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Ken Hermann Demonstrates Effective Color Usage in “From the Block”

Copenhagen-based Ken Hermann has been one of our favorite portrait photographers in the recent years, for his projects that range from documentary (Flower Man, Leftovers from the War, Shaman, Coal Miners) to conceptual (Crash Landed, Hollywood Characters). However, he also does a great job of creating a picture of a place by photographing its people — a tried and tested approach to visual storytelling, as each place has its own face to show and story to tell, so to speak. Previously, we’ve seen him photograph the residents of Brumleby, a historic neighborhood in his city. For his latest work, From the Block, he photographed some residents of Vapnagaard, a neighborhood in Helsingør, another historic town in Denmark. ...
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Want Edward Curtis’s Original Glass Negatives from the American West?

Looking for the next fine art print to display in your home, office, or work space? We found a project you’ll surely want to support. The Curtis Legacy Foundation is keen on producing photogravures from the remastered original negatives of Edward S. Curtis, an American photographer and ethnologist best known for his work on the American West and the Native American people. To make this happen, the foundation, led by John Graybill, one of Curtis’ great-grandchildren, is currently funding the project on Kickstarter....
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X-Rite ColorChecker Family Now Comes in Nano to MEGA Sizes

Still missing a color checker in your photography accessories? X-Rite Incorporated, currently one of today’s trusted companies for color management and measurement, has recently expanded its ColorChecker product line with new sizes for both the ColorChecker Classic and Color Checker Video targets. With sizes that now range from Nano, Mini, XL, and MEGA, every photographer and filmmaker will be able to use the right colors and save production time whatever the size of their shoot....
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This US Navy Canon New F-1 Body Is Up for Grabs for $348

It’s been a while since our last vintage find, so we’re excited to share another interesting item we spotted on ebay. Today, it’s something for collectors of military memorabilia and military-issued vintage cameras: a Canon New F-1 35mm SLR body that is still in working condition. If you’re keen on adding this to your collection, it’s all yours for $348.85....
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This Cheat Sheet Will Help You Learn Manual Photography Better

Another day, another photography cheat sheet. There’s a lot of them out there, especially for those who want to break away from the auto mode and take full control of their camera settings. But we can never stress enough how important it is to learn how to shoot in manual mode to maximize your creative potential. However, with this cheat sheet from Skylum, you won’t have to dive blindly into manual photography....
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Apparently, We’ve Been Using TLR Cameras Wrong All This Time

Twin Lens Reflex cameras continue to enjoy the interest and fascination of today’s film photographers for their unique handling and features, as well as evoking vintage nostalgia. However, these very characteristics also seem to be perplexing for a good number of people that the first question that pops in has always been, “How do you shoot with this thing?”...
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Research Says Daguerreotype Photos Contain Metallic Nanoparticles

It’s been nearly two centuries since Louis Daguerre introduced his daguerreotypes, yet the allure of the early photographic process remains strong as ever. In fact, it intrigued an interdisciplinary team of scientists to conduct research on the unique characteristics of the images produced on silver plates, particularly how they can look slightly different depending on the viewing angle. They discovered that this curious optical effect is created by the presence of metallic nanoparticles — 19th century nanotechnology, as they decided to call it....
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FileShadow Creates Search Tags Across Various Photo Storage Services

Heads up, FileShadow users! The company has recently announced the addition of custom tagging capabilities to the service, through which you can now organize the files and photos stored in your cloud vaults through custom search tags. That means iCloud, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe’s Lightroom solutions, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. As long as you link those accounts to FileShadow, it will use machine learning to automatically generate a few tags. It also allows editing of the tags added by FileShadow’s machine learning algorithms to make your searches faster, fine-tuned, and more accurate....
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You’re Jealous of the Leica Gear This Photographer Got from Grandpa

Regardless of whether you shoot film, digital, or both, we’re betting that it’s every photographer’s dream to unearth a Leica camera from their parents or grandparents’ attic. So when content creator and vlogger Sara Dietschy got LOADS of Leica cameras and accessories from her grandfather, she absolutely had to do an unboxing video. So yes, brace yourself and grab something to wipe your drool with. We think you’ll need it....
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Make Your Own 5×7″ Wet Plate Holder with a 3D Printer

