Why We Shouldn’t View Our Hobby of Photography as a Competition


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It’s undeniable that life is often seen as a kind of race or competition, but I absolutely despise this idea.

For kids, it’s about academic grading (which school they go to), athletic ability (who plays sports better), their looks (who is more popular among girls/boys), etc.

As we grow older, we face the harsher realities of life, as the difference of being one or the other for things like salary and socioeconomic status matters significantly more. As an Average Joe myself, I’ve always tried to keep myself from viewing life as a race, but those who are “successful” might be

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In Praise of Inexpensive Lenses


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When I was a semi-professional 4×5 landscape photographer I often spent a half-hour shooting a single sheet of film and several hours enlarging it to the best of my ability. I sought the sharpest possible result. And now in the digital age, I still pursue sharp images.

Phillip Reeve writes on his website that he has two hobbies, photography and photographic equipment and they rarely intersect. I too enjoy both creating photos and testing lenses. The two hobbies are different.

My second hobby has led me to discover that lightweight inexpensive lenses perform well at the smaller apertures that I

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Red Bull Showcases Women Photographers Capturing Hawaii’s Big Wave Season


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In an effort to expand the opportunities for women, Red Bull has hired a group of women photographers to document three key Hawaiian big-wave breaks (Jaws, Waimea, Outer Reefs) for the entire winter season.

The Hawaiian big wave season has been in full swing since November and normally continues through February. After soliciting women for the opportunity, Red Bull is now starting to show what the photographers were able to create. Both the surfing and photography industries are male-dominated, and Red Bull hopes that this gallery will provide a new lens with which to view the sport and capture a

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Photographing Rainbow Eyes By Using Birefringence


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One of the many fascinating effects of cross-polarization is called “birefringence”, which is responsible for the psychedelic gradients in the seen here.

This article is part two of a two-part series explaining cross-polarization and birefringence. The first part can be read here.

What does “Cross Polarization” mean?

While we delve deeper into this issue here, let’s recap: Cross polarization is a technique that allows us to virtually eliminate specular highlights from images by using polarized light, but it also holds a lot of creative potential as it can be used to bring out eye-catching rainbow gradients in subjects such

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Nikon is Going to be Fine… Probably


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If you pay any attention to the photography industry, it’s hard to ignore the news of the financial struggle that Nikon has been dealing with since late last year. What were once rumors are now confirmed: the company isn’t in a good place. But that said, Nikon is going to be fine… probably.

I cannot predict the future, of course, so I cannot say with absolute certainty that Nikon is going to emerge from these financial woes but what I can do is look at the past, at similar situations, to make educated guesses. And to do so, the most

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Cross Polarization: What It Is and Why It Matters


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Cross polarization is a technique that uses two polarizing filters – one on the light source and on e on the camera lens – to get rid of unwanted specular reflections.

This article is part one of a two-part series explaining cross-polarization and birefringence.

Understanding Polarized Light

So let’s have quick look at the science of it: light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, meaning that it consists of waves, oscillating perpendicular to its direction. But those waves are not aligned; some of them oscillate up and down, some move left and right, and still others all directions in between.

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Cross Polarization: What It Is and Why It Matters


This post is by Maximilian Simson from PetaPixel


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Cross polarization is a technique that uses two polarizing filters – one on the light source and on e on the camera lens – to get rid of unwanted specular reflections.

This article is part one of a two-part series explaining cross-polarization and birefringence.

Understanding Polarized Light

So let’s have quick look at the science of it: light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, meaning that it consists of waves, oscillating perpendicular to its direction. But those waves are not aligned; some of them oscillate up and down, some move left and right, and still others all directions in between.

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Vaccinated: So That Others May Live


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One week before what would be my only photoshoot of 2020, I received a phone call that broke me emotionally. My producer, friend and all-around incredible person, Eric, had taken his own life.

Eric had been diagnosed with an aggressive case of ALS last summer, which had taken him from super-fit gym rat to a state in which he was unable to swallow solid foods in a matter of months. While the disease had physically debilitated this man that so many loved, it never took his humor. In his suicide note (which you can read here), he is as

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Vaccinated: So That Others May Live


This post is by Blair Bunting from PetaPixel


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One week before what would be my only photoshoot of 2020, I received a phone call that broke me emotionally. My producer, friend and all-around incredible person, Eric, had taken his own life.

Eric had been diagnosed with an aggressive case of ALS last summer, which had taken him from super-fit gym rat to a state in which he was unable to swallow solid foods in a matter of months. While the disease had physically debilitated this man that so many loved, it never took his humor. In his suicide note (which you can read here), he is as

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These photos are controversial? Give me a break …


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By now you have probably read about the that’s-not-the-cover-photo-we-agreed-on uproar on Photofocus, social media, on TV and on newspaper websites. Read The New York Times critic’s notebook. This is such a non-story that I am having a difficult time believing that it has become even a small “thing.” Editors rule Editors make choices that benefit […]

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These photos are controversial? Give me a break …


