How to Not Let Shyness Get in the Way of Your Street Photography

Don’t let shyness keep you from doing street photography and shooting the photos you want.

Street photography is certainly one of the more challenging genres to get into, primarily because you need to adapt a certain mindset for it. Apart from that, you also need to get over your shyness (not introversion, as is the common misconception). You don’t want to miss those precious shots showing a vibrant slice of life in your city. If you think you’re too shy for street photography, Danish photographer Frederik Trovatten believes you’re not — and no one is. He explains this thoughtfully in a quick video.

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These Are Future Iconic Street Photographs from the Modern Era

Sit in any street photography workshop and you’re likely to see iconic images from the 60s through to the 80s – but we want to look at the future iconic images that were created in the modern era.

As time moves forward, so will the stories that are told to future generations. Street photographers working today will eventually become legends of the past. They will pass their work down and their teachings will be told. Photographs once deemed as top quality will move onto being iconic. An iconic street photograph can be one of high worth, an instantly recognizable frame, or one that, even in the present day, you know will stand the test of time. So whilst tutors today may be eager to show Henri Cartier Bresson’s decisive moment, we want to show you some street photographs that are an excellent benchmark for where the bar is set in the present day.

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Ocean Guardians Tackles the Issue of Trawling in a Creative Way

All images by Brett Stanley with creative direction by Christine Ren. Used with permission.

“It’s becoming so hard, even with incredible imagery, to get messages to land with impact online.” says Christine Ren, who was both the model and provided creative direction for the Ocean Guardians project. “I won’t stop putting content online digitally, but digital-only is absolutely failing when it comes to conservation storytelling and even non-profit fundraising, in my opinion.” We’ve featured Christine’s work before on Silent Killers and Carbonated Ocean. Christine is passionate about the conservation of our oceans and uses art to get that message across. Specifically for Ocean Guardians, she tackled the issue of trawling. Like any creative who places specific elements in a scene to tell a story, her and photographer Brett Stanley collaborated on a photo series that does a great job of getting a message across. But as I talked about with Christine, we both think that the world needs to start doing more about this than sharing on social media.

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Sample Images: Portraits Shot with the Panasonic 50mm F1.4 Lumix S Pro

We were shooting with the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro at WPPI 2019 and we’ve got a ton of portrait sample photos.

The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro lens is the company’s first really high end prime lens offering for the L mount system. We recently put it through a quick test for portrait shooting. Photographers who are interested in shooting portraits with a shorter focal length like a 50mm lens will be pleasantly surprised that Panasonic put a lot of engineering into this lens. In fact, during our meeting with Panasonic they told us that they made it a “no compromise” lens. It was likened at one point to the Zeiss Otus lineup, which lead the way for the charts over at DXOMark. We’ve updated our Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro first impressions for you, but we’ve got a few further thoughts and the full gallery of portraits after the jump.

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Get The Most Out of The Sony A7r III With These G Master Lenses

When you have a sensor as powerful as the 42.4 MP beast inside the Sony A7r III you’ll need the best Sony G Master Lenses available to get the most out of it.

If you have gone out and have splashed some serious cash on the super impressive Sony A7r III, it only makes sense to pair that beast of a Full Frame sensor up with the best glass that Sony makes. Sure, any lens will yield great results, but if you want to see all of that super fine detail the 42.4 MP BSI Sony Senor can render, you’re going to need the best of the best, the crème de la crème, the kings of the Sony jungle, and they come in the form of Sony’s G Master lenses. Continue reading…

Film vs Digital: Can You Guess Which was Shot on Which?

Let’s see if your eyes have been trained to spot which shot was made on film as opposed to that of a mirrorless camera.

Yes, we hear you. We have yet another film vs. digital post, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with it. When commercial lifestyle photographer Steve Johnston shared this video with us, we found that he’s actually encouraging viewers to play a little game with him: which was was shot in film and which was shot with a mirrorless camera? Let’s find out.

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Aaron Graubart’s “Gyotaku” Photos Are Inspired by Traditional Japanese Prints

All images by Aaron Graubart. Used with permission.

“We didn’t storyboard the images but we did have a clear idea of how they should look,” says photographer Aaron Graubart about his photos inspired by the traditional Japanese fish printing technique called Gyotaku. “Each set was constructed in layers – the printed background, then in some of the images a glass plate, raised above that was a clear perspex sheet with the food arranged on top so that the food appears to float above the surface. Directional, very hard lighting completes the overall effect.” Aaron continued to state that it was a true collaboration between prop stylist Alexander Breeze (who first had the idea to use this as their inspiration), food stylist Sal Henley, and himself.

