April 25, 2019

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Tamron Unveils the 35-150mm f/2.8-4 FF Lens for Canon and Nikon

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Tamron has announced the new 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043), a fast and compact portrait zoom lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs. The lens measures just 4.9 inches (12.4cm) long and features fast, quiet, and precise autofocus thanks to the OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor.The Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system in the lens helps provide solid AF performance and 5-stop vibration compensation at the same time.Other features and specs of the lens include special lens elements that “quash” optical aberrations, a minimum object distance of 17.7 inches (45cm), a 77mm filter size, a 9-bladed circular aperture, a moisture-resistant construction, a BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) coating that reduces ghosting and flare, and a fluorine coating that resists water and oil....
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The Tragic Death of My Nikon D850

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It is always sad to read stories of how others lose or damage their camera gear, and I guess all of us would say, “That would never happen to me because I am cautious and won’t risk my expensive equipment.” As a travel, concert, and event photographer, from time to time I work in, let’s say… harsh environments, at least for my photo gear. Braving the elements, spilled beer by drunk people, climbing through narrow places, banging the gear into obstacles, etc… I needed a camera that can withstand these conditions and provide excellent image results, and that is why I have two Nikon D850s.I take care of my gear, cleaning everything after every job, keeping them orderly in a cabinet, taking them in for servicing every year for inspection, fixing every problem immediately. But when I work, the work comes first — the camera (and the lens) is just a tool....
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Luminar 3.1.0 Features “Completely Human-Aware” Accent AI Filter

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If you’re a heavy user of the Accent AI filter in Luminar, Skylum put it at the heart of its latest upgrade to the photo editing software. With this new update, significant enhancements and content-aware recognition have been added to make it a more efficient, completely human-aware Accent AI 2.0. Skylum has been aware that Accent AI has allowed photographers to utilize a faster workflow by taking care of common adjustments such as shadows, highlights, and contrasts. With the Luminar 3.1.0 update, the company has improved other Accent AI parameters, and equipped it with facial and object recognition technology to help photographers craft more realistic images.According to Skylum, this improvement was brought about by a new neural network that recognizes specific objects more effectively. Aside from being trained on more objects, it also utilizes a new “person” class for better facial feature recognition. Accent AI 2.0 also now has a more careful color correction and smarter detail boost, but if it can’t make an object in a photograph look better, it will be left as is. Selective adjustments like these make for a more enhanced Luminar workflow....
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Chromatic Aberration – What It Is and How to Fix It

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Chromatic Aberration is also called colour fringing and is a fringing effect caused by the refraction of different wavelengths of light at slightly different angles than the norm that results in failure to focus all the colours to a single point in our case, the focal point. It is a coloured blurry effect seen along the edges of your subject, created when a camera lens doesn’t or cannot focus all colours on to the same focal point. This is common in cheaper lenses, but are also present in some expensive lenses.If you find chromatic aberration in your images, do not panic as it is quite easy to minimise or fix. In this article, we will look at Chromatic Aberration – what it is and how to fix it....
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Ep. 320: More Free Stuff for Your Camera – and more

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Episode 320 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 –  Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!Featured: Photographer and digital artist, Erik JohanssonIn This EpisodeIf you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us.Show Opener: Photographer and digital artist, Erik Johansson.  Thanks Erik!Sponsors: – Build Your Legacy with FUJIFILM – Get 20% off at XRitePhoto.com with offer code PetaPixel20 – Get FreshBooks cloud accounting FREE for 30 DAYS by entering PetaPixel in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section at FreshBooks.com/PetaPixel – More at LensShark.com/deals....
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These Thermoses Won’t Leak All Over a Photographer’s Camera Bag

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In all my years of traveling for work as a journalist, I’ve encountered a number of pretty awful and pretty great beverages–but sometimes all I want is a massive lot of it in my own thermos. Personally, I’m part of two tea clubs and collect teas of many different varieties. I trade with friends, gift some of it, etc. And when I’m out and about in the summer, nothing is better than some of the freshly made iced tea that I make at home still nice and cold within said thermos. The same goes for my favorite blend of chai. So over the past few months, I decided to spend more money than a sane man should on thermoses and figure out which ones are best for photographers. Most importantly, which ones won’t leak all over your camera bag....
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Canon EOS RP is Capable of Being Controlled By User Generated Apps

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The Canon EOS RP is a bare bones, Full Frame Mirrorless camera that really doesn’t have many bells and whistles, but thanks to the digital age, and the wonderful world of SDKs (Software Development Kits), the Canon EOS RP could be turned into a creatives dream. Recently, Canon announced that the EOS RP is the latest camera in their line up to feature their CCAPI (Camera Control Application Program Interface). In other words, app developers will be able to make apps that will allow you to control your camera remotely. Join us after the break for more information.The Canon CCAPI program was launched in January of this year (rather quietly we might add), and app developers in the Canon Developer Community were granted access to the wireless version of the software developers kit called CCAPI, and a tethered version of the software developers kit called the EOS Digital SDK (EDSDK). Any developer who wants to make applications that can access stored images and videos on the Canon EOS RP, and control the camera remotely via a phone app can sign up to the community for free. The CCAPI version uses HTTP protocol over WiFi, and it can be executed over programs that support HTTP. This gives any developer more options in regards to the platforms on which they can build their applications. The EDSDK will allow developers to create apps over a tethered USB connection. Both of these software developer kits will allow savvy programmers to create apps that an end user could then download and use....
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Single Use: Has Instagram Become Today’s Digital Disposable Camera?

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It’s no longer a surprise for many that Instagram was inspired by Polaroids and the distinct look of film photography. But, is this nostalgic aesthetic the only aspect that the popular social media platform copied (or borrowed, if you want to put it lightly)? Or, has it also become the unwitting modern-day counterpart of the disposable camera?Back in the days, disposable cameras made it easier for everyone to get their vacations and special occasions documented and immortalized. You didn’t need to own an actual camera; all you needed was one of these pocket-sized wonders and you’re off to shoot 27 exposures (more or less). Shooting indoors? Grab one with flash. Need one for a beach trip? Grab a waterproof version. When you’re done, you simply take them to the film lab and get your prints. Easy peasy....
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Teen Sues Apple for $1 Billion Over Alleged Facial Recognition That Led to Arrest

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A teen in New York could be $1 billion richer if everything goes his way in a court case against Apple in which he alleges their facial recognition software led to his wrongful arrest for a series of thefts in Apple stores that were perpetrated by someone else. Allegedly, Apple’s facial recognition software “filled in the details” when it came to what Ousmane Bah looked like even though all it had on him was the information on his ID. His personal information was stolen and the thief used his personal details to commit a string of thefts at Apple storesLast Updated on April 24, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsA teen in New York could be $1 billion richer if everything goes his way in a court case against Apple in which he alleges their facial recognition software led to his wrongful arrest for a series of thefts in Apple stores that …
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The Creative Photo Challenge No. 3: Reflections

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Creative Photo Challenge #3 You can’t really know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. This weeks Lindsay Adler Creative Photo Challenge is ‘Reflections’.Let’s hear from Lindsay Adler on how to get into it!Use reflections in your images! You can use reflections to tell a story or to create something a bit more abstract, like a visual riddle! You can also look for reflections in unusual places to create images that excite the eyes and intellect!For this challenge, I combined three mirrors to create a prism for my camera. By varying my focal length, placement of the lens and focus I could create drastically different interpretations of the scene before me. I used all natural light in a public park to photograph my beautiful subject, Stephanie. I love how I can transform an ordinary environment into something extraordinary with a creative little DIY project!...
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9 Cameras for Concert Photography That Perform Miracles in Low Light

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When it comes to concert photography you need a camera that has excellent high ISO output. Concert venues (despite all of the stage lights) are incredibly dark places, so you will need to crank up the ISO to be able to maintain an adequate shutter speed. Fortunately, shooting at high ISOs, and producing usable images is something many modern cameras can do quite easily, there are some that are still better than others though. The good news is that you really don’t have to spend ludicrous amounts of money to be able to break out into concert photography if you don’t want to. Here we will take a look at 9 cameras for concert photography whose high ISO performance is their biggest hit. Whether you want a DSLR or a Mirrorless camera, there will be something for you in this list. From cameras like the legendary low light master, the Canon 6D Mk II which still offers some of the best high ISO performance for around $1,000, to cameras like the Sony a7s MK II that will rock any concert, in any venue, there is something here for everyone. Pair these cameras up with some of these fast lenses and you’ll be killing it every gig. If concert photography is something you want to get into, or if you need to stay at the top of your game, you should check out these cameras....
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DXOMark Shows the Nikon 50mm F1.8 Z S is One of Their Sharpest

