Instagram Hiding Likes Is Bad News for Us All

Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has helped change the landscape of the photographic industry. But recent changes haven’t come as good news for some.

Instagram is one of the hottest topics in the world of photography. Not just right now, but always. Some love it and some hate it. But as polarizing as it is, it remains one of the most popular photo-sharing sites in the world. Recent changes have pushed the app to the forefront of media attention, as the decision has been made to hide how many likes a photo receives. Many welcome the move; personally speaking, I think it’s a terrible idea.

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Lizzy Gadd on Adding an Ethereal and Artful Twist to Self-Portraits

Get inspired to break away from throwaway self-portraits with the work of Lizzy Gadd, who combines self-portraits and landscape photography with an ethereal twist.

Social media often gets us inundated with senseless selfies, giving the self-portrait a bad rap. But the work of photographer, artist, and writer Lizzy Gadd opens our eyes to the creative and artful possibilities of this type of photography. In a short film by SmugMug, she talks about how drawing ideas and inspiration from the energy of her emotions led her to develop her own stunning self-portrait style.

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Making Transparencies From Fujifilm Instax and Polaroid Films

It’s a popular project for  Polaroid instant films, but turns out producing transparencies from Fuji Instax films is also possible.

Looking for something creative and experimental with instant film? You might want to try transparency lifts. It’s a project more popular for Polaroid instant films but turns out that you can also do it for Fujifilm Instax films. It’s a permanent alteration of the prints, but maybe it could inspire you to get extra creative and make some interesting images out of it. Last year, Marco Christian Krenn of Analog Things shared how he creates transparencies out of Polaroid black and white films. He followed it up with another cool tutorial for using these transparencies into a multi-layer transparency lightbox using Polaroid black and white instant films. Since then, he’s been getting questions about whether it’s possible to do it with Instax films as well.

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You’re Doing it Wrong: How to Shoot Flash Photography During the Day

The key to using a flash on camera during the day is all about power output.

When you think about using a flash, you’re probably thinking about only using it at night where you need more light. But, believe it or not, the best time to use a flash is during the day. It essentially helps you get a better histogram reading by filling in details all across the board. It’s also much better than using constant lights.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Metering Modes in a Nutshell

Ever been confused about which of your camera’s metering modes is best for which scene? Keep this handy cheat sheet close on your next shoot!

If you’ve yet to master your camera’s features and settings, understanding the metering modes is one of the crucial elements to get started with. Through this functionality, your camera evaluates the best exposure settings to choose based on a particular scene. With this quick tutorial and cheat sheet from Digital Camera World, you’ll soon be able to get your exposure spot-on with the right metering mode. The tutorial explains how metering modes are valuable for ensuring that your photos are correctly exposed. They determine the extent of the darkest areas, brightest areas, and everything in between, as well as the best aperture and shutter speed combination. The cheat sheet below covers the four most common metering modes you’ll find in most cameras today, how they work, and when to use them.

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Back to School: The Best Cameras, Lenses, and More for 2019

Get some new camera gear just in time for the new school year.

As the summer is beginning to wind down in the United States, many students are beginning to gather supplies and other essentials in preparation for the upcoming school year. With the Fall semester rapidly approaching, we’ve put this roundup together for the photography enthusiasts looking to assemble their Back-To-School Photography Kit for the new school year.

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The Summer of Sigma Savings Event Can Save You up to $500

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If you’ve had your eye on any of the Sigma lenses listed here, you need to act now so that you can save huge amounts of money!

There are some truly amazing deals to be had on some of the best Sigma lenses around. In fact, this summer sales event is so huge, you can save up to $500 on some of the lenses that are a part of the sales event. The Sigma 35mm f1.4 can be yours for $699 (on multiple platforms), the incredible Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 can be picked up for $639 (various platforms), and the 24-105mm is down to just $779 (again on multiple platforms). The Sigma 16mm f1.4, 30mm f1.4, and the 56mm f1.4 with Sony E Mount have excellent discounts too! There are too many to list here so join us after the break to see all the deals on Sigma lenses for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony cameras. Continue reading…

Photographer Carmen Yahchouchy Visits Your World as You Sleep

All images by Carmen Yahchouchy. Used with permission.

“I was only a visitor to their ‘safe’ space, and they were eager to go back to ‘dreaming’ as well,” says photographer Carmen Yahchouchy. Carmen has an inquisitive mind. A tremendously intelligent photographer, she communicates her view of the world through compelling visual storytelling, as we see in her series, Vulnerable Visits. On a much deeper level, the place in which we rest can be something sacred, and Yahchouchy recognizes that. She took something as simple as men sleeping and turned it into an exploration of anxiety, dreams, and vulnerability. The work is simple in execution, but complex in its meaning – naturally, we found this intriguing.

