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Five Easy Composition Tips for Stunning Black and White Photography

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: black and white photography isn’t as simple as shooting using your camera’s monochrome mode. If only it were that easy! Because black and white photography has the inherent ability to make compositions stand out, working on your composition is one of the first few things you need to get started with. In today’s featured video tutorial, PHLEARN Founder Aaron Nace shares five quick composition tips that you can do to get better monochrome snaps....
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Five Simple Ways to Beat Creative Block in Photography

Are you stuck with your photography projects or haven’t been shooting for a while? Don’t like the photos you’ve taken lately? Having a hard time breaking out of that creative rut? It all happens to us in different forms and varying degrees. But, that doesn’t mean we have to keep struggling with it. In a video by Jamie Windsor, he shares some tips and thoughts that allowed him to identify how creative block happens to him and what helps him get past it....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using the Zone System for Ideal Exposures

The Zone System and its variations continue to guide and help photographers get their exposures right, especially for punchy black and white photography. While it was developed for shooting, processing, and printing in film, digital photographers can still learn a thing or two from it to achieve ideal exposures. If this is your first time to learn about the Zone System, we found a handy photography cheat sheet and tutorial to help you understand it better....
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Double Rope Strap Is the Latest in COOPH x Leica Collaboration

If you loved the classic Leica Rope Strap by COOPH but wished it came in a more comfortable width for your hefty cameras, today’s the day they make it happen for you. The latest to join their camera collection is the Double Rope Strap that was made from their collaboration with iconic German camera maker Leica. As its name suggests, this new offering is made using two lengths of repurposed climbing rope for a broader, and therefore more comfortable strap. It’s a simple tweak to the usual rope strap design that many photographers have come to prefer when it comes to camera straps. But it’s geared to make a difference especially for lugging around heavier cameras....
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A Giant Portable Camera Obscura Is Setting Up in Seoul Soon

We’ve seen a fair number of cool camera obscura projects in the past, and we’re glad to add one more to the pile. Seoul-based Justin Lovett recently decided to build a giant portable camera obscura using a tent and some blackout curtain fabric. Projects like this are actually fun ways to learn about photography and how a camera works at its simplest form, so if you’re curious about how you can build one yourself, you might get some ideas from the videos documenting this project! If you’ll be in the South Korean capital in the coming days as well, you may even see this tent-camera in action!...
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Xyza Cruz Bacani Retells the Poignant Personal Story of Migrant Workers

Hidden against the towering skyscrapers, shopping districts, and world-famous spots of Hong Kong are the lesser-known stories of its migrant worker population. While some light has been shed on their plight, there remains an underreported reality that is both shared and personal to the migrant workers and their families. This is what Hong Kong-based Filipina author and photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani has been raising awareness for through her work, particularly through her book We Are Like Air....
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KONO! Announces New Limited Edition ROTWILD No2 Redscale Film

Attention, film photographers! KONO! is ending 2019 with a bang and just dropped a new vibrant film for all you lovers of fun and funky emulsions out there. If you’ve ever been curious about trying out the redscale look but have no idea how to make one yourself, this is an option you might want to consider. The new ROTWILD No2 film joins the KONO! Classic Film lineup and is the second iteration of the ROTWILD ISO 400 redscale film. If you’ve been waiting for the ROTWILD ISO 400 to restock, you can grab this instead....
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This Black Pentax Spotmatic II Is in Almost Mint Condition

The Pentax Spotmatic models remain among the most popular 35mm film SLR cameras today and are frequently recommended to those who are just starting out with shooting film. These sturdy and reliable mechanical cameras are affordable and relatively easy to find. Still, it can be challenging to find units in flawless cosmetic and working condition, especially for the black models. Enter our latest vintage camera find: a near mint Pentax Spotmatic II in black that comes with a 50mm lens. If you’re yet to add one to your camera collection and don’t mind splurging a little for a camera and lens set in this condition, go ahead and check it out!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Light Painting Tips

One of the coolest things you can do in low lighting conditions or complete darkness is do light paintings to achieve fun and colorful effects. Whether you want to try something new or embellish a portrait with these effects, light painting will allow you to get experimental and creative with light and colors. With the help of today’s photography cheat sheet, you can practice with something relatively simple: using light painting to illuminate subjects in dim lighting....
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Ready Your Wallet: A Rare 1959 Nikon F Body Is Up for Grabs

