Camera Manufacturers: Please Make Your Menus More Like Canon’s

Though they’re not the most innovative company, Canon has it down perfectly when it comes to menus.

This is a specific message to almost the entire industry (with the exception being Panasonic) whose menu systems are designed to be pretty darned simple. But for such innovative companies, I’m shocked that Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Nikon don’t have better menus. Canon is where I hold my thoughts in the most regard when it comes to menu systems. Canon in many ways has created what the old school thought of Apple had: simplicity. Want to format your memory card? It takes two taps; one to get to the major menu and another to tap a number for the submenu. In that submenu you can select format.

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The Six Best Places for Street Photography Beginners to Shoot in London

If you’re new to street photography and in London, then you’re in a great spot to start developing your skills.

Forget Paris, New York, and Tokyo for street photography, they’re overrated. (Ignore me. I’m just jealous I don’t live there.) But as a British street photographer who cut his teeth in London, I’m going to fly the flag and say it’s the best spot in the world for making street photographs. Be mindful; London is huge and there are many areas that all have their own story to tell. To help (because I’m kind like that), I’m going to break them down. Here are the six best places for street photography beginners to shoot in London…

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Improve Your APS-C Portrait Photography with These Outstanding Lenses

You don’t have to own a Full Frame camera to create stunning portrait photography.

There has been a long standing myth around APS-C cameras and portrait photography. Many will have you believe that in order to be considered a pro, or for you to be taken seriously as a portrait photographer, you need to own a Full Frame camera. This simply isn’t true. APS-C cameras are more than capable of taking stunning portraits, and their ability to capture stunning images goes through the roof when you use them with top quality glass. The lenses we have chosen here will take your portrait photography to another level. In fact, the results will be so good no one will ever know you’re using a crop sensor camera.
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I Was Wrong About the Fujifilm XH1; It’s a Pretty Great Camera

The Fujifilm XH1 was rated very harshly by me when I originally did my review; but I’ve warmed up to it.

There are times when camera reviews initially don’t like things–and for me the Fujifilm XH1 was just that camera. The ergonomics on the Fujifilm XH1 I will stand to say aren’t that fantastic vs the very good X Pro 2 and XT series of cameras. That big, chunky grip just makes changing the top dial really weird and I’ve never believed it to even feel like a true camera in some ways. But if you just continue to work with it, you’ll start to see how fantastic the Fujifilm XH1 really is. The best part–the firmware updates really improve it and make it even better.

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Do I Need an F2.8 or an F4 Zoom Lens? An Analysis

Advancements in technology have happened, and we’re revisiting an age old questions.

One of the oldest questions photographers tend to ask themselves at some point is whether they should go for an f2.8 zoom lens or an f4 zoom lens. Both have their advantages. Most f4 zoom lenses, like a 24-70mm f4, can offer a lightweight experience for the photographer casually photo walking while giving them solid image quality at an affordable price. On the other hand, f2.8 zoom lenses can give photographers better image quality, build quality, and the much needed ability to shoot in less light with a faster shutter speed. Both options also have their own disadvantages. So to explore this, we’re invoking an older article that we published with some critical updates.

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8 Steps To Help You Become a Super Focused Street Photographer

If you want to be the all seeing all knowing omnipresent street photographer, this one is for you.

Street photography requires a lot of focus. With the world moving so quickly around you, if you’re not paying close enough attention, then images will pass you by. That’s why you need to do all you can to ensure you’re fully in the zone, locked in on life and ready to pull the trigger. Thankfully, there are some techniques you can implement to help you attain Jedi like concentration. Let’s take a look.

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This Technology Can Make a Camera Resolve Terapixels, Not Megapixels

Quantum Dots could majorly change your camera sensor in the future, and could make smartphones that much better.

It’s possible very soon that a technology called Quantum Dots could be implemented, significantly improving camera sensors. For photographers, that means higher end cameras with interchangeable lenses could take a quantum leap (pun intended) ahead of the smartphone world. Of course, if and when the technology comes to smartphones, it could also be quite disruptive. Internet speeds and services would need massive compression to make the images displayed on their platforms easily loadable. But more than anything, it’s probably going to start the pixel peeping wars all over again.