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Exploring the Bigger Creative Roles of Film Photography and Print (NSFW)

For Nick Sabatalo, film photography is less about the cool factor and more about its role as a bastion of fine art alongside the print.

With film photography still having a place in our creative arsenal, we’re always curious about how fellow film photographers are going against the grain and making the most out of the unique medium. So, when (currently) Los Angeles-based fashion photographer and casting director Nick Sabatalo got in touch with us to share the latest in his film photography forays, we were curious. Five years after picking up a film camera, he’s now venturing into a major component of the medium that most of today’s film photographers are skipping: making fine art prints of their images. In our chat with Nick, we asked him to tell us more about his insights on print (specifically darkroom printing), the plans for his all-film photography magazine, and what roles film is meant to fill in the realm of fine art photography.

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The iPad Pro Is a Powerhouse for Creators, But Could Always Be Better

The iPad Pro has proven itself to be a powerful tool for photographers on the go, and with new models on the horizon, we take a quick look at what current models bring to the creator’s table, and what we’d like to see going forward.

The iPad Pro can be found in photography studios and photographers’ tool kits around the globe and they’re used for good reason. While I don’t always agree with what Apple does, it is hard to deny the fact that the company has the best tablet ever made as part of their portfolio. The iPad Pro took the device to new heights, and its capabilities were quickly loved by those in creative fields. Here we take a quick look at why the iPad Pro can become a photographer’s best friend, and what we would love to see in new models going forward. Continue reading…

Third Party Lenses Could Make Fujifilm’s GFX Cameras Unstoppable

Fujifilm’s GFX series of Medium Format cameras are holding their own, but third party lenses could really take them over the edge.

Fujifilm has been working wonders in the niche world of Medium Format cameras, so much so that Sony recently announced a camera (the a7r IV) that will offer “Medium Format Quality” even though it’s a Full Frame camera. It’s evident that other manufacturers are impressed but also worried about Fujifilm’s ability to produce affordable Medium Format cameras. Fujifilm’s dream is to one-up the Full Frame crowd. One thing they lack though is excellent third party support. Thankfully this is starting to change thanks to companies like Laowa, who just announced their first lens for the GFX line. Join us after the break to see more details about the lens, and to see why we think third party lenses could really take Fujifilm’s offerings over the edge. Continue reading…

7 Mirrorless Cameras Perfect for Students Heading Off to School

These Mirrorless cameras are perfect for capturing memories of the best days of your life.

Are you a student heading into their final year of high school? Perhaps you’re about to embark on the next stage of your journey and you’re heading off to college, or maybe you’re in the final year of your four-year school. Either way, these are all monumental moments, and you should cherish them. Having a camera with you will help you capture the memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Whether it’s memories made with friends, your personal achievements, or even wild parties you want to remember, these Mirrorless cameras will help you. Here are seven easy to use Mirrorless cameras that won’t break the bank. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: This Great Capture One Pro Tutorial Is Only $25 (Reg $99)

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Act fast and don’t miss out on owning the most comprehensive Capture One Pro 12 tutorial for only $25.

Are you one of the thousands of photographers who have recently said goodbye to Adobe and have chosen to go with Capture One Pro 12? Perhaps you need a little guidance to get the most out of the software, or maybe you made the switch and are doing okay but want to really unleash the power of this photo editor. If any of those sound like you, you’ll absolutely love this Capture One Pro 12 tutorial and that you can get it for only $25 (regularly $99) for the next 72 hours. Click on through to learn more about this fantastic deal. Continue reading…

Yusuke Nishibe’s Creative Photos Honor a Traditional Japanese Print

All photos by Yusuke Nishibe. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Before photography became one of the primary tools for creative expression and documentary work, there were traditional art and printing techniques. Japan was a cradle of some of the most fascinating of these, including a nature printing method called Gyotaku. It’s safe to say that it inspired Yokosuka based Yusuke Nishibe to use photography as a way of paying tribute to the unique craft with his own digital version.

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Tobias Friedrich’s Old Canon DSLR Captures Critters of the Deep Seas

All photos by Tobias Friedrich. Used with Creative Commons permission,

If you were fascinated with the surreal sea creatures photographed by Tobias Friedrich during one of his blackwater dives, he’s got more to satisfy your curiosity. In his latest snaps, he showcases the diversity of tiny critters in tropical waters of Indonesia, training his macro lens on creatures both weird and wonderful. If you have a keen interest in marine life, or simply find blackwater diving intriguing, this collection will surely be worth checking out.

