The Basic Lingo Every Fashion Photographer Needs to Know

The fashion industry is confusing. Here’s a list of some common fashion photography lingo that you should know. Advertorial: An advertisement for a certain brand or product laid out in a magazine or an online magazine in the format of an editorial. Think advertisement meets editorial. Get it? Agent: A person who represents and promotes an artist (in this case a photographer) and acts as a liaison between the artist and a client. Aperture: A measurement of the opening of your lens allowing light to come into the camera. It helps control your exposure. A wide aperture
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Is the Sensor or the Lens to Blame for Poor Image Quality?

A few years ago, I was embarrassingly very vocal about how disappointed I was about some of the Nikon lenses. I’ve been using Nikon cameras and lenses for decades and although I was very pleased with the image quality and color rendition their cameras produced, I strongly considered jumping the Nikon ship in search of crisper, cleaner looking lenses. In fact, I was so close to leaving Nikon a couple of years ago that I went through the process of hiring and testing other brands to see if other manufacturers could deliver what Nikon could not. But what was my
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This is How Canon Supports its Pros

As the camera wars are heating up over the new battleground that is mirrorless cameras, the heavyweights in the industry are taking turns tooting their own horns. Canon just released this 2.5-minute video on the benefits of Canon Professional Services (CPS). “Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional support for full-time imaging professionals,” Canon writes. “CPS members receive exclusive 24/7 phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted equipment maintenance and repairs, Equipment Evaluation Loans, on-site support at select events and shows, discounts on Canon Live Learning seminars and workshops, and more.” You need to own a certain number of
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This Photo Shows a Solar Coronal Mass Ejection with the Earth for Scale

Space enthusiast and photo processing hobbyist Jason Major created this edit of a NASA photo showing a ginormous coronal mass ejection back on June 7th, 2011. See that little blue circle in the upper-left-hand corner? That’s the Earth for scale. Here’s a video of the same coronal mass ejection:
Coronal mass ejections are like solar flares on a massive scale — while solar flares are seen as little eruptions on the Sun’s surface, coronal mass ejections can be bigger than the Sun itself. They’re caused when solar plasma caught in a loop in the Sun’s magnetic field violently breaks out
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Demystifying Aerochrome: A Chat with Photographer Mark Schneider

Are you a photographer who’s looking into shooting a roll of Aerochrome? Or maybe you have a roll in your freezer and have no idea how or when to use it? You’re not the only one. I purchased two rolls of Aerochrome from Dean Bennici, one of the few sources you can purchase Aerochrome from in 120 rolls and 4×5 sheets, and it took me 6 months to shoot a roll. After my interview with Mark Schneider, I felt comfortable enough to pull a roll out of the freezer and shoot it. (You can read Dean’s interview with Emulsive
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How Camera Film Gets Processed in a Lab

I was recently fortunate enough to get an inside and ‘behind-the-scenes’ look into how film processing works at Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA. As the step by step process is very complex, if you’ve ever wondered what the stages of film developing are and look like, come and take this video tour with us!

Richard Photo Lab

Scanning and printing for the past fifty years, Richard Photo Lab is quite the destination for premium processing and printing- whether it’s for amateur photography or for well-established photographers throughout the world. As first mentioned by our photo lab guide, Albany Katz,
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How to Find the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Your Lens for Sharper Photos

When it comes to purchasing a new lens there are two questions that immediately come to mind for me, how much is it and how sharp is it? Now, I know there’s more to the lens buying process than overall sharpness, but as a landscape photographer, sharpness is king! As I was recently conducting my research process into yet another lens purchase, I began to reflect on the overall lack of knowledge I possessed when it comes to anything outside of the standard specs of my lenses (aperture and focal range). This revelation was brought on by the multitude of
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Behind the Curtains of a Best Buy Camera Shop

I was hesitant when I first found out that Best Buy had a camera shop in their stores. My experience in the past had been a disappointment, walking through their small camera section was underwhelming and most of the associates avoided that area. I didn’t think too much of it, as cameras were not generally accepted knowledge like it is with computers or TVs. Your average employee would have issues talking about ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and the practical application of these terms. Full disclosure: Michael Flores is an employee at a Best Buy store but Best Buy was
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This Soviet Spy Camera Was Disguised as a Camera

We’ve seen Soviet spy cameras disguised as everything from a gold ring to a pack of cigarettes, but this recently auction Soviet spy camera was disguised as… a camera. The camera went up for auction in early July at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, where it ended up selling for £3,300 after an initial estimated value of just £150 to £200. The spy camera is designed to look like a common Zenit E 35mm SLR tucked away in its leather case. It allowed the photographer to look like the camera is not in use while he or she is
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The Average Faces of Vogue Cover Models Around the World

This portrait is the average face of Vogue cover models over the past 25 years. The image was created through a study commissioned by MyVoucherCodes. Data specialist Giuseppe Sollazzo first gathered the names and photos of every single female cover model over the past 25 years for 7 international editions of Vogue: US, Russia, France, Japan, Brazil, UK, and Italy. The study then used facial feature extraction techniques for 68 points on each face, averaging them using a technique called “Delaunay Triangulation.” “This technique splits each picture into triangles, then the averaging algorithm twists and warps two or three
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What It’s Like Shoot Photos from Space as an Astronaut on the ISS

