The Truth About Photography Gear: 9 Things You Need to Know

The Internet is a gold mine of information about cameras, lenses, and other photography equipment, but theres always a fair amount of BS circulating. There are opinions masquerading as fact. Were constantly told to buy new gear while also hearing that gear doesnt matter.

Old Photos Are Not Worth Anything

Dear writer of the Forbes Magazine article, Your Top 10 Objects Your Kids Dont Want… I just read your article. In it, you outline the objects in your home that you feel ones children will not want passed on to them.

4 Things I Hate About Portrait Photography Now

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, and I want to talk about 4 things I truly hate about portrait photography in 2019. #1. Nobody Knows What a Portrait Is Were living in a bizarro world.

Is it Wrong to Photograph Light in Street Photography?

There is an observation about stand up comedians that once they reach a certain level of fame their material becomes less about “grounded” observations and criticisms and instead becoming more about airplane food and hotel rooms.

Why I Share My Contact Sheets

One of the major shortcomings of sharing work online, especially on social media, is that it is often a highlight reel of incredible work. That’s not a bad thing if your only goal is to enjoy work, but for people looking to learn, it can offer some unrealistic expectations. One of the reasons I think […]

The Compromises of Shooting Film on Assignment

A year ago, I wrote an article over at 35mmc in which I discussed some of the jobs I had worked on using 35mm film and the way I handle a film workflow for assigned work. Since writing that piece I have taken on many more commissions for film-based work, and I thought it would […]

Why is Street Photography So Contentious?

As a street photographer, I accept that I have a bias towards the kind of work and criticisms I prefer to seek out as an audience to the work of others – although there are examples of landscape or portraiture that I do enjoy it is street photography and photojournalism that take up the majority […]

We Are Known By What We Leave Behind

100 years from now, no one is going to care who I am. I know this. I dont mean that in a bad way and I dont say it in the hopes someone will contradict me and shower me with praise; this is not said as compliment bait. No, I say it because its true. […]

12 Things I Learned While Teaching Street Photography

For a while now I have been working on establishing myself as a street photography educator by leading lessons and workshops throughout London, focusing on documenting human behavior and emotion rather than more new-wave techniques involving light-architecture and intricate technical compositions.

The Only Rule in Street Photography

I see a lot of articles across the Internet claiming to know the “rules to follow” or the “things to avoid” in street photography, easily one of the most hotly debated genres.

The Medium Format Experience

To shoot medium format had been a longtime dream of mine, but I have to admit I didnt know it would be such a mindblowing experience. The 51.4-megapixel Pentax 645Z arrived on the market in 2014 and was the first camera to ever exceed 100 points in the DxOMark sensor test. For some unknown reason, […]

Two Months with the Canon EOS R

2018 was a weird year and one that Im glad is behind us. One highlight late in the year was Canon announcing the EOS R. I had been shooting with my Leica M 240, one of my favorite cameras of all time, and my Fuji X-Pro, a camera I absolutely love with a sensor design […]

What Parallelism Is and How to Use it to Improve Your Photography

Ive always had a fascination with geometry and man-made structures, their perfection has a strong attraction on me. It took me time to realize that what I appreciated most wasnt necessarily their symmetry or the simple repetition of shapes but the parallelism between the various elements of the construction of an image. To better understand […]

9 Things I Learned From My First Photo Exhibition

One of my photography New Year’s resolutions was to start to push my work to galleries and public photography showcases. In my mind, having my work in-print and in-public are some of the most significant steps in advancing my career as a fine art street photographer.

Defending Needles in the Sewer and Photographing the Disadvantaged

One of my images has been subjected to criticism and scrutiny in a way that none of my other work ever has. The photograph in question is of a scene in London, Chinatown; a man reaches into a sewer while shouting about how someone threw his needles down there. I waited a moment or two […]

4 Good Reasons + 1 Barely Adequate Justification to Shoot With a Rangefinder

The SLR has been the dominant camera type in photography for the last 70 years. SLRs are more intuitive, easy to focus, and versatile when it comes to mounting lenses of any length. So why does the rangefinder, as a design, persist into the modern era? There is not a single reason why anyone should […]

Robert Frank on Shooting His Seminal Photo Book, The Americans

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art shared this 3. 5-minute video in which renowned American photographer Robert Frank talks about how he shot his seminal 1958 photo book, The Americans. Reflecting on various photos from the project, Frank shares insights into the process behind the shots.

