6 Ways to Use Photography for Mental Health Stability

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2020 put pressure on everyone’s mental health. Loneliness, depression, anxiety – they all showed up big time. People choose to medicate in different ways, some healthy, and some not so much. But as photographers, we already have the best form of medication in our hands: our cameras. If you’re at a loss as to how you can use photography for mental health improvements, we’ve got some tips below.

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New to Film Photography? Here Are 3 Film Emulsions You Need to Try

Film photography never died: it only evolved into something much better.

Fact: some of us have never shot film before. Others amongst us are just getting into it. In 2021, film photography co-exists with digital and is in demand by lots of clients. There are lots of the mainstays like Portra, Tri-X, and Velvia. But there are also lots of options out there that aren’t traditional. And we’ve reviewed a bunch of them. So we dove into the old Reviews Index to look at our many years of film photography coverage. Here are some of our favorite emulsions.

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Going on Vacation? 5 Lenses for Photography in Big Cities at Night

Tamron has a bunch of lenses for photographing in big cities at night.

Big cities are a lot quieter than they used to be. That means that you’ll have more room to explore. This is one of the most exciting things about photographing in big cities at night. Besides the surreal feeling of them being empty at times, there are still signs of life. So if you’re planning on heading to a big city for some R&R, consider one of these lenses. They’re perfect for just the occasion.

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Vivid Dream: Blue Hour Photography Is Best with These Wonderful Lenses

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You only have a little bit of time to get the blue hour look.

The Blue Hour doesn’t get as much play as the Golden Hour. But nonetheless, it’s a lovely time to photograph. If you’re using a flash, it’s a great time to shoot portraits. If you’re walking around, it’s the best time to shoot cityscapes. And if you’re by the sea, it can lead to some really moody seascapes. Instead of shooting flat, it’s best to go super vivid. 

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6 Beautiful Examples of How Photography Promotes Body Positivity

Photography is a wonderful way to develop body positivity.

The human form is a diverse and beautiful thing. And photography is a brilliant process that allows us to capture peoples’ identities. Some subjects love their body while others are learning to love it. Whatever a person’s motivation is to be in front of the camera, the photographer is there to facilitate it. Being behind the camera can help with body positivity too, and we’ve covered this topic at length over the years. Here are some of the more memorable stories we’ve published.

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Cast a Spell! 3 Lenses for Natural Light Portrait Photography Magic!

There’s a bit of wizardry going on with these lenses.

No one can deny that corny, romantic feeling that you get around the golden hour. If you’re a natural light portrait photographer, you know that it’s one of the best times for it. Everything naturally looks better as the world turns from golden to blue. To that end, certain lenses and cameras are just better at helping you capture and create that magic moment. Essentially, it’s all about color and light. So we dove into our Reviews Index to round up some of our favorite lenses.

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The 3 Best Affordable 35mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

The 35mm lens is one of the best portrait lenses to make the viewer feel like they’re there.

We’ve tested a bunch of 35mm lenses over the years. The good news is that they’ve become progressively better for portrait photography. Photojournalists and editorial photographers use them these days. 35mm lenses deliver a look that makes us feel like we’re right there in the picture. Bringing people into the photo makes it that much more exciting. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best 35mm lenses for portrait photography. More importantly, we made sure that they were affordable.

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3 Lenses We Love for Cityscape Photography. They’re Small Too!

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We tested these lenses for cityscape photography and positively love them–we’re sure you will too.

Let’s start this off by telling you one big thing that you positively don’t need for cityscape photography–big lenses. Big lenses can be heavy and sometimes make you not want to shoot. They also don’t necessarily give you the best image quality (a myth in the photo industry). When you’re traveling or on vacation, you want to pack light. You also need lenses with great features that can also be very versatile. Lucky for you, we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of our favorite lenses for shooting photos in big cities. You’ll love these lenses for Cityscape Photography!

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Larissa Honsek Lets the Light in with Her Amazing Pinhole Photography

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“I have always liked carrying cameras around and taking pictures of my world,” explains Larissa Honsek. While working as a graphic designer, Honsek became immersed in the world of pinhole photography. She was able to take the simplicity of the art form and add a splash of creativity. Covering a series of images that are sure to amaze, we spoke with Honesk to learn more about her journey so far.

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Five YouTube Videos for Better Smartphone Photography

Ready to take your smartphone photography to the next level?

Smartphone photography isn’t easy. Despite the advancements of the cameras in the likes of the iPhone and Google’s Pixel line, making images with such devices has its limitations. For example, they’re not as responsive as mirrorless and DSLR cameras. And the way they feel in hand can make usability a little restricted. Using a smartphone camera is a skill in itself. If you’re looking to improve your skills, and want to take better photos, then the YouTube videos below will surely help.

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Photo Tip #202: The Best Umbrella for Natural Light Portraits

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The neon trend in portrait photography came about because it was easy. It was an offshoot of the fascination with 80s ideas. And another easy idea is that of umbrellas. We use them during rainy days, but some folks use them as protection from the sun. That’s where the shoot-through umbrella comes in. Also known as a translucent umbrella, these light modifiers take the sun’s harsh light and filter it. The result: anyone looks great, and it’s a fun accessory to play with on a shoot! Overall, it can take your natural light portraits a notch up!

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These Great Telephoto Primes Will Take Your Portraits To Another Level

If you love bokeh and like your subjects to pop out of the image, these telephoto primes should be on your camera.

