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The World’s First 8×10 Large Format Digital Camera is Yours for $106,000

If you’ve ever wondered if those massive 8×10 large format cameras will ever have digital counterparts, the answer now is yes. Say hello to the LargeSense LS911, which lays claim to the title “world’s first 8×10 digital single shot camera for sale.” With this mammoth digital camera, you’ll be able to truly go big or go home in terms of image sensor size. But you’ll also need deeper pockets, as it’s prized at a whopping $106,000....
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Can You Guess What Polaroid Originals is Hinting At With Instant Film?

While we’re yet to see Polaroid Originals and Fujifilm battle it out in court for the latter’s Instax Square being almost identical to the former’s trademark square film, things are still getting interesting for the two instant photography giants. In a recent interview, Polaroid Originals has hinted on brewing some strategies to snatch some of the market from Fujifilm’s whopping 99% share. ...
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New Study Details How Tariff for China Tech Imports Will Affect Photographers

Are you a photographer looking into upgrading your work computer monitor, or running a studio that also accepts orders for photo prints? You most likely have cause for concern over the proposed $50 billion to $60 billion tariffs that President Trump is eyeing to slap on Chinese tech imports. These products include TVs, computer monitors, batteries, and printer ink and cartridges, which are just some of the China-made tech goods whose prices will increase with the proposed tariffs. ...
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You’re Only Going to be “Minorly Annoying” as a Street Photographer

Street photography is certainly one of the most engaging genres to get into, but it also comes with some pretty significant caveats. Among them are the ethical considerations when it comes to taking photos of people out in the streets, often without consent. The rules differ in every city, state, or country, but the general consensus says there shouldn’t be a problem taking photos in public spaces as long as you’re not photographing the homeless, disabled, sick, and even children. But what if you’re still having doubts about pressing the shutter, in the fear of upsetting a potential subject? Eric Kim says, just go and take that shot; you’re only going to “minorly annoy” someone....
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These are the World’s Top 10 Black and White Photographers for 2018

Curious about what it takes to be declared the world’s best black and white photographer? Curated online gallery and photo sharing website One Eyeland wants to give you an idea through its recently announced selection of winning entries for its World’s Top 10 Black & White Photographers competition for for 2018. ...
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Colin Anderson’s Stylish “Mission to Mars” Turns Up the Cool Factor

Now, more than ever, the fascinating realms of science fiction, particularly space travel, have become fertile grounds of inspiration for creatives outside filmmaking. A number of our previously-featured photographers and their imaginative projects certainly prove this. We’ve seen them take us to landscapes both alien and familiar, parallel universes, and intriguing characters donning space suits as they navigate around these uncharted territories. The latest addition to our roster of space-themed projects is a series by Melbourne-based Colin Anderson, who crafts a stylish imagining of the next generation of space travelers on course for Mars....
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This is the Large Format Photographer’s Dream: Pre-Coated Dry Plate Negatives

Ever wanted to try the old world collodion photography but find it difficult to get your hands on materials and chemicals for wet plate photography? You can still give this age-old photographic process a go with the more convenient dry plate photography. New Hampshire-based Jason Lane has been making his own dry plates for years, and he’s now made them available for collodion enthusiasts as well....
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Can We Guess Which is Better? Leica M10 vs Leica M6

Ever been curious if it’s worth “upgrading” from a Leica M6 to an M10? In a recent trip to New York City, George Muncey of Negative Feedback swapped his M6 with New Yorker Joe Greer’s M10 for a day to see how the experience and the results would stack up.

For their photo walk around New York City, George shot with the Leica M10 with 28mm lens, while Joe shot with the Leica M6 with 40mm lens and loaded with Kodak Portra 400. Really big difference there in the focal lengths aside from going digital after some years, but George also wanted to see if the wide angle experience is something he’d enjoy. For this test, they decided to shoot street snaps first in Chinatown and take advantage of its busy scenes....
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Daniel Tjongari’s Black and White Photos of Lone Mangroves Will Put You in Awe

The tranquil allure of nature is often amplified in minimalist approaches to landscape photography, and we’ve featured a number of stunning examples to demonstrate this. The latest addition to our roster of favorites is the collection of serene seascapes by Daniel Tjongari of Surabaya, Indonesia. Anyone in need of some inspiration in the realms of nature, minimalist, and landscape photography should definitely check his work out....
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The Stuff That Only Photographers Can Say Without Getting Arrested