Planning to give wet plate photography a go but realized you’re missing a 5×7 plate holder and haven’t been able to find one? To the rescue comes Robert Bieber who recently shared on the r/Collodion subreddit his design for such holder. Now, all you need to do is get access to a 3D printer....
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Red River Palo Duro Baryta Fiber Paper Mimics an Ansel Adams Favorite

Whether you’re a print enthusiast or yet to have your best snaps printed professionally, Red River’s new paper offering could be a great option for you. The Palo Duro Baryta Fiber 300 boasts of the rich tonality, depth, and feel of traditional wet darkroom fiber paper, promising prints that will meet, if not surpass gallery and museum expectations. ...
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Doug Golupski: Shoot Kodak Aerochrome Like Slide Film

“If you understand how to shoot slide film, Aerochrome is no different,” Doug Golupski said on the common misconception that it’s a fragile film requires a special treatment. It is indeed a special infrared film, as his stunning results and many before him show us. His Aerochrome snaps are among the best we’ve seen of late, so we thought it was only proper to put them on spotlight — and ask him more about his tips and tricks for making the most out of this film. If you’ve ever wanted to grab some rolls but also felt afraid of wasting them, this interview feature should be an insightful resource for you....
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More Photography Tips We Wish We Knew Before Getting Into Photography

Previously, we shared a rundown of photography tips that J.T. of the Run N Gun YouTube channel wished he knew before diving into craft. We also encouraged those who are far along into their photography career or hobby to do a little retrospect and think about their own take on the subject. Today, we continue with J.T.’s list and more insights that will prove useful for budding photographers....
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What Is RGB and How Does it Work for Photography?

RGB is a term (or acronym, to be precise) that gets thrown a lot in the creative fields, particularly among designers and photographers. For those who are just getting into these fields, however, what it means and how it works may still be a bit of mystery. In one of their recent blog posts, Shutterstock gives a quick overview on what RGB actually is and how designers use it for web design. Photographers will also find this a useful resource so it’s worth the know-how, especially for those who want to do both creative disciplines....
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The Hasselblad X1D II Arrives with Zoom Lens, Mobile App and Camera

Hasselblad continues to place itself in the front line of medium format photography today with the introduction of the latest additions to its product portfolio. The highlights of the announcement are the the evolved X1D II 50C camera, the much awaited XCD 3.5 – 4.5 35-75 Zoom Lens, and the iPad-supported Phocus Mobile 2 image editing application. The company also shared more details about the  development of the upcoming CFV II 50C digital back and the 907X camera body which can be combined into a highly compact package....
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Olympus Adds M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, Firmware Updates

Attention, Olympus shooters! The company has just announced a bunch of new stuff you may need: the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20 for super telephoto and super telephoto macro shooting, and the latest firmware upgrades for the professional OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Olympus OM-D E-M1X interchangeable lens cameras. The Olympus Workspace also now has a Firmware Version 1.1 update available....
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Comparing Video Color Science: Sony vs. Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras

Still not decided which between Sony and Fujifilm mirrorless cameras to go for in terms of colors, especially if you like shooting videos on the side? Max Yuryev has done a quick video that should help you decide. In his color science comparison, he put the Sony A6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30 to the test and encouraged viewers to take their own picks before revealing his own choices and findings....
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The Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System Is One the Coolest Things

If you’re fond of shooting with all sorts of objects to create special effects, Lensbaby has something to help make things easier for you. Say hello to the newly released OMNI Creative Filter System, which promises to be a unique professional tool that you can use with your current prime and zoom lenses....
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HyperCube Automatically Backs up Your Smartphone Pics While Charging

With running out of storage space in our smartphones and tablets being a common problem, there’s now a tiny device designed to address just that — all while you charge your device. Called the HyperCube, it’s the latest offering that HYPER by Sanho Corporation dropped on Kickstarter following their highly successful crowdfunded USB-C hubs. ...
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Attention Photographers: Can You Ace This Quick Color Perception Test?

