Female on Film: The Best Women Film Photographers (NSFW)

Let’s take a look at some of the best women film photographers we’ve featured over the years.

If you’re a long time reader of The Phoblographer, you’ll know about our soft spot for film photography. Although we love the world of digital, there’s something about creating an image on analog that excites us! Thankfully, even in the modern era, there are plenty of women picking up a film camera. The best women film photographers have surely made it to our site.

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This Unusual Lens Is Oozing with Style: Leica Noctilux 50mm F1.2 Review

The Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 ASPH is a remake of a 1966 lens — and fans of the film look are going to want it.

Lenses are increasingly stamping out some of the most common technical issues. High-end, modern lenses push for sharpness all the way to the corners, eliminate aberration, and reduce vignetting. But as lenses become more technically correct, the optics also become more sterile. The new Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2 ASPH is not one of those lenses. A remake of a film lens originally produced in 1966, the lens is nearly identical to the original except for a digital-friendly mount. Leica kept everything from the 16-blade aperture down to the aluminum build.

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How Portrait Photographer Paul Howard Makes Magic In-Camera

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My name is Paul Howard. I’m a portrait and headshot photographer in Red Deer, Alberta, in Canada. Like many, I find I’m happiest behind the camera. I revel in images of people, particularly faces. The when and where is any time, any place. My “how” is pretty basic, at least I think it is: find or make the light I’m looking for and capture it. The why is a little more difficult to explain.

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These Excellent Tamron 24mm and 35mm f2.8 Primes are Just $199!

The Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD has also dropped in price to just $249 as well!

Tamron has made it their mission to create high quality, affordable lenses for Sony’s E mount cameras. The new 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 lenses have set a new standard for affordable, weather-sealed fast primes. For a short amount of time, you can pick up each of these Tamron f2.8 prime lenses for as little as $199! That’s right, the 20mm f2.8 ($249), the 24mm f2.8 ($199), and the 35mm f2.8 ($199) are on sale! We have reviewed all three and were incredibly impressed, and we’re sure you will be too. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Andrei Mihalache Drops Valuable Knowledge For The Budding Photographer

All images by Andrei Mihalache. Used with permission.

“I think it’s the best way I have of expressing myself, and it’s also one of the things that I feel most comfortable doing,” says Andrei Mihalache when asked why he chose photography. He adds, “taking photos helps me disconnect from daily life with all its ups and downs.” Mihalache sent us a very thoughtful submission. He happily shared his personal journey, his creative process, and useful tips for the budding photographer. There’s a lot to get through in this feature. But all of it will add value to your photographic journey, as Mihalache shares the wisdom he’s obtained during a career that’s lasted over a decade.

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Guy Carpenter Documents the Beautiful Life of Sheep With No Photoshop

All images by Guy Carpenter. Used with permission.

“Of course, the vast majority of my professional life came to a crashing halt in 2020,” relates professional photographer Guy Carpenter to us in an interview. “I spent a few weeks in March and April 2020 at home, reading a lot of books. I barely touched a camera.” Guy’s words resonate with us as it speaks volumes to the general mental state of photographers. Like many other passionate photographers though, Guy also shoots for fun. So when his godmother asked him to come help with their upland sheep farm in Yorkshire Dales, he brought the camera along.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fujifilm PRO 400H Is Now Sadly Discontinued

Fujifilm Pro 400H, we’re told, was selling very well, but a problem occured.

The end of an era is happening today as Fujifilm Pro 400H is saying goodbye to the world. Despite the declining sale of film, Fujifilm Pro 400H isn’t being discontinued because of sales numbers. The company cites in a statement to The Phoblographer that the film cannot be made anymore. This makes the story even sadder.

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Take Your Portrait Photography Up A Notch With These Powerful Lights

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Are you ready to take the next steps in your portrait photography journey by adding a flash or a monolight to your workflow? If so, congratulations! We commend you for wanting to learn a new skill. Many photographers think mastering flash photography is hard, but we’re here to tell you that’s simply not true. Adding external lighting to your workflow is an easy way to add drama and extra dimension to your images. The best part is you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started if you don’t want to. We have rounded up some of our favorite lights that we have reviewed over the years and have put them in one place for you. These lights are great for portrait photography beginners and even for pros.

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Some Tamron Mirrorless Lenses Are on Sale for $199!

Sony shooters can get some crazy deals on Tamron Mirrorless lenses right now.

Tamron has made it their mission to create high quality, affordable lenses for Sony’s E mount cameras. The new 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 lenses have set a new standard for affordable, weather-sealed fast primes. For a short amount of time, you can pick up each of these Tamron f2.8 prime lenses for as little as $199! That’s right, the 20mm f2.8 ($249), the 24mm f2.8 ($199), and the 35mm f2.8 ($199) are on sale! We have reviewed all three and were incredibly impressed, and we’re sure you will be too. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Will 2021 Be the Year of Super High Megapixel Cameras?

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Do we really need super high megapixel cameras? Truthfully, probably not. But the likes of Samsung and others try to do it with their phones. And it’s partially a selling point! Arguably, we’ve reached peak camera. In terms of tech, it seems like companies are probably running out of ideas. Inevitably, cameras will become luxury passion products. They’re already passion products for many. And some of those folks probably care a ton about megapixels.

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How Adrienne Catanese Does Double Exposures With No Photoshop

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My name is Adrienne Catanese, and I am a female emerging fine art photographer living and working in Long Island, NY. My current work is mostly conceptual still life created in my “studio” (read: tiny kitchen), but I also love shooting on-location portrait sessions, street photography, etc. 
I am primarily a digital photographer; my gear is minimal: one Canon 5D Mark III body, one Canon 24-105 f4 lens (L series, came with the MarkIII), a cheap Amazon tripod, cheap Amazon speedlights, cheap Amazon triggers. I have a Canon T6 Rebel and a nifty-fifty that I carry for back-up when shooting weddings / paid jobs. 