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Our Favorite Lenses for the Fujifilm XT3 (and Why)

The Fujifilm XT3 is a fantastic camera and arguably our favorite XT series camera yet, but what lenses pair well with it?

When we begun testing the Fujifilm XT3, we didn’t know what to expect. We knew it was going to be better, but we didn’t know the image quality would be more film-like, and the autofocus and battery life would be better. We love the camera and genuinely feel like $1,399 is a great price. Granted, there are full frame options nearing that price point, but they don’t have the performance or number of native lenses currently available that the Fujifilm XT3 does. So we went through our Reviews Index to figure out some of the best lenses to get with this camera.

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What Ever Happened to the Dedicated Macro Mode on Fujifilm Cameras?

If you’ve been a Fujifilm camera user for many years, then you probably know all about the Macro mode.

With Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and others launching their own, serious mirrorless camera options we figured that we’d go back into history to when Fujifilm first started their ILC camera system. I tend to use older cameras from both Sony and Fujifilm and by far, Fujifilm has had the most unique changes. One of the biggest things Fujifilm had on their earlier cameras was a dedicated Macro mode. That gave the user closer focusing with all of the system’s lenses. But after a while it disappeared. Why?

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Why Every Photographer Should Have an 85mm Lens in Their Bag

The 85mm lens is genuinely a very versatile lens that can be of use to any photographer.

Do you have an 85mm lens in your bag? Some photographers may think that this is a lens that is too specialized for a variety of shooting situations. But in truth, these lenses have been improved over the years to include better options, weather sealing and things like even closer focusing. And no matter what camera system I’ve been on, I’ve had an 85mm lens in my bag that has become a staple that I’ve needed.

Here’s what I think every photographer needs an 85mm lens.

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5 of Our Favorite Film Rangefinder Cameras (One for Everyone)

If you’re really looking for a solid film rangefinder camera, you should know that you don’t need to spend a whole lot.

When I went on my journey to grow as a photographer, some of the best tools that I had were film rangefinder cameras. I’m still very much of the belief that any and every photographer should shoot film and use cameras that don’t have metering built in to become better. They’ll move slower, they’ll have a lot more intent with their images, and they’ll create something much more unique to them. So we went into our reviews index to find some of our favorites film rangefinder cameras. And here they are!

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Social Media: A Photographer’s Curse and Why I Chose to Break Free

I’ve deleted social media, which means I’m either having a mental breakdown or there’s actually some method to the madness.

Social media has become such an integral part of a photographer’s journey. I myself had become so immersed in it that I’d spend a large portion of my day on apps like Instagram and Twitter. Building profiles, portraying the perfect life and living for likes; it absorbs so many of us, including myself. I’ve known for a while that I was moving toward a point where I had to break free.

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Opinion: The Film Photography World is a Million Times Less Toxic Than the Digital World

If you’re looking for a sphere within the photography world that isn’t a bunch of dudes just complaining about pixels and measurbations, then consider film.

I love film and I love film photography. In fact, I adore it. I am enamored with the conversations around it, with the discipline involved in knowing that you need to be more careful and how that translates into digital photography, with the formats and how much more affordable it becomes as you go for larger sizes, the look, and most importantly its people. There are far less frivolous conversations in the film photography world about megapickles (spelled this way purposely) and one brand vs another–instead it’s more about creative intent.

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I’m a Street Photographer Transitioning into Posed Portraiture

I spent years chasing the candid frame. Now, I’m moving into the world of planned photo shoots and learning a lot along the way.

It took a long time for me to get confident when shooting on the streets. Now, as I embark into the world of portraiture, I feel like I’m starting all over again. New worlds, different approaches, dealing with many personalities; all of this is putting me out of my comfort zone, and I love it! So, as I move on this creative journey, I’m taking you with me, sharing with you what my experience has been like so far.

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Create Great Prints with These Six Essential Photography Studio Tools

You’ll be creating and printing like a boss with these tools!

