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Lena Weisbek: “Dreamscapes” in Minimalist, Captivating Black and White

While Munich-based Lena Weisbek has been working for decades as a designer and art director, photography, specifically fine art photography, has been her passion for many years. Today, she does mostly art photography, taking on various projects on different themes and developing some art concepts. It’s therefore not surprising that she was drawn to a minimalist abstract approach for photographing landscapes. If, like us, you have a keen interest in this approach, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this series as well....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Aperture Settings for Different Applications

We’ve been sharing a lot of tips about camera settings as of late, especially aperture. As one of the components of the Exposure Triangle, the aperture is responsible for letting light into the camera. The lower the f-stop (also known as f-number), the larger the opening of lens, and the more light hits the camera sensor or film. However, it’s just one of the things that your chosen aperture setting will do for your photos. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet provides yet another way for beginners to look at aperture: which one should you use to get the creative effects that you need for your shot?...
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Comparing Different Color Filters for Black and White Film Photography

Before the digital days, photographers made use of various filters to produce a big portion of their desired look for black and white photography in-camera. As we learned in this previous video tutorial, filters allowed them to darken the skies, increase the contrast, or give flowers a more dramatic look against the rest of the foliage. Some may argue that we can simply use our go-to editing software to produce the same effects since we’re already in the digital age. But if you’re shooting black and white film, filters will still be your best friends and allow you to achieve the look you want straight on the negatives, potentially minimizing the work you’ll have to do in post. If you’re yet to use filters for shooting black and white, we have just the video to show what to expect....
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Vintage Ad Shows What Film Photographers Wish They Were Stocking Up Today

With much on the world on panic buying mode due to lockdowns and quarantine, we’re sure there are now photography projects documenting grocery scenes at the time of COVID-19. A vintage ad we found, however, makes us both nostalgic about the time when Kodak reigned supreme and wishful that we were stocking up on their cool stuff instead. If you’re a film photographer, this will especially hit you harder!...
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You Need the Patience of a Saint: Jollylook Instant Camera Review

The new Jollylook Auto has recently been released and already fully funded on Kickstarter. However, some of the backers of the first campaign who are yet to receive theirs must be wondering what the original Jollylook has in store for them. Those who are familiar with it already know that it looks fancy but built simply, so this review will have more quick insights into the shooting experience instead of a rundown of features....
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“Paddling Tranquility” Showcases the Epic Glacier Landscapes of Alaska

For many travel and landscape photographers, all the wanderlust-inducing destinations that await not only make the promise of great photos but also epic adventures. The latest in our list of outstanding works that prove this is a project by buddies Toby Harriman and Jussi Ruottinen, which document their epic time in Alaska where they paddled on glacier rivers that they described as “beyond incredible.”...
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Tobias Hägg Uses a Drone to Make the Oceans Look Ever So Stunning

In many of the impressive landscape photography we featured that were set by the ocean, we are given a front row seat to stunning scenes from the shoreline. They invited us to see the roaring waves and dreamy seaside as if we were there ourselves, or reimagine them entirely. For Stockholm-based Tobias Hägg, however, his approach to the craft is all about showcasing the unpredictable and sometimes even frightening beauty of the ocean from above. The result is Our Oceans, a breathtaking abstract series showing the beautiful hues and textures that can only be seen from this perspective....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Figure Out What Aperture You Need

Whether you’re shooting in manual or aperture priority mode, setting the right aperture to put depth of field to work is one of the decisions that you’ll have to do with confidence. Whatever the kind of photography that you do, your choice of aperture will determine not only how bright your results look, but also how much of the scene looks sharply focused. It’s one of the topics we cover a lot in our tutorials and cheat sheets, but in case you need a less technical visual guide, today’s featured photography cheat sheet will serve as another quick reference to help you better understand how aperture works....
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Isabella Tabacchi’s Astrophotography Under Namibia’s Surreal Night Sky

The night sky has always fascinated bright minds for the mystery and stunning imagery it brings, making it a popular subject among artists and photographers. Bologna-based landscape photographer Isabella Tabacchi, for example, has always found it her favorite part of everyday life and a potent source of inspiration for her work. If you find yourself drawn to photographing landscapes against the night sky, you’ll definitely find her snaps under Namibia’s starry night sky nothing short of surreal....
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Wes Eisenhauer’s Curious Double Exposures of the NASA Facility