One of our favorite things to do for amusement and learning here on The Phoblographer is to check out Reddit to see what our fellow photographers are talking about or getting busy with. Some posts have led us to some pretty cool stuff, like this impressive composite of Hong Kong’s sunset, and a heads-up about an awesome modified Instax Wide camera that works perfectly for portraits. Others tend to be on the amusing “good to know” stuff, like the “Big Nose Selfie Anomaly” (yep, I just made that up). Today, however, we’re just diving headfirst into the fun folds of Reddit for some good ol’ photography humor. ...
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The Meyer Optik APO-Makro Plasmat 105mm f2.7 Has 15 Aperture Blades

Vintage lens fans, here’s a reason you might want to keep an eye out on Kickstarter in the coming weeks. Meyer Optik Goerlitz has announced that it will soon be launching on the crowdfunding platform a remake of the famed Plasmat 105 lens designed by Paul Rudolph. The new APO-Makro Plasmat 105mm f2.7 lens will be available in several mounts, including Fuji G, Fuji X, Hasselblad X1D, and Leica-M. ...
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Check Out This All-Aluminum Handmade Medium Format Camera

If you’ve been lurking around vintage camera and film photography groups, you’ve probably seen  an amazing DIY medium format camera project recently shared by Lucus Landers. If you’ve ever wanted to have the bragging rights to a polished camera you built with yourself, this is actually what it takes. ...
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Thiago Botelho Plays with Colors to Capture “Ghetto” Street Fashion

Colors are often a big creative component of fashion, not only in the design process but also in the photography aspect. The latter is mostly involved in making sure the treatment complements the colors of the fashion elements, if not elevate it. One of the trendiest treatments that we see in many fashion editorials involve neon colors, but it’s just one style that Brazil-based Thiago Botelho played with for his street style photography project....
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The Bexar Vagabond Leather Strap Lets You Lug Your Camera in Style

Leather camera straps are some of the most popular accessories among photographers today because they’re both stylish and functional. They are usually offered alongside leather camera bags and pouches, but independent sellers and crafters are also constantly coming up with better designs and features. From Texas-based leather crafters Bexar Goods Co. comes a new collections of leather straps for photographers to indulge in. Whether it’s for your favorite film SLR or your trusty digital camera, the new Bexar Vagabond Leather Camera Strap looks like a handsome piece to pair with your gear. ...
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Ronaldo Schemidt’s Fantastic Image Wins World Press Photo of the Year Award

The World Press Photo Foundation has finally unveiled the results of its esteemed competitions, the 61st annual World Press Photo Contest and the 8th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. During the Awards Show held in Amsterdam, the compelling shot by Ronaldo Schemidt of Venezuela was declared the World Press Photo of the Year and garnered the first prize in the Spot News Single category. The World Press Photo of the Year commends the photographer “whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.”...
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Stijn Hoekstra Explores the Abstract Beauty of Valencia

The first few times we had a peek at Stijn Hoekstra’s work, the spotlight was on the cinematic quality of his documentary and street photos of Cuba and Amsterdam. His latest series, however, show that the Amsterdam-based photographer and cinematographer also has a keen eye for detail. If you often find inspiration in the eye-catching details of your town, you’ll surely enjoy getting lost around Stijn’s abstract rendition of Valencia....
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Ray Simone Shares His Amazing Collection of Vintage New York City Snaps

Through the years, we’ve been sharing some of the most fascinating snaps of New York City (and beyond) from the bygone years — from the hard life of the 1880s and 1890s, to snow-covered streets, all the way to candid scenes of the 1960s. We’re glad to report that there are tons more for all us to get nostalgic with. Lifelong Brooklyn resident Ray Simone has recently shared with us his impressive collection of photos of old New York, giving present and future generations a chance to picture the rich history and culture of the Big Apple....
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This Kickstarter Project Offers a Printable Diorama Set for 1/12 Scale Figures

If you like staging your own clever and creative scenes to photograph, you might be interested in this Kickstarter project. Edinburgh-based Simon Lindsay is pitching a set of five printable scenes for your next articulated comic book art (ACBA) diorama projects....
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Vintage Silver Prints of Censored Dorothea Lange Photos to Start Auction at $30,000

