Regular Photography Turned Inside Out as Fujifilm X-Pro3 Officially Arrives

Regular Photography Turned Inside Out as Fujifilm X-Pro3 Officially Arrives

As part of a drive to rediscover “pure photography” is a rear screen that has been turned inside out.

 

Innovative Feature

Tilting the screen downwards to become visible, the rear screen that faces inwards not outwards,is a bizarre yet extraordinary feature making headlines that will cause a stir in all sorts of ways and is unique and exclusive to the new Fujifilm X-Pro 3.

This could actually be a stroke of brilliance as barmy as it sounds to have an inside-out screen. It makes us concentrate on the picture we’re going to take next instead of meaning we have to stare at the picture we’ve just taken.

Top Of The List

Topping lists of the best Fujifilm cameras, the X-Pro3 is a development of Fujifilm’s existing X-Pro2. To the usual mirrorless camera brigade the X-Pro models are designed for a very different audience. The X-Pro is a bit too specialized if you’re looking for the best mirrorless camera. It has a unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder and although it comes with regular autofocus rather than rangefinder focusing it’s still styled like a classic rangefinder camera. The X-Pro3’s optical finder is best suited to Fujifilm’s range of prime lenses but it can be used with all Fujifilm X-mount lenses via the electronic view.

 

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 Key Features

Already seen in the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30, the X-Pro3 inherits the latest 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans sensor as well as its new feature, the unique back-to-front rear screen and hybrid viewfinder that makes it notable. The X-Pro3 can focus in light levels as low as -6EV, or close to pitch darkness, because of the sensor and the latest X-Processor 4 images processing.

There’s a USB Type C (USB3.1 Gen1) port for fast image transfer and USB charging alongside Fujifilm’s highly regarded Velvia, Provia, Astia film simulation modes with the addition of a new ‘Classic Neg’ film simulation mode.

Thanks to a 70-point weather sealing, a magnesium chassis, and titanium outer sections it should be very durable. Offering a premium finish with the Duratect surface hardening there will also be two colour variations.

Adding rich colour gradations to black and white images is possible due to the ‘Monochromatic Colour’ function, multiple exposures are made possible up to 9 frames in Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark modes, and the X-Pro3 also features a new in-camera HDR function which combines a series of shots at different exposures. The Grain Effect function has been extended with strength and size adjustments and it’s now possible to add Clarity to images.

 

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It’s no slouch even though the X-Pro3 has a deliberately conservative “classic” look. It shoots at 30fps with an electronic shutter in 1.25x crop mode and has an 11fps continuous shooting mode with a pretty impressive buffer capacity of 42 raw files/145 JPEGs, and it can shoot both C4K and 4K UHD video at 30p, 25p, and 24p.

This camera is not a bargain camera for beginners, rather, it is a premium product for the cognoscenti, so you won’t be looking for a cheap deal here but buying a camera because you love it. It goes on sale on 28 November 2019 for $1,799 / £1,699 for the regular version, or $1,999 / £1,879 for the Duractect versions from mid-December.

Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via Digital Camera World.

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Even Photography Boffs Will Be Impressed By Polaroid’s New Camera.

 

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Vintage but not backwards.

Whatever is in style right now, it seems, can make us feel like we’re in another decade. Vintage fashion, retro cars, and record players are all making a comeback.  Making the decision to jump in on the action, and by doing so absolutely killing it, is one of the most retro brands out there, the Polaroid camera. Making film photographers’ dreams come true, Polaroid Originals have released a line of throwback cameras with contemporary conveniences in order to bridge the eras. The perfect throwback tool for making modern memories is the Polaroid OneStep Plus, and here’s why.

 

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Cool and Classic Design.