On Attitudes, Arrogance, and Choice in Photography

Whenever PetaPixel has published an article about chemical photography in recent months, it has been met with a plethora of malicious, if not even downright hateful, comments. They’re left by photographers who claim that only they may decide on how other photographers, their colleagues, or even hobbyists who simply enjoy photography for what it is […]

Why Flickr Limiting Free Users to 1,000 Photos is a Smart Move

Yesterday Flickr made their first big restructuring announcement since recently being purchased by SmugMug. Beginning next year on January 8th, Flickr will limit free accounts to 1,000 photos. The previously offered free 1 terabyte of storage goes away.

3 Tips for Choosing Between B&W and Color

Something Ive always found difficult was knowing when an image should be converted to black and white and when it should be left in color. Its one of the more contested discussions in photography and there really isnt a black and white or cut and dry answer to it. After much trial and error, Ive […]

You Dont Need a New Camera

Recently I worked on an image of the sand dunes of the Namib. I had woke while it was still dark and made my way to the desert, each foot sinking into the sand as I battled the dunes. Morning had just broken by the time I got my camera out and the sun was […]

The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

Here’s my favorite quote from Jay Maisel, one of the legends in the world of photography: “If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.” As photographers, we often get bored in the place we live and we want to travel as much as possible to get different and more interesting […]

I Am NOT a Self-Taught Photographer

Meet my friend Saurabh. Hes an amazing photographer from India and his work has been published in various reputed newspapers and journals worldwide like Nat Geo, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, etc. Astonishingly, hes a self-taught photographer and very passionate about his work.

Supply and Demand: Photography is Like Water

We all know the importance of photography, whether it’s journalism’s role in changing the world to a wonderful moment captured of someones special day. As photographers, we value our craft and the importance it has in our lives.

Photography is an Antidepressant

For me, photography is an escape. It offers a creative release which isn’t generally available in everyday life. Those creative escapes can often be far more satisfying than just enjoying a few beers or binging Netflix.

How Manual Focus and Vintage Lenses Made Me a Better Photographer

I have been a commercial and wedding photographer for over 13 years. And from the beginning, I have been using Canon DSLR cameras and a variety of auto-focus lenses for the Canon EF system. Switching to another camera system/brand didn’t cross my mind because I made a substantial investment into lenses for the Canon system […]

Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist

Jeff Mermelsteins photographic practice of making presumably private text conversations public by photographing peoples phones while they are texting and then posting the results on Instagram has made a splash recently.

Teaching Photographic Style

Ive been thinking about photography and personal style and the different ways to teach it. Im trying to help, share and guide people along their way in finding their unique photographic style. Seeing if I can find that quick fix, that beaten path someone else has already made for us. Sadly over the many years […]

Visual Self Harm: Images I Dont Want to See

I found an image that I don’t want to see. Too familiar, and so, too hurtful. But as the Internet meme jokes, “What has been seen can’t be unseen. ” In that context, such images are considered shocking, graphic, violent.

How Bad is GDPR for Photographers?

The EU has a new data protection law, the so-called GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, or as we Germans like to call it: Datenschutzgrundverordnung (Gesundheit!). The rules took effect on May 25th and so far its pretty chaotic: in the EU we cannot reach some newspapers in the outside world because they cannot comply […]

A Field Test of the $12,400 Nikon 180-400mm f/4 TC1.4

Over the years, as a Nikon ambassador, I have been able to test a lot of new gear that has come out and some of it I have reported on, like the 200-500mm f/5.6 and the 500mm f/4. After my contract with Nikon was terminated they still trusted me with new gear to test in […]

Your Camera is Better Than What Legendary Photographers Used

If you think that buying a better camera or lens will instantly make you a better photographer, consider this: it’s likely that the camera you already have is better than what legendary photographers used to shoot history’s most famous and beloved photos.

