New Year, New You. 5 Mirrorless Cameras Perfect For Beginners

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So, you want to get your first traditional camera after getting the photography bug from your smartphone. Congrats! This is a huge step in making your photography dreams come true. However, how does one know what camera to buy first? After all, the market is flooded with tons of Mirrorless cameras that cost less than $1,000. Fear not. We’re here to help. Before selecting the Mirrorless cameras in this roundup, we took several factors into consideration. The cameras needed to be under $1,000. The Mirrorless needed to have enough about them so that you can grow with them. They needed to have access to a robust lens lineup that features many affordable lens options. Lastly, they needed to have sensors that will put your smartphone camera to shame. Check out five of our favorite Mirrorless cameras for beginners after the break.

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You’ll Have Lucid Dreams About This Wonderful Pentax Camera

I think creating another Pentax mirrorless camera would be pretty easy for them to do.

I’m about to propose an idea that’s positively insane. First off, it involves Pentax. They’re a camera company with an incredibly rich history. If you’re a film shooter, you probably swear by your Pentax 67. And currently, they’re choosing to simply stick to DSLRs. Why? I’m not sure. Gear Editor Brett Day I know still likes his Pentax DSLRs. But I’m visually impaired and have been long over them. Reviews Editor Hillary Grigonis still owns a Nikon DSLR. Overall, there’s a minority of folks who still like them. However, I think that Pentax gave up prematurely on mirrorless cameras. Their last solid entry was the Pentax K-01. It was oddly received at the time with its APS-C sensor inside a K-mount body. We liked it back in the day, according to our review. I believe it’s time for Pentax to bring it back.

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How Photographer Steven Gindler Makes Jaws Drop With No Photoshop

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“I grew up in the 90s being exposed to Japanese anime thanks to Toonami, and this sparked my first creative interest; illustrations,” says photographer Steven Gindler to us in an interview. “My family is full of strict conservative immigrants who are all computer programmers, and I was set to follow suit. All left-brained people, with myself as the black sheep.” Steven’s tale is one that many of us find ourselves in. And though he’s the black sheep, his creativity has flourished. His ideas and the orchestration are ones that we rarely see. Yet, we’re drawn to them and his incredibly deep story.

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It Taught a Pro Something. Serge Ramelli’s Lightroom Masterclass Review

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As one of the more popular photo editors, Lightroom tutorials are easy to find. But, learning the photo editor and asset management system through random YouTube tutorials creates a hole-riddled foundation. The Lightroom Masterclass with Serge Ramelli is designed to create a complete understanding of the software. With classes on both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC — and even a taste of Photoshop — the Mastercourse is the ideal start-to-finish course. Both beginners and intermediate users can build a complete understanding of editing in Lightroom.

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The 10 Most Popular Cameras of 2020 Per Flickr’s Camera Finder

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Flickr has seen a bit of a resurgence in 2020. The photo-sharing platform has turned into a buzzing community again. I have been using Flickr to personally catalog my images and to interact with other photographers. So far, it has been great. After going through my account and getting things set up, I decided to dive into the website’s metrics to see what the most popular traditional digital cameras per Flickr’s camera finder are. Aside from smartphones (which take the top spots), you might be surprised to learn that DSLRs are still king. Mirrorless cameras are very much the flavor of the month, but there are so many DSLRs still out there. Still, Mirrorless cameras aren’t far behind. After the break, we’ll show you the ten most popular cameras in 2020 based on figures from Flickr.

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Learn How to Use Your Mind’s Eye: Creating Fine Art Photography Review

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You may have heard the term fine art photography before, but what is it that makes this genre stand out? Fine art photography allows us as photographers to create a series of images with artistic impressions. The end goal is to express an idea, emotions, or to convey a message. It doesn’t sound too difficult. However, Sharon Tenenbaum’s $39 ‘How To Create Award-Winning Fine Art Photography‘ video series shows that this photography genre is as much a mental process as it is a creative one. I have to say that taking a deep dive into Sharon’s mind and how it works was eye-opening. If you’re interested in fine art photography, read on.

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Looking for Something Fresh? Look at the Unique Work of Madhur Dhingra

All images by Madhur Dhingra. Used with permission.