While still retaining the retro appeal of an instant camera, with its classic shape, simplistic colours, and the rainbow design detail running right down the middle, the high-tech capabilities of the OneStep Plus is the absolute best thing about the new Polaroid camera. It’s use ain’t just for when you’re hosting a party or on a photo walk and it’s not merely one of those gadgets that you stash in a gear closet or random drawer either. The photos it takes as well as the device itself should be displayed prominently. To allow for really amazing results Polaroid released a tonne of gorgeous film styles for the OneStep Plus, including traditional colour and black-and-white film, to also more exotic film options like a blue ombre pack, and a bright colours pack.

 

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So Many Photo-Taking Options.

Considering the price what is especially pleasing is that the Polaroid OneStep Plus is jam-packed with features such as a zoom, self-timer, and flash. It has manual and automatic modes. Whether its landscape pictures of capturing stellar portrait pictures it features a switch for depth of field which means you can achieve great results.

A small feature that’s extremely helpful during long photo sessions that shows you how much film and how much battery charge you have left is a set of LED lights.

To teach the user how to use all the buttons and modes it comes with a consumer-friendly diagram in the package and the buttons and modes are all really easy to use. This is for when you really want to get creative with it; the tech doesn’t overpower the feeling of an original point-and-shoot, the Polaroid expands your options instead.

 

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Accompanying App Gives More Features Whether Amateur or Pro.

The game-changer, however, is that the OneStep Plus can be connected to the Polaroid app via Bluetooth. In addition to the features built into the camera the app allows so much more customisation. Settings such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed can be manually changed through the app. So, much like the mirrorless or DSLR camera this means that serious photographers can customise their shots.

There’s plenty on the app for amateurs so casual photographers have nothing to fear. For example, the standard timer gives everyone time to get in the shot and there’s also a noise sensor so you can take a picture when you clap. With the classic Polaroid film you can create seriously cool gallery-level photos as the app features double exposure and light painting modes. Above all, it is user-friendly. It will take you longer to get the camera out of your bag than to program the settings you need on the app.

With all the nostalgia built in and for the classic point-and-shoot Polaroid fun the cheaper option is the recent release of the OneStep 2 by Polaroid, which is great for people who really love the design of the OneStep Plus but don’t mind about losing most of the additional features we have described that the OneStep Plus has.

Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via Esquire.

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Learn how to use a “snoot” in your photography to control the light and create theatrical lighting with your hot-shoe flash.

 

Even though it can often be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut a flashgun is always a handy tool to have in your camera bag. However, in order to turn the flash into a useful creative effect you almost always need extra add-on accessories.

The most unusual name for a flash accessory has to be the snoot. A snoot works by picking out a small area of the scene by converting the light source from a floodlight into a spotlight via the means of a long tube or funnel that attaches to your flashgun.

Say you are photographing portraits against a wall, a snoot can come in very handy. The reason is that your flashgun will still light up the majority of the frame even though most add-on strobes have a zoom head that enables you to narrow the spread of light.

So that some areas of the frame are not lit at all by the flash a snoot restricts the spread to a narrow beam. It’s most effective where you only want one thing on your surface to be highlighted, so it can be used for still-life arrangements and produces a good effect that is also useful for portraits.

The particular type of circumstances where the background is very close behind the subject is where a snoot is of most use. Since light power falls off so sharply with distance, if you are using a snoot wide coverage of the flash tube is not an issue if the background is much further away.

Without a snoot backgrounds can become as well lit as the subject if the wall or backdrop is just behind the subject as in a portrait. This detracts from the atmospheric producing a cold, analytical shot as the result. You can create a much more theatrical effect by using a snoot until just the person’s face is lit.

Since you can make your own light funnel very easily there is no need to spend money on one to get this cool effect even though commercially made snoots are available to fit most add-on flashguns. To get successful results with a minimum of fuss there are some things to watch out for, whether you choose to buy one or make one.

 

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01. Backs Against The Wall.

When there is little option but for the subject to stand or sit near the backdrop you are using a snoot is particularly useful. If you don’t want the whole background to be as well lit as the person using a snoot is the best option. Male portraiture is best suited to this theatrical lighting effect.

 

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02. Base Exposure.

