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Billingham Hadley Small Pro Looks Gorgeous in New Grey-Black Combo

Taking a cue from the steadfast requests of their customers around the world, Billingham has recently introduced a Gray Canvas/Black Leather option for their Hadley Small Pro camera bag series. This should be perfect for those who are looking for more classic choices apart from the usual black, brown, and tan colors. This brings a total of seven different color combinations for discerning and stylish photographers to choose from....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Angle of View and Focal Length Visual Guide

We understand how it can be confusing and tedious to sift through all the photography terms and names of all the gears and tools you’ll need for your practice. Among the ones you’ll most likely encounter when you’re researching lenses are angle of view and focal length. What do they even mean? How do they affect your photos? How will these terms help you choose the right lenses for you? We found just the photography cheat sheet that will serve as your visual guide....
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Poignant Images from the 2020 World Press Photo Contest Nominees

If the World Press Photo Contest is among your yearly sources of photography inspiration, you’ll be impressed as always with the poignant nominated images for this year’s run. Today, the World Press Photo Foundation introduced the 44 nominees for the eight categories of the competition, as well as those for World Press Photo of the Year and World Press Photo Story of the Year awards....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Making the Most Out of Your 24mm Lens

When it comes to wide-angle lenses, the 24mm is considered by many photographers as a classic focal length. It’s a favorite of many for its versatility, so we’re not surprised if you somehow ended up here while researching this lens. In our cheat sheet, we bring you some tips on how to make the most out of this lens, whatever you’re shooting....
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Taking the Canon AE-1 Program and Pellix QL Out on a Woodland Shoot

Any camera would actually do if you’re thinking of a springtime woodlands shoot on film. But if you want to narrow down your choices to 35mm SLR cameras, this quick video by Alex Hayes lets you choose between two Canon options: an AE-1 Program and a Pellix QL. The former is a classic and a firm favorite, while the latter is a rather unique option that may not be as heard of today. Both cameras were shot with the hugely popular Kodak Portra 400, so you might want to watch this video if you’re keen on trying these out....
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Urban Beings: Beauty’s Translation in Street Photography by Adrien Jean

I am Adrien Jean, a self-taught French photographer who has developed an ever growing passion for the craft since I first set foot in Vietnam in 2014. The streets of Saigon, a place I now call home, have become my playground for experimentation and inspiration. Exploring the city through my lens has helped me to get a better grasp of the local culture and to connect with people in a deeper way....
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Sigma Mount Converter MC-31 Will Cost $679, Ships February 27

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for availability and shipping updates on the Sigma Mount Converter MC-31, the wait is now over. The company has finally announced today that shipping will begin on February 27th, and will retail for $679 from authorized Sigma dealers....
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Lomography Simple Use Film Camera Now Comes with LomoChrome Metropolis

In case you don’t have a Lomography Simple Use Film Camera yet, here’s a great chance for you to pick one up. The reloadable camera is now available loaded with the popular LomoChrome Metropolis film so you can give both a go for your next photo walk or epic adventure. Check out this camera and film combo if you’re looking for something lightweight, easy, and fun to shoot....
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Film Photography Tutorial: Creating Stunning Galaxy Double Exposures

Film photography is especially known for encouraging all sorts of creative experimentation, which eventually popularized techniques like double exposures during the digital age. The often cool results and happy accidents are among the things that encourage today’s generation to shoot film. If you’re yet to try double exposures on film or want to do something different with it, we’re sure this quick galaxy double exposures tutorial by United Kingdom-based Kate Hook is right up your alley....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

We don’t usually reach for the 35mm lens when it comes to shooting portraits. But when it’s the only lens available to you during a shoot or you want to experiment with different focal lengths, it pays to know how you can work with it. A common scenario you may find yourself using this lens is shooting street portraits during a photowalk around your town. For today’s photography cheat sheet, we bring some simple tips to help you make the most of the extra coverage provided by 35mm lenses for portrait work....
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Juanita Escobar Photographs the Story of Women in a Conflict Zone