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Photo Question: Why Would You Use a Flash During the Daytime?

What’s the point of using a flash during the daytime if you can just edit the photo later on?

Though the more experienced photographers may already know the answer, there are lots of folks who don’t understand why you’re supposed to use a flash during the day. I mean, why not just overexpose the image or go into the shadows to shoot the photo? Well, life isn’t always that plain and simple. And if you’re really hellbent on fixing it in post-production, please believe me when I say that using a flash during the day will make it much more manageable. You can probably do this with your on-camera flash, but in most other cases, an off-camera flash will do this the best.

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Fujifilm, Tamron, Have the Most Popular Lenses of 2020 Per Our Readers

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For a while now, we’ve been rounding up the most popular lenses with our readers at the end of every month. Now, we’ll take a look at the most popular lenses for 2020. There have been plenty of new lenses across all of the major platforms this year. However, quite a few of the most popular lenses are now a good few years old. In fact, you really will be quite surprised with some of the glass on this list. If you want to take a peek at what has been selling well and what your fellow readers have been picking up to use, you’ll enjoy this roundup. The list is presented to you in order of popularity, with the best selling lens listed first. Take a look at the most popular lenses of 2020 after the break.

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How Pat Brownewell Is Teaching High Schoolers to Not Photoshop

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“It’s kind of cool that this thing, which was used to document death and destruction, is now being used to photograph bubbles and as a teaching tool for kids,” says Pat Brownewell. Pat is truly something special, and we know this from our previous feature! After honing his digital techniques to be flawless, he went back to large format film. And he’s done that with wedding photography. With the pandemic being what it is, wedding photography dried up, but Pat continued his craft by teaching. And now, he’s showing high school students how to get it right in-camera.

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Florian Pagano Believes in the Power of Film, Not Photoshop

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I am Florian Pagano. I am a French professional photographer based in Indonesia for 11 years. I started photography 20 years ago when I got an analog camera SLR and lenses from a retiring fashion photographer (Nikon F90x with 80-200mm and 50mm AF lenses). At that time, I wanted to exclusively use a process that didn’t involve a computer as I was spending most of my time on a computer as an architect.

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Is This Extra? PhotoWhoa 5100+ Lightroom Photo Presets Bundle Review

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Lightroom presets are good for more than just faster photo edits. Presets can serve as creative fodder when you’re stuck. They can introduce new effects you never thought to try. Presets can also keep the style consistent across an album or photo story. And so, if Lightroom presets can be used for more than just one thing, it makes sense to have more than one preset. Like, 5100+ Lightroom Photo Presets, right?

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Love Shooting in the Rain and Snow? These 35mm Primes Are for You

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If you can only carry one prime lens in your bag, we can list dozens of reasons why it should be 35mm. 35mm primes are perhaps the most versatile prime lenses out there. 35mm primes are perfect for street photography, documentary photography, weddings, portraits, events, food photography, and so much more. When you throw in weather sealing, 35mm primes become even better. After the break, we’ll share five 35mm primes that can go with you into the toughest storms. If you want to get shots others shy away from when the storms hit, these 35mm primes are for you.

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Best Photo Gear: The Phoblographer’s Editor’s Choice Awards for 2020

Hands down, this is the best photo gear of 2020.

The year 2020 has been a long and exhausting one for camera and photography reviewers like us. The challenges presented with the photo industry don’t just involve social distancing: travel has also been limited. Additionally, lots of products just aren’t innovative. So when we put together this list, we went back into our Reviews Index and found only the most innovative gear that really pushes things ahead. Otherwise, we’ve also included products that are simply flawless. Here’s our Editor’s Choice Awards list, and also our favorite gear from 2020.

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Under $800: 5 Amazing 35mm Primes That You’ll Love Instantly

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35mm primes are so incredibly versatile, you simply cannot afford to not own one.

Ask around your photography communities about prime lenses, and we’re sure that conversations about 35mm primes will pop up a lot. There’s aren’t many lenses available as versatile as 35mm primes. They may not be masters of any one genre, but my goodness, they’re incredibly good at many. If you only have space for one prime lens in your camera bag, grab a 35mm. After the break, we’ll explain why 35mm prime lenses are so good, and we’ll share five, incredibly affordable 35mm primes for Mirrorless cameras.

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Should This Portrait Photographer Offer Their Client a Free Reshoot?

If you’re a portrait photographer, what should you do when you when you’re unhappy with the photos you made for your client?

A portrait photographer that earns money from their work has likely encountered a client that isn’t pleased with the images they paid for. Maybe they don’t like the edits, or sometimes they’re unhappy with the final selection. A client not being happy is part and parcel of being a photographer that charges their skills. But as photographers, we tend to be our own worst critics. And if the occasion arises where we’re not pleased with images we shot for a client, what should we do about it?

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Buying a Medium Format Camera? This Is What You’re Diving Into

Those getting a Medium format camera will want to know precisely what they’re dealing with.

Photographers, as we know, are very used to what full-frame cameras can do. But they’re not so used to medium format because it’s not as common. A medium format camera is fundamentally a whole different ball game. For starters, you’re going up in pricing and quality. And a photographer will expect the absolute ultimate performance, but they also probably don’t know how to make the most of it. Medium format cameras traditionally were only used for weddings, documentary journalism, landscapes, and portraiture. In some ways today, that’s still the case, but it’s evolved.

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