When lighting just a small part of the frame it is wise to use manual exposure mode with off-camera flash. A good starting point would be: ISO200 set to 1/125 sec. at f/6.3. To see that the shot looks dark enough take a test shot of the backdrop without the flash.

 

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03. That’s a Wrap!

As your snoot you can use a Large Rogue FlashBender which wraps around the flashgun with an elastic strap and velcro. To hold the flash in the right position you would need someone or something to do this and you also need a trigger for the off-camera flash.

 

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04. Pull The Trigger.

You do get more dramatic results if the flash is used off-camera to create the side-lit effect but you can also use a snoot with the flash mounted on the hot-shoe. Using a two-part radio trigger is the best solution. As well as the mid-priced option from Hähnel, top pro options include the Pocket Wizard range, but you can also find low-cost options available on eBay.

 

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05. Power Control.

By altering the power output of the flashgun the exposure for the subject can be simply controlled. Use the flash in manual mode and start off with a setting of 1/8 or 1/16 power. Take a test shot and if the subject is too bright, reduce the power – if they’re too dark, increase it!

Options include: the Rogue FlashBender; Interfit Strobie; paper or card; a Pringles tube; or the Honeycomb grid.

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Off-Camera Flash Photography To Help You Perfect The Strobist Effect.

One of the easiest ways to achieve amazing portraits is to utilize off-camera flash.

You’ll be amazed at how you can transform your photos by simply taking your flash off-camera if your only experience of using flash is the disappointing result you got with it fitted to the camera’s hotshoe.

Whether it’s the dramatic results of underexposing the background and employing the flash as your main light source, or using flash to fill in the harsh shadows you get in bright sunlight, with a few simple photography tips you can create a range of lighting effects.

Popular among a group of photographers known as strobists is this technique of underexposing the background and employing the flash as the main light source. Largely thanks to the blog of American photographer David Hobby has arisen a vibrant and enthusiastic online community who practise this art of off-camera flash.

To master this once “secret” art he has helped demystify the techniques and technology with his no-nonsense explanations. Using automatic TTL exposure metering with wireless-compatible flashguns for your system it is possible to achieve the strobist look.

 

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Prepare the built-in flash.

Firstly, you need to turn of any built-in flash when setting up your camera to command a wireless flash system. Change the built-in flash setting to Off (–) by entering the Commander section to find the Custom Shooting menu where you will find the Bracketing/flash section, as on a Nikon body – the exact menu may differ depending on your camera, however, but the method is still the same.

 

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Set the group and channel.

To control the off-camera flash you will need to select the settings that control it. Select TTL from the Group A settings when scrolling down. The external flash is controlled by the channel that you select when changing the settings – in this case, it’s Channel 1.

 

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Set up the flash gun.

Make sure the wireless flashgun is set to Remote. Make sure that the Group is set to A and the Channel is set to 1 to ensure you have selected the same group and channel settings that you have used on the camera.

 

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Position and soften the flash.

You can position the flash either on a lighting stand or a normal tripod now that the basic off-camera settings are done. To make sure that the flash is just out of frame you’re going to want to place the flash to the left and slightly above the subject to create dramatic side-lighting for your shot.

 

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Underexpose the background.

The wireless system will need a direct line of sight between the front of the flash and the camera if you’re not using radio triggers, so, it’s best to take a test shot with the camera set to f/8 on Aperture Priority mode. By setting the exposure compensation to -1 stop you can underexpose the background to give your shot more impact.

 

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Adjust the flash exposure.

You’ll need to increase the exposure from the flash to properly expose the subject as the underexposure will affect both the flash and the ambient exposure. To do this adjust the exposure compensation setting of Group A to +1 stop by going into the Commander setting on the camera.

The rest, they say, is up to you!

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Samsung reveals a phone with screens on both sides which could change photography forever.

Screens are multiplying!

Offering photographers a truly revolutionary ability, Samsung has designed a smartphone with two or more screens.

