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Avoid this common winter landscape photography mistake

With winter season just around the corner, and snow already starting to fall in parts of the world, we’re sure a lot of you are gearing up to shoot in snowy landscapes once again. So, it’s also time to brush up on some useful tips and tricks while getting ready. Whether you’re doing this shoot for the first time ever or first time in a long time, it pays to be mindful of this common winter landscape photography mistake.
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Street photography inspiration: Ignore rules like William Klein

When you’re new to photography, one of the first things you think about are rules that will help you get acceptable results. In street photography, however, these rules tend to be more loose. The rules of composition, for example, are vital to getting a powerful photo. Still, it’s not impossible to get exceptional photos even if you don’t go by the book. Today’s street photography inspiration shows some perfect examples from William Klein.
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Photography tip: Use Auto ISO for action scenes

Have you ever taken some action shots with incorrect exposure? Try using your camera’s Auto ISO setting instead of setting it manually. Today’s featured photography tip explains how it works to achieve the best exposure for your dynamic scenes. In the video above, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens...
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Street photography editing is NOT cheating

The issue of editing in street photography has long been a topic of debate. You’d think that we’d be over and done with it by now, being in the digital age and all. However, the Internet actually opened us up to more and more opinions about the dos and don’ts of the genre. More often than not, you’ll find one disguised as a street photography tip.
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Why the C-stand is the most versatile piece of gear for your studio

Planning to set up your own photo studio? Among the equipment that shouldn’t go missing on your list is the C-stand. Many pro photographers swear by it as the most versatile piece of gear to have in the studio. Here’s a quick video that shows why, and how you can make the most out of it.
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How to create flying food photos in-camera

Feeling experimental with your food photography? Fortunately, there are many cool techniques for you to try. One of them is flying food photos, which you can easily achieve by propping up food on wires and cleaning up the photos later in post. But, did you know that you can also get some cool shots in-camera? It requires a more complex setup, but the results will be worth it.
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Ricoh GR IIIx vs. smartphone camera for street photography

It’s easy to see why smartphone cameras have seemingly overtaken most digital point and shoots today. Smartphone technology has been exponentially improving, so it’s getting easier for most to take photos and videos anytime, anywhere. However, it’s also not surprising that most photographers still prefer to have an actual camera in their hands, even if it’s just a compact one like the Ricoh GR IIIx.
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Nightscape photography using basic camera gear

Many beginners find astrophotography and nightscape photography intimidating because they think it requires sophisticated gear. However, that’s just a common misconception, as you can actually get beautiful nightscape shots even with basic camera gear. So, are you in the mood to photograph the night sky but a standard DSLR and kit lens are all you have? The video above is worth the watch!
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Photography inspiration: Is 50mm the perfect focal length?

When we speak of focal lengths, 50mm is among the first to come to mind. Revered for its versatility, many iconic photographers have shot their best work using 50mm lenses. Still, given all the innovations in lenses so far, is there some truth to 50mm being the perfect focal length?
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Macro photography inspiration: Tiny forest wonders

Forests are never short of great subjects for macro photography. So if you’re in the mood for a walk or a hike in the woods, make sure you bring your macro gear with you too! You’ll never know when you’ll come across an interesting spot to photograph. For some inspiration, let’s tag along UK-based Andrew Lanxon in one of his forest walks and take note of his tips and ideas for beautiful macro snaps.
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How to do flash photography on 35mm film

Working with flash is tricky, and it’s definitely not for every photography genre or style. But, it’s even more challenging when you’re doing film photography given all the limitations of the medium. However, since film is still popular for portrait work, it’s worth knowing how to use flash whether for studio or outdoor photography.
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Tips for creating warm winter portraits in the home studio

Getting ready to do winter portraits? You don’t have to always wait for a dramatic scene outdoors to achieve great results. If you already have a home studio, you can always do a warm and festive winter portrait shoot instead. It’s perfect for a cold winter’s day when you can’t be bothered to go outside. With just a handful of props and a simple studio set up, you can easily create some portraits that are perfect for the holidays!
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How to use scale to evoke emotion

When we talk of scale in photography, the first thing that comes to mind is showing the grandiosity of the scene or sheer size of what we’re photographing. As such, we mostly see it used widely in genres like architecture, landscapes, and travel photography. However, having a better understanding of how scale creates an impact allows us to explore more creative compositions.
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The best M42 vintage lenses for gorgeous bokeh

If you’re into vintage lenses, there’s a great chance that you also find bokeh lenses interesting. The bokeh effect remains particularly popular for dreamy portraits, creative projects, and night photography. As such, it’s not surprising to see significant interest in adapting these lenses to digital cameras. Fortunately, you have several M42 mount options that will work great even with most of today’s digital gear.
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The surprising origin of Kodak Aerochrome film

When we speak about rare and legendary films, Kodak Aerochrome sits high up on the list. Loved and sought after for its surreal hues, this false color, infrared-sensitive reversal film also boasts of an interesting origin. Is this the first time you’re learning about this film? The video above by Atlanta-based landscape photographer Todd Dominey will be a treat for you.
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Four filmmakers to look up for photography inspiration

Looking to iconic filmmakers and their movie masterpieces is one of the most popular ways for us to get photography inspiration. After all, there’s cinematic photography, now a popular visual style that borrows heavily from the movies. But, there’s more to the angles and mood that we can pick up from the cinema legends.
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Are these popular point and shoot film cameras worth the money?

When it comes to premium vintage gear, a bunch of point and shoot film cameras come to mind. Among them are Contax T2, Yashica T4 and Nikon 35T. Back in the days, these cameras boasted of the most advanced features in a pocketable form. Fast-forward to the last decade or so, many of these premium compacts still enjoy a cult following, especially among street photographers. Some of them even got a new lease on life in the hands of celebrities. Their prices have since skyrocketed as a result. Gone are the days when you can easily snag these without burning a hole through your pocket! So, the big question remains: are they still worth their hefty price tag today?
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What makes the photo book an art form?

Photo books are definitely among the non-gear things that will greatly improve your photography. They may not be instructional, but each page will take you deeper into the creative mind of a photographer. That, in turn, will equip you with the ideas and better understanding of how to craft an effective visual narrative.
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Best “fast fifties” M42 lenses for different kinds of photography

Seven decades after it was first used, the M42 mount remains a popular option for both vintage and modern cameras. The mount is simple, and there’s a large selection of affordable M42 lenses still available. Fortunately, there are M42 adapters that allow photographers to experiment with some of these interesting glass.
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Aperture priority tips for street photography

Not sure how to improve your focusing for street photography? You can start by not relying on your camera’s auto settings all the time. Many pro photographers and experienced street photographers use aperture priority to keep the entire scene sharply focused. It may seem intimidating not to shoot in auto mode when so much is happening around you. But with today’s tips, you’ll be able to effectively use aperture priority for shooting out in the streets.
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