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After a long absence from the world of sensor testing, DXOMark made the announcement earlier on this year that they would be up and running once again, and ever since then they have been churning out sensor reviews quite frequently. Today, the guys and gals over at DXOMark have just announced that they will be starting to review lenses once again as well, and they have got off to a flyer by reviewing one of the new Nikon Z Mirrorless lenses. It’s tied with the Nikon 85mm f1.4 as Nikon’s sharpest lens offering according to the site. The first lens that DXOMark have put through their tests is the Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f1.8 S. This new Z mount lens is a weather sealed beast that we really enjoyed testing and using. Our real world tests showed that this lens is capable of producing some truly sharp, wonderfully colored images. While the lens might be pricier than the 50mm f1.8 F Mount lens, this nifty fifty is certainly one that a new Nikon Z shooter will want to invest in. As you can see from the scores that DXOMark awarded, their test results fall nicely in-line with what we found during our testing period. Overall the lens scored a 44, which puts it tied at 8th place on their league table. Not a bad start for Nikon and their new Z mount lenses. The lens scored well in overall sharpness, distortion control, and light transmission. It’s a solid 50mm for the Nikon Mirrorless age....
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Why You Should Look for Controlled Conditions to Practice Photography

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Getting to know your camera is one of the keys to becoming a confident and competent photographer. If you have to take your eye away from the viewfinder, you probably still need to keep practicing with that piece of gear. Don’t stress, it does take a while and it’s a real pain if you change cameras or makers. We all go through it. It’s part of the journey (and personally I enjoy getting to know a new camera). But it’s also a great advertisement for practicing in controlled conditions. What do I mean by that? A controlled condition is whereTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsGetting to know your camera is one of the keys to becoming a confident and competent photographer. If you have to take your eye away from the viewfinder, you probably still need to keep practicing with that piece of gear. Don’t stress, it does take a while and it’s a real …
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Boulder Beach

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Boulder Beach, located at the south end of the Loop Road in Acadia National Park, is an excellent location for landcape photography.
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How to Land a Photography Assistant Job

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I firmly believe that assisting a photographer whose work you admire is one of the greatest learning opportunities available to us and can provide invaluable experience. I remember the first time I was on set with a ‘real’ fashion photographer. I felt like entirely new universes were opening up before me as I watched him problem solve, control the light, interact with models, compose his frame and more. There were endless opportunities to learn just by watching and assisting. You don’t just learn what they do and how they do it, but how they think!Today I am fortunate enough to be at a point in my career where I regularly have people reach out requesting to assist me during a shoot. I try to reciprocate by imparting as much knowledge to them as I can while on set....
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Do You Want To Know Something That Can Get Super Annoying…This Composition Rule

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Yep hearing about the Rule Of Thirds yet again… it can get super annoying to hear the same old information that you’ve read over and over again! That's why this is about going BEYOND the Rule of Thirds. Ok let's be serious for a second...don't get us wrong...we love the rule of thirds here at Light Stalking. But, let's face it, we’ve all heard about it ad infinitum. Every article ever written on the subject of photographic composition tells you about the Rule of Thirds! And there’s nothing wrong with that! The Rule of Thirds is important. But what happensTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsYep hearing about the Rule Of Thirds yet again… it can get super annoying to hear the same old information that you’ve read over and over again! That's why this is about going BEYOND the Rule of Thirds. Ok let's be serious for a second…don't get us wrong…we love the rule …
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Olympus OM-D E-M1X: Ready For Anything

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“My world is all about travel and location photography,” says Olympus Visionary and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman. Between shooting assignments for publications like National Geographic, working with National Geographic Expeditions and conducting his own photography workshops, Dickman is perpetually on the move. “Last year I was in 21 countries,” he recalls. “I’m constantly carrying my photo equipment. The best camera to use is the one you’ll actually have in your hands when you need it.”For Dickman, “traveling light and smart and small” is essential, and it’s why he chooses the Olympus OM-D system for his work. It comes down to the combination of superlative image quality, the advanced technology the system offers and the ultra-compact size of the system’s cameras and lenses. “My whole system—three bodies, multiple lenses and accessories—fits in a small bag that meets carry-on regulations around the world.”...
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55 Plugins to Up Your Photoshop Game

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While developing its Luminar Flex AI-based Photoshop plugin earlier this month, Skylum did research on what plugins are currently available. The software company has now compiled a huge list of 55 Photoshop plugins that photographers may find useful. GeneralAuto EnhancersPortrait RetouchingHDREnlargementNoise ReductionArtisticFile Size/FormatsMaskingAdditional...
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3 Camera Settings To Master For Landscape Photography

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When you purchase a new camera, how much time do you spend reading the manual? I find most camera manuals rather difficult to follow along with, and I for one very rarely use them. What’s interesting is that camera manuals only describe the technical “how to” side of things, like how to turn on your camera or how to attach a lens, but it doesn’t tell you how to truly become comfortable with your camera. In the 18-minute video above, I review three camera settings every photographer should master for landscape photography and three simple tests you can perform at home that’ll help you do just that. 1. Shutter Speed TestHow to adjust your shutter speed is something the manual will explain, but understanding what you can expect from certain shutter speeds is something that takes practice. ...
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How Markus Hofstaetter Shot 3D Large Format Wet Plates

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If you’ve been following the work of Markus Hofstaetter with us for some time now, you’ll know that you can trust him to come up with the craziest and most surprising wet plate photography projects. Well, he’s at it again with his latest work: modifying one of his ultra large format wet plate cameras to shoot stereo photos. If you’ve ever wondered what else can be done with wet plate photography, prepare to be wowed by this amazing project from start to finish!“I just finished one of the most energy-consuming projects I ever did,” the Austrian portrait and wedding photographer was quick to tell us when he shared the project. And boy, it does look nothing short of that as he shares in his blog post and video below:...
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These Photos Show Why We Need to Preserve the Night Sky

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Due to the rapid growth in population, an increasing percentage of the human population lives in cities and suburbs where the night sky is completely obscured by the artificial lights. Skylines littered with lit skyscrapers reach sky high. An endless river of traffic flashing high beams. And the cities are ever-expanding. It is conceivable that most people have lived without having seen the true natural night sky. Light pollution threatens our planet’s ecosystem by disrupting the light and dark patterns of the natural world. The effects of light pollution are not only on humans but also has a significant impact on wildlife. The impact can be profound if left unchecked. Natural darkness is, of course, renewable! We just have to switch off the lights!...
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Photo Of The Day By Terry Barnes

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Kodiak Curiosity” by Terry Barnes. Location: Uyak Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska.“While visiting a Bear Camp on Uyak Bay, Kodiak, we would take a series of boats down towards the end of the bay each morning,” explains Barnes. “The last small boat took us far enough to where we had to jump out wearing waders and walk to the rocky beach. Hiking down the beach on the final day, we saw these two bears out in the muddy bay digging up food. The tide being out allowed them to walk into this area. The diameter of their feet kept them from sinking too deep in the mud, whereas a person wouldn’t have a chance and would be stranded, and probably perish, as there are no other humans in the area. The two bears walked to the beach we were on and proceeded to stroll up towards us. I was already set with my long lens and tripod and, though I felt no fear, our hunting guide did have a rifle and was experienced in this area. As the bears approached within 40 feet, and I was shooting images nonstop with a fast heartbeat, our guide stood up and said a few words out loud to the bears. At this, they stopped, turned and quickly ran up the bank into the brush. Probably the most exciting moment I’ve ever had on an outing.”...
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Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4: A Full-Frame Lens with a ‘Medium Format Look’

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Zeiss has just officially announced the new Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens for the Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. It’s the fourth Otus lens to be announced and the one with the longest focal length so far. With the addition of the manual-focus 100mm f/1.4, the Otus lens family (which touts “uncompromising performance”) now consists of the 28mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, and 100mm f/1.4.“The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality,” Zeiss says. “Although developed for 35mm full-frame cameras, the Otus 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.”The lens features an apochromatic design that “prevents almost all conceivable aberrations.”...
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Latest Update Shows ONE INSTANT Peel Apart Film Could be Great!

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Anyone who has backed the ONE INSTANT Kickstarter project and have been keeping tabs at the updates must be brimming with excitement now. They’ve dropped the latest on the production prototyping so far — it’s a success, and as they say, the devil is in the details! It’s amazing to see them so close to finally “hacking” the peel-apart instant film system, and they have the “latest (and greatest) tests” to prove it!In the latest progress report on Kickstarter, we get a glimpse of the design for the final production model based on the original proof-of-concept prototypes by Reanimated Film. This is what we saw on the campaign video. We’re told that there are about 8 distinct parts, and each has to be made of different paper or synthetic materials. Their dimensions and form also have to be continuously improved and tweaked. Change one of these components and you have to do the same with another. All these parts must be put together with around 14 points of adhesion, each having its own specific role and position....
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7 Tips For Sharper iPhone Photographs

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You shouldn’t underestimate iPhone photography – nowadays, it’s not that hard to take high-quality, sharp images with your iPhone. Of course, you need to use various tricks and techniques to capture truly perfect iPhone images that can hold up against those taken with ‘’serious’’ DSLR and mirrorless cameras.Check out the following 7 tips and learn how to snap tack sharp photos with your iPhone!1. Stabilize Your PhoneOne of the most common reasons for blurry iPhone images is camera shake. You need to stabilize your phone especially if you plan to shoot in low-light conditions when the camera uses a slower shutter speed.  Luckily, it’s quite easy to stabilize an iPhone – you need to get an iPhone tripod and tripod mount. Such tripods aren’t expensive – they are available on Amazon for roughly $20....
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Are Fast Aperture Lenses Really Worth the Money? Probably Not!

