Last Chance to Get One of These Tamron Lenses Discounted!

These savings end in a few hours! If you’re looking for a fun new lens, consider Tamron, especially if you’re a Sony shooter. They check all the boxes. Tamron is partially owned by Sony, and they tend to share autofocus information. Their lenses are also weather-resistant, lightweight, affordable, and have good image quality. What’s not to love? On top of that, a few of them are on sale right now. Check them out after the jump.

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How to Use Flash as a Fill Light for Macro Photography

There’s a major problem with modern macro lenses. In fact, there are a bunch of problems. Lots of them are telephoto lenses with a fast aperture. And if you focus down to macro ranges, you have to stop the lens down or use focus stacking. If you stop it down, you need to either use a nuclear ISO setting or use fill light. It’s a complicated life if you’re using a macro lens for sure. But through and through, we prefer to use fill light for macro photography. And believe it or not, it’s simpler than you’d think.

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These Special Effects Actually Fooled Pros: Boris FX Optics 2022 Review

At The Phoblographer, authenticity is a top priority. We’ve run entire series on photographers capturing amazing shots without Photoshop. We’re one of the few platforms that still tests film cameras. And don’t tell him I said this, but sometimes I think Editor in Chief Chris Gampat inhales the scent of old cameras the way some smell old books. And yet, sometimes, capturing special effects in-camera is impossible. The snow stops just as the shoot is getting started, the clouds cover the stars, or the modern lenses in our bags just don’t flare. A few hours of YouTube tutorials and Photoshop can help, but what if there were a program designed specifically for adding special effects with a blend of simplicity and control? That’s Boris FX Optics 2022.

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Maria Lax Creates Vividly Colorful Frames in the Dark of the Night

“I have a never ending fascination with light and the lack of it,” states Finnish photographer Maria Lax regarding the duality of light that shapes her multicolored photographs of the night. It’s an ongoing project, but Night Rising has nabbed her a 2021 Fujifilm GFX Challenge regional award. She spared some of her valuable time to chat with us about the ideas behind it and how living in the Arctic Circle for many years gave her a deeper appreciation of the dark.

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Priya Panchwadkar Seeks Out Unique Frames of Mumbai at Night

“I like to get nervous,” says Mumbai-based photographer and Yoga instructor Priya Panchwadkar, about why she chose film over digital when photographing her bustling city. She thrives on the unforgiving nature each frame of a film roll produces when she’s out and about. And she wants the world to see how Mumbai looks at night, viewed through her imaginative eyes.

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Seeing Camera Innards Is What Mario Aumüller Finds Really Interesting

“You´ll never know what you get,” says Austrian photographer Mario Aumüller about the results of his experiments with an x-ray machine and vintage cameras. What started as a fun pastime has now picked up steam on Reddit, where analog lovers eagerly await Aumüller’s next post. He loves looking around for old cameras to collect so he can examine their insides in this most unique way.

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The Most Important Lessons of Light in Street Photography

Speak to any photographer from any discipline and they’ll likely tell you the most important thing to master is light. You may have great creative vision and an eye for a good scene, but if you don’t understand how to light your frame there’s a strong chance your photograph is a dud. That’s especially true in street photography, where most of us work with only natural light. I’ve had a lot of lessons over the years, and below (with the input from another street photographer), I’ll share what I’ve learned with you.

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Photographers Need a Hot Shoe Flash with More Power

For over the past decade, every lighting guru has told us to take the flash out of the hot shoe. You’ll probably recognize a few key names if you’ve been around for a while. David Hobby, the Strobist, probably taught all of us how to light. Syl Arena probably taught us all how to shape the light. And Dustin Diaz, the man from Flickr himself, taught us all what’s possible. They all took the hot shoe flash out of the hot shoe and out it onto a light stand. But there are situations where a hot shoe flash is handy in the hot shoe. And overall, they need more power.

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These Four Tamron Lenses Have a Discount. Pick One Up!

If you’re looking for a fun new lens, then consider Tamron, especially if you’re a Sony shooter. They check all the boxes perectly. Tamron is partially owned by Sony, and they tend to share autofocus information. Their lenses are also weather-resistant, lightweight, affordable, and have good image quality. What’s not to love? On top of that, a few of them are on sale right now. Check them out after the jump.

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Time for Another Download? It’s Raining Nikon Z7 II Firmware

The Nikon Z7 II is nearing its second birthday this fall, but the brand hasn’t been shy about launching updates via firmware. Nikon has now launched six updates for the full-frame mirrorless: its former flagship before the announcement of the Z9. I recently took the camera for another test, trying out the latest firmware, version 1.4. While the update is minor, the regularity with which Nikon is launching updates is impressive.

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Nikon Noct 58mm F0.95 Review: Ultimate Bokeh, Obnoxious Price

When Nikon launched the Z system, the cameras came with a promise: wider aperture lenses. The Nikon Noct 58mm f0.95 S fulfills that promise. With an extremely wide aperture, this lens introduces more light-gathering power and bokeh to the full-frame mirrorless system. But, even more importantly, the Noct brings a classic feel to a system that otherwise reaches for technical superiority. With a metal build and a name straight from the 1970s, the new Noct merges old and new.