“Black and white images hold inside them a strange sort of mystery which is totally absent in color imagery,” says Indian photographer Madhur Dhingra. Whether or not you agree with his words, there’s one thing you cannot doubt: his work, unique in its presentation, is full of mystery. Dhingra is a street photographer offering a fresh twist on an otherwise tired genre. Unconventional, his photography stands out from the pack, delivering an aesthetic that holds you for longer than a fleeting moment. We were truly in awe of his style, and excited to dig deeper into his process and 22-year relationship with the craft we love so much.

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Curved Sensors Could Really Shake Up the Faltering Camera Industry

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Let’s face it; after a good few years of Sony innovating in the camera space, things have suddenly come to a screeching halt. In the last two years, there have not been any real major improvements to modern Mirrorless cameras. Sure, sensors pack more megapixels, autofocus systems are a bit faster, and EVF technology and video technology have improved too. However, the updates to these systems have all been incremental. None of them really stand out as being innovative. Now, though, news has emerged about curved sensors going into mass production. What could this mean for the camera industry, and will we see them anytime soon? Let’s talk about this.

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The Need for Speed: Create Magic Easily with These Fast Prime Lenses

Olympus 45 1.2

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We’re always looking for lenses that can perform magic. If you want to shoot in extremely low light situations or completely obliterate the background in your images, you need a lens (or two) that can do these with ease. This is where fast primes come in to play. Prime lenses can be magnitudes faster (when it comes to their aperture) compared to zoom lenses thanks to their simplistic designs. This is one reason why fast primes are adored by photographers everywhere. Fast primes, of course, come in a variety of flavors. We covered some very affordable fast primes in this roundup here. Now, we’re going to take a look at some lenses that redefine what fast is. If you need a ridiculously sharp lens, one that will let you see in the dark, or that will give you simply magical bokeh, read on.

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Leica, Voigtlander or Zeiss: Answering the Questions You Should Know

Leica, Zeiss, and Voigtlander have long been three companies that really compete with one another.

I’ve been considering writing this article for a long time: I know it’s information that someone will want. In the battle between Zeiss, Leica, and Voigtlander, it can be tough to figure out which is the best option. There are many different parameters, and you can always consider which one is best for you and your needs. Each lens manufacturer makes a variety of options for the market, and each one also makes excellent optics overall. In many circles, they’re seen as overpriced in comparison to the Asian made optics. But after years of testing and owning lenses from all of these brands, I’ll tell you that each of them has something unique to them. The right one for you just depends on your needs.

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Timothy Ozimec Shot Beautiful Milky Way Photos with Sony Xperia 1 II

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“…it’s like I’m uncovering the secrets of the universe and seeing the impossible,” says passionate photographer Timothy Ozimec. “What appears to the naked eye as a few hundred white dots in a black sky are revealed to be a veritable sea of stars among the cosmic latte plane of the Milky Way.” What’s more, Tim gets these images using the Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone, announced earlier this year. It’s opened his eyes to what could be possible with a more serious camera.

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Big Preset, Guides, and Software Sale! 25% Off. There Are Freebies Too!

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Boxing day is not a holiday that America observes. Traditionally in the UK, this is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. However, this year you can get in on the action. Photowhoa is having a huge Boxing Day blow out on photography deals. You can save an extra 25% on class-leading presets, tutorials and software. Just use the code BOXING25 upon checkout. It’s that simple. You can save on everything on the site. Check out some of these photography deals. Remember, you can take another 25% off the listed price. Dan Hecho’s Complete Boudoir Photography Course is just $99! BOGO Lightroom presets just $39. BOGO Photoshop overlays only $39. 1,000+ Cloud Overlays just $29. The Ultimate Landscape Photography Course is only $29! Denoise Photo Projects 3 is just $39! This sale lasts for three days only! Come and see the rest of the photography deals.

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5 Affordable (and Fantastic) Must-Own Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

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We’re huge fans of the Micro Four Thirds platform here at The Phoblographer. The system’s small size and weight give it an advantage over many bigger systems such as APS-C and Full Frame. Honestly, you’re not giving up much in image quality either, regardless of what M4/3 detractors might say. I have used the platform professionally for two years now, and I’ve never had a problem. The five lenses we’ve listed are small, light, sharp, have rapid autofocus performance, and they are all incredibly affordable. If you’re new to the Micro Four Thirds platform and are looking to build up a solid lens collection without going broke, check out the five lenses we believe are must-haves for all Micro Four Thirds users.

