8 Sensational Photography Projects and the Cameras Used to Make Them

A good photography project takes time to create. A lot of thought needs to go into the execution, as photographers decide the best route to deliver the look they want to achieve. Beyond the images, a good photography project must send a message. Whether it’s positive, negative, or neutral, the intention has to connect with the viewer. The difficulty of this is why many projects fail, but we’re not here to talk about those. We’re here to focus on the wins. Let’s take a look.

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Will Burrard-Lucas Went on a Quest to Find a Rare Black Leopard in Africa

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“At night, it was always the black leopard’s eyes that struck me,” Will Burrard-Lucas remembers. “In fact, he was usually completely invisible in the black of night, except for his eyes reflecting brightly in my torch beam.” The wildlife photographer saw his first spotty leopard in Tanzania at the tender age of five. Just over thirty years later, he stood face-to-face with a rare black leopard in Laikipia, Kenya. With the thrum of crickets and the occasional call of a rock hyrax filling the air, their eyes met for just an instant before the panther slinked away in the dark. 

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In ‘Las Vegas,’ Tylor Thurier Shows a Quiet Side of the City

All photos by Tylor Thuirer. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When you think of Las Vegas, Nevada, you think of the casinos…of people dressed in suits, gowns, and in Elvis Presley costumes…of the seemingly endless nights fueled by hedonism, set against the backdrop of vivid color and bright, flashing lights. It’s a fast-paced city that seemingly doesn’t sleep, the ultimate place to go for wild fun. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” after all.

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This 50 Image Composite of Hong Kong’s Sunset Looks Like a Gorgeous Painting

Image by Lucan Coutts. Used with permission.

Photographer Lucan Coutts is quite obviously a fantastic photographer. This is not only proven by his beautiful vistas, but his conceptual work as well. It’s not often that we see conceptual landscape or cityscape photography, but when we do it’s often absolutely jaw dropping as the process involves the skill of both capturing and creating instead of one or the other. That’s what Lucan created when he shared this image of Hong Kong as it transitioned to sunset.

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Review: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens (Canon EF Mount)

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens is fantastic: will you trade up for it?

One of the best pieces of news professional working photographers have heard in the lens world could be about the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. Unlike many first party options out there, it has optical stabilization built in which helps a lot at weddings, events, for portraits, etc. Those types of photographers will greatly appreciate this addition on top of the already fantastic optics. Speaking of those optics, Sigma has consistently hit the ball out of the park in our reviews, and I’m happy to say they’re pretty much going to do this same thing in this review. But I should warn you that Sigma’s zoom lenses, while good, aren’t their primes. Sigma’s prime lenses are better. So if you want the best of every focal length offered here, you probably won’t be satisfied until you go for their f1.4 primes instead. And like many of those other lenses, you can take the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art out into the rain due its weather resistance.

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Review: Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 with Composer Pro II (Canon EF Mount)

The Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic has been long overdue in some ways–a more modern lens with sharp elements, and overall high quality optics makes more sense when you combine them with higher resolution camera sensors. But of course, if you know anything about Lensbaby, you’re probably aware that nothing is really supposed to be incredibly, ultimately sharp. When used correctly, the Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic can be just that. It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the Composer Pro, which acts like a tilt shift mechanism when the focusing of the lens and the shifting of the Composer Pro are used together.

Overall, the Lensbaby Sweet 80mm f2.8 optic is one of my favorites along with the 50mm optic. But what the 80mm does is make both landscape and portraiture really fun again.

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Review: Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II (Canon EF Mount)

Canon has always been a company that is a bit slower to change things, and so when the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II was announced, I was pleased to see that they did a number to fix many issues with the previous lens. With that said though, years have passed now and the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II more or less looks like every other option on the market. Some of the new welcome additions are the prevention of lens creep incorporated into the design, a lock to keep the lens locked in at 24mm, better weather sealing, faster autofocus, and less issues with image quality. For years, the previous version of the lens was my bread and butter option. While many photographers reach for the 24-70mm f2.8 lenses, I tend to go for the longer focal range option.

For only $1,099 you’re getting one of the best bang for your buck L lenses that Canon offers. At a more expensive price point than Sigma’s 24-105mm f4 DG OS HSM, you’re paying for weather sealing and the ability to lock the lens at 24mm to prevent it from extending when in your camera bag. that and less contrast in the images. But the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II’s main strength is in the versatility it offers the photographer.

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Which One?: Canon 6D Mk II vs Canon 6D Original Comparison

Be sure to check out our Canon 6D Mk II first impressions.

When you ask the question of Canon 6D Mk II vs Canon 6D there are bound to be a lot of other questions that come up. With today’s announcement of the new Canon 6D Mk II, lots of photographers are wondering whether or not they should upgrade. I personally own the Canon 6D original; and it’s been one of my favorite Canon DSLRs for many years now. Some of the biggest updates to the line include a vari-angle LCD screen and a new 26MP full frame sensor. But there are a number of other differences too.

