Passion vs Profession: Should I Become a Professional Photographer?


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Professional photographer and YouTuber Sean Tucker recently released a video that covers one of the most common (and tricky) questions that enthusiast photographers ask: “should I go pro?” In other words: should I take this thing that I’m passionate about, and turn it into my profession?

As usual, Tucker tackles this subject with candor and honesty, using his own experience “going pro” as a reference point and explaining what it’s really like to turn photography from your hobby into your day job.

“I’m gonna tell you my story about how I became a professional photographer and what that looked

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If Sharpness Truly Mattered, Cartier-Bresson Would Be a Joke


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While teaching a recent workshop, I joked that street photography was the only genre where people would buy $3,000 worth of cameras and lenses and then deliberately use them to make out of focus, grainy, imperfect images. This led to a pretty interesting discussion about the merits to imperfection.

I think some of those points are worth sharing here, as it really helped contextualise some of the students ideas about their work, and allowed them to shoot a little more freely, chasing down perfection in moments rather than technicalities.

I don’t think I could name a historical image that could

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Opinion: A Used Canon 5D Mark II is the Best Camera for Beginners


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Photographer and occasional PetaPixel contributor Usman Dawood has put together a video and camera showcase that seeks to prove a simple, possibly overlooked point: the best beginner camera for aspiring professionals isn’t a high-end APS-C system… it’s a used Canon 5D Mark II.

The recommendation might seem absurd to some readers—the camera is a full 12 years old at this point—but its age is part of its appeal, explains Dawood.

A used full-frame 5D Mark II can be had for around $500, and despite its older sensor and image processor, DPReview studio scene test images show that the full-frame 5D

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Co-Creating a Light Painting in Real Time with Someone Across the World


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Photographer Dan Roberts recently collaborated on an “intercontinental light painting.” Using a projector and the power of the Internet, he and Frodo Alvarez captured a light-painting portrait in real time from across the world: Frodo’s light from Spain ended up on Dan’s camera in Denver.

Enter Dan, who describes the experience below and explains how you can recreate this neat experiment.


Some Thoughts, Over Time

RECENTLY: I’m in the United States, and we’re not allowed to enter most other countries because we did a horrible job with a global virus.

TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO: “Hey Frodo, I think

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Underwater Photography: Safety Gear and Tips for a Successful Shoot


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Photographers love to shop for new gear, but when that gear is for safety during your underwater photography session, shopping become essential. I wanted to write this article to discuss the safety standards (or lack thereof) in the underwater photography community.

I love that myself and other water photographers are inspiring others, but I also want people to think before they jump in. We’ve all seen that heart-stopping video of the bride jumping out of the boat. Her gown balloons over her head and she barely made it out.

Say it with me: “No pictures are ever worth a life!

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Creating a Virtual Photo Exhibition in the Time of COVID


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Last month my fiancé (Corina) and I (Matt) did something we’d never done before. We ran a virtual photography exhibition.

At the start of 2020 this was not something we had planned to do. We’d actually planned something very different, but like so many of us, our plans were forced to change due to a global pandemic.

We initially planned to run our very first physical exhibition together, with the goal of sharing our passion for Street Photography and raising money for a worthy cause. We even booked an amazing store front in our city centre.

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Excessive Competition Could Sink the Camera Industry, Says Nikkei Report


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A new op-ed published by the Deputy Editor of the Nikkei Asian Review in Japan is making waves in the industry today. The article strikes an ominous tone, foreshadowing difficult times ahead for the camera giants and blaming “excessive competition” for their financial woes.

The article in question was penned by Masamichi Hoshi, Deputy Editor of the Nikkei Asian Review, and it’s a response to the recent news that Olympus will be selling its camera division to Japan Industrial Partners. Hoshi maintains that the sale, and the financial circumstances that prompted it, paint a grim picture for the future

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I Found NASA Astronaut Gene Cernan’s Missing Moon Camera… on Earth


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It’s often repeated how most of the cameras that landed on the moon stayed on the moon. Astronaut Gene Cernan had been telling the story of how he left his camera on the lunar rover for years, recounting the tale in interviews.

“I left my Hasselblad camera there with the lens pointing up at the zenith, the idea being someday someone would come back and find out how much deterioration solar cosmic radiation had on the glass. So, going up the ladder, I never took a photo of my last footstep. How dumb! Wouldn’t it have been better to take

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Why Toxic ‘Photographers’ Pose a Threat to the Camera Industry


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The purpose of this article is to have a discussion about the current online photography community, flame wars about hardware, and some toxic behavior I see, all while trying to be as impartial as possible.

Hopefully, this will lead to a nice discussion by respectfully listening to opposing views from a new perspective.

Now that the purpose is explained, if you’re still reading, here’s a bit about myself: I am an enthusiast photographer from Japan, have been shooting for nearly 35 years since I was kid, and have done some paid gigs but try to keep it as my main

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Why Pentax is Making the Right Call in Sticking with DSLRs


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As the majority of camera manufacturers move away from the SLR type cameras and start producing mirrorless systems, one company continues to hold on to the past. Pentax has now in multiple statements confirmed that it will not be producing a mirrorless camera and will continue to develop SLR cameras.

My knee jerk reaction was to scoff at this stance. However, now that I’ve had some time to think on this properly, I think it makes complete sense for the company.