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Here’s Your Chance to Snag a Fujifilm TX-2 (or the Hasselblad XPan II)

Yep, in case you didn’t know, the Fujifilm TX-2 is also known as the Hasselblad XPan II. 

We know it’s not going to help with your GAS, but we’re back with yet another noteworthy find for your camera collection. This time, it’s a rare Fujifilm TX-2 — or the Hasselblad XPan II (if you want to call it that). You can grab a near-mint unit if you’re ready to part with some pretty serious cash.

Hong Kong-based ebay seller breguetcamera has listed a near mint Fujifilm TX-2, an interchangeable lens 35mm panoramic rangefinder camera released in 2003 as a minor revision of the TX-1.  This unit only has slight usage marks and doesn’t have any mechanical issues. It comes with a Fujinon Super-EBC 30mm f5.6 lens without any haze, fungus, or scratches. The listing includes the rear cap, lens hood, external viewfinder, a X30MM ND-3X 58mm center filter, and user manual — all for $6,730.

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Why I Think the Professional Canon EOS R is Going to be Like a 1D

Canon hasn’t released their professional level EOS R camera yet, but when they do it will probably be like a little 1D series.

When I say that the professional Canon EOS R is going to be like a 1D series camera, I’m pretty well convicted in my opinion that this is what Canon will be releasing come later this year. Well, I hope it will be later this year and not next year for Photokina. But if Canon is going to enter the professional world of mirrorless cameras, then I’m pretty convinced that they’re going to do what they can to mimic what their 1D series is. This isn’t only in terms of performance and image quality, but also in terms of a camera body and build quality.

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Sample Image Gallery: Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS Lumix S Pro (Panasonic S1)

We got to spend some quality time with the Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS and the Panasonic S1; and we’ve got sample images.

Recently at WPPI 2019, we had the chance to use the new Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS lens for the new L mount cameras. We tested it on a shoot-ready pre-production version of the Panasonic S1; but it will work with any L mount camera like a Leica SL series for example. This lens is Panasonic’s first entry into a working telephoto zoom for the L mount and works with image stabilization on the sensor and in the lens itself. With an f4 aperture, it’s a smaller lens than what it should be, though arguably still larger than what Sony makes. Part of this philosophy is because Panasonic seems to be making no compromises with their new L mount glass.

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Sample Gallery: Panasonic S1 Lumix Pro Full Frame Camera

We got play with a shoot ready pre-production sample of the Panasonic S1 at WPPI 2019; and here are sample photos.

At WPPI 2019, our staff had the opportunity to play with a Panasonic S1 camera for a while. The Panasonic S1 is the latest offering from the company to photojournalists who want a full frame mirrorless camera. The Panasonic S1 sports dual card slots in form of both SD and XQD–which later on will be firmware upgradable to CFexpress. The unit that we used is a shoot ready pre-production sample, and we’re pretty positive that there is a Sony sensor at the heart. But we’ve got image samples nonetheless which you can find in our Panasonic S1 first impressions. 

For your convenience, we’ve put a bunch of the sample images below in this post too.

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Cheap Photo: Who Wants Over 8,000 Lightroom Presets for $29?

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These Photography software deals, and sales on tutorials and guides won’t be around for long so snap them up while you can.

We love being able to bring you outstanding deals, and these five offers are too good to pass up. If you have been thinking about learning some new skills, or have been wanting to expand your library of Lightroom presets, and Photoshop actions and overlays, these bundles are for you. Have you always wanted a preset for just about anything you can think of? If you answered yes then the Mega Bundle Of 8,400+ Professional Lightroom Presets can be yours for just $29! That means you save 96%! The Ultimate Boudoir Bundle for Photographers is also has a discount of 91%!! Join us after the break to see more deals that will rock your world. Continue reading…

Romeo Doneza: A Self-Described Funny Guy Shooting Street Photography

All images by Romeo Doneza. Used with permission.

Romeo Doneza began his journey in street photography back in 2012. Like many, he fell into the genre. It soon became the fix he needed in order to be able to function in the world. He was first practising his craft with a group named Filipino Street Photography, based in California. It was during their long photo walks in downtown LA that he, in his words, “became entirely hooked with this genre”.

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Opinion: What We Want to See in the Sony a6500 Successor

Sony cameras are pretty great, and apparently the a6500 replacement will blow your socks off.

