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Daniel Garay Arango Gives Architectural Photography a Zero Gravity Spin

How do you make something mind-blowing with something as commonplace as architectural photography? In a marvel of photography and digital art, Colombian photographer Daniel Garay Arango gives us a good idea. He imagines what architectural elements would look like in a zero-gravity environment. At least, that’s what I’d say the story would be from the set’s title alone....
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Dylan Lucas Gordon Seeks Adventure in the Russian Arctic Circle

If you’re craving for an adventure, we have just the right stuff to inspire you with some wanderlust. In his playful and stunning photo diary, California-based photographer Dylan Lucas Gordon shares what went down during his trip to the Russian Arctic Circle in search of waves to surf and concrete to skate....
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Victoria Nazarova Shows How Black and White Film Still Makes Beautiful Portraits

Film is very much alive, and in fact remains the photographic medium of choice for many portrait projects. Nothing compares to the mood, look, and image quality of film for this purpose, especially in black and white, and when exposed correctly. If you’re not convinced, we think the portrait portfolio of Russian photographer Victoria Nazarova will drive the point across....
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Florian Wenzel Illustrates the Power of Color in “Farbfleck”

The power of color in photography isn’t always in the display of the most vibrant hues, or filling the frame with the most eye-catching color combinations. It’s also evident in the simplicity of minimalist techniques and approaches. German photographer Florian Wenzel demonstrates how this works with a short series curiously titled “Farbleck.”...
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Oberwerth Adds “George” to Its Line of Casual Camera Bags

Following the Richard and William messenger-style camera bags and the colorful Harry & Sally collection, German brand Oberwerth is back with a new addition to its casual camera bags. Say hello to George, a compact and relaxed camera bag that comes with both functionality and style....
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Markus Hofstaetter Shoots Steampunk with a Handheld Wet Plate Camera

Remember portrait and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter and his passion for wet plate photography? He’s back with another awesome wet plate project. This time, he shot with a 91-year-old box-form SLR in handheld for a beautiful steampunk-themed photo shoot....
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Would You Dare Take the Millennium Falcon Camera Challenge?

In the spirit of the good old Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Challenge, Kai Man Wong himself recently road tested a cheap camera: a Star Wars Millennium Falcon 5MP Digital Camera. If you enjoyed the DigitalRev series —  and watching professional photographers and videographers struggle like they’ve never struggled before — this new challenge should be amusing for you....
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Jean Yves Lemoigne Depicts the Strength and Grace of Muay Thai Boxers

When we speak of intense combat sports, grace is often the last thing that comes to mind. However, French photographer Jean Yves Lemoigne has found that some sports can unexpectedly resemble something different, like dance. He picked a rather interesting sport to demonstrate this idea: Muay Thai....
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Lukas Holas Celebrates the Animal Kingdom with Stunning Portraits

Some of the most compelling bodies of work showing the beauty of nature are also the simplest. It works with landscape photography, as we’ve recently seen in the impressive works of photographers like Przemyslaw Kruk and George Digalakis. It’s certainly more challenging to pull off for other nature-centric genres like wildlife photography, but we’ve found a series that did it, and beautifully so. Czech photographer Lukas Holas has achieved it with his stunning collection of Portraits of Animals....
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How to Achieve Multiple Portrait Lighting Effects With One Flash Unit

Having a detailed or extensive portrait lighting can be easily achieved in the studio. But, what if you’re shooting on a budget or can’t bring all your equipment when shooting on location? Pennsylvania photographer Michael Henderson comes to the rescue with a portrait lighting hack: how to achieve the look of three lights with just a single flash unit....
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Film Photography Project Introduces New Line of Hand-Rolled Films

In a fitting gesture of love for film photography, the Film Photography Project has launched a new line of hand-rolled 35mm black and white films on — yep, you guessed it — February 14. Learning that there are more rare emulsions for us to try is just the stuff that film lovers and ardent monochrome fans needed on this occasion....
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Five Quick Tips for Easier and Better Street Photography

Whether you’re just new to street photography or someone far along in the craft, there’s always something you can do to make your shooting experience easier. London-based Haris Finazzi has recently shared with us a handful of tips he believes would make for easier and more immersive street photography....
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Photos by Select Hasselblad Masters to Launch in IKEA Markets

A fine art photograph to decorate your home could be your next IKEA puchase. In a bid to make art and photography available to everyone, IKEA has partnered with Hasselblad and several professional photographers to launch a selection of photos to go on sale on all IKEA markets....
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The Barber Shop Convertible “Undercut” Camera Bag Doubles as a Travel Rucksack