Being able to render colors accurately is definitely a big deal for photographers, which is why we make it a point to do routine monitor calibrations as part of our workflow. But, have you ever thought about whether you yourself have an accurate color perception? This quick test will let you know if you can actually get those colors right and notice subtle color differences....
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Ingrid Alice Irsigler Creates Stunning Afro Asian Fashion Photography

Looking for some creative inspiration and ideas for your next fashion photography projects? We found just the right stuff for you. Ingrid Alice Irsigler, a photographer and art director based in Cape Town, shot a couple of impressive sets showcasing the beauty and artistry of Afro Asian fashion. This mind-blowing fusion of two cultures resulted in some pretty stunning imagery which is totally different from what we usually see (especially on Instagram) or think about fashion photography....
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Stian Klo Captures the Majestic Wildlife of the Kenyan Landscape

We’ve been following the trips of Norweigian adventure photographer Stian Klo, who has been to some really picturesque locations, like the Finnish Lapland and Northern Italy. This time, we revisit his 2017 trip to Africa, a dream destination for intrepid travelers, adventure photographers, and wildlife photographers alike. With photos that showcase both the fascinating wildlife and the vast landscapes they call home, we can see that he achieved his goal for this adventure: “to embrace the adventure and not force the creative process in terms of photography.”...
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Erik Witsoe Uses Rollei Superpan 200 to Shoot Street Photography

Looking for a new film to try? If you shoot more street and black and white, like punchy contrast on your snaps, and shoot a lot during bright daytime, you might want to be on the lookout for some Rollei Superpan 200. It’s a pretty rare black and white film these days, but if you can get your hands on some, you might just have a blast with it and end up with some great shots like Erik Witsoe did. ...
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Smart Photo Manager ibi Lets You Share Photos by Invitation Only

If you’ve ever been needed to share photos of your private events, trips, and slices of life only to your private network and favorite people, we may have found a great solution for you. And no, it’s not another social media platform — which is good, because we all know how crowded and cluttered that can get. Say hello to ibi, the smart photo manager by Western Digital, designed to bring your photos, videos, and favorite people together....
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Sofia Macarena Prado’s Travel Photos Attempt to Retrace Old Persia

If Iran isn’t on your travel bucket list yet, we’ve found a travel series that should inspire you to do so. Not only is it home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, but also a rich cultural legacy. A testament to this is the beautiful Iran travel diary of Buenos Aires-based photographer and art director Sofia Macarena Prado. There, she takes us around the most stunning sights, highlights some of its vibrant colors and textures, introduces us to the locals, and shows us slices of their daily life....
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Lomography Berlin Kino Black and White Film Now Available in Medium Format

Remember the Berlin Kino Film, Lomography’s ISO 400 black and white film they said was inspired by German cinema? They recently announced that they’ve recently made its gorgeous grayscale tones available to medium format. So if you’ve been keen on shooting this on your favorite medium format camera, Lomography has already opened the pre-order for this dreamy film....
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Photography Tips: Stuff I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Photographer

Being a photographer comes with its own set of challenges and misconceptions, especially when it comes to the topics of gear, making money, and creativity. As you go further into the craft, you’ll get your own perspectives and realizations about these things, and perhaps you’ll even make your own list of 10 things you wish you knew before diving into photography — just like J.T. of the Run N Gun YouTube Channel has done with some of his latest videos....
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The New WANDRD DUO Daypack Could Be Their Best Bag Yet

If you’ve been waiting for new stuff from WANDRD, today is your lucky day. The brand has just launched a new backpack on Kickstarter for photographers always on the go from one adventure to the next. Dubbed the DUO Daypack, it’s designed to be the ideal carrying companion for work and play with its variety of features that keep your photography gear organized and accessible. ...
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Justyna Zduńczyk Reveals the Idylls of the Polish Highlands

Poland is home to some of the most stunning and postcard-worthy landscapes, as we’ve seen through the lens of photographers like Przemyslaw Kruk and Kilian Schönberger. But there’s more to the Polish landscapes than the surreal locations they photographed, and we have one more series to add variety to that. Enter the rustic series of another Polish travel photographer, Justyna Zduńczyk, which shows us a slice of idyllic life in the so-called Polish Highlands. If you’re looking for inspiration on capturing life by the countryside, this collection is one you should check out....
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Anchor Strap Is an Adaptable and Elegant Leather Camera Strap

Leather straps are among the most popular options for photographers, so it’s no surprise — and totally welcome — that more of these keep adding to the pile. The Anchor Strap, one of the latest to come up on Kickstarter, promises to look good, feel great, and adapt to your shooting needs. It’s worth checking out to see if it’s just the camera strap you’ve been looking for....
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Adorama’s Seth Miranda Gets Tattooed While Using the Fujifilm GFX 100