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When you start out as a photographer, you probably go straight for the kit lens or small, fast aperture lenses like a 50mm f1.8 or so. There are reasons why some lenses are called te Nifty 50–and it’s because they’re nifty, at 50mms, can let in a lot of light, and can help a photographer grow for many years as they become better. In some cases, they’re very affordable. But in other cases, manufacturers will demand and premium for the lens. Of course it all varies on a number of factors. So we’re going to take a look at a number of options out there.With medium format, one should consider what I like to call the reverse crop factor effect. That means that as the sensor gets larger, the depth of field becomes more shallow at a given aperture. This is in reverse from starting at 35mm full frame and scaling down to APS-C. At the 645 format–which is the largest that digital medium format allows a photographer to shoot at, an 80mm f2.8 lens is the standard 50mm 35mm equivalent. In the case of medium format 645, an example of Fast Aperture Lenses would be those such as the Mamiya 80mm f1.8. That’s really about it. Very little is in focus due to the larger surface area of the film plane....
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Stefan Ruiz on Documenting the “Cholombiano” Street Culture of Mexico

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If you’re interested in a documentary approach to portrait photography you’ll surely be fascinated at the projects of Brooklyn-based Stefan Ruiz. If you’re just learning about him now, one of best ways to get acquainted with him and his work is a VICE Picture Perfect episode from 2012, which takes us behind the scenes of him at work documenting the “Cholombianos” of Monterrey, Mexico.In the first half of the episode, we get a glimpse of Ruiz’s crazy cool studio and his fascinating collection of oddities, which include kitschy portraits and portrait-based items. He also speaks about his own work as a photographer, from his unlikely start in photography, how it has taken him to various places, and how he was able to score projects for ad campaigns, magazines, and celebrity shoots....
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Useful Photography Tip #193: Don’t Forget to Bounce a Flash off the Nearest Wall at a Party

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When you’re at a party using a flash, it’s common practice to either use a bounce card (like a Flashbender) or to bounce the light off the ceiling and a bit behind you in order to give frontal illumination to your subjects. But also seriously do remember to take note of all of your surroundings. If you’ve got a wall not far from you, bounce the flash off of that and turn your back to the wall. By pointing the flash up and behind you, you’ll provide some nice frontal lighting on your subject.See, we told you that this was a short, quick tip! 🙂...
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Google’s Drone Delivery Company Given Airline License by FAA in the US

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One of the more innovative uses for unmanned aerial vehicles involves delivery services.But that seems like a kind of ridiculous idea, right?Well, it’s happening, and the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States just gave Google’s drone delivery company an airline license.NPR reports that Google’s division known as Wing started testing the drones in southwest Virginia.This certification from the FAA is a huge leap forward for the company.“Air Carrier Certification means that we can begin a commercial service delivering goods from local businesses to homes in the United States,” Wing said in a post on Medium.Transportation secretary Elaine Chao said of the license, “This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy. Safety continues to be our Number One priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential.”...
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Cheap Photo: 4,000 LR Presets for $39; Intro to Flash for $29!

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Increasing our knowledge, and spending more time behind the camera; these are two things we all strive to do, and with these photography tutorials, and presets you can do both. Do you want to become better at flash photography? The Introduction To Flash For Children & Family Images by Mike Hagen is only $29! That’s a bargain for 24 HD video lessons! You can save 86% off of 4,000 Lightroom presets with the 4,000 Unique Lightroom Preset Bundle which costs just $39, and you can take control of Photoshop with the 49 Photoshop Retouching Actions Bundle which is only $49!  Join us after the break to see the crazy deals on photography tutorials, presets and actions we have found for you.If you have been wanting to increase your skill sets, improve your overall photography game, and make life in post easier, these world class guides, photography tutorials, presets and overlays could be just what you’re looking for. Some of the best photographers in the business have put together these photography tutorials, and some of the best creative minds have created presets and overlays that will help you become the photographer you have always wanted to be. Check out the deals below....
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Ask Me Anything *About $$$* with Erin Lowry aka Broke Millennial

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If you don’t already know Erin Lowry for her practical money management advice, now is the time to change that. Her easy-to-understand approach to finances has re-shaped the way tens of thousands of people now set and reach their financial goals. As someone who’s devoted much time to help people get out of debt, I appreciate her ability to make complex financial areas easily understandable for any audience. Recently, Erin Lowry has been active in her Instagram community allowing her followers to “Ask Me Anything”. I found her advice on the AMAs both refreshing, unbiased, and also highly relevant to the creative community. You can learn more about Erin and about money and investing through her AMA’s below. ...
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Saturday: There’s a Pub Crawl Happening Just for Photographers in NYC

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This Saturday, photographers will be treated to a very fun and special time as they get together to eat, drink and be merry…or something like that. The NYC Photographer’s Pub Crawl Sponsored by American Photographic Artists is happening and it seems like a great way for photographers to get together, network, hang and talk shop. Some event details are on Facebook.From the Event Description:Editor’s Note: I am on the board of APA NY and I’m working on a number of benefits for our chapter. So why not join?...
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Make a $12 DIY Darkroom Safelight With IKEA’s Storage Box

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In this article, I’m going to show you how you can make a DIY darkroom safelight using very simple products from IKEA. Yes, IKEA the store that sells furniture that’s almost made of cardboard. Some of you might say, “Why make one when you can still buy darkroom safelights from photography shops?”Of course you can buy it, but for around just $10? I don’t think so. And there are also places in the world in which photography supplies are hard to find, and where buying from the Internet has even greater costs due to import taxes.Note: In the tests I did for this idea, I used TETENAL RC paper and ADOX RC paper, both of which are great papers.What You Need to BuyYou’ll need to buy IKEA’s $4 orange TROFAST storage boxes. Buy two to be super safe for one stacked inside the other. ...
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A 1-Minute Intro to Using Photoshop’s Refine Edge Brush

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If you need to make a complex selection in Photoshop that involves hair or fur on a background, the powerful Refine Edge Brush is ready to help. Here’s a 1-minute Photoshop Magic Minute video by Adobe that will show you how to get started with the tool. When your selection of a person’s hair or an animal’s fur is rough and includes the background peeking through, open up Select→Select and Mask and you’ll find the Refine Edge Brush on the left toolbar.Using this brush, you can paint along the edge between the hair/fur and background to tell Photoshop that you want it to decide what’s subject and what’s background.To see what you’ve brushed already, click the Show Edge checkbox to reveal where Photoshop is looking for edges (both painted in with the Refine Edge brush and the edges included by the Edge Detection feature)....
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Rare Photos of Hitler from Glass Plates by His Personal Photographer

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Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, was one of the infamous dictator’s primary propagandists, and tens of thousands of the photographer’s photos exist on glass plate negatives. Now a large number of those rare photos are being revealed with a new level of clarity through a digitization effort by the National Archives. The Washington Post reports that 1,300 Hoffmann glass plates have been digitized out of a trove of about 41,000 plates.Hitler avoided photographers in his early days in the public eye, according to Hoffman in his memoir, even going so far as to destroy one of Hoffmann’s negatives that the photographer had camped out to capture. But the veteran photographer joined the Nazi party in the 1920s and became part of Hitler’s inner circle, carefully using his camera and posed photos to craft public perception....
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Adobe Made a Quiz That Reveals What Creative Type You Are

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Adobe just launched a fun little online quiz that helps creatives figure out their creative type. The “simple and relatable yet robust and science-informed creative personality assessment” is inspired by popular personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram. The Creative Types quiz is based on psychology research, Adobe says, and the goal is to assess your basic habits and tendencies — things like how you think, act, and see the world. It’s an assessment that can “help you better understand who you are as a creative.”To take the test, you’ll need to answer 15 simple (and often abstract) questions about yourself — there are “cutscenes” between the questions that you can skip by pressing the link in the bottom right-hand corner....
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This ” Kit” Transforms Your Expensive Lens Into Hipster Vintage Glass

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Hipsters sure have ruined film photography and vintage gear for a lot of photographers. It’s certain that there have been one too many passionate film photographers who have been wrongfully slapped with the label. So, it’s not surprising if most photographers fiercely hate on these wannabes. Yet some, like Mathieu Stern choose to poke fun at the whole idea of hipster instead.PS: BECAUSE SOME OF YOU DON’T READ PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WAS A JOKE AND WE’RE POSTING ABOUT IT NOW BECAUSE WE THINK IT’S FUNNY. Before we proceed, allow us to break the fun and say that what you’re about to watch WAS AN APRIL FOOLS’ JOKE. Okay? Good. Just had to put that out there before someone takes these things seriously again....
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Woman Shoots ‘Anti-Selfies’ by ‘Dying’ at Famous Landmarks

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When “normal” people visit famous landmarks these days, they commonly pull out their phones and snap a selfie to keep as a memory of being there. Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose does something different: she shoots “anti-selfies” of herself “dying.” Rose says the project, titled STEFDIES, is a photographic performance art series.“STEFDIES is a photographic performance art series that chronicles a life,” Rose writes. “Each photo is an ‘anti-selfie’ that strives to get back to the roots of what a photograph was intended to be: a captured moment in time.”Rose says that each photo is spontaneous without advance planning and preparation.“No special equipment, lighting, or conditions are met,” Rose says. “I (the artist) go about my normal day, and if there happens to be a moment or a place I happen to find particularly provoking, I will take a STEFDIES photo. That is the beauty of this series, each photo is just a blip in a day. Nothing less, nothing more.”...
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3 Fundamentals You Should Know When Shooting Low Light Portraits

