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5 Things I Learned from Watching ‘The World According to Parr’

Martin Parr is one of the most highly acclaimed photographers of the 20th century whose body of work, no matter how absurd, has been celebrated by peers and admirers alike....
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Venom is a Badass Woman in this Cosplay Photography Series

October this year saw the Hollywood premiere of the Tom Hardy-starrer Venom, based on the Marvel comics character of the same name. To commemorate – and just in time for New York Comic Con 2018, too – actor and cosplayer Luna dressed up as a female version of the character in a skintight latex bodysuit and thigh high boots....
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These Beautiful Landscape Photos by Michal Gurnik Look Like Paintings

At first glance, you might mistake these landscape images by Michal Gurnik as paintings. Those soft pastel and natural colors plus the absence of sharp lines make them look like so, but look closer – they’re actually photographs!...
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David Williams Puts American State Fair Food Under the Spotlight

One of the most important highlights of any state fair is the food, and these are what photographer David Williams is putting the spotlight on in his ongoing personal project, State Fare....
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Ezo Renier’s ‘Phobias’ Is a Visual and Conceptual Confrontation of Fear

Saint Petersburg-based Ezo Renier described photography as his daydream about the world around him. It’s no surprise, then, that his body of work tackles surreal or fantastical imagery – from contorted women in glass boxes in the woods to humans depicted as creatures. They’re the stuff nightmares are made of – or dreams, depending on how you look at it....
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Andy Goodwin Takes Arresting Portraits of Truckers

As part of his work, award-winning commercial photographer Andy Goodwin often trains his lenses on people working different jobs, from corporate employees to the individuals that make up the workers. One of the groups that he has featured a few times now are the truckers, and these portraits are a fascinating look at the men and women who spend long, lonely hours on the road just to move things....
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This Rollei 35 Classic Titanium Will Set You Back $2,600

The adage “big things come in small packages” definitely rings true with the Rollei 35 Classic Titanium. This pocket-sized wonder not only delivers clear and sharp photos that rival some of its regular-sized counterparts, but it also comes in a sleek, titanium-plated body, too....
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Five Lessons I’ve Learned Through Film Photography

Let me begin by saying that this is by no means a discussion on whether digital or film photography is more superior; rather, this is an ode to the medium that I continue to choose to shoot in....
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Skander Khlif Captures Glimpses of Everyday Life in the Moscow Metro

With a camera in hand, Skander Khlif plants himself right smack in the middle of the crowded coaches and bustling hallways of the Moscow Metro. He’s there as an observer, ready to press the shutter and, in essence, freeze a fleeting moment in the life of a commuter....
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Research Finds Number of Photo Shoots in LA Increased by 63% in the Past Decade – Here’s Why

Things are bright and sunny over at Los Angeles, California, where the number of photo shoots in LA has increased from 1,925 in 2008 to 3,033 in 2018 – that’s a whopping 63% – despite the average cost of securing to shoot still photos in the city also increasing by 87.4%, or from $353 to $662 in the same period of time....
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VSCO and iPhone Don’t Replace Film, and This is Why

With life going on faster than I would have preferred, I often find myself turning to my iPhone SE and VSCO on mobile in the hopes of squeezing in a bit of photography practice in between commutes, ideation meetings, video shoots, and actual writing for work....
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The Explore 30 Backpack by Shimoda Is for All Types of Adventures

Photographers who have an affinity for the great outdoors would love the latest backpack that adventure camera bag company Shimoda recently launched. Called the Explore 30, it claims to be the perfect companion to whatever adventure any photographer’s embarking on – from hitting the streets of a bustling city to exploring somewhere far, new, and exotic....
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Tingyu Huang’s ‘Chromophobia’ Gets a Point Across with Medium Format Film

In his 2000 book Chromophobia, artist and author David Batchelor argued that the West hates color. No, really. David wrote: “…color has been the object of extreme prejudice in Western culture. It is, I believe, no exaggeration to say that, in the West, since Antiquity, color has been systematically marginalized, reviled, diminished and degraded.”...
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Landscape Photographer Ben Horne Shares Why He Enjoys Working with Film

