Gennaro Bassolino and His Fujifilm X100S Don’t Need Photoshop

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Dear Chris,

My name is Gennaro Bassolino I am a photographer from Florida but have been living in Asia for the past 10 years before COVID 19 forced me to return. I was living in Malaysia when I picked up a used Fujifilm X100s and that was when I really started shooting everything I could. It is one of those cameras that begs to be picked up. Its manual dials trained me in the basics of photography moving me away from automatic settings and into really taking control of all the variables.

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5 Strong Women Who Inspired Photographers and How They Did It

In front or behind the lens, the stories of these women will hopefully inspire you!

We’re currently in the middle of one of the most important photography contests we’ve run in years. The theme is women who inspire you. And we’ve partnered with Leica to award one passionate photographer a well deserved Leica Q2 camera. All you need to do is upload an original image of a woman who has made a positive impact on how you see or interpret the world. We welcome self-portraits made through a camera, tell us your story!.  Reach deep down inside and share a story. We want to know. And to further inspire you, we’re sharing some of the emotional stories we’ve received so far.

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The Biggest Innovations for 2020 in Photography Technology

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The year 2020 is coming to a close, and we’ve some cool new things in the photo world. There’s a lot for new photographers and professionals alike. Some of the innovations came in the form of lenses, while others came with cameras. Camera technology itself hasn’t taken a large step forward in 2020, but design leaped forward. With the camera industry in an odd place right now, the next 10 years will be pivotal. The industry needs to evolve. And the industry either needs to be about professional tools, luxury goods, and a cult following. Here are our selections for the most innovative things this year.

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Portraiture with the Fujifilm 50mm f1 R WR. A Love Story

The Fujifilm 50mm f1 R WR gives legitimacy to the X series that full-frame photographers have long complained about.

I think we have to admit to ourselves that professional photographers will use a flash or create their own light if they need it. And so, the light-gathering that the Fujifilm 50mm f1 R WR boasts will appeal to the hobbyist. Most photographers these days are hobbyists–and a lens with extra bokeh is like a baited hook. Liken the hobbyist shooter to a dog. When the creature receives a treat, they’ll be happy each and every time. Portrait photographers shooting the Fujifilm 50mm f1 R WR will be similar. In fact, I was shocked.

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The Sony a7s III Has Epic Autofocus for Street Photography

Sony came to our new office in Queens, NY to show us the Sony a7s III and use it for street photography.

Much of the coverage already online around the Sony a7s III has been in use for video. Naturally, we’re a photography first website–and the photographers I’ve known who’ve used the predecessors to the Sony a7s III mostly did street photography, documentary work, and ambient light portraiture with neon colors. If you’ve never seen Daniel Schaefer’s Tumblr, know that a lot of it is with the Sony a7s original and vintage lenses. Indeed, there’s something magical about vintage glass and low-resolution full-frame sensors like the 12MP one in the Sony a7s III. But street photography requires either great zone focusing lenses or super-fast autofocus. And the Sony a7s III didn’t really disappoint us.

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Look in Awe at the “Life in Black and White” GuruShots Contest Winners

These photos from the GuruShots Life in Black and White contest are going to make you want to grab your camera.

GuruShots just got done with their Life in Black and White photo contest that challenged photographers to share photos with that classic look everyone loves. Black and white photography has always been a huge source of inspiration for lots of us. And many photographers even today only want to shoot in black and white. Lots of folks still want to do the work in post-production. And that’s fine! What matters at the end of it all is how the photo looks. That’s even more important with a contest. So curl up at home and check out the exceptional entries into this contest. For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and scroll through on your desktop. Or curl up with your laptop, sit back, and take in these shots.

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These Helpful Tips Will Maximize Your Camera’s Eye AF Performance

Eye AF is an extraordinarily useful technology that can help ensure your subject’s eyes are perfectly in focus when shooting portraits.

Eye Autofocus (Eye AF) is undoubtedly on the list of groundbreaking autofocus developments in the past decade. Designed initially for portrait photography, it tracks and nails focus on the subject’s eyes consistently. Eye Autofocus has seen significant improvements and adoption across much of the photo industry, and photographing humans (and certain animals) has become much easier with it. Almost all recent mirrorless cameras contain some form of Eye Autofocus. Despite its advancements, this technology still isn’t 100% accurate, so here’s how to make the most of Eye AF in your camera.

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Every One of These Tamron Lenses Are Available at a Great Price

You can make your mom (or yourself) very happy this year while saving a ton of money thanks to the Tamron Mother’s Day Instant Savings event!

Do you have a mom who loves photography? If so, you might want to check out the red hot deals Tamron has in their Tamron Mother’s Day Instant Savings event. If you want to treat your mom to a new lens, or perhaps even treat yourself to some spectacular glass, these deals are for you. You can save big on the Tamron 18-400mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD for Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras, the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD, and more. Head on past the break for all the info.

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The Modern Photography Exhibit Desperately Needs to Evolve

The more I look at galleries and exhibits, the more I think that curators need to think more about marketing.

There is a very simple thing that gets infinitely more complicated when it comes to making spaces where photographers show off their work better. While the art spaces should really, truly be about focusing on the art, the truth of the matter is that everyone and their mother is going to take pictures and share later on social media at one time or another. And so I think that traditional art galleries and museums need to find a way to modernize and therefore make their installations interactive and dare I say it–Instagrammable.

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The Most Rugged, Weather Sealed Cameras and Lenses (2019)

Photographers who need the most rugged cameras and lenses made; we’ve found them.