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Low light portraits can be somewhat tricky and demanding – it requires a good deal of technical knowledge, proper lenses and of course creativity. Using flash in low-light modelling sessions is more common than using only ambient light because it allows you to create high-quality portraits rather consistently.Sometimes, however, ambient light can help you achieve a more relaxed vibe which is suitable for casual modelling sessions.  If you like to experiment with available light and you want to create a rather unconventional modelling session without flash, check out the following tips and tricks!1. Using Light In Creative WaysIf you’re shooting low light portraits in the city, you should be able to find some interesting sources of colourful light such as neon signs, traffic lights or street lights. These light sources can be anything in between subtle and dazzling – it’s up to you to choose the one that can enhance the atmosphere you want to create. Your choice of light should also fit your model’s style and clothing as well. For instance, if your model is dressed in black, you might need to find more dramatic ambient light in order to avoid underexposed shots....
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Photo Of The Day By Douglas Arnet

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Evolution” by Douglas Arnet. Location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.“I really liked this particular overlook in the gorge,” says Arnet. “It was only about a mile or so from the Eagle Creek trailhead. Despite the easy access, on most early summer mornings you had it to yourself. It was special because it provided a drone-like view of Metlako Falls while standing on the ground. The reason why I describe this place in the past tense is that it’s literally not there anymore. A massive portion of the edge of the canyon where the viewpoint was split off and tumbled down into the creek! So even though this particular composition is gone forever, a new one was created.”...
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An Ode to 35mm Film

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I took some of the best photos of my life on 35mm film. It will always have a special place in my heart, even though I haven’t shot on film in years. If you ask me what I love about film, I can rattle off lots of reasons:But, if you ask me why I stopped shooting film, I could just as easily tell you:Nevertheless, I look back at my old photographs with nostalgia. Each of my favorite films had its own character. Here is a small collection of photos that speak to how each was wonderful and unique. These images are minimally edited. I used Photoshop to restore the colors to what the original slides or prints looked like. KODAK GOLD 100Kodak Gold 100 was a cheap film that you could find behind the counter at pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. It wasn’t a professional emulsion, but it was distinctive. Reds popped and highlights looked golden. It was the perfect film for capturing “Kodak moments” on a bright, sunny day....
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Surprise! Photographer Listed Among the Worst Jobs in the U.S.

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If you’ve been enjoying your career as a high-earning photographer, reports are suggesting that you could be an exception to the rule. In fact, it’s important to keep in mind that most people who get into the business while leaving their day job know nothing about the actual business side of things. I mean, God forbid, you need to pay a photographer so that they can eat, pay their bills, and have a comfortable life? With the proliferation of so many images on the web these days, people often forget that in order to achieve the best results and have the most pleasant experience that they need a professional photographer. Along with that comes a host of things–and perhaps that’s part of what makes being a photographer one of the worst jobs in the US....
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Here’s Your Light Stalking Community Update For This Week

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Happy Easter everybody! As always, here you'll find some of the most interesting shots from Tersha's last challenge - this one was on the theme of Street and Urban Photography.  Also, we will catch up on some of the most interesting discussions from our photography forum and you'll find a great selection of images from the Tank! We want to thank all of you who have been sending us messages about your love for Light Stalking! We love sharing every single bit of photography knowledge we have with you, so thank you again for your kind words and enthusiastic support, weTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsHappy Easter everybody! As always, here you'll find some of the most interesting shots from Tersha's last challenge – this one was on the theme of Street and Urban Photography.  Also, we will catch up on some of the most interesting discussions from our photography forum and you'll find a great selection …
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Rant: Modern, Dedicated Photo Printers Desperately Need Bluetooth Integration

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I think that one of the biggest things that I hear from all the manufacturers out there is that print is on its last legs, evolving, becoming more niche, etc. And to be very transparent, I think that they have themselves to blame. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve been bigger efforts from Fujifilm, Canon, HP (sort of), and Epson to really reach out to younger audiences. By that, I don’t necessarily mean age, but more photographic age. There are still so many photographers that don’t know what their images look like on a print and haven’t had the opportunity to really get prints made. I think that Bluetooth can honestly make this so much easier.Before I get into bluetooth, I want to address a bigger problem: the fact that all that we’re pushing on folks is 8x10s because they’re cheap. the problem is that lots of us operate with screens that are larger an an 8×10. Heck, some iPad Pro screens are larger. So if that’s the case, why would I want to see my image on something so small? Why can’t we go up to 17×22 inches?...
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What Should You do When Someone Says Don’t Take My Picture?

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“Please don’t take my picture.” This is something we have all probably heard before as photographers. Whether the plea comes from a friend or family member that you might be hanging out with, or from a complete stranger that you may pass on the street, it’s a powerful statement, and it is one that should not be taken lightly. Sure, when we are out doing street photography we can indeed take images that include people, and by law we might be covered because it’s a public space, but just what should we do when someone says this? Join us after the break and we will explore this a little more.A recent thread on Reddit shared a meme/image that shows a young woman with her hands covering her face. The caption reads “We all have those friends who don’t want their picture taken…and so we try even harder to take their picture!” “Maybe because they need to know they are beautiful?” It’s this image and caption that have lead me to write this piece. Just what should you do in these instances where friends ask you not to take their picture? What should you do if you are out and about and a stranger says the same?...
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How Close Should You Be to a Portrait Subject When Shooting With a 35mm Lens?

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Many photographers swear by their 35mm lenses and almost never want to shoot with anything else. The reason for this is because it so closely simulates what the human eye sees and so it’s easy for a photographer to go out there and shoot a scene just the way that they see it. That would be great, if 35mm lenses were absolutely perfect. While they’ve greatly improved, 35mm lenses are still not perfect and when used for portraiture still can’t replace or do what a proper telephoto focal length can. But with patience, you can figure out how to make the most of a 35mm lens for portraiture.Here are some quick visual tips.The reason why a photographer photographing a portrait subject with a 35mm lens should keep around half the person is the frame has to do with distortion primarily. Though the corners of most lenses keep distortion down and fixing a problem like this in post-production surely exists, it’s still best to give yourself a fair amount of room in the frame. For that reason, back up until you have around half the person or a bit more in half of the frame. This is a great general starting point that becomes infinitely more complicated....
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Being a Professional Photographer Sucks, Study Concludes

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This might not come as much of a revelation to some of you, but a review of occupations in the United States reveals that being a professional photographer really stinks. Between the pressures of the rise of smartphones, exploding equipment expenses, and the plague of that guy who knows someone with a camera, professional photographers are experiencing more pressure than most jobs out there. In a list of the 25 worst jobs in the United States conducted by 24/7 Wall St., professional photography comes in at number 25 as one of the worst professions in the US. How did 24/7Last Updated on April 22, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsThis might not come as much of a revelation to some of you, but a review of occupations in the United States reveals that being a professional photographer really stinks. Between the pressures of the rise of smartphones, exploding equipment expenses, and the …
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Samsung Galaxy Fold Delayed Over Breaking Displays

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It seems like Samsung’s own version of Apple’s infamous “bendgate” is delaying the still-unreleased Galaxy Fold. This is in response to numerous reports from reviewers that said their test models broke shortly after receipt - and sometimes irretrievably so. We’re talking cracked screens and hinges not working the way Samsung promised. All of that has resulted in the company delaying what was expected to be one of the biggest electronic product launches of the year. Samsung said of the delay, “We want our customers to have the best experience possible which is why, after initial feedback, we have decided toLast Updated on April 22, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsIt seems like Samsung’s own version of Apple’s infamous “bendgate” is delaying the still-unreleased Galaxy Fold. This is in response to numerous reports from reviewers that said their test models broke shortly after receipt – and sometimes irretrievably so. We’re talking cracked screens …
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The Best Accessories For The Enthusiastic Smartphone Photographer

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Whoever thought we would be taking credible photographs on the same device we call our Mom’s on? Well someone did, hence why smartphone photography has become its own popular sub-genre. With that, it’s hardly a surprise that photography companies have created a plethora of accessories to help boost your smartphone photography experience. From lenses to tripods, mini LED’s to ring lights, smartphone photography can just about offer the same as the more traditional DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras. In this list, we have something for everyone. And don’t worry if you’re not an iPhone or Samsung user – we’ve got you covered too.Here are 7 accessories to help you build on your enthusiasm…...
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How to Inspire Social Change with Your Creativity

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If you aren’t familiar with Benjamin Von Wong‘s work then keep reading for some of the most viral and impactful images created. Von Wong is an artist / photographer who creates elaborate projects focused on bringing awareness to environmental change.His work often goes viral, with good intention. You might be familiar with the time he put a mermaid on top of 10,000 plastic bottles or when he set a Guinness World record withthe largest art installation made made from 168,000 drinking straws recovered off the streets of Vietnam.He may only accomplish 18 photos a year, 2 of which he may consider ‘successful,’ but the production that goes into is work his impressive in it’s own right. Von Wong has traveled the world teaming up with social impact activists and hundreds of volunteers over the course of his career to pull off his ambitious ideas....
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The Color Film Photography Blind Taste Test: Can You Figure This Out?

