leica to your camera collection? A refurbished Leica M4-P we spotted could fit the bill.  Once in a while, we come across some unusual but cool vintage cameras than grab the attention of photographers and camera collectors. A good example is a refurbished Leica M4-P body dressed in a...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: A Handy Shutter Speed Guide

If you’ve decided to give shooting in manual mode a try, one of the things you have to set to make your shot is the shutter speed. As one of the elements of the exposure triangle, the shutter speed determines how long the shutter remains open to expose the camera’s sensor to light. It works together with aperture and ISO to create a balanced image. If you This photography cheat sheet will serve as your guide for understanding shutter speed and how to choose the right one for what you’re shooting....
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Manish Lakhani Reveals a Day in the Life of Sulfur Miners in Indonesia

Certain professions come with some level of danger, and the sulfur miners of Ijen in East Java, Indonesia certainly have one the most hazardous working conditions out there. Noxious fumes, clouds of sulfur dust, challenging terrains, acidic water, and perilous hikes are all part of the job. During a trip in 2016, travel, documentary, and landscape photographer Manish Lakhani was able to meet one of them and a get a glimpse of their life along the perilous slopes of the so-called “Mountain of Fire.”...
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“Smithy” Places the Spotlight on the Smithing Crafts of Ural Artisans

Craftsmen and artisans are among the most compelling subjects for documentary photography for their mastery and interesting stories. Despite the reality that many of the tools we use today are made in factories and manufacturing plants, these artists are at the forefront of keeping some of the oldest professions alive. The stories of craftsmen from the Ural region is what piqued the interest of photographers Oleg Kovalyuk, Maxim Loskutov, and Andrey Kuskalo. Together under the Form 42 collective, they introduce us to the metalsmiths, leather crafters, and artistic forgers who make the creatively made tools and items available to those who can appreciate fine craftsmanship....
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Florian Nick: Showcasing Nature’s Diversity in Timelapse Photography

My name is Florian Nick and Iʼm a freelance director of photography and timelapse photographer based in Stuttgart, Germany. My ideas and visions as a filmmaker are inspired by the diversity of our planet with its stunning places to be traveled, extraordinary people to be met and inspiring stories to be told. This drives my passion for capturing unique moments and images from around the globe in an authentic and meaningful way. As my work is particularly dedicated to the outdoors, sports, travel and lifestyle, my fascination for nature had me specialize in timelapse photography as a powerful method of creating impressive high-quality imagery of stunning landscapes....
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This Pink Olympus XA2 Is an Extremely Rare Commemorative Edition

If your camera collection is comprised mainly of rarities and curiosities, our latest vintage find is certainly worthy of your attention: an extremely rare pink Olympus XA2 with matching flash. Chances are you’ve never heard of it — it’s a testament to how rare it is! Whether you’re yet to get your hands on an XA2 or simply have a penchant for intriguing editions, this could be a candidate for the next addition to your collection — if you’re willing to look past the fact that it’s pink!...
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Damien Guiot: Summer Nightscapes to Make You Long for Starry Nights

When it comes to summer scenes, it’s always sunsets at the beach or the golden sunrise that gets the spotlight. But nighttime can likewise be a great shooting opportunity during summer. This is what Damien Guiot shows us in his stunning collection of starry nightscapes shot around Vosges in France. For those of us who have skipped shooting the night skies in favor of the deep blues and vibrant golds, this series will surely inspire us to try it out....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shoot Mouthwatering Food Photography

We all like to dabble in food photography, but there’s more to it than being good enough to get likes on social media. If you’ve been wondering how to begin taking better, even pro-looking food photos, we have a cheat sheet by Italian food photographer Jonathan Raho that could get you started. Here, we learn about a bunch of key elements for exploring the scrumptious side of photography. As with any kind of photography, it’s all about leading the eyes of the viewer to the star of your photos. And of course, make their mouths water at how tasty the food looks like!  ...
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You Secretly Want This Rare, Unused Hello Kitty Polaroid 600 for $3,215

If you’ve been following our vintage finds, you’ll know that we keep our eyes peeled for all things noteworthy, cool, and sometimes overpriced cameras that are still out there. Today’s find has all three ticked: a rare Hello Kitty Polaroid 600 in unused condition going for $3,215. It’s definitely a collectible item both for Hello Kitty fans and Polaroid photographers (and Polaroid photographers who are also Hello Kitty fans). But whether it warrants the hefty price tag is another matter altogether....
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The Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 Builds on the Classic Photojournalist Bag

Fans of the iconic Billingham Hadley camera bag have something to celebrate today with the company’s announcement of the latest addition to the family. The new Hadley Pro 2020 builds on the protection, comfort, capacity, and flexibility of the best-selling model, adding several new features that Billingham owners and photographers around the world wanted to see. Now would be a great time to upgrade to a Billingham camera bag with the Hadley Pro 2020’s improved versatility and portability....
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Kevin Krautgartner Plays with Light and Shadow in Aerial Photos of Dunes

We’ve been following a lot of outstanding aerial photography lately for the abstract imagery they offer to intrepid photographers. It’s always exciting to see them uncover nature’s breath-taking art that stays hidden to most of us. But it’s also interesting how each shot is a testament to the impact of perspective on perception. Case in point is the expanse of sand dunes that German photographer Kevin Krautgartner captured to show us a mesmerizing dance of light and shadows....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Flash Photography Tips and Tricks

Flash photography may seem daunting at first, but knowing how to work with lighting equipment like flashes and strobes will expand your skills and let you work with different shooting situations. It’s an especially valuable skill if you want to do portrait photography. Whether you’re curious about using flash and pro lighting setups in the studio, or simply want to learn how to make the most out of the flash unit you just bought for your camera, this cheat sheet should help you get started....
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Pro Tip: How to Shoot Cinematic Portraits with Hard Light