If you’ve ever wanted a Nikon F (and we’re betting that of course, you do), chances are that you’re hoping one from the very first production run would come out, ready to fall into your waiting arms. Well, we’re glad to say that the day has finally come, and your wallet better be prepared for it. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Essential Wildlife Photography Tips

Wildlife photography is certainly one of the most challenging but also rewarding fields you can get into. Getting the right gear is one thing; having the right skill set to capture those fleeting moments out in the wild is another. If you’re just getting started and are looking for some tips to help you practice, today’s photography cheat sheet will arm you with some essential know-how....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: DSLR Terminology for Beginners

Whether you like it or not, taking photography seriously means learning a lot of technicalities and terminologies that will help you understand the tools and the process better. In turn, you’ll be able to work with your gear better and take better photos as a result. We know it can be overwhelming for beginners to memorize all of these at once, which is where these handy dandy photography cheat sheets come in! For today, it’s all about the stuff about and related to DSLR photography....
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The New Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 Macro Lens Costs Only $429

Japanese premium camera accessories manufacturer Kenko Tokina has just announced the release of the new Tokina atx-i 100mm f2.8 Macro FF lens, which promises unparalleled versatility for Full Frame Canon and Nikon DSLR users. If you’re looking for a macro lens that will let you get close-focusing capabilities and life-sized reproduction, this could be a new option worth checking out....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Fun Christmas Party Photography Ideas

Whether it’s for the office, in your home, or with your friends, Christmas parties make fun photo opportunities. They’re perfect for getting extra creative with props, backdrops, lights, and gizmos to get some unique Christmas photos. With today’s photography cheat sheet, we think everyone will surely have a merry good time taking pictures during Christmas parties!...
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What Happens When You Give New Yorkers Their Street Photos?

For most people, street photography typically involves “taking” something from the scene and the people in it. But what happens when photographers give something back to the people they photograph — something as simple as the actual photos they took? This was the idea that Brooklyn-based Josh Katz recently decided to put to the test as a social experiment. Of course, he was in one of the best spots to do this: bustling New York City, a quintessential street photographer’s playground....
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These Rare Snoopy Toy Cameras Are Perfect for Kids and Young at Heart

Start them young, as the age-old wisdom goes, and with our rare vintage find, you will certainly get the young ones interested in shooting film. Two rare Snoopy toy cameras just popped up on our Etsy and ebay radar, and we thought of sharing them in case any of our readers out there are keen on getting their kids (or nieces or nephews) to be their film photo walk buddies. If that sounds like you, details after the jump!...
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Zac Henderson Explores Our Place in the Universe in “A Cosmic Perspective”

For as long as mankind has been around, we’ve been gazing up at the heavens both in awe and in wonder of what could be out there in the vastness, far from our reach. The night sky fuels this curiosity even more, as it unveils to us all the celestial bodies that the daytime keeps hidden. Apart from astronomers, photographers like Zac Henderson continue looking up to observe, document, and explore our place in the universe. In fact, for his stellar set of landscape snaps, the Boulder, Colorado photographer and videographer was inspired by one of the ideas of the late astronomer, cosmologist, and science communicator Carl Sagan....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Settings for Various Shooting Situations

It can be kind of confusing or even overwhelming to fiddle around with camera settings when you’re just starting out shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. You have to account for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and setting them based on the lighting condition and shooting situation. While you’re still mastering how the Exposure Triangle works, keep today’s photography cheat sheet close so you have something to refer to when you’re out and about shooting....
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Is Instagram the Best Medium for Sharing Creative Nude Photography? (NSFW)

We now live in a tricky time. Creativity comes in many forms and approaches, yet for some reason, we are still averse with things like artful nudity. Art has exposed the human body since we’ve learned to have a more profound appreciation for it, yet today, even implied nudes are sometimes deemed lewd or inappropriate. Nudity in photography, no matter how tastefully done, is either frowned upon or censored especially in social media platforms. Photography seems to be the hardest hit because of its realistic nature. If you’ve ever posted portraits with nudity involved, chances are it’s already been removed, no matter how tasteful or creative your approach was. And you’re not alone in this....
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Comparing 85mm vs 135mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

