How to Shoot Better Portraits of Your Camera

I love opening up my vintage camera packages from eBay when they arrive. The feeling of holding a classic 35mm beauty is matched by only a few other experiences in the world of photography. Each of these cameras has a history behind them that makes them unique. Almost immediately after dusting and polishing them, I take photographs of these beauties. And when I go about taking these pictures, I consider the cameras as people that have stories behind them. Think of it as a camera’s portrait. They need to be placed and lit correctly to tell that story; a thing of beauty is something that needs to be appropriately shared with the world.

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Brainstorming in a Bathroom Brought New Ideas to Michael Marrero

“A bathroom is private, it’s the most personal space in a home, and every person has their own particular relationship to it,” clarifies commercial photographer Michael Marrero about The Bathroom Series. Locked in a house for six hours and given a confined space to shoot in, he and his team came up with some witty stills. Things did look like they got a bit out of hand during this, and Marrero tells us more about it in this interview.

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Want to do a 365 Photography Project? Here’s Some Inspiration

A 365 photography project is an excellent way to remain consistent with your practice. Not only does it encourage you to be creative, it also inspires you to try new things with your photography. A 365 project doesn’t need to begin on January 1st either, so if you feel like you missed your chance, you haven’t. Below we’re sharing the best 365 projects we’ve published over the years, helping you get ideas and giving you that little push needed to begin your project.

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Andrei Certan Lives Moments in Life Through His Double Exposures

“My creativity is fueled by all the restrictions I give myself,” says film photography enthusiast Andrei Certan, about how he guides his photographic vision. Almost exclusively an analog medium photographer, Certan lets his inner sentiments drive how he composes and frames photos. Seeing the work he shared with me for this interview, I think his emotions definitely put him on the right track.

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The Powerful Story Behind this Photo by Newsha Tavakolian

“In Iran, women are not allowed to sing solo, following the 1979 revolution,” says Magnum Photographer Newsha Tavakolian to The Phoblographer in an interview. “However, singing is part of our culture…I dislike this so much that I refuse to go to any concert in Iran where men sing.” This photo is part of a much larger series called Listen. Newsha tells us that she went as far as creating actual CD album jewel-cases as gifts. But there was a catch: the cases were empty. This is part of the statement she’s trying to make.

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Sofia Monzerratt Shows Generational Split in Beautiful Conceptual Photos

“In a way, I could say that my photographic identity would be ‘the messenger,’ always eager to capture the meaning and the soul of whatever is in front of the camera,” explains photographer Sofia Monzerratt. She’s a professional filmmaker, but also shoots as a photographer. In fact, she does something that’s pretty rare. Not only is Sofia a street photographer, but she’s also a fine-art photographer. This is a rare blend of both being a creator and a documenter. In her project, Generations, she tackles the idea of everyone trying to fit into society in a very creative way.

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6 Female Ukrainian Photographers You’re Going to Fall in Love With

As it’s Women’s History Month, we’re going to uplift some of our favorite female photographers. We’ll do it through the month with different pieces, and for this particular article we’re sharing our favorite female photographers hailing from Ukraine. We’ve featured many over the past decade, so choosing the very best was no easy task. However, we got there, and below are six of the best female photographers from Ukraine according to The Phoblographer.

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Why you Need to be Honest When Editing Street Photography

Let’s talk about street photography and photo editing. It’s a topic that’s sure to divide opinions; opinions are certainly something the street photography community has. Some street photographers like to publish images straight out of the camera. Others spend hours working on an image with an editing tool. The question I’m posing is: what’s the ethical line street photographers shouldn’t cross when editing their photos?

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Shivam Pandey Found Many Interesting Stories Among Rural Farmers

“It’s just the matter of making them feel you can connect to them,” says Indian photographer Shivam Pandey on how he approached farmers in his village when capturing their daily routines. The pandemic had him move back to his village in Uttar Pradesh, but that didn’t stop him from looking for creative outlets. ‘Farmers of India‘ was a photo series that came to life after he moved back in with his parents.

