An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

My name is Susan Stripling, and I’m a wedding photographer based in New York. This is an open letter about sexism, feminism, the industry that I love so much, and everything in between… I have been a wedding photographer since 2002. I was 24 years old when I started my business. I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home
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Are Photographers Ruining Photography For Photographers?

Photographer Brendan van Son recorded this 9-minute video in which he shares his frustration with the current landscape of photography in the social media era. Is the influx of new photographers ruining the joy of photography by crowding locations and behaving impolitely towards others? Photography is more accessible than ever, and with social media networks like Instagram a major part of daily life for many, the days of shooting landscapes at sunrise in peace are over, according to Brendan. In his vlog, Brendan heads to Moraine Lake early to take some shots at his “favorite place in the world”, but
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Why Can’t My DSLR Shoot 4K 60P, But The iPhone Can?

Why Can't My DSLR Shoot 4K 60P, But The iPhone Can? In the last decade, cell phones have made huge leaps forward in technology and capability. It's simply incredible what they are capable of these days, and the amount of processing power and features they have would have been unimaginable not so long ago. The latest iPhones are capable of shooting beautiful images and video up to 4K at 60P. Further, still, the iPhone 8 and X are capable of filming at 240fps when shot at 1080P, which is very impressive indeed. Both of these features are currently not available in any other similarly priced phone, DSLR, or even most mirrorless Continue reading "Why Can’t My DSLR Shoot 4K 60P, But The iPhone Can?"

The Gender of a Photographer is Irrelevant (Until You Make Them the Face of Your Company)

The launch of the Nikon D850 in the company’s 100th anniversary year has brought almost universal praise for its technology, leading to months-long waitlists. But the din of outrage permeated social media as Jason Vinson asked “Is the Nikon D850 for Men Only?” referring to a team of 32 professional photographers assembled to promote the… The post The Gender of a Photographer is Irrelevant (Until You Make Them the Face of Your Company) appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Is the Nikon D850 for Men Only?

Is the Nikon D850 for Men Only? The Nikon D850 is quite the beast of a camera. It holds a massive 45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor that can record 4k video and create 8k time-lapses. It can shoot at a blazing fast seven frames per second and has an enormous 51 image buffer when shooting 14-bit raw images. The focus speed is insanely fast, deadly accurate, and offers 153 focus points with 130% more frame coverage than the older Nikon D810. The only problem with such an amazing monster of a camera is that Nikon thinks it’s too much for women to handle. [ Read More ]

iPhone Magazine Covers, and Why it Doesn’t Matter

iPhone Magazine Covers, and Why it Doesn't Matter Every couple of months it seems like there is a new story about how a magazine cover was photographed with an iPhone. Magazines like Bon Appetit, Elle Australia, and Billboard have opted out of the realm of photographers using traditional, professional gear, and into the realm of gear used for taking snapshots and selfies. For each announcement, there are thousands of photographers grinding their teeth and shouting, "this is nothing but a publicity stunt!" But is it? Maybe it's time for the photography community to face the truth: it's not the gear that matters. [ Read More Continue reading "iPhone Magazine Covers, and Why it Doesn’t Matter"

Is The Nikon D850 The Best Wildlife Camera Too?

Is The Nikon D850 The Best Wildlife Camera Too? When it comes to wildlife photography, high megapixel cameras aren't normally the first kind of cameras that most people tend to think of. Cameras such as the Canon 1DX Mark II, the Nikon D5, and the Sony A9 come to mind, due to their incredible burst rates, rugged build quality, and amazing autofocus systems. Tony Northrup, an avid wildlife photographer believes the Nikon D850 to be the best camera for wildlife photography. In his latest video, Tony describes in detail why he believes this to be true and based on the information he presents, it's difficult to Continue reading "Is The Nikon D850 The Best Wildlife Camera Too?"

How to Build Your Own Photography Community Through Collaboration

How to Build Your Own Photography Community Through Collaboration At this point, we should all know that almost all jobs and opportunities to find success in photography are built off networking. Now there are tons of ways to network and the path you pick will depend solely on the niche you associate with. Either way, the main goal is to meet people with the same professional interests as yourself to feed off each other creatively and to broaden your reach in the community. We tend to forget about the community aspect as we get caught up in chasing money or companies but what we sometimes need to go to Continue reading "How to Build Your Own Photography Community Through Collaboration"

Zero Distortion: A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/2 Lens

Zero Distortion: A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/2 Lens In the last few years, Laowa, a Chinese company, released some very interesting lenses. Several of their wide-angle lenses have been praised for excellent performance and can be bought at relatively reasonable prices. The Laowa 15mm f/2 is one of these lenses and is currently the fastest 15mm lens that you can buy. Of course, there is the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art, and although that lens is almost double the price, Sigma's Art lenses have developed quite the following due to their incredible performance. But can the Laowa beat it? Kaiman "Kai" Wong helps us find out in Continue reading "Zero Distortion: A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/2 Lens"

Playing With the D850: Do You Really Need That Newest Camera?

Playing With the D850: Do You Really Need That Newest Camera? I had the glorious opportunity to play with the highly-anticipated (at least for me) upgrade from the D810, the D850. I wanted to touch on a few things, namely the hype and if one really needs this new camera. For me, absolutely I do and I'll explain why. This isn't a review of the D850, but just a few key things that I was really wondering about and needed to know before upgrading. [ Read More ]

Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Tested and Compared

Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Tested and Compared It would seem that the Nikon D850 can do no wrong and with this latest test and comparison from Tony Northrup, the results seem even more positive. The dynamic range was something a lot of photographers were concerned about, especially due to the higher megapixel count. At ISO 64, it's safe to say that the dynamic range of the D850 is a solid improvement over the Nikon D810. As Northrup demonstrates in his video, the D810 suffered from a heavy magenta cast in recovered shadows whereas the D850 has a more neutral and pleasing look to it. At higher Continue reading "Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Tested and Compared"

Hurricane Irma – Don’t Become a Liability

Hurricane Irma – Don’t Become a Liability The latest forecast estimates that the superlative category five hurricane Irma may land directly on the most populated area of South Florida near the city of Miami. The last time a massive storm hit the region was in 1992 with hurricane Andrew. But back then, there were no Instagram or Facebook to display stupid behaviors. Here is what you shouldn't do during a hurricane as a photographer. [ Read More ]

How to Deal With Negativity on Your Creative Journey

How to Deal With Negativity on Your Creative Journey One absolutely invaluable thing that a person can learn in life is how to deal with negative people in a healthy way. The unfortunate truth is that at every stage of your creative journey there will always be people looking to bring you down. How you handle this negativity and choose to respond to these kind of people can say a lot about you too. Is there a right answer or does each situation demand a different kind of response? [ Read More ]