This post is by Photofocus Team from Photofocus


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By now you have probably read about the that’s-not-the-cover-photo-we-agreed-on uproar on Photofocus, social media, on TV and on newspaper websites. Read The New York Times critic’s notebook. This is such a non-story that I am having a difficult time believing that it has become even a small “thing.” Editors rule Editors make choices that benefit […]

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These photos are controversial? Give me a break …


This post is by Photofocus Team from Photofocus


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By now you have probably read about the that’s-not-the-cover-photo-we-agreed-on uproar on Photofocus, social media, on TV and on newspaper websites. Read The New York Times critic’s notebook. This is such a non-story that I am having a difficult time believing that it has become even a small “thing.” Editors rule Editors make choices that benefit […]

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10 Tips and Tricks to Achieve Excellent Winter Photos


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Winter photography can be difficult and even dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your gear. In this post I’ll show you how to take better snow photos and have a more enjoyable time in the cold while doing it.

1. Extra Batteries

As many of you probably already know, the cold will have a negative impact on the life and performance of your batteries. Always carry extra batteries (I recommend this on every shoot) and keep them in a warm place if possible, like a jacket pocket.

2. Keep Your Gear Dry

Nothing will

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This Company is Making Wholly Original, Affordable, Customizable Medium Format Film Cameras


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In 2016 and again in 2018, PetaPixel featured the work of Dora Goodman, a woman who was adding hand-crafted elements to analog cameras. Fast forward to 2021, and Goodman has gone steps further and finally created cameras of her own design.

When Goodman started her project almost five years ago the business was built around reskinning cameras with wood, leather, or any special material. Though a handcrafted process, the cameras were still Nikon, Pentacon, Hasselblad, or whichever brand but were just redesigned aesthetically.

Goodman and her team always dreamt of being more than a reskin service.

“We always had

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This Company is Making Wholly Original, Affordable, Customizable Medium Format Film Cameras


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


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In 2016 and again in 2018, PetaPixel featured the work of Dora Goodman, a woman who was adding hand-crafted elements to analog cameras. Fast forward to 2021, and Goodman has gone steps further and finally created cameras of her own design.

When Goodman started her project almost five years ago the business was built around reskinning cameras with wood, leather, or any special material. Though a handcrafted process, the cameras were still Nikon, Pentacon, Hasselblad, or whichever brand but were just redesigned aesthetically.

Goodman and her team always dreamt of being more than a reskin service.

“We always had

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This Company is Making Wholly Original, Affordable, Customizable Medium Format Film Cameras


This post is by Jaron Schneider from PetaPixel


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




In 2016 and again in 2018, PetaPixel featured the work of Dora Goodman, a woman who was adding hand-crafted elements to analog cameras. Fast forward to 2021, and Goodman has gone steps further and finally created cameras of her own design.

When Goodman started her project almost five years ago the business was built around reskinning cameras with wood, leather, or any special material. Though a handcrafted process, the cameras were still Nikon, Pentacon, Hasselblad, or whichever brand but were just redesigned aesthetically.

Goodman and her team always dreamt of being more than a reskin service.

“We always had

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Friends Brought Together by an Automotive Campaign


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If there was a theme in automotive advertising photography for 2020, it would be minimalism. This not only applies to aesthetics, but also (and more importantly) to production.

We have seen some campaigns attempt “socially distanced” productions, but the approach can sometimes go wrong, and with a vaccine so close it simply is not worth it. A few months back we found out what a virtually collaborative photoshoot looked like with a Porsche Macan. While it made for some great images, and good laughs, it still felt a bit, well… distant. However, there were some aspects from that production that

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Friends Brought Together by an Automotive Campaign


This post is by Blair Bunting from PetaPixel


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If there was a theme in automotive advertising photography for 2020, it would be minimalism. This not only applies to aesthetics, but also (and more importantly) to production.

We have seen some campaigns attempt “socially distanced” productions, but the approach can sometimes go wrong, and with a vaccine so close it simply is not worth it. A few months back we found out what a virtually collaborative photoshoot looked like with a Porsche Macan. While it made for some great images, and good laughs, it still felt a bit, well… distant. However, there were some aspects from that production that

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Friends Brought Together by an Automotive Campaign


This post is by Blair Bunting from PetaPixel


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If there was a theme in automotive advertising photography for 2020, it would be minimalism. This not only applies to aesthetics, but also (and more importantly) to production.

We have seen some campaigns attempt “socially distanced” productions, but the approach can sometimes go wrong, and with a vaccine so close it simply is not worth it. A few months back we found out what a virtually collaborative photoshoot looked like with a Porsche Macan. While it made for some great images, and good laughs, it still felt a bit, well… distant. However, there were some aspects from that production that

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All I Need to Know I Learned from Photography


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As any photo enthusiast will tell you (sometimes without you even asking), the benefits of photography go far beyond the ability to capture a moment or immortalize an expression. It goes beyond a mere understanding of color, or composition, or the ability to see the extraordinary hiding inside of an ordinary scene.

For those of us lucky enough to stumble into this all-consuming hobby, everything about the way we look at the world has changed.

Dorothea Lange said it simply: “A camera teaches you how to see without a camera.”

But today I want to go a step further.

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