Has Social Media Turned Photography Into a Contest With No Closing Date?


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Being a photographer used to be pretty simple. You had a camera, you had a subject you liked photographing, and you used to go out with your camera and photograph the subject you liked. And apart from perhaps showing off the occasional print at the local camera club to a group of like-minded tragics, that’s probably about as far as it went. Then social media arrived and, as with so many aspects of this modern connected life of ours, everything changed.

Here is a photograph of a globally recognisable icon. Did I take this photograph for Internet points because everyone

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Instagram is Designed to Make You Feel Bad, Madonna Says


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Madonna has about 14 million followers on Instagram, so the American singer knows first-hand how powerful the photo-sharing social network is for “influencing.” But now she’s speaking out against Instagram and the darker side of using it.

“You get caught up in comparing yourself to others,” the 60-year-old star tells The Sun in a new interview. “I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad.”

She says it’s especially hard for artists to develop their art and as people under the Instagram microscope.

“I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the

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Why Is Leica Shedding Staff When Its Profits Are Increasing?


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Why Is Leica Shedding Staff When Its Profits Are Increasing?

For many companies, losing 7.5% of your workforce would typically be bad news, perhaps an indication that profits are falling. This is not the case at Leica; in June last year, it announced that sales had increased for the fifth consecutive year. So, why is Leica doing so well when other camera companies are seeing their figures nosedive, and why is it reducing its number of staff?

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Critique the Community Male Fitness


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Male Fitness

Submit your best male fitness image for your chance to win a free Fstoppers tutorial.

Lee was recently challenged by Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge to do a male fitness photography competition. Although the results of that shoot have not been published yet, this week’s Critique the Community was inspired by their images. Are your male fitness photos up to professional standards?

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Tilt-Shift Lenses vs Lightroom/Photoshop: In Camera or Fix It in Post?


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Tilt-Shift Lenses vs Lightroom/Photoshop: In Camera or Fix It in Post?

As an architectural photographer, the main types of lenses I use are tilt-shift lenses. These prime lenses are unique in how they operate because they allow you to move the internal elements parallel to the sensor. This can be extremely useful for perspective control and ideal for shooting architecture. The question is, are they vital or just overpriced?

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Canon Was Blinded by Sony and the ‘Mirrorless Revolution’


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Based on a number of conversations I’ve had and a few minor polls I’ve conducted, most people seem to believe that Canon made the right decision by producing a mirrorless system. Now my sample size is quite small so this may or may not be a true reflection, but I have an opposing view to this. I firmly believe that Canon made the wrong choice by developing a new mirrorless system with a new mount.

I’ve long believed that Canon should have continued with the EF mount. I get the feeling that Canon panicked a little and decided to rush into mirrorless to chase after Sony. In

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The Sony a7S III: Destined to Disappoint?


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The Sony a7S III: Destined to Disappoint?

Over the last year, a fair number of very impressive cameras have been released with lots of new features both for photographers and videographers. Companies like Panasonic and Fujifilm have released feature filled exciting cameras, yet the original mirrorless full-frame camera manufacturer has been seemingly dragging its feet.

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Apple’s Arrogance on Full Display


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Apple's Arrogance on Full Display

There are many reasons for a professional photographer or video editor to shell out thousands of dollars for Apple’s new Pro Display XDR monitor. But only Apple would be arrogant enough to think anyone — professional or otherwise — should shell out $1,000 for a stand to go with it.

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