This Flash Survived a Concert: Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL Review

The Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL Round Speedlight is a versatile and portable lighting option that works on and off camera.

The Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 marries a round flash head to the body of a traditional speedlight. It has a modeling light built-in, and is surrounded by a magnetic light modifier attachment ring. This setup allows you to easily attach a huge variety of small light modifiers to the Zoom Li-on X R2 including diffusers, grids, gel holders, etc. To say that the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 was inspired by the Profoto A1/A1X would be an understatement, but that’s a conversation for another day. Find out how the Flashpoint Li-on X R2 performed in the real world after the jump.

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A Quick Look at Some of Our Favorite Fast Lenses for Astrophotography

The Astrophotography season in the Nothern Hemisphere is about to kick off, and these lenses will help you capture the millions of stars in the night sky.

Right around the end of March is an exciting time for photographers in the Northern Hemisphere. Not only are warmer days afoot, but the Milky Way and all of the beauty and splendor it adds to the night sky finally become visible. Astrophotography is seen as a hard genre to break into by many, but it needn’t be that way. Anyone with a camera made in the last decade and some fast glass can create gorgeous astroscapes with a little practice. After the break, we will take a quick look at some lenses on multiple platforms that are perfect for astrophotography.

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Cheat Sheet: How to Get Better at Low Light Photography

Low light photography can be challenging for beginners and experienced photographers alike. But with some tips and this cheat sheet, you’ll be on your way to getting started or improving your skills.

Been wanting to try low light photography but not sure how to do it the best way? There are also many ways you can find yourself having to shoot in limited light, and it can lead to many disappointing photos. But, with these tips and a cheat sheet that you can use as a reference, you’ll be able to adapt to the scenes and get beautiful low light photos.

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The Best Sony Lenses For Most Genres of Photography

There are fantastic Sony lenses available for just about every genre of photography now.

No matter what genre of photography you like to shoot, chances are that there are Sony lenses for you. It took Sony a little while to really cater to all photographers who jumped into their Mirrorless ship, but now the E Mount lens selection is as robust as any. You may pay a little more for Sony branded lenses when compared to some of the third party offerings on the market, but there is no doubt that the sheer quality and performance of Sony lenses is well worth the price of admittance. Here we will take a look at the best Sony lenses for different genres of photography.
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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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6 Versatile Zoom Lenses for Documentary and Lifestyle Photography

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Being able to capture a story with a single shot can be tricky; these zoom lenses will help make documentary photography easier though.

Being a lifestyle or documentary photographer can be quite challenging. You need to be able to work in a variety of scenarios, and you need to be able to capture the moment in a split second. Prime lenses are great, but sometimes zoom lenses allow you to get the shot a lot quicker due to you being able to stay in place and zoom in or out on the scene at hand. You also need to be able to shoot in both good and poor lighting situations. There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing lenses for these genre’s of photography, so we have put together a short list of zoom lenses that will make your life as a lifestyle or documentary photographer that much easier. Continue reading…

10 of the Best Wide Angle Lenses For Stellar Astrophotography Images

These fast, wide angle lenses will help you create truly stunning starscapes.

Astrophotography season is right around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, so we thought it would be great to take a look at some of the best wide angle lenses that are well suited to this genre of photography. In the past, astrophotography was really only for those who could afford wide angle lenses (primes and zooms) that had apertures of at least f2.8, but now you can get some truly stunning wide angle lenses that are perfect for this genre for very little outlay. Continue reading…

The Best Fujifilm Prime Lenses For Every Genre of Photography

Fujifilm shooters are spoiled rotten when it comes to razor sharp, fast prime lenses–there are just so many good ones.

Prime lenses are simply the only way to go if you need super sharp, fast lenses. Their ability to shoot in low light situations, and the blistering speed at which they can acquire focus makes them ideal for just about any genre of photography. Fujifilm camera users sure have their fair share of prime lenses that can be used in any situation, and they’re all rock solid. From street photography to portraiture, and wildlife to documentary photography, you’re covered multiple times over. In this round up we’re going to take a look at the best prime lenses for every type of photographic work. Continue reading…

Six Low Cost Prime Lenses Perfect for Senior Portrait Photography

Take your senior portrait photography to a new level with these affordable prime lenses.

Senior portrait season is in full swing in the USA. Senior portraits (for those unfamiliar with them) are portraits of students who will be graduating from high school. This is a time honored tradition in the United States, and an important milestone for students. The Senior Portrait season brings about a lot of work for photographers, and it’s often the first place new photographers will begin working for pay. As with any genre of photography, having the right lens is critical.  Continue reading…

This Fujifilm Camera and Vintage Lens Help Jennifer Carter Create Unique Concert Photos

All images by Jennifer Carter. Used with permission.