5 Reasons 40mm is the Best Focal Length for a Do-It-All Prime Lens

Do you own and use a beloved 35mm or 50mm lens? Popular photography personality Kai Wong thinks you should consider trying out the middle ground between the two. He made this 11-minute video about why he thinks 40mm is actually the best focal length you can carry if you want a do-it-all prime lens. There’s […]

I Shot a Short Film with the Panasonic GH5S: Here Are My Thoughts

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on the brand new Panasonic Lumix GH5S in time to start shooting for our new short film 4:17 AM. The shoot was going to take place mainly at night and early morning, so when I heard about the GH5S, I thought it would […]

The Art vs. The Craft of Photography

As creatives, we all go through a very similar journey when it comes to improving our skill. Though details of the turbulent ride vary for everyone, it always boils down to two things; the how, and the why.

The Significance of a Personal Project

My daily stroll through the newly-built but already-decaying park near my apartment in Hanoi while listening to Spotify on a brisk (by Southeast Asia standards) morning has me in deep thought. We only get this type of weather for a couple months a year here and I absolutely love it. I grew up in New […]

The Ethics of Landscape Photography

Ive wondered for a long time what it means to be an ethical landscape photographer. Sure, this field isnt known for its wide-reaching moral dilemmas or particularly sticky situations, but the question still deserves attention.

How to Deal With Creative Envy as a Photographer

In his signature story-telling style, photographer Sean Tucker sits us down in this video for a 10-minute talk about handling creative envy and jealousy as a photographer or videographer. As he says, comparing yourself to other creatives can stall your career and breed resentment, and its important to know how to identify and check these […]

11 Dumb Things Camera Companies Are Still Doing

As much as we talk about the lack of true innovation in the camera market, particularly when it comes to integration with the Internet and social media, every day I keep encountering cameras that have the same “hey this is the way it used to be” design philosophies underlying them. I call it “lazy engineering.” […]

Dear Canon, What Happened To Your Innovation?

Dear Canon, You and I have had a very, very long friendship that has lasted many years and many, many generations of cameras. Ever since my first camera purchase, you have been my brand of choice. I still have my original Canon IXUS 40 and multiple generations of full frame and APS-C SLRs going back […]

Who Needs a Photo Permit in Nevada State Parks?

Nevada Law and the Nevada Administrative code have a simple definition of when you need to have a permit to shoot photos in their parks. It is based entirely on whether or not the pictures will be sold.

Confessions of a Failed Eclipse Photographer

Ive dreamed of seeing a total eclipse of the sun all my life. When I read there would be one on August 21st that passed dead-center over the town of Newberry, South Carolina, I was overjoyed. This was my chance.

5 Reasons Landscape Photographers Have a Screw Loose

My name is Scott Davenport, and I’m a landscape photographer. And I’m part of a crazy lot. I had this realization during a sleep deprived afternoon. My hazy mind was trying to get me through the rest of the day.

Why the Fujifilm GFX 100 is Next Level

There has never been a camera that combines such stunning image quality, resolution, dynamic range, autofocus performance, overall handling, and ergonomics like the new Fujifilm GFX 100 does. Previous medium format digital camera systems have been able to deliver very high-resolution images for a good 10 years now, but have sorely been lacking in handling […]

Justifying the Noctilux and Its Place in My Workflow

I have gone through the gear of almost every major brand during my early photography journey, buying my way through cameras and lenses until I arrived at my current setup, which has remained more or less the same for my entire professional career.