Landscape photographer Ben Horne is known for working with large format cameras to take breathtaking images of the wilderness. And in one of his recent videos for his series on YouTube titled “Film Photography: The Beauty of Working with a Mature Technology,” he shared with his followers why he enjoys shooting with this medium more than with any digital camera....
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It’s Lit: How to Do Flash Photography Under the Sun Like a Pro

When the sun’s blazing outside, our instinct is to forego flash photography and just use ambient light. But as photographer Ed Gregory of the YouTube channel Photos in Color demonstrates in his seven-minute tutorial, speedlights and studio flashes can actually be your allies if you’re looking to create stunning and perfectly exposed photographs....
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Golden Hour is Truly Your Friend for Natural Light Portraiture

If you’re planning to conduct a natural light portrait shoot sometime soon, you don’t have to look any further than this behind-the-scenes video by Toronto-based photographer Lee Zavitz of Zed Pro Media for some inspiration....
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Kodak ProImage 100 Film: Neutral Skin Tones, Sharp Detail, and Gorgeous Greens

Kodak released the Kodak ProImage 100 35mm film in 1997 but – surprise, surprise – it wasn’t until around the middle of this year that it finally made the emulsion widely available in Europe. Of course, Munich, Germany-based photographer Max Heinrich of the YouTube channel Analog Insights quickly snapped up a few rolls to see what fuss is all about for himself....
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Giacomo Bruno Photographs the People of Beira do Río and Açaì, the Raw Gold of the Amazon

Italian photographer Giacomo Bruno traveled all the way to the depths of the Amazon forest, far from civilization, to meet the people of Beira do Río. You see, the people of this community that calls Parà, Brazil their home grow and harvest açaì, whose fruit has been hailed by many as a superfood. It’s so valuable that people all over the world had taken to calling it the raw or purple gold of the Amazon....
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Cate Wnek’s Intimate ‘Raising Goosebumps’ Serves as an Experiential Escape

Cate Wnek photographs as beautiful and poetic as she writes. This much shines through as we look at her three-part series, Raising Goosebumps. Each image that comprises it might not make sense individually but collectively – words, pictures, and all – they seem to invite the viewer to take a closer look and see the inner workings of her mind....
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You Can Now Use Your Camera Filters with the New ONDU MK III Pinhole Cameras

The ONDU MK III is still in the early stages of its Kickstarter campaign as we speak, yet it already seems poised to become one of the, if not the, most advanced pinhole camera in the market. Now equipped with several new features, ONDU’s latest series of handcrafted pinhole cameras is geared towards those who wish to do more with pinhole photography....
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Julie Hrudova’s ‘StreetRepeat’ Showcases the Repetitions in Street Photography

Julie Hrudova is a photographer and photo editor whose work in street photography has garnered her distinctions from award-giving bodies in the industry, as well as spots in many shows internationally. Her photographs are often unexpected – quirky and sometimes surreal, even....
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Nick Mansfield’s ‘Definitions’ Paint a Picture of the ‘Real’ America

To the eyes of an outsider, America appears to be this sun-kissed land of opportunity where everyone’s dreams can come true. The land of the free. Ads and mainstream Hollywood films have been portraying this story for as long we can remember, and so those who don’t live an American’s reality can’t really be blamed to harbor this perception....
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Never Before Seen Photos of Peter Gabriel in Bath by Clive Arrowsmith to Be Featured in a Limited Edition Book

Throughout his illustrious, decades-long career, internationally acclaimed British photographer Clive Arrowsmith (FRPS) has photographed some of the world’s biggest icons – Sir Paul McCartney, Prince Charles, Michael Caine, Helena Bonham Carter, Prince, and the Dalai Lama, just to name a few....
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‘Horror Vacui’ Depicts Aging Horror Movie Villains Past Their Prime

Horror cinema may have had golden moments scattered here and there since the inception of film, but you can’t deny that the ‘70s and ‘80s are two of its most defining decades. It gave us classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, Poltergeist, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and many others that still send some of us leaving the night light on....
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Elizaveta Porodina’s ‘The Lake’ Brings Back Memories of Dreamy Summer Days

Summer is the perfect time to bum around under the sun. To do nothing but explore the great outdoors – or just hang out around the house or in front of the television with the AC on, your pick. To head to the beach or the pool and get a tan. Of course, it’s also a great time to practice natural light portraiture with arguably the best light source you could ever have: the sun....
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Przemyslaw Kruk Used Infrared Photography to Capture These Haunting Landscapes

