Every Canon Lens Acronym and What They Actually Mean


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If you’ve ever been Canon lens shopping, you’ve probably had to take a minute (or five) to figure out what the name of the lens actually means. With a string of seemingly random letters and numbers, these abbreviations have baffled photographers, beginners and some professionals alike, for as long as they have been around.

As confusing and arbitrary as they may seem; however, these numbers and letters reveal quite a bit about the Canon lens type, technology, and so much more. And if you don’t know how to read them, never fear. You are not the only one.

So, instead

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5 Editing Hacks That Will Transform Any Landscape Photo


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If you ever leave an outdoor location without having captured the exact landscape photo you had in mind due to unfavorable conditions, don’t give up on the photos you shot — not all is lost. In this 14-minute video, photographer Mark Denney shares 5 editing “hacks” he often uses to compensate for bad weather and/or lighting.

#1. Light Source

Using an inverted Radial Filter to increase exposure in a particular area of the frame, you can add a light source and/or enhance the effect of sunlight streaming into your shot. Reducing both Clarity and Dehaze helps to improve the illusion

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How to Create Photos of Miniature Worlds Using Household Items


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A couple of months ago, photographer and YouTuber Chris Hau stumbled across the miniature world photography of Erin Sullivan and was absolutely blown away. So he decided to try out this style for himself and show you exactly what you need to do to start capturing these miniature worlds at home.

We’ve shared plenty of these diorama features in the past—showing you the work of photographers like Ric Tse, Akiko Ida, and Tanaka Tatsuya, among others—but Hau is the first creator we’ve shared to document his journey trying out the process for the first time. That way,

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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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7 Tips for Getting Started with Film Photography


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The folks over at COOPH recently tamed up with Brooklyn-based freelance photographer Joe Greer to put together a helpful “beginner’s guide” of sorts for anybody who wants to get started with film photography.

The short video consists of 7 quick tips that’ll help you get off on the right foot if you want to explore analog image making. In short, the tips Greer covers are:

  1. Keep a Logbook – Film photos don’t come with EXIF data. If you want to improve quickly, keep a logbook so you can learn from your mistakes and capture more keepers.
  2. Choose the Right Focal

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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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Photo Printing 101: How to Preview and Fix Your Print Colors in Photoshop


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If you’re new to photo printing, the most recent video from Sid at StyleMyPic should be required watching. In it, he covers what it means for a color in Photoshop to be “out of gamut,” and how to use Photoshop’s Proof Colors and Gamut Warning views to get your prints looking just right.

As any experienced photographer will tell you, the brightest and most saturated colors available to you on a monitor are considered “out of gamut” for the standard CMYK color space used for printing; in other words: the printer can’t create those colors and trying to print them

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My Experience With My First Gallery Exhibition


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I originally moved from the UK to New Zealand in search of a place that allows me to spread my artistic wings and really obtain that deeper level of natural landscape beauty. I ended up in Wellington, the national and artistic capital of NZ, where everything and anything goes.

Art and inspiration are all around you — it’s a photographers dream.

Previously, I came from a business background but was always incredibly taken by photography, and so I always look around with a composite photographers’ eye. My passion would drive me to constantly show my work to people I know

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Photographer Illustrates the Dos and Don’ts of Portraits


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Bonnie Rodríguez is on a mission to help people shoot better portraits. The photographer and photography educator has attracted a following of over 745,000 followers on Instagram by regularly sharing side-by-side examples of what you should and shouldn’t do when photographing people.

The 33-year-old Miami-based fashion photographer (who has an MFA in photography) shares her content for both photographers and ordinary people who are interested in looking more photogenic in pictures.

Here are some of the tip diptychs she has shared:

Create levels by placing one leg ahead of the other.
Practice in front of the mirror to feel the

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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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Adobe Supercharged ‘Select Subject’ in the Latest Photoshop Update


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Unmesh Dinda over at PiXImperfect recently took the latest update of Photoshop for a spin, and he was blown away by the improvement to ‘Select Subject.’ This AI-powered selection tool was always okay as a baseline, but now it’s gotten so good that Dinda isn’t sure he’ll be using the Pen tool at all anymore.

