STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS! Enter to Win a Fujifilm X100V!

CONTEST ENDS MAY 25TH, 11:59PM EST! We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

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We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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A Confusing Backpack: Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Daypack Review

As far as camera bags go, the Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Daypack probably needs to go back to the drawing board.

Every now and again, I’ll get frustrated with camera bags and I’ll go on a shopping spree in search of yet another bag that I think will be perfect. So, I bought the Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Daypack and was mostly disappointed by it and their lack of understanding of a photographers’ needs. This bag is mostly designed for those of us who use and shoot with mirrorless cameras: and that’s most of us. But, while in theory this is a fantastic camera bag, in practice there are enough little issues with it to annoy me.

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These Sony Cameras Helped Create a Cult, and They’re Still Great Today

These Sony cameras may have a few years on them, but in the right hands they can still produce magic.

Sony has been blazing a trail, marching to the beat of their own drum since they purchased Minolta in 2006. Since then, Sony has released some cameras that started a movement, or some might even say a revolution, in the camera world. Sony’s technology made their cameras leapfrog offerings from Canon and Nikon, and those two are still playing catch up today. After the break, we will take a quick look at some older Sony cameras that packed features some manufacturers have only just started adopting in 2020.

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Deal Alert: The Godox V1 Roundhead Flash with Gels is Just $199!

If you want a fantastic flash that won’t break the bank, you should snap up the Godox V1 flash at this crazy low price while you can.

We have said time and time again that one of the best things that you can do as a photographer is to learn how to use flash; however, many photographers are put off by the entry price of flashes. For a limited time, you can set aside your fear of having to break the bank as the excellent Godox Roundhead V1 flash can be yours for just $199 for Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony cameras. That price also includes a set of color gels from Leftwing that will help you be even more creative. Jump past the break for all of the details.

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Old But Gold: 5 Old Feature-Packed (and Affordable) Olympus Cameras

These feature-packed Olympus cameras from years gone by still run rings around some of today’s newer cameras.

Over the years, since Olympus waved farewell to the Four Thirds platform and adopted the more popular Micro Four Thirds system, Olympus has released many fantastic Mirrorless cameras. Not only has Olympus gone all in with the M4/3 platform, but they also managed to keep it relevant by ensuring that their cameras are feature-packed. What Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras lack in overall sensor size they make up for it with features such as class-leading IBIS, unmatched weather-sealing, and great AF systems. If you’re in the market for a camera with features that can make even the newest models on the market take a second look, you simply must take a look at these slightly older yet fully loaded (and affordable) Olympus cameras.

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Canon or Sony: Which One Is Better for Shooting a Party?

We shot the same party with both Sony and Canon in an informal test. Guess which did better?

When I used to shoot weddings and events, I reached for Canon. But as I changed as a photographer, Sony started to suit more and more of my own personal needs. Today, there isn’t a single camera system that’s bad or that can’t accomplish a lot. They’re all good. And they can all do a whole lot of various things very well. To each their own for sure. But a while back, we had the opportunity to play with both the Sony and Canon systems for a party. The results? Well, they’re both good. And they both have pluses and minuses over each other.

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On Creativity: Refilling Creative Juices for Photographers

Creativity is a finite resource that needs to be replenished — hence the term creative juices feels accurate, even for photography.

Creativity is a big part of our craft as photographers. It’s what fuels our best ideas, defines our personal style, and sets our work apart from random snaps and throwaway photos. It’s so crucial for both professional and personal work that we find ourselves restless whenever we feel we’re not being creative enough with our concepts or execution. I’ve lost track of all the ideas or projects I abandoned the moment I realized they were mediocre or not creative enough. I swoon at projects — photography related or otherwise — brought to life by creativity and originality. However, I also concede that creativity is a highly subjective construct, and our notions of what makes something creative also tend to change with time. So, it only follows that we eventually formulate our own ways of coping with creative blocks. For those who are yet to figure it out, however, getting unstuck from a creative rut can be frustrating.