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To make this blind comparison, I took, and will compare three identical shots, each taken on the nine emulsions discussed in this video. You’ll be able to compare these photos “blind”, meaning you won’t know which stock is which ahead of time. I’ll also talk through some of the differences from my perspective. This will be especially interesting to you newer film shooters looking to find a color film that fits best with your style of shooting, developing, and/or budget. But even if you’re a long-time film shooter, you may find it interesting.To make things easier for you as you evaluate the photos, I’ve prepared a handy scoring sheet you can use to evaluate the films as we go through the blind test. To use it, and this is important, you’ll need to make a copy of my template. Please don’t send me a request to edit my copy. I can’t give you permission to edit the template. You need to make a copy of mine so you can edit it to your heart’s content. To do that, in Google Docs file menu, go to File -> Make a copy. The scoring sheet will help you prioritize the aspects of color film that are most important and unique to you and your shooting needs. So the first thing you’ll do is go along the top and rate how important each evaluation criteria are to you. First rate how important color is. Note that you’re not defining what is good color, only how important color is to you, in general....
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How I Helped Put McWay Falls on the Map for Nightscape Photos

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McWay Falls has been a tourist destination for longer than many of us even heard of the place, but it wasn’t until 2012 that photographer Steven Christenson really “discovered” the potential of the site at night. Nestled in the rugged and gorgeous part of the California coast better known as Big Sur, McWay Falls enjoys extremely dark skies. Of course, in 2012 nightscapes weren’t near as popular as they are today, meaning those of us who were already doing it had a lot to discover. During the spring of 2012, Steven brought a few people there, and although Steven didn’t try to keep the place to himself, McWay Falls remained off everyone’s radar as a nightscape destination. Fast-forward exactly one year, to 2013. I was on my way out of Death Valley after having spent a few nights shooting there, heading to the coast, when Steven texted me out of the blue asking my whereabouts. After I told him I was planning on spending the night at the coast, that’s when he texted me the word “McWay”, suggesting I stop there to check it out....
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In Street Photography, Shoot, Shoot, Shoot — Better a Fast Shot Than None

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I mess up most of my street photography shots: too far away, background cluttered, subjects not well aligned, subject matter not interesting enough, or simply technically flawed. The Murphy’s Law of street photography: “If you can mess up a street shot, chances are you will.” Business as usual. It can be deeply frustrating to edit through a sea of failed shots. Yes, pretty much all street photographers are going through the same “95-99% failure rate experience” over and again. To be honest, this isn’t much of a consolation either.I mess up 95%-99% of my shots. And I can live with that.At the end of the day, I can make peace with those failed shots. At home I will review them one-by-one and ask myself:...
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Photos of Deer That Roam Freely in the City of Nara, Japan

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In the ancient capital city of Nara in Japan, there are Japanese deer that roam freely on the sidewalks and streets. Photographer Yoko Ishii has spent years capturing beautiful photos of these wild urban deer. “These picturesque moments when early in the morning the deer can be found standing in the middle of desolate intersections, not bound by man’s borders and laws, yet inhabiting a man-made city is fascinating and inspiring,” Ishii says.In many areas of Japan, the sika deer’s feeding habits cause problems for farmers, and local governments have encouraged people to help control the deer population. This resulted in over 450,000 of the deer being eliminated in just 2017.But in Nara, the deer are considered to be the divine servants of a shrine and are protected as a “special national treasure.”...
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Composition Tool: Line of Sight and How to Use It

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Line of sight is a pretty simple concept for photographers.It’s the invisible line between a subject’s eyes and the object at which they are looking. It is implied. It is invisible.It’s also very powerful to a photographer.How so?Well, it can be used to draw the eye of the viewer to wherever you want. The main center of interest for example. It stops the viewer’s eye drifting off the image.Perhaps a few examples to demonstrate this in action will show you how powerful this can be.This photo by Thgusstavo Santana uses line of site to draw your eye from the child to the leaf.This photo by Christina Morillo takes your eye from the woman to the computer.And here is an old shot of mine where the spider’s eyes take you straight to his lunch sitting on the next leaf....
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The Cameras That Shot the Winning Photos of World Press Photo 2019

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World Press Photo just announced the winning photos for the 2019 edition of it’s world’s most prestigious photojournalism contest. Camera metadata shared alongside the top photos is again providing us with an inside look at what gear the world’s top photojournalists are using at the moment. The Spanish photography site Photolari gathered all the data and published a breakdown of the brands, systems, cameras, and sensor formats used this year.While Nikon surprisingly took the crown from Canon in 2018 with 52% representation among winning photos compared to Canon’s 30%, Nikon’s time at the top didn’t last long. This year, Canon struck back and was behind 46.4% of the winning photos compared to Nikon’s 36.8%. ...
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Celebrating Earth Day

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For almost 50 years, the Earth Day Network has been an advocate of the environmental movement worldwide, with an annual celebration of Earth Day each year on April 22.At Outdoor Photographer, we strive to bring awareness to nature and wildlife conservation efforts around the globe by featuring the stories of and photographs by photographers who are working to make a difference. From promoting the preservation of wild lands to raising awareness of threatened wildlife and their habitats, these photographers are leading the charge.In celebration of Earth Day 2019, we offer a selection of articles from our archives to inspire and educate....
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Quick Tips for Beautiful Flower Photography in Early Spring

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Spring season is the perfect time to get those macro lenses dusted and ready to shoot — what else, but beautiful, dainty flowers! If you already have plans set and a picture-perfect location spot on, we’ve got just the video tutorial to help you with your flower photography. Professional wildlife photographer Paul Miguel has already started making rounds in his local woodland to photograph the dainty wood anemones, so it’s time we all get started with it as well. If you’re trying this out for the first time, with his tips below, you’ll surely pick up some tips and ideas for beautiful flower photography fitting for spring.One of the most important things to note, as he mentioned, is to shoot when the lighting condition outdoors is soft and diffused. You don’t want to shoot with strong sunlight, as that’s going to blow out all the details of your photos. A bright but overcast day would be great for this. Next, you’ll want to find a nice clump of flowers to shoot, but make sure to check the condition of the flowers so you don’t get wilted ones in you shot. Also, be careful when positioning yourself to shoot them, as you don’t want to accidentally crush them. And yes, you’ll need to get really low if the flowers you’re photographing are as tiny as the “woodland carpet” kind that Miguel was shooting. You can’t really use a tripod in this case....
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How to Bring Something New to Film Photography

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A very common piece of advice for photographers looking to take their work to the “next level” is that they must invest time in themselves in the process of developing a “style.” A photographic style can mean many things; a theme within the subject matter, a specific color palette, a certain compositional approach, and anything else that leaves the artist’s work with a distinct “fingerprint.” I think it’s fantastic that there are simply so many ways for a photographer to take the tools, both in gear and approach, and create something truly distinct. However, I think that many newcomers to photography may overlook film as a viable medium on which to develop their aesthetic. Of course, there are very few things inherent to film that cannot be replicated on a digital camera, but when looking at digital gear it can be difficult to get over the idea that some great breakthrough is just around the corner. One of the wonderful things I find in analog photography is that the best film camera for you already exists. ...
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Tokina Unveils the FiRIN 100mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Lens for Sony Mirrorless

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Tokina has unveiled the new FiRIN 100mm f/2.8, a 1:1 macro lens designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens, which is “great for portraits and landscapes too,” features a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30cm), and captures a life-sized 1:1 reproduction with subjects at that distance from the sensor plane. Subjects at the minimum focusing distance sit 4.5 inches from the front of the lens.Optically, the lens features a “flat-field” design that “suppresses the field-of-view curvature to zero” and yields great edge-to-edge sharpness across all focus distances and apertures.Since it’s engineered specifically for Sony E-mount cameras, the lens is able to transmit all the data it needs to utilize Sony’s in-camera features — things like 5-axis image stabilization, manual focus assist, auto image enlargement, focus peaking, and the electronic distance bar....
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35 Photographs of Chocolate

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On the frame of Easter, we want to slow down our pace and simply enjoy life, here is a selection of 35 images for indulging your cravings, 35 photographs of chocolate! In general, food photography is made or broke by the quality of light used (usually in conjunction with a narrow depth of field). These images really demonstrate that with their soft light. To get you head around how to use that light for your own images, we highly recommend taking a look at Kent DuFault's Understanding Light. Photo by Charisse Kenion To get your own ideas about howTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsOn the frame of Easter, we want to slow down our pace and simply enjoy life, here is a selection of 35 images for indulging your cravings, 35 photographs of chocolate! In general, food photography is made or broke by the quality of light used (usually in conjunction with a narrow …
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‘Photographer’ Named One of the 25 Worst Jobs in the US

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Many hobbyist photographers dream of one day becoming professional, but here’s something that may give you pause: “photographer” has been named one of the 25 worst jobs in the USA. 24/7 Wall St. used data from CareerCast’s 2018 Jobs Rated Report as well as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to put together its list of the 25 least desirable jobs to have based on a number of factors, including work environment, stress level, future prospects, and income.“Photographer” came in at #25: the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that photographers reported median annual wages of $34,000, which comes in under the $37,690 median wage of all US jobs.And while the average job in the US is projected to have employment growth of 7% in the decade between 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that photography jobs will decline by about 5.6% in that same span....
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5 Macro Photo Ideas to Shoot at Home

