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Erik Witsoe Captures Beauty in Daily Commute from the Window Seat

Commute scenes never go missing in street photography not only because they’re integral to city life but because there’s a certain mood in them. Such feelings of longing, adventure, and transience are embodied in a recent body of work by Erik Witsoe. In his personal series titled The Window Seat, the photographer and artist chronicles the everyday moments he encountered while on the road around the Polish cities of Warsaw and Poznan. We’re sure this is something inspiring for all of us, especially for those who are fond of capturing the beauty amidst the humdrum of life in the streets — even with something as ordinary as daily commute!...
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Stefano Gardel Imagines a Cyberpunk Neon Future in Japan

The neon trend may not be particularly interesting for everyone. We can’t blame those who think that this trend has become a bit overdone. But with the right idea and great execution, it can still bring in some really interesting work. Case in point is the cyberpunk imagery that has been largely inspired by movies like Blade Runner. We’ve seen some really impressive ones in the past and we’re glad to add one more to the pile. This time, it’s a reimagining of Japan by Swiss fine art photographer Stefano Gardel....
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Historic Henri Cartier-Bresson Photos of China to Be Exhibited for the First Time

There’s one more good reason for photographers to visit Paris beginning on October 15th. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is devoting its new space to the Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948 – 1949 | 1958 exhibit, which will showcase the iconic photographer’s unprecedented accounts of two pivotal moments in China’s history. This is also the first time these photos will be shown to the public, and will be comprised of an exceptional collection of photographic and documentary work....
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Felipe Ballin Shares the Colorful Spectacle of the Atacama Landscapes

Got bitten by the travel bug but don’t know where in the world to go? Today’s featured travel and landscape snaps by Brazilian photographer and retoucher Felipe Ballin should give you a good idea: Chile. So, pack your bags, prepare your gear, and make sure you wear something comfy. We’re sure you’ll want to take your time exploring the South American country, making sure not to miss the world-famous Atacama Desert and its surrounds....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Autofocus Done Right for Portraits

When you’re shooting portraits, it’s often not enough to just rely on your camera’s autofocus mode and expect that everything in your frame will look sharply focused. You also have to make sure that your subject’s eyes are always pin-sharp. With this portrait photography cheat sheet, you’ll learn how to use the right autofocus mode to achieve this with each shot....
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Philipp Apler Showcases the Beauty of Scotland in Moody Black and White

Itching to shoot in the great outdoors? Scotland is one of the favorite locations of many landscape photographers for its rugged coastlines, mountains, stunning vistas, and other natural wonders. If it’s still on your list of dream destinations, we think this monochrome series from Philipp Apler will push you further into making that shoot happen! ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposing for Landscapes

Previously, we shared some tips for getting your composition spot on when shooting landscapes. For today’s photography cheat sheet, it’s time to work on the exposure with the help of histogram readings. Both elements work hand in hand to create breathtaking landscape photos that are more than just snapshots. So, if you’re working on getting better at shooting landscapes, we’re sure you’ll find these tips handy!...
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The Nikon Z 50 – a Compact Option for Content Creators

Today, Nikon launched the latest member of their Z series mirrorless camera. The new DX-format Nikon Z 50 is joined by two companion NIKKOR Z lenses: the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR. Compact, lightweight, and bearing the full advantage of the larger Z mount, these new offerings promise to bring superior photo and video quality, speed, portability, and style to creators of all kinds....
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This Vintage Camera Paradise in Finland Is a Film Photographer’s Dream

Are you a film photographer still looking to tick a dream camera or lens from your wishlist? Or a vintage photography gear collector with an insatiable curiosity for what’s still out there? Maybe you’re a photographer with a taste for weird and wonderful photography contraptions? If you answered yes, you’re surely in for a treat in the latest videos by Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern. ...
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Nick Bondarev Introduces Us to the Eagle Hunters of Mongolia

One of the most fascinating topics to explore in documentary photography is how people have retained their traditional culture and way of life. Tribes and ethnic groups are perfect for these, as we’ve previously seen in portrait projects that covered the Toda Tribe of the Nilgiris, the Brokpa Tribe of the Himalayas, the Ladakh locals of India, and the Tengger group of Java, Indonesia. This time, we take a peek at the life of the Kazakh eagle hunters of Mongolia, who keep this fascinating age-old practice alive to this day....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering Composition for Landscapes

