Beyond Manual Mode Teaches You What You Don’t Know

Beyond Manual Mode is perfect for the beginner and brand new photographer.

If you’re just getting started in photography, then Beyond Manual Mode is going to help you out a lot. It’s one of the courses included in the 5 Day Deal. As it implies, it’s very much for beginners. You’ll explore various aspects of photography, including the lesser discussed options. Photographers will learn about light, color, theory, dynamic range, shutter speed, and other things. And there’s even bonus content where they talk about creative applications of these concepts. That’s the important part after you’ve learned all the rest, of course!

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Our Buyer’s Guide for Nikon Z Mount Lenses Is Now Better Than Ever

If you’re a Nikon user or plan to be one, you need to bookmark this guide for Nikon Z mount lenses.

We have been working tirelessly to provide our reviews of Nikon Z mount lenses ever since Nikon announced their Mirrorless platform. While Nikon currently might not have the largest selection of Mirrorless lenses, we know that the library will continue to grow. We started the buyer’s guide for Nikon Z mount lenses so that those interested in the platform could have an easy to find guide that could help them with their lens purchases. We launched the guide last year, and have now updated it with new reviews. Head on past the break for all the deets.

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There Are Too Many Good Cameras and Not Enough Excellent Ones

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed how camera manufacturers need to innovate more.

Everyone has been asking for cheaper cameras. They complain about why cameras are so expensive. But as readers have noticed, all these camera reviews sound the same. And there’s great reasons for that. The Reviews team at The Phoblographer will discuss this in-depth. We’ll take a look at various camera systems and even their lenses. There are too many choices right now on the camera market, and the saturation is making it very difficult for consumers to make better buying decisions. Further, all the cameras are way too similar. Brett and Chris will discuss this in-depth and analyze what can be eliminated.

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This Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen a Leica Noctilux!

We’re pretty shocked at how cheap this Leica Noctilux is right now on eBay!

Most folks know that the Leica Noctilux is an incredibly expensive lineup of lenses. There have been a ton of various iterations of the 50mm option. They always deliver a signature look that makes jaws drop. So we were pretty shocked when tipped off about this one that’s starting for only $3,500. Better yet, it can be yours for only $4,650. You don’t really need to be rich to own one. You just need to want a signature look that’s almost impossible to get otherwise. The Leica 50mm f1 Noctilux has always had a specific look to it. It’s more low contrast and lacks the micro-pop that newer Leica lenses and Zeiss ZM lenses boast. Yet somehow, the images have a sense of romance.

EDITOR’S NOTE: OF COURSE IT’S GONE ALREADY.

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5DayDeal: The $89 Complete Photography Bundle 2020 WIll Soon Vanish

The key to becoming a great photographer is to make sure you’re continually developing yourself, and with The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020, there will be no stopping you.

If you have always wanted to learn from the very best on the cheap, now’s your chance. Thanks to the guys and gals at 5DayDeal, you can get over 20 photography tutorials from the best photographers in the world for just $89! This deal will be ending on October 20th. So, if you want to save big bucks, learn from the masters, and help others in need, you’ll have to act fast. Once this deal is over, it’s gone forever. Join us after the break to find out more about this terrific deal.

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This Cheat Sheet Will Help Make Printing Your Photos Easier

Printing your photos doesn’t need to be incredibly complicated; let us help!

Our friends over at Red River Paper helped us out with a colossal printer problem. As experienced as we are, we still don’t know all the sizes and information about papers. They’re kind of confusing even for experienced people. I mean, what’s another term for 8×10? Or a legal-sized paper? And do you know what the name for 17×22 inch paper is? Honestly, printing your photos is sometimes very confusing. If you’re in front of software, that can aid you quite a bit. But if you’re not, then it gets so complicated. So we hope this infographic will help. We hope it will make printing that much easier.

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We Played with the New Canon RF 100-500mm Lens! How Is It?

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed the new Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM.

We’re reviewing the Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM and still trying to figure out who it’s for. It’s an L lens, so Canon will try to target it at the professional photographer. But we’re also sure the hobbyist will also pick it up. We’ve been using it thus far for birding and a few other things. It’s a difficult lens to test in the pandemic, but when coupled with the Canon EOS R5 it’s a total beast! Of course, it also has gorgeous image quality. We’re going to briefly go through this lens on the next episode of Pro Camera Reviews. And most of all, we’re going to talk about what makes it special.

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Save, Give, Learn, and Create with the $89 Complete Photography Bundle

The complete photography bundle from 5DayDeal will allow you to save big bucks, learn new skills, and help those in need.