There are many lenses for portraits on the market. You have 35mm primes, 50mm primes, and 85mm primes. All of these are fantastic and can help you capture the human form nicely. However, if you want maximum sharpness and bokeh, you should not overlook 135mm lenses. These telephoto primes offer fast apertures, incredible optics, and levels of compression that produce flattering images. They’re just about the perfect portrait lens. After the break, we’ll take a look at five telephoto primes that will help you produce jaw-dropping portraits.

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This One Way Mirrored Filter Will Help Portrait Photographers

This mirrored filter is innovative and will help solve some common problems.

We absolutely love new products that add a new twist on things. We love it even more when somebody takes a product that seemingly can’t be improved upon much more, and they find a way to make their offering stand out from the crowd. This is exactly what the folks at Exelence Brilliance Indesign have done. Their new Kickstarter campaign is for a new, one way mirrored filter that also acts as a polarizer. They have created this to help portrait photographers and videographers get the shots they need and want with ease. This product will surely solve some problems: we just hope it won’t create another. Join us after the break to find out more.

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3 Helpful Tips on Using a 50mm Lens on an APS-C Camera

The nifty 50 lens is wonderful for so many photographers out there.

The 50mm lens is a place where so many photographers start. They get one and figure out if they want to go wider, longer, or use a zoom. Most folks opt for APS-C cameras for a cost savings benefit. And if you’re going for one of those, then you’ll probably reach for a 50mm lens. So we’ve come up with a few tips to remember when shooting with a 50mm lens on an APS-C camera.

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4 Essential Tutorials Using a 35mm Lens to Shoot Great Portraits

There isn’t a thing a 35mm lens can’t do, and it’s great for portrait photography!

Why are 35mm portrait lenses so good at shooting portraits? There are lots of ways to answer that. They’ve become outstanding over the past few years. It’s arguably hard to take bad photos of people with them. One of the best things about 35mm lenses is that you need to keep a distance. They’re fantastic at shooting someone full-body style or doing an environmental portrait of some sort. And if you need a slower shutter speed, they’re typically easy to handhold. Here are some essential tutorials just for you.

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Your Micro Four Thirds Portraits Will Come Alive with These Great Lenses

There are some outstanding lenses on the Micro Four Thirds platform for portraits.

If you’re a Micro Four Thirds photographer and have been wondering what lenses to consider for portrait photography, this roundup is for you. Here we will take a look at the five lenses that make up the best portrait lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. We have picked out five portrait lenses that range in cost, so there are options for photographers with any budget. But, don’t think for a second that the cheaper lenses will leave you wanting more. All 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 the lenses you should be considering for Micro Four Thirds portraits.

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Take Your Portrait Photography Up A Notch With These Powerful Lights

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Are you ready to take the next steps in your portrait photography journey by adding a flash or a monolight to your workflow? If so, congratulations! We commend you for wanting to learn a new skill. Many photographers think mastering flash photography is hard, but we’re here to tell you that’s simply not true. Adding external lighting to your workflow is an easy way to add drama and extra dimension to your images. The best part is you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started if you don’t want to. We have rounded up some of our favorite lights that we have reviewed over the years and have put them in one place for you. These lights are great for portrait photography beginners and even for pros.

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Save an Extra 20% On Photography Tutorials, Presets, and More

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How would you like to save an extra 20% on top of the already crazy low prices Photowhoa has on photography tutorials and more? Now you can. Just use the code CHEERS20 when you checkout. Now you can really save big on items like Dan Hecho’s Complete Boudoir Photography Course ($99, save $441. Remember, take an extra 20% off that price! There are BOGO deals too on Lightroom presets (just $39 plus an extra 20% off) and Photoshop overlays (also only $39). Yep, take another 20% off here too. We’ve also teamed up with Photowhoa to bring our readers some free presets and guides, and you’ll be able to learn how to get $399 worth of tutorials and more for free! The extra 20% off sale ends on December 27th. Snap up all of the deals on photography tutorials and more while you can.

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You’ll Love the Bokeh These Great APS-C Portrait Lenses Create

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‘You can’t create nice bokeh with APS-C cameras!’ This phrase has been muttered a million times by those who have been blinded by Full-Frame cameras. This tends to happen a lot, and the ignorance seems to be getting worse. However, we’re here to tell you that you can create gorgeous bokeh with APS-C cameras, and it’s not difficult at all. If you’re a portrait photographer rocking an APS-C camera, read on. We’ve rounded up four APS-C portrait lenses that will create some of the nicest, creamiest, smoothest bokeh you’ll ever see.

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Forget Gear, Update Your Skills With These Great Photography Tutorials

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Chances are that unless you’re shooting with a dinosaur of a camera, your current gear is just fine. No matter how old your current gear is, you can still use it to create great pics. Still, you need to know how to create great images. That’s where photography tutorials come into play. Instead of picking up new gear, invest in learning. We absolutely loved Ian Plant’s Ultimate Landscape Course (just $29) and Nino Batista’s 30 Premium Retouching Videos (only $49) when we reviewed them. We also learned a lot from the Essentials Of Street Photography, too (only $14.95). There are photography tutorials on sale that will help anyone become a better photographer. Check out all of the deals on photography tutorials, presets, software, and more after the break.

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85mm Primes That Have Everything Modern Portrait Photographers Need

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As portrait photographers, we demand a lot from the lenses we use today. They have to be sharp, reliable, and produce great bokeh and beautiful natural skin tones. Another quality they need to have is great build quality. Like many other things in life, not all 85mm primes are created equal when it comes to their builds, though. With clients demanding more and more outrageous shoots so that their images stand out from the rest, having a robust lens is a must. Fortunately, some fantastic 85mm primes on the market aren’t only built tough, they’re weather sealed too. After the break, we’ll share five 85mm primes that offer everything the modern portrait photographer could ever need in a lens.

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