While border crisis issues typically suggest big picture narratives and large-scale issues, Colombian documentary photographer Juanita Escobar has chosen to focus her efforts on the complex lives of women who have settled along the Orinoco River. Straddling the Colombian and Venezuelan border, the river has become a symbol of geographical divide, border conflicts, and numerous adversities that Juanita has found women, in particular, to be vulnerable to. In her long-term documentary series, she has been traversing the expanse surrounding the river to immerse herself in the lives of the women who now call it home....
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The Photoville FENCE is Now Accepting Submissions Until March 6th

If part of your photography goals this year is to showcase the best of your work so far, you might want to start preparing your submission for this year’s leg of Photoville FENCE. Not only will you have the opportunity to have your work showcased in nine exhibitions, but also stand the chance to be one of two artists who will receive prizes totaling over $20,000. ...
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Josef Koudelka Exhibit to Showcase His “Exiles” and 1980s Panoramas

Looking for the next photography exhibit to inspire you and expand your creative storytelling? The upcoming solo exhibition of influential street photographer Josef Koudelka is definitely not to be missed. Titled “Exiles and Panoramas,” it’s set for March 6 – August 23, 2020, at the Ernst Leitz Museum in Wetzlar, Germany. Whether you’re an ardent fan of Koudelka’s work or are looking for something to squeeze into your German adventures, this is a great opportunity to view some of his most personal and celebrated works....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing 20mm, 105mm, 200mm for Portraits

When it comes to portrait photography, a lot of us typically start shooting with 50mm or 85mm lenses, as they are the most used and recommended focal lengths. However, some of us eventually think about experimenting with different lenses and see what they can do to improve our results. This is where today’s featured photography cheat sheet would come handy, especially for those who are wondering what wide-angle, short telephoto, and telephoto lenses can do for portrait work....
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Carl Warner Makes Landscape Images from Food, and It’s Breathtaking!

A highly-creative blend of food photography, still life, and advertising photography, Carl Warner’s work is a perfect example of imagination on overdrive. “I create scenes in the studio that sometimes look like real scenes, but scenes that are in nature basically made out of other things,” he described his own work in a quick interview with Wex Photo Video. While he has also expanded his style to working with other materials, food items remain his best-known medium for creating what he calls food landscapes, or foodscapes....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Avoiding Common Lens Filter Issues

Some of us may already know how useful lens filters can be in getting us closer to our desired results. But, as with many things, we may sometimes get into a bit of a pickle with these accessories. If that has happened to you and have been scratching your head figuring out a solution, we bring some troubleshooting tips from yet another photography cheat sheet from Digital Camera World....
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Tae Kim Shares His Journey on Mastering Leica Rangefinders

My name is Tae Kim and I originally created Cosmotographer as a site where I can have a creative outlet from my day job, a place where I can express my thoughts onto a collection of photos. I don’t have a simple and consistent aesthetic like most photographers because I believe that photography is more than just someone’s identity, striving to differentiate themselves from the curated world of Instagram. I believe photography should be used to express themselves and their creative moods without catering to followers....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Macro Photography Tips

Macro photography, as with other genres, requires lots of practice and will take time to master. There’s more to it than pointing your camera on macro mode at a tiny subject. However, with the help of some simple tips, you’ll be able to get great results quicker. Today’s photography cheat sheet from Canon will do just that, whatever camera (or brand you’re using)....
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Joel Meyerowitz Teaches You How He Makes Photographs

Attention, photobook collectors! A new series of ”Masters of Photography” books is set to provide a new approach to instructional volumes. Each volume focuses on the work of a key photographer who tells readers everything they want to know about how they take photos. The series kicks off with Joel Meyerowitz: How I Make Photographs, a great learning opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to learn from master portrait and street photographer Joel Meyerowitz....
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SNAP! Case for iPhone 11 Series Gets New Improvements

Whether you prefer to take photos using your smartphones for now or simply want to get the full photographer experience, the latest edition of bitplay Inc.’s signature SNAP! Case should do the trick for you. Newly designed for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, it now comes with two new features that make it the most camera-centric phone out there. If you’re keen on make your iPhone 11 feel a little bit more like an actual camera, looks like this is the case for you....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot with a Circular Polarizer

