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Critique the Community: Real Estate Photography – Photography Article

Real estate photography is a thriving business opportunity but it takes skill to shoot a home. Do you think your images are good enough to meet the industry standards?  Our next episode of Critique the Community will let you know if you should be putting your real estate photos in your portfolio or not. Submit up to two of your best images before July 23 at 11:45 PM EST and you’ll receive feedback from other community members, have the chance to…

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If Sensor Size Doesn’t Matter, Why Buy a Bigger One? – Photography Article

Recently Lee published a comparison between the images from several different-sized cameras and there was no apparent difference. What’s the point of buying a camera with a larger sensor then?Sensor size matters. Sometimes. You won’t have the need for a bigger sensor until you know the technical side of it and find yourself in a lot of situations you would benefit from a camera having such a sensor. The Sensor In a Nutshell While there are “by-products” from the size…

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How Much It Cost To Fix My Flooded Nikon D850 Camera – Photography Article

A couple of months ago a rogue wave destroyed my Nikon D850. Today I got back it back from Nikon and it’s been fully repaired.  If I had a little more time, I think I could have potentially fixed the camera myself. The vertical grip port on the bottom of the camera corroded and short circuited the camera. After a cleaning, the camera did come back to life but the corrosion continued and the next day the camera once again…

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Apps That Will Add a New Level of Intelligence to Your Photographs. – Photography Article

If you’ve ever wondered what plant is in the foreground of your last magical landscape image, there’s a few apps out there that can help. Those apps can also keep you from trampling rare and endangered species and habitat to get that epic Instagram shot, and along the way you’ll end up learning a few Latin names… maybe.The first app I use the most and can identify countless species of plants and animals is iNaturalist. The built in artificial intelligence…

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The One Thing That Every Camera Manufacturer Needs to Fix – Photography Article

In 1995, Casio launched a revolutionary product: the QV-10. It was the first camera to feature an LCD that showed what you were shooting. Ever since, manufacturers have run terrified at the prospect of having to implement a basic feature that has still not been properly designed, and there’s a good chance that this won’t happen in our lifetimes. I like to think that shortly after the QV-10 hit the market, the senior executives of all the major camera manufacturers…

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Stop Apologizing for Enjoying Camera Gear – Photography Article

You can shoot a Vogue cover on an iPhone, stop wasting your money on new gear. I once read an innocuous sentence that has stuck with me indefinitely: “if you make someone feel bad for being excited about something, you’re the worst kind of person.” Initially, I couldn’t delineate why a pretty self-evident observation, not poetically expressed, had become a sort of earworm for me. Gradually the reason seeped in as I noticed this sort of behavior being commonplace. I noticed it…

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A to Z of Photography: Noise and Helmut Newton – Photography Article

Moving on to N, we enter the second half of the alphabet and with that a headlong rush to Z. It’s been a blast getting to this point, but now we start the countdown. In this issue the A to Z of Photography we visit that most unwanted of digital acquaintances, noise, before taking a peek at the cover work (and Polaroids) of Helmut Newton. (Image) Noise A digital sensor reduces to a device that counts the number of photons…

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The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Versus the Sony 85mm f/1.4 – Photography Article

Sony’s 85mm f/1.4 is a fantastic lens… but you could save $1,100 if you buy the Samyang version.  85mm lenses are believed by many to be the ultimate portrait lens. It’s the right length to keep you a reasonable distance from your subject without producing too much distortion while producing ultra-sharp images with beautiful bokeh. In the video above and the post below, we will be comparing Sony’s $1,800 85mm lens to Samyang’s $700.  Features The Sony 85mm f/1.4 has more features…

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Sony Announces the New Alpha 7R IV: A Proper Rival to Medium Format – Photography Article

For many photographers, having a high-resolution camera is a must. For some time now the Canon 5DSR was the highest resolution full-frame camera on the market. Sony has now one-upped it with their latest announcement the new Sony a7R IV. As someone who shoots with both Sony and Canon, I have to say I’m really excited about this new camera.  Several times during the presentation Sony mentioned medium format and described how the a7R IV offers results rivaling such cameras.…

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Conceptual Advertising Image Photoshop Walkthrough – Photography Article

In this composite walkthrough, I take you through the various processes it took to create this advertising image. Throughout the video, you will hear my thoughts and why I decided on certain aspects. My main thought when creating this image, was how can I add my own style and flavor to a product shot? How can I showcase something that will make any viewer stop and stare? For me, this usually comes down to story and lots of elements for my eye…

