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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Budget Portrait Magic: Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Review

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At the initial launch, the Canon RF mount had few budget-friendly options, but the Mirrorless lens line-up is quickly catching up. The Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM is one of those lenses. An ideal focal length for portraiture, Canon also tossed in .5x macro capabilities — the lens isn’t a one genre shooter. Priced at $600, the lens is easily the more accessible option than the $3,000 RF 85mm f1.2 L USM DS.

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The Winner (And Runners Up) of the Great Outdoors Photography Contest

Today, we’re announcing the winner and the runners up for our Great Outdoors Photography Contest.

We are done withour amazing Great Outdoors Photography Contest with Olympus, and this has been an awesome contest for me to judge. One winner is getting an OMD EM5 Mk III and a 12-45mm f4 PRO lens. This contest was not easy to judge at first, but then the Editor in Chief inside of me really took over. With nearly 1,000 entries from talented photographers across the globe, you all took a low-risk gamble to win a big prize. And for those of you who are new to the site, I welcome you. I hope that you’ll stick around for the future.

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Jesse Kincaid: How He Shot This Beautiful, Contest Winning Photo

All images by Jesse Kincaid. Used with permission.

“…this just goes to show you what is possible even when you don’t have the ‘PERFECT’ setup,” amateur photographer Jesse Kincaid tells us in our interview about how he got the lead image. Jesse is the winner of our recent Landscape photography contest with Tamron. After winning the 17-28mm f2.8 lens, Jesse is now making this his go-to lens. His beautiful image of the night sky was done with gear that he considers not ideal. And we’re excited to see what he can produce with something that he feels is even better.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Photographing Animals in Wildlife Parks

If you’re planning to practice wildlife photography in parks and sanctuaries, make sure to bring this photography cheat sheet with you!

Wildlife photography can be extra challenging to get into, so lots of practice is required for anyone who wants to make it their genre of choice. Fortunately, there are parks and sanctuaries you can visit to practice in before embarking on wildlife adventures. If you already have a location in mind and plan to practice there soon, we have just the photography cheat sheet to make things a bit easier for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

If you haven’t tried shooting portraits with a 35mm lens, our very own photography cheat sheet should be able to help with some quick tips!

We don’t usually reach for the 35mm lens when it comes to shooting portraits, but when it’s the only lens available during a shoot, or you want to experiment with different focal lengths, it pays to know how to work with it. A common scenario you may find yourself in while using this lens street portraits during a photowalk around town. For today’s photography cheat sheet, we bring some simple tips to help you make the most of the extra coverage provided by 35mm lenses for portrait work.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Make Your Travel Photos Not Suck

Whether you’re just getting started with photography or need more tips to improve your photo editing skills, today’s photography cheat sheet has you covered.

Post-processing remains an integral part of photography today, so it’s important to have a good grasp of what apps, editing software, and techniques will make your photos stand out or fit the look you’re going for. If you’re still new to this or are looking for more ways to get better at it, we have just the photography cheat sheet for you.

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Phoblographer’s Guide to the Top 10 Photography Terms for Beginners

Whether you’re a novice who is picking up a camera for the first time and want to get the lay of the land, or a pro in need of a refresher, this handy guide has you covered on photography terms.

So, you just received a new camera as a gift during the winter holidays. Or, perhaps you finally decided to take your interest in photography to the next level and graduated from your phone to a dedicated camera. You’ve taken the camera out of the box, but have no idea how to make sense of all the different dials and buttons. What do all the settings and photography terms mean? If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, take a deep breath. It’s going to be OK! We’ve all been there.

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A Guide to Street Photography For Beginners You Can’t Ignore

This is a syndicated blog post from Photographer Touch. It is being syndicated with permission. Original blog post by James Miller.

As a street photography enthusiast, I like the adrenaline when taking pictures in the public without making people curious. Taking pictures of strangers was often hard; however, I soon discovered that almost everyone likes to be photographed if you respect their privacy and feelings. Street photography is all about documenting life and our society. It does not have to be shot on the streets as photographers also take pictures inside malls, airport, and many other public places. The purpose of these pictures is to capture human emotions, feelings, and soul. This guide is written to introduce you to this fascinating art, which can often become addictive as you start enjoying its different themes.

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How to Get the Most from a 50mm F1.8 Lens for Portraits

The 50mm f1.8 lens is an affordable option that photographers use to get images that really “wow” them.

Photographers who get into the artform because of their interest in portraits will often reach for a lens like a nifty 50 — the 50mm f1.8. Though it isn’t the most ideal option overall, these lenses are highly capable. For their affordable price points, these lenses can remain in a photographer’s camera bag for years as a staple option to shoot portraits with. Over the years they have become better, incorporating better optical formulas, nicer bokeh, arguably better build quality, and most of all the ability to keep up with the demands of higher resolution cameras. So if you want to shoot portraits with a nifty 50 lens, then consider the fact that the tool ultimately doesn’t matter: it’s all about how you use it.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Top 10 Photography Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve been equipping yourself with the essential photography do’s. Now, it’s time to learn about the don’ts with today’s photography cheat sheet. 