We typically see double exposures being used to merge two different ideas or subjects into a surreal or eye-catching imagery. However, it’s not the only way to create something interesting through the creative technique. Wes Eisenhauer shows us how he used it to make a visual summary of how awesome his visit to a NASA facility turned out. If you’re looking for more ideas for your next double exposure project, this is certainly worth your interest....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Three Ways to Make Darker or Brighter Photos

Still getting a grip on how to set your camera’s aperture, shutter speed, and ISO? Getting acquainted with the Exposure Triangle is one of the best and fundamental ways to understand how it all works and come together to create proper exposures. Changing the value of one element often means you have to compensate the other two to maintain proper exposure. However, there’s another way to look at what these settings can do: using them to make your photos darker or brighter, especially when you’re mastering shooting in manual mode. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a quick reference you can use for your next practice....
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On Creativity: Refilling Creative Juices for Photographers

Creativity is a big part of our craft as photographers. It’s what fuels our best ideas, defines our personal style, and sets our work apart from random snaps and throwaway photos. It’s crucial for both professional and personal work that we find ourselves restless whenever we feel we’re not being creative enough with our concepts or execution. I know I do, more often than I’d like. I’ve lost track of all the ideas or projects I abandoned the moment I realized they were mediocre or not creative enough. I swoon at projects — photography-related or otherwise — brought to life by creativity and originality. However, I also concede to the fact that creativity is a highly subjective construct, and our notions of what makes something creative also tend to change over time. So, it only follows that we eventually formulate our own ways of coping with creative blocks. For those who are yet to figure it out, however, getting unstuck from a creative rut can be frustrating....
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Weird Stock Photos: We Have No Idea What’s Happening but These Stock Photos Are Hilarious

We’re no strangers to the fact that Reddit is a repository of all things weird and wonderful. We’ve seen our fair share of the wonderful of late, so today’s find is all about the weird. Or the wonderfully weird side of the Interwebs, as we think some of you may also find it. Whether you’re in the stock photography business or are starting to grow an interest in it, we bring you the strangest collection of snaps that have ever been submitted — or sneaked — into some of the leading stock photography websites out there....
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Jared Gruenwald Provides a View Through the Lockdown Glass

With much of the world reeling from the spread of COVID-19, the mental toll of anxiety, panic, and isolation has been creeping upon us. Of course, we want to check up on our friends and family and see how they’re doing. For Philadelphia-based commercial photographer and owner of Left Eyed Studios Jared Gruenwald, it’s also an opportunity to document his rounds and show the rest of us how his side of the world is holding up. With this, he began a photo project titled Through the Lockdown Glass....
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Popular Pentax Film Cameras Every Pentaxian Collection Should Have

With Pentax just having turned 100 years, we placed the spotlight on some of the company’s classic medium format cameras which are rivaled only by a handful of competitors. Among the most popular of these, are Pentax 67 and Pentax 645, which are also on our favorite 67 format and 645 format cameras. We decided to do a quick follow-up on those features with a rundown of other popular vintage models that should never go missing in a true blue Pentaxian’s collection. If you’re still building your own, this guide should be useful to you!...
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The Leica M4: A Camera for the Thinking Photographer with Skill

Leica cameras have come to mean many things to photographers then and now, but one model in particular was dubbed by the company itself as the camera for the thinking photographer. In a vintage print ad, the Leica M4 was marketed as the camera for pros who want to take full control of their camera settings and put their full creativity to work. None of those electronic functions like auto exposure and auto focus — just pure photography skills at work. Of course, the all-mechanical Leica M4 remains one of the most coveted classic Leica models today, and perhaps this nostalgic ad tells us a little bit about the pride that goes into owning one....
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Seven Must-Have Affordable Lenses for the Olympus OM Shooter

Last year, we placed the spotlight on the Olympus OM System, a landmark camera series that showed the world they can go small, even with their 35mm SLR cameras. Apart from the iconic compact design for the camera body, the series also came with the equally famed OM Zuiko range of lenses. If you happen to still have an OM series camera around, you might want to pair it with with any — or all — of these beautiful, must-have lenses....
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He Made His Own Large Format Camera and Old School Flash Powder

Most photographers who build their own cameras, especially large format cameras, started out driven by an interest in traditional photographic processes. For South Africa-based Nikolai Nielsen, however, discovering camera building was a fortunate accident. Anyone who knew of his passions — mainly chemistry, pyrotechnics, and rocketry — would be surprised that he took up making cameras for what he calls “from scratch” photography. However, motivated by his DIY spirit and a chance event that introduced him to traditional photography, it was only a matter of time before he was building his own cameras....
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Portrait Photography Tips: How to Pose the Arms (And What Not to Do)