One of the best and effective ways to get better photos is using lens filters to help you get the right exposure, make the colors pop, or achieve certain special effects — all in-camera. As such, they help you save time on post-processing work. Polarizers, in particular, are especially useful for removing glare and reflections, making them firm favorites of landscape photographers who frequently shoot near bodies of water. They are also helpful when photographing metallic or reflective surfaces like cars. With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll learn the secrets of using a circular polarizer to either darken blue skies or reduce reflections....
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ShutterWatches Uniquely Combine Camera Shutters with Pocket Watches

When you’re an ardent collector of anything vintage, you’re bound to have some overlapping interests. When these come together in one item, the result can be both beautiful and very cool. It’s not surprising to find, for example, some vintage-inspired items that will tickle the fancy of photographers who also shoot film on the side. The coolest we’ve found so far are these handmade pocket watches that are guaranteed to make one-of-a-kind statement pieces....
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Canon Introduces New Cloud Platform, RF Lens, and SELPHY Printer

Looking for some new creative tools to further your photography projects? If you’re a Canon photographer, the company has a bunch of freshly launched products for you: a new RF lens, a new cloud platform, and a square portable printer. This announcement comes alongside the news of the development of the high-end Canon EOS R5, so while waiting for that, you might want to explore these other tools in the meantime....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Make Your Travel Photos Not Suck

Post-processing remains an integral part of photography today, so it’s important to have a good grasp of what apps, editing software, and techniques will make your photos stand out or fit the mood or look that you’re going for. If you’re still new to this, or are looking for more ways to get better at it, we have just the photography cheat sheet for you....
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Film Carrier 120: Scan Medium Format Negatives With Digital Cameras

Finally, medium format shooters can use digital cameras to scan their negatives with the Film Carrier 120. Film photographers looking for a quick way to digitize their negatives are in for a treat. Say hello to the Film Carrier 120, a Kickstarter holder by Negative Supply that allows easy scanning of medium format negatives. The Philadelphia-based company...
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Someone Stuffed a New Olympus Pen into a Vintage Pen F Body

With the steady popularity of retro-styled digital cameras, we can assume that camera companies will continue to draw inspiration from classic designs and iconic models. However, it’s also reasonable to expect that these modern takes on the classics can only go as far. So, if you have a specific vintage camera that you hope would see a digital version, your best bet is often a third-party digital back (although it will most likely look a little unwieldy and clunky). Unless, you have the guts, patience, and talent for tinkering and making your own — or you’re an Olympus fan and would be willing to settle for a vintage Olympus Pen F combined with a digital PEN E-PM1!...
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Nikon Drops New Flagship Nikon D6 Plus Two New NIKKOR Z Lenses

Today is a big day for photographers who are looking to upgrade their Nikon DSLR or expand their NIKKOR Z lens options. Nikon just dropped the Nikon D6, a new professional DSLR that promises to provide extreme reliability and ultimate performance to cater to the needs of professionals and press agencies. Launched alongside it are two new NIKKOR Z lenses: the affordable and versatile 24-200mm f4 – 6.3 VR and the ultra-wide, lightweight prime lens 20mm f1.8 S....
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Hengki Koentjoro: Dramatic Black and White Roads of Mount Nebo

If you’ve been following the fine art landscape photography of Jakarta-based Hengki Koentjoro with us, you must be used to seeing him tackle seascapes. However, once in a while, he also shows his prowess for minimalist black and white with snaps taken far from seaside settings. The latest example is his short series shot around Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge of the Abarim mountain range in Jordan....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposing for Architectural Exteriors

If architectural photography is becoming your passion, we have yet another photography cheat sheet to help you master the craft. Previously, we shared some useful tips for eye-catching compositions. Once you’ve figured out how to use composition to either showcase the beauty of the buildings in their entirety or emphasize the impressive details, next is to make sure your exposures are spot on....
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VSCO Recreates Discontinued Fujifilm T64 Tungsten Film

Looking for a new preset to tinker with on VSCO? Now would be a good time to sign up as a member as the app just dropped their latest Film X preset. Say hello to the FT6, a recreation of Fujifilm’s discontinued Fujichrome T64 tungsten film. If you’re looking for relaxing blue hues and cool tones, this could very well be a preset for you to try....
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This Vintage Nikkormat FTN Ad Will Make You Cringe a Bit