All the previous photography cheat sheets we’ve shared so far have been arming you with essential tips and tricks to get you a step ahead in your photography game. This time, however, we think it’s worth letting you in on the most common mistakes photographers either overlook or fail to account for. So, for today’s photography cheat sheet, let’s take a look at the top 10 mistakes experienced photographers urge us to avoid.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Composing Using Lines and Patterns

Experts recommend it all the time, but what does it mean to use lines and patterns in composition? This photography cheat sheet by Canon shows us how.

Think your photography can improve? There’s a good chance you need to work on your composition. Using lines and patterns can do wonders in making photos look visually stunning, or give them more impact. But how exactly? Canon once again comes to the rescue with another photography infographic that shows us how to use lines and patterns for photos that command attention.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Manual Photography in Film


If you’ve decided to go the more challenging route of shooting manual when using film, you’ll definitely need today’s photography cheat sheet.

As if manual photography isn’t already challenging as is with digital cameras, believe it or not, some prefer doing it on film. If that sounds like a challenge you want to try, we have something to help make that a bit easier for you. Today’s manual photography cheat sheet, by The Studio at Zippi, is especially put together with tips to help film photographers get great results.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Wildlife Photography Tips for the Novice

If you’re just getting into wildlife photography, we’re sure you’ll need to bring this handy photography cheat sheet with you when you practice.

Wildlife photography is definitely one of the most challenging yet exciting genres to get into, but we can’t blame you if it has become your newfound passion. It will definitely require a lot from you gear-wise, planning-wise, and technique-wise. But today’s handy photography cheat sheet will equip you with some cool tips and tricks to get you started.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Basic Photography Composition Tips

If anyone has come to you for advice on how to take better photos, here’s a quick photography cheat sheet you can share with them. 

We have to start somewhere when learning a new skill or hobby, and photography is no different. Whether it’s shooting with a new camera or taking better photos with a smartphone, there are some essential basic photography rules you would need to practice. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will help you master four composition techniques and start creating visual masterpieces.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners

Want to get into landscape photography but don’t know where to start? Let this photography cheat sheet be your quick and handy guide.

It’s easy to see why a lot of us want to dabble in landscape photography once in a while, as it often goes hand-in-hand when you’re a lover of the great outdoors. However, if you look for inspiration long and hard enough, you’ll eventually realize that there’s more to a great landscape photo than just a snapshot of the scene before you. This is where today’s featured photography cheat sheet will be of great help. If you’re just about to do landscape photography more seriously, refer to this guide for some useful tips and tricks.

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The Essential Film Photography Checklist: What You Need to Get Started

Want to dip your toes into film photography but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a quick checklist for you.

Film is not dead, and you’re living proof of it for wanting to try it out. Maybe you were curious after seeing some film photos in your Instagram feed. Or, you came across film photographers whose work you really liked. Perhaps you found your grandparents’ old film cameras and have been wondering if they’re still working. Whatever your reason, this simple checklist should help you get started.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering Composition for Landscapes

Before you set your exposure for a landscape photo, make sure your composition is on point. Use this photography cheat sheet as your guide to master working landscape scenes. 

Getting the exposure right is only half of the job when it comes to landscape photography; it’s just as important to have eye-catching composition. These two elements work together to make an outstanding landscape photo that goes beyond the snapshot. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a great resource both for those who are new to shooting landscapes and those who want to keep improving their composition.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: A Beginner’s Checklist for Great Photography

Finally made the decision to move on from your smartphone camera? Consider today’s photography cheat sheet as a checklist of the stuff you need to get started.

Photography can seem daunting to get into for anyone who started with smartphone cameras, but with today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll have an idea where and what to begin with. This cheat sheet covers everything from the gear you’ll need to buy to the shooting techniques you’ll want to learn. Step right up if this sounds like something you need to jump-start your photography journey!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Lines to Evoke Emotions

Whether you’re drawn to abstracts and patterns or simply want to use leading lines to make your compositions dynamic, this photography cheat sheet brings some ideas to try.

Experimental approaches to photography often borrow from other creative disciplines like cinema, illustration, and painting. With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to glean from the pages of Creative Illustration by American illustrator, author, and art instructor Andrew Loomis. Today, we invite you to look at his concepts on lines to supplement what we already know about using leading lines and shapes for photography composition.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: The DSLR for Dummies

This photography cheat sheet covers everything you need to know to shoot great photos with a DSLR.

So, you’ve taken the next step in serious photography and got yourself a DSLR camera. At first, it may seem intimidating and greatly technical to shoot with it compared to a smartphone or digital point-and-shoot camera. But you’re also set to embark on an exciting journey to taking significantly better photos. To prepare you for that, we bring a photography cheat sheet that will serve as your comprehensive DSLR camera guide.

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