Why It’s So Important to Have Other Hobbies Besides Photography

Photography is fantastic; but if you’re going to do it then consider having other fulfilling hobbies.

While photography is a fantastic passion and hobby to have, I don’t at all think that it should be the sole thing that brings you joy in life. The world is a fantastic place filled with tons of variety and if you limit yourself to just one hobby, it can get boring and monotonous. Instead, you need to be able to give yourself a variety. Think of it as a diet. Unfortunately there isn’t a single one food that you can have over and over again to stay very healthy. However with a variety, you can stay healthy and continue to go about your daily life. Sustainability needs at least a small variety of things. But flourishing is best done with a plethora of choices.

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6 of Our Favorite Third Party Prime Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount Cameras

These third party, prime lenses for Fujifilm X Mount cameras are often overlooked, but deserve to be given a chance.

Fujifilm makes some gorgeous lenses for their X Mount series cameras. They are so good that Fujifilm believes keeping a closed system is what’s best for them and their cameras. The closed system hasn’t stopped some manufacturers from trying though, and there are quite a few third party prime lenses available on the Fujifilm platform that excel. It’s just a shame that they aren’t talked about nearly as often as Fujifilm’s own offerings. Fujifilm’s decision to not share the secrets of their autofocusing system has frustrated the likes of Sigma and Tamron to no end. This hasn’t stopped the likes of Zeiss, Rokinon, and Mitakon from making autofocus and manual focus prime lenses for the system that are more than capable of producing excellent images. Let’s take a quick look at six of the best third party, prime lenses available with Fujifilm’s X mount on board.

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Under $600: These Canon EF Mount Lenses Are Stellar

These EF Mount Canon lenses may be cheap, but don’t let the prices fool you.

One of the great things about the Canon platform is here are dozens of EF Mount lenses that are incredibly affordable; they’re solid performers too. If you have recently joined team Canon, or have been using their cameras for a while and need to expand your lens collection, but need to do it on the cheap, these EF Mount Canon lenses might be what you’re looking for. Join us after the break to see nine of our favorite lenses for Canon cameras that cost under $600. You’re probably thinking that lenses under $600 can’t be all that special, but you’d be wrong to think that. There are some top performers in this price range that will really amaze you. Sure, they may not feature weather sealing, or have the nicest feeling materials, but when it comes to image quality, you’ll be blown away. Let’s take a look at these ‘bang for your buck’ EF mount Canon lenses that will help you produce some quality images.

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I Don’t Understand Why Photography Is Such an Expensive Hobby

Before I got into photography, I was completely smitten with making music for over 10 years of my life.

There was a time when I decided that I needed to take up another hobby besides photography, video games, food, reading, and meditation–and so I went back to music. Before I was a photographer, I wanted to tour in a punk rock band. I had two different bass guitars, two different amps, spent lots of time training my brain how to sing and play at the same time, slaved for hours writing music and songs while channeling emotions into words, etc. With a bit of extra cash on hand after taxes, I realized something really insane.

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We Don’t Celebrate Living Photographers Enough; Just the Dead Ones

When is the last time you went to a gallery event or museum exhibit dedicated to living photographers?

If you ask any landscape photographer who one of their favorites is, I’m positive they’d say Ansel Adams with nary enough of them waxing poetic about how fantastic Varina Patel is. And for portraiture shooters? You’re bound to get endless talk about Avedon and not enough about the more specialized work of Lois Greenfield. When it comes to street photography, everyone is quick to talk about Bresson with little speaking on the genius that is Adam Miller. Why? Is it marketing? Partially, the answer is yes, but the other big answer is that the gatekeepers tend to spend too much time focusing on the work of dead photographers. Getting a bit deeper into this, they spend too much time trying to ensure ticket sales to those of white men–not enough women or photographers of color (but the latter is for a completely different article).