Let’s say you’ve already mastered shooting portraits with your trusty 50mm lens and want to expand your skills and arsenal to other great lenses. How do you pick the next one from all the choices out there? Today, allow us to simplify that a bit and narrow down your options to two other popular focal lengths for shooting portraits: 85mm and 135mm. To help you choose between the two, we have a simple but detailed comparison by New York City-based photographer and educator Jessica Whitaker in one of her latest videos....
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Arild Heitmann Showcases the Stunning Mountain Scenery of Senja Island

The last time we put the spotlight on Arild Heitmann and his work, we had a great tour of the visual wonders that Iceland has come to be known for. Today, we want to bring you to yet another set of magical landscapes from him, this time a place closer to his home: Senja Island in Norway. If you’re looking for the next stunning northern destination to visit and photograph, we’re sure you’ll be convinced after looking through this collection!...
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This Canon MC10 Is Yet Another Compact to Satisfy Your 80s Nostalgia

With point-and-shoot cameras from the 1980s being among the most popular film cameras today, we think some of you may be interested in grabbing our latest vintage find. The boxy Canon MC10 may not be as iconic as, say, the similarly designed Olympus XA or the Lomo LC-A cameras, but it still looks the part of a sleek point-and-shoot camera you might want to hit the streets with when you get the itch to shoot film....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot the Northern Lights

The grandeur of the Northern Lights is high up on the bucket list of travel and landscape photographers, so we’re not surprised if it’s already on your plans for the winter. Of course, you’ll want to bring home with you some stunning photos as keepsakes of the spectacular experience. However, it will certainly be a challenge to shoot. Today, we have just the photography cheat sheet you need to make it happen. ...
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Here’s Proof a 50mm F1.8 Is All You Need for Portraits

Using the right lens for the kind of photography you want to do. For portrait photography, for example, the 50mm f1.8 is one of the best and most recommended. If you’re still looking for a portrait lens to serve as your go-to glass for your shoots, this collection of photos may prove to you why the 50mm f1.8 makes a good choice....
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Using Texture to Create Black and White Photography You’ll Want to Touch

We hear from master photographers time and time again that black and white photography has the power to bring greater attention to composition in the absence of color. That presents both a challenge and an opportunity for anyone who wants to do creative shots in black and white. If that sounds like you, we have another video to help you get started, this time with some tips on how to work with textures for monochrome images....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Neutral Density Filter Chart

If you’re just getting into landscape photography, among the tools of the trade that you must have heard about are neutral density filters or simply called ND filters. These lens filters are particularly essential to landscape photography — or any shooting situation that requires a very wide aperture or long shutter speed — because they decrease the amount of light that hits the camera’s sensor. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will introduce you to the ND filters you can find out there and what they do for your shots....
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The Konica Mermaid Is an Unexpectedly Rare Underwater Film Camera

A vintage or film camera collection may or may not be complete without a quirky underwater camera. If you feel like adding one to yours anyway, we may have found one that could be an interesting choice. The Konica Mermaid has a name that fits the bill, but you probably didn’t expect that it’s actually a rare one. Well, kind of....
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Five Ways to Use Shadows for Impressive Black and White Photography

If you find yourself drawn to the dreamy and dramatic quality of black and white photography and want to get your hands into shooting your own, you have to tweak your mindset a little bit. It’s not as easy as merely shooting anything and everything in your camera’s monochrome mode; it involves looking at things a little differently so you can, in turn, capture extraordinary images. Today’s featured tutorial shows us how to use shadows to achieve this goal when creating black and white photos....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Manual Photography in Film

As if manual photography isn’t challenging as is with digital cameras, believe it or not, some of us still prefer doing it on film. If that sounds like a challenge you want to try, we have something to help make it a bit easier for you. Today’s manual photography cheat sheet by The Studio at Zippi is specially put together with tips to help film photographers get great results....
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Now’s Your Chance to Grab an Extremely Rare Cosina 107-SW

