A Look at Photographers Documenting the Modern Civil Rights Movement

On a day that we remember one of the most influential spokespersons of the civil rights movement, we take a look at some the more modern-day struggles photographers are documenting.

It’s almost 51 years since the death Martin Luther King Jr. He helped shape the world and was the face of the fight that would spark change in the oppression of the black community and the on-going racial divide. Photography played its part in history, documenting the rise of one of the world’s most influential figures and the movement that came with him. Now in 2019, the fight he would no doubt be at the front of if he could is still being fought. This goes beyond black and white; this is about any social group that is facing oppression and adversity. And as the modern civil right movement is in full force, we have a generation of photographers here to capture it.

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Is the “Click to Like” Model Harming the Ability to Take Criticism?

With a model that is built on a simple click for validation, I look at myself to see if the ability to receive feedback is being harmed because of it.

Being a writer and photographer, I’m automatically searching for the validation of others. Call it creative, attention seeking or the need to be accepted, the measurement of my success is partly dependent on the reaction of others. My generation grew up with a very simplistic approach to giving and receiving feedback – click like, or don’t click at all. However, when people give genuine feedback it can throw me off course. As a result, it’s not always easy to initially digest.

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Our Four Favorite 85mm Portrait Lenses Under $1,000 for Thrifty Shooters

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These 85mm portrait lenses will take your images to a whole new level of awesome.

If you’re ready to step up to some new glass that will make your portraits shine, these 85mm portrait lenses will do the trick. 85mm lenses are perfect for portraits thanks to the levels of compression they give, their overall sharpness, fast apertures, creamy bokeh, and their versatility in regards to being able to shoot close up headshots and three quarter body shots with ease. The lenses we’ve chosen excel in all of these areas, and the best part is that they’re each under four figures when it comes to price.

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Four Bang for Your Buck 35mm Prime Lenses for the Everyday Photographer

35mm lenses are perfect for the everyday photographer thanks to their light weight and versatility.

If you’re the type of photographer who loves to carry their camera around with them every single day so that you can capture moments and events that would otherwise flutter by, 35mm lenses are for you. Thanks to their light weight, small footprint, sharp images, and their ability to capture everything from street photography, to portraits, and landscapes, to documentary style images, they’re perfect for everyday use. Join us after the break to see which 35mm lenses we recommend for the everyday photographer. Continue reading…

A Dirty Confession: I Enjoy Fujifilm’s JPEGs Sometimes More Than the RAW Files

The Fujifilm film simulations look great right out of the camera and there is no need to do major adjustments in post if you shoot carefully.

Despite the fact that so many photographers would rather throw their cameras away than shoot in JPEG, I’ve come to realize that I like the look of the JPEGs of many cameras–Fujifilm in particular, but the output from Canon, Sony, and a number of others is also really stunning. I’m not discouraging the shooting in RAW photo mode; I’m encouraging the shooting in RAW and JPEG mode. This doesn’t go necessarily just for Fujifilm, but I’ll admit that of the major camera manufacturers they have the single most unique JPEG photos. I’m also not even sure that’s up for debate; it’s more a fact.

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These Four Accessories Can Help with Winter Landscape Photography

These accessories will help you protect your gear and improve your winter landscape photography to no end.

Landscape photography is incredibly relaxing. There’s really nothing better than getting out into nature to take in its sights and sounds. Winter landscape photography can bring about its own set of challenges though. Before you head out you need to make sure your gear is prepared to deal with cold, wet conditions, and that you have everything you need to capture the beauty of the winter wonderland that sits before you.

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Female-Only Exhibitions: Are Women in Street Becoming Everything They Fought Against?

There has been a wonderful insurgence of women in street photography over the past couple of years. But does everyone welcome their approach?

Men and women have been at battle for centuries. With the patriarchy in full swing across all areas of life, several revolutions have been born with the aim to break it down. It is of no surprise then that this “you against us” divide found its way to our little old world of street photography. Often blasted as being a middle-aged white man’s club, the big names in street photography have been put under increasing pressure to push fairer representation within the field. Are things working for the better?

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Five Great 50mm Lenses Under $600 to Improve Your Photography in 2019

If you want to improve your photography in 2019, 50mm prime lenses should be on your radar.

