Shimoda Releases Shoulder Strap Line Especially Designed for Female Adventure Photographers

If you’re a female outdoor photographer struggling with the ill-fitting straps of your camera bag, this new shoulder strap line by Shimoda is certainly for you. 

While photographers today have virtually unlimited options when it comes to camera bags, choices especially designed for women are few and far between. However, this new offering could change that. Adventure camera bag company Shimoda Designs has recently launched their new Women’s Shoulder Strap line, custom-tailored specifically for female adventure photographers.

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Wacom Completes Advanced Pen Tablet Series with New Intuos Pro Small

The new Wacom creative pen tablet is the company’s lightweight and portable addition to the now complete the Intuos Pro line. 

Photographers, digital artists, and designers looking to upgrade their creative pen tablet might want to check out the Wacom Intuos Pro Small. The new addition completes the company’s advanced creative pen tablet line, joining the Intuos Pro Medium and Intuos Pro Large sizes. With its host of features and benefits, this family of advanced pen and touch tablets promises expanded choices that bring the best of Wacom’s innovation and expertise in developing tools for digital art and design.

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Is 2019 the Year Photographers Finally Take Back Their Copyrights?

A new court ruling is the first indication that the tides are changing in regards to copyright laws and photography.

We see it time and time again; a company or an individual sees an image online that they like, so they take it and profit from it without consent from the photographer. This scenario plays out over and over again each and every day, but previous laws in the United States of America have made it virtually impossible for an individual to fight for compensation, even if the image was copyrighted. Thanks to the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and a coalition of visual arts groups, a reform is coming that will finally favor photographers and other small creators. Continue reading…

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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Master Capture One Pro 12 with This Tutorial for Just $84 (48 Hours Only)

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If you’ve made the switch to Capture One Pro 12, and now want to master it, this tutorial is for you!

If you’ve grown tired of paying a monthly fee for photo editing software and decided to go with Capture One Pro 12, you’ll absolutely love this tutorial. For a limited time (just 48 hours), you can get this guide for just $84! With this tutorial you will soon be a master when it comes to making your images look their very best in Capture One Pro 12. Capture One Pro 12 is one of the most powerful pieces of photo editing software on the market. The ability to be able to use layer masks, having the ability to make your RAW files sing, being able to seamlessly capture images through tethering, and being able to organize your images all in on package is truly amazing. Capture One Pro 12 is truly like Lightroom and Photoshop rolled into one powerful package. But you have to be able to find your way around the program and learn how to get the most out of it, and that’s where this excellent guide comes into play.

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Here’s a Cheap Way to Make Big Wall Art Prints of Your Photos

What if we tell you there’s a way to make big art prints of your favorite photos without breaking the bank? Will you still put off printing your best snaps?

If you’re yet to get your best photos printed, it’s never too late to get started. We can’t stress enough how important and rewarding it is to see your work in print. A great quality print would not only be the final step in creating great work, but will elevate it into a form that everyone can readily look at and admire. But, if you’re not ready to splurge on fine art prints, Alastair Bird shows us a cheap and handmade way to go big.

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Cheap Photo: Sigma’s Mother Day Sale is Now Live With Deep Discounts

If you have been thinking about buying some Sigma lenses, now is the time to buy.

Sigma currently make some of the best lenses on the market, and right now you can pick up some of their very best glass a lot cheaper than usual thanks to their Mothers Day sale which runs until 5/20. You can save over $160 on the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM for Canon cameras, and you can save over $190 on the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 for Nikon cameras. You can also pick up the Canon EF to Sony E MC-11 adapter for just $149! Whether you are looking to buy for yourself, or perhaps you want to get Mom a really awesome gift for mothers day, these deals are hard to ignore. There are Sigma lenses for Canon, Nikon, and Sony listed below, and all have outstanding discounts. Pull up a chair and scroll through the list to see all of the deals.

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Every Woman I Know: A Sad and Honest Look at Sexual Violence

All images by Alyssa Meadows. Used with permission.