If unique cameras are your cup of tea, our latest vintage find is definitely worth checking out. An extremely rare collectible item in every way, this gorgeous Cosina 107-SW is one of the most interesting cameras that can be added to any collection. And now is your chance to grab one… or two....
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This Cool Zeiss Jena Aerial Survey System Uses Film

Today’s vintage find is quite an unusual package, but we’re sure something aerial photographers out there will appreciate. Drones have now replaced dedicated aerial camera systems that use analog imaging. But for those who still want to give it a try, this Zeiss Jena LMK-2000 Aerial Survey Mapping Camera system up for grabs is an available option. Provided they have the budget for it, as it’s not exactly cheap even if it’s old technology!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Which Camera Should You Take for Traveling?

When you’re new to photography outside your smartphone, it can be either exciting or overwhelming to decide which camera to use, especially for travels. But if you’re really serious about narrowing it down, you may want to get some tips from today’s photography cheat sheet....
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Arild Heitmann Unveils the Otherworldly Highlands of Iceland

Iceland is a famed destination sought after both by intrepid travelers and adventurous photographers. Just how many of us have drooled over and dreamed of setting foot in such a surreal place? All the photos we’ve seen so far just prove that when it comes to otherworldly locations, we often don’t need to look far. Today’s featured snaps by landscape photographer and adventurer Arild Heitmann are no exception. If you’ve ever needed some convincing to finally fly to the magical island nation, let this stunning series give you the final push!...
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This Hasselblad 203FE Had a Pretty Special Owner

Whether you’re a hardcore vintage camera collector or a serious space memorabilia connoisseur, our latest vintage find will bring you great excitement — and dent to your bank account. But, this is your chance to own an extremely rare commemorative Hasselblad 203FE. It’s so unique that there are only two ever made for two special people! One is Buzz Aldrin, the other a Hasselblad CEO. The latter could be yours next....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Wildlife Photography Tips for the Novice

Wildlife photography is definitely one of the most challenging yet exciting genres to get into, but we can’t blame you if it has become your newfound passion. It will definitely require a lot from you gear-wise, planning-wise, and technique-wise. But today’s handy photography cheat sheet will equip you with some cool tips and tricks to get you started....
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This Mysterious USSR Prototype Panoramic Camera Is Yours for $40,000

We’re sure that USSR cameras are part of many, if not all, vintage camera collections and film camera arsenals out there. They’re great starter cameras, and they provide an easy route to camera collecting since they’re often cheap and easy to find. Our latest vintage find, however, is anything but both, being a curious-looking prototype panoramic camera that takes medium format film. It’s so unique and unusual that you most likely won’t find anything like it....
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The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Is Real, and Here’s the Official Specs

Still haven’t found the right zoom lens for your Full Frame E-mount or L-mount mirrorless camera? Sigma’s latest release could be worth your consideration. If you need an extra reach, the new Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Zoom lens is another option that provides large aperture standard zoom and best-in-class optical performance throughout the entire zoom range....
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Don’t Click This Link If You Love Your Sony Mirrorless Camera

A grisly photo has been making rounds in photography groups and even Reddit threads showing a kid in a pool holding a Sony A7 mirrorless camera. If that photo has reached your feeds, we’re sure you had a mini heart attack, especially if you have the exact same camera that you hold dear and take good care of. If not, we have to apologize in advance for the intense cringe that will happen in 3, 2, 1…...
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Does Anyone Remember the Budweiser Can Camera?

If you’re a fan and collector of quirky yet cool cameras, we’re sure you’ll love our latest vintage find. This incredibly rare Budweiser Can point-and-shoot camera looks like it was made for parties and will instantly steal the show wherever you go! There’s only a few of them lurking around so if this sounds like something you want to add to your camera collection, step right up and decide!...
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Grab This Rare Set of FOUR Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Platinum Cameras for $39,995

Looking for the next gorgeous Rolleiflex camera to add to your collection? Our latest vintage find will let you add not one but FOUR units of the limited edition Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Platinum made as part of a commissioned project with American fine art nude photographer Jock Sturges. If you’re particularly interested in special edition cameras like these, we’re sure this eye-catching set will catch your fancy!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Basic Photography Composition Tips