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How to Shoot Spring Photos if You Have Allergies

It’s spring! That means *ACHOO* that it’s time for you to get out and *ACHOO* shoot spring photos! Photographers everywhere love this time of *ACHOO* year because of the natural beauty found during spring. You *ACHOO* get to see colors you’d otherwise never witness. There are a lot of tips on how to shoot photos during the springtime, but we’re focusing on the stuff no one tells you. So, if you’re looking to shoot some of the best spring photos you’ve ever shot, consider these practical tips.

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The Fujifilm XT3 WW Has a Discount Right Now

The Fujifilm XT3 WW is a special edition of the XT3, sort of. Fujifilm basically removed the battery charger so that it could be a single SKU worldwide. Instead, you’re just getting the USB Port cable. And that’s fine if you charge your cameras via USB the way that I do. And if that interests you, they’re on sale right now in two different configurations. Check out our review! This sale ends on June 5th, so act quick!

Near Perfect Results in a Quality Filter: Lee Elements VND 2-5 Review

What’s easier to do: carry around a handful of ND filters of different strengths, or carry a 4-in-1 solution that offers the same quality in a smaller, more convenient package? If you’re worried that the latter might result in awful X-patterns or heavy vignetting, then Lee Filters has the solution for you. They’ve just launched their Elements series of Variable ND filters that come in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm screw-in sizes with 2 to 5 stops of neutral density. Billed at both photographers and videographers who seek the absolute best in optical performance, the Elements VND series are coated with multi-function, scratch-resistant nanocoatings. Lee Filters always come with a hefty price tag, and the Lee Elements VND 2-5 is no different.

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Camera Fans Are One of the Worst Parts of Photography

I’m a user of various camera systems. If you’re on the Phoblographer’s reviews team, then you’re bound to be a brand agnostic. You can use pretty much any camera and camera system that’s thrown at you. And over the years, I’ve seen cults of camera fans become a very ugly part of photography. For anyone that’s shot for years, this isn’t anything new. But the culture around camera fans and loyalties are awful, divisive things that get in the way of making better pictures and having a more sustainable photo industry.

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Silver Cameras Are Stunning. We Need More of Them!

I’ve always been baffled as to why camera manufacturers don’t make more silver cameras. For years, they were considered the standard until black came in. But that doesn’t mean silver isn’t worth a look. I think camera manufacturers need to return to making more silver cameras. But with that said, it should actually look like silver and not some dark shade of gray. Let’s take a look at some of the most gorgeous silver cameras to come out in recent years.

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Pick One! The Best 28mm Lens for Vintage Lovers!

The 28mm lens isn’t the most popular focal length. And in our eyes this is a shame. For some of us, it resembles how we see the world. To that point, a lot of them can look the same. But there are a few key gems that have put some extra twinkle in our eyes. Here’s our list of the best 28mm lenses for vintage lovers. And yes, we’re going for the vintage renders.

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Affordable Macro. But Be Careful! Laowa 85mm F5.6 Review

For a long time, I wondered why Macro lenses needed to be so large. And then the Laowa 85mm f5.6 came out. It’s a very small full-frame lens. Granted, it’s got a lot of trade offs to meet a certain price point and a few other parameters. Before writing this introduction, I took some time to process my thoughts on this lens. Is it good? I think there are surely folks who would want it. To them it will be a great lens.

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Could a Digital Pentax 67 Make Us Fall in Love with DSLRs Again?

There is no doubt in my mind that, if there is one company barely hanging in there in the photo industry, it’s Pentax. They haven’t made the monumental mistakes Nikon has in the past, but they’ve run into a lot of unfortunate events. Hoya more or less gutted them a little more than a decade ago. Samsung never ended up buying them. And the Ricoh company hasn’t done much with Pentax. But now, they’re starting to make an effort with building more factories. If anything can grab our attention again, it would be something different: like a digital Pentax 67.

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Film Photography Is Going to Get Sharper. And That’s Not a Good Thing

Let’s think about what we know of the film look. Besides the tones, film is often a lot softer. It’s very difficult for someone to look bad when you’re shooting them with film. We love the look of film photography and what it does. Years ago, photographer Frank W. Ockenfels III discussed how digital is too sharp and clear. But as scanners are replaced with dedicated cameras, film is going to face a problem. 

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Love the 50mm F1.2? We’re in Love with These Four

There’s surely a love affair that lots of photographers have with the 50mm f1.2 lens. Since its earlier days in the film world, photographers adored it for weddings and portraits. And these days, with such great high ISOs on cameras, photographers love the 50mm f1.2 for its beautiful bokeh. A lot of them only cropped up in the past few years. And we’ve tried them all. So let’s take a look at which ones are the best.

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