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a new camera over the holidays, congratulations. Chances are your new camera came with a kit lens. While kit lenses are much better today than they were in the past, your still going to want to upgrade to better lenses as soon as you can. One of the keys to better images is better glass, and there is no better starting place than with 50mm prime lenses. After the break we’ll take a look why 50mm prime lenses are so great, and we’ll show you a few that are affordable and capable of producing incredible images. Continue reading…

4 Sharp Wide Angle Lenses for Landscapes and Cityscapes Under $600

Quality wide angle lenses don’t have to have four figures attached to them.

Read any magazine, or watch any YouTube video and no doubt you’ll see that the wide angle lenses attached to the cameras in the videos and articles are all pricey affairs. This can lead one to believe that in order to make quality images you must have the most expensive glass available. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are high quality, super sharp, wide angle lenses on the market today that aren’t only fantastic performers, they’re also incredibly affordable. After the break we’re going to take a look at four wide angle lenses under $600 that are perfect for landscape and cityscape photographers. Continue reading…

4 Low Cost Lenses That Will Help You Create Gorgeous Environmental Portraits

You don’t have to spend a fortune on gear to be able to take gorgeous environmental portraits.

Environmental portraits differ from regular portraits in one key way. While regular portraits aim to capture just the person, environmental portraits aim to capture and tell a story about the person in the image.  You can capture environmental portraits that tell a story about the persons job, or about their hobbies and likes. The possibilities are endless. Due to the story telling nature of environmental portraits a wider angle lens is needed so that you can capture the surroundings of the person in the image too. For environmental portraits you need a good 35mm or wider lens, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. After the break we’ll take a look at four relatively low cost lenses that will help you create gorgeous environmental portraits.

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Please Stop Calling Yourself a Natural Light Photographer and Learn How to Light

To light, or not to light, that is the question.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I’m a natural light photographer,” there would be enough money in my bank account to take off three months out of each year to travel for the fun of it. To the uninitiated, the proclamation that one only shoots in natural light may sound like a badge of honor, but to most working professional photographers, this concept is confounding at best and downright ridiculous at worst. Be that as it may, there is a growing legion of photographers who have embraced this “natural light only” mantra due either to their inexperience with utilizing lighting equipment, or out of some misguided notion that the “natural light look” is somehow superior. What if I were to tell you that all light, natural or otherwise, behaves identically regardless of the source, provided that you are photographing someone on planet Earth? If you understand principles of lighting and how it behaves, you can make artificial light sources look like natural light, and turn day into night, or vice versa. Being able to shoot 24 hours a day means that I can adapt to the needs of my clients as well as challenges posed by mother nature, which translates to more billable hours and more income. Sounds a lot better than only being able to photograph client work while the sun is out, doesn’t it?

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Is Tumblr Still Worth it for Photographers Today?

Every photographer once saw Tumblr as a powerful platform for their craft. But, is it still the case today?

Just a few years after Tumblr came out in 2007, it was one of the hippest blogging platforms where you can get your creative works seen. One of the most popular ways to spread the word about your work was by linking your posts to your Flickr account, so people could see more and follow you there. Because creating posts and customizing the look of Tumblr blogs is easy, it quickly became one of the go-to venues for photographers to build a proper portfolio. But given all the new cool platforms today, does Tumblr still have a place in every photographer’s online presence?

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Four Mirrorless Cameras that Are Setting the Pace in Early 2019

These Mirrorless cameras are feature packed, won’t break the bank, and will help you get your foot into the Mirrorless door.

2018 was a great year for Mirrorless cameras. With outstanding options from the likes of Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, and many more hitting the market, the world of Mirrorless cameras has become hard to ignore. If you’ve been on the fence about Mirrorless cameras, but think you may be ready to see if the grass is greener on the Mirrorless side, this round-up is for you. After the break we will take a look at four affordable, Mirrorless cameras that are setting the pace as we head into 2019. Continue reading…

4 Robust Weather Sealed Lenses for Fujifilm’s GFX Cameras

These four weather sealed lenses will help you get the most out of your Medium Format monster.