Among the things that both portrait photographers and models commonly overlook when they’re starting out is the placement of the arms during the poses. Can you just place them on the sides? Should the model place a hand behind their head? Or both hands? How about one hand touching or twirling the hair in their fingers a bit? Should the arms be bent? There are actually many ways you can work with the hands and arms to avoid making awkwardly posed portraits. We’ve put together a bunch of tips if this is something you’re yet to master....
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7 Amazingly Affordable But Awesome Canon FD Lenses to Drool Over

Not so long ago, we gave a rundown of Canon FD cameras for photographers who are thinking of going back to their film roots and first-time film photographers looking for their first 35mm SLR camera. Now, it’s time to pair them up with some of the best Canon FD mount lenses. If your FD mount camera is still missing a great lens or you’ve been thinking of adding one (or two) to your arsenal, we suggest keeping an eye out for these lenses....
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Leotax TV 2: The Leica Copy You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Whenever the topic of Leica copies come up, most film photographers immediately think of Soviet Era cameras like the FED and Zorki cameras. However, there are also some lesser known copies from Japan, possibly strange as that sounds for most of us. Among them are the Leotax 35mm rangefinder cameras which were introduced prior to World War II. For today, let’s take a look at the Leotax TV 2 one of the last few models in the series....
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The Four Best Vintage Contax Cameras That Won’t Break the Bank

While a good portion of film photographers today must be familiar with Contax through the insanely expensive and popular Contax T2 and T3 compact cameras. However, there’s more to the historic camera model-turned-brand that hails all the way back to 1932 Dresden. Whether you’re interested in scoring a more reasonably-priced Contax or simply want to familiarize yourself with the other noteworthy models, we think this list will be of great use to you....
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The Story of an Apollo 16 Astronaut Who Left a Family Photo on the Moon

Photography remains an important part of documenting the most unforgettable and ground-breaking moments in history. Of these events, there’s nothing more incredible than sending the first men on the Moon. The space mission and the others that followed brought home lot of breath-taking and iconic photographs that speak of both mankind’s greatest achievements and biggest dreams. However, alongside all of these important photos is a rather unknown and unexpected one: a family photograph left by one of the Apollo 16 astronauts in 1972. The poignant story behind it was recently revisited on an r/nasa thread....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: An Easy Guide to Shooting Portraits Indoors

With the current quarantine situation leaving us limited to shooting indoors, we’re sure a lot of us will be taking on portrait photography projects. Now is actually a great time to channel our creative energies on getting great family portraits and even creative self portraits. But for those who are fairly new to the craft, working out the best camera settings to use it can be a challenge. If that sounds like you (or someone you know), we have just the right photography cheat sheet to help get you started quickly. So, pick up your camera and take note of the settings you can use for your next portrait sessions around the house. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: 8 Tips for Shooting with Circular Polarizers

Cameras, lenses, and photo editing software have gotten so good and advanced in the last decade that it may be hard for some to see the point of using tools like lens filters. However, there are actually a bunch of filters that prove useful even today because they help you nail the shots in-camera, saving you time and effort in post-processing later. The circular polarizer is one such tool. Especially useful for landscape photography, this lens filter removes glare and reflections on bodies of water. If you’re new to using this accessory, we have a bunch of tips in today’s photography cheat sheet to get you started....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Make Great Black and White Images

When it comes to black and white photography, adapting a different mindset is necessary. There’s more to it than shooting with your camera in monochrome mode. Instead of evaluating a scene through eye-catching colors, you’ll need to look closely at the balance between light and shadows, and of light elements against dark ones. It will definitely take a lot of practice, but with photography cheat sheets like our featured guide today, you’ll have a jump start to making those impressive black and white images....
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Photography Cheat Sheet Round Up: Home Photography Projects

Since most of us are pretty much stuck indoors due to COVID-19 lockdown and quarantine measures, we thought we might as well put together a bunch of photography cheat sheets that will prove useful for indoor photography. We may be limited in the type of photography or subjects at this time. But when the need to shoot strikes, these cheat sheets we collected from awesome photographers and sites like Digital Camera World should be able to help you make the most of it....
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Vintage Under $150: 5 Point and Shoot Film Cameras You Should Try