If you’re looking for an elegant camera bag that can also double as as an overnight bag or travel rucksack, you might want to consider the “Undercut” Bag by Barber Shop Bags. The key feature of this option is a quick and simple convertible design that essentially lets photographers have two bags in one, both in form and functionality....
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This Short Documentary Tells Why Film Photography is Still Alive

Compared to the fast-paced current of digital photography, film photography has been a calm and steady stream. Since the so-called analog resurgence, its advocates have been busy giving old cameras a new lease on life, keeping the demand for film going, and making new emulsions and cameras whenever the opportunity arises. The battle cry of these stalwart supporters of film? Film is not dead, or as the case presented in a short documentary by Take Kayo, film is still alive. ...
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Brendon Burton Creates a Cinematic Exploration of the “New American West”

When we hear of the American West, we immediately associate it with its landscapes and distinct culture. Portland-based Brendon Burton, however, explores what he considers as the “New American West” with a recent series of cinematic conceptual work called Western Gothic.

According to Brandon, his work is focused on “studying the side effects of cultural isolation and the concept of liminal space.” Part of this is a fascination for vacant and decaying places which was sparked by his childhood on a farm in an isolated community, For the curious, liminal space is, at the simplest sense, a place of transition and where waiting often takes place. Western Gothic is indeed teeming with these elements, both in the setting and the visual narrative housed by each photo. ...
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Get Your Street Photography Inspiration from These Vivian Maier Documentaries

Many decades after after her prime and almost a decade after her passing, many of us are only starting to know and dig deeper into Vivian Maier’s work. The nanny photographer who primarily prowled the streets of Chicago’s North Shore took over 150,000 photographs throughout her lifetime. But her life’s work remained unknown and unpublished until more recent times. There’s a growing number of books and documentaries that try to piece together her story, among the most famous being BBC’s Imagine Vivian Maier and the 2013 film Finding Vivian Maier....
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Carsten Witte Shows the Beauty of Square Format for Portraiture

If you’re into portrait photography, one of the things you can try to improve your composition is the square format. This framing method is actually very powerful for all kinds of photography, but it works exceptionally well for portraits. Today’s portraiture inspiration from Hamburg-based Carsten Witte will certainly show you how....
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Przemyslaw Kruk Captures the Mystic Beauty of Tatra Mountains

The mountains are a favorite of many landscape and travel photographers not only for their scenic charm, but also for their unique mood and energy. Whether in color or black and white, and whatever the chosen medium, the goal of every landscape photographer is to capture the mystic beauty they find in every jagged peak and gentle slope. Przemyslaw Kruk shows us what it’s like on his side of the world through his impressive display of the mountainside in Poland....
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Get an Easy Retro Look for Videos with 8mm Film Grain Overlays

Today, the vintage aesthetic isn’t only popular and useful in photography. Filmmakers and videographers have also found the look an effective way to make their stories, projects, and campaigns even more eye-catching. There’s no shortage of digital filters promising film effects but of course, nothing compares to the look of actual emulsions....
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Giacomo Bruno Captures Sri Lanka’s Fascinating Stilt Fishing Tradition

Are you a travel photographer with a strong interest for documentary projects? You might want to take a cue from Milan-based Giacomo Bruno, and add Sri Lanka to your bucket list of places to visit and document. While you’re at it, make sure to include Koggala on your itinerary, so you don’t miss the chance to photograph the city’s fascinating fishing tradition....
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Xavier Buendia Raises Awareness on Suicide with a Photo Collaboration Project

Creative minds are capable of making great things on their own, but collaborations always bring something interesting to the table. Some of the most unique and eye-opening collaborative projects also come from the merging of different industries. Brighton-based food and portrait photographer Xavier Buendia gives us an example of this in a recent project he did in partnership with a restaurant....
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The Nikon F6 Film SLR Still Goes for Over $2,000 Brand New

Among the things that somehow put off people in trying out film photography is the fact that each photo comes with a cost. You don’t only need a camera to shoot with; you need to buy film rolls or packs, too. It doesn’t help that film camera prices have gone up with the resurgence. Some models from iconic brands also remain as expensive as ever. A quick search online reveals that a Nikon F6 body, the last of Nikon’s F series still being made today, is priced at $2,499 (on a side note, the only items priced higher are the Leica cameras). But, is that really a bad thing? Is the Nikon F6 still worth the hefty price tag?...
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The ALPA TrioPod Pro 75 and Classic Ball 5 II Can Hold Well Over 150 Pounds of Camera Gear

