Lomography Potsdam Kino Is its Latest ISO 100 Black and White Film

The freshly announced Potsdam 100 is the second in the black and white Lomography Kino Films series. Not so long ago, Lomography announced the new Berlin Kino Film, much to the delight of black and white film photographers and lomographers. The company is back with another offering from their Kino Films series; the Potsdam, a 100 ISO 35mm monochrome emulsion. Branded as a “poetic cine film.” The Potsdam Kino Film is born out of the same inspiration as the earlier released Berlin: the New German Cinema that took Europe by storm in the 1960s. According to Lomography, this emulsion was also taken from the rolls of cine film produced by a “legendary German company that has been changing the face of cinema since the early 1900s.”

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Flickr Offers 15% Off the First Year for Pro Accounts

Flickr has sent out an offer code for those who are yet to register their Pro accounts this 2019.

Still interested in keeping your Flickr account active? You might want to check if your photos are well within the 1,000 photos limit if you’re on a Free account. If not, check your e-mail inbox because Flickr has just sent out an offer code for those who are thinking of getting a Pro account.

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Please Stop Calling Yourself a Natural Light Photographer and Learn How to Light

To light, or not to light, that is the question.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I’m a natural light photographer,” there would be enough money in my bank account to take off three months out of each year to travel for the fun of it. To the uninitiated, the proclamation that one only shoots in natural light may sound like a badge of honor, but to most working professional photographers, this concept is confounding at best and downright ridiculous at worst. Be that as it may, there is a growing legion of photographers who have embraced this “natural light only” mantra due either to their inexperience with utilizing lighting equipment, or out of some misguided notion that the “natural light look” is somehow superior. What if I were to tell you that all light, natural or otherwise, behaves identically regardless of the source, provided that you are photographing someone on planet Earth? If you understand principles of lighting and how it behaves, you can make artificial light sources look like natural light, and turn day into night, or vice versa. Being able to shoot 24 hours a day means that I can adapt to the needs of my clients as well as challenges posed by mother nature, which translates to more billable hours and more income. Sounds a lot better than only being able to photograph client work while the sun is out, doesn’t it?

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Kilian Schönberger Explores the Ghostly Imagery of Spruce Forests

All images by Kilian Schönberger. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Last time we put the spotlight on the works of Kilian Schönberger, we were in awe of his landscape photos that seem straight out of a fairytale. But, apart from these stunning sets, the Cologne-based landscape and architecture photographer has also snapped some unique forests and the fascinating imagery they create. Among his series that shows this is Deadpole, which features his long-term project of monitoring the spruce forests along the borders of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

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Video: These Are the Best Filters to Aid Your Landscape Photography

If you’re getting into landscape photography, one of the tricks of the trade you should learn is how to use filters. This quick video tutorial tells you which ones to look for. 

Among the goals of landscape photography is to capture scenes as sharply detailed as possible, with colors and contrast that make the pictures pop. While some may argue that this can be achieved in post-process, Tom Mackie of Landscape Photography iQ explains to us in a quick video which filters get the job done quicker in-camera.

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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm X-H1 + grip $1,299; X-T3 $1,399; X-T20 Kit $799

Fujfilm are starting the year off with massive camera deals!

If you have been thinking about buying a Fujfilm camera pay attention. Fujfilm have decided to hit the discount switch at their HQ and their very best cameras are now on sale. These camera deals are incredible. The Fujfilm X-H1 w/battery grip has dropped to $1,299. The X-T3 is now $1,399, and the outstanding Fujifilm X-T20 can be picked up with a lens for $799! The workhorse Nikon D750 is at it’s lowest ever price at $1,296.95, and the Canon 5D Mk iV has a discount of $500! There are also deals on Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions, guides, tutorials and more. Check out all of the deals below. Continue reading…

Do We Really Need a Yongnou 50mm F1.0 Lens for Sony E Mount?

