Photographers Need More Practical Camera Bags for Women

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The design of many women’s products makes functionality feel like an afterthought. The front pocket of the jeans that I’m wearing won’t even fit half of my hand. (Forget about actually putting anything useful in them, like a phone or keys.) Men’s razors often have more blades for less money. Similarly, the vast majority of camera bags for women puts atheistic over function. I’m bombarded by Facebook ads for purse-like camera bags that place the weight of heavy gear on dainty straps. That’s fine for compact, lightweight gear, but what about a girl with a full-frame camera and an f2.8 zoom? There’s nothing dainty about carrying heavy lenses on a small slice of one shoulder. Women need a practical camera bag that carries lots of gear too. 

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You’re Too Busy Shooting for Likes and Missing Beautiful Moments

In an age when everyone is seeking to capture the so-called “Instagrammable” moments, we may be overlooking the simple joys and beauty in photographing the mundane. 

Social media has affected societies in ways that perhaps not a lot of us have foreseen. Like a wave crashing over the shore, it has taken over many aspects of our personal, social, and creative lives. Photographers of this generation are not immune to this, as evidenced by the myriad of trends that pop up on Instagram, further magnified by YouTube. What sells on these platforms dictate a lot of what is made and gets passed around. This observation has led me to think about how we’re missing out on a lot of beautiful and authentic moments simply because we’re overlooking the mundane.

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I’m Moving On From Flickr; But Here’s What I’ll Miss

Yes, I’m saying goodbye to Flickr. It was only a matter of time, but nonetheless, there are a few things I’ll miss about the platform.

I’ve recently decided to move on from Flickr, and this decision, as some of you may already have guessed, was prompted by their recent announcement regarding the 1,000 photo limit for free accounts. In fact, I’ve already started culling my uploads there to meet this limit before the January 8, 2019 deadline. Many photographers have long moved on from it (including most, if not all the Phoblographer Staff) so I’m sure it’s mostly surprising why it has taken me so long to come to this decision. But I liked being on the platform for a handful of reasons, albeit nostalgic at best given all the choices we have today. So yes, these are also the things I think I’ll miss.

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Actually, I Did Not Switch to Sony; This is Why

This is a syndicated blog post from Small Camera Big Picture. It and the contents here are being republished with exclusive permission.

Ugh, yeah I know. I just started using my Sony and now I’m done with it. I stand by what I said in the video below, Sony makes a good camera overall but the more I used the A7RIII the more I realized it was not for me.

If you are looking at getting into mirrorless cameras Sony is a good choice but so is Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic. All the major players in the mirrorless world share some technologies but it’s how they design the overall camera system that makes that brand a potential fit for you.

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Here’s the Real Reason Why We’re All Suckers for the Leica M6

The guys running Digital Darkroom have figured out why we’re all sold on the famed Leica M6

The Leica M6 is without a doubt a favorite of many Leica lovers, from ardent film photographers, to collectors looking for the rarest, most expensive special editions like the platinum-plated 150 Jahre Optik edition and ultra-rare M6A/M7 prototype. But why exactly are there so many suckers for the Leica M6? In the latest episode of the Digital Darkroom, Ian Wong and Derrick Wong try to figure out what makes this Leica model a cult classic.

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You’re Only Going to be “Minorly Annoying” as a Street Photographer

Eric Kim tells us why it’s okay to be “aggressive” as a street photographer and get our best shots

Street photography is certainly one of the most engaging genres to get into, but it also comes with some pretty significant caveats. Among them are the ethical considerations when it comes to taking photos of people on the streets, often without consent. The rules differ in every city, state, or country, but the general consensus says there shouldn’t be a problem taking photos in public spaces as long as you’re not photographing the homeless, disabled, sick, and even children. But what if you’re still having doubts about pressing the shutter, in the fear of upsetting a potential subject? Eric Kim says, just go and take that shot; you’re only going to “minorly annoy” someone.

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Op/Ed: Why I Bought a Sony A7

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While I did not sell everything for my Sony A7, owning it is a paradigm shift for me. Ever since I first got a preview of the Sony A7 at PhotoPlus 2013, it has been on my radar. It got our Editor’s Choice award when we reviewed it, and it was the only mirrorless camera that ever truly piqued my interest. I wondered, is the A7 a viable camera for portraits,weddings, and other styles of photography? Well after all that thought and a price decrease from Sony, I picked up an A7 with a 28-70mm kit lens. A few people had to pick up their jaws from the ground, so I figured I would explain my purchase.

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