The season of love is afoot, so our latest vintage camera ad find, featuring the Nikkormat FTN from the late 1960s, is fitting of the occasion — well, not quite. It may have been made with either good intentions or a bright idea back then, but we can’t help but feel a little cringy about it. We’ll let you check it out and decide for yourself! ...
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Five Most Popular Canon FD Mount Cameras to Grab Today

Are you a long-time Canon user who goes back to your film photography roots once in a while? Or, are you just embarking on your film photography journey? Whichever the case, among the cameras you’ll find yourself considering or shooting with are Canon FD mount cameras. The mount was rendered obsolete in the early 1990s with the introduction of the Canon EOS cameras and the Canon EF mount. Still, we have the film photography revolution to thank for making it possible for us to experience a bit of Canon history through the FD mount cameras. If you don’t have one yet, allow us to recommend five of the most popular cameras that you can choose from....
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You’re Too Busy Shooting for Likes and Missing Beautiful Moments

Social media has affected societies in ways that perhaps not a lot of us have foreseen. Like a wave crashing over the shore, it has taken over many aspects of our personal, social, and creative lives. Photographers of this generation are not immune to this, as evidenced by the myriad of trends that pop up on Instagram, further magnified by YouTube. What sells on these platforms dictate a lot of what is made and gets passed around. This observation has led me to think about how we’re missing out on a lot of beautiful and authentic moments simply because we’re overlooking the mundane....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Getting Perfect Exposures With Solid ND Filters

Lens filters are among the most useful tools you can turn to when you want to control the light or achieve specific effects in-camera, especially for shooting landscape photos. Neutral Density (ND) filters, in particular, are important for shooting situations that require very wide aperture or long shutter speed settings,as they decrease the amount of light that hits the camera sensor without affecting the colors. In a separate photography cheat sheet, we saw how ND filters come in different stops, and what how much light each stop reduces. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet puts the knowledge to work with some tips for getting perfect exposures with a solid ND filter....
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New i1Photo Pro 3 is For “Color Perfectionist” Photographers Who Print

While color management is a crucial part of today’s professional photography workflow, getting the colors right all the way to prints can be challenging. For this, X-Rite just dropped the third generation of the i1Photo Pro 3 spectrophotometer, redesigned to be more accurate, reliable, and twice as fast than its predecessor. Whether you’re getting into making demanding prints or looking to improve your print workflow, this tool could prove useful for you....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Snowy Scenes

Snowy landscapes are among the most beautiful places to photograph, as we’ve seen in a lot of our previous landscape photography features. However, they also come with major challenges, from getting there, keeping those precious gear safe, and shooting. Whether you’re planning your first ever snowy scene shoot or want to do it better for next time, we’re sure this quick photography cheat sheet will be of great help to you....
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Stunning Winning Images from the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition of 2019

If you’re looking for some impressive works to inspire your landscape photography, the winning images from the International Landscape Photographer of the Year will surely do the trick....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Settings for Indoor Still-Life

Many photographers either begin their photography journey by practicing still life photography or dabble with it later on in their craft as the need arises. Whichever is the case for you, today’s featured photography cheat sheet comes with suggested camera settings and some extra tips to help you get the best results when shooting still life photography indoors....
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Why a Good Camera Can Take Really Bad Photos

Planning to get your first serious camera and have been eyeing some of the latest and the greatest models? If you’ve been convinced that it will give you the most impressive photos, you have to do something about that mindset. In a quick video by Luke Ayers (who we’ve featured several times in the past), he wants every photographer to understand that the good camera = good photos idea is a myth. ...
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Short Documentary Explores Why Film Photography Lives On

Film lives, and has been thriving alongside the digital age, much to the surprise of many. But for those who still #believeinfilm and choose to #staybrokeshootfilm (along many other mantras and hashtags), the love for this old-fashioned medium goes beyond gathering likes and attention on social media. It’s a way of life. Many short films and documentaries have explored the so-called analog resurgence, and it seems we’ll keep seeing more of it. The latest to tackle the topic is NBC Left Field, which sought to find out why the younger generation are embracing the slower process of film....
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Like the Look of Slide Film? It Was Developed for the Slide Projector