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Use an Interesting Foreground for Your Landscape Photo – Photography Article

When photographing landscapes with a wide-angle lens, you probably want something in the foreground, to give the photo some extra depth. It can make your landscape photo more interesting to look at. Just make sure your foreground subject is interesting enough. There are a few ingredients that make a good landscape photo. Good light is obvious, perhaps even the most important of all. But also a good composition with leading lines and an interesting location can make or break a photo. We often…

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How Long Will It Take You to Master Photography? (Part One) – Photography Article

Achieving mastery of a craft takes lots of time and patience. Photography’s most devoted practitioners pursue the elusive status of mastery one shoot at a time, one shot at a time, over many years. It’s not easy. This article is an effort to break down the complexities of mastering photography, in hopes of providing those in the early stages of professional photography a solid foundation of what to expect. And even if you’re an experienced photographer, you can bookmark this…

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Eight Annoying Things Photographers Do That Harm the Industry – Photography Article

Let’s face it, photographers can be really annoying people. While some of their actions are just mildly tiresome, other things they do are downright harmful to our profession. Are you guilty of any of these wrongdoings? Having worked for over a decade in the industry, I have crossed paths with many a photographer in my time. I started my career shooting in-house for a large commercial studio and then moved into the world of freelance. During my many incarnations, I…

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Trump Tweets Blurry Smartphone Photos of Salute to America and His Followers Love It – Photography Article

Love it or hate it, Donald Trump’s salute to America was clearly a spectacle, one that provided for ample excellent photo opportunities. Which makes it completely perplexing is that the only photos the president chose to share of the event for more than two days after were grainy cell phone photos. Even more perplexing was the number of commenters that thought the photos were awesome. Have our standards sunk so low? The photos in question were a retweet of conservative…

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Watching ‘Chernobyl’: How Important Are Visuals for Understanding History? – Photography Article

When we think of history and how dry it may appear as a subject to some, what role do visuals play in increasing genuine interest and cultivating understanding of things that have happened? I myself have always had a strong interest in history, and as such, never truly considered the importance visuals may play in generating interest for those who may find it an uninteresting subject in general, until I came across the new historical HBO TV mini series “Chernobyl” (2019), which…

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Process for Planning an Aerial Portrait Shoot – Photography Article

I have been shooting aerial photography for years now, but have never really shared much of my process when it comes to creating images. Here is a quick look at what sometimes goes into a simple photo of mine. Idea/Inspiration As the creator, it all starts with a blank canvas. Our ideas come from things we’ve seen, known, and experienced. Using a camera, we can look at the world from a certain perspective, determine what we want to photograph, and perceive it in…

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How Useful Is an External Field Monitor for Stills Photographers? – Photography Article

I’ve watched with interest as videographers use external small monitors attached to their DSLR or mirrorless cameras. I could see the advantages: the larger screen, the ability to see vectorscopes, histograms, and the variety of focus tools available. At the same time, I wondered if a monitor would enhance my landscape and nighttime photography, so I took the plunge, and here are my findings. Based on recommendations, I got hold of a SmallHD 5″ monitor. I thought anything larger, like a…

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This Is What People Are Asking Google About Photographers – Photography Article

Like most fields, the general public has some misconceptions about who photographers are and what they do. Many people turn to Google in such situations. Here’s what they’re asking about photographers. Knowing what people want to know about photographers can give you a leg up in anticipating their needs and making yourself a more desirable choice. It can also be quite entertaining. I turned to Google’s autocomplete feature to see what those questions are.  The Who I asked Google “who are…

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Clients’ Reactions to My Prices – Photography Article

Sending a photography quote out is always a stressful moment, especially if it is for a job you really want. Here are a few memorable reactions from potential clients. Like most purchases in life, photography has a price range that goes from incredibly cheap to eye-wateringly expensive. I always liken it to food. You can get the cheapest of cheap food from a major supermarket or pay thousands for an extravagant meal from a famous chef. Both are great, but…

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Recognizing and Managing Stress and Trauma as a Photographer – Photography Article

No matter how long you’ve been shooting, there’s always been a kind of base level of stress that hangs in the background for every photographer, just out of sight. It’s one of those things that’s always there, even if you don’t notice it. For some photographers, it comes from the uncertainty of the job. Will I be able to make rent this month? Do I have to choose between food or gear? Are my clients ever going to clear that invoice?…