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Boys! Boys! Boys! Further Shows Objectification of Women in Photography

To follow the full scope of this article, please see the prior piece written on this gallery’s approach to online auctions.

Sometimes people throw out the modern cultural adage ‘stay in your lane,‘ with varying degrees of validity. Thanks to Black Box Gallery, this is a particularly evident case of “more than warranted” – it’s undeniable that the respect and representation of the queer/gay male community are held in much higher regard by the curators than their respect for women. In their previous auction, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Black Box showed lewd, borderline pornographic (and I don’t mean that in any anti-porn capacity: we as a culture need to embrace more sex positivity and end slut-shaming. Rather, I’m speaking to the hypersexualized nature of the curation), male-fantasy driven imagery portraying ‘women’s powerful sexuality’ through the lens of the male gaze. In this new auction which, for the purposes of this comparison piece, could not be more appropriately named, we see an exploration of the queer/gay male community via male sexuality.

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10 Lenses to Pair with the Sony a7r IV for Sensational Studio Shoots

If you’re going to ante up for the Sony a7r IV and you do a lot of studio shoots, you might want to consider using these incredible lenses.

The Sony a7r IV is going to be one powerful camera, and we’re sure many photographers will decide to splash the cash on the Full Frame Mirrorless beast once it hits stores later this year. If you’re a photographer who does a lot of studio shoots, and want to be able to get the best out of the 61 Megapixel sensor, you’re going to need lenses that can resolve a ton of detail. In this roundup, we take a look at 10 lenses perfect for studio shoots.

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Giacomo Bruno Makes a Beautiful Tribute to the Masters of Japan

All photos by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When it comes to getting a glimpse of life in the world’s best-known places, Giacomo Bruno remains one of our go-to documentary photographers. The last time we followed the adventures of the Milan-based photographer, he took us to the depths of the Amazon forest in Brazil to show how the people of Beira do Río grow and harvest the açaì berry. His latest travels took him to Japan, which he found a fascinating country for its strong and heartfelt adherence to traditions, especially when it comes to art and craftsmanship. Of course, he couldn’t pass up documenting this particular side of the country’s culture. He did so by photographing the masters of the most typical and traditional of the Japanese arts.

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A New Universal KUVRD Camera Strap Has Smashed Its Kickstarter Goal

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If you’re looking for a new way to carry around your camera, you might want to check out the new KUVRD camera strap. 

After experiencing major success on Kickstarter with their universal lens caps, KUVRD has returned to the platform with a new project, and it looks like the masses are just as excited about it as they were about the lens caps. The new, universal KUVRD camera strap promises to be the only camera strap you’ll ever need thanks to its no-fuss, easy to use design. Click on through the break to see what all the fuss is about. Continue reading…

Analog Self-Portraits Help Chantal Convertini to Love and Accept (NSFW)

All images by Chantal Convertini. Used with permission. 

“I don’t like these overly perfect fashion images that are as pretty as they are empty.” That’s the thought of Chantal Convertini. She adds, “shooting self-portraits is a form of self-acceptance and self-love.” She gives her audience a raw, straight out of camera view of her world with film photography that is gentle, but also has a powerful message – we’re human, we’re different, and that’s okay. In her portfolio, a mix of portraits and self-portraits, we see women wanting to connect to themselves, not to the self that society tells them to connect to. We find this truly inspiring and we adore the beautiful results that come from this creative approach.

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Review: Fujifilm GFX 100 (A Revolution in High Megapixel Imaging)

The sheer power of the Fujifilm GFX 100 and its price point is enough to turn the heads of many, but some issues show there’s more to a camera than its sensor.

Fujifilm shocked the world when they announced the Fujifilm GFX 100. The GFX 100 follows the already impressive GFX 50S and the GFX 50R. There’s already a solid line-up of glass for the platform, so the GFX 100 can hit the ground running. Somehow, Fujifilm has made a camera that breaches the 100 Megapixel mark. Priced at $9,999.95, surely, there has to be a catch! So what do we have with the Fujifilm GFX 100? Well, we have one heck of a sensor. This sensor is paired with one of the most impressive AF systems we have used in recent memory, and it has IBIS. Fujifilm says that the GFX 100 is revolutionary because, for the first time, a Medium Format camera can be used outside a studio setting and off of a tripod, while still recording insanely detailed images. Can the Fujifilm GFX 100 live up to the hype?

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