Tips for Introverts: Photographers Share the Secret to Better Networking

One of the biggest challenges for many photographers is networking, and it starts with taking the first step.

If there is one thing that eludes many photographers, it’s networking. Marketing yourself and even simply talking to people can seem difficult for lots of folks, but it’s even more difficult for folks who are introverted. So, we talked to a number of successful photographers about how they network and what they’re doing right now.

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Opinion: Olympus Can Set the Tone for the Future of Photography

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Olympus knows the limitations of its chosen platform, but they have the ability to innovate and incorporate computational photography into their cameras.

Olympus has a track record of being able to achieve the seemingly impossible. Over the last 12 years, Olympus has developed technologies that have still made the Micro Four Thirds platform relevant today. They have developed class-leading IBIS, started to incorporate AI into their cameras, and their weather sealing technologies are some of the best in the business. But let’s not think all is rosy in M4/3’s world. APS-C and Full Frame platforms are pulling away at an alarming rate when it comes to sensor technology, and pricing continues to draw people away from the Micro Four Thirds platform. If anyone can make M4/3 relevant again, it’s Olympus. They are crazy enough to try new things that can make the platform fun for photographers. After the break, we will take a look at what Olympus needs to focus on if they want to keep up with Sony and the rest of the gang.

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Video: An Autofocus Test. Canon vs Panasonic vs Sony vs Fujifilm

Which one: Canon, Panasonic, Sony or Fujifilm for Autofocus?

In response to comments we’ve gotten regarding our complaints about Panasonic’s autofocus, we created a video putting four systems against each other. We put them all in the same situation and had them autofocus on a moving subject. In this case, it was a subject that wasn’t moving very fast. The results? Check out our YouTube video to find out. The results confirm what we’ve known with Panasonic and the L mount alliance in general. Also, Sony is still king.

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60 Seconds: The Human Form And Psyche in Long Exposure (NSFW)

All images by Mark De Paola. Used with permission.

“I think what makes good art is to engage people and not dictate to people what to feel,” says Mark De Paola. He’s a multi-disciplined creative, working across many industries, inclucing television, art, and photography. His photography series, 60 seconds, is a detailed look at what makes us human. He created the work over eight months, using long exposures as the core technique of the creation of the images. Through the series, De Paola breaks all the rules of traditional long-exposure photography. He holds the camera in his hands, rather than placing it on a tripod. And he doesn’t ensure his subjects are in focus. The result? A series of photographs that depict the natural flow of being human. It’s an extremely compelling project and we wanted to dive in deeper to understand it.

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Opinion: 5 Things Fujifilm Must Do to Keep the X and GFX Platforms Growing

Fujifilm has become a shining example of how to do things the right way, but they can’t rest on their laurels.

Fujifilm has become a significant player in the Mirrorless camera space over the last seven or eight years. While they hit a few bumps in the road along the way, they actively listen to their users and have made improvements to their APS-C X line of cameras, which thrust them into the spotlight. On top of their success with cameras like the X-T3, X-Pro 3, and the X-H1, Fujifilm has revolutionized the Medium Format market with their GFX cameras. All might look rosy for Fujifilm right now, but they can’t afford to let their guard down. After the break, we will take a quick look at five things Fujifilm needs to do to make sure they retain or improve upon their current standing.

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The Leica M4: A Camera for the Thinking Photographer with Skill

Leica was serious when they took pride in the M4 as a no-frills, no electronics, “think camera” for pro photographers.

Leica cameras have come to mean many things to photographers, but one model in particular was dubbed as the camera for the thinking photographer by the company itself. In a vintage print ad, the Leica M4 was marketed as the camera for pros who want to take full control of their camera settings and put their full creativity to work. None of those electronic functions like auto exposure and autofocus were included in the M4 — just pure photography skills at work. Of course, the all-mechanical Leica M4 remains one of the most coveted classic Leica models today, and perhaps this nostalgic ad tells us a little bit about the pride that goes into owning one.

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Opinion: Sony Needs to Innovate Again If They Want to Remain Top Dog

Sony has been blazing a trail ever since it purchased Minolta, but needs to change a few things if it wants to stay ahead of the pack.