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Reviewed: 9 of Our Favorite Wide Angle Sony E Mount Lenses

These ultra-wide and wide angle Sony E Mount lenses will help you capture more with your Sony APS-C camera.

APS-C cameras are excellent overall, and they are loved by many for good reason. The extra reach due to the crop factor comes in handy for nature and sports photographers, and their smaller size makes them easier to carry around. As great as they are though, it can be difficult to find true ultra-wide, and wide angle lenses though which are needed for those who like to practice, astrophotography, landscape photography, street photography, and environmental portraiture. Fortunately the collection is growing on the Sony platform now. Some platforms are better than other when it comes to wide angle lenses for crop bodies, and it has to be said that this is not one of the strongest areas for Sony. Most of their attention is on their Full Frame lens offerings, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t some great first, and third party wide angle E Mount lenses on the market. Some of the ultra-wide and wide angle E Mount lenses we have listed are designed to be used with Sony’s Full Frame cameras, but even with the crop factor of x1.5 they will still fall into the wide lens category on their APS-C cameras. Here’s a quick look at some of the our favorite wide angle E Mount Lenses that we have reviewed over the years.

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Review: Street Photography With Nick Turpin (YouTube Channel)

Renowned street photographer, Nick Turpin, has started a new educational YouTube channel – aptly called, Street Photography with Nick Turpin.

The internet is great. It has allowed us to easily access information and develop our skills. And there’s no bigger provider of free education than YouTube. Nick Turpin, a street photographer with over 20 years of experience has jumped on the digital bandwagon and started a new channel. A polarizing personality, Nick has decided to share his experience, without asking for a fee. He says, “For decades people have paid to spend a weekend on a workshop with me. YouTube offers a way to teach globally…it’s a new way of doing things for me.” Is this new channel worth your precious time? And will it benefit your street photography skills?

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6 Portrait Lenses For M4/3 Cameras That Will Make Your Images Pop

These portrait lenses from Olympus and Panasonic will really make your portraits sing.

There are some truly great lenses available for many different genres on the Micro Four Thirds platform, and the lenses that have been designed specifically for portrait photographers are some of the best. If you shoot with a Micro Four Thirds camera and have been wondering what lenses to consider for portrait photography, you’ll enjoy this round up. Here we will take a look at six of the best portrait lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. The great thing is, if you don’t want to spend large sums of cash on portrait lenses you don’t have to. We have picked out six portrait lenses that range in cost from very affordable to a little more pricey, but don’t think for a second that the cheaper lenses will leave you wanting more. All of these lenses are ridiculously sharp, focus quickly, and produce colors that will leave you speechless. Let’s jump right in and take a look at six of our favorite portrait lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

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After That Adobe Price Increase, I’m So Happy I Switched to Capture One

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Photographers are clamoring and complaining about the Adobe price increase test, and Capture One has never looked sweeter.

Before I go on, I should mention that this isn’t a sponsored post. So, any accusations of that can go out the window with both our 10 year long policy and the fact that we clearly label everything that is sponsored. This isn’t my rubbing “I told you so” into your face either. This is my call to remind everyone that there is another option arguably better in every single way than Adobe. The way that I like to describe an Adobe relationship is to make it synonymous to an abusive relationship or a drug. You keep coming back for more and more. You know it’s bad. You know you can do better. But yet for some odd reason you decide you’re happier being comfortable. That comfort means sometimes you sustain but more of the time you just don’t grow.

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What I Learned From Rediscovering My Forgotten Street Photos

We don’t always feel a fondness for photos we’ve taken in the past (oh, the horrible composition and even more horrible Photoshop work!). But, I’ve actually grown to like my forgotten street photos, leading me to think that we should be revisiting old work once in a while to see them with fresher eyes and better sensibilities.

