Editorial

Why Your Instagram Isn’t Growing – Photography Article

First off it’s not you, it’s Instagram. It comes down to a few very simple things that can be summed up in three words and two reasons: chronological order and saturation. There are so many people on Instagram, and the organic, chronological order news feed is sadly a thing of the past. These two things alone mean the beginning of the end for any social media platform, because they mean that the platform is prioritizing advertisers over users—that’s great if…

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Will DJI’s Osmo Action Make for a Better GoPro Hero 8? – Photography Article

In May of this year, the DJI Vs GoPro competition caused quite a stir in the tech world as action camera users from casual thrill-seekers all the way to professional videographers sat back to watch two giants battle it out. While DJI’s Osmo Action wasn’t a huge improvement over the GoPro Hero 7 Black, it was new and hinted at future possibilities. More importantly, DJI’s suddenly appearance in the action camera game posed a very real threat to GoPro. Their…

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31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments – Photography Article

Follow along with the biggest moments in October history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive. Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history—everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs…

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Attacking YouTube Camera Reviewers is Ridiculous – Photography Article

Over the past few weeks, two separate pieces have been published here on PetaPixel attacking YouTube photographers and camera reviewers. Whether it be this video from Mik Milman, or this latest piece from Bob Locher, the low hanging fruit seems to be the idea that the “general YouTube camera reviewer” has no idea what they’re talking about. This is ridiculous, and wrong. No one reviewer is ever called out by name; instead, what they do and how they do it…

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Is This Plagiarism or Crazy Coincidence in Landscape Photography? – Photography Article

It often happens that other photographers have a similar shot to yours. Especially in landscape photography, where there are lots of amazing locations where a lot of photographers go. Having a similar shot is often not really a problem — most of the time these shots are still different because of light, conditions, and different compositions from the same spot. I recently came across a photographer, whom I’ll call Mario Rossi, whose work may be strangely and uncomfortably similar to…

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The Problem with Camera Reviews by YouTubers – Photography Article

As for many other things, YouTube is a wonderful trove of opinion and information. This is certainly true for photographic interests. And a huge percentage of photographers are particularly interested in still photography, as opposed to videography. And herein lies the rub. Many (or perhaps even most) of the YouTube content creators for photographic sites are actually video enthusiasts, though they claim to be still photography oriented. But in most cases they make an effort to appear to be more…

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‘Piggybacking’ is the New Normal in Commercial Photography – Photography Article

After completing my degree in still photography at RIT, I grew up in NYC working in the motion world as a production assistant. My plan was to eventually direct TV spots, but I wanted to garner a solid background in the art of lighting from the still world first. Also, having experienced the hierarchy in the TV commercial world first hand, I came to the conclusion that I was better off continuing in stills knowing that one day, I could…

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Recreating a 108-Year-Old Landscape Photograph – Photography Article

The Brisbane Water National Park on the Central Coast of Australia is such a beautiful place to be, and Somersby Falls is one of the most popular destinations. It’s not hard to see why. So when I stumbled across a 108-year-old picture of one of my favorite waterfalls in the park, I and decided to try and recreate it to see what had changed, and what had stayed the same. I’ve visited the Brisbane Water National Park a number of…

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An Open Letter on Behalf of Photographers and Media – Photography Article

Dear Live Nation, This is an open letter to your company regarding the increasingly poor treatment of media and credentialed photographers. I have been shooting concerts for approaching 10 years now, and I have watched the change and decline in how media and photo passes are handled for concerts over the years, so I want to outline this change and explain the extremely frustrating situation I recently experienced at one of your venues. Let’s rewind to 2010 when I was…

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Why I’m Going Back to Nikon – Photography Article

After going back and forth for months (read: years) between Sony and Fuji, never being entirely happy with either one, I ended up with… a Nikon system. Why would I go back to my first love? Yes, I shot Nikon for ages, first on film and then on digital, before switching to Canon because of they were developing full-frame bodies while Nikon was still fixated on DX only, but nowadays it’s all about going mirrorless right?* Well, at first my…

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Using a 31-Year-Old SLR for Fast-Paced Photojournalism – Photography Article