There aren’t a lot of slide films available in the market today, but back in the days, 35mm slide films were the norm, and slide projectors were mainstays in most homes. Among them, as today’s featured retro commercial shows, is the Kodak 300 Slide Projector, a portable projector that could be carried like a briefcase. It reminds us of an era before computer slide shows, online photo galleries, and albums on social media, and how flipping through photos was most likely a form of entertainment for family and friends....
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This Kodak Brownie Commercial Doubled as a Pet Portrait Tutorial

“Man’s best friend makes some of man’s best pictures,” goes the intro for today’s featured Kodak camera commercial from many decades past. As the trend with many of the company’s ads and commercials from the era, it came with some suggestions on how to get the best shots of the so-called Kodak Moment — pet portraits included!...
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New Lomography Petzval 80.5 MK II Now Also for Filmmakers

Been eyeing one of the Lomography Petzval lenses especially for portrait photography? Now in their seventh year of developing and refining their takes on the legendary Petzval lens of 1840, the company just dropped the latest addition to their Petzval line up: the Petzval 80.5 MK II SLR Art Lens, designed for both photographers and filmmakers alike. As is customary with their lens offerings, you have the chance to grab it for less on Kickstarter. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Tips for Diffusing Window Light

Shooting in natural light can be tricky but it’s also a flattering and readily available light source. Whether you’re shooting portraits or still life, the key to working with natural light is being able to modify it to achieve the look you’re after. This is where today’s photography cheat sheet comes in....
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Geert Broertjes: Documenting Love and Loss in “One Year”

“If it’s personal you can’t do anything wrong. It’s your way of dealing with life. That is different for everyone, so there is no right or wrong,” said Amsterdam-based Geert Broertjes on what guided him as he put together One Year, a poetic visual story about love, loss, and grief. In just a span of the titular year, he lost the most important women in his life: his aunt, grandmother, and mother passed away. Months following his mother’s passing saw the end of his intense relationship with his girlfriend, with whom he shared his grief. Such powerful themes, indeed, can only be guided by the deeply personal. This, Broertjes chose to carry out by shooting in raw black and white film photos....
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Portrait Photography Tips: The Guide for Those Still Learning

With portrait photography among the core genres of photography, we’re sure everyone wants to know how they can take great shots for when the need calls for it. More so for those who want to specialize in it and make it their bread and butter. This is why we make sure to regularly share projects, tutorials and cheat sheets loaded with tips, tricks, and inspiration on portrait photography and its many sub-genres. If you’re still getting a grip on portrait photography, we can begin with a review of some essential tutorials to help move you forward....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Settings for Shooting in the Golden Hour

The Golden Hour is every photographer’s favorite time of the day to shoot, for a good reason. As the term suggests, it bathes a scene in a beautiful golden glow that increases the contrast and brings out the most dramatic and vibrant colors. This is why portrait photographers and landscape photographers especially prefer to shoot outdoors during this time of the day. If you’re yet to do a Golden Hour shoot, today’s featured photography cheat sheet has some suggested camera settings to try and some easy tips to make sure you get the best results....
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Nathan Wirth Ponders His Decade-Long Visual Study of Drakes Beach

Whether by choice or by circumstance, we don’t always get to go back to the beautiful places we photograph. For some, ticking off the destination off their bucket list and taking home photos they took as keepsakes of the experience. Others are just waiting for the next opportunity for another visit. However, there are also photographers who find themselves drawn to the same place over and over, compelled to document their return with more photographs as each visit can sometimes look or feel different. It seems this was the case for Nathan Wirth, who found himself photographing the particular rock formations at Drakes Beach in Northern California for over a decade....
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ILFORD Shows Us How to Create Black and White Darkroom Prints

If you’re a film photographer looking to make your first black and white darkroom print, ILFORD covers everything you need to know to get started. For many ardent film photographers, the process is not complete until one has a print of their photo in their hands. Creating a darkroom print is one of the most...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Blur Moving Water with Slow Shutter Speeds

Blurring moving water to create the dramatic effect of time passing is just one of the most popular techniques used by landscape photographers. The technique involves using slow shutter speeds to produce a creative effect from the motion blur. However, there are some key elements involved to make sure you get the best results. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will give you just that....
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