 

The front and back display on the device has just been granted a patent.

The gadget will be able to run speech translation apps and show text to two people at the same time.

But it will also bring a big change to the way you take photographs.

Double Vision.

With most smartphones right now, the person who’s posing for an image has no way of seeing what the picture might look like.

 

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On the left, you can see what might be displayed whilst a photographer is snapping a picture (Image: Samsung)

 

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The above drawing demonstrates how a translation app could take advantage of two displays (Image: Samsung)

 

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A drawing of the phone itself (Image: Samsung)

Patent technology.

It will show the view from the camera lens on both sides if Samsung’s patent ever inspires a real phone.

This means that you’ll be able to see what a picture looks like before and after it’s taken, which means you can hold a pose and let your photographer keep snapping away.

Sensor Detection.

The design also features a sensor to work out which screen you’re looking at by detecting your hand as it ‘hovers’ over one of the displays.

Wait and see.

It’s not known whether Samsung is planning to release its Janus phone, because a patent is not a guarantee that a product will go into production.

In China, you can already buy a phone with two screens called the Vivo NEX Dual Display.

But for now, we wait with baited breath as to this new innovation.

Words by Elijah (Content Marketer) via Metro.

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The World’s Creamiest Bokeh.

 

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Full-Frame 50mm Lens with Aperture of f/0.35.

The world’s creamiest bokeh (definition: the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image) can be whipped up to give us incredible subject separation through the use of huge apertures. In exciting news, the world’s first f/0.35 50mm autofocus prime lens has been manufactured but is still such a secret that we don’t even know the mount, never mind who makes it. But the images that this lens can produce are amazing.

Being Developed in Secret.

As it is being developed in secret by a Japanese manufacturer this beast of a lens isn’t due for release until 2020. When you remove the lens cap rooms get visibly darker as if the aperture literally sucks in so much light, and it only weighs 37 lb (17 kg)! These and other developments will mean that a new generation of cameras that are yet to hit the market will have to come along; for example, shooting in daylight with this lens at your lowest ISO requires shutter speeds in excess of 1/100,000th of a second!

Slim Depth of Field.

Trying to grab a focus can be a real challenge because the depth of field is so slim. Fortunately, this incredible lens has autofocus to help the process, though this comes with a few restrictions. The autofocus motor has to do so much work that it requires its own power supply in the form of a diesel generator. It takes in excess of 30 seconds to slide all of the elements into place during the slow process of autofocusing the amount of glass. With the slightest movement meaning having to start all over you will need to ask your model not to breathe during this time. And, any low-level seismic activity, such as blinking, can be problematic.

 

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Results.

So what are the results? It has a spectacular shallow depth of field. The lens really allows you to be creative in how you portray your subject; even though it’s tricky to get both eyes sharp at the same time the viewer’s attention is focused on the single iris, as you can see. The eye is truly a window to the soul and being able to isolate it so completely really opens up the possibilities.

A Buttery Goop.

The blending of the image into one beautifully buttery goop, where there is little distinction between where the subject ends and the background begins, make this lens perfect for those type of moments when you simply want to make that process difficult to figure out. Also, backgrounds become much less of a concern due to the truly liberating shallowness. You can stand your model wherever you want having no longer to find context. Not a problem if you’ve got a tree or telegraph pole coming out of their head. And thanks to the lens’s 29 aperture blades, bokeh balls are completely round with not an onion skin in sight.

 

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Focus on the Bokeh.

These photos might look a mess but if you focus on the bokeh you’ll notice that from one tiny highlight where the sun glints through the trees we get the incredibly huge, incredibly round bokeh ball. Just focus on the bokeh ball.

More news about this lens will come in the near future.

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Cheap Photography Projects’ Creative Lighting Ideas

Get creative with your images by using these lighting hacks to shoot cheap but conceptual photography. Beauty in Simplicity You don’t necessarily need to use top-of-the-line kit in order to capture brilliant photos. To help you inject some creative lighting into your...