Dorothea Lange remains one of the most important and renowned documentary photographers today, best known for her iconic Migrant Mother photograph. However, the 1936 portrait is just one of her gripping visual stories of families faced with hardship. Most likely unknown to many, she also once took photos of Japanese-Americans who were evacuated to an internment camp in California in the early 1940s. A rare selection of these photographs is set to go on auction for the first time....
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Leica Announces New Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Leica SL-System

A new ultra-wide angle zoom addition to cover all your wide-shooting needs Heads up, Leicaphiles! Welcome the new addition to the Leica SL family. The highly-anticipated Super-Vario-Elmar-SL-16 – 25mm f3.5-4.5 ASPH features a quick and quiet autofocus along with a versatile range of focal lengths for all kinds of shooting scenarios. It boasts of becoming...
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Photo Essay Explores Future of Food in Climate Change

Works of art that tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues also often require the most unconventional approaches. Heami Lee, Allie Wist, CC Buckley, and Rebecca Bartoshesky — four collaborators in the food media world — had the interesting idea to envision our future in a world altered by climate change through the universal language of food. The result was a photo essay titled Flooded and paired with an intimate dinner in 2016. It imagined how our diets will change due to coastal flooding and sea level rise. Now, they are seeking to continue with the second half of the project with the help of some funding from Kickstarter....
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Why Your Nose Looks Bigger in Selfies (In Case You Were Wondering)

Next time you or your selfie-obsessed friend complains of her big nose in those selfies, you finally have something to say that explains this phenomenon. It’s not you (or your friend); it’s the darn smartphone selfies....
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Skander Khlif Showcases the Beauty of Munich’s Everyday Scenes

In previous features, we’ve seen Munich-based street and documentary photographer Skander Khlif reveal the beauty of his hometown through his unique perspectives. For example, there’s his black and white series of river surfers riding the waves of The Eisbach. He also gave us a preview of the myriad of charming scenes we’ll find around the city once wintertime takes over. Today, we take a look at what everyday is like in the capital and most populated city of the German state of Bavaria....
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Karen Jerzyk Crafts Surreal Visual Tales of “Faceless” People

Conceptual photography is certainly one of the most intriguing and challenging photography genres to get into and pull off. Still, that doesn’t stop some of the most creative minds to conjure the most otherworldly imagery and translate them into visual narratives. Among our favorites are the works of Boston-based fine arts photographer Karen Jerzyk, the most recent of which is her Faceless series....
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Canon Patent Application Hints at New Flip Screen for Mirrorless Cameras

Canon Watch Blog has recently reported of Japanese patent application 2018-54913 which describes an articulating touchscreen that can be flipped in various directions. Part of the patent claims that the flip screen mechanism, which the illustration shows to be for mirrorless cameras, will also feature a smaller size. ...
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Dimitri Mais’ Portraits of Strangers Show Vibrant Life on Coney Island Boardwalk

Photographing strangers on the streets must be one of the top items most photographers want to tick off their to-do list. We’ve featured some helpful guides and tutorials to help photographers become more confident and decisive in shooting street portraits, as well as some impressive portraits of strangers that inspirational photographers have taken. The latest to join our roster of favorites is a set taken by Brooklyn-based Dimitri Mais took in Coney Island with the help of some photographer friends....
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Joseph Ford Teams Up with Fellow Creatives for Clever “Knitted Camouflage”

The most stunning creative projects, whether commercial or personal, are often made out of partnerships or collaborations between artists and bright minds. Case in point is today’s featured collection of clever portraits by London-based advertising photographer Joseph Ford. If you’re stuck in a rut and looking for inspiration for your next personal photography project, you definitely should check these out!...
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The Lomography Naiad 15mm f3.8 is for the Neptune System

Wide-angle lovers and lomographers who already have the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System have something new to add to their arsenal of unique lenses. Lomography has recently unveiled the Naiad 15mm Front Lens, a new wide angle lens attachment promising to add versatility to the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. ...
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The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is Finally Coming to the US

Olympus finally announced today the North American availability and pricing of the Olympus PEN E-PL9, the newest model in its legendary PEN lineup. The compact and lightweight interchangeable lens camera sports a stylish design aimed at the younger market of trendy shooters, bloggers, and travelers. As we’ve reported earlier, it features a number of improvements worth noting, such as the latest Olympus TruePicTM VIII Image Processor, 4K video at 30p, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a much-improved grip, and built-in flash. ...
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Michael Schauer Shares a Whale Watching Story with Gorgeous Aerial Photos