Not so long ago, I came across the Fujifilm X20 street photos I shot from a photo walk I attended six years ago — all 100+ of them. After realizing that I didn’t really like most of them, I simply set them aside in an external hard drive where they remained forgotten. However, unearthing them gave me a handful of lessons about photography today, and myself as a creative, a photographer, and a storyteller. I won’t say I’m any better at street photography now compared to the time I took these photos. But I now have a better understanding of the genre, and a more solid idea about the direction I want to take. Sometimes, we look at our old photos from our learning days with dislike, simply because we know they can’t be any better than what we can create now that we’re wiser and a little far along into the craft. Looking back can still bring surprises, however, and even some lessons and realizations that help us understand our visions better.

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Awesome Disposable Cameras Projects That Will Inspire Your Own

These fun projects will change the way you see the humble disposable camera, if it hasn’t yet.

Compact, simple to use, and unexpectedly trendy, disposable cameras could just be the tool you need to get yourself out of a creative slump. It can be liberating and refreshing to leave all the technicalities behind and do a personal project with something as simple and basic as this tool. Why would you even want to shoot with something as “obsolete” as a disposable camera? Why would you sacrifice all the megapickles? The reasons tend to vary from photographer to photographer but everyone agrees that eliminating the technicalities and the “untouched” quality of the photos make for a refreshing shooting experience. Sure, some of you may argue that the smartphone and Instagram are already as “disposable” as snapshots can get. But there’s also something about shooting with the medium that started it all, don’t you think?

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Under $1000: 8 Affordable Cameras That are Feature Packed Marvels

These affordable cameras prove you don’t have to spend crazy money for a great DSLR or Mirrorless camera.

Being a photographer isn’t cheap, and it just seems like the latest and greatest DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras keep on getting more and more expensive, but what if we told you that you can get quality, feature packed cameras for under $1,000? It’s true, there are affordable cameras out there on the market today that can do amazing things, and you won’t have sell the house to buy one. Here we will take a look at eight DSLR and Mirrorless cameras that are under $1,000. So what can you get for $1,000 and under these days? The answer is a lot.

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9 Photographers Proving The iPhone Is a Great Camera

iPhone cameras have evolved over the last 12 years–with that, so has the quality of photography created on Apple’s flagship device.

“The camera is just a tool.” Is there any more evidence of this than the images being created with iPhones? A tiny camera that fits in your pocket, yet photographers are making professional quality images with it. From war photography, portrait, landscape and street, it seems no genre is left untouched when it comes to iPhone photography. To celebrate how things have evolved in the photographic industry, we’ve picked out 9 photographers that are making the most of this advance in smartphone technology.

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Photographers: We Should Start Calling Photo Theft as “Piracy of Images”

We’re so used to our images being stolen and us saying that the images are stolen, but are they really?

I genuinely believe that as a photography community, we need to redefine the idea of photo theft. The inference from this comes from a nearly 10 year blog post about copying and piracy. Both the music and video industries have far more money than us as photographers and have been able to figure out a way to stand up for their rights in order to get more money and have the issues they want policed thoroughly. And so the post, along with a lot of what’s been happening with copyrights in the photography world have been really making me think about the idea of photo theft.

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The Point and Shoot Camera Can Succeed if You Make it Less Boring

Point and shoot film cameras could have survived if manufactures just stopped being so damn serious.

If we look at the trends when it comes to spending and even in how people consume content, we can tell that people click on and purchase what they really, really want and not necessarily what they need. This is evident in the fact that so many people don’t buy real cameras with zoom lenses and instead just do the whole digital zoom thing on their phones. But using a phone camera is fun–at a recent serious art event I saw a few young women stand in front of a neon sign for at least 10 minutes taking pictures of themselves. This is the dominant mentality–it’s about convenience and fun. I mean, come on–there’s an app called Huji that simulates what a disposable camera can do. But the truth is that the modern disposable camera just isn’t sexy. The further, not sugar coated truth, is that manufacturers are very busy creating cameras for an incredibly incestuous community.

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Street Photographers Share Stories Of Confrontation (And Overcoming It)

Lead photo by Suzanne Stein. Used with permission.