When it comes to portraits, soft and diffused light is often the go-to setting to create the most flattering results. However, hard light can also open up your portrait photography to a lot of creative techniques, such as cinematic effects. In his quick tutorial, Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media shows us a quick setup in the studio that will let you create a beautiful cinematic look for when your projects call for it....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Choosing the Best ISO Setting

The ISO is one of the exposure values that you have at your disposal to make sure you get the best results for your photos. It’s one of the things you’ll hear being thrown around in photography circles quite often, but what exactly does it do? How will your settings affect the way your photos will look like? Never fear, because another photography tutorial and cheat sheet from Digital Camera World is here....
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Lizzy Gadd on Adding an Ethereal and Artful Twist to Self-Portraits

Social media often gets us inundated with senseless selfies, giving the self-portrait a bad rap. But the work of photographer, artist, and writer Lizzy Gadd opens our eyes to the creative and artful possibilities of this type of photography. In a short film by SmugMug, she talks about how drawing ideas and inspiration from the energy of her emotions led her to develop her own stunning self-portrait style....
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Making Transparencies From Fujifilm Instax and Polaroid Films

Looking for something creative and experimental with instant film? You might want to try transparency lifts. It’s a project more popular for Polaroid instant films but turns out that you can also do it for Fujifilm Instax films. It’s a permanent alteration of the prints, but maybe it could inspire you to get extra creative and make some interesting images out of it. Last year, Marco Christian Krenn of Analog Things shared how he creates transparencies out of Polaroid black and white films. He followed it up with another cool tutorial for using these transparencies into a multi-layer transparency lightbox using Polaroid black and white instant films. Since then, he’s been getting questions about whether it’s possible to do it with Instax films as well....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Metering Modes in a Nutshell

If you’re yet to master your camera’s features and settings, understanding the metering modes is one of the crucial ones to get started with. Your camera evaluates the best exposure settings to choose based on a particular scene through this functionality. With this quick tutorial and cheat sheet from Digital Camera World, you’ll soon be able to get your exposure spot on with the right metering mode. The tutorial explains how metering modes are valuable for ensuring that your photos are correctly exposed. They determine the extent of the darkest areas, brightest areas, and everything in between, as well as the best aperture and shutter speed combination. The cheat sheet below covers the four most common metering modes you’ll find in most cameras today, how they work, and when to use them....
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Exploring the Bigger Creative Roles of Film Photography and Print (NSFW)

With film photography still having a place in our creative arsenal and interests, we’re always curious about how our fellow film photographers are going against the grain and making the most out of the unique medium. So when (currently) Los Angeles-based fashion photographer and casting director Nick Sabatalo got in touch with us to share the latest in his film photography forays, we were curious. Five years after he first picked up a film camera, he’s now venturing into a major component of the medium that most of today’s film photographers are skipping: making fine art prints out of their images. In our chat with Nick, we asked him to tell us more about his insights on print (specifically darkroom printing), the plans for his all-film photography magazine, and what their roles they are meant to fill in the realm of fine art photography....
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Yusuke Nishibe’s Creative Photos Honor a Traditional Japanese Print

Before photography became one of the primary tools for creative expression and documentary work, there were traditional art and printing techniques. Japan was a cradle of some of the most fascinating of these, including a nature printing method called Gyotaku. It’s safe to say that it inspired Yokosuka-based Yusuke Nishibe to use photography to pay tribute to the unique craft with his own digital version. ...
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Tobias Friedrich’s Old Canon DSLR Captures Critters of the Deep Seas

If you were fascinated with the surreal sea creatures photographed by Tobias Friedrich during one of his blackwater dives, he’s got more to satisfy your curiosity. In his latest snaps, he showcases the diversity of tiny critters in tropical waters of Indonesia, training his macro lens on creatures both weird and wonderful. If you have a keen interest in marine life or simply find blackwater diving intriguing, this collection will surely be worth checking out....
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Giacomo Bruno Makes a Beautiful Tribute to the Masters of Japan

When it comes to getting a glimpse of life around the world’s best-known places, Giacomo Bruno remains one of our go-to documentary photographers. Last time we followed the adventures of the Milan-based photographer, he took us to the depths of the Amazon forest in Brazil to show us how the people of Beira do Río grow and harvest the açaì berry. His latest travels took him to Japan, which he found a fascinating country for its strong and heartfelt adherence to traditions, especially when it comes to art and craftsmanship. Of course, he couldn’t pass up on documenting this particular side of the country’s culture. He did so by photographing the masters of the most typical and traditional of the Japanese arts....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: When to Use Wide or Narrow Aperture

Whether you’re just transitioning from a smartphone camera or an everyday point and shoot digital camera, working with aperture settings can be confusing. When do you choose a smaller aperture over a wider one? What effect does a wider aperture do to a photo? These could be some of the questions you find yourself asking, so we’re sharing just the right cheat sheet to help you make sense of it....
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Hipstamatic Wants to Remind You That it Still Exists with This Sale

You may or may not be aware of how long it has been since your last brush with Hipstamatic. But just in case you need some reminding, the company has recently sent out news of its latest offerings as a way to say they’re still around. These include all the RetroPaks for half the price and the commemorative Sea of Tranquility HipstaPak. So if you’re thinking of snapping away and catching up with the all-new version 300 of the app, this could well be your chance to grab the “latest and greatest gear” for your “Hipstamatic camera bag.” ...
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