In our previous features about Michael Schauer, the Munich-based landscape photographer shared with us his love for the cold northern landscapes, and his passion for new ways to interpret places and stories. He definitely has a knack for turning both persona travel stories and fictional narratives into his stunning and often surreal landscape photographs. Today, we put the spotlight on a body of work that once again showcases this skill, this time telling the story his whale watching experience as seen from above....
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Przemyslaw Kruk’s Captivating Black and White Photos of the Dolomites

Mountains inspire landscape photographers to tell their story in many ways, as Poraj-based Przemyslaw Kruk shows us in another impressive set of monochrome landscapes. In a previous feature, we’ve seen him showcase the mystic beauty of the snow-capped trails of the Tatra Mountains. This time, he reveals to us the powerful allure that photographers like himself are drawn to capture when faced with the Dolomites...
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Every Beginner Could Use These Photography Tips

So, you’ve decided to move on from being a beginner to becoming a better photographer. You’re on the right track doing research for photography tips and tricks, so we bring you a few things to avoid and remember from wedding photographer Bethany Kay. In this quick video, Bethany shares some of the mistakes she did when she was starting out in wedding photography, and what she learned out of it. With these simple photography tips, you too will see improvement in your work by leaps and bounds, whatever the kind of photography you’re doing....
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Photo Book Project Aims to Tell the Story of Cats, Monks, and Temples

While backpacking through Asia, Michigan-based scientist, writer, and photographer David Wooster amassed over 3500 photos of his travels. A great number of these are of temples, cats (mostly), and the monks who take care of these furry creatures left to their care. His dream has been to share them to the world through a photo book, but now, he needs help on Kickstarter to make this project happen....
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A First Look at The Zenit D1 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with 85mm f1.5

Since the reports and rumors about Zenit’s plans to rival Leica in the luxury camera market, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for any updates on the supposed Zenit D1 full-frame mirrorless camera. Word went around that it’s not going to be anything new, but most likely just a rebranded and possibly retooled Leica SL, or maybe even a repackaged Leica M9. An anonymous tip to Photar.ru could be the proof that the case is the former — if the images aren’t fake, as the ones shared in earlier rumors turned out to be....
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Nick Pacione’s Night Landscapes Reveal the Magic of the Stars and Nature

Whenever Texas is mentioned, images of deserts, country lifestyle, and cattle roping cowboys immediately come to mind for a lot of people. But Dallas-based photographer Nick Pacione wanted to show a different and more enchanting part of the state with his collection of stunning landscape photos. If you’re looking for beautiful work to inspire you to go out and shoot more, his photos will certainly do the trick for you....
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The Five Basic Portrait Lighting Setups Every Photographer Should Know

Want to be an outstanding portrait photographer? One of the first things you have to master is how to light up your subjects for the most flattering portraits. There are five basic portrait lighting setups that you have to learn especially if you’re keen on working in the studio. Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens has a quick and very informative video tutorial to show you how it’s done....
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This Modified Instax Wide Camera is Perfect for Instant Portraits

With Instax film packs being the most readily available and affordable instant films today, it’s not surprising to find instant photography fans keeping their eyes peeled for the best camera options out there. If it takes the bigger Instax Wide films and offers more manual controls than the usual Instax cameras, the better — hence the keen interest on the MiNT InstantKon RF70. San Diego-based event and cosplay photographer Mike Rollerson has gotten his hands on a sweet deal with a custom modified Instax Wide camera....
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Unstoppable Compact is a Travel and Gadget Luggage with Unique Drift-Steering

If you frequently travel with a lot of gear in tow, you might want to consider getting this carry-on luggage that also converts into a protective kit bag for your gear. The Unstoppable Compact is small enough to be a cabin or hand-carry bag but also roomy enough to fit either your travel essentials or your photography gear. Plus, it promises to roll unlike any other cases do....
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Lomo’Instant Square Gets New Wide Angle Glass Lens Attachment

Heads up, lomographers and instant photography fans! Lomography has recently launched a new wide angle lens attachment for those wanting for a wider capture with their Lomo’Instant Square. With this new accessory, you now have the option to shoot both tighter crops and wider scenes with just one instant camera....
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This Ultra Rare Apo Nikkor 1780mm f14 Lens is for Mammoth Photo Projects