”…very rarely are the brave women who speak out doing so with any expectation of reparations – we know the odds are against us.” These are the worrying words of Alyssa Meadows as she opens up about victims of sexual violence. After almost a decade working as a photographer, all whilst being deeply concerned about women’s issues, Alyssa has been able to bring the two elements together. Her project, Every Woman I Know, takes a brave and honest look at the range of examples of sexual violence women have experienced. In this portrait series are women Alyssa knows personally. And whilst they share their story, she also shares hers. Through public and anonymous portraits, and with the use of the written word, she has created a photography project that aims to educate and give a safe space for others who may wish to come forward and discuss their experience. Two years after starting it, we spoke to Alyssa to learn more about this ongoing series.

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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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Owen Harvey’s Skins and Suedes Shows Modern Attitudes To Subculture

All images by Owen Harvey. Used with permission.

“…with various approaches, in various locations, that’s when it can often feel it’s most interesting and genuine,” says Owen Harvey when speaking about creating his project. “These sort of situations are when I work most freely and just photograph what excites me…” A photographer who gravitates toward subculture and human behavior, Owen has excellently documented youth and identity in the UK. Immersing himself in the movement that is the Skins and Suedes, Owen’s series took him to a variety of social events and locations, from the beautiful Brighton beach to boozy weekends in Blackpool. Speaking to Owen it’s evident he has a deep understanding of the psychological element of documentary photography. He gets what makes people open up. He empathizes with them; he wants to understand. To portray who they are, he creates a space in which they can be themselves.

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Quick Tips on Shooting Better Headshots with an APS-C Sensor Camera

Yes, it’s very possible to get great headshots with an APS-C sensor camera.

There is a myth that an APS-C sensor camera cannot take great portraits because there isn’t that much bokeh. When it comes to headshots, that’s positively not true. APS-C sensors are highly capable and in fact have a few advantages over medium format and full frame sensors. Photographers using Sony and Fujifilm mirrorless cameras or Canon and Nikon APS-C cameras will be able to take great headshots of people no matter what. It isn’t really the camera that matters when you’re considering the technicalities.

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Hurry! These Creative Live Tutorials Are Under $40! (Ends 5/12)

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These Creative Live tutorials will help you get where you want to be, and right now you can save a TON of money!

If you want to become the photographer you have always wanted to be you need to invest in yourself. Right now Creative Live has some of their best guides and tutorials on sale for just a few short days. If you want to become the senior portrait photographer everyone in your town wants to book you should check out the Editorial Portrait Photography for High School Seniors which is just $39 (reg $99). The Senior Portrait Photography Marketing plan is also bargain at only $20. Want to create the ultimate family photography business? The Family Photography: Creating a Successful Business bundle is for you, and it’s on sale for just $39 (reg $99). Read on to see all of the amazing Creative Live deals we have found. Continue reading…

The Canon 85mm F1.2 L USM RF Is $901 More Than Sony’s 85 G Master

The Canon 85mm f1.2 L USM RF is officially being announced today after its development announcement.

One of things that genuinely sets the Canon RF camera system apart from others is a lens like the Canon 85mm f1.2 L USM RF. As the company’s second f1.2 aperture lens, the 85mm is more targeted to portraiture than the 50mm f1.2. Photographers who use the system and shoot portraits a lot will be inclined to spend their hard earned $2,699 on this lens, which is almost $1,000 more than Sony’s G Master. The new Canon 85mm f1.2 L USM RF includes the control ring around the lens, perhaps better weather sealing, a blue refractive element to reduce CA, and an f1.2 aperture. However, Sony’s 85mm f1.4 G Master Lens has 11 aperture blades where the Canon sports only 9. Sony’s also focuses closer.

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Oscar Lopez’s Stunning Black and White Architectural Photography

All photos by Oscar Lopez. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Much of the exemplary architectural photography we’ve seen is done in the style of minimalist and contrasty monochrome, with an emphasis on urban geometry. In his Waterfront Cityscapes series, however, Germany-based Oscar Lopez shows us a more calming take on the tried and tested style by combining long exposures and punchy black and white imagery. If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration for your next shoot around a harbor city, this body of work makes a great study.