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Want to get creative without leaving the comfort of your own home? Here’s a 5-minute video by COOPH that contains 5 ideas for macro photographs you can do with a small budget, simple gear, and everyday items. Here’s a rundown of what’s covered in the video (watch it for a closer look at each one):#1. DIY Macro DiffuserTurn an empty can of chips into a flash diffuser.#2. Textures#3. Depth of Field#4. Macro Still Life#5. Color Macro“You don’t need an expensive studio and lighting equipment to make great macro photography!” COOPH says. “Shooting some everyday items and without leaving the comfort of your own home, you too can have a great time with this style of photography that changes the way you see the world.”...
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Opinion: The Importance Of Fostering A Better Photography Community

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I’ve covered the many reasons I enjoy shooting film, from the desire for more creative control to an enthusiasm for a more tangible working process to the unique aesthetic. Though I sing film’s praises every chance I get, I never attempt to make the case that film is better than digital — it’s not. It’s something that works for me and may not work for someone else. But there is one area where I feel film photographers have a distinct advantage over digital photographers: community.A Community Is…A community, whether real or virtual, should be a place where one goes to find support, instruction and encouragement, among other things. Communities exist for both digital and film photographers but, as so many have called attention to in recent years, there’s a toxicity associated with the digital photography community not seen in the film community. Or at least not to the same extent....
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Do Any of Us Shoot Street Photography for Just Ourselves?

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“It doesn’t matter what others think; I just shoot street photography for myself”.If you’re somebody who likes to converse about street photography a lot, I am almost certain you have listened to someone make the above statement before. It’s highly possible you have even said it yourself. However, in this digital world, do any of us shoot street photography just for ourselves?The most well-known example of shooting street photography solely for your own enjoyment is Vivian Maier. As the now well-known story goes, Vivian kept all of her images to herself, many of which remained undeveloped. She was not interested in success or status, she just enjoyed going out with her Rolleiflex and documenting everyday life....
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Isolate Details

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Quite often, photographers overlook the picture within the picture. We get so caught up in the entirety of the scene in front of us, we ignore other possibilities, some of which may provide a better image than the grand scene. What initially draws us to a location is the awe-inspiring aspect of the whole. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming and all we see is the vast composition before our eyes.Gazing upon a mountain of peak golden, red and orange aspens makes us say, “Wow,” so the inkling is to strap on a wide angle to take in the expanse. The same can be true for city skylines, seascapes, groves of fog-encrusted redwoods, the acacia-dotted plains of the Serengeti, etc. While all the above can provide gorgeous images, learn to look past the obvious and allow yourself to be lured into parcels of the whole. Move closer to or zoom in to isolate subsections. Move even closer to record abstract renderings. Great abstracts have been made by photographing parts of mundane objects. This makes it possible to get great images close to home. Fancy equipment and elaborate lenses aren’t obligatory for this type of photography. A camera body with a medium zoom can yield nice results....
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Behind The Shot Assignment Winner Ryan Baskerville

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Congratulations to Ryan Baskerville for winning the recent Behind The Shot Assignment with the image, “The Little Things.”“I was patiently waiting for a family of burrowing owls to come out of their burrow while sitting in the middle of a prairie dog town,” says Baskerville. “Prairie dogs were running about all around, keeping somewhat of a distance from me, when I glanced to my left and this lone prairie dog stood calmly in the reddish prairie grass 20 to 30 yards away. I was able to photograph the burrowing owls later after they came out, but after going through all of the images, this lone prairie dog was my favorite.”Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. Exposure: 1/1000 sec., f/5.6, ISO 400, handheld....
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Leica Banned in Chinese Social Media for This Controversial Ad

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Leica has been making the rounds again as of late, not for a specific camera but for a promotional video that got it banned in China. Titled The Hunt, the video features a cinematic depiction of conflict scenes around the world, including the iconic “Tank Man” from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The video has since put the German camera company under fire from online commenters and banned on Chinese social media platform Weibo.The five-minute video was meant to pay tribute to photojournalists as heroes behind some of the most important photos in history. Yet it also sparked controversy for coming out a few months ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tianenmen protest, which remains a sensitive topic in China. Weibo users peppered the official Leica account on the platform with comments calling it out for the “stupid” move, that could spell trouble for both the German camera company and its partner Huawei Technologies, China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer....
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Review: Fujifilm 16mm f2.8 R WR (The Adventurer’s Lens)

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The Fujifilm 16mm f2.8 R WR lens is a lens that I wasn’t expecting from the company simply because of the fact that they already had a very good 16mm f1.4 R WR lens. However, considering the company’s philosophy of bringing things down to a more elementary audience in a more affordable, weather sealed form, it played out into being right in line with what they do. This is a lens that isn’t all that bad, but if you own the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR, you don’t need this. I’ll preface the review that way, but also note the very affordable price point of this lens.We tested the Fujifilm 16mm f2.8 R WR lens with the Fujifilm XH1 and Fujifilm XT2.Tech specs for the Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR taken from the official Fujifilm press kit...
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Bruce Gilden on “Gangster Types and Tough Guys”

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It’s always fascinating to hear photography greats talk about their own work and the ideas or motivations behind them, even if it’s the controversial Bruce Gilden. Whatever you want to think of his style as a street photographer, many of his works remain exemplary in street photography and documentary photography. Among these is the black and white Gangster Types and Tough Guys series, which shows us the culture and daily life of England’s brawlers and Japan’s infamous crooks. Who else can best tell us more about this body of work but Gilden himself?The short video below by Gilden himself makes a fitting viewing companion to the series that he started in the mid-1990s — just a few years before he joined Magnum Photos in 1998. Candid, intriguing, and thought-provoking, it’s a fine example of radical projects that inspire us to peek into the very worlds we are told not to step into. Or mingle with people we’re not supposed to. If you’re curious about what he has to say on this body of work, he actually threw a lot of interesting stuff out there....
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Antonio Privitera’s Inner City Blues: The Story of a Dream Come True

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“Oh my god! I was super excited, thrilled to get there!” says Antonio Privitera as he recounts how his childhood dream to shoot the streets of New York finally came true. His latest series is not just an exploration of New York, it’s a narrative that tells the story of a photographer in his element. It’s the perfect advertisement for what happens when a creative mind meets an inspiring destination. Simply put, this is freedom and love communicated through the medium of photography. When we spoke to Antonio we felt his enthusiasm. We connected to his passion. Through his dark, cinematic-like images we got a sense for each step that he walked. His energy is contagious and through his words and photographs, he gave us the same feeling of euphoria that he had when he first stepped foot in the Big Apple. With his headphones on, his music of choice being the soundtrack of his movie, he takes us on his journey. S...
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Photo Of The Day By RimaS

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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Tiny” by RimaS. Location: North Cascades, Washington.Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them....
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8 Tips On Photographing Landscapes With A High Dynamic Range

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Dynamic range is a phrase that you've probably heard before. Today I'll try to explain it in the context of applying HDR to landscape photography. If you are into making landscape photography, you should definitely take a spin at over at the Landscape Photography Forum.And also do forget this page here on Light Stalking is our shrine to landscape photography and we hope that it will encourage you to invest more time into the wonder that is Landscape PhotographySo let's get to it…dynamic range is a broad term, but when applied to photography it refers to the range of stops of light your camera's sensor is capable of handling. Ergo, each camera model has a more or less capable dynamic range than others. ...
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Omar Z Robles on the Challenges of Photographing Dancers With Film

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“People nowadays think almost like a tribe about equipment and gear.” says Omar Z Robles about his recent project released that is shot on film. “But in the end they’re just tools to carry your vision.” We’re inclined to agree–in the same way that a painter can create works of art with a variety of brushes, a photographer can do the same. We’ve spoken with Omar about his creative process on Inside the Photographer’s Mind before, and he’s very careful about his overall creation process. While one may think that he’s simply capturing scenes, he’s actively directing–which is what folks of folks don’t do vs simply capturing. With Omar’s years of shooting under his belt, this was an interesting mental challenge for him; which he obviously succeeded at....
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10 Weather Sealed Cameras That Can Survive Bad Storms

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Anyone who works out in the field will tell you about the importance of having a good, solid weather sealed camera. Weather sealing will allow a photographer to go out into a downpour, a snow storm, or a windy day with dirt and debris flying everywhere. Rain and snow aside, weather sealing will also protect your camera when it is operating in humid conditions, and even the freezing cold. As long as you have a weather sealed lens attached to the front of your camera you will be good to go. Here we will take a look at 10 of the best weather sealed cameras that are currently on the market.As mentioned above, as long as you have a weather sealed lens attached to your weather sealed cameras, you can go out into the wind, rain, and snow and not have to worry about anything other than taking pictures. Of course, some cameras are better weather sealed than others. We highly recommend you consult your cameras user guide to see what kind of tolerances your specific camera might have before heading out into a storm, but the ones listed below don’t mind getting wet one little bit. If your’re a wildlife photographer, sports photographer, photojournalist, or take any kind of pictures that require you to be out in the elements you should check out the 10 weather sealed cameras below....
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Leica-Branded Video Leads to Company’s Name Being Banned on the Internet in China

