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Recover Photos From Damaged Memory Cards for Free: Fstoppers Reviews PhotoRec – Photography Article

Recover Photos From Damaged Memory Cards for Free: Fstoppers Reviews PhotoRec Few things are more terrifying than a corrupted or accidentally formatted memory card. When that recently happened to me, I hastily hopped on the Internet to find memory card recovery software. After several hours of searching, I came across an obscure but free tool, and a few hours later, all my images and videos were safely and securely transferred to my hard drive. My girlfriend works as a marketing…

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How I Mixed Strobes and LED Lights in This Fashion Photo Shoot – Photography Article

In today’s Fstoppers video, I set out to create some conceptual fashion images with Puerto Rican model Krystal Xamairy. Using the brand new Tamron 35mm f/1.4 lens, a few strobe lights, and a couple colored LED panels, I will walk you step by step through the entire process. Tamron recently sent us their new 35mm f/1.4 full frame prime lens to try out. They basically told me I could do anything I wanted with the lens, so I thought I’d step…

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Tough Love for Aspiring Professional Photographers – Photography Article

Strap in people, because this is a tough love lesson for anyone whose goal is to “make it” as a professional in the photography industry. It’s easy to start out as a photographer with stars in your eyes thinking that if you just create good work, clients will be waiting for you. You ask for advice about starting your business and people tell you: Build it and they will come.  Be so good they can’t ignore you.  Make good work, and…

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Shooting Beauty With a 7″ Reflector – Photography Article

In my never ending pursuit for the perfect lighting modifier, I tested shooting beauty with a 7” reflector as my key light. Shooting beauty with hard light is something I’ve always been wary about. All the downsides to hard light are more prevalent when it comes to shooting in macro situations. It exposes every little detail, the highlights are too strong, and the light can be very tough to control. Even with all of this, I wanted to try it…

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The Art and Science of Photography: Color Theory – Photography Article

Let me first say, for reasons that will become clear momentarily, that I’m a six-foot-seven-inch tall male who weighs approximately 200 pounds and has about a week’s (…okay, week-and-a-half’s) worth of stubble. And my favorite color is pink. Did you just do a double-take? Preferences for Individual Colors It turns out that that double-take raises some interesting questions. Do we have innate preferences for certain colors? Do those preferences differ between the genders? Is blue for boys and pink for…

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Shooting Videos for Levi’s with the Sony A7R IV – Photography Article

I just finished shooting my first video for Levi’s and it was a learning curb of note. Firstly, the client wanted to be able to see how the video progressed during the day, so I had to give them the ability to sit and view what’s being captured. I did this using the Sony Monitor. It synced wirelessly, by plugging into the camera directly, or by connecting it to the Atomos Shogun monitor I was using on camera. It was good…

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Film Photography Still Has Its Place but Won’t Make You a Better Photographer – Photography Article

To preface all of this, I shoot film 90% of the time (if not more). I firmly believe that my work is more meaningful because of it. I also believe that we all have our own thoughts/opinion and there is no universally observed benefit to shooting film. For being a medium that has been around for decades and has been almost completely overtaken by digital in the photography market, it still receives a lot of attention. In just the past few months, there…

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The Five Pieces of Advice I’ve Gotten That Shaped My Career as a Photographer – Photography Article

Our lives are collections made up of people and moments. Every day, there is a plethora of wisdom that passes by, but sometimes, you get one piece of advice that can change the course of your entire life or career. In this article, I share the five pieces of advice I’ve gotten over my eight-year career that helped shape me into the photographer I am today.  We all have mentors in our life who we look to for advice on…

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Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro Lens – Photography Article

Laowa is a lens manufacturer that is making waves over and over again. I had a chance to use their newest macro lens and put it through its paces to see if it can really rival its counterparts. I originally got into photography to shoot macro. I know, that’s weird. Something about seeing the intricacies and details of the world that the human eye misses captivates me. As a result, I was interested in Laowa’s newest lens being that it’s not only…

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Want to Shoot Fall Colors? Use These Guides to Pick the Perfect Time – Photography Article

The bright reds, oranges, and yellows of trees in autumn make for compelling subjects, but it can be tricky to plan travel around nature. If you want to give yourself the best odds for success, you need to plan ahead. Crowd-sourced foliage maps and reports can let you know when and where the color is at the peak. Some of the biggest regions for fall color tourism, like New York and New England have their own dedicated maps, typically maintained…