Fujifilm’s foray into the world of Medium Format cameras has been a successful one so far. The GFX 50s and the GFX 50R have wowed photographers around the globe thanks to their incredible image quality, and their surprising price points. Equally as impressive are the weather sealed lenses that go with the cameras. The whole system is rugged and well built, and you can tell that these cameras and lenses were designed to work in extreme conditions. The four weather sealed lenses we will be looking at today will help you get the most out of your Megapixel monster. Click on through the break to see four of our favorite GF mount weather sealed lenses. Continue reading…

Fadi BouKaram: The Photographer on a Quest to Visit Every Lebanon in the US

What do you get when you combine a Lebanese photographer and a thirst to explore? A project that sets out to visit every Lebanon in the US. 

That opening may sound like a set up for a joke without a proper punchline, but in actual fact, it’s the truth. Born in Beruit, Fadi BouKaram is no stranger to Lebanon. He grew up in the war-torn nation, where the only remains of many people are the photographs that survived them. Growing up, Fadi developed a deep-rooted passion for photography born in the most difficult of circumstances.

Meanwhile, across the North Atlantic is America; the self-proclaimed land of the free. But unbeknown to some, there is also a Lebanon in the world’s most powerful nation. In fact, there are 43 of them.

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

‘The World According to Parr’ not only provides a great insight into the inner workings of the acclaimed lensman, but it’s also a lesson and reminder of how to be a better photographer.

Martin Parr is one of the most highly acclaimed photographers of the 20th century. His body of work, no matter how absurd, has been celebrated by peers and admirers alike.

In 2003, Martin was the subject of a TV documentary titled The World According to Parr, which essentially explored why he works the way he does and what makes him tick. Martin has always had a knack for capturing the most mundane of things – backs of people’s heads, fairy cakes, tissue boxes, teacups, fruits and vegetables, people talking on mobile phones, even a light switch – but where other people’s attempts at doing something similar would elicit a “what the hell is that?” kind of response, Martin’s would be praised as something that’s “quintessentially British” or a reflection of society at a particular given time.

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4 Must Own Weather Sealed Lenses for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

These weather sealed lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras play nice in all kinds of weather.

The Micro Four Thirds platform has some truly amazing weather sealed lenses available for photographers. Whether you’re a street photographer, wedding photographer, portrait artist, or are a wanderluster who likes taking pictures of their travels, there are certainly weather sealed lenses for you. After the break we’re going to share with you four of our favorite weather sealed lenses on the Micro Four Thirds platform. All of them offer incredible image, and stellar build qualities.

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Five of our Favorite Weather Sealed Sony E Mount Lenses that Are Splash Happy

Sony shooters have a wealth of options when it comes to weather sealed lenses.

Did you score one of the amazing deals on Sony cameras over the holidays? Perhaps you’re a long time Sony shooter looking to expand their lens collection? Either way you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to weather sealed lenses on the platform. Sony have some excellent weather sealed lenses of their own, and there are some excellent third party options too. After the break we’ll take a look at five weather sealed lenses that love to play outside when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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Five Impressive Weather Sealed Lenses for Canon EF Mount Cameras

These weather sealed lenses embrace whatever Mother Mature throws their way.

Bad weather can be a drag, but it doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside. Weather sealed lenses (when paired with weather sealed cameras) allow us to get outside in the wind, rain and, snow without having to worry too much about our gear. Some truly stunning images can be captured when the weather takes a turn for the worse. These weather sealed Canon EF Mount lenses are perfect for the photographers out there that don’t mind the cold and the wet. After the break we’ll show you five impressive weather sealed lenses that will help you capture some excellent images while out in the elements. Continue reading…

Modern Camera Makers Need to Stop Sitting Pretty and Start Majorly Innovating

I think that the entire tech world is trying to outdo traditional camera makers; and they need to start fighting back.

The more I look at the capabilities of smartphones and the more that I step into meetings with bigger photography technology companies, the more I start to wonder what traditional camera manufacturers think about staying ahead of the curve. If the sloth-like pace for them to create full frame mirrorless cameras and lenses is any indication, then I’m really scratching my head. Phone manufacturers, photography software companies and other companies are doing more things than ever to replace traditional cameras. When I hear verbiage like “giving designers the power to create photo-realistic images without paying for expensive photo shoots” I see the intent for disruption simply for personal profit. But I see other things too; most folks can’t tell the difference between a photo taken with a traditional camera and a phone anymore. In fact, if you didn’t look at the EXIF data you probably wouldn’t be able to tell. This is just one of the many features of the mobile web.

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