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We told you yesterday about the alleged Leica commercial that featured, among other things, the famous picture of “Tank Man” from the Tiananmen Square incident in Beijing in 1989 and that this caused a huge controversy in China, as you can imagine. Well, today the word Leica is banned from Chinese social media and Internet search because of the controversy. And that has to be awkward for Leica which is, as you might recall, one of Huawei’s major partners for lenses on their smartphones. It’s basically a big awkward mess that’s only getting worse by the day as FStoppers reports.Last Updated on April 20, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsWe told you yesterday about the alleged Leica commercial that featured, among other things, the famous picture of “Tank Man” from the Tiananmen Square incident in Beijing in 1989 and that this caused a huge controversy in China, as you can imagine. Well, …
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Facial Recognition Technology Will Basically Scan All Airline Passengers Leaving the United States in the Future

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Facial recognition technology is going to be everywhere, and that makes more than a few people uncomfortable.But should it, and why?One area where it will really be visible in the near future is in airports and, apparently, it won’t be long before each and every departing airline passenger will have his or her face scanned upon leaving the United States.The Verge reports that the “facial recognition system works by photographing passengers at their departure gate. It then cross-references this photograph against a library populated with faces/images from visa and passport applications, as well as those taken by border agents when foreigners enter the country.”This is part of implementing a program called a “Biometric Exit” which will “give authorities an idea of who is entering and leaving” as well as enable the government to more effectively identify people who overstay their visas in the United States....
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5 Lighting Portrait Positions for Couples

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Lighting two people can be difficult to do, so I’m going to use 5 portrait lighting positions to breakdown how to best light a couple. If you haven’t watched the 5 Portrait Lighting Setups yet, you can watch it here first:So we are going to try different head and posing positions with each of the lighting positions.Same Direction, Same LightButterfly Lighting to Loop to RembrandtThe easiest idea to start with is facing the two of them in the same direction and having the same light shine on both of them. They are both in a butterfly lighting, right now and they look great, but they don’t look like they are together. Let’s turn them into one element instead of two, so by changing their posing, we see what happens....
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Trail Camera Catches Mouse Secretly Cleaning Man’s Shed Every Night

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72-year-old Stephen Mckears was puzzled every morning when he would find hardware he left out on his workbench returned to their box. Using a wildlife trail camera, he discovered that a mouse was spending hours every night putting his tools back and tidying up his workspace. The retired electrician first noticed objects mysteriously being moved around in his garden shed earlier this year. Screws, plastic parts, nuts, and bolts on his workbench were continuously returned to the old ice cream tub that he had emptied them out from the night before.Mckears then enlisted the help of his 70-year-old neighbor Rodney Holbrook, who helped Mckears set up a trail camera in the shed to figure out what was going on. The 2-minute video above is one of the clips the duo stealthily captured....
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How to Master Headshot Photography

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Here we are going to look at how to master headshot photography. Headshots are not random posed images in a studio but are a bit similar to portraits and are used for marketing, branding, company profiles and for other business purposes where your client will be presenting themselves. As a result, a headshot should not be something that is a forced pose, but rather portray the personality of the subject.Let us look at how to master headshot photography.Headshots are quite straightforward once you master the techniques and as a headshot photographer, it is your job to make your clients look amazing in their photographs. Since these shots are mostly used for business purposes, the headshot should create a great first impression to anyone who looks at your client’s photograph. Moreover, where headshots are quite different from portraiture is, in headshots, the focus is just the face of the subject....
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Dean Bradshaw Proves Blue Can Be Bleak Aboard a Fishing Trawler

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It’s always fascinating to follow a photographer’s epic adventures through their photos, not only to get a glimpse of their experiences but also their interpretation through their choices in creative elements like color, composition, and mood. A perfect example is the cinematic documentary Icelandic Fishing series of Dean Bradshaw, where he shows us what went down during the 12 hours he spent aboard a fishing trawler in Iceland. If you’re looking for inspiration for documenting your next adventure, this set is certainly worth a look.“It was about 5:30 am when we boarded the fishing trawler. The slick deck of the boat was barely visible under the dim sodium vapor lamps as we were greeted by handshakes and warm good mornings from the crew members,” the Los Angeles-based photographer and director recalled in his set description. The early morning broke to cloudy scenes aboard the fishing vessel Olafur Bjarnason, which proved to be perfect for the cinematic tones that Bradshaw had in mind. By opting for a predominantly blue color scheme, he effectively set the mood throughout the series: a cold and gloomy day in the life of fishermen in Iceland, their colorful fishing wear providing eye-catching contrast to their bleak surroundings....
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Cheap Photo: Sony a6000 w/lens $498, Sony a9 Bundle $3498, A7 II $898

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If you have been the market for a new Sony Mirrorless camera, or some new Sony glass, you are going to love these amazing camera deals. Right now you can grab the Sony a6000 with a 16-50mm, and two 64GB SD cards for just $498! The Full Frame Sony A7 II with accessory bundle is only $898, and the A7 II with the 28-70mm lens with accessory bundle is only $998! Has the Sony a9 been fluttering it’s shutter at you? If it has you can get it with a Rode mic bundle now for $3,498! Need to see in the dark? The Sony A7s II with accessory bundle is just $1,998. Other notable deals include the X-T2 and the X-T20 which are in the final week of their sales. The X-T2 is just $899, and the X-T20 is only $599! Come on in to see the other camera deals....
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Promo Video for Leica Featuring Famous Tiananmen Square Tank Picture Causes Huge Controversy in China

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Marketing is an art and a science.But, in the modern climate, it is also riskier than one could even imagine.You never know what will cause an uproar, and every single day seems to bring something new to be outraged about.In a recent commercial showing off their brand, Leica compiled a reel of famous photographs taken during conflicts from around the world according to the BBC.One of the pictures featured in the reel is that famous pictures from the Tiananmen Square incident where “’Tank Man’ was a lone protester who brought a column of tanks to a standstill during a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989.”“Tank Man,” as he is popularly known, became a symbol of both the protests and freedom. As the BBC points out, what eventually happened to him remains unknown....
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Bob Dylan Calls Out Fans for Breaking His “No Photo” Rule

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More and more musicians are adding “no photography” rules to their concerts. But a lot of fans simply ignore that request - for a variety of reasons. Some people think they should be allowed to take pictures of the concert since they purchased a ticket while others aren’t even aware of the “no photography” rule. There are, of course, a few photographers that might try to make money off of the images but those are few in number. Nonetheless, famous musician Bob Dylan didn’t hesitate to call out his fans during a live concert because they were taking pictures ofLast Updated on April 19, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsMore and more musicians are adding “no photography” rules to their concerts. But a lot of fans simply ignore that request – for a variety of reasons. Some people think they should be allowed to take pictures of the concert since they purchased …
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Samsung’s Folding Phone Already Experiencing Its Own “Bendgate” According to Early Reviews

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold is making waves across the Internet ahead of its launch, but for all the wrong reasons. That’s because early reviewers are reporting that the screen is bending and breaking, leaving the revolutionary new headset either worthless or with impaired functionality. The review for the Samsung Galaxy Fold from The Verge is titled, “Samsung Galaxy Fold: Broken Dream,” Dieter Bohn details a new common issue where the screen breaks after removing what looks like a plastic film to protect the screen when you first get the phone. Apparently you’re not supposed to remove this film. The VergeLast Updated on April 19, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 2 0Shares 0Tweets 0PinsSamsung’s new Galaxy Fold is making waves across the Internet ahead of its launch, but for all the wrong reasons. That’s because early reviewers are reporting that the screen is bending and breaking, leaving the revolutionary new headset either worthless or with impaired …
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Filmborn App for iPhone: Kicking Ass and It’s FREE

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Before we dive into this, do yourself a favor and download the app.You deserve a new toy (or app) to play with and for me, Filmborn my go to app that helps me put my DSLR down.Let’s talk about what this app is all about. Film emulation.Until now I’ve been fairly stalwart when it comes to taking photos with my iPhone. It never gets the white balance how I like it and the exposure ALWAYS is just a liiiiittle too dark and I’m a sucker for that film look, which I really haven’t found until now. However, using the Filmborn App has gotten to the root of those issues and really made amazing use of the technology behind the iPhone’s camera.Make the weekend count and master a new skill! Shop now....
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Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts

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Instagram has internally floated the idea of a small design change that would have a huge impact on the service. Leaked screenshots show mockups of Instagram in which the Like counts on photos and videos are hidden from public view. TechCrunch reports that the test was discovered by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, who has broken news on a number of Instagram features before they had officially been confirmed or launched.Wong discovered the design tweak in Instagram’s Android code, and she managed to use the discovery to generate a few screenshots showing what the result of the change would be.“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get,” an Instagram message packaged with the test states. “During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of likes it gets.”...
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Getting Creative With One Light

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So you have just picked up your first light or you have had one light for a while now, and you are wondering what more you can create with just that one light. Well, you can create loads. I see many post/comments from photographers saying they can’t do this or that as they only have one light, and while it is more efficient using more lights in certain situations, it really is quite amazing what you can create with just one.So my best advice is to get out and shoot loads, experiment, and fail as many times as you can because honestly you will learn more this way and the experience gained will stay with you.In this post, I will show you just a few ways I have created images with one light. Now, this is no tutorial — it’s more a post on ideas to try....
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Big Bend Blue Hour Bluebonnets and Milky Way