Introduced in 1988, the Nikon F4 was the world’s first professional autofocus camera, and it made its way quickly into the hands of many working photographers. But despite the incredible leap in technology it represented, it was apparently quickly overtaken by the competition, which built on the solid foundation the F4 offered. Early reviews were kind, but the advances in all areas of camera technology since then have left it more a cult option for today’s users. I’ve seen the…

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Laugh at the Profoto C1 All You Want, Profoto Gets It – Photography Article

If you want to piss off a majority of professional photographers, show them a smartphone camera rig setup and explain how great it is. Better yet, show them an article about an iPhone-only wedding photographer. I’ve seen this reaction countless times, and it’s especially prevalent when you look at smartphone photography accessories. Companies who promote products for high-end cameras while also introducing low-end products know this, which is why the official Profoto C1 YouTube video has comments disabled. In fact,…

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Is Your 24MP Camera Obsolete? How to Future-Proof Your Photographs – Photography Article

The problem with technology is that it can look dated the older it gets. How good does a VHS tape look on your 4K TV? The same thing can happen with cameras. While 24-megapixel cameras are making great pictures, what they are going to be compared to is about to change… radically. You need to understand how the next generation of digital cameras will affect you, especially if you are a pro or serious amateur. We’ve had a long run…

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The Problem with Many of the ‘Photographers’ on YouTube – Photography Article

Professional event photographer and photography teacher Mik Milman recently published a video that’s bound to receive some mixed reactions. In it, Milman laments the dearth of experience of many photographers who pass themselves off as “experts” on YouTube, earning thousands of followers and possibly misleading beginners by offering bad advice and unqualified critiques. Controversial as the topic might be, Milman does a good job of keeping the video from turning into a “get off my lawn” rant. He’s simply pointing…

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The DSLR vs Mirrorless Debate is Silly, Here’s Why – Photography Article

Photographer Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography recently published a well-reasoned and logical response to the Mirrorless vs DSLR debate that recently peaked with the announcement of the Nikon D6. In his video, Forbes offers a much more nuanced take than many of the arguments you’ve probably seen in various corners of the Internet. Forbes’ argument is, essentially, that the whole debate is silly because new photography technology rarely ever completely replaces what came before. “Mirrorless is the future?…

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8 Amazing Photos from the Fight for Women’s Suffrage – Photography Article

Relive the pivotal moment in American history when women’s battle for the right to vote culminated in women casting their ballots for the first time. On August 26th, we celebrated women who fought for equality. Yet, the day is more than just Women’s Equality Day. In 1920, it was a historic moment in the United States when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution changed federal laws to grant women the right to vote. For more than a century, the “Cult…

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Why Good Photos Turn Bad: Instagram and Photography ‘Groupthink’ – Photography Article

Landscape and travel photographer James Popsys has noticed a troubling habit lately: he’s posting things “for the dopamine hit,” and he doesn’t believe he’s the only one. The result, says Popsys, is a “photographic groupthink,” caused by social media, that encourages people to post the same thing over and over, just because it’s popular. Popsys identifies the problem, primarily, on Instagram. “In the past two or three months, my Explore tab on Instagram has been made up of one thing:…

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I Ordered Prints from Flickr, Here’s How They Turned Out – Photography Article

After learning about Flickr’s new printing service last week, I decided to check the cost of prints. I want to build a physical portfolio, and have been unhappy with the quality of prints from local shops—I expect to get what I paid for (not a ton) and even then have been disappointed. So I ordered two prints from Flickr, both 8×10″, both black and white. I only did this because I can’t afford to print my entire (current) portfolio at…

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Lessons from My First Photography Trip – Photography Article

I recently took my first ever photography trip to California. My plan was to hit up Mt. Shasta, Lassen Volcanic NP, and Lake Tahoe. I wanted to share some of the things I did right, as well as some of the things I did wrong. What I Did Right I planned ahead – Thanks to my research, I was able to get some great shots of Mt Shasta, The Milky Way, and Lake Tahoe. I went at the right time…

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DSLRs Aren’t Dead, But They’re On Life Support – Photography Article

Last year, during a panel discussion at one of the yearly industry conferences, I said that my hope was for DSLRs to soon vanish… I said this not because I haven’t enjoyed the incredible strides made in photo technology during the era of the DSLR — both as a camera store owner and a recreational photographer — but because, despite our attachments, we must embrace a mindset of “out with the old and in with the new.” To fall in…