Astronauts on the International Space Station have shot and shared gorgeous views of our planet in recent years. Here’s a 5-minute video by Big Think in which NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield offers an inside look at what shooting photos on the ISS is like. Hadfield flew a total of three missions to space, spent 166 days in space, orbited the world 2,600 times, and captured a whopping 45,000 photos during his time there. Surprisingly, astronauts generally need to “steal” precious moments for just minutes at a time out of their tightly scheduled days in order to look out the window
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Portraits of the Konyak ‘Headhunter’ Tribe in India

When we think of tribes, the first thing that comes to mind is, “What did those tribesmen and women believe in? What were their customs and beliefs?” That’s what I asked about the Konyak tribe that was nestled in Nagaland, India, in regard to the famous headhunters. Headhunting was the war-art of capturing the head of an enemy, which, was seen as a rite of passage for young boys to turn into men. Capturing the head of an enemy meant to capture the spirit that the enemy had, and was largely seen as a sign of unwavering courage and
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Fake Views: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Soviet Photoshopping

Photoshop 1.0 was first released as the Soviet Union was collapsing, but long before the software made photo manipulation easy, Kremlin censors went to extraordinary lengths to touch up history.
An undated image of Russian animal trainer Vladimir Durov. Much of the early image manipulation involved scratching the negative with a scalpel or needle, and painting fine lines directly onto the emulsion (seen here in the monkey’s hair and lips).
A heavily retouched image of Josef Stalin. Some of the Soviets’ image-doctoring was apparently to crisp-up blurry or low-quality images.
But occasionally, heavy-handed Soviet “airbrushers” literally blur the lines
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Slide vs Color Negative Film: How They Compare and When to Use Each

Film is on the resurgence as of late. Transparency film is another option from your regular negative film, but what is it exactly? When would you use transparency instead? How does it compare to C-41 or print film? And what is the dynamic range of transparency film? In this article, we’ll answer those questions and more. Note: You can download the RAW files of the photos in this article here.

Over/Under Test

We shot a few rolls of transparency and print film in Canada and here in Pasadena. Now we’re back in California to go over our results. In
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How to Create Full-Color Photos Using Only B&W Film

The three-color method of using colored lens filters when shooting black-and-white photos was one of the earliest techniques for creating color photos. This 11.5-minute video is an exploration of how this process is done. The video was created by Mike Elsherif and JohnBen Lacy of Clovehitch Productions. “The video is a photographic inquiry to see if full-color photographs can be produced using only black and white film,” Elsherif tells PetaPixel. “The educational video utilizes imaginative visuals, humor, and inventive editing to lend a sense of style to an otherwise didactic format.” The video starts off by explaining color
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Why and How to Use a Star Tracker for Photos of the Night Sky

Astrophotography is generally a race against time to capture as much subtle starlight we can before the stars create trails in our images. The movement of the Earth puts a natural limit on how much sharp, subtle detail we can reveal. We have to use super fast, wide angle lenses and high ISO values to see all the awesome detail. Fortunately, a tool exists to circumvent this barrier to reveal more of the hidden magic we have in our night sky.
35mm f/1.4 120s ISO800
This essential piece of gear astrophotographers use is called an equatorial mount, or perhaps
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These Photos Reveal What Lie Beneath Europe’s Top Tourist Attractions

Photography can reveal the hidden side of things, and that’s exactly what photographer Tomas Sentpetery traveled around Europe to capture. He visited some of the continents most popular tourist attractions and went underground to reveal what likes beneath each location. The project was done in collaboration with Nikon Europe and is titled Look Deeper. Sentpetery shot each tourist hotspot from both above ground and below the surface (either directly below or nearby), resulting in a serious of fascinating diptychs.

Big Ben in London, UK

Below Big Ben in London is the abandoned Aldwych underground station.

St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
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Yes, Nikon Designs Its Own Sensors

Sony has been receiving attention and praise in recent years for the quality of its sensors and the fact that it produces sensors for other heavyweight camera companies, including Nikon. But even though some of Nikon’s CMOS sensors may be manufactured in Sony factories, Nikon actually spends a considerable amount of resources designing those high-end sensors. Dave Etchells of Imaging Resource was recently given a rare behind-the-scenes look at Nikon’s secretive sensor design operations for a Nikon-sponsored in-depth report.
The Nikon D5’s sensor.
“I’ve known for some time that Nikon actually designs their own sensors, to a fairly minute level
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Is Lens Compression Fact or Fiction?

Photography can be confusing. I get it. I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Because of this, at times it helps us to actually put some of these theories and myths to the test. One of these myths is the concept of compression and, with it, parallax. This gets confusing to me as I am sure it does for some of you. Of course, there will always be the joker that knows everything and needs to let you know he knows everything. So this post is for the average, humble photographer that can’t seem to get their head
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That Weird Symbol on Your Camera is the Film Plane Indicator

If you use an interchangeable-lens camera, your camera probably has a weird symbol that looks like a circle with a line through it. If you’ve never learned what this symbol is, here’s a 2-minute video by ZY Productions that explains the film/sensor plane indicator.
The film plane indicator symbol on a camera. Photo by bwDraco and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
The symbol is a visual reference for where the plane of the sensor (or film) in your camera is, allowing you to measure focus. Focusing distance is measured from the surface of the sensor or film, not the
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