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  If you look at John Schell’s work, you might think to yourself “surfer” or “skater.” If you do, then you’re pretty much hitting the nail on the head. “Growing up on Long Island (New York), I spent the majority of my summers either at the beach surfing, on a boat, skateboarding, BMX-ing, or just hanging […]

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There are all kinds of marvelous filters out there that can help you create photographs. In this case, I’m talking about the kind that you attach to the front of the lens. I’ve got several polarizing filters, neutral density filters, variable neutral density filters, graduated filters, and even UV filters. If you don’t already have […]

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I wanted to share a few simple tips about working with mirror less and micro-four thirds cameras.  This video points out some common pros and cons for people switching from traditional DSLRs to these newer style cameras. This video is from the DSLR Video Tips course on lynda.com. This Post Sponsored by: LensRentals.com Be a kid […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. Get […]

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Nikon D7100, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, f/8, 3 frame HDR, ISO 800. Ultra-wide angle lenses can add a lot of motion and engagement to your images. However, images may lack impact if you don’t have something in the foreground. When I say ultra-wide, I mean shorter than 18mm on cropped sensor, or shorter than 24mm on […]

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  Some projects speak louder to us as photographers than others. They may not be our first or our last, but at a certain point in our lives, they define us. For photographer John Ganun, that defining set of images is his “Scenario” series.”I started Scenario six years ago, not long after I taught myself […]

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When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass. These examples show how different rotations of the filter can have varying effects […]

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  Noam Galai’s story is a wild one, and quite simply the most unique among any active photographer. How can I make such a blanket statement? Because in addition to being a talented photographer, Noam’s face has been stolen thousands of times around the world. His “Stolen Scream,” a photo of himself he took years […]

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I share a lot of “behind the lens” photographs on my Instagram page, and one of the questions I get most frequently is “what’s that thing on top of your camera?”. The answer is that it’s the Canon GPE-12, a small GPS device that sits on the hotshoe of my canon 5D Mark III. When […]

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Did you know that your GoPro camera can be set to record stills and video at the same time?  This means that while you’re recording footage you can also have it occasionally shoot still frames too (at a much higher resolution). This workflow is great when you have a camera mounted in a hard to […]

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As a long-time Canon shooter I can admit, it’s hard to entertain the notion of changing gear. Not so much because of the tools themselves, but because of the investment and overall familiarity. Yet in the search to locate the ideal full-frame upgrade that best suits my interests, I wanted to try something a little […]

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If you’re a Canon body owner, you might think that getting some good spare batteries for cheap would be a great idea! That would mean hours upon hours of shooting, right? Well, those hours could be substantially cut down and could cause some other frustration. The horrible keyword is “cheap.” Ya dig? I love saving […]

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The previous Exposure Tactics post, explored understanding the difference between how Lightroom, Photoshop, and light meters measure exposure.  Now we continue to look at working with the files in postproduction. Exposure Tweaks in Lightroom & Camera Raw Calibrated computer monitors are great for displaying color and brightness. Unfortunately, the human visual system just can’t tell if […]

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  Can you trace the place in your history where there was a sudden flash of knowledge that told you that you were going to be a photographer? What spurred it? For Scott Milam, it was feeling something in himself that he wished to share with others. “While in college, a buddy of mine (who was […]

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Lumix GH4, Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, f1.8, 1/5000s, ISO 200, JPG straight from camera. I’m working on a post that will explain why I’m in the market to replace my D800. In the meantime, I’ve been utilizing LensRental.com’s excellent service to try out some of the hot cameras on the market right now. This week […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Roger Cicala of LensRentals.com I suspect I’ll never be on any manufacturer’s “early review copy” list for new lenses. There are already plenty of good early lab reviews on the eagerly awaited Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens our there. So when we received our first Sigma 50 f/1.4 […]

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The way I see it, your camera does three things to make a picture: focuses, adjusts brightness, and adjusts color. I know that’s a simplified description, but to me as a creative, that’s all that matters. And the one that matters most is focus. Nothing directs your viewer’s eye as quickly and as powerfully as […]

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  Rebecca Britt embodies almost everything that could fall under the designation “commercial photographer.” She’s one of the big names in EDM concert photography, she excels in studio headshot portraiture, tackles architecture and has even mastered environmental portraiture. “Technically I started shooting when I was in high school as a photographer on the yearbook staff back […]

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Vertical Video. Unless you’re hanging a television set in portrait aspect ratio (think digital signage) there’s likely no reason to shoot this way.  Video is a panoramic medium (embrace it).   Apparently it bothers other people too.  Perhaps we can all share this movie with a few other folks who could benefit from watching. Just […]

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Image from Panasonic.com New cameras like the Panasonic GH4 and the Fuji X-T1 are capable of utilizing the latest SD cards with U-3 specifications. Personally, I’m not really that interested in the specifics, but these new cards are really really fast. Fast means that the picture gets from the camera to the card quickly, and […]

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Portraits with a tilt-shift lens? YEAH. I’ve never done it and I wanted to, so I rented the lens! If you aren’t familiar with a Tilt-Shift lens, then you’re probably got a somewhat confused face going on as you read this. It is a special lens, mainly used for architectural photography, due to its ability to […]

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