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Sometimes even the most simple descriptive titles sound like a Dr. Seuss poem.This shot is from mid-February during the very early part of the “superbloom” that was taking over many of the desert areas out west this spring. Bluebonnets are a type of lupine. Compared to the lupines we have here in Maine and New Hampshire they are quite a bit smaller, but just as beautiful when they cover an otherwise barren desert. This was my first time seeing flowers in the desert, and it was quite a sight.The Milky Way didn’t really get up above the hill here until just after astronomical twilight started before sunrise, so the sky is very blue from the scattered sunlight (like daytime) since it was not full darkness....
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Bob Dylan Calls Out Fans for Taking Photos at His Show

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Bob Dylan is known for being a man of few (speaking) words on stage, but he took to the mic during a show this week to call out fans for breaking his well-known “no photos” rule. While performing in Vienna, Austria, the 77-year-old singer paused in the middle of a song to remind those in attendance to put their cameras away. When he stepped backward away from the mic, Dylan accidentally tripped over a stage monitor and stumbled, nearly taking a tumble.After regaining his footing, Dylan strode back to the mic and said, “Take pictures or don’t take pictures. We can either play or we can pose. Okay?” He and his bandmates then stopped to pose for several moments before resuming with the show....
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Kandao Uses AI to Turn 30fps Footage into 300fps Super Slow Mo

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The Chinese 360°/VR camera and software company Kandao has announced a new technology called AI Slow-Motion that uses machine learning to turn ordinary footage into super slow motion shots. For example, it can make a 30fps video look like it was shot at 300fps. Neural networks are used to predict and fill in the extra frames between actual frames, resulting in smooth, cinematic video from existing videos while optimizing quality.“Using the new feature, users can slow down the footage to up to 10x slow motion after taking them,” Kandao says. “For example, a 360-degree video originally captured at 8k 30fps can be transferred into a 240fps slow-motion in 8K, a 4k 60fps video can be exported at 4K 480fps, by selecting a factor of eight during the 360 stitching workflow in Kandao/QooCam Studio software.”...
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Facebook Stored Millions of Instagram Passwords in Plaintext

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Facebook has quietly revealed that it accidentally stored millions of Instagram user passwords in plaintext, a major security issue that the company had previously said only affected “tens of thousands” of users. In a March 21st announcement titled, “Keeping Passwords Secure,” Facebook stated that during a “routine security review,” it found that some Instagram passwords were being stored in a readable format. The passwords were accessible to Facebook employees but the company didn’t find any evidence that they had been improperly accessed or leaked.Yesterday, while the release of the Muller report was dominating news headlines, Facebook updated the original news release with the following message:...
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This Leica Video Just Got ‘Leica’ Banned in China

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Leica has sparked a huge backlash in China over a short film released by its ad agency in Brazil. The video (warning: strong language) depicts a news photographer covering the Chinese government’s crackdown during pro-democracy protests in Beijing in 1989. Titled “The Hunt,” the 5-minute video follows a photojournalist scrambling to continue documenting history from a hotel window in Beijing while trying to evade government authorities.“We hunt. We chase. We fight. We risk it all,” the photographer’s voice states. “Oddly enough, we spend our entire lives in search of something that, for the most part, simply is not… until it is. And as the grand moment draws near, we smile to ourselves and proudly whisper, ‘I’m a hunter.'”...
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The Tokina FiRIN 100mm F2.8: A $599 “Flat Field” Lens for Sony FE

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Tokina has been hitting some home runs with the FiRIN lenses they’ve been producing, so this news will likely be music to the ears of those enjoying previous Tokina FiRIN lenses. Today, Tokina announced that a new FiRIN 100mm f2.8 Macro Lens with a Sony E mount will be hitting shelves this coming April; and trust us when we say it is priced nicely too.The new Tokina FiRIN 100mm f2.8 FE Macro lens is being billed as a versatile lens that features autofocusing capabilities, and has the ability to provide 1:1 reproduction with a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches from the sensor plane (4.5 inches from the front element). The lens will play nicely with Sony’s 5-axis image stabilization, and focusing assist functions including focus peaking and an electronic distance bar. As tricky as macro photography can be, the news that the lens will function with all of those features is pretty huge....
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Tokina Introduces FiRIN 100mm F2.8 FE Macro For Sony

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The lens can focus on objects as close as 4.5 inches, and with its fast maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, it should be an excellent portraiture lens in addition to its macro capabilities.Pre-orders begin today, with expected availability next Friday, April 26. Estimated street price: $599. For more information, see the press release below.Check out the Tokina FiRIN 100mm F2.8 FE Macro Lens on B&H!###Kenko Tokina announces release of new Tokina FiRIN 100mm F2.8 FE Macro lens A versatile lens for Sony Full-Frame E-Mount Mirrorless CamerasHuntington Beach, CA, April 19, 2019: Kenko Tokina, Japan’s leading manufacturer of premium camera accessories, is releasing the Tokina FiRIN 100mm F2.8 FE Macro lens for Sony Full-Frame E-mount cameras. Distributed in the US exclusively by Kenko Tokina USA, based in Huntington Beach, California, this new lens provides unparalleled versatility with the world-class optics....
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31 Photography Links From Helpful Tutorials To Great Images To Get You Inspired

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The Toad never seems to rest, relentlessly searching in all corners of the internet for links for photography enthusiasts of all types to enjoy.  Just like a bowl of mashed potatoes, we've got a heaping helping of tutorials and great photography to check out.Find your favorite boat of gravy and pull up a seat to settle in for a time as we look at these great shots and read interesting tutorials and articles from some of the finest artists and writers working today.  We really hope you enjoy checking out this list as much as the Toad did in bringing it to you this week.TUTORIALS15 Incredibly Useful Tutorials On Headshot Photography – this link leads to a series of great links that talk about how to get great headshot portraits. Posted right here on Light Stalking, this great article gives you a wide range of articles and tutorials that can really help you get the most out of your own portraits....
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Should Your Commercial Photography Adopt a Brand Stand?

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Now that we’re into the second quarter of 2019, it’s a good time for us to revisit some of the visual trends and predictions that companies like Adobe have put forward, and decide which of them are applicable to our work. One of these, they say, is the Brand Stand trend, which is a response to the big shift in the relationship between consumers and brands. In essence, it reinforces the fact that customer loyalty is no longer inspired by a ground-breaking product or outstanding service. People’s spending are now tied to their values, and it’s now the task of brands to take a stand to tap into their customer base. As a photographer, it might as well be up your alley to help them make a compelling visual message....
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Tutorial: A Practical Application of Rear Curtain Sync Flash Settings

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Rear curtain sync mode is one of the creative techniques at your disposal when you work with flash. Basically, the flash fires off towards the end of an exposure, or just before the rear/second curtain closes. With this technique, you can produces some really cool-looking blur and light trails while your subject remains in focus. That makes it popular for experimenting with capturing movement using flash. In this quick tutorial, wedding and portrait photographer Jen Marino shares her go-to settings for shooting dance photos.If you’re just learning about this flash mode and you’d like to experiment but have no idea how to set your gear, Marino’s suggestions should come in handy. Basically, set your flash unit to rear curtain sync, then if your flash has a zoom function, set it all the way in to create a spotlight or vignette effect. She also keeps the flash metering at the E-TTL (Evaluative Through The Lens) if the lighting is constant (without a lot of changing or flashing lights around); otherwise, she sets it to Manual. Don’t forget to make sure the flash is pointing forward towards your subject....
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12 Weather Sealed Lenses That Can Take a Beating From Mother Nature

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Being able to shoot outside when the weather isn’t the best can yield some truly spectacular results. From reflections of lights hitting the street, to capturing falling snow, and from the light that appears at the back end of a storm, to capturing menacing clouds or lightning, the weather can help create some truly dynamic images, but you need to have the right gear to go out and play in the elements. We’re going to take a look at some of the best weather sealed lenses across multiple platforms, and price points that will help you get the shots you’d otherwise miss out on with non-sealed lenses.We of course urge you to practice safety first, and if you do venture off out into the pouring rain, gale force winds, or snow storms, always think about safety. If you do head out with one of these lenses though, you will be able to capture some truly stunning shots as these lenses will laugh in Mother Nature’s face. All of these weather sealed lenses are as tough as nails, they can produce seriously sharp, wonderfully colored images, and they focus like champs too! Check out some of our favorite weather sealed lenses below....
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Microsoft Refuses to License Facial Recognition Software to Police in California

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Facial recognition tech is both dystopian and a huge part of the future of the field of optics and photography. The main issue with it is that it could be used for nefarious purposes. Currently, we see basic facial recognition technology in every from selfie apps to how you unlock your iPhone. But what about arming local police officers with some kind of facial recognition technology? Of course, the imagination can run wild either way as to how many uses a government agency could put such tech to use. Apparently, after some consideration, Microsoft has decided not to license facialLast Updated on April 18, 2019 by Kehl BayernTotal: 0Shares 2Tweets 0PinsFacial recognition tech is both dystopian and a huge part of the future of the field of optics and photography. The main issue with it is that it could be used for nefarious purposes. Currently, we see basic facial recognition technology in every …

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