Jennifer Carter fell into concert photography through circumstance. Her love for music and passion for photography were brought together and she hasn’t looked back since. Her images provoke connection and feeling, almost to the point you can hear and feel the music from her subjects. Borrowing from the best of both worlds, Jennifer uses a combination of modern camera bodies and vintage lenses. Intrigued by this approach, we caught up with her to learn more about her work.

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How to Shoot Fireworks with Film: An Analog Photography Tutorial

Photographing fireworks on film surely does require more work than when shooting digital.

With pyrotechnics, the stars of the show are quite literally shooting stars (“stars” being the fireworks industry’s term for those bits of flying sparkly fire). As in any performance, stars need a stage, and in a photograph the stage is everything else in the frame: the dark sky, buildings, or monuments, even your fellow audience members watching the show.

Although shooting on film eliminates digital photography’s near immediate feedback loop, it has other advantages. If you use color transparency film, you give up dynamic range with film and the ability to easily manipulate color in exchange for sensationally saturated color against a very dark background. The challenge is to get the exposure right while shooting without resorting to post-shoot processing manipulations. On the other hand, ISO 100 to 400 color negative films have an inherently large highlight range and lower contrast which is great for recording the color and details of the bright but short-lived streaks.

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From the Pit: An Introduction to Photographing Concerts

All concert photography images by Olivia Pasquarelli

In my opinion, shooting live music is one of the most challenging photographic experiences possible. For starters, there is very low light, and it’s constantly changing. I’ve shot in venues that are lit by a single bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling, and venues that have light shows that move beams of colored light in all directions. In addition, your subjects are constantly and unpredictably moving around. You’re surrounded by people who, depending on what genre of music you’re shooting, are dancing, jumping, pushing you and spilling drinks left and right. Depending on your access, you may have a limited amount of time to get the perfect shot.  Most larger venues only give photographers the first three songs to shoot.

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“No Cameras Allowed” to Showcase Unseen Rock Concert Photographs from the 80’s

Images from “No Cameras Allowed” Kickstarter Page

Concert goers and rock photography fans: here’s something right up your alley, especially if you’ve sneaked in some gear in one too many “no camera” concerts and emerged unscathed, with images intact to tell the tale. Writer, filmmaker, and author Julian David Stone seeks to publish a coffee table book of never-before-seen photos from his “career as an outlaw rock and roll photographer” in the 1980’s. He’s looking into getting it crowd-funded, if that’s a project you’re keen to support.

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On Camera Flash Modifiers for Your Party Photography Kit

We have talked about cameras, lenses, and lighting so far in our recent posts about party and event photography – and today we take it another step towards you filling out your kit by talking about lighting modifiers for your on-camera flash. As much as off-camera flash is preached in the industry these days, during a dark party/event environment an on-camera flash with a good modifier is essential for quality and well-lit results.

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These 12 Prime Lenses Are Great For Shooting Concerts

Concert photography has a wide range of participants, from the casual fan in the crowd to the full time professional in the pit. But they also have a range of venues, from outdoor amphitheaters to downtown dive bars. So for someone looking to get into concert photography, where should they start in terms of lenses for their kit?

Zoom lenses offer some great benefits thanks to their versatility, but generally suffer when compared to prime lenses in terms of their aperture ratings and how much light they can gather. You can go either way, but for someone looking to dabble in concert work, or looking to keep the budget within reason, a prime lens is a good way to do that. Today we are going to highlight several of our favorite prime lenses for concert photography, so lets get into it!

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Drake Gave Away Disposable Cameras at His Concerts, And You Can Buy One for $15

While everyone seems to love instant film and instax a whole lot, the spot where Kodak may still have a weird advantage could be disposable cameras. Take, for example, these disposable cameras that were given away to VIP guests during his Summer 2016 tour. Why? Not sure exactly, but it probably may consist of people not being allowed to use their phones–which is a growing issue around concerts. So to get people to be able to take photos, they can use these customized and branded Kodak disposable cameras from Drake.

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Kaamna Patel: Analog Film Photography with a Magic Box

All images by Kaamna Patel. Used with permission.