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Review: Gravity Backdrops Custom Hand-Painted Backdrops

Give your studio portraits the timeless, painterly look with custom hand-painted backdrops from Gravity Backdrops.

Any photographer who has spent time in a studio has undoubtedly photographed their subject in front of seamless paper and possibly even a cyclorama. When we look at some of the most iconic portraits throughout history (like those captured by contemporary greats like Annie Leibovitz and Mark Seliger or late legends like Irving Penn), you will often find that the subject(s) are placed in front of hand-painted canvas backdrops. Those backdrops lend a timeless, painterly look to the images. In fact, the backdrop Penn used in many of his portraits was prominently displayed at his namesake centennial exhibit held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017. For a long time, these hand-painted backdrops were quite prohibitively priced, out of reach for most photographers. They are so costly that there are rental houses that specialize in renting them out for photo shoots and other productions, but even the rental fees could add up to quite a large sum of money. This is where Europe based backdrop studio Gravity Backdrops comes in, effectively disrupting the existing backdrop business model by offering hand-painted backdrops that match the quality of those available from storied backdrop studios but at a fraction of the cost. In fact, some of the backdrops from Gravity actually costs less to own than it would cost to rent similar backdrops from a rental house.

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Martin Parr Chats with Bruce Gilden in the Latest “Sofa Sessions”

Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden discuss some of the most important topics on the latter’s photography, including personal inspirations and his well-known use of flash.

Esteemed photographers like Martin Parr are often the subjects of documentary films and interviews about street photography. But in the brand new video series of the Martin Parr Foundation, he sits down with fellow photographers to talk about their work, inspirations, motivations, and other photography topics. In the latest episode, it’s the turn of fellow Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden to have an insightful “Sofa Session” with Parr. This episode is definitely a favorite of many, with two street photography and documentary photography giants exchanging thoughts and insights on the craft. If you’re curious about Gilden’s work and methods in the streets, you definitely have to sit down and pay attention to their chat!

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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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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm XT100 $399; X-T3 Kit $1,699; GFX50R $1,000 Off

These Fujifilm camera deals and discounts on lenses are hard to ignore.

Have you been thinking about making the switch to Fujifilm, or have you been thinking about expanding your existing Fujifilm lens collection? If the answer is yes to either then you need to check out these camera deals and sales on lenses. Right now you can get the XT100 for $399! The Fujifilm X-T3 with the 18-55mm f2.8-f4 lens is just $1,699, and the X-Pro2 can be snapped up for $1,499!  The GFX 50R has the lowest price we’ve ever seen right now at $3,999! That’s $1,000 off the regular price! There are also deals on lenses too, like the Fujifilm XF55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS which is down to just $499, and the XF23mm f1.4 R which can be snapped up for only $649! Come and check out all the camera deals, and all the deep discounts on Fujifilm lenses.
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The Panasonic S1R Is the Best Ranked Full Frame Camera at DXOMark

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The Panasonic S1R has been making waves in the testing labs over at DXOMark.

DXOMark has been hard at work putting one of Panasonic’s new cameras through boot camp, and it’s passed with flying colors. The Panasonic S1R has set a new standard for Full Frame camera sensors as it has displaced the Nikon D850 from its third place spot. This means the Panasonic S1R is only bested by the Medium Format Pentax 645Z and the Hasselblad X1D-50C. Join us after the break for more details about the DMOMark results. Continue reading…

B&H’s Payboo Credit Card Charges 29.99% Interest in Trade of Sales Tax

The new B&H Payboo Credit Card has a higher purchase APR than Chase bank.

Last night, a number of B&H Photo affiliate partners were sent an email about a new way B&H Photo is trying to change the game for online purchasing. The new system is called Payboo, and once you get past the eye-roll-worthy name, you begin to see some great ideas. The premise behind Payboo is that B&H Photo is trying to go back to the way things were when they didn’t need to charge state sales tax for online sales. Amazon and others need to do this according to the law, and when you think about it ethically it makes sense to pay your state taxes anyway. Since they had to make that change, B&H Photo lost a competitive edge as even New York residents (where the company is based) would ship a product to a friend to Jersey and then have said friend bring the goods to NYC for them.

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