Defining Street Photography, the Cartier-Bressonian Way

Street Photography pioneer Henri Cartier-Bresson has come to define the way the photography industry thinks about the genre. This article draws on sources that explains the way the genre has taken shape. Defining Street Photography Of what constitutes “street...

Even Photography Boffs Will Be Impressed By Polaroid’s New Camera.

    Vintage but not backwards. Whatever is in style right now, it seems, can make us feel like we’re in another decade. Vintage fashion, retro cars, and record players are all making a comeback.  Making the decision to jump in on the action, and by doing so...

Rear Curtain Sync.

With streaks going in the right direction, this article examines how to capture streaky headlight shots.   By combining flash with a long exposure you can achieve some great shots. You can get ghostly movement blur and trails of light from moving light sources if...

Tips For Using a Snoot in Photography.

Learn how to use a “snoot” in your photography to control the light and create theatrical lighting with your hot-shoe flash.   Even though it can often be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut a flashgun is always a handy tool to have in your camera bag....

Famous Photographs That Inspired Film.

There has always been a sibling-like relationship between film and photography.   “The Horse in Motion” (1878) was a famous photographic series using an early movie projector called the zoopraxiscope invented by Eadweard Muybridge, a 19th-century photographer who...

UV Photography: tips for blacklight.

Blacklight photography can be great for shooting portraits so we are “shedding some light on the dark art” to reveal the secret of mastering ultraviolet photography!   You would most commonly see blacklight, or UV lighting, in nightclubs. White objects radiate...

Copenhagen Photographer Casper Sejersen’s One, Two, Three, Four.

Casper Sejersen Debut Exhibition. Set to the beat of a drum, Copenhagen-based photographer Casper Sejersen takes us on an unsettling visual journey in his debut exhibition.     Alluring Yet Uncomfortable. Copenhagen-based Danish photographer Casper...

The Five Best Photo Locations in Copenhagen.

  A summer break in Copenhagen is highly recommended if you have never been to Denmark. The sun and heat is enjoyed by all the locals.   As an introduction to the most common places you must visit we’re presenting you with this 3-hour photo walk. If you wish...

Photographer’s Picture of Bald Eagle Gets Overwhelming Response

The worldwide response to a photograph of a bald eagle has overwhelmed a Canadian amateur photographer who took the picture.   Initially posted on Facebook photography groups, Steve Biro snapped the image of Bruce the bald eagle at the Canadian Raptor...

Off-Camera Flash Photography To Help You Perfect The Strobist Effect.

One of the easiest ways to achieve amazing portraits is to utilize off-camera flash. You’ll be amazed at how you can transform your photos by simply taking your flash off-camera if your only experience of using flash is the disappointing result you got with it fitted...

Ex-Oasis Photographer warns UK Risks Losing Classic Rock Archives.

Unless a dedicated museum is set up British musical history may be lost. According to one of The UK’s most celebrated photographers unless a dedicated museum is set up to preserve large swathes of classic British rock photography it could lose them all to private...

Samsung reveals a phone with screens on both sides which could change photography forever.

Screens are multiplying! Offering photographers a truly revolutionary ability, Samsung has designed a smartphone with two or more screens.   The front and back display on the device has just been granted a patent. The gadget will be able to run speech translation...

Viral Photographer Quits To Make Bread.

Viral Photographer Quits To Make Bread. Amassing over 300,000 followers after dreamlike photos from Burning Man Festival went wildly viral online a few years ago, photographer Victor Habchy went on to become a Sony ambassador as his career took off. But, as of last...

First Professional Wedding Gig Shot by Photography Robot.

Would you hire a robot for your big day? Making the rounds for a few years now has been the news that robots are coming for our jobs. Many of us have nothing to fear despite automation increasingly taking over our lives, unless you’re a wedding photographer, maybe? A...

The World’s Creamiest Bokeh.

    Full-Frame 50mm Lens with Aperture of f/0.35. The world’s creamiest bokeh (definition: the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image) can be whipped up to give us incredible subject separation through the use of huge apertures. In...