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The Time to Prepare for Viral Photos Is Before They Go Viral – Photography Article

Unless you’re a photojournalist, the chances are low that your photos will ever go viral. If you’re trying to go viral, you’ll probably be prepared ahead of time. If you just so happen to be in the right place at the right time, you may not be prepared for what happens when your photos go viral. However, if that day ever comes, a little preparation ahead of time can certainly make the experience easier, more enjoyable, and less error-prone. The…

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Lesser Known Photography Galleries: Seek Them Out – Photography Article

If you’re into photography and you’re into galleries, I’m confident you’ve heard of New York’s MoMa, Toronto’s AGO, and London’s Tate Modern. But what about some of the lesser known galleries that are often given short shrift in favor of the bigger iconic galleries? Take a look at the following galleries if you haven’t heard of them or been lucky enough to check them out:  Foam is certainly well known, but, standing in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, and…

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Why Your Intel Computer Just Got Beaten – Photography Article

For videographers and photographers, a good computer can mean the difference between struggling and success during post-processing. A combination of announcements means your Intel powered computer is no longer the best tool for the job. As you’ve certainly seen, if you’ve read any tech news recently, AMD has released new processors. AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen chips, including the 3900x, 3800x, and 3700x offer a number of key advancements for digital content producers. The launch of these highly acclaimed chips couldn’t…

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Good Photography Decisions Start With Pre-Visualization – Photography Article

One percent of great photographs are simple luck, being at the right place and time with a camera… the other 99% are the result of good decisions. One could even argue that a large number of the one percenters made the right decision to be in that place at that time and carry their camera. Good decisions start with pre-visualization.Pre-Visualization is seeing an image in your mind, what does that really mean? That means thinking about an image all the way through and…

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A to Z of Photography: Inge Morath and Minolta – Photography Article

With M we reach a significant milestone in the A to Z of Photography as this is the halfway mark. So far “Bronica and Burtynsky” and “Fujifilm” have been the most read with the “Family of Man” and “Image Stabilization and Into the Jaws of Death” languishing at the bottom of the popularity charts! Onwards then to Inge Morath and Minolta. Inge Morath Inge Morath was born in 1923 to Austrian parents who, as scientists, worked in various laboratories across…

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The Crucial Role of the Smartphone Camera in a Photographer’s Pocket – Photography Article

Smartphones are not what they used to be. There was a time a few years back when I personally said that smartphone cameras have no place in the serious field of photography, but things have definitely changed. More and more, cameras on smartphones are becoming very much capable of capturing images with optimal quality, and while I still firmly believe that smartphones will never replace a DSLR or a mirrorless camera as a photographer’s workhorse, it’s about time that we…

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Capturing People’s Insecurities: An Interview With the Photographer Behind ‘Rock Your Ugly’ – Photography Article

When I first saw this photo series, I don’t know what resonated with me more: the images or the stories that accompany them. I reached out to photographer Waleed Shah to discuss the poignant project. I’ve photographed busy and sought-after agency models through to shy people working in accounts for a company who have less than no interest in having their picture taken. One trend I noticed was that the level of a person’s insecurity over their body image or appearance appeared to…

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Why I Purchased the Fujifilm GFX 100 – Photography Article

Cameras don’t always come cheap, but when you find the right fit for your style and your business model, value isn’t always only about the sticker price. You already know the specs. Well, at least you likely know one spec. It’s right there in the name, after all. The Fujifilm GFX 100 has a whopping 100 MP medium format sensor (102 MP actually), a number that seemed beyond comprehension when I started my photography career all those years ago with a 10…

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The Case for Influencers and Why They Can Be Valuable to You – Photography Article

Recently, there has been a viral story going around about an ice cream truck doubling the cost for influencers. The anti-influencer perspective is real and understandable, but I wanted to write about the other perspective. Can influencers be useful for you and your business? Radio stations, billboards, Oprah, Paris Hilton. These are all entities that at some point tried to sell you something and were paid for it. They’re different, but their money is the same. These people’s occupations shifted…

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Fstoppers Reviews: The Affordable Huion HS64 Drawing Tablet – Photography Article

Drawing tablets have always been a necessary tool for photo retouchers but just about everyone can benefit from incorporating one into their workflow. Now the new Huion HS64 is a great affordable entry-level option.I first started using a drawing tablet in high school as a graphic artist and it took me a long time to get used to it. When I started working as a photo retoucher it quickly became the most important tool I used. I can not imagine doing any photo editing…

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