A quick survey of the portfolio of Polish photographer Przemyslaw Kruk show imposing landscape photographs of sprawling fields, mountain ranges, hills, and more. I don’t know about you, but I could even feel just a little overwhelmed at the power that these images seem to give off. It’s probably due to all those wide open spaces and colossal landforms....
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Stéphane Maugendre Creates a Trippy Paradise Using LomoChrome Purple

French photographer Stéphane Maugendre is a self-confessed “analog at heart” and so for his new series, he turned to the LomoChrome Purple to lend it a surreal touch....
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How to Shoot Moody Natural Light Portraits

We’ve featured a ton of tutorials on taking natural light portraits by many talented photographers here on the website and today, we’re adding one more. If you’ve always wanted to try or perfect shooting moody natural light portraits, this tutorial by Australian photographer Ben Chambers of Bach Photography is for you....
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Bax+Towner’s ‘Farmers of Viñales’ Puts the Spotlight on the Unsung Heroes of This Cuban Town

When Jason Bax and John Towner, more popularly known as the commercial photography duo Bax+Towner, went to Cuba in March 2018, one of their main goals was to meet and take portraits of the tobacco farmers working in the fields of Viñales....
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Reports State Meyer Optik Parent Company Is Apparently Bankrupt

The Internet is now abuzz with reports that Net SE, the German company behind brands Meyer Optik Görlitz, C.P. Goerz, and Oprema Jena and several Kickstarter campaigns, is now officially bankrupt....
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The Holga Printer Will Turn Your Mobile Snapshots Into Instant Pictures

Three years after launching the Holga Digital, Hong Kong-based Holga is back with a new product that marries the ease of mobile photography with the charm of analog photography: The Holga Printer....
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See Tatyana Zadorin’s Quick Demo of a Natural Light Outdoor Portrait Shoot

Using only the bare necessities, photographer Tatyana Zadorin was able to pull off a pretty cool natural light outdoor portrait shoot when she traveled to South Carolina, USA to visit her family.  The seven-minute behind-the-scenes video titled Natural Light OUTDOOR Portrait Photography – Behind the Scenes mostly showed Tatyana demonstrating how she made use of her Canon 5d Mark iii and a couple of lenses Canon lenses with 85mm and 35mm focal lengths. She also offered the settings that she shot her photos with for those who want to emulate her images....
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Daniel Tjongari’s Majestic Black and White Images of the Tengger

All images by Daniel Tjongari. Used with Creative Commons permission. With a population pegged at approximately 750,000 concentrated in the isolated Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Java, Indonesia, the Tengger, or Tenggerese, are an ethnic group of people believed to be the only surviving remnants of the Hindu-Buddhist Majapahit empire (c. 1500 CE)....
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Quick Tips on Shooting Natural Light Portraits Indoors

Have you ever tried shooting portraits using only natural light indoors? It’s always worth a try because it could be a pretty fun and educational exercise, considering doing so would force you to work with whatever light you got to produce the best possible images you could....
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HEX’s New Ranger Collection Is Developed with Input from, and for, Photographers

Award-winning fashion accessories brand HEX has just unveiled its 2018 camera bag line called the Ranger Collection! Input from top photographers, who had tested the products during their everyday grind over a period of time, had been integral in its development – because no one truly understands photographers’ needs than actual photographers themselves, right?...
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Let’s Talk About the Gender Gap in Art and Photography

It’s been a well-established fact that the gender gap stubbornly persists. This, despite women and their supporters standing up and fighting for equal rights for decades – now more than ever, even. If you’re scratching your head at this, mouth poised to argue otherwise or at the very least temper this generalization until it sounds into something more palatable, well, congratulations. You’re most likely in a position privileged enough that you’ve been spared from seeing or experiencing this within your sphere of existence....
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Guy Sie’s 3D Printed Hotshoe Covers Have Embossed Film Speeds on Them

One of the smaller frustrations anyone who has ever shot on film is forgetting the speed of the film they’ve loaded inside their camera. This is especially true when you spend long intervals in using up just one roll of film and your camera doesn’t have an ISO/ASA dial or that thing at the back where you can put part of the film’s box that indicates the speed....
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This Pocket Speedlight Bracket Is Small but Strong