With Fujifilm fans and photographers eager to go medium format counting down the days to getting their hands on the Fujifilm GFX 100, we spotted something to satisfy that curiosity, even for just a little bit. Adorama recently shared a short hands-on video from Seth Miranda, who got to take a pre-production model of Fujifilm’s new medium format contender out to Tokyo for a test run. So, check it out if you’re interested in finding out how that went down!...
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How a Photoshoot Fail Led to a Nice Car Park Shoot Instead

At some point in every portrait photographer’s career (or hobby), there will come a time when things just don’t go as planned, even if you think you got everything sorted out. And when it does, you either have to be resourceful and improvise, or make the most out of what’s available to you. This was exactly the lesson recently learned by Melbourne-based wedding and event photographer Ben Samuel. If it has yet to happen to you, his video below should give you an idea on what to do so the day won’t go to waste. ...
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How WANDRD PRVKE Backpacks Are Made in Vietnam

If you enjoy using your PRVKE camera bag, you might be curious about how the popular WANDRD backpacks are made. Understanding that today’s consumers and users are passionate about the provenance of the products they use, the company has shared a quick video from their factory in Vietnam, where all the wonder begins....
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Claire Droppert: What Silence in Dutch Landscapes Looks Like

The power of stunning landscape photography lies not only in inspiring awe and sometimes wanderlust, but also in its ability to emulate certain ideas and emotions. We’ve seen it in a lot of surreal landscapes previously featured, and we’re adding another fitting addition to the roster. In her beautiful collection titled Dutch Silence, Rotterdam-based photographer and designer Claire Droppert takes us to some of the most tranquil vistas in the country, showing us how these sights and scenes emulate a relaxing silence. ...
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The Magnum Square Print Sale is Back With “Obsessions”

If you’ve missed the previous legs of the much awaited Magnum Square Print Sale, we’re glad to report that it’s now back. This time, Magnum greats such as Eliott Erwitt Bruce Gilden, David Alan Harvey, Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Philippe Halsman, Thomas Hoepker, and Alessandra Sanguinetti....
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Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 II is Reportedly Coming This Fall

Just a little over a year after Fujifilm killed off the Neopan Acros 100, the company seems to have finally heard the pleas to bring back the film photographer favorite. Following through their word on looking into bringing back its black and white films, Fujifilm finally made it official that they’re bringing back the Acros 100 come Fall 2019, but in a new form they dubbed Neopan Acros 100 II....
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This Law Proposal Could Help a Lot of Photographers

Ever gone through the nightmare of paying for “waiting time penalties” just days after shooting with a model? It’s a common problem particularly for photographers in California. This is because of a loophole in the Labor Law for Print Productions, which indicates that talents can file claims for the penalties mentioned if they aren’t paid their wages upon wrap. So this can be a big problem for producers, photographers, and agencies who may not be able to make payments upon wrap due to unforeseen circumstances, or even things out of their control or ability. This is what photo shoot production specialist The Producers and California-based casting agency Prime Casting are trying to address by calling for changes in the law in question....
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Michael Schlegel Reveals the Otherworldy Stillness of the Fanal Forest

Craving for your regular dose of dreamy landscape photography? Today’s spotlight is on Berlin-based Michael Schlegel and his beautiful minimalist depictions of the Fanal Forest. Form and mood are the stars of the series, both of which shine in black and white. If you’re looking into ethereal takes on landscape photography, this collection will do well to inspire you and give you some ideas....
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Here Are the Winners of the 2019 Moscow International Foto Awards

Looking for the latest in inspiring photography competition results? The Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) has recently announced the winners of their 2019 edition, showcasing some of the world’s most brilliant and insightful photography in their Professional and Student divisions. MIFA aims to “recognize, reward and promote talented photographers from around the world and introduce them to the creative community in Russia.” ...
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Dmitri Pryahin’s “ICEDRIFT” Explores the Complexity of Dance

If you were intrigued and hypnotized by the unique and often haunting visual stories of Russian photographer Dmitri Pryahin, we have another of his fascinating series for you to draw inspiration from. In this body of work titled ICEDRIFT, he continues to push the boundaries of portraiture and conceptual photography to give us his surreal perceptions of dance and interpretation of human movements....
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Ekaterina Busygina Imagines the Urban Geometry of Hong Kong in Neon