ALPA of Switzerland has recently launched two new tripod products to cater photographers’ ever growing shooting needs. The TrioPod-Pro 75 Tripod is built to carry even the heaviest photography equipment, while the Classic Ball 5 II is an equally sturdy option for those who prefer using ball tilt heads....
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Cody Cobb Explores the Solitude of the American West

The great American outdoors has been inspiring artists, photographers, and adventurers for generations, each with their own depiction and connection to these revered landscapes. The most recent to share with us his portraits of the American West is Seattle-based Cody Cobb, who continues his quest to capture the quiet moments against breath-taking sceneries....
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Manne Wahlström Explores Classic Portraiture with Black and White Films

Despite the widespread preference for digital convenience for most creative projects, film remains a popular choice for photographers who want the look of classic portraiture. Such is the case for Swedish photographer Manne Wahlström, who does outstanding film portraits in both color and black and white. For this feature, however, we wanted to put the spotlight on his clean and crisp monochrome portraiture, most of which were done in the studio.

In our quick chat with Manne, we asked him to tell us about the main draw of portraiture in film, his favorite tools for the job, his creative vision, shooting with a studio setup, and the lessons this challenging medium has taught him....
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Pete Barrett: Documenting The Perilous Training of the US Coast Guard

Pete Barrett’s work remains a favorite of ours for his striking storytelling and visual style. Following our feature on his American Worker Project and a closer look at his image for a Travelocity ad campaign, we present another of his story-driven documentary work. In his action-packed photo essay titled So That Others May Live, Pete captured the perilous training of the Coast Guard members stationed at Cape Disappointment. What was initially meant as an addition to the ongoing American Worker Project became a separate body of work with a compelling narrative of its own....
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George Digalakis Showcases the Tranquil Allure of Minimalist Monochrome Landscapes

When we speak of landscape photography, minimalism isn’t usually the first technique or style that comes to mind. With black and white, however, there’s more of that given the strong influence of masters, particularly Ansel Adams. When you combine the two, the results are actually stunning, as landscape and fine art photographer George Digalakis demonstrates in his Minimal Landscapes set....
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How to Give Your Portraits a Light and Airy Look on Lightroom

Wondering how you can get those clean, and sometimes dreamy portraits with a light and airy look? We’ve found some easy tips from Chelsea Nicole Photography so you can give it a try on your next portrait project. If you’re just starting out with portrait and wedding photography, this tutorial is perfect for you.

The light and airy look is popular with photographers who like shooting portraits in natural light because it looks clean, crisp, and even romantic — which is why it’s a favorite for engagement shoots and wedding photography. So, if you like shooting outdoors and in natural light, you’re halfway there. She recommends watching her video on shooting tips first if you haven’t nailed that one yet. In this other video tutorial, Chelsea Nicole demonstrates part two of the work flow by showing how she edits her photos with the popular look in Lightroom....
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Nandakumar Narasimhan’s Photo Diary is a Peek Into Himalayan Winters

All images by Nandakumar Narasimhan. Used with Creative Commons permission. The most effective and enduring travel photos create a picture of a place by telling a story. This is what aspiring travel photographers work to learn and achieve through practice and trust in their sense of adventure. If you’re one of these creatives who is seeking...
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“Struggling in America” Photo Book Aims to Tell Stories of Hardships and Homelessness in the US

The United States has long been a picture of wealth and progress for many. But the reality remains that a portion of the population are struggling, and the numbers are growing. Street photographers and documentary photographers have been working to raise awareness, but it remains a tricky subject to tackle for many of us, with the risk of stripping the homeless and the struggling of their dignity as human beings. But when you focus on individual and personal stories, such as the approach of Owen Kahn in his latest documentary project, it makes a more compelling case....
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Przemyslaw Kruk Showcases the Surreal Beauty of Infrared Photography

Sometime in your photography journey, you’ll stumble upon the otherworldly imagery made possible by infrared photography. If you find yourself drawn to dreamlike sceneries, you’ll surely enjoy the works of Polish photographer Przemyslaw Kruk. His infrared landscapes in particular. 