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Using Lightroom Classic’s Secondary Display to Be More Productive – Photography Article

Whether I’m teaching someone Lightroom or only showing a friend my photos in Lightroom for the first time, the one thing they usually comment about right away is my use of Lightroom’s Secondary Display feature. It’s a great feature that really makes me more productive. Most tutorial videos that teach how to use Lightroom use screen capture to show the Lightroom interface, and therefore don’t show the use of a secondary monitor. Unless you happen to be poking around the Lightroom…

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Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (September 2019): Barbara MacFerrin – Photography Article

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2019, we’re featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community. This month’s winner is Barbara MacFerrin! Her work is notable for its technical mastery and its artistry that evokes the Baroque…

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Taking Pictures Using a Lens With a Smashed Middle Element – Photography Article

Think the dust inside your lens is bad? The owners of a vintage camera shop have been testing out what it’s like taking photos using a Kaleinar 100mm f/2.8 lens with a severely smashed middle element. So, how did it fare? Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, the team at WYCameras is full of film and vintage camera specialists. Their entire stock range consists of analog cameras and lenses only. And buying and selling camera parts often means they run into unusual…

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Four Reasons Why a Fast 35mm Prime Lens Should Be in Your Bag – Photography Article

I’ve always passed on 35mm prime lenses. On paper, they always seemed too close to what I could already capture with my phones or what’s duplicated in my 24-70mm professional zoom lenses. It turns out, I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried out the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD lens. My own logic around 35mm lenses doesn’t hold water. I’ve purchased a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED lens specifically for astrophotography. I’ve even purchased the…

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What’s Your Deal Breaker When It Comes to Buying a New Camera? – Photography Article

You’ve done your research and looked at all the different options available and finally made a decision on which camera to buy. Then at the last minute you learn about something that’s an absolute deal breaker and you pull the plug. What is one thing that would stop you from buying a particular camera? On a recent video about the new Sony a7r IV, Tony Northrup talked about five things he hates with the new camera. It was interesting to…

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A Photographer’s Moral Dilemma: Getting in and out of the Field – Photography Article

Photographing a certain group of people or documenting lives and events can be really exciting. It can also be emotionally confusing, because we frequently have to enter a field and also leave it after a while. Relationships in Photography Generally in photography, we should aim at having a good idea about what we are doing. When we have people in front of our lens, it gets even more tricky. Suddenly, we don’t make an image on our own, where we…

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What’s Hindering Your Photography? | Fstoppers – Photography Article

It’s not an uncommon thing to see photographers being stuck in an endless loop of un-productivity. If you look at photography a little more seriously than as a hobby then you may have been looping in this cycle for so long as well. Much like in life in general, many people find it hard to find which path to follow and which path to commit to and the very reason why this happens just might be the things we picked…

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Using Dodge and Burn to Stylize Your Images – Photography Article

Dodge and burn are one of my favorite go-to techniques. It can be used in so many different ways by using numerous techniques. You can use dodge and burn to retouch, to globally guide a viewers eye around an image. It is great for adding contrast to specific areas for detail, as well as stylizing your images it gives it that painterly feel. The list goes on and on. But if you then start throwing the various techniques how you…

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Canon Just Announced the EOS M200 and the Launch Video Is Fascinating – Photography Article

Canon has announced the launch of the EOS M200, a small camera featuring a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus and 4K video. Canon has also packed in a few features that make it more accessible to those without a deep knowledge of photography who are looking to produce and share content quickly on social media. What’s more interesting, however is the marketing video itself. When watching the video above, a few things jumped off the screen at me. Connected…

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How to Avoid Disaster When Hiring a Wedding Photographer – Photography Article

When you reach the point of having one of the most momentous occasions of your life captured, there’s little room for error. Here are some tips on how to avoid hiring the wrong photographer. I’ll start by saying this article probably isn’t for you professional photographers out there. It’s for anyone who is a little unsure how you go about selecting a wedding photographer. I’ve worked in the industry for some time now, and I know my way around. I’ve…

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Is 100MP Overkill? Testing the FUJIFILM GFX 100 – Photography Article

I’ve used older digital medium format cameras in the past but the FUJIFILM GFX 100 is the most powerful camera I’ve ever held in my hand.  This video is part of a sponsored series. A few different manufacturers are paying us to make video tutorials using their products. In some cases, they are asking us to showcase certain features, but they are not paying us to “review” their products.  For this shoot I was commissioned to shoot Mike duBois of duBois Metal…

