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News of FujiFilm’s excellent mirror-less camera, the X-T1, made it down the vine and really peaked my interest in researching the X-series cameras that they’ve released. I’ve had other photographer friends that have picked up the very popular X100s and the X-Pro1 and loved it. I’m thinking of buying one from the X-Series and of course, […]

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  When I see Mallory Morrison’s work and attempt to describe it, I think the words that best come to mind are, “with held breath.” Her images capture tangible moments, stopping time in places we rarely get to examine. “My style is ethereal, romantic, and dreamlike,” she said, when asked how she describes her own […]

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi side.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi side. “Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one. I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at less than twelve ounces. This […]

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I’ve been talking a lot about using primes lenses, lately (thanks LensRentals.com), and how great they are for growing your vision. I mentioned in the first post that when your prime lens is too limiting, you can shoot a panorama to get the view you desire. Well, I found myself on a rooftop in Chicago […]

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  If you are seeking dreamy, fantasy images that take you to places you thought you would only see in your dreams, Amanda Diaz is the photographer for you.  But Amanda isn’t just a great fantasy photographer; she’s also great when it comes to fashion. “[My work] goes from straight to the point fashion to creative […]

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So there’s maybe more bungles that people would make if they didn’t know any better or were just starting off. I figured that there could be some extra help in identifying some of the more recent blunders that have been popping up more often in communities that I’m associated with. Before you read this, make […]

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Reflections should be on your short list of images to make every time you go shooting. These are the steps for making a reflection picture like the one above. Step 1: Frame Your Mind Firstly, you’ve got to have photography on your mind, you’ve got to be looking for a picture. I was wandering around […]

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  Nikki Harrison’s photographs are overflowing with dramatic, emotional light. Her style takes portraiture to an elegant, even ethereal level. It’s hard to pin exactly what you are feeling or why you are feeling it when you look at her photos. All you know for certain is that they are beautiful. “I was always an artist, […]

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If you want to get serious about shooting calculated photoshoots, get yourself off Auto White Balancing! The camera usually does a great job at analyzing the lighting scenario and chooses a suitable color temperature when it is set to AWB. The problem is that setting it to auto lets the camera adjust the white balance ever so […]

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One of my favorite ways to make a break from the normal daily routine is to grab the kids and a GoPro Hero and head for the hills in search of water. Fortunately, here in the Blue Ridge mountains of SW Virginia this is but a matter of choosing a direction and within minutes we’re […]

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  In this industry, the ones who want success tend to take the greatest risks in order to get there. Zach Sutton’s story is just such a tale, a tale that starts with him risking everything when he packed his bags in Michigan and decided to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He saw potential in […]

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Normal is defined as conforming to a standard, the usual, the typical or the expected. When it comes to photography, normal most often refers to the standard focal length lens on a camera. A normal lens sees about the same angle of view as the human eye. Let’s delve into what normal means and why […]

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 Editor’s Note:  Check out Jonas’s podcast with Melissa Niu here.  Capturing couples in new and interesting ways while also staying true to what couples want in a portrait is exceedingly difficult. It’s easy to get caught in the cliché and have difficulty seeing new ways to capture one of the oldest emotions: love. For Jonas […]

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Nikon Df, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/3.0, 1/500s, ISO 320, in-camera monochrome with yellow filter.

Nikon Df, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/3.0, 1/500s, ISO 320, in-camera monochrome with yellow filter. I just attended a terrific event hosted by the photo club at the Art Institute of Portland, and before hand we did a one hour photowalk around the block. Portland, Oregon is a terrific place to photowalk because there […]

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  Eric Paré saw a medium and turned it on its head: light painting. Paré’s portraiture is made truly original through the inventive use of light painting and bullet time. His still images have a truly unique look to them, making them a cut above much of the work seen today. “I try to reproduce studio-quality […]

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On a recent photo shoot, we were tasked to make this gentle giant look fierce and menacing. Wardrobe got us about 40 percent there, a harsh beauty dish moved us closer and his attitude took us over the top. The key to this style of image is to ensure the light has a purpose; in […]

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    Focal length has a lot to do with modern photography. It’s always been important, and now, even more so. Changing the focal length makes a photograph of the same scene into its own unique vision.  Above, the first photo is a normal, 47º angle of view. The middle one was made with an […]

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