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Cheap Photo: We’ve Found Lens Deals That Will Save You Hundreds

These lens deals from Olympus, Sigma, and Tamron are ridiculously good!

We have found some of the hottest lens deals on the web. Looking for some new glass for your Micro Four Thirds camera? You can pick up the brand new Olympus 12-45mm f4 Pro for just $599, and the Olympus 25mm f1.8 for only $299! There are great deals on lenses from Sigma and Tamron, too, like the Tamron 45mm f1.8, which is just $399 for Canon EF and Nikon F mount, and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 which is just $649 for Canon EF and Nikon F mount. You can even grab the new Tamron 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm f2.8Di III OSD M1:2 lenses for Sony for just $299 each. Check out all these great lens deals and more after the break.

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CineStill Cs6 Is Aiming to Replace Professional Labs for Slide Film

Quite literally, CineStill is claiming that you won’t need a professional photo lab with their new CineStill Cs6.

CineStill has a huge claim with its latest release today. CineStill is coming out with its new CineStill Cs6 Creative Slide 3-Bath Process. “There’s no longer a need for a darkroom, professional lab or high-tech equipment to create analog photographs,” states the press release. “You can now create beautiful color transparencies at home through one simple process.” In development for a few years, the kit and the other products being announced today could indeed change things for film photographers everywhere. Though we haven’t heard good things about some of their other chemicals, we’re pretty curious about the new Cs6.

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The Flying Darkroom: A Traveling Container for Children in Need

Serbest Salih has been helping Syrian refugee children creatively express themselves with the Sirkhane DARKROOM.

“Seeing children learn photography and getting the chance to express themselves motivates me to continue this workshop and make it bigger,” says 26-year-old Serbest Salih. Currently based in Turkey, he is the Director of Sirkhane DARKROOM, a photography school in an impoverished neighborhood in the city of Nusaybin. “It gives young people the opportunity to develop life skills such as group dynamics, adopting universal values, improving coordination and concentration, therefore developing a healthy personality and healthy social communication skills.” Now, he’s trying to turn this into a bigger project with the Darkroom. Sometimes called the Flying Darkroom, it’s a giant shipping container that has been converted for educational and Darkroom usage. The vessel will travel every three months to serve underprivileged communities–or at least that’s the goal. For Serbest, this project is all about helping children express themselves.

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A Love Letter to the Discontinued Fujifilm X Pro 1, and Why I Still Love It

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I still love and adore my Fujifilm X Pro 1; it continues to be my backup.

Almost a decade ago, Fujifilm introduced the Fujifilm X Pro 1, the first interchangeable lens camera with a hybrid viewfinder system and a rangefinder-style camera body. When it was announced at CES, many photographers went wild. It reminded so many of the Contax G2 series of cameras. With its gorgeous looks and retro styling, it and its predecessors are still hard to deny. Even though I own the Fujifilm X Pro 3, I still adore my X Pro 1. It’s showing its age, but continues to deliver images that always amaze me. In fact, I find that it’s a camera that creates images that are hard to not find charming.

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Video: Please Stop Excessively Retouching a Portrait Subject’s Eyes

We’ve seen too many people retouch the eyes in portraits too much, so please stop.

You know exactly what we’re talking about: portrait photographs where the eyes are super heavily retouched. The whites in the eyes are super white. The iris color is very light. And it makes no sense based on the lighting in the scene. Nothing about it looks natural. We see this a lot online, and it’s excessive. The best step, of course, is to not retouch and to instead just light correctly in the first place. But that’s not always possible. So before you go trying to make someone’s eyes look like a cartoon character’s, check out our video below and please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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This $19 Photography Software Resizes Images Without Detail Loss, More

If you want to optimize images for the web, grab some presets, or learn some new skills, you need to check out these deals on photography software.

We know the challenges of uploading our images to the web. Sometimes file sizes can be huge, and we have to take into account things like data caps. Fortunately, there is a piece of software that can resize your images without detail loss, and right now it’s just $19! There are deals on presets like this bundle of 7500 LR presets for $29, this bundle of 2500 Photoshop overlays for $29, and this bundle of Affinity presets for $19! there are also great deals on tutorials like this 7-1 Nude Photography video learning bundle, which is just $69, and you can learn all there is to know about landscape photography for only $29! Check out more photography software deals after the break.