Without a doubt, Hong Kong is home to many stunning architectural wonders, a number of which continue to be the subject of many architectural and street photographers. Moscow-based Ekaterina Busygina is one of them. But one of her more curious-looking works set in the city explores the idea of its urban geometry set against a neon wonderland. One can say it’s inevitable given that the city is already famed for its neon signs, but perhaps these shapes and patterns have never been painted dripping in neon in this manner....
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Upcoming Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM Promises More Pop Than an F1.4 Lens

If you’re still new to the Canon RF mount or want to know more before making the switch, specifically when it comes to the Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM lens, Canon Europe should have all the answers for you. In their insightful interview with the Canon lens development team, we learn why this f1.2 lens should be the go-to glass of portrait photographers, its bokeh quality, design features, and other interesting info....
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The New Weather Sealed Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Lens Is Only $899

Fans and long-time users of the Tamron SP Series lenses are in for a treat, as the company has just announced the newest member of the family in time for the 40th anniversary of the series. The SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD (Model F405) for Full Frame DSLR cameras was previously announced as in-development in February, and will first be available at Tamron USA dealers in Nikon F mount by June 26th and in Canon EF mount a month later for $899....
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The New Profoto B10 Plus is Just the Size of a Long Lens

Addressing a growing need for reliable and more convenient photography gear for shooting on location, Profoto has just unveiled the “seriously small” B10 Plus. Need a reliable flash that can go where you need to? This handy yet powerful lighting is just the size of a large lens — only slightly bigger than the Profoto B10 — making it the perfect companion for shooting on the go. ...
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Skanda Gautam Reveals the Crimson Revelry of Nepal’s Sindoor Festival

When it comes to the most visually stunning and vibrant festivals of Nepal, we can trust Kathmandu-based photojournalist Skanda Gautam to deliver some of the best photos. Aside from bringing to our attention the most pressing issues of the country, we’ve also seen him showcase some of the Nepalese festivals and cultural events that every travel and documentary photographer shouldn’t miss when in the country. We’re adding to the pile the Sindoor Festival, which he encapsulates in a series called Red Dawn....
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Brendan Barry Transformed a Skyscraper Space Into a Camera Obscura

From May 10 to 16, Brendan Barry transformed the 46th floor of Manhattan’s iconic 101 Park Avenue into a creative photographic space. Dubbed the Skyscraper Camera Project, the site-specific installation comprised of a camera obscura, a darkroom, and a temporary art installation. The UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker also photographed some pedestrians on the building’s plaza using a camera built from a scale model replica of the 101 Park Avenue....
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Ekaterina Busygina Showcases the Stunning Urban Geometry of the Morpheus Hotel

It’s been a while since we last put the spotlight on the architectural photography of Moscow-based Ekaterina Busygina. Since then, we found out that she has done quite a lot of traveling around Asia and had a bunch of snaps that showcase some architectural sights in a number of cities. One of our favorites is her collection photos showcasing the Morpheus Hotel in Macau....
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Martin Parr is Under Fire for a Photo Book Reprint He Edited in 2017

While Martin Parr has been busy promoting and preserving the works of British photographers and images taken in the British isles, controversy has recently erupted about his alleged backing of racism within the very genre he supports. It unfolded last week with a tweet from LessThanHumanDebate, which sparked a discussion about a book edited by Parr from the 1960s....
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Stian Klo Reveals the Stunning Color Palette of Northern Italy’s Autumn Landscapes

Whether you’re an intrepid travel photographer or a landscape photographer with a keen interest for detail, we’re sure that you pay a lot of attention to the colors of your chosen destinations. Norwegian landscape photographer Stian Klo, for example, showed us the various colors and moods that the snow-capped Finnish Lapland can produce depending on the time of the day. In another series, he reveals the rich colors of Northern Italy during his visit in Fall of 2018, giving us a tip on the best time of the year to visit if you want this color palette on your landscape photos....
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Polina Karpova Draws Inspiration from Hotel Signboards for Conceptual Portraits

Stuck in a rut with your portrait photography and conceptual projects?  You might want to take a page from a photo + moving picture series by Ukrainian photographer and costume designer Polina Karpova. In this collection of conceptual portraits, she gives us some bright ideas and style concepts on using colors, props, and setting to tell a visual story. ...
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