There’s No Advantage

If Pentax produces a mirrorless camera, what difference would it make for the company? Will it

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My Photo Shoot with Grant Imahara


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For quite some time, I had an understanding with my agent that if they could get me any television show to shoot a campaign for, I wanted it to be Mythbusters. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a nerd at heart, and Mythbusters was the show that really started to make it okay to geek out over science.

In 2007, after photographing the show FutureWeapons in Roswell, NM and The Deadliest Catch in Dutch Harbor, AK, I got the call that I would have my chance to photograph Mythbusters. I was happy, excited, and absolutely scared shitless.

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24 Hours with the Leica SL2: Worth Every Penny and More


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The Leica SL2 replaces the SL typ 601 and represents the very best performance and image quality that Leica can produce. It’s the flagship. While maintaining iconic colours and shooting experience, this camera is one of the best pieces of equipment I have ever had the pleasure of using.

At the heart of the SL2 is a 47MP full-frame sensor with 5.5 stops of stabilization that produces an advertised 15+ stops of dynamic range. This, combined with the new Maestro III processor also found in the Q2, results in low-light performance suitable for any shooting scenario. The files hold

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Developing ECN-2 Motion Picture Film at Home


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If you’re a film geek like me, these numbers should look familiar, 5203, 5207, 5217, and 5219. These are the film stocks Kodak Motion Picture offers to film directors and cinematographers. Since 2014, Quinten Tarantino, Martin Scorcese, and J.J. Abrams partnered with former Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, to spearhead an effort in protecting the use of celluloid in the motion picture industry.

Since this effort, these stocks had gained significant popularity in the film stills community. The stills community is hungry to shooting film stocks often shot by Hollywood big shots like Christopher Nolan. However, it presented some issues

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Why the Sale of Kodak Paper and Chemistry to China is a Good Development


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When a few days past, the news circulated that Kodak Alaris had sold its paper division to Hong Kong-based Chinese company Sino Promise, reactions were mixed and ranged from disinterest over protectionist outrage to the fear that analog photography would finally meet its demise.

Initially, the story was reported by both Inside Imaging and SilvergrainClassics, which both relied on inside sources to confirm the sale, and as of today, no official announcement has been made by either companies on the full extent of the transaction.

According to an industry insider who spoke under the condition of anonymity, an

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Landscape Photography Advice: Stop Focusing on Gear and Specs


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During the global lockdown, many landscape photographers who would normally be traveling the world and leading workshops have found themselves cooped up at home. Away from their element on location and with an abundance of free time, they’ve joined the online circuit of photography webinars, panels and interviews.

For people still refining their own approach to photography, it’s been great to hear their stories. To learn how masters of the craft created their best work. How they returned time and time again for the perfect light. How they framed the scene just so. To step inside their head and better

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These are six main differences between editorial and commercial photography


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There are plenty of genres and types of photography and assignments. Commercial and editorial photography are terms that often confused, especially if you’re new to the craft. But there are significant differences between the two, and in this video, Scott Choucino will guide you through them. The video is short and sweet, yet packed with […]

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Restoring and Using One of the Rarest Cameras on the Planet


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Arizona-based journalist and photographer Jim Headley recently set out on a “mission” to shoot an ultra-rare Japanese twin lens reflex camera called the Taroflex. Only 10 of these cameras are thought to still exist, and Headley is the proud owner of a fully-functioning copy in “excellent condition.”

Headley got in touch with us in early June, right after he finished cleaning and tuning the camera, but before he’d had a chance to go out and shoot it. A he explains on his blog, this is by far the rarest item in his 500+ camera collection.

“With a deep

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Canon Just Won Mirrorless with the EOS R5 and R6


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When Sony first started producing full-frame mirrorless cameras, the leading manufacturers at the time pretty much sneered at it. Ricoh, for example, still seemingly believes that DSLRs are due to make a comeback and that mirrorless cameras are just a fad. With how the industry has been progressing, it’s clear that mirrorless is the future and Canon is probably the company to rule.

For months, rumors had been circulating regarding what the Canon EOS R5 and R6 were going to be. The first few rumors that came out about the Canon EOS R5 seemed utterly ridiculous at the time. Many

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Does Micro Four Thirds Have a Future in Photography?


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The photography industry has been shrinking and the COVID-19 pandemic has not made things any better. This smaller market is being shared by the same number of companies, which could mean some huge changes for the industry. As formats go, Micro Four Thirds isn’t looking strong through this time.

Every so often we tend to see posts about how such-and-such a company is going to die, and nothing happens. Pentax is a perfect example of this. Every year seems to be described as the year of its demise, yet it continues. Ricoh has even released new lenses recently,

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What It’s Like to Document History: An Interview with Award-winning Photojournalist Evelyn Hockstein


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Photojournalist Evelyn Hockstein is no stranger to pivoting from one project to the next. As a freelancer, she thrives when bouncing from story to story. Her colorful career has included coverage of ethnic violence in Nairobi, the devastation of tornados in Alabama, sexual assault on college campuses, South Korean ballerinas, elections, you name it.

She’s worked for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, and Newsweek, in addition to countless humanitarian organizations including The World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Evelyn has won two Pictures of the Year International awards, the

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