For a lot of photographers today, vintage point and shoot cameras often serve as the gateway drug into film photography. They’re compact, easy to use, and often inexpensive. Some of these cameras also produce or enhance the distinct look of nostalgia that film photography has come to be known for. So it’s not surprising that many of them make it to many film camera recommendations for beginners. Whether you’re looking for one or two point and shoot film cameras to get started with or add to your growing collection of vintage compacts, these are some of the awesome and affordable models you can grab today....
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Five Great Film SLR Cameras to Grab for Under $150

If you’ve been looking for some great cameras to begin your film photography journey with or add to your vintage camera collection, we can see how it can be overwhelming given all the choices out there. Today, allow us to narrow down the list with a handful of film SLR recommendations. These models are some of the best and interesting cameras that film photographers have been picking up since the so-called analog resurgence. While prices for many cult cameras have gone up, you can still grab these particular models today without breaking the bank....
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Why the 24mm Lens Is Great for Creative Self Portraits

So, you’re stuck at home and you have limited options when it comes to taking photos. If you’re thinking about joining the myriad of photographers who decided to do self portraits in the meantime, you might want to pay special attention to your 24mm lens. We’ve been recommending this lens for portrait photography, so we see no reason why you can’t whip it out for creative self portraits as well!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How F-Stops Control Light and Bokeh

F-stop is one of the terms you’ll continuously encounter throughout your photography journey, so understanding how it works is crucial to your practice. It may take some time and a lot of practice before you get the hang of it, but today’s featured photography cheat sheet should at least make the learning experience easier for you....
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This Vintage ORWO Film Commercial Is Dripping With Nostalgia

In many of the vintage camera ads and commercials we’ve seen so far, it’s easy to feel nostalgic with the household brands that have become part of our personal histories. But for some film brands like ORWO, today’s generation of film photographers have just started to discover them. Today’s vintage camera commercial would make an interesting and unique introduction, dripping with nostalgia all the way from the 1960s....
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Yum Tang Brings Conceptual Food Photography to the Namib Desert

When we speak of food photography, we always envision scrumptious morsels shot in cozy locations. We are also seeing more meticulously styled dishes shot in the studio for out of the box approaches. Beijing-based visual designer and food photographer Yum Tang, however, brings an even more creative idea to the the table with her series, Food is doing surreal things in the desert. If you’re a fan of totally different kinds of photography coming together to create original works, we’re sure you’ll be amazed and inspired with this series....
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Beautiful and Affordable: 7 Vintage Soviet Lenses to Adapt to Your Camera

The dreamy look of retro photography continues to be a popular aesthetic even for digital photography, and nothing is better than getting it using the real deal. Vintage Soviet lenses, for example, make great options for adapting to your digital cameras because there’s still a fair number of them available out there for cheap. To help you make the best choices, we’ve done a bit of looking around for some vintage Soviet lenses to score today....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Classic Still Life

While it can‘t be helped that we‘re limited to taking photos indoors, there are still a bunch of things we can do to stay productive photographers. Among them is picking up a new skill or trying out a new genre to challenge yourself. Classic still life is perfect for this occasion, since you most likely have everything you need to practice. Here’s a quick photography cheat sheet to help you get started....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Choosing the Right Camera

Whether you’re in need of a new camera to finally get into photography or upgrade to a better model, you may have a bit of a challenge choosing from all the options out there. We shared a couple of guides to help with this in the past and we’re adding one more to the pile for good measure. In today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices at least with the kind of camera to go for....
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Inspiring Images from ZEISS Photography Award 2020 Winner and Shortlist

Since most of us are currently plowing through days of downtime, we might as well take the extra time to get our extra fill of photography inspiration. The World Photography Organisation recently announced the winner and the nine shortlisted entries of this year’s ZEISS Photography Award. For its latest run, the competition featured the brief Seeing Beyond: Discoveries, which called photographers to submit a series of works that represent the “discoveries that transform our everyday lives.”...
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This Commercial Reminds Us of Konica as “The Oldest and the Boldest”

Konica may be no more but their legacy lives on in many of the film cameras that are still out there, ready for those who know what and where to look. For those unfamiliar with the Japanese camera company, today’s vintage camera commercial brings some introductions to some of its noteworthy models....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Something Wrong with Your Image? Try This

Today’s digital cameras allow everyone to take decent photos, but for those who want to break free from shooting in Auto mode, taking full control of all the camera settings may seem like a daunting task. At some point in every beginner’s manual photography journey, overexposed, underexposed, and blurry photos will be the norm. The goal, therefore, is to be able to fix or avoid these shots in-camera, instead of relying on Photoshop to correct them each time. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a quick troubleshooting guide that will allow you to do just that....
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Apo Genc Reimagines Hamburg as a Utopian City in Infrared

Imagination is undoubtedly a big part of creative photography, In fact, it’s the very fuel that drive photographers like Apo Genc to see things differently and reimagine entire cities altogether. Case in point is today’s featured series, wherein the self-taught photographer used the surreal aesthetic of infrared photography to reimagine and portray Hamburg as a utopian city. We often see infrared photography working nicely for landscape photography, so if you’ve ever been curious how it works with urbanscapes, this series will give you some ideas....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Which Tripod Is Right for You?