Street photography and confrontation can go hand in hand. The fact is, some people just do not want a camera pointed at them. Most of the time unwilling subjects communicate their disapproval in a respectful way. However, sometimes they react in an aggressive, hilarious and just outright bizarre fashion. It’s a nightmare for many of us, and we try to find ways to get out of those situations. We spoke to a number of street photographers, asked them about the more memorable stories of confrontation and what we did to overcome it.

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6 Powerful Point and Shoot Cameras for Discreet Street Photography

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These small, yet powerful point and shoot cameras will help you become a street photography ninja.

Street photography is a genre that requires a certain finesse. You have to be able to capture images quickly and, in a lot of cases, discreetly. Having the ability to be able to blend into the crowd with a camera that doesn’t say “look at me” is a must, and having a camera that is small enough to not get banged and roughed up while walking through the busy streets is important too. While keeping things on the small size is nice, you have to make sure that the camera is still capable of performing the job. Fortunately, there are many powerful point and shoot cameras currently on the market that are suited perfectly for street photography. Here we will take a look at six point and shoot cameras that will help you blend in and nail the shots you want to get. Continue reading…

Opinion: I Like 28mm More Than 35mm and 50mm Is Just Garbage

Good morning and welcome to the most petty, gear acquisition filled post ever over a 28mm lens.

When I first started out with photography, I followed what everyone else said; 50mm lenses are really where it is at and there is absolutely nothing better. “If you want to have the best images, you need a 50mm f1.8 and to shoot with it forever or you’ll be nothing,” is pretty much the mantra that was thrown at me. But after some time, I realized 50mm wasn’t really how I saw the world. Instead, the 50mm lens became just garbage to me. It’s the center of my vision more than anything else, so I moved to 35mm and adored it. This is more how I saw the world–until I really started working with 28mm lenses.

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The Hustle: How to Break into Concert Photography (Legitimately)

Before you start getting paid you have to do a lot of free work and network with the proper people.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, not everyone is going to want to hustle and work for free to get these shots. But getting out there,working on your portfolio constantly and thinking outside of the box will most certainly create those opportunities. On most weeks you should have 2-3 opportunities easily available to you to start to get out there. So here are five tips on how to actually have a great beginner concert portfolio in two weeks flat.

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The 10 Best Camera Sensors According to DXOMark For April 2019

DXOMark Continue to test the newest camera sensors on the market.

The guys and gals over at DXOMark have been hard at work testing out some of the newest cameras to hit the market, but have any of them been able to break into the DXOMark top 10 camera sensor spots? Join us after the break as we take a look at what DXOMark consider to be the best camera sensors on the market. There are of course so many more things to take into consideration than just the DXOMark sensor ratings when buying a new camera. Things like ergonomics, ease of use, and the lens selections that are available for the cameras should all be taken into consideration before making a buying decisions, and that’s where our real world reviews come in to play. However, if you want to check every angle possible before dropping your cash on the table at your local camera store, the lab tests that DXOMark run on the sensors might help you make your mind up. Check out the 10 best camera sensors according to DXOMark below.

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The 10 Best Lenses According to DXOMark For April 2019

If you’re looking for some new glass, you might want to check out the 10 best according to DXOMark.

DXOMark have fired up the lens testing lab once again and there is no shortage of new glass for the guys and gals over there to check out. Here we list the 10 best lenses according to DXOMark for April 2019. If you own any of these lenses congrats; you own some of the best glass around. If you are thinking about dropping some hard earned cash on a new lens then you need to see this list. DXOMark really put lenses through some very thorough testing, and while lab testing may not be to everyone’s liking, there is definitely a place for controlled testing results. You can always check out our real world reviews of the lenses listed here as well, and then, combined with the results from DXOMark, you will be able to make a much more informed purchasing decision. Check out the 10 best lenses according to DXOMark in April of 2019.

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