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5 Awesome Places for Street Photography in Latin America

I’ve had the privilege of spending several years in Latin America. From North, Central, and South, this part of the world is full of vibrancy, passion, and excitement. The climate in parts is perfect, and the people provide warm energy through their infectious personalities. I love Latin America, and shooting street photography there is a blast! In this article, I share some of my favorite spots.

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Silvia Alessi Documents a Strange Dance in Japan

“Then, over time, I realized that there was nothing to understand,” says photographer Silvia Alessi about her Maze of Metamorphosis series. “It is a physical dance, not a conceptual one. The performer becomes things, he does not interpret them.” For sure, Maze of Metamorphosis is a series that will have you staring at the beautiful images. But you’ll also try to figure out everything that’s going on as each frame is packed with details. The importance of framing is surely a part of what Silvia is putting forth in this series.

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Pat Rose Shot These Elegant Flower Photos in a Fascinating Way

A few years ago, photographer Pat Rose found her perfect pandemic photo project. “Deb uses a flatbed scanner to create some of the most beautiful floral images I’ve seen to make her still life images,” she said in an email to us referring to the woman who inspired her. “Her talk was so inspirational; I resolved that evening to try my hand at scanner photography myself one of these days.” Indeed, Pat’s project takes a lot of inspiration from paintings. And in a way, she created her own painting with these photos.

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Plexus by Elena Helfrecht Reminds Us of the Blair Witch

“I somehow see Plexus as a portrait project – a portrait of what has faded, and what is still lingering,” explains photographer Elena Helfrecht. “Maybe it can be seen as a sort of conjuring.” I originally poured over the images in Plexus on a mobile phone, and realized I wasn’t doing her work justice. When I looked at Plexus on my iMac, I had a completely different experience. I immediately thought of the Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and more of the found-footage horror movies that dominated my younger years. That’s where I became enamored with the series.

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Jack Simpson Gets Beautiful Street Photographs with His Fuji Cameras

I have always had a very strong desire to create… I’ve pursued being a musician, graphic designer, sign painter, and now a professional photographer where I seem to have found my creative calling. Photography has allowed me a means to create in any setting while allowing me to express myself visually by borrowing inspiration from my surroundings and experiences. Photography is quick and efficient: a universal language that allows for an extremely wide range of styles, techniques, and approaches – the result is much like painting, but plays very well with my impatient nature.

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How Adam Magyar Shot Squares: a Series of Beautiful Photographs

“Squares is different from my other works,” explains photographer Adam Magyar to us in an interview. “It has no layers. I barely talk about it.” If you spend a long time interviewing hundreds of photographers over a decade, this last statement will really shock you. Photographers tend to put their most meaningful pieces of work on their websites. However, Adam continued to relate that he never thought Squares had deep meaning despite its visually pleasing aesthetic.

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Carolin Unrath Captures the Unparalleled Joy of River Surfing

“This day was special,” the photographer Carolin Unrath admits. It was May 2020, and the world was grappling with the first few months of the pandemic. Longing for adventure and a break from the isolation of the previous weeks, she connected with the surfer Andreas Müllner and the producer Peter Scherb. Together, they made their way to Eisbach, the river surfing epicenter of Munich and a gathering place dating back to the 1970s

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Lanna Apisukh Shoots Beautiful Film Photos for the NYTimes

One of the genres of photography that I admire the most is photojournalism. Being handed an assignment and having to tell a story, often in nothing more than photographs, can be a daunting challenge. It isn’t enough to come back with a handful of good-looking, technically correct images. If they don’t accurately illustrate what will entice viewers at first glance, you’ve probably failed at your task. While its aesthetics haven’t changed much over the decades, the technical side of photojournalism has gotten a lot easier with the advent of digital photography. Some photojournalists still like to challenge themselves occasionally by shooting their assignments on film, and we interviewed Lanna Apisukh for her personal insights and experiences on this.

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Craig Colvin Photographs Landscapes Made of the Human Body (NSFW)

“The initial inspiration for Multiscapes came about while photographing in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley,” the photographer Craig Colvin tells me. It was more than a decade ago, and he was taking a workshop with the fine art landscape photographer John Paul Caponigro. He spent hours roaming the dunes, and as he navigated the landscape, camera in hand, a thought emerged. 

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