Do you want to learn new techniques? Do you want to understand how some of the most respected photographers in the world achieved their success? If so, you’re in luck. It’s not every day that you get to learn from the world’s best. With this $89 complete photography bundle from 5DayDeal, you can learn from Serge Ramelli, Matt Granger, Scott Kelby, Jerry Ghionis, Nick Page, and many more. You can own over 20 class-leading tutorials for just $89. On top of those tutorials, you’ll get a 6-month subscription to SmugMug too! As a bonus, you’ll be helping those in need as 5DayDeal gives 10% of your purchase to charity. Find out more after the break.

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Learn How Powerful Photoshop Is for Landscape Photography with Nick Page

Essential Photoshop For Landscape Photography with Nick Page is one of the brilliant tutorials in the incredible $89 5DayDeal bundle.

Be honest. How long have you been scared of Photoshop? For me, it’s as long as I can remember. I am incredibly comfortable using Lightroom and Capture One, but Photoshop is terribly intimidating. I’ve found out, though, that it doesn’t have to be that way. As a landscape photographer myself, I have always wondered what I might be missing out on by not having an understanding of Photoshop. Well, Nick Page just showed me. Essential Photoshop For Landscape Photography is only one of the 25 tutorials in the $89 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020, and honestly, it’s worth the price of admission alone. Here’s our quick review of this enlightening tutorial.

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Douglas Fry’s Love Story About the Leica M10 and a 50mm

All images and words by Douglas Fry for the My Favorite Camera series. Used with permission. His favorite camera is the Leica M10.

There is a photograph of me holding an old TLR camera and pointing it at my father aged about 5 at home in Dorset, UK. I don’t recall that pivotal moment, but photography certainly stuck with me. My Uncle Peter was a professional photographer in Australia nearly all his life and often set off into the Outback for months at a time. His specialty was the wildlife and flora of the region and photo libraries both in Australia and around the world represented him. He always sent me his favorite photographs, which I still have. I was fascinated by his lifestyle and freedom, and his photographs were exceptional.

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Be a Better Photographer with the $89 5DayDeal Photography Bundle

The complete 5DayDeal photography bundle 2020 will teach you about landscapes, portraits, editing, and more.

When it comes to photography, there is so much to learn. You’ll need to know about your subject matter, lighting, composition, posing, and post-production. Learning all of these skills can be overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to The Complete Photography Bundle 2020 from 5DayDeal, it’s now easier than ever to learn and grow. This photography bundle is one of the deals of the year. The 2020 bundle is also one of the best we have ever seen. With this bundle, you’ll be taught by the most well-known and most respected photographers on the planet for just $89. Find out more after the break.

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How to Save Tons of Time. Kelvin Pimont Lightroom Brush Presets Review

The Kelvin Pimont Lightroom Brush Presets are only one part of the 5 Day Deal, and they seriously surprised me.

Years ago, I used to create all my own Brush Presets in Lightroom. So I never took all the on-market ones very seriously. But the Kelvin Pimont Lightroom Brush Presets are some of the first that I’m genuinely impressed with. The cool thing is that they make Lightroom even easier to use. Better yet, they’re well-tailored to the hobbyists and the photographers who don’t want to do a ton of editing. These are something Capture One only wishes it had. What’s more, they saved me a lot of time and headaches. Rather than playing with the brush adjustments back and forth for a while until I became bleary-eyed, the preset brushes just worked. I’m incredibly impressed.

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This Photo by Stephen Dalton Isn’t Photoshopped. It’s Kodachrome!

Stephen Dalton shot this mesmerizing image in 1973 in a single shot.

If you looked at the lead image today, you might think it was done in Photoshop. But you’d be wrong. Sadly, we’ve lost the art of creating in-camera. But photographer Stephen Dalton shared with us how shot this picture. In his book Capturing Motion: My Life in High-Speed Nature Photography, he shares short stories on this shot and so many more. Would you believe us if we said that this image was shot in 1973? And most importantly, it’s a single shot!

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5DayDeal: Save 96% on the Complete Photography Bundle 2020 ($89)

The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2020 is the most comprehensive photography learning package you can get your hands on.

The 5DayDeal is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Do you want to learn from the most respected photographers in their respective fields? If so, the $89 Complete Photography Bundle 2020 from 5DayDeal is the bundle you’ll want to get! From October 15th to the 20th, you can save $2,875 on 25 courses from Joel Grimes, Nick Page, Serge Ramelli, Chris Orwig, Nicol S. Young, Matt Granger, Jessica Drossin, and more. Your purchase will also help out many charities too. 5DayDeal donates 10% of each sale to Make a Wish, Mercy Ships, Orbis, others. Find out more after the break.