Having the right tools to edit and print your images in your photography studio is just as important as having the right camera and lenses to take the images. The post processing side of things is often overlooked, but having the right equipment in your photography studio is essential. In this roundup we’re going to look at items that will speed up your post processing times, monitors that display razor sharp, color accurate images, and printers that will blow you away with their print quality. These are all items every photography studio should have, especially if you want to create the best images for you and your clients. Continue reading…

Opinion: I Hope You’re Not Celebrating Expired Film For the Wrong Reasons

Expired film does have its charms and can be rewarding for the experimental photographer. But are you celebrating it for the wrong reasons?

Above: A bunch of expired films that I plan to shoot with for this year’s Expired Film Day weekend. I’m still missing a medium format camera to pair with the 120 films.

Expired Film Day is afoot and I am most certainly excited to participate in the festivities. The global film photography community must already be gearing up with plans for photo walks, portrait sessions, and gatherings to celebrate, even weeks ahead of the anticipated celebrations. Part of me, however, can’t help but wonder what expired film and the occasion in its honor really mean for most film photographers out there.

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Editor in Chief Chris Gampat’s Kit: Travelling Light with the Sony a7r III

Editor in Chief Chris Gampat’s working kit for most of the location work done for the Phoblographer is done with his Sony a7r III.

I’m going to move on past the fact that I just referred to myself in the third person and instead focus on the crux of why you probably clicked on this link: you want to know how I do travel work with the Sony a7r III and what’s in my every day carry kit for work. While I adore my Fujifilm gear, not all of my lenses are weather sealed and so I’m sort of limited in certain situations. But all of the lenses and cameras that I own for Sony are weather resistant, and so for that reason combined with their compact size, I tend to bring them with me when I need to get actual work done for the site. While I’m a good enough photographer where I can use anything that you put in my hands, the Sony a7r III provides me with lots of resolution, versatility, performance, and a lightweight package that is also really small.

Editor’s Note: This is not a sponsored post. You can see our policy on sponsored posts and see how we clearly label them if you’re interested though.

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6 High Resolution Cameras That Can Capture Breathtaking Landscapes

Landscape photography is all about detail; these high resolution cameras can capture it by the bucket load. 

If you want to capture images of the world around you, and you want your images to reflect the true beauty of nature and everything that it has to offer, you’re going to need to look into high resolution cameras. There are plenty of high resolution cameras on the market today, but the Megapixel monsters we will share with you here are the best of the best. These beasts have truly incredible dynamic range capabilities, gorgeous color rendering abilities, they will capture every single blade of grass, and they are all built like tanks so that they can survive being in the great outdoors. Continue reading…

Where Does the Printed Photo Belong in the World of Instagram?

Does the printed photo really still matter in an age where most photos just stay on everyone’s mobile phones, social media, and hard drives?

When was the last time you had any of your photos printed? Or even bought or received a printed photo? For those who can’t recall, it may be difficult to answer the premise of this article. For those who had an answer straight away, printed photos could still have a place in their home, work space, or office. But for the most part, printing out photos has become more exception than the norm as of late. Hence the question, where does the printed photo belong today, especially considering the generation whose photos immediately end up on social media?

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Capture Wildlife Easily with These Super Zoom Lenses and Accessories

These super zoom lenses will get you up close and personal with wildlife and more.

There’s nothing quite like being out in nature and seeing wild animals roam the plains and the countryside. Capturing images of wildlife can be quite tricky without the right equipment though. Fortunately, there are some truly impressive, super zoom lenses on the market that are surprisingly affordable. The super zoom lenses and accessories we will be sharing with you offer outstanding value for money, and will help you to capture our four legged and winged friends with ease. Continue reading…

The Leica Q2 is a Pretty Good Deal; You’re Thinking About it Wrong

I’ve been really thinking this over, and I believe that the Leica Q2 really isn’t that bad of a price.

At just a little under $5,000 the Leica Q2 is a camera that the company has obviously worked hard on and upgraded in pretty much every way. While it’s still lacking things like a joystick and could probably benefit from a few more buttons, the camera is highly capable and arguably does almost everything else that lots of other full frame cameras with 40MP+ are capable of. However, it’s doing it in a small body that is targeted to photojournalists and those who do lots of work involving candid documentary style moments. And most of all, you can take it out into the pouring rain and not have any problems.

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