The video isn’t exactly a torture test—the photos used are generally a simple subject against a flat background—but the detail with which Select Subject was able to cut out complex hair in particular is undeniably impressive.

This, combined with the tool’s ability to address

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Practical Steps for Wedding Shooters to Stay Safer During COVID-19


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It’s difficult to stay safe right now as a normal human, just trying to get groceries and make a living. It’s more difficult if you’re an event or wedding photographer. As an event photographer or wedding photographer, you might be exposed to crowds of people from all over the country, and in some cases from all over the world.

Recently, someone asked me for practical steps wedding photographers could take to stay a little safer while shooting. This is for people who have to shoot because their clients aren’t rescheduling and they need to make money. Here’s our list of

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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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Commercial Photographer Explains Why You Shouldn’t Use a Light Meter


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Commercial photographer and educator Karl Taylor is a working pro with an impressive portfolio to his name and major brands on his CV. So it came as a surprise when he declared recently that he hasn’t used a light meter in 15 years… and explained why you shouldn’t be using one either.

Taylor’s advice is bound to raise some eyebrows, but if you’re willing to keep an open mind, he lays out two big reasons why he thinks that light meters are a bad idea if you’re shooting digital.

In the video, he explains how he abruptly stopped using a

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YouTuber Debunks Viral Photography ‘Hacks’ She Found Online


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Professional photographer and YouTube Jessica Kobeissi recently decided to take on some of the viral “DIY photography hacks” that she’s seen online, and see if they work as expected… or at all. As you might imagine, for the most part, the answer is “not really.” But it makes fur a fun video actually investigating these hacks.

Kobeissi mostly pulls videos from popular sources like 5 Minute Crafts, and shows how several of the results (if not all) were probably taken with high-quality lighting in a studio. In some cases it’s totally nonsensical and fake; in others, the “hack” might

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Photographer Tests the Best Masks for Working During the Pandemic


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If you’re a photographer who has to work or is choosing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’ve probably been looking for a good mask. I was too. I wanted mask that looked professional and felt comfortable. After doing some Amazon searches, I thought I found one that was perfect. Well, I’ve shot a few weddings while masked in the heat now, and it caused me to reevaluate my decision and try other masks out.

Now I know that not all masks are created equal. Some masks hold a lot of heat. Some masks feel uncomfortable. Some masks just

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Wheelchair Accessible Landscape Photography Guide, Part 1


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Welcome to the first chapter of my new Wheelchair Accessible Landscape Photography Guide. In the coming weeks I’ll highlight some beautiful landscape photography locations across the United States that are easily accessible no matter your level of mobility.

In this episode we explore three stellar destinations in beautiful Colorado.

Introduction

If you or someone you know is living with a disability, rest assured that America offers a huge variety of opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Furthermore, photographing stellar destinations is actually much easier than you might think, so long as you know where to go. Whether you’re sporting a

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A System for Finding Work as a Photographer


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I was recently asked how to find clients by a new photographer making the leap into professional work during this crazed pandemic. It’s tough any time, but at this time it is even harder.

Here is what I told her, expanded for those of you trying to get going in these weird and strange times:

Finding clients has always been one of the hardest things to do as a freelance artist. In fact, I have written and produced an entire course on just that process.

And no, I am not going to send you that link and I am not

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Finding Photo Clients Has Always Been One of the Hardest Things to Do


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Finding clients has always been one of the hardest things to do. In fact, I have an entire course on it. And no, I am not going to send you that URL, I am not going to try to sell it to you. I will give you a sort of outline here to build upon to get clients in your area.

Tip #1. Define Your Work With Your Portfolio

How to Create a Basic Home YouTube Studio for Less Than $100


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If you’ve been thinking of trying your hand at vlogging or starting a YouTube channel, it might surprise you to learn that you can create a nice-looking “YouTube Studio” setup at home for less that $100. In this video, Boston-based videographer Kellan Reck takes you step-by-step through the whole process.

Reck is a filmmaker by trade, primarily working as an editor and cinematographer for the Boston Red Sox baseball team. As such, he knows a thing or two about capturing a good-quality footage with really nice gear, but as he explains in this video, you don’t have to break the

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