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The Latest Capture One Update MAY Make You Leave Lightroom for Good

Capture One 20 is already superior to Lightroom in many ways, but it still lacks some features that hinder it from exerting total dominance.

A new update is coming to Capture One 20 today. We’ve been testing the beta for the better part of the past month. So far, the improvements included in this update seem quite promising. Chief amongst them is the newly enhanced Heal and Clone tools, and there’s a new Before & After tool as well. Photographers looking to break free from Adobe will also appreciate the new Lightroom catalog importer. The best part: all this is gratis for existing Capture One 20 users! Photographers shooting exclusively with Nikon gear will be glad to know that a Nikon specific version of Capture One 20 will now be available too. Capture One for Nikon is a full-featured version of Capture One Pro available for a reduced cost. The only limit is that it will only work with Nikon raw files, like other brand-specific versions of the software that are already available.

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EXCLUSIVE: RNI Films is Working on Infrared Film Simulation Presets

We got an exclusive look at the next big project from RNI Films: Infrared Film Simulation Presets.

Photographers have been enamored with the look of Infrared films like Kodak Aerochrome. It spawned things like the creation of Lomochrome Purple and a few other emulsions. But, photographers have wanted it digitally for a while, which hasn’t been easy to create, and in fact, it still isn’t. But, RNI Films is working on a project to bring those to life. A film like this is pretty difficult to duplicate because of what it does–like turning greens into a red, purple, or pink. Granted, Aerochrome has been long gone for years, but photographers still pick it up on eBay or have some that’s frozen in their fridge. If you’ve been looking to find a way to get this look with ease, RNI films is arguably the best company to do so. They use a lot of science, studying, and time to figure out how to make just the right tweaks to images. So, we talked to Oliver on the company’s support team to discuss how this is all happening.

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Cheap Photo: Canon M50 $479, Sony a6100 $598, Fujifilm X-A7 Kit $499

If you’re ready for some new gear you can save hundreds with the incredible camera deals we have found!

Are you ready to upgrade your existing camera, or perhaps add a second body to your collection? If so, you need to check out these hot camera deals. For a limited time you can score a Canon M50 for just $479, a Sony a6100 for $598, an Olympus E-M1 III for $1,599, a Panasonic GX85 with two lenses for $497.99, the Full-Frame Sony A7 II for only $898, and the Fujifilm X-A7 with a lens for just $499! These camera deals are exceptional, and there are plenty more after the break.

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50mm Lens Lovers and Fujifilm Fans Will Want to Watch This

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Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they candidly discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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5 Cameras I Dreamed of Owning When I Was Broke

If I had the money I have today, I would absolutely have bought these cameras.

First and foremost, I’m not rich. But, compare my current income to when I was younger and it’s safe to say I’m doing okay. When money was scarce, I would visit my local photography store, salivating and longing for cameras that my bank balance would not allow. Like Wayne Cambell fantasizing over his dream guitar, I would look at my favorite camera and say, “Oh yes, she will be mine.” So, without further ado, here are five cameras I dreamed of owning when I was broke.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: 35mm vs 50mm for Portrait Photography

The debate has gone on for a while: 35mm vs 50mm for portrait photography and which is better?

Photographers have long debated whether or not a 35mm or a 50mm lens is better for portrait photography. The truth is that both are great. But generally speaking, one is better than the other for a few reasons. So today, we’re taking a look at both lenses. We’ll discuss distortion, how to shoot with them, etc. To help you out, we created an original photography cheat sheet on the debate of 35mm vs 50mm for portrait photography. Let’s dive in!

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The Winner of Our Street Photography Contest Gets a Fujifilm X100V

ENTER TO WIN!! We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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See How Tamron and Sony’s Bokeh Compare on Pro Camera Reviews

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Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they candidly discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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