Przemyslaw’s landscape snaps are all impressive, but among the standout ones are his infrared photos of trees and fields in Poland. One look at the pale leaves and grass and you’re instantly transported into an alternate world. If you think about it, that’s probably the best way to explain what’s special about this imaging technique. By using a camera or film that is sensitive to infrared light, photographers like Przemyslaw shows us a world bathed in the light spectrum that is invisible to our naked eyes....
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Louis Dazy Reimagines Hong Kong in Dreamy Double Exposures

level of experimentation that it encourages. One such photographer, Paris-based Louis Dazy, appears to have mastered the look of medium and used it to craft his own visual style. 

In his recent work simply titled Hong Kong on film, Louis transforms the dizzying cityscapes of Hong Kong into a dreamy collection of double exposures. Majority of these photos were taken at night, giving him free rein to take doubles of street lights and a pensive subject seeming lost in thought as he takes it in....
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How to Achieve Great Portraits in Open Shade Lighting

Whether you’re not yet well-versed in studio lighting setup or simply prefer shooting in natural light, here’s an easy tutorial that will help you get stunning results. Just look for a location with open shade lighting and you’re halfway there! Mark Wallace demonstrates how you can work with this simple but clean lighting for your next natural light portrait sessions.

In a video tutorial on Adorama TV, Mark showed why he absolutely loves open shade lighting for shooting portraits in natural light. All you need is a balcony facing a bright, hard light but also has a shade above it. Go ahead and watch him work with this simple and beautiful lighting for portrait work in the short video below:...
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David Ingraham Explores Urban Disconnection in “Lonesome City”

In his first monograph titled “Lonesome City,” Los Angeles-based photographer David Ingraham navigates and captures the universal themes of urban isolation and disconnection in big cities around the world. Street photography fans and followers of his work can support this new project and grab copies of his book through a dedicated Kickstarter campaign. 

Five years of extensive shooting around the streets of Los Angeles and other cities across the globe culminate in this striking collection of black and white photos. David describes this body of work as “a glimpse into the dark heart of the big city and what it feels like to be immersed in the vast ocean of humanity.” He adds that while this is innate in the metropolitan experience, it also causes the feeling of being alone, alienated, and detached from it all....
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“The House” is Amr Elshamy’s Multi-Disciplinary Masterpiece

Many photographers are also multi-disciplinary creatives. Some do writing on the side, others dabble in art direction, and many also double as videographers and filmmakers. Egyptian photographer Amr Elshamy, however, does something interesting on the side as a visual artist: he makes scale models of scenes he wants to photograph.

All these artistic interests have come together for a single photo which he called The House. Guided by his love for sci-fi themes, Cairo-based Amr came up with the concept of a UFO uprooting a house to take back to their home planet. So much for bringing home a souvenir from their interstellar travel!...
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Here’s Your Chance to Snag the Black Paint Leica M3 of Your Dreams

Prepare to pour your heart — and cash — out for one of the most sought after Leica collectibles ever. If you missed any of the rare Leica treasures we spotted previously, now is your chance to snag another. A rare Black Paint Leica M3 in very good condition has recently surfaced on ebay, which can be yours for the buy-it-now price of $68,500....
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How to Get Stunning Low Key Portraits with One Light Source

Do you have a portrait project in mind that requires a contrasty, low key look? Unlike high-key lighting, this technique usually lets you play with lights and shadows to lend a dramatic mood on your portraits. However, it’s also possible to get beautiful results without all the harsh shadows dominating your subject’s features. Daniel Norton shows us how to put together a simple setup for clean-looking low key portraits in his recent OnSet episode....
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Fuji Natura 1600 is the “Best 35mm Color Film” You Need to Shoot NOW

Whether you’ve just started shooting with film or have been an ardent analog lover for years, you better make this rare film a top priority. Fujifilm’s Natura 1600 is legendary for all the good reasons. But if you want to experience it, you better be quick, because Fujifilm has recently axed this film and will very soon be out of our grasps....
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“Character Conceptual” Studies Imaginary People in Everyday Situations

Need some inspiration for portrait photography or visual storytelling? If we were to sum up what makes the duo behind Kremson Johnson Photography worth following, it’s their knack for creating characters with unique stories to tell. A lot of their projects show this, but for those who are just discovering their works, we think their set called “Character Conceptual” makes a great primer.