Dreaming of making massive ultra large format photos someday? Our latest vintage find on ebay will certainly make it happen for you. If you have approximately $22,081.50 to spare and an appropriate ultra large format camera,  just pair it with this ultra rare Apo Nikkor 1780mm lens and you’re all set. Be quick, as this may be the only chance for you to get your hands on this impressive glass....
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Nicki Upstairs Takes Us Around a Surreal, Unseen Thessaloniki

Photography serves many purpose for every individual, with each photographer having different stories to tell through their images. Like many who chose to pick up a camera, Thessaloniki-based photographer Nicki Upstairs has found that it’s a way for her to communicate her thoughts, feelings, and concepts that are impossible to express in any other way. Her latest project, for example, makes use of surreal elements to tell the unknown stories inspired by locations around her hometown....
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Dubble and KONO! Introduce New Monsoon and Bubblegum Tinted 35mm Films

Following the success of their first collaboration last year, Dubble and KONO! have once again joined forces to create two new reanimated films: Dubblefilm Bubblegum and Dubblefilm Monsoon. If you missed the first two films, you might be interested in getting your hands on these new editions....
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“At Home With The Furries” Photo Book Offers a Peek Into the Furry Fandom

For years, London-based photographer Tom Broadbent has been documenting the British furry fandom with a ongoing series of portraits in the comfort of their homes. Now, he plans to take the next step and turn the project into a book through a Kickstarter campaign. If you’re into uncommon documentary projects showcasing unique communities, you might want to show your support for this project....
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Outstanding Documentary and Art Photographers You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Inspiration and ideas for creative projects sometimes don’t come easy, even for the most prolific photographers of today. This is most likely why many of us find it helpful to look at what the master photographers then and now have done. Not to copy their finest work, but to help realize our own talents, inclinations, and creative visions. We need all the resources we can get: photo books, zines, online publications, portrfolio sites, and blogs. Surely, all of us keep a running list of links of photographers that we find inspirational. Well, allow us to add over 350 more to your list....
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Helena Georgiou: Clever Minimalism in Street Photography

Minimalism in photography may seem easy to achieve in theory. But, if there’s anything that our previous features on this visual style have proven, it’s that the most effective and compelling of them require some clever thinking. It’s not simply about putting a singular subject against a plain background, as Cyprus-based photographer and digital artist Helena Georgiou demonstrates in her brilliant minimalist photography....
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Mark Tipple’s Underwater Photography Documents a Different Side of Surf

Surf photography is one of the most fascinating and exciting genres, but Australian freelance photographer and filmmaker Mark Tipple had a different idea in mind for his own approach. Instead of taking snaps of the agile surfers as they ride out the waves, he chose to capture what happens during a wipeout or a plunge into the turbulent waters. If you’re into this kind of action-packed photography, you might find this perspective interesting....
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Richard Frishman Snags Double Win in 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

In the recently unveiled roster of winning single images in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, one entry particularly stood out. The entry by Richard Frishman was announced as the winner of both the Open Still Life category and the USA National Award of the prestigious and the most diverse international photography competition....
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Giacomo Bruno’s Documentary Photography of the Cinnamon Harvest in Sri Lanka

Whenever we take a look at the works of Milan-based Giacomo Bruno, he proves each time that he should be in everyone’s list of exemplary documentary photographers. Today, we place the spotlight on another beautiful set from his visit in Sri Lanka, this time telling us about another of the country’s raw gold agricultural products: cinnamon. ...
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Snag Some Kodak Aerochrome Color Infrared 120 Film on eBay!

Aside from vintage cameras, we also keep an eye out on ebay for some cool films to try. Among the most coveted of these is Kodak Aerochrome, the legendary infrared false color film that produces stunning purple, crimson, and magenta hues. We spotted some listed on ebay, but you have to be fast, as the rolls are selling like pancakes (not surprising)....
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I’m Back 35mm Digital Back Launches Final Design on Kickstarter

Five months after their last Kickstarter campaign, the makers of I’m Back 35mm Digital Back are running another campaign to fund its final version. Apart from a leaner design, an elegant bayonet docking system, and dedicated back covers for some of the most popular brands and models, looks like the other features are still the same. For those who have been following the campaigns, this update may be worth checking out....
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