Back in 2006, when Sony purchased Minolta, we weren’t sure what Sony would bring to the table. They had dabbled with point and shoot Cyber Shot cameras, but moving into the camera market proper was a big step, and many wondered if Sony would be able to make the move successfully. Sony showed us exactly what they could do, and the rest is history. Since that time, Sony has rarely had to look over its shoulder, but now, Canon, Nikon, and others are waking up and are getting closer one again. Sony seems to have reached peak camera, so if it want to widen that gap once again, it will need to dig deep and innovate as it did at the start of the Mirrorless age. After the break, we’ll take a quick look at what Sony needs to do to keep moving forward.

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He Made His Own Large Format Camera and Old School Flash Powder

Nikolai Nielsen’s passion for building his own cameras, including large format cameras, was something he discovered by accident.

Most photographers who build their own cameras, especially large format cameras, started out driven by an interest in traditional photographic processes. For South Africa-based Nikolai Nielsen, however, discovering camera building was a fortunate accident. Anyone who knew of his passions — mainly chemistry, pyrotechnics, and rocketry — would be surprised that he took up making cameras for what he calls “from scratch” photography. However, motivated by his DIY spirit and a chance event that introduced him to traditional photography, it was only a matter of time before he was building his own cameras.

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How Professional Photographers Are Getting More Instagram Followers

If you’re looking to ace your Instagram game, then it’s worth listening to photographers who have made a success of the photo-sharing platform.

Most photographers want to build a popular Instagram feed. From adoring followers to professional opportunities, they are many perks to having a successful account. But it’s not easy, especially when you’re up against a billion other users. Gone are the days when the first wave generation could rise to the top simply by having an account before the masses arrived. Today, you have to be clever and calculated to succeed at Instagram — we’re going to learn exactly what that means.

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Hard Facts: There’s a Real Need for a New Micro Four Thirds Sensor

Current Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic are great, but they seriously need a new heart to keep them competitive.

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about new sensors for Micro Four Thirds cameras, but to date, we have not seen anything come from all the noise that surrounds the platform. With technology continuing to push forward, the need for a new Micro Four Thirds sensor is becoming more apparent with each passing day. If Olympus and Panasonic want to continue on their M4/3 journey, they will need to figure something out sooner than later. Otherwise, they run the risk of falling too far behind. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Leotax TV 2: The Leica Copy You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

If Leica copies are part of your collection of vintage camera curiosities, the Leotax TV 2 could be worthy of your interest.

Whenever the topic of Leica copies come up, most film photographers immediately think of Soviet Era cameras like the FED and Zorki cameras. However, there are also some lesser known copies from Japan, as strange as that sounds for most of us. Among them are the Leotax 35mm rangefinder cameras which were introduced prior to World War II. For today, let’s take a look at the Leotax TV 2: one of the last few models in the series.

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Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Hopes Up for the Canon EOS R5 Yet

Canon’s announcement today about the Canon EOS R5 is making me believe that they could let down photographers.

Before I go into this, know that I’m not at all saying the Canon EOS R5 could be a bad camera. I’m saying that the Canon EOS R5 might not be what a photographer would want or need. From what we know and from the information that we’ve been told, the Canon EOS R5 might not even be for photographers. Canon is only releasing more of the video specs thus far. When they were asked by US Press about more features for photographers, Canon simply told us they’re not disclosing that information yet. At the end of the briefing, it lead me to believe the Canon EOS R5 might not even be a camera for photographers, but for video shooters instead.

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On Confrontation and the Debate of Self Defense in Street Photography

When it comes to street photography, there’s always a risk of confrontation.

Street photography is all fun and games, until someone decides to get angry. While most people usually won’t blink an eye, sometimes you’ll catch someone who is ready to air some aggression. If you’re a smart street photographer, you’ll know how to avoid confrontation in most cases, but it still happens. There are many ways to defuse a confrontation and settle any aggression thrown at you. But what if it doesn’t settle down? Then what?

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The Story of an Apollo 16 Astronaut Who Left a Family Photo on the Moon

The simple gesture has humanized the Space Race and man’s quest to reach the Moon and beyond.

Photography remains an important part of documenting the most unforgettable and ground-breaking moments in history. Of these events, there’s nothing more incredible than sending the first men to the Moon. Apollo 16 and subsequent missions brought home a lot of breath-taking and iconic photographs that speak of both mankind’s greatest achievements and biggest dreams. However, alongside all of these important photos is a rather unknown and unexpected one: a family photograph left by one of the Apollo 16 astronauts in 1972. The poignant story behind it was recently revisited on a Reddit thread.