Getting the exposure right is only half of the job when it comes to landscape photography; it’s just as important to have an eye-catching composition. These two elements work together to make an outstanding landscape photo that goes beyond the snapshot. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a great resource both for those who are new to shooting landscapes and those who want to keep improving their composition....
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How Reciprocity Failure Affects Long Exposures in Film Photography

Long exposures are among the most exciting creative techniques at every film photographer’s disposal. However, it doesn’t come as easy in film as compared to shooting in digital. This is due to the law of reciprocity failure, which Jason Robert Jones covers in one of his YouTube videos and accompanying cheat sheets for two of his go-to films. If you’ve never heard of this technicality before, we suggest you start paying close attention because it has a hand in the outcome of your shots, especially if you’re shooting long exposures....
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Dispelling the Myths of the Street Photography Process with Sean Tucker

One of the most common misconceptions about the world’s best street photographers then and now is that they get perfect snaps with every click of the shutter. However, that can’t be farther from the truth. To dispel this myth and help us understand what the street photography process is typically truly like, UK-based Sean Tucker talked about his own in his latest YouTube video. If you’re in need of some motivation, we’re sure his insights will do the trick....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Personal Brand Photo Shoot Ideas

Working your way to being a pro photographer? As mentioned in a previous photography cheat sheet we shared, part of establishing your own photography business is marketing your services. This is where effective branding comes in. If you have no idea where to begin, today’s cheat sheet will give you some ideas for your own personal brand photoshoot....
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Adaptalux Expands with Xenon Flash Lighting Arms for Macro Photography

With both continuous light and flash being useful for stunning macro shots, the latest addition to the Adaptalux Studio promises to bring powerful features and adaptability to macro photographers. UK-based Adaptalux, which specializes in LED macro lighting solutions, has just introduced the Xenon Flash Lighting Arms via Kickstarter. This new contraption is designed to work in conjunction with their existing system. So if you’re an Adaptalux Studio user thinking of upgrading your current macro lighting setup, this is most likely the best time to do so....
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Refer to This Comparison Spreadsheet if You Need a Travel Tripod

Upgrading to adding photography gear to our tools of the trade is often both exciting and taxing. Imagine all the choices that you have to sift through for cameras alone — what more for other items like lenses, lighting, camera bags, and even tripods? It’s tedious to browse around for honest to goodness reviews from all the photography websites and blogs out there. So, we really appreciate the idea of Redditor u/Shpox to put together a travel tripod comparison spreadsheet....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Essential Tips for Shooting in Cold Weather

It’s only a matter of time before we start slipping into colder and colder weather. A trip to winter wonderlands may also be in order soon. Some of us may already know how challenging it can be to shoot in these freezing temperatures. Some may have learned the hard way. So, whether you’re heading somewhere best to keep today’s photography cheat sheet with you from now on!...
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Grab This Limited Edition Gold Leica R4 for $3,150

Another day, another rare vintage Leica spotted. We wish we can say that, but then they won’t be as rare as we all would like these stuff to be. Some may find today’s vintage find, a limited edition Leica R4 in gold finish, to be rather odd-looking (or tacky, if you want to be blunt about it). To others, it may be screaming luxury and interesting rarity. Either way, there’s no mistake that it still makes a fine addition to any Leica collection. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Settings Whatever the Weather

If you’ve decided to give manual photography a go but haven’t mastered the settings yet, don’t worry, we have just the right stuff for you. With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to put the Exposure Triangle concept to the test and shoot with confidence in good or bad weather. So put on your comfy shoes, pack your gear, and have a copy of this cheat sheet ready for your next photo walk!...
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Nathan Wirth Captures the Ethereal Beauty of Streams Leading to the Sea

When it comes to adding a dose of drama and depth to an image, black and white will never go out of style. It works even for shooting sweeping vistas, as our growing list of impressive monochrome landscape easily shows. Novato, CA Nathan Wirth has been one of our go-to photographers for this, as our previous features of his work will prove. Today, we take a look at one of his most recent works in which he captured the simple but dreamy beauty of streams flowing back into the sea....
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Five Factory-Sealed Leica R4 Units Are Up for Grabs!