As the title suggests, “Character Conceptual” is a series of portraits where Los Angeles-based Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson tell the stories of their imagined characters. Guided by this ongoing theme or category within their body of work, each portrait is a testament to the qualities that make their creative vision exemplary. Playful, quirky, and sometimes offbeat, their style is refreshing and inspiring for any photographer or creative with a taste for visual storytelling....
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Andreas Levers Takes Us Around Atmospheric Urbanscapes “At Night”

The night has many faces and photographers have always sought to capture them. We’ve seen many photographers take on this endeavor with different approaches and locations, and end up with outstanding results. Our most recent favorite is the ongoing series or moody urbanscapes by German photographer Andreas Levers....
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Analogue Photography Reference Manual: A Tome for Film Photographers

Analogue Photography: Reference Manual for Shooting Film is most likely the most extensive film photography resource to come in printed form in a very long time. A project by Andrew Bellamy and published by Rome-based Ars-Imago, the book celebrates both the beauty of analog photography and the magical cameras from many decades past....
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High-Profile Shoot Lessons: Photographing the US Vice President and an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Every genre of photography comes with its own set of challenges, but all of them can also give us opportunities for a very important or high-profile shoot. And when it comes, you need to be thoroughly prepared for it. How thorough exactly? J.T. of Run N Gun YouTube channel gives us an idea in one of his recent videos.

J.T. has spent his recent years doing military photography, so we can say he’s got some pretty unique opportunities for high-profile shoots and documentary work. One of those recently came up, when he was the only photographer allowed to take photos of the US Vice President during what looked like a routine check of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile....
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How Changes to Facebook’s News Feed Will Affect Your Photography Business

Whether you’re just getting started or someone far along, you’re most likely using Facebook as one of your online tools for promoting your photography business. With Facebook’s recent announcement regarding changes on the News Feed, there’s been a lot of buzz about the repercussions these will bring to brands and businesses. If you’re wondering if and how this will affect you as a photographer, you might want to see what Bryan Caporicci of Sprout Studio has to say about it....
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Pull Off Unique Camera Angles in Tight Spaces with These Simple Steps

Ever wanted to try creating cool perspectives from a tight space like a mailbox, oven, or cabinet? Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens channel has a quick video tutorial showing how you can pull off unique camera angles with just a few simple steps.

Such unique camera angles have many creative applications for various projects, whether it’s commercial work or a personal project. It can be challenging to set up your gear for shoots of this kind, but Jay has your back with this short video....
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Is the Hasselblad 500cm the Medium Format Film Camera for You?

Want to give medium format film a go? Hasselblad cameras are among the most recommended or coveted cameras for this, especially the Hasselblad 500cm. If you found Aidan Moneyhon’s long term review of the Contax T2 helpful, you might also want to watch this one to find out if the Hasselblad 500cm is the right choice for you....
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Aristotle Roufanis Depicts Urban Solitude in “Alone Together”

Many of the city-centric photography projects we’ve seen of late focus on the frenetic energy that breathe life into the world’s biggest cities. This vitality is everywhere — from the streets, to the busy people, to the culture, and the architecture. Aristotle Roufanis, meanwhile, wanted to show us a rather despondent face of the urban jungle in a series called “Alone Together.”

In his ongoing project, the Greek-born, London-based visual artist thought of taking a deeper look at the loneliness of cities around the world amidst the blue hour. He photographed some of the world’s biggest and most popular cities in such a way that only the tiny lights from apartment windows are visible. With this minimalist approach, the cities have retained anonymity in some of the photographs. Countless people call the vast urban sprawls their home, but Aristotle has observed that they hardly connect with each other....
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Felix Renaud Uses Cinematic Colors to Tell a Smoking Photo Story

As with all creative pursuits, photography encourages us to imagine and represent the world around us in many different ways. Montreal-based Felix Renaud shows us how we can build our own visual stories this way with his mini-series called Section Fumeur. In this 4-piece portrait set, he had a simple idea: to use color and glamour to tell the story of the “pathetic and sometimes dark side of the cigarette.”...
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20×24 Studio to Keep Operating Throughout 2018

If trying out the fabled 20×24 Polaroid folding camera has been on your photography bucket list, here’s some good news for you. The 20×24 Studio in New York City has recently announced that they will continue to be open for studio and production operations throughout 2018. 

According to their announcement, there were previous plans to cease operations at the end of 2017. However, that changed with the improvements in reagent recipes and production procedures this summer. With these, the studio saw enhanced performance of the remaining film stock for the iconic 20×24 Polaroid camera....
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Travel and Lifestyle Top Alamy’s 2018 Image Trends

UK-based stock image provider Alamy has recently chimed in with their insights into the most popular stock photography trends as of the start of 2018. If you’re among the photographers in the UK and US that regularly contribute to the stock image site, you might want to learn about their fearless forecast....
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