Ultra fast prime lenses seem to be all the rage lately, but do we really need them?

Ever since the Nikon z6 and Z7 were launched in late 2018, it seems as though manufacturers are scrambling to produce the fastest prime lenses that they can. The latest manufacturer to apparently be getting in on this is Chinese manufacturer Yongnou. Known for their ultra cheap lenses, it seems as though they are are stepping up their game by testing out a potential E Mount 50mm f1.0 lens. But why? Do we really need ultra fast glass? After the break we have a video that shows the alleged lens in action. Come check it out. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Get Over 300 Bokeh and Flare Photoshop Overlays for $19!

Add some sparkle to your images with these Photoshop overlays.

If you’ve been wanting a quick and easy way to add some sparkle and flare to your images, you’re going to love this deal. For a limited time you can get over 300 bokeh and flare Photoshop overlays for just $19! After the break you can find out exactly what you’ll get if you decide to grab this amazing deal. Continue reading…

Salvatore Matarazzo Puts the Spotlight on Smokers in the Streets

All photos by Salvatore Matarazzo. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Saturation and strong flash are the tools of the trade for Italian contemporary street photographer Salvatore Matarazzo when shooting street portraits. Check out how he does this in his series called Smoke.

Flash photography is not the first thing that comes to mind when shooting out in the streets. Still, some photographers have found it a pretty powerful tool to capture some unique street portraits. Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden is most likely the best known when it comes to this, and we can say that Matarazzo has been doing good in adapting this style for his own work.

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In the Realm of Legends: Discovering the Majestic Icelandic Horses with Drew Doggett

All images by Drew Doggett. Used with permission.

When we speak of Iceland we immediately envision the surreal landscapes that make it one of the most sought after places for both travelers and photographers. But, apart from the volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, and coastlines that comprise its dramatic landscape, the Nordic island nation has one more natural wonder that will mesmerize you; the Icelandic horse. Photographer and filmmaker Drew Doggett has recently put the spotlight on the majestic horses, setting them against Iceland’s magical landscapes for a stunning series aptly titled In the Realm of Legends.

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The Lams of Ludlow Street Follows a Chinatown Family Over Almost 20 Years

All images by Thomas Holton. Used with permission.

“My biggest piece of advice would be to follow your instincts and your heart.” says photographer Thomas Holton in our interview with him about his project The Lams of Ludlow Street. “If something ‘feels’ right to you as a curious and engaged photographer, keep making work and pay attention to the narrative you want to tell.” This is part of the motivation behind the series, which is currently part of a larger exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. In a way, Thomas’ answers reflect him trying to find his tribe–something all of us suffer from in some way or another. And like any good narrative, he shows that life is a series of ups and downs.

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Is Tumblr Still Worth it for Photographers Today?

Every photographer once saw Tumblr as a powerful platform for their craft. But, is it still the case today?

Just a few years after Tumblr came out in 2007, it was one of the hippest blogging platforms where you can get your creative works seen. One of the most popular ways to spread the word about your work was by linking your posts to your Flickr account, so people could see more and follow you there. Because creating posts and customizing the look of Tumblr blogs is easy, it quickly became one of the go-to venues for photographers to build a proper portfolio. But given all the new cool platforms today, does Tumblr still have a place in every photographer’s online presence?

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The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S Solves That Pesky Wide Angle Filter Issue

The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S isn’t going to prohibit you from using a lens filter.

One of the biggest problems with wide angle zooms is that they often don’t let a photographer attach a lens filter–but the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is looking to change that. In fact, this is the biggest thing that stands out to us in the press release. The f4 constant aperture zoom lens starts out at 14mm and at that focal length you’ll be able to attach a standard UV, Neutral Density, Polarizing, etc. type of ring filter.

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The Panasonic Lumix S Full Frame Cameras Are Getting HDR and High Res Shot Modes

More details about the brand new Panasonic Lumix S cameras emerge at CES 2019.