Not so long ago, we gave a heads-up on a limited edition Leica R4 in “used but not abused” condition. But if the gleaming gold and snakeskin leather are too much for you, we’re happy to report that you can also snag a Leica R4 body in classic chrome version. But there are actually five units available in our latest vintage find, so there’s enough for you and four of your Leica buddies or fellow vintage camera collectors! ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Guide to ISO Settings

ISO is one of the elements that comprise a well-exposed photo, so it’s definitely one of the things that you should master, especially when you want to learn how to shoot in manual mode. If you’re still struggling with ISO settings and what they do to your photos, we have precisely the stuff to help you. Whether you’re shooting with a film or digital camera, this quick photography cheat sheet should work for you....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Aerial Photography Using Drones

The advent of drone photography was a blessing for aerial photography enthusiasts and professionals and continues to be a popular approach to capturing sweeping vistas and stunning scenery. Since there are budget and pro drone cameras available today, it’s easy to see why more and more photographers have been picking it up. if you’re set to get your own drone camera soon, you may find today’s photography cheat sheet useful for your practice....
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Matthew Cohen Brings Out His Inner Child in Impressive Toy Photography

Three years ago, I was sitting in my apartment having buyers remorse after receiving a pricey action figure I had purchased. After the initial cool factor wore off, I was wondering what I was going to do with this potential dust magnet I had bought. I ended up stumbling upon an entire community of toy photographers, a hobby I wasn’t aware even existed. It was inspiring. Photographers like Sgt. Bananas (Johnny Wu) and Noserain (Richee Chang) brought out my inner child and I thought to myself, “Hey, I want to do this too. I can do this.” I grabbed an old point and shoot and a plastic tripod I had laying around and began to teach myself toy photography....
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Inspiring and Insightful Photography From 2019 Female in Focus Winners

In May 2019, 1854 Media, the publisher of British Journal of Photography, made an announcement and open call for Female in Focus, a new award for women photographers. The winners have already been announced, and both the individual photos and series are set to be showcased in a group show in opening in New York in October. For now, we invite you to satisfy your curiosity and check out the winning single images and series captured by diverse feminine perspectives....
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Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos are a Reminder Not Everyone’s a Pro!

At an age when nearly everything is researched, ordered, and booked online, professional photographs are now more important than ever. The real estate industry is, of course, no exception. How a space is photographed is crucial to it getting booked or rented out, so it’s definitely something best left to a professional photographer. A hilarious project shows us how bad it can look when we entrust the job to people who don’t have the slightest idea how it’s done....
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Photography Workshop Review: Finding the Photographer’s Vision

Like most creatives, we photographers can find ourselves stuck, out of ideas, and unhappy about our work, whether professional or personal projects. Sometimes, it’s just not about the gear anymore. It’s our mindset that has to change and our skills that need to be upgraded. This is where short courses and online photography workshops come in handy. There are plenty of options now that caters to all kinds of photography. But if you want something that you can try regardless of the sort of photography that you do, Finding the Photographer’s Vision would be a good fit for you....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Become a Professional Photographer

Ever thought about making photography your bread and butter but don’t know where to start? Today’s in-depth photography cheat sheet should help! While photography is mostly a hobby for a lot of us, we’re sure there comes the point when some of us will feel like trying to make a living out of it. If...
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Masters of Photography Masterclass with David Yarrow Out Soon

Investing in photography skills is just as important as investing in the right gear. With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to try out some online courses and workshops from the world’s best photographers. Among these are the popular classes offered by Masters of Photography. Bestselling fine art photographer David Yarrow is the latest esteemed photographer to join their roster of masters, and we can now get a preview of what his masterclass will cover....
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RNI All Films 5 Now Available for Adobe Lightroom, Classic, Camera RAW

The nostalgic and dreamy mood of film remains popular even among digital photographers, so it’s not surprising that film presets are now a dime a dozen. Nearly every hybrid (film + digital) photographer now has their own film presets, but the All Films collection by Really Nice Images (RNI) remains one of the most popular out there. Now on its fifth iteration, RNI All Films, now available on the Adobe platform, builds on the success of its previous version to bring more film-based looks carefully crafted after real emulsions. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: The Right Shutter Speed for Every Situation