For today’s Kickstarter find, we stumbled upon this promising speedlight bracket being developed by John Kasko, a professional full-time photographer who had previously created and successfully funded two other projects that cater the needs of photographers....
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Bjørg-Elise Tuppen’s “Visual Strangeness” Series Plays with Your Imagination

Looking at her body of work, one could easily see that Bjørg-Elise Tuppen is most inspired by the Norwegian wilderness as well as from her culture’s myths and legends....
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Breaking the Rule of Thirds in Seascape Photography

One of the first things photographers and photography enthusiasts learn is composition, in particular, the rule of thirds. Out of the many composition techniques out there, it’s arguably the most popular of them all....
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Adam Karnacz on Using Color to Elevate Landscape Photography

Filmmaker and landscape photographer Adam Karnacz is back with another educational video to help you improve your landscape photography. This time around, he talks about how one can use and control color to elevate their landscape photography....
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Malte Grüner’s “Viva La Cuba” Captures Cuba’s Old World Charm

Stepping into the streets of Cuba is like stepping into a place that’s suspended in a bygone era. Or into a movie set, at the very least. We can’t help but think that way, seeing that the scenes many of us are familiar with are the charming, worn out buildings, with a shiny vintage car or two zooming past in the foreground....
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A Book of Found Images from Gameboy Cameras Is Seeking Funding on Kickstarter

There’s something innately fascinating about found images. Old snapshots unearthed from stacks or boxes at flea markets and vintage fairs, a forgotten roll of film halfway finished inside a secondhand camera – we can’t help but be excited whenever we stumble upon one of these, with our imaginations sent on overdrive trying to picture the stories of the people, places, and objects captured on film....
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New ZEISS Batis 40mm f2 CF Lens to Start Delivery in November

November is already shaping up to be a great month for avid fans of ZEISS lenses as the latest in the Batis family, the ZEISS Batis 40mm f2 CF (Close Focus), is set to start shipping out that month. This new standard lens has a 40 mm fixed focal length and features a quick autofocus and an extremely short minimum focus distance. ZEISS claims that it’s the “most versatile” in the ZEISS Batis family, which means that its focal length makes it perfect for use in various situations “from portrait and street photography to landscape and architecture.”...
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Beth Saravo Talks Working (and Staying Relevant) in the Music Photography Scene

On the field, Beth Saravo is, quite literally, one of the boys. More often than not, the 24-year-old live music and lifestyle photographer from Los Angeles, California finds herself the only female in the pool of photographers shooting gigs, tours, and festivals....
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Phil Buerer Plays with Light, Shadow, and Color in This Minimalist Series

By its name alone, it’s easy to assume that minimalist photography is an easy style to crack. But as it often goes, it’s the seemingly these simple and easy things that are difficult to perfect. I mean, just look at those powerful one-liner copies in advertising, or that “no make-up” make-up look in beauty and fashion....
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Fujifilm Announces New Instax Square SQ20 + New Colors for Instax Square SQ6, Double Sided Stickers

It hasn’t even been too long since the SQ6 was released, yet Fujifilm is back yet again with another Instax Square camera to trigger your instant camera gear acquisition syndrome – the Hybrid Instant Camera Instax Square SQ20, announced today at Photokina 2018....
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Elsa Bleda Captures Neon-Lit Istanbul in “Mirror World / Istanbul”

Elsa Bleda is no stranger to walking the streets at nightfall to photograph neon-lit streets and alleys in different cities. If you will recall, we recently featured Chinatown, comprised of glowing photographs of Johannesburg’s Chinatown at midnight....
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Kodak Finally Begins Shipping of Ektachrome E100 “Immediately”

Sound the alarm, ready your wallets: the highly anticipated Kodak Ektachrome film line will finally start shipping to distributors and stock house dealers worldwide, starting “immediately” with the Kodak Ektachrome E100 for 135/36x camera formats!...
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See the Quirky, Neon-Lit Promotional Posters for MTV India’s “Dating in the Dark”

MTV Dating in the Dark is exactly what it says on the tin. Nothing says “love is blind” more than actually meeting the potential love of your life (or at least, your next romantic pursuit) in the, well, dark, doesn’t it?...
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