Colour Photography Pioneer’s Images of Old Russia.

    Way Before Instagram A Revolution in the Use of Filters was Taking Place. Deep scientific roots underlie the art form we know of as photography today. Early pinhole cameras were both described by Euclid and Aristotle in ancient Greece. In order to...

Making a Living in Photography in 2019.

    How Viable is it Being a Professional Photographer? Whilst being both stuck in its ways and simultaneously forever changing, photography is indeed a strange profession. The majority of the profession work in a very different way to the old guard who...

The Hidden Colours of the Moon Revealed by Photographer.

A Mineral Impact. Different minerals impact the Moon’s surface leaving different splashes of colour as shown by the enhanced photo of the Moon created by extracting colour data from 150,000 photos of the Moon composed by Sacramento-based astrophotography enthusiast...

Piccadilly Circus’ Neon Lights Reflected By Shiny Cars: the Photography of Nick Turpin.

    Advertising Reflecting. In London’s Piccadilly Circus vehicles are caught reflecting advertising to show how modern life embraces consumerism as shown by photographer Nick Turpin in his latest series, “Autos.” “Shiny new vehicles passing through the city...

Nobody Talks About The Problem With Camera Phones.

The camera itself was the biggest problem with camera phones once upon a time.   Released in 2000, the J-SH04 was one of the world’s first camera phones. Things have come a long way since then. Tiny 0.11 megapixel images was all it could shoot. To give their...

What Is The Focus of Your Photography?

Does your photography have a point? And how can your images engage with more viewers?   You can help define your photography by implementing these few very helpful following techniques, especially if you have reached that stage where it may be a struggle to...

Capturing Cancer: Tumour Cells in Action.

Every year, researchers submit extraordinary images to the Science and Medical Imaging competition which tells the story of pioneering work and its benefits for patients. Replicating cancer cells invade the blood vessels.     Each year, The Institute of...

Selfie Harm.

Selfie Harm. Witness the scary results of Photoshopped portraits done by teens at the behest of professional photographer Rankin as part of his project called “Selfie Harm.”     Unnaturally Perfect. Unnaturally perfect social media photos are being made...

Young Marketing Guru Who Helped Photo of Egg Go Viral on Instagram.

Going Viral Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks you should be fully aware of the photo of an egg that went viral and claimed the top spot for having the most liked photo on Instagram. The simple photo of an ordinary, brown egg has garnered...

The Story of the Desert as Told by the Dubai Photography Exhibition: Inhabited Deserts.

Dramatic Landscapes. Some of the most dramatic landscapes across the world have been captured by UAE-based explorer Max Calderan and Italian photographer John R Pepper through their much renowned collaboration. It was never going to be the usual desert landscapes when...

What Is The Best Aperture and Focal Length For Portraits?

Get The Basics of Portrait Photography Right. You’ve probably asked yourself what is the best aperture and focal length to use if you’re just getting started in portrait photography. You can produce very different effects with your subjects by changing the aperture...

Psychedelic Images of Tokyo by Jean-Vincent Simonet.

Psychedelic Experience. Tokyo at night can be a near-psychedelic experience in itself, and this is echoed in the warped images created by Swiss photographer Jean-Vincent Simonet who prints onto plastic paper then washes the photograph with chemicals, all part of his...

The $90.3 Million Painting That Reveals Unique Photography Methods.

A Masterful Piece of Art. The 1972 painting entitled “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” by legendary British painter David Hockney fetched the highest auction price ever for a living artist as it sold for a jaw-dropping $90.3 million last month. A man in...

X-Ray Apparatus & Concrete Pyramids: Guy Hollaway’s Photography Studio.

The Process Gallery. Distinctive works are created using X-Ray equipment, housed in a concrete pyramid chamber, by British photographer Nick Veasey, who has had a studio built and completed by Guy Hollaway Architects.     Inquisitive. Designed to be an...

Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards Reveal Hilarious Winning Images.

World’s Funniest Animal! And the world’s funniest animal photograph of the year goes to a squirrel who thinks he’s Tommy Cooper, writes The Express. The world’s funniest animal photograph of the year has been judged to be what appears to be a cheeky squirrel pictured...

Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards Reveal Hilarious Winning Images.

World’s Funniest Animal! And the world’s funniest animal photograph of the year goes to a squirrel who thinks he’s Tommy Cooper, writes The Express. The world’s funniest animal photograph of the year has been judged to be what appears to be a cheeky squirrel pictured...

Vanishing From The Museums.

Confronting the absent. Largely absent from Parissien museums are works and faces of photographic pioneers who have become invisible; so, curator Fannie Escoulen is inviting visitors to walk across the city and confront it.   “The history of photography has been...

Analogue Limelight

In an increasingly digitalised world, why is there still a special place for the physical? After connecting on Instagram around two years ago, James Moreton and Raph Hurwitz conceived AllFormat - a global photography collective. After developing a loyal community of...

A Career Shaped By The Photograph

Starting Out For more than three decades the biggest names in show business have been photographed by Derek Ridgers, but it all began by chance, one night in Finsbury Park, north London. With a Miranda SLR slung over his shoulder, Ridgers walked into the Rainbow...

Facebook Bans a Photographer Who Innocently Posted About ‘Shooting a Few Christians.’

Double Entendre When it comes to the word “shooting,” photographers can be subject to endless jokes. So when you post about “shooting a bunch of Christians,” the double entendre is there; this is what happened to one London photographer who found himself faced with a...

Jacob Cockle: in Life & in Death.

A life lived in the sea was a favourite past-time of one Jacob Cockle. Whilst learning to walk at a tender young age he also began to learn to swim and his natural element became water. Any opportunity to film surfing was the best of all options because he loved it so...

How a Shot Went Viral is Revealed by The Royal Wedding Photographer.

Viral popularity and huge amounts of praise were received for one particular photo during this past weekend as the world's attention was captured by the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The details of how the picture in question came to be have now...

Wildlife Photos Reveal Dirty Tricks as Insiders Spill: “There’s a lot of fakery.”

From trained tigers to glued insects many photographers are revealing the fakery in this niche as one such photographer lost an award for allegedly using taxidermy in a shoot. Inauthentic Capturing a shot at the entrance to a national park was how Brazilian...

One in a Trillion Shot Captures Food Chain in Action.

“What can you shoot with that thing?” “What can you shoot with that thing?” This was a question that photographer Doc Jon was asked when a passerby noticed his Canon 6D camera with 500mm lens attachment as he was walking along the boardwalk of Madeira Beach in...

How Well-Being is Improved by Photo-a-Day Projects: Following the Story of an Artist who Started Out in Project365

Project365 Well-Being is reported to be improved through the online sharing of everyday images shot by amateur photographers. To reference it, it is known as “Project365” in photo circles; it begs the question: how can your life be changed by a Project365? A precious...

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know

Just starting out? Get to grips with these camera functions before anything else I was one of the lucky ones, starting out on a non-digital SLR camera. An Olympus OM-1 where loading the film was the first really important ‘setting’ I had to master. Then there was the...

How Photography Can Be Ruined By Bad Habits

Leaving The Camera At Home Even if it's your smartphone the camera you have with you is always the best one. Not every photo you take will be of commercial value or be photography-competition material. Nevertheless, if you leave your camera at home what use is it...

Unethical Upselling

By offering additional products and services and convincing a customer to purchase them many types of businesses can make a lot of money and this type of “upselling” is a tactic that camera equipment stores can maximise their gains. But how far can this upselling go...

Very First Photography Show is Recreated By Virtual Reality.

Transported To The Past The world's first photography exhibition is being experienced once again for the first time in 150 years with people being transported back in time thanks to Virtual Reality. A selection of prints were then presented by photographer William...