Need help nailing your shutter speeds for various shooting situations? To the rescue comes yet another photography cheat sheet from Digital Camera World! As one of the three elements of good exposure, the right shutter speed is essential to getting the perfect shot. It also determines how the shot will turn out. Your camera can...
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Here’s Your Chance to Grab a Rare Olympus Pen F Medical

Feeling the need to expand your camera collection once more? We’re sure our latest vintage find will make a fine addition. The Olympus Pen F is already a coveted item on its own, as many film photographers can attest to. But this particular model, a flawless mint Olympus Pen F Medical, is a rare and even more collectible item. This is the perfect time to grab one if you haven’t yet!...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Cool DIY Hacks for Camera Accessories

In need of some camera accessories but don’t really have the budget for it? That’s perfectly fine, as many camera accessories can be significant investments. Whether you’ve used up your funds to get your new camera or simply find them too pricey, today’s photography cheat sheet can help. If you’re into DIY, here are some common accessories that can come in handy for your next shoots. ...
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Ben Geier Highlights Moods and Architectural Aesthetics in “Houses”

Not too long ago, we placed the spotlight on the melancholy mood of abandoned buildings as photographed by Ben Geier. It was a testament to the stories, atmosphere, and history that charm photographers into training their lens towards urban exploration. But, the previously featured series is just one of the bodies of work on abandoned houses and architecture that he put together. Another that caught our attention is his Houses series, which features some really interesting houses he photographed from 2012 to 2019....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: Privacy and Copyright for Photographers

Photographers are among the creatives whose works constantly face copyright infringement issues. Likewise, many photographers aren’t aware of the responsibilities that come with the job, especially when it comes to street photography. To address this, we’re sharing an infographic that will serve as a handy photography cheat sheet for knowing your rights and responsibilities as a photographer. The infographic below, put together by WhoisHostingThis, is a primer on what you need to know about privacy and copyright issues you may encounter as a photographer. Knowing about copyright law will allow you to protect your work, while familiarity with the privacy law will allow you to avoid legal liabilities. We highly suggest that you keep a copy of this photography cheat sheet for instances when you’re in doubt....
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Christie’s Looks Back at Douglas Kirkland’s Intimate Shoot with Marilyn Monroe

Celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland was 27 when he got his biggest break just a few years into his professional career: photographing the sultry Marilyn Monroe for Look magazine’a 25th anniversary issue. Prior to this assignment, he was a staff photographer for the magazine for only 18 months. But that fateful November night in a rented Hollywood studio remains his most exhilarating challenge to this day....
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Shooting with a Mamiya RB67 Paired with a Godox AD 200 Flash

A flash or strobe light can be a handy tool even for film photographers, whether for a portrait shoot in the studio or some simple experiments with film cameras. In one of his latest videos, John Bradford decided to challenge himself with an outdoor shoot using a medium format film camera and a Godox strobe light. This can be helpful for those who want to try pairing their film cameras with modern lighting equipment for their next shoot....
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Thomas Vanoost: The Ever-Changing World in Multiple Exposure

It’s been almost three years since we first put the spotlight on the multiple exposure work of Belgium-based Thomas Vanoost, and he has been busy with his ongoing series since. He recently updated us with the latest additions to the series and told us more about the ideas and motivations behind it. If you’ve wanted to take a more in-depth look into this body of work, you will definitely find interesting insights and answers here....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Pro

We all like taking photos of beautiful fireworks, but let’s admit it: smartphone cameras just don’t cut it and it’s really challenging to do for a beginner. No one wants to keep fiddling with camera controls and miss the shots altogether. It’s also easy to get blurry or overexposed snaps if you’re not careful. With today’s featured photography cheat sheet, you’ll surely have a blast getting those colorful and explosive shots!...
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Helpful Insights on Shooting Night Photography Using Film

Film is not dead, but it’s not for the faint of heart either. It’s not exactly an easy medium compared to digital, and it can be especially unforgiving in low light. That’s why you really have to prepare and plan ahead if you want to do night photography on film. Before you hit the streets, we suggest watching this quick video by Analog Insights for some tips on how to get the best results....
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The Return of Peel Apart Instant Film Is Close, First Batch On its Way