There’s no doubt about the fact that Sony’s cameras have turned the camera world upside down. From Full Frame to APS-C, Sony cameras have been star performers. The APS-C based A6500 really turned heads when it was released thanks to it’s svelte body, in-camera image stabilization, 4K video, and its incredibly fast autofocus system, but apparently there’s more to come. In a recent interview Sony said that the replacement for the a6500 will ‘exceed all expectations’. Join us after the break to find out more, and to find out what we would like to see in its replacement. Continue reading…

You’ll be Able to Shoot from the Hip with the K-Tek Stingray Hip Bag

The K-Tek Stingray Hip Bag is a unique storage solution that will give you quick access to accessories while you’re on the move.

We all know how hard it can be as photographers to carry everything we need while we are out on the job. We try to cram cleaning cloths, SD cards, lens cleaning brushes, batteries and cables just about anywhere we can so that we don’t have to carry our main camera bag with us, but the struggle is real. The K-Tek Stingray Hip Bag could be a bag that will make our lives easier. Read on after the break to find out more about this interesting looking bag. Continue reading…

Inspiration: 20 of Our Favorite Women Photographers for 2019

Women photographers rock! In this piece we showcase 20 of the very best.

“Just 20” we thought to ourselves when putting this list of women photographers together. “It’s going to be so hard to not go over that number!.” That’s because we know that the amount of female talent in our industry is almost endless. But we also know our readers have to find the time to eat and sleep too! So, with that in mind, we wanted to make a piece that focused on the best of the best – in our humble (and experienced) opinion. With Women’s History Month being

All the photographers in this article have been featured on The Phoblographer before, hence why we’re extremely confident in their creative capabilities. You’re also encouraged to check out each of their individual features too.

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This $2099.00 Red Repainted Pentax 6×7 Will Make You Cringe

We’re not sure why anyone would want to spend that much cash for this brightly repainted Pentax 6×7.

Looking for the next vintage camera to add to your collection of quirky shooters? Oh, that’s exactly what we’ve found for you. It’s so quirky that we’re actually not quite sure if you’d actually want it, especially at the price it’s going for. The item in question is a repainted Pentax 67 in vibrant red — down to the lens itself.

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Review: Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR (Fujifilm GF)

The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm f5.6 R LM OIS WR is a well built, versatile lens that will please Fujifilm GFX users.

Fujifilm are continuing to flesh out the lens lineup for their impressive GFX50S and the GFX50R Medium Format cameras, and the latest lens to join the GF family is the Fujifilm GF 100-200mm f5.6 R LM OIS WR. I’ve spent the last three and a half weeks with the lens and have been able to put it through its paces. The lens has the equivalent focal range of a 79-158mm lens on a 35mm format camera, which really is quite unique. The lens lends itself well to portrait photography, but can also be used for landscape, wildlife photography, documentary photography and photojournalism too.  Continue reading…

Jonny Baker: Shooting Behind the Scenes at London Fashion Week 2019

All images and words by Jonny Baker. Used with permission.

When the fashion week season rolls around biannually my camera bags are firmly packed, hotels pre booked and London and Paris are in my sights. The fashion world operates by presenting collections for the following year ahead, so in September the Spring/Summer collections are shown and in February the Fall/Winter collections are presented. For a photographer covering the fashion calendar, a good knowledge of the trends, individual designers and key models can be important in knowing which shows to photograph, as the premier four fashion weeks New York, London, Milan and Paris all have shows overlapping and locations can be a fair distance between one another. Security is very tight at all shows with official press passes checked before entry is given to photographers.

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Sony Has a New Lineup of Circular Polarizing Filters

If you’re looking to maximize the performance of your Sony lenses in the great outdoors, the company has recently unveiled a new selection of filters to pair with your glass.

Heads up, Sony photographers! Aside from the newly launched 135mm f1.8 G Master FE Lens, Sony has also announced a bunch of new Circular Polarizing Filters. You might want to check them out if you’re a frequent user of filters to maximize the potential and quality of your shots.

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These Are the Top Instagram Hashtags You Should Use in 2019

Looking into getting more Instagram exposure for your work this year? These hashtags should help you get noticed.

While Instagram popularity should never be a yardstick by which you measure the quality or success of your work, it does remain one of the best avenues today to get your work noticed. Whether you’re just getting into the hashtag game on the platform or would like to up your Instagram presence a level (or a few), these suggestions from PhotoShelter are worth a try.

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