Photographer Kaamna Patel is based in Mumbai–where she returned after working for five years in Paris. “I am interested in themes of identity & globalisation, putting the world and myself under scrutiny, an objectivity facilitated by a lifestyle of constant travel.” she says. “I usually shoot with a Beautyflex 6×6 camera.” Yup, that’s right, she’s an analog photographer. Like many others, Kaamna has fantastic work surely worth being featured here on the website. So here’s her submission.

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Why Photography Is a Fantastic Way to Maintain Mental Health

For many years, people have done photography as a hobby–a way to preserve their mental health so to speak in a way that keeps them sane due to its almost rhythmic movements and thought process involved. In today’s world, there are more photographers than ever who have decided to pick up a camera or their phone due to how many free educational websites (like this one) and more there are online. So for many people photography is a way to find an escape from everyday stresses, the caustic nature of social media, and a way to creatively express oneself in order to purge negativities from our mind and body. Indeed, photography is fantastic for your mental health.

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10 Awesome Concert Photographers With Under 10K Followers Shooting Black and White (Premium)

If you have been reading La Noir Image for any time now you should be familiar with our 10 under 10k column. In this column, we gather together 10 outstanding instagrammers who shoot our monthly theme that have less than 10,000 followers. This month we are featuring music/concert photographers, and so today’s list will be made up of those photographers as well.

The one caveat to this months’ listing is that due to the nature of concert photography, there are not many Instagrammers who post primarily black and white feeds in this genre, so we have modified this slightly to highlight photographers on Instagram who have great black and white work, and well under 10,000 followers. Let’s get started.

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Karim Mansour’s Evocative Black and White Concert Photos

Karim Mansour describes himself as a part time photographer living in Oslo, Norway and shoots primarily concerts and landscapes.black-cobra

What makes black and white photography so important to you?

I’ve always been fascinated by black and white photographs. As far back as I remember, visiting my late grand mother’s house meant one thing for me: rummaging through dusty boxes full of prints from as far back as the late 1920s.

I am not sure what drew me to them, but there was something special about them. I grew up in a world of colour. So seeing colours somewhat stripped from reality made me spend more time on each print and eventually fall in love with the medium.

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My photographic interests began many years later and the first rolls of film I bought were black and white negatives. The jump to digital followed the same path with early experimentation in black and white processing.

I became more and more focused on landscape photography. Artists such as Michael Kenna, Michael Levin, Nathan Wirth and many others became my inspirations. I began to study analog black and white processing and printing in order to improve my digital workflow. It is this, studying, which makes black and white photography so important to me. Because I study black and white images, not just look at them in a passing glance. I spend time looking at the elements, tones, structures, shades, everything and exploring the techniques, tools and concepts behind each image.

What inspires you to create photographs?

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It is usually a feeling. This is most true when out in landscapes. I often go hiking in the woods or mountains with no intended image to be created. And I wait for that inspiration. For the light to fall a certain way or a composition to suddenly appear. Many times I return with no images at all.

My interests in subject matters tend to change and I would easily go into a hibernation period where I do not even venture out with the intent to photograph. When the urge suddenly appears again, I would pursue it relentlessly. I become focused on the subject (which in recent years has become quite specific: trees at night, stars, etc.). As of late I have been drawn to the night. I enjoy the solitude the night offers as well as the soft, almost faint, light that falls on the subject I am photographing. To me, it is a soothing feeling. Going full circle, it is a feeling of an image projected by the scene in front of me that inspires me.

Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art world?

I am not an art historian or art critic so perhaps my answer to this might not be the one with most depth. What I do believe is that we need to take a step back, breathe and appreciate the world we live in and to me, black and white photography is the medium that gives us this breathing space. To embrace the image and give some thought into the process of creating it. From an art world perspective, I find that black and white photography is able to push boundaries more than colour. The play of light and shadow, contrasts and tones can lend them perfectly to any subject thereby making the medium relevant to art in its broadest term.

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Art in itself serves multiple purposes. It tells stories, shows beauty, shock and inspire though and reflection and many more (depending on how art is defined). There is no reason to think that black and white photography cannot fill any of these or that it will seize to deliver to any form of art.

There will always be an interest in black and white photography. This interest is part nostalgia and part experimentation – both of these are legitimate reasons in my opinion.

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La Noir Image is Featuring Concert and Music Photographers

Hey folks,

Our premium publication, La Noir Image, is currently spotlighting concert and music photographers. This site is a black and white photography publication aimed at inspiring and educating the modern photographer.

From now on, artist features will be free for everyone to view. So if you want to spread the word about your work, this is a great way to do it! You can head on over to La Noir Image’s About page for all the details.