Travel Photography: How to Be Unique in 2022

Many photographers dream of traveling the world. Using the craft to gain access to places they’ve seen online seems like a dream come true. Having the ability to travel is a privilege a photographer can enjoy if they put time and effort into the craft. However, travel photography has dramatically changed over the years. What was once an opportunity for a select few is now accessible to the masses. So if everyone’s doing it, is it possible to make unique travel photography in 2022?

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Photography Inspiration: How to Avoid Imitating Your Idols

Almost every photographer enjoys the work of other photographers in the industry. When you start your photography journey, it’s natural to look at work of professional photographers and think, “I want to make photographs just like that.” That’s fine in the beginning because you can use photography inspiration as fuel for study. The reality is, it’s likely going to be years before you make photographs close to the standard of your inspirations. As time moves on, you risk falling into the trap of no longer using a photographer’s work as inspiration, but as something you imitate.

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This Is Why Your Pictures Suck (And How to Fix Them): Part 3

The internet has become instrumental in how we share and access photography. Pictures once reserved for high-end galleries, accessible only to those with money, are now available for anyone with an internet connection. That’s a good thing. I do wonder, though, how has consuming photography online impacted the way we create. Has it, in many ways, made photographers lazy?

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The Most Important Lessons of Light in Street Photography

Speak to any photographer from any discipline and they’ll likely tell you the most important thing to master is light. You may have great creative vision and an eye for a good scene, but if you don’t understand how to light your frame there’s a strong chance your photograph is a dud. That’s especially true in street photography, where most of us work with only natural light. I’ve had a lot of lessons over the years, and below (with the input from another street photographer), I’ll share what I’ve learned with you.

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Street Photography: Why I Love the Craft So Much

In February, I wrote an article about why I love my Fujifilm XT2. While I’m not one to pat myself on the back, I’m very proud of that article. Not because it was popular with our readers, but because I was able to put into words my feelings for something that those on the outside would see as merely a tool. Beyond my camera, there’s something I love even more; street photography. Allow me to try to put that love into words.

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Why It’s Not Important to Find Your Photography Niche

What’s my photography niche? How do I find my photography niche? I’m struggling to find my niche. There are some of the questions and comments that arise for photographers. Once the initial infatuation fades, many believe it’s time to knuckle down and find a genre that best amplifies their photographic voice. When people can’t find that niche, they become disillusioned and feel like something is wrong, but there isn’t.

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Street Photography: Why You Need to STOP Chasing Perfection

A significant part of street photography is chasing the shot. Photographers spend hours roaming the streets, hoping to find the perfect scene to create the perfect image. Because of the complexity and unpredictability of street photography, most people return home disappointed, unhappy they didn’t find what they were looking for. I’m here to explain why street photographers need to stop chasing the perfect shot.

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Alessa Grande’s Beautiful Portraits Show That Everyone Is Perfect

“I am an artist-photographer,” writes Alessa Grande in her artist bio. Hailing from Salzburg, Germany, she found inspiration to enter the world of photography from her father. After borrowing his camera, she became hooked on the craft. Since that time, she’s been working tirelessly to explore the creative possibilities that come from standing behind her artistic tool.

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This Toxic Approach to Street Photography Needs to Stop Now!

There isn’t one approach to street photography. That’s what makes the genre so beautifully diverse. Naturally, when there’s so much diversity, it opens the door to differing opinions on the right and wrong approach. I do my best to keep a balanced perspective; just because it’s not right for me doesn’t mean it’s wrong. However, I believe one approach to street photography is flawed, and it’s something we need to address.

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Photo Editing: Why It’s Important Not to Do It Too Soon

Photo editing goes hand in hand with making photographs. Some photographers enjoy the process, while others loathe it. Either way, it’s a common part of a photographer’s practice and something that helps give photographs more punch. Approaches differ, but many photographers like to begin editing images as soon as they return home. This article looks at the pros and cons of that method.

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5 of the Best Highlights From Inside the Photographer’s Mind

In 2021, The Phoblographer resurrected Inside the Photographer’s Mind. We offer the show in the form of a video and audio podcast, and we aim to bring the very best in photography conversations. Another core aim is to have the most diverse group of guests to highlight all voices and perspectives within the photo industry. It’s been a pleasure putting together the first batch of episodes. In this piece, we reflect on some of the highlights.

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Unique Photographs of London Teach How Not to Be Cliche

London is a magical city full of history and wonder. Beautiful architecture, tight, intimate streets, and multiculturalism make up what many feel is the best city in the world. Naturally, photographers far and wide come to create photographs of London. This leads to many cliche shots, but it also leads to potentially unique stories that only the most talented photographers can create. This piece will look at some of the best stories to come out of England’s capital.

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Excellent Black and White Film Photography That Will Inspire You

Film photography still has its place in the modern world. While the capabilities of digital cameras continue to improve, some people prefer to stick with the basic tools needed to create photographs. We’re big fans of that here at The Phoblographer. And we especially enjoy looking at black and white film photography; it feels like the imagery is in its purest form. If you’re looking for some inspiration to pick up an analog camera, you’ve come to the right place. The photographers below offer work that will make you want to go out and shoot.

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Never Again! Using a Telephoto Lens for Street Photography

I traditionally use a Fujifilm 35mm f2 lens when I’m shooting street photography. On my Fujifilm X-T2, that’s around a 53mm full-frame equivalent. It works well for me and helps me achieve the shots I want. I’d say most street photographers use a similar lens. We tend to use lenses ranging from 23mm to around 70-80mm. Many would deem anything beyond that “unsuitable for street photography.” So, to break some trends and ruffle some feathers, I pulled out a Fujifilm 55-200mm to see if I could use a telephoto lens for street photography. Let’s take a look.

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Christian Cross Is a Powerful Voice the Photo Industry Desperately Needs

At first glance, you may think the photographer Christian Cross is the type of man you’d want to avoid. He has all the characteristics to play the “hard man” in a Hollywood movie: shaved head, muscles, and tattoos. However, if you were to speak to him, you’d quickly realize he has a gentle, thoughtful character that loves being around people and loves taking pictures of them.

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OP: Ed Why I’m Against All the Hate for NFT Photography

I see a lot of hate online for NFT photography. Many people in the photography community see it as a fad, a waste of time, and a cult. The NFT market skyrocketed into the mainstream in the past year, and photography is one section that has led to people having great success. It’s not perfect, but it does seem to be a new avenue for photographers to earn money. So, why all the hate?

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