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Our Theory on Why the Sony RX1r III Could Face a Big Problem

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The Sony Rx1r II was a pretty decent camera. The idea is so simple; take a small camera, give it a solid lens, a good sensor, and an EVF, and people will buy it. Of course, it’s a luxury compact camera and the price reflects that. But I believe the Sony RX1r III will be even better if it hits the market. If Sony still cares about the product line, it’s being delayed for a very good reason.

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The Best and Worst Countries to Shoot Street Photography

You can shoot street photography in almost every country, but the experience is seldom the same.

I’ve been lucky enough to shoot street photography all around the world. My passion has allowed me to enjoy a fruitful life, and I’m incredibly grateful for the experiences I’ve had. It’s not uncommon for street photographers to combine their lust for the candid frame with their love for travel. We love to experience different cultures, and our cameras make it possible for us to document the variants in human nature. Having traveled the world, I’ve shot street in some spectacular places – and some less desirable places. Let me share them with you, as we look at the best and worst countries to shoot street photography in.

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The Winner and Runners Up From Our Women Who Inspire You Contest

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I’m very excited to announce the winner of the contest we’ve recently hosted with Leica. This was a tough contest to judge, and also difficult in a different way for you folks as well. The stories that came out easily tugged at the heart. But of all entries, we’ve got a solid winner, and some fantastic runners up.

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Save an Extra 20% On Photography Tutorials, Presets, and More

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How would you like to save an extra 20% on top of the already crazy low prices Photowhoa has on photography tutorials and more? Now you can. Just use the code CHEERS20 when you checkout. Now you can really save big on items like Dan Hecho’s Complete Boudoir Photography Course ($99, save $441. Remember, take an extra 20% off that price! There are BOGO deals too on Lightroom presets (just $39 plus an extra 20% off) and Photoshop overlays (also only $39). Yep, take another 20% off here too. We’ve also teamed up with Photowhoa to bring our readers some free presets and guides, and you’ll be able to learn how to get $399 worth of tutorials and more for free! The extra 20% off sale ends on December 27th. Snap up all of the deals on photography tutorials and more while you can.

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How Black and White Photography Gives Your Work New Life

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I’m delighted that the world of black and white photography is a more accepted place than it was nearly a decade ago. We’ve come a long way from the days where it was looked at as just a crutch. Instead, it’s a movement. It took the age of Instagram, the analog revival, and the democratization of image-making for it to happen. Though black and white photography was often frowned upon in the photo industry, we can all speak to its importance in history. And more importantly, we can speak to its importance in the arts.

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Some of the Most Rugged Cameras Are DSLRs – Here’s 5 To Consider

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Mirrorless cameras are fantastic. They have ushered in new autofocus technologies, IBIS systems, electronics viewfinders, focus peaking, and more. However, one area where they still lag behind DSLRs is in how rugged they are. Mirrorless cameras have come a long way, don’t get me wrong, but many pros who still prefer DSLRs simply because some of the most rugged cameras come from this era. I use both Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, but I still reach for my trusty DSLR when the going gets tough. If you want ultimate durability, exceptional battery life, and stellar image quality, these are the five rugged cameras (DSLRs) we’ve reviewed that you should reach for.

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Capture One Has Been Our Standard for Years. And It Just Got Better

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I’d like to preface with a truly important point: Your editing software is the one true constant in your photography workflow. We often use different cameras, from different brands, lenses, filters, lights and so on, but your software touches every photograph you make, and your images deserve the best. This is just part of the reason why we use Capture One.

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Louis Dazy Explains How He Gets Double Exposures In-Camera

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Photographer Louis Dazy always amazes me. He works with film and has done a whole lot involving the neon portrait trend. But Louis takes it further. You see, Louis is an actual creative with amazing amounts of foresight. He’s honed his craft and doesn’t Photoshop. Even better, he does it all with film. He gets asked how he does this often. And Louis was elated to tell the world in an interview with us.

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