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Instagram Deleted Three Accounts From the Same Guy and Put His Dream Lifestyle on Hold – Photography Article

Instagram is the most popular platform for photographers to display their work and reach an audience. If you know how, you can even turn it into a business and make a living off it. Imagine now, you wake up and Instagram has deleted all your family photos, favorite memories, connections, friends, and portfolio work? That is exactly what happened to Kenneth LeRose on the 21st of August 2019. After having reported a few accounts that were impersonating him it seems Instagram…

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Here’s Why People Hardly Ever Smiled in Old-Time Photographs – Photography Article

Why does vintage photography gives some people “the willies”? Whether or not you’ve noticed this, the portrait subjects in the oldest black and white images are almost always glaring sternly into the lens. I love antiques and visiting vintage shops. In my years of browsing through those dusty old shelves (with their musty yet oddly satisfying odor), I’ve collected dozens of stereographs. These are side-by-side photographic prints of nearly identical images, which create a three-dimensional image when viewed through a…

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Twenty Things You Should Always Do the Day Before a Photoshoot – Photography Article

Shoots that run smoothly will always produce better pictures and keep clients happy. Use this detailed checklist to avoid any major headaches and improve the chances that your next photoshoot is a huge success. There’s a myriad of things that can derail a photoshoot and most of these issues can easily be avoided with a little forward planning. Quite simply, the less drama that happens during a shoot, the best chance you give yourself of making great pictures. Anything that…

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Photographer Brandon Woelfel Shares the Shooting and Editing Secrets That Gained Him 3 Million Followers – Photography Article

With over 3 million Instagram followers, and a client base that includes Apple and Nikon, Brandon Woelfel is doing something right. Now, in his new Skillshare Original online class, the photographer is sharing not only the secrets behind his shooting and editing techniques, but how he achieved his successes. Photographic Style Based out of Long Island, NY, Woelfel never intended to be a photographer. Starting out in college, he was studying computer graphics. In the years since, he has carved…

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One Thing I Wish I Had Considered Before Going Mirrorless and Falling Back in Love With the DSLR – Photography Article

Despite heavily investing in new cameras over the last couple years, it is the still excellent Nikon D850, purchased two years ago, which has suddenly become brand new to me. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. I fell in love with my first Nikon, the D200, about 15 years ago. In turn, it was the tool that allowed me to fall in love with the art form that would eventually not only become my passion but my means…

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Fujifilm Did the Right Thing by Scrapping the 33mm F/1.0 Lens – Photography Article

I was at Photokina when Fujifilm first announced the 33mm f/1.0 and I honestly didn’t care. A few people were excited about it but it seemed like such a pointless lens to me at the time especially because it was probably going to be ridiculously huge. I’m elated at the fact that Fujifilm is now scrapping this lens in favor of a much more practical 50mm f/1.0 I understand that some of you are upset by this news because you…

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Photography Might Be an Overpopulated Industry, but Remember This One Truth – Photography Article

If you’re thinking of taking the leap into professional photography, or have wondered if you can possibly make a living in such a saturated space, take this one piece of wisdom and chant it like a mantra. (I have put a TL;DR at the bottom of this article with the aforementioned “truth” in case you don’t feel like reading the whole article.) I debated a career in photography for a while. I knew I had to change my career path…

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How a Photoshop Noob Composited This Series of Action Photos – Photography Article

Having completed what proved to be one of the most challenging shoots of my career, I was then faced with the task of editing and compositing the images. Due to my inexperience, getting the results that I wanted using Photoshop proved to be a steep learning curve. Here’s how I went about it. Regular readers will recall that I photographed a huge indoor parkour training facility using a single Profoto B1 paired with a huge diffuser (a 5’ Octa softbox).…

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A to Z of Photography: Zeiss and Emile Zola – Photography Article

And so with some sadness, tinged with a sense of relief, we reach the final letter of the alphabet. And what better way to finish than with a vastly successful company that has virtually spanned the lifetime of photography, along with some photographic input from yet another novelist. Zeiss As photographers, we want a sharp image, aiming for tack sharp. Beyond this, there is Zeiss sharp. Held in similar reverence to Leica and originating from the same German smouldering pot…

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