What You Should Know Before Buying a 135mm Lens

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The 135mm lens is a magical wonder for many photographers. It’s a long lens: arguably the longest practical portrait lens. In the past, many photographers loved the lens for more than just portraits. It’s a great candid lens; you can be far from a subject before being noticed. And if you’re a certain type of photographer, it might never leave your camera. The 135mm lens has lots of desirable qualities about it, but before you make the commitment, let’s go over a few things.

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The Best Sony G Master Prime Lenses for Candid Photography

The Sony G Master Lens Lineup are the best offerings Sony makes. If you’re a Canon user, think of this as L glass. Sony goes out of their way to be clinically perfect, and it comes through in these lenses. If you’re a street photographer, wedding photographer, event photographer, or photojournalist, consider these. We’re selecting the best Sony G Master Prime Lenses for candid shooters. Take a look!

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Open Your Eyes: Why Candid Photography Is Under Threat

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Often, we fail to see an issue until it happens. Though the reality is, the signs were evident that a problem was approaching. The law protects candid photography and our right to document in public spaces. It allows us to make images, even if some around us prefer we don’t. But events in recent years could be a sign that the future of candid photography isn’t secure. And if we don’t treat this as a critical situation, the right to do what we love and need may disappear.

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The Best Lenses for Candid Portraiture

So you want to do candid portraiture? Well, here are the lenses for you!

Chances are most of you shoot portraiture of some kind, be that families, weddings, kids, boudoir, pets, etc. But one niche of portraiture that is often overlooked is candid portraiture, which to some extent could also probably be classified as lifestyle in some scenarios. What is important in candid portraiture? Heck, you may even be asking yourself right now what candid portraiture even is. Continue reading…

Review: Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 (Sony E Mount, FE Bodies)

Perhaps my favorite of the lineup, the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 may be the first Loxia lens that many pick up

The Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 is a lens that when you look at it, it seems to be very much like most of the other Loxia lenses on the market. And in accordance to design standards that just makes sense. The Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 sports an all metal body, weather sealing throughout the lens, a manual aperture ring, and focusing ring, and is one of the first lenses from the Zeiss Loxia lineup that you’d genuinely consider at both the price point and the featureset. It’s targeted to street photographers, landscape photographers, architectural shooters, and more. I love it for candid shooting and when combined with a solid camera body like the Sony a7r III, there isn’t very much to complain about.

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Four Low Profile Pancake Lenses That Are Perfect for Candid and Street Photography

One of the best things about pancake lenses isn’t necessarily just their low profile, but the fact that they encourage you to carry your camera everywhere with you. That mean that at all times, you can be ready to capture candid moments as they happen in front of you. They’re not going to stick out in a crowd and the performance of many of them are really terrific.

So with that said, we’ve gone through our reviews index and looked at a number of great pancake lenses that we’ve tested.

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Giovanni Aiello Captures Candid And Spontaneous Moments In Street Photography

All images by Giovanni Aiello. Used with permission. 

There are typically two extremes to the street photography approach. One is being completely stealthy and ninja-like to capture spontaneous, unposed, and original moments happening on the streets, as if the photographer is merely observing without active interaction (eg Henri Cartier-Bresson). This is opposed to the straight-in-the-face, direct, confrontational approach (eg Bruce Gilden). Giovanni Aiello found himself identifying with the former approach in street photography, which he has been doing on the northeastern streets of Italy.

Since the University days of studying psychology, Giovanni Aiello has always been curious and fascinated by human nature and emotions. Therefore it was not a coincidence that he took up street photography to document everyday life around him, while including emotions in his street photographs. Giovanni claimed his photography has no journalistic intent or educational purpose, and instead he was merely observing the people he encountered on the street and tried to capture the feelings associated with the scenes he framed. He further acknowledged that, while images ultimately are shown in just two-dimensional format, human feelings however have infinite dimensions.  Continue reading…

13 Great Lenses for Capturing Candid Photos

Capturing candid images is easy, but only those of us with the acquired skill are able to really show off some of the most frank moments in time. At this point in technology, it’s very tough for mostly any lens to have a hard time capturing great photos. But some, because of inherent qualities do a better one. Whether it’s firmware updates, an aperture that let’s you separate the subject from the background, etc it’s all possible.

We scoured our reviews index to find lenses with good focusing abilities and an aperture that lets you make your subject stand out when capturing candids. Check them out after the jump.

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UNLIMITED METROCARD: Gretchen Robinette’s Candid NYC subway Photographs

All images by Gretchen Robinette. Used with permission.

Photographer Gretchen Robinette has been featured many times on this site before. She’s a photojournalist here in NYC and has work that regularly appears in Gothamist and many other local fixtures–especially in the concert scene. While it’s really easy to fall in love with her work, Gretchen‘s best stuff is her personal projects; as is the case with many artists.

On April 17th, the work from her Unlimited Metrocard series will be on debut at Max Fish Bar and Art Gallery in New York’s Lower East Side. The series encompasses Gretchen’s street photography images taken on the New York Subway. All of the work was done with her iPhone, and shows off how she was able to capture images of people with some of them looking straight at her in full awareness.

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The Three Best Focal Lengths For Shooting Candid Photos

Pro Tip: Manual focus lenses make you require the way that your brain tells you to shoot. Instead of just putting a viewfinder to your eye, focusing, and shooting, sometimes you pre-focus, put the viewfinder to your eye and either shoot immediately or touch up just a bit. You can do this using the depth of field scale.

Pro Tip: Manual focus lenses make you require the way that your brain tells you to shoot. Instead of just putting a viewfinder to your eye, focusing, and shooting, sometimes you pre-focus, put the viewfinder to your eye and either shoot immediately or touch up just a bit. You can do this using the depth of field scale.

Modern autofocus is quite good–don’t get us wrong. But when push comes to shove and you need to capture a moment in a split-second, some focal lengths are easier to work with than others. Part of this has to do with depth of field at a specific distance and the other has to do with the specific focal length. For what it’s worth, a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens focused out to 7 feet away and shooting from the same distance will have a varying amount of the scene in focus. The telephoto will have less in focus while more of the scene will be in focus with the wider angle lens.

But at the same time, you may not want to be so close to the scene that you’re within arm’s length of the person or scene being photographed. So to do that, we’re recommending three focal lengths that are best for candid photos.

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Respect For Your Subjects in Street Photography

Ilford Delta 800

There was a time when I often felt a quiet rage when a photograph I wanted to make didn’t work out. It was either at myself or at the person (or people) I was trying to photograph. With the former, it could’ve been that I reacted too slowly, I wasn’t in the right position, or I hadn’t set my camera properly. With the latter, my subject didn’t what the photograph needed or they became aware of what I was doing. I can’t do anything about the first because I don’t set up scenes because that’s not what you do in street photography. With the second, it often felt as if they had transgressed, that their not wanting to be photographed was somehow an affront to me. It was a while before I realized that no one owes me a photograph.

Belligerence towards an unwilling subject in street photography is at the very least unwarranted and deeply disrespectful. It signifies a disconnect, a lack of empathy, which ultimately affects the image and the photographer. Frustration is a very real and natural thing to feel, but when a photograph goes untaken, it’s gone. Nothing can really be done about it, and when someone signals that they want no part of it, it’s best to let it go.

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