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The Canon 6D Mk II Sports a Vari-Angle LCD Screen With No 4K Video

Be sure to also check out our Canon 6D Mk II hands on first impressions.

Rumors about the Canon 6D Mk II have been circulating the web for a while now; and today the camera is getting officially announced. The new Canon 6D Mk II is in many ways an incremental upgrade from the original Canon 6D in that it’s not doing a whole lot to reinvent the wheel. Canon is using a brand new 26MP full frame sensor at the heart with the ability to go from ISO 100 to 40,000. It can shoot at up to 6.5 fps and when using the 45 autofocus points near the center of the frame you’ll be able to photograph birds and other animals with relative ease. One of the biggest changes to the Canon 6D Mk II is the new Vari-Angle LCD touchscreen. The touchscreen works when trying to take photos in Live View and when you’re trying to navigate the menus. Despite all the improvements to the screen though, there isn’t 4K video present in the camera despite there being 4K timelapse abilities.

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First Impressions: Canon 6D Mk II

Yup, the Canon 6D Mk II is real–and I had the chance to play with it a while back. The new camera is an interesting upgrade that is bound to be a hit with Canon die hard fanatics and those who love DSLRs. But those of us who have moved onto mirrorless cameras or have been considering them may be just a bit disappointed. In many ways, the Canon 6D Mk II feels like the Canon 5D Mk III. The original Canon 6D, which I own, feels like a true update to the Canon 5D Mk II–and so this evolution only makes sense. Like the original before it, the Canon 6D Mk II isn’t really designed to be a workhorse camera the way that the 5D series have always been. However, there are a lot of features that will surely make it an appropriate secondary camera.

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24 Hours on the Night Tube: Street Photos From a City Dweller

All images by Tarik Ahmet, used with permission. 

Metro commutes are a pain, as any city dweller will tell you. Be it a bus, a train, a subway, or a taxi: getting to and from your destination in a large city is no fun at all. That said, you can also find some interesting subjects, from a photography perspective, if you just open your eyes and look around. This is exactly what photographer Tarik Ahmet did in his project 24 Hours on the Night Tube Continue reading…

Review: Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM (Canon EF)

If you were to tell me that I would honestly fall in love with a Canon lens like the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM earlier this year, I would’ve told you that I’ve had my heart broken by the company many times in the past few years since the Canon 5D Mk III came out. But when I had the chance to play with the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM, I was rather excited by its output. Not because Canon flew me and a bunch of other journalists out to the Hot Air Balloon festival in New Mexico, but because when it was first announced I was honestly intrigued. The lens is billed as being completely and totally rectilinear–and when bringing the images into Adobe Lightroom, Adobe’s algorithms seemed to agree.

As one of the company’s wide angle zoom lens options, this is a lens designed for architecture, real estate, and landscape photographers. Instilled with Canon’s weather sealing present in most L lenses, it’s an optic that you’re bound to enjoy if you love shooting wide.

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On a Budget: Six Cameras For Natural Light Portrait Photographers

It’s true: any camera these days is capable of taking a great photo–especially with natural light portraits. Natural light portraiture is a staple of today’s professional photography market, and a favorite of those looking to dip their toes into the professional realm thanks to its low barrier of entry with gear beyond the camera and lens. But some do it better than others. In our opinion a key for this style of shooter would be the camera’s dynamic range, ISO performance and AF accuracy.

Today we wanted to look at our top 3 DSLR and top 3 mirrorless cameras that we have reviewed that are currently on the market for the the enthusiast and semi-professional wanting to get into natural light portraits.

Here are our picks…

*also Note, Today is Prime Day, and there are a TON of deals to be had over on Amazon. But many are time sensitive and those are hard to list out here, so, needless to say, head on over to Amazon and check out the available deals. You may be able to save yourself some major cash on that purchase you are already planning on making. 

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Review: Canon 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

Canon’s latest full-frame offering comes in below the 5D MKIII in the lineup, but offers an easier entry point for those looking to upgrade to a full-frame camera. With the exception of the now discontinued 5D MKII body (which one can still buy), the 6D presents itself as the least expensive full-frame body available brand new from Canon. Adorama was kind enough to supply us with a unit for review, and the following is a summary of my experience with Canon’s EOS 6D Full-Frame Body.

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Cheap Photo: Awesome Price Drops on the Canon 6D And More

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 6D Hands on review first impressions product images (1 of 6)ISO 1600

 

Canon has dropped their prices on some of their cameras and lenses. Check them out:

– Canon 50mm f1.8 = $89.99 when added to cart at Adorama or $94.00 at B&H Photo

– Canon 6D = $1,999.99 when added to cart at Adorama or B&H Photo

– Canon 7D = $1,199.00 when added to cart at Adorama or B&H Photo

– Canon Instant Savings on Speedlites and Lenses

AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT NIKON!

– Nikon D600 VIDEO KIT

– Nikon D600 PHOTO KIT

– Nikon Deals