7 biggest mistakes new and amateur photographers make
Jul27

7 biggest mistakes new and amateur photographers make

Thinking you need to use manual mode all the time If your subject matter sucks, it sucks regardless of how much effort you put into shooting in manual mode. Sorry. Auto is smarter than you are. It knows what kind of aperture/iso/shutter speed you need to take the picture. Don’t worry about it. Point your camera at something interesting and press the button, even if you’re in “dreaded” AUTO. That includes...

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Mamiya lens comparison: 80mm f1.9 vs 80mm f2.8
Jul10

Mamiya lens comparison: 80mm f1.9 vs 80mm f2.8

A normal lens Normal lenses free the photographer from the complexity and distraction of zoom lenses. When I walk around with a normal lens on my camera, I see things in an everyday kind of way. My photographic vision moves from “???, wtf do I take a picture of?” to one of clarity, seeing exactly what I can capture with the normal lens. While you might be able to photograph more with a zoom lens, you can see more when you...

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Shooting Medium Format Film
Jul09

Shooting Medium Format Film

It’s nearly the size of a cinder block and it weighs about as much, and it eats film at the rate of 15 shots a roll. It’s a Mamiya 645 1000s medium format film camera, and it’s the perfect compromise between 35mm’s portability and large format quality. And if you’re not a film shooter, none of that makes much sense yet. Let’s talk.     Quality. [...what is quality?] Here’s what...

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You Don’t Need a New Camera
Jun13

You Don’t Need a New Camera

I totally get it. You’ve saved some serious cash for your next big international trip, and you want to take pictures of it all. That means you need a new camera, right? Er, probably not. Digital photography is mature, just as it has been for the last 8 years when the 10 megapixel barrier was broken at the consumer level. This is great news for everyone who takes pictures. And it’s actually not so bad for the camera...

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Why you should Shoot Film (at least once)
Jun03

Why you should Shoot Film (at least once)

In a great demonstration of coming full circle, popular edits these days are sporting decidedly lo-fi looks. Maybe this is a backlash against the hyper realism of formerly-popular HDR, or maybe it’s just the natural progression of things. In any case, one look at Instagram proves that film inspired edits are here to stay.  There’s a reason so many people are emulating film. The feel, the grain, the distinctive contrast,...

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How to Create Your Own Photography Website
May21

How to Create Your Own Photography Website

There are a million reasons why you might want to create your own photography website. Maybe you’re looking beyond Facebook, Flickr, and 500px for ways to showcase your photography to friends and family. Perhaps you want to attract new clients for your photography business. Or maybe you need a professional online gallery to gain more fans and potential advertisers. Whatever your reasons, owning your own photography website is a...

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