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Opinion: Nikon Treats Mirrorless Like a Red-Headed Stepchild

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Things haven’t been going well for Nikon in the age of Mirrorless cameras, but there is still time for them to make an impact.

Let’s open this article up with a truth bomb: Nikon dropped the ball in a big way in regard to their first Mirrorless cameras. Out of the big three (Canon, Nikon, and Sony), Nikon is sitting in third place, and they have a lot of ground to make up before they begin to see second-placed Canon in their sights. While their z6 and z7 cameras have been improved via updates since their launch states, the lack of news surrounding new cameras and pro-grade lenses has rocked their faithful to the core. So, let’s talk about what Nikon needs to do in 2020 and beyond to get their fans to stop looking longingly at offerings from other manufacturers.

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Opinion: Pentax, if You Don’t Embrace Mirrorless Tech, it’s Game Over

I have so much love for Pentax, but if they don’t jump into the 21st century soon, they will simply slip away.

Pentax and Pentaxians get a lot of hate and smack talk directed towards them for choosing to use cameras, that by many, are seen as antiquated. Let’s be clear, though, while current Pentax cameras may not sport the fastest autofocus systems, Mirrorless technologies, or the fastest burst rates; their cameras are still pretty great. Still, there’s no denying that Pentax has fallen far behind the competition. The camera market is now more competitive than ever before, and Pentax needs to figure out where they fit into this ever-evolving industry before it’s too late. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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The Cameras Used by the 2020 World Press Photo Award Winners

The 2020 World Press Photo Award Winners have been announced, and we’ve learned what cameras they’ve used.

We’re going to be honest; more than anything else, the 2020 World Press Photo Award Winners are demonstrating that their talents are far surpassing the gear they’re using. However, for curiosity’s sake, it’s always cool to just know what’s being used! With today’s announcement of the winning images, we got to take a look at the photos before the announcement and analyzed what was used. Some interesting tidbits about everything are below.

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Opinion: Should Panasonic Stay With Micro Four Thirds?

Panasonic is going to have to figure out where their loyalties lie if they want to succeed in the ultra-competitive Mirrorless camera market.

Ever since Panasonic and Olympus joined forces to forge ahead with the Micro Four Thirds platform in 2008, Panasonic has released some genuinely fantastic M4/3 cameras that showed the world what the platform was capable of. All was going well, and then, in 2018, Panasonic decided to jump into bed with both Sigma and Leica to form the L Mount Alliance while still having relations with Olympus. 2019 saw Panasonic’s first full-frame Mirrorless cameras launch (the S1, the S1R, and the S1H), and since then, things have gone very quiet on the Micro Four Thirds front. It appears that a time may be coming when Panasonic will need to decide where its loyalties lie. Do they stick with Olympus and Micro Four thirds? Do they go all-in with the L Mount Alliance? Or, do they try to somehow strike a balance between the two without being stretched too thin?

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Here’s Why I Was Scared to Share This Lingerie Shoot

For the first time, I did a lingerie shoot: here’s how I felt about it.

At my core, I’m a street and travel photographer. But over time, I’ve been prone to doing the odd portrait shoot as well. I like shooting portraits because, unlike street photography, it feels more like a creative collaboration between two people. I don’t claim to be the best at them. but I’m happy to show my work to others, confident I can do a good job. But after a recent lingerie shoot, I found I wasn’t so keen to share the finished product with the world.

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This Vintage ORWO Film Commercial Is Dripping With Nostalgia

While we still see some ORWO films today, we can’t help but feel nostalgic about the slice of ORWO history in this vintage commercial. 

In many of the vintage camera ads and commercials we’ve seen so far, it’s easy to feel nostalgic with the household brands that became part of our personal histories. But for some film brands, like ORWO, today’s generation of film photographers have just begun to discover them. Today’s vintage camera commercial would make an interesting and unique introduction, dripping with nostalgia all the way from the 1960s.

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Yum Tang Brings Conceptual Food Photography to the Namib Desert

All photos by Yum Tang. Used with permission.

When we speak of food photography, we envision scrumptious morsels shot in cozy locations. We are also seeing more meticulously styled dishes shot in the studio for out of the box approaches. Beijing-based visual designer and food photographer Yum Tang, however, brings an even more creative idea to the the table with her series, Food is doing surreal things in the desert. If you’re a fan of totally different kinds of photography coming together to create original works, we’re sure you’ll be amazed and inspired with this series.

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