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You’ll Learn Something New From This Street Photography Masterclass

Thorsten Overgaard’s Street Photography Masterclass will give beginners the most to chew on.

“You have to find a balance of taking photos; not too many, not too few,” says Thorsten Overgaard in his street photography masterclass. And honestly, this course is evidence of that. If you’re all about reality, then Thorsten Overgaard shoves a ton of it into his Street Photography Masterclass. Available as part of the current 5 Day Deal, you’ll get this course along with a ton of others. You can skip around to various parts. And best of all, you’re bound to learn something no matter what. As a 12-year photo veteran, I even picked something up.

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The Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR Looks So Tempting

Photographers should be excited about the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR being announced today.

If you weren’t already in love with Fujifilm’s lenses, then the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR will give you a major reason to be. Just imagine it: a weather-sealed wide-angle zoom lens with Fujifilm Velvia. In my eyes, this is precisely what landscape photographers have wanted. As a 15-35mm equivalent lens, it’s going to serve lots of landscape photographers well. But I also think that cityscape shooters will appreciate it. Most of all, the lens is weather-sealed–unlike its predecessor. And if it’s anything like some of the more recent Fujifilm lenses, then we’re very excited about it.

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Meet Fujifilm’s New Midrange Camera: Fujifilm XS10 First Impressions

The Fujifilm XS10 is a cross between Fujifilm’s flagship XT4 and their tough XH1. There are a few caveats, though.

All the speculation was correct. Yes, the Fujifilm XS10 is real, and we’ve had a short time with it. This cross between a Fujifilm X-H1 and the X-T4 is the company’s new mid-range model. While the X-S line is not a new one for Fujifilm, this is the first camera in the series that will turn some heads. Opting for a simpler design, Fujifilm hopes that the XS10 will attract an entirely new type of customer. Sporting the same sensor as the X-T4, a redesigned IBIS system that’s 30% smaller, and a fully articulating screen, the Fujifilm XS10 sounds delightful on paper. Is it really any good, though? Come and read about our first impressions after the break.

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How Passionate Photographers Stay Sane During the Pandemic

It’s easy to see how difficult it’s been for many photographers.

Fact: tons of people are bored in the 2020 pandemic. Many took on a new hobby that they’ve meant to get into for a while. And amazingly, sales of photo equipment and services enjoyed a surprising increase. Photography is a great hobby. While stuck at home, lots of new, passionate photographers started cutting their teeth. The more experienced creatives embraced this new freedom and spread their wings. Some of us got new lenses. Others headed into the woods. But no matter what, most of us kept shooting. And here’s some of the gear that kept passionate photographers sane during the 2020 pandemic.

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Phil Penman Shares the Challenge of Putting on a Photo Exhibition in 2020

All images by Phil Penman. Used with permission.

Phil Penman is a seasoned street photographer. His works dare to cross the line between fine art and raw, candid imagery. Like most photographers, 2020 has been a difficult year for Penman. Restricted by quarantines, it has been a challenge working to his usual workflow. But, COVID-19 hasn’t stopped him. He worked on a personal project that focused on the homeless in New York City. And now he’s ending 2020 on top, closing it out with his own solo exhibition with Leica, at the famous Harrods store in London.

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Sadly, The Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II Aren’t Innovative

Both the Nikon Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 II aren’t doing anything unique for Nikon.

While in the call with Nikon the other afternoon, I showed visible excitement for these new cameras. The Nikon Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 II can probably expect a refresh in another two years. But honestly, I think next might be a better choice. As the presentation went on, they kept listing cool and exciting features, but I began to realize they were all things other manufacturers have. In some ways, the current iteration of Nikon feels like Sony Part II. This barely resembles the innovative company I knew for the better part of the past decade. The Nikon Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 II aren’t doing anything to change the game. Instead, the company is relying on their lenses and their image quality to keep up. Sadly, I’m not sure it’s going to be enough.

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The Exciting Return of Spy Tech! Canon Powershot Zoom Review

The Canon Powershot Zoom harkens to the return of the spy camera in 2020, and I’m so excited!

If you’ve read our Declassified series, you’ll know how much I geek out about spy-tech. The Canon Powershot Zoom probably wasn’t meant to be that kind of tech. In fact, Canon specifically referenced to that as a viewer in our meeting. It takes photos (rather bland ones at that), but it’s a camera that isn’t much larger than a stick of lip balm. You can stuff it in your pocket and shoot photos to your heart’s content. And when you’re ready, just connect it to your phone and beam the images over. All that aside, the fun behind the Canon Powershot Zoom is the innocent spy-type feel you can get with it. Boasting a 100-400mm zoom lens in front of a super small sensor, it’s incredibly fun!

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