Some consider the Panasonic Lumix S series of cameras to be the only real competition to Sony right now in the professional grade mirrorless camera world partially due to their Dual Card slots. Today we got a few more details about what the cameras will offer. Panasonic’s press release states that the company will offer both HDR and High Resolution shot modes. It isn’t crystal clear if this is going to be in both of Panasonic’s new L mount cameras, but there are also a few caveats.

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How to Do the Brenizer Method for Bokeh Panoramas

Ever been curious about the famed Brenzier Method? Give it a try today with this quick tutorial.

The Bokeh Panorama continues to be a popular technique for portrait and wedding photography for its unique and eye-catching look. It was popularized by acclaimed wedding photographer Ryan Brenzier and has since been called the Brenizer Method. If this is something you’ve been wanting to try for your next projects, we’ve found just the quick tutorial for you!

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KUVRD Aiming to Ship Their New V2 Universal Lens Caps by March 2019

Universal lens caps

KUVRD’s newly designed universal lens caps aim to make protecting your lenses frustration free.

There’s nothing more frustrating than lens caps sometimes. The small circular pieces of plastic that we rely on to protect our precious glass can be pain to keep track of, and they can even be quite difficult to get back in place at times. KUVRD have been trying to make lens caps easier to use for a while now, and their new V2 universal lens caps look to build on the success of the originals that were released at the beginning of 2018. After the break we have more details about the two new members of the KUVRD lens caps; the Micro and the Magnum. Continue reading…

How Does Focus Peaking Work? An Introduction to Manual Focus with Mirrorless Cameras

Focus peaking: if you’re a photographer using manual lenses, then you know all about this.

Focus peaking is one of the absolute best things that happened to mirrorless cameras. It helped spur on and add to the idea that photographers could pick up all these cool, small, vintage lenses and get accurate focusing with them easily. Focus peaking was and primarily is a video technology. It was in camcorders long before it was in cameras but manufacturers decided to bring it over. It helps with focusing and if you want to know about how it works, then you’re in luck.

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Michael Taylor on Capturing the Mystery of Light and Colors

All images by Michael Taylor. Used with permission.

We all know that light is the vital ingredient that makes every photograph possible. But for UK-based commercial photographer Michael Taylor, it’s also a fascinating muse in itself to explore and experiment with. He believes that “there’s always mystery inherent in light,” and it’s up to us to heed the call to unravel that mystery, and let playing with light inspire and surprise us. Taylor recently shared with us his project titled Light Trace, one of his recent projects under a bigger body of work called Lumen. Here, we see him experimenting with the idea of light itself as a subject, creating vibrant imagery using techniques like light painting and long exposures. The goal of this series, he says, is to “explore the convergence of light, fashion, and technology.”

In the interview below, he tells us more about the ideas that sparked Light Trace, the process behind the series, and how collaboration enabled him to realize his vision for the project.

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Four Mirrorless Cameras that Are Setting the Pace in Early 2019

These Mirrorless cameras are feature packed, won’t break the bank, and will help you get your foot into the Mirrorless door.

2018 was a great year for Mirrorless cameras. With outstanding options from the likes of Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, and many more hitting the market, the world of Mirrorless cameras has become hard to ignore. If you’ve been on the fence about Mirrorless cameras, but think you may be ready to see if the grass is greener on the Mirrorless side, this round-up is for you. After the break we will take a look at four affordable, Mirrorless cameras that are setting the pace as we head into 2019. Continue reading…

This Photo Zine Showcases the Ubiquitous Vending Machines of Japan

This project could be a nice addition to photo zine collectors who are also fans of all things Japan.

Attention, photo zine collectors! If you’re fond of projects that are set in the eye-catching streets of Japan, here’s one you might want to support. Perth-based Natalie Blom is putting together a Vending Machines of Japan zine, which highlights the vending machines dotting virtually every corner in the country.

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