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Wake Up and Don’t Settle for Powdered Milk as a Photographer – Photography Article

When I was a little girl, I lived in Incirlik AFB, Turkey. We lived for a year off base on the third floor of a very large apartment building. My parents spoke no Turkish and the landlady spoke no English, but somehow, they managed just fine. My dad was a lot cooler about the whole thing than my mom. But then, dad left and went to work on base each morning, while my mom had to deal with things like…

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How I Went from Family Photographer to Successful Instagram Influencer – Photography Article

It’s that time of year again for photographers: fall family sessions. It’s crunch time. Some photographers make the bulk of their yearly profits right now; others work their butts off in an area saturated with photographers and make enough pennies to cover operating expenses. I was part of the latter group a few years ago, and I burned out. I couldn’t bear to do another family session. I love photography, I love the creative art of it all, but I…

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Ground-Breaking Moments from 90s Fashion History – Photography Article

Explore nine incredible moments that changed 90s fashion history with these iconic images from the Shutterstock archives. From the high glamour of the Amazonian-like supermodels to grunge’s plaid shirts taking over the runways, 90s fashion redefined pop culture. A new crop of rising young designers breathed life into heritage brands and supermodels dominated pop culture, strutting from the runways to music videos and even the red carpet. Always known for pushing the boundaries, 90s fashion wasn’t without its controversies. From…

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7 Tips to Improve Your Landscape and Travel Photography Marketing Skills – Photography Article

Landscape and travel photography marketing is one area that photographers often find particularly hard. But if you want your photography business to grow, you have to know how to market yourself and your work. When discussing work with my colleagues, a question that almost always comes up is: “How did he or she get that job?” In a word: marketing. I talk about two major points in my photography marketing workshops. Marketing in a Nutshell The first point is that…

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A Peek Inside Panasonic Full-Frame Mirrorless – Photography Article

We really didn’t know what to expect going into this. Panasonic hasn’t even made an APS-C body before, never mind a full-frame flagship mirrorless camera. Though, it seems they realized the S1 series needed to make a splash if its release was going to trail behind Canon and Nikon’s first foray into professional-grade mirrorless cameras, because the S1R is massive. This body is titanic compared to its competitors: the A7R III, Z7, and EOS R. Panasonic has decisively abandoned the…

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Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Manual and Avoiding Auto Mode Mistakes – Photography Article

Getting a proper exposure means that you’re letting enough light through the lens and onto your sensor/film to capture your subject and the environment. To achieve a proper exposure, you’ll have to balance shutter speed, aperture, and ISO according to your purpose. The key word there is “purpose.” What is Your Purpose? You can apply your settings almost like a painter applies brush strokes to the canvas. This means certain effects and aesthetics can be achieved with your camera settings…

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30 Historical Photos Document the Month’s Big Moments – Photography Article

Follow along with the biggest moments in September history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive. Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll…

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Flagship or Missed the Boat? – Photography Article

I normally don’t write articles discussing new camera bodies like the Sony a6600, nor do I often get into fine detail on camera specs in general. But since I have been shooting with a Sony a6300 for a few years already, and have been eagerly wanting to upgrade to a newer Sony camera, I feel it is a good time for me to jump in on the subject. In New York, three days ago, Sony announced two new camera bodies…

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Why Creatives are Fighting Back Against Shutterfly and Others – Photography Article

Photography is an art and a commercial business. As a black-owned, woman-run business, Judah Avenue is both a passion project and an entrepreneurial breakthrough for me. I quit corporate America to pursue my art. As a girl who was born and raised in Ghana, that simply wasn’t something that was ever presented as a viable path for me. As much as I appreciate whenever someone compliments or expresses admiration for my photography, there’s no shying away from the fact that…

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Social Media Influencer Woes – Photography Article

I had read this story about a social media influencer who posted professional photos of her accident on Instagram along with what appeared to be a product placement. I thought it unbelievable until… it happened to me. Editor’s Note: In case it’s not clear from the outset, this is a parody. Okay guys… the first thing you need to know is that I am okay. Seriously, I’m okay, but in the interest of self-promotion, here’s the scary, magical series of…

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