Each time we get news from the SUPERSENSE team about the progress of ONE INSTANT pack film, it feels like opening presents on Christmas Day. In their latest Kickstarter update, they tell us that production, “cruising in 4th gear,” has now completed 10% of the whopping 18,000 pack films ordered by backers. With the coming weeks and months set for “a full-court press, 5th gear, mad dash, cartridge making frenzy,” the first batch will soon be out the door for delivery to First Run backers....
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Hengki Koentjoro’s Haunting Black and White Photos of a Bali Beach

It’s been a few years since we put the spotlight on the serene monochrome work of Jakarta-based Hengki Koentjoro. So, it’s time once more for us to dive into the mood of his landscape snaps. The latest of these feature scenes from Balian Beach in Bali, Indonesia. If you’re looking for some inspiration to see and capture the beauty of nature in black and white, you’re sure to get a good fill from this series....
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Olympus OM System: A Landmark in Compact SLR Camera Design

Size does matter sometimes in the photography world, as there will always be photographers who hold a preference for more compact and pocketable cameras. In the realm of SLR cameras, one series has retained its title as a lightweight champion: the Olympus OM System. Nearly five decades and counting, it remains the SLR camera of choice for many film photographers who prefer more portable options without compromising optical quality. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of Olympus this year, join us as we look back at one of the most innovative 35mm SLR systems ever made. ...
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Photography Cheat Sheet: A Beginner’s Checklist for Great Photography

Photography may seem daunting to get into for anyone who started out with smartphone cameras. But with today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll have an idea where and what to begin with — from the gear to grab and the shooting techniques to learn. Step right up if this sounds like something you need to jump-start your photography journey!...
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Before I Turned 30, I Found Myself in Film Self-Portraits

In 2015, I thought about shooting a year-long photo diary project in film to mark the end of my 20s. It was inspired by a fellow film photographer who documented the last days of his 20s in film and turned it into a self-published photo book. He gave me the blessing to carry on with my plan, on one condition: I must use a film camera with a date stamp function throughout the project. What I didn’t expect was that part of it would involve pointing the lens to myself, and in the process, know myself better and learn a lot about self-acceptance....
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MOO Adds a Shiny, Tactile Touch to Their Postcard Prints

Postcard prints persist because they continue to serve many creative purposes, whether for illustrators, photographers, or advertisers. Those who regularly avail of postcard printing services from MOO (on top of their cool business cards) might want to try some creative experiments using the company’s latest offering: Gold and Silver Foil postcards....
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Pinhole Pro X Is the World’s First Pinhole Zoom Lens for Photo and Video

Want to get into pinhole photography with your digital camera? You might want to give this new Pinhole Pro lens a go. Thingyfy recently expanded their lineup of prime pinhole lenses with the Pinhole Pro X. Dubbed the world’s first-ever pinhole zoom lens, it’s designed especially for art photography and creative video production....
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Photography Cheat Sheet: How Many Megapixels Do You Need to Print?

Finally thinking of getting some prints of your best snaps? Not too long ago, we shared a photography cheat sheet showing how big you can print your digital photo based on the resolution of your camera. If that seemed a little complicated for you, we found another useful and simplified version which instead lists down the recommended image sizes for the standard print sizes you can choose from....
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This Photo Contest Encourages You to Do Good with Your Camera

Husband and wife photography team Denae and Andrew have been working on something big for over a year, and they’rev excited to now get the word out. Inspired by the idea that there are plenty of opportunities for photographers to do good and share their talent, they came up with a photo contest with a purpose. Dubbed Do Good With Your Camera, it seeks to highlight how photography can serve both as an art and a form of service....
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GoFundMe Campaign Aims to Help Photographer Bob Croslin with Chemo

Some of you may already be aware of Florida-based commercial and editorial photographer Bob Croslin’s battle with cancer since last year, for which he has gone through six months of treatment. Unfortunately, he’s back in the hospital for another round of chemotherapy, so friends have started to show their support through a GoFundMe campaign. They’re hoping that the rest of the photography community can also pitch in to give him the best chance at recovery so he can keep shooting....
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