Finding the Beauty of Fujifilm Velvia Using One Lens

Velvia is likely one of the most popular Fujifilm film simulation. Folks love vivid colors and those Fujifilm tones always hit just right. It’s the perfect simulation to use on your vacation. Photographers have used Velvia for years to document the world around them. And using a lens like the Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD lets you do it in the spirit of those vintage photos.

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Why Everyone Uses Lightroom Classic Over CC. The Simple Answer

Lightroom Classic is, for better or worse, the industry standard for many photographers. Both new and experienced photographers alike often use Lightroom Classic instead of Lightroom CC. Introduced a few years ago, Lightroom CC was designed to address various speed and performance issues. It’s a lightweight version of the program. But that also means it’s not as powerful as photographers need it to be.

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How to Use a 28mm Lens and Love the Photos You Get

The 28mm lens is reasonably odd. It’s a bit wider than 35mm and longer than 24mm. If you choose the 28mm focal length, you’re bound to not go for the longer or shorter options just named. You’ll get the best of both worlds, but it will be a master of none. So why would you choose a 28mm? We’ll explain why, round up photographers who use the 28mm lens, and lead you to the best options.

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What’s the Best FStop? Do You Need to Stop Your Lens Down?

If you told me years ago that nearly every lens on the market made today would be super sharp wide open, I’d be elated. But if you also told me that lenses could be too sharp, I wouldn’t believe you. I mean, how is that possible? Years ago, you’d just consider the best fstop on a lens based on sharpness. These days, that’s not necessarily the case. Photography has changed, and people want something different. So, with over 12 years of testing lenses under our belt, we’re going to talk more about the best fstop and how it’s changed over the years.

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How to Protect Your Camera from Rain, Snow, Sand, Dust, and More

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Trust us, we’ve done the tests. When it comes to weather sealing tests on cameras, there’s arguably no better solution than the stuff that we’ve done to various cameras and lenses. We’ve actually gone out and used the cameras and lenses in the worst weather conditions. Our reviewers do this and a whole lot more. We push the gear to the edge because we know that you’ll want to. With all this said, we decided to talk about how to protect your camera. Here are the things we keep in mind before we go out.

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Is Screen Calibration Important to Photographers These Days?

I’ve heard arguments from both sides of the camp. The question is whether or not screen calibration matters these days. With over 14 years in this business, I’ve seen the answer change many times. And, just like with reviews, there’s a technical answer and a practical, real-world answer. There are folks who won’t change their minds no matter what. And there are photographers who never even cared about it. In 2022, the answer is a bit complicated. And we think the truth of the matter may change your mind.

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A Quick Buying Guide for Vintage Camera Lovers

There aren’t many things that bring some of us joy like vintage cameras. Vintage cameras have a lasting appeal that so many modern cameras don’t at all. There’s the feeling of metal, the knowledge that it will work, and so much more. Your vintage camera might even outlive you and you can pass it on to someone else. So if you’re considering buying one, we’ve got a fair amount of info for you. Here are three photography cheat sheets for those interested in vintage cameras.

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What Is a Leaf Shutter? A Look at a Special Camera Type

What is a leaf shutter? If you started in photography under a decade ago, we’re pretty sure you may not know the answer to this question. Even if you started in digital a decade ago, you might not know what a leaf shutter is. But these types of shutters are mostly absent from cameras these days. However, for the last decade, photographers clamored for them. Leaf shutters have advantages for photographers, but as time has gone on those advantages mostly disappeared. 

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How to Give Your DSLR New Life in 2022

You’ve probably read me say a bunch of times that the DSLR is dead. It truly is such a case. Using a DSLR in 2022 is like using a fax machine in 2009 when you could instead just send an email. It can do the job, but there is better technology that can do the job more efficiently. Mirrorless cameras and even your phone and incredibly capable these days. But just in case, here’s how you can give your DSLR new life this year.

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How to Photograph Birds in Cities and Get Your Best Photos

In the global pandemic, a lot of people became bird photographers. Tons of those folks took to the countryside, but some of us stayed in big cities. Believe it or not, big cities are great places to photograph birds. In fact, we reviewed a ton of lenses that help to do just that. So we’re giving readers some tips on how to photograph birds in cities based on our experiences.

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How to Shoot Better Portraits with Your Fujifilm Camera

There are tons of great camera systems out there. In fact, it’s impossible to shoot with a bad one. But the Fujifilm camera system is truly unique for portraiture. It can be a slower process, but slowing down isn’t always a bad thing. Instead, it can be all about the colors and focusing on getting the best photos. So. we’re sharing a few tips on doing all this and more. Find out how to shoot better portraits with your Fujifilm camera right after the jump.

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How to Clean Camera Lens Elements (Don’t Do This One Thing)

I’m sure everyone has done it–cleaning with vinegar, that is. But should you be cleaning your lens with it? The question of how to clean camera lens elements is a big one that causes lots of stress. What if you wear off the coatings? How much cleaning do you truly need to do? If you’re newer to photography or have never done these things, it will be anxiety-inducing. But don’t worry, we’ve talked to tons of pros over the years from various camera companies. But we also know what you shouldn’t do.

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The Best Time to Shoot Portraits and How to Do It

Most new photographers would never know or understand when the best time to shoot portraits is. But if you want an effortless time and diffused natural light, then you’ll have to plan accordingly. Most importantly, you’ll need a subject that’s got the time to shoot. And you don’t need a fancy camera or lenses for this method. As long as you just know and understand the timing, you’ll see that this is universally the best time to shoot portraits. So what is it? We’ll tell you after the jump.

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What Photographers Should Know About Backdrop Stands

The various accessories you consider essential can be overwhelming when it comes to studio photography. Although the camera is the most crucial piece of gear, having a perfect backdrop can be the difference between a breathtaking portrait and an uninteresting photo. That being said, investing in a backdrop stand will help keep your shoots running smoothly and make you a more successful photographer.

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Expert Tips for Newborn Photography

Newborn photography has the power to capture these little bundles of joy and their true, natural beauty. One way to do this is by using a photo backdrop. A backdrop is anything behind the subject of a photograph that sets the mood or tone for the subject. A newborn photography backdrop is an excellent addition to a newborn photographer’s equipment. This article will discuss some tips on newborn photography and choosing a backdrop.

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How to Pose Hands for Better Portraits

I had no desire to be a portrait photographer when I started learning photography in college. The amount of work it takes to connect with people, pose them, and take a powerful image felt daunting. A few years later, I realized being an empathic human was an optimal job skill for portraits. Connecting with people came very easy once I leaned in and felt the energy in the room. The challenge was knowing how to direct them into a natural-looking pose once we developed a rapport. An even more significant obstacle was learning how to pose hands in a way that makes sense.

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How to Buy a Film Camera: A Guide by a Blogger Who’s Owned Them All

Buying a film camera can be very confusing. After all, you can’t really ask questions about the megapixels. Further, the autofocus doesn’t have things like face and eye detection. Film cameras let you do things much differently from digital. They’re fun! In 2022 though, it’s nonsensical to ask yourself the same questions folks did back in the ’90s and prior. You could say that your camera took good pictures, but it would be the film that did it along with the lenses. We’re diving into the questions you should ask yourself about how to buy a film camera. And I’m sharing my experience from buying them for over a decade.

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