Photographers are recommended to invest in a good tripod, some kinds of photography more in need of it than others. However, with all the different options out there, it may be overwhelming to pore through all of them and come to a decision. If you’re planning to get a tripod soon but aren’t quite sure yet what to get, this photography cheat sheet from Canon Asia should be able to help you....
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Quarantine Conversations: Magnum Photographers Discussing Their Work

We’re used to Magnum photographers going on assignments to take the world’s most pressing issues head on, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re staying home like the rest of us. However, that hasn’t stopped them from making the most of their time with a new video series titled Quarantine Conversations. Here’s something to watch whether you could use more inspiration or are simply curious about how Magnum photographers are responding to issues brought about this time of lockdown and quarantine....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Getting Up Close for Wildlife Photography

Photographing from afar is one of the most convenient and surefire ways to do wildlife photography. But some wild animals are simply great for close-up snaps. The challenge, therefore, lies in getting close to these creatures to get the perfect shots without disrupting them in their natural habitat. Today’s photography cheat sheet comes with some helpful tips if you’re planning to try this and level up your wildlife photography....
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Flickr Is TRYING to Improve Groups with New Admin Tools

With photographers today being able to spend more time on social media and online communities, Flickr made a timely decision to roll out some improvements to the group admin experience. The company announced some tools to make Flickr groups management and curation a lot easier especially for new group admins. Whether you’re planning to start a photography community on Flickr or already managing an active one, this update should be particularly interesting and useful for you....
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Great Examples of Negative Space in Black and White Photography

When we speak of minimalist photography, shooting in black and white is often one of the first techniques that come to mind, for good reason. Without the distraction of colors, a scene is reduced to the interaction between light and shadows and how it creates an eye-catching contrast. These are often useful for both creative photography and visual storytelling. But, to make your black and white photography even more effective as minimalist images, simplifying your composition with a good grasp of negative space is necessary. This is where today’s featured video tutorial comes in handy....
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These Cool Film Rangefinder Cameras Can Be Yours for $150 or Less

Vintage cameras, especially rangefinders, are still pretty popular not only due to the sustained interest in film photography but also because they are often highly collectible items. However, that also means the most popular and coveted ones often come with a hefty price tag, making them out of reach for most. But there are actually a lot of rangefinder cameras out there that won’t break the bank, so even if you’re a complete beginner, you won’t be intimidated by the cost. In fact, you can grab many of them off eBay for around $150!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Light Fall Off Visual Guide

Not so long ago, we shared a simple illustration of how the Inverse Square Law works and how it affects the way your subjects or scenes are lit. If you found it useful for understanding the technicalities of the relationship between distance and the brightness of light, we have yet another visual guide for you. This time, it shows us the law at work in the studio!...
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Get Inspired to Shoot Cine Film With the Best SILBERSALZ35 Snaps of 2019

Some time has passed since we last broke the news about the SILBERSALZ35 cine films, so we were excited when the folks of Silbersalz Film got in touch with us to share their latest. If you’ve seen some of their sample images from our news post and have been interested in trying out the films, we have a bunch more for you to satisfy your curiosity with....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: What Affects Depth of Field

Depth of field is one of the photography terms and concepts that you’re guaranteed to come across but may take some time to understand through practice. The term is commonly defined as the distance between the closest and the farthest objects in the photo that appear acceptably sharp. This term typically pops up whenever aperture and bokeh mentioned because the three are tied together; aperture is one of the factors that affect the depth of field, while bokeh demonstrates a quality of depth of field. What about the other factors? Today’s featured photography cheat sheet has some answers....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shutter Speeds for Shooting by the Beach

Beaches and bodies of water are among the favorite shooting locations of landscape photographers for a good reason: they offer a variety of stunning scenes to photograph. A single location by the beach, for example, can be photographed with moving water for dramatic results or freezing waves for a more strong image. If a landscape photography shoot somewhere scenic and seaside is in order for you, we’re sure today’s photography cheat sheet will give you some tips for making the most out of your shoot....
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