Whether or not you realize it, your camera takes wear and tear every day. Even if you treat it like a precious egg, it’s going to take a beating of some sort. Luckily, there are cameras and lenses that handle human stupidity better than others. So we’ve gone through our reviews index and selected some of the best you can get.

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Not a Camera: 20 of the Best Holiday Gifts for Photographers in 2019

In this holiday gift guide, you’ll find a handful of items any photographer would love to get this holiday season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Whether you’re looking at gifts for the photographers in your life, or just need an excuse to treat yourself, we’ve put together a list bound to have something any photographer will be happy to receive this holiday season. Since most photographers probably already have a camera body, we’ll be focusing on gifts beyond cameras.
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6 Photographers Killing It with the Fujifilm XT3 Right Now


You’ll love what these photographers are producing with the Fujifilm XT3.

The Fujifilm XT3 is a popular camera in the photographic industry. Its analog inspired build gives the modern-day photographer a feel of a bygone era. The X-Trans CMOS sensor continues the X-Series tradition of producing detailed, sharp images. But for its features to be best utilized, it needs to be in the right hands. Thankfully, some terrific photographers use the XT3, and in this piece, we’re going to show you six of our favorites.

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These 8 Photographers Use the Leica M6 to Take Fantastic Photos

If you like a Leica, you’ll love these Leica M6 photographers.

Historically, the Leica M6 is synonymous with style and prestige. While it certainly delivers on being a quality build, this doesn’t mean it will always produce quality photographs: that’s the job of the person using it. First manufactured in 1984, the M6 is still a popular choice amongst photographers. While some may only have the Leica brand to boast about, others have a body of work that equals the quality they hold in their hand. The good news is we’ve found the very best of them. We spent time trawling Instagram to find feeds for you to enjoy. Here are eight Leica M6 photographers to follow on Instagram.

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9 Photography Lighting Hacks to Level Up Your Portraits

Feeling the need to get creative with your portraits? Try these quick lighting hacks to level up your portrait game!

Last time we shared some tips from JT of Run N Gun, he showed us how to get pro-looking dramatic portraits using one light source. In a recent video, he shares a bunch of quick and easy lighting hacks for shooting portraits, using everyday items you can find in your home or office, or in grocery stores and craft supply shops!

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Now this is a deal you don’t want to miss out on. We have an exclusive offer for readers of The Phoblographer which will help you build your library of Lightroom presets. Until September 25th, you’ll be able to get over 3,900 Lightroom presets for the crazy low price of just $14.50 when you use the coupon code PHOBLOGRAPHER50 during checkout. Join us after the break to see what this massive bundle of Lightroom presets includes. Continue reading…

Onur Kurt Chronicles Berlin in Gorgeous CineStill 800T Snaps

CineStill 800T brought out the nostalgic side of Berlin in these travel snaps by Onur Kurt.

Looking for new ways to capture your favorite cities? Sometimes, a simple change in your shooting experience — like shooting with a film camera — can help you get into a different mood. If you’re yet to try shooting with film, we think these CineStill 800T street photos by Istanbul-based art director Onur Kurt will inspire you to finally give it a go.

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Elizaveta Porodina Makes a Mesmerizing Play of Colors in “Colourbook”

All photos by Elizaveta Porodina. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Experimenting with colors is one of the best ways to make portraits interesting. A particular color scheme — or the absence of it — can set the mood and aesthetic of a photo. We see this at work with photography trends like retro, neon, and pastels. Today, we have yet another perfect example of portrait photography made more eye-catching in the latest series of Munich-based fashion and fine art photographer Elizaveta Porodina.

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5 Quick Tips on Shooting Better Night Portraits with Ambient Lighting

For the photographers who come alive when the sun goes down, shooting better portraits at night is a great skill to have.

We get it: you want to photograph a moment just the way you see it! Many photographers who shoot portraits at night eventually begin to understand how lighting works once they get enough experience. During the nighttime, most of the light we know and see is absent, except for the little bit that is provided artificially. So, until you know how to work with strobes, we recommend that you learn how to make the most of available light at night.

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Vlad Tretiak: Nighttime Street Photography in Siberia Shot on Film

All photos by Vlad Tretiak. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve put the spotlight on a fair bit of impressive film photography here, and we’re keen on adding more. If you’re a film photographer looking into keeping the craft alive, we have another series to inspire you. Since 2013, Russian photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer Vlad Tretiak has been shooting his hometown of Kemerovo and its surrounds on film, in both 35mm and 120 formats. His two-part collection is comprised of some moody nighttime scenes made extra dreamy by the nostalgic look of film. Step right up if that sounds like the look you’re going for!

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Elsa Bleda Turns Cape Town into an Atmospheric “Zone” at Night

All photos by Elsa Bleda. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Johannesburg-based Elsa Bleda is among the photographers we keep an eye on for her surreal night strolls around cities glowing in neon. Today, however, we revisit one of her earlier sets, which is just as dreamy and colorful as her other night snaps. Here, she shows us around Cape Town in an atmospheric night stroll, where the mood is both dreamlike and cinematic. If you’re fond of shooting your town at night, we’re sure this is one approach you might find interesting.

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We love bringing you great deals, and this one is a doozy! We have an exclusive deal for readers of The Phoblographer to help you build your library of Lightroom presets. Until July 10th, you’ll be able to get over 3,900 Lightroom presets for the ridiculously low price of just $14.50 when you use the coupon code PHOBLOGRAPHER50 during checkout. Continue reading…