We all have to start somewhere when learning a new skill or hobby, and photography is no different. Whether it’s shooting with a new camera or taking better photos with a smartphone, there are some essential basic photography rules that you’ll need to practice. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will help you — or someone you know who’s just starting out — master four composition techniques and start creating visual masterpieces....
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This Collection with a Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Negative Is Going for $2 Million

If you’re a history buff or a photography memorabilia collector with a particular interest for World War II items, you’ll certainly find our latest vintage find fascinating. But, we have to warn you that it’s a collection that costs a fortune for its historical value alone. The star of the show is a negative from the Hiroshima Bombing and is claimed to be the only negative from the historic event ever to be auctioned off after being newly discovered after 74 years....
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Nay Jiménez’s Food Story Is an Invitation to a Banquet of Colors

When it comes to food photography, color is essential to produce a maximum mouth-watering effect. It’s also an effective creative component to present food in a different way, as today’s featured food photography project shows us. If you’ve ever wanted to capture food through an out-of-the-box approach, we’re sure this vibrant editorial snapped by Chile-based creative director and photographer Nay Jiménez will give you lots of ideas!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting During a Zombie Apocalypse (Fun!)

The folks of Brooklyn-based photo imaging retailer Focus Camera came up with an interesting scenario for an infographic:  what would it be like for photographers to continue shooting during a zombie apocalypse? What would they need? The result is a photography cheat sheet aptly titled, Framing The End Of The World: How to Take Photos of a Zombie Apocalypse and Live to Tell About It. Now, obviously, this is done all in the name of humor, so in the spirit of the Halloween season (while it’s still not that far past yet), let’s just have fun with this funny photography cheat sheet!...
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Eric Van Nynatten Makes the Best of Havana’s Natural Lighting

All photos by Eric Van Nynatten. Used with Creative Commons permission. Havana remains one of the most popular cities for travelers with an affinity to old-world charms, especially intrepid photographers and visual artists. We’ve featured a lot of projects that support this, and we’re more than happy to include another to the list. While some of...
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How to See in Black and White for Street Photography

Black and white photography involves a totally different mindset when it comes to shooting and a different way of seeing things before you even press the shutter. But what exactly are these about? How do you train your eye to hunt for the right scenes that will look best in monochrome? What makes a good or effective black and white image? With some tips and insights from today’s featured video, you’ll be able to get ideas on these for your next black and white shoot....
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Here’s Why Some “Bad Photos” Resonate with You

Ask London-based photographer Jamie Windsor who his all-time favorite photographer is, and there’s a big chance that he’ll answer Nan Goldin. He explains his choice by explaining what about her work draws him and commands his attention: the authenticity and emotional narratives brought about by imperfection. Yes, you’re reading it right. Imperfection is something that the digital world has largely addressed, if not erased, with the latest and greatest when it comes to gear. But in the case of photographers like Nan Goldin, Jamie has found that their “bad photos” often resonate with viewers because of their creative use of imperfections to convey a feeling or capture a moment from their own perspective....
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Shooting and Converting Color Landscape Photos Into Stunning Black and White

Shooting black and white goes more than just taking away the colors or shooting in your camera’s monochrome mode. There’s a lot of things to check and keep in mind before you can get a good black and white image, especially when you’re shooting landscapes. To help us with this, Doug McKinlay shares some of his useful tips when shooting and editing black and white landscape photos in a video by Adorama....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Get Sharp Landscapes Every Time

When shooting landscape photos, getting as much of the scene in sharp focus — from the foreground all the way to the distant horizon — is paramount. If you’ve been practicing photography for a while, you must already know that smaller aperture will keep more of your scene in focus. But with this is only one part of it when it comes to shooting landscapes. If you haven’t been able to achieve this level of sharpness in your landscape snaps, we have just the right photography cheat sheet for you. ...
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Hengki Koentjoro Captures the Underwater Frolic of the Boys of Alor Island

Jakarta-based freelance photographer Hengki Koentjoro has been on our radar for his impressive landscape photography shot in minimalist black and white. However, we’d also like to put the spotlight on his other outstanding photography projects, particularly his artful series featuring the boys of Alor Island in Indonesia having a grand time playing in the water....
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