The Best Photo Ive Ever Taken Was a JPEG

Alright, I dont know if its the best photo Ive ever taken, but its one of my favorites and its been the most popular photo Ive posted recently on Facebook and Instagram. Its a pretty standard belief in photography that if youre a serious photographer, you have to shoot RAW. Many people will sneer just […]

Film in the Digital Age: An Interview with 4 Photographers

In 2017, I began playing around with a 35mm film camera I had received from my grandparents. This Pentax Spotmatic was simple to use (although the light meter did not work) and it gave me a wonderful sense of accomplishment when I finished a roll of 36 photographs, each one being carefully thought out, more-so […]

Finding Beauty in the Mundane as a Photographer

I like who I am when Im being creative — thats the basic fact. I love taking photos, just like I love having a long walk through the hills near me in Spain. I have to remember that these things bring me joy. And who doesnt want a life of maximum joy? So I am […]

What if All Photographers Had the Same Gear?

What if you had the same camera, lighting and subject matter as everyone else. A groundhog day for a photographer so to speak. If we all have the same gear what would make you different? Imagine you had no way of visually showing someone any of your work, and they ask you to describe what […]

Creativity and Age: Your Photography Can Bloom in Any Stage of Life

I think there is this weird idea floating around that creativity is a young persons game, particularly certain genres of creativity (photography and music for sure). That somehow you are at your peak creatively in your twenties and thirties, and then its downhill from then on. I think thats insane. Some of us can find […]

Street Photography and Photographing Children

Imagine, youre partaking in Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market on a sunny summer afternoon in Toronto, Canada, walking around with your Fuji X100F in hand looking for that Cartier-Bresson decisive moment.

Ego is the Enemy: Detach Your Ego From Social Media

Growth. Real, personal, soul-fulfilling, butterflies in the belly-inducing growth. Thats the key to my happiness; my personal metric for success. It doesnt matter what I achieve or how much of it I attained.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Flickr in 2018

Having spent thousands of hours on Flickr over the past 15 years or so, on a personal level Ive become fairly invested in the site. To date Ive published over 140,000 of my photographs there. I publish 40 or so new photos there every single day. Its the primary archive of my photography work on […]

My Thoughts on the SmugMug Flickr Acquisition

Yesterday, we learned that the photo-sharing site Flickr has been acquired by the photo sharing site SmugMug. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Flickr was purchased by Yahoo back in the early days of the internet in 2005 for probably somewhere around $40 million (give or take $10 million). Yahoo managed Flickr for many […]

Whats With All the Poor Negative Film Reviews?

I don’t usually go the negative Nellie with anything photo related, sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth firmly shut. But I’m not going to take it anymore, I’m as mad as hell, and I’m going to lean right out the window and shout it to the world, enough, I’m done with rubbish samples of […]

Im Thinking About What Sara Said

I had the great privilege of tagging along with photographer Eric Kim for Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai back in 2014 and 2016. GPP is an annual event: the regions biggest and only photography festival, bringing the worlds best photographers and instructors to Dubai to share their knowledge and experience with the professional and amateur […]

Dont Go Trendy with Film: Learn Photography Faster with Digital

Are you setting out on your journey of discovery in the wonderful world of photography? Are you wondering whether to go for digital or follow the fad for film? Are you intending to invest in some gear but dont want to waste your hard earned cash on kit that doesnt help you to progress? Heres […]

The Over-Capturing Epidemic

The other night I couldn’t sleep (too much coffee at 5 pm) and was in bed scrolling through my Facebook feed, when this ad for the Samsung Gear 360 camera came up (below), with the instruction to “capture more of the moment.

I Switched from Canon to Sony 4 Years Ago. Here Are 8 Things Ive Learned.

I switched to Sony from Canon on December 31, 2014. Since then, Ive cranked through over 50,000 frames on my Sony cameras in the past 4+ years of shooting. I upgraded to the Sony a7 III in October 2018, following a brief stint where I considered a switch to Fujifilm or Olympus. So nows a […]

Im a Wrong-Way Photographer

My name is Brian Carey, and I’m a photographer in St John’s Newfoundland Canada. I’m like a lot of photographers in that I like to compliment my professional work with something personal, something I can connect with.

How to Find Your Style in Photography

How do I find my style? Its a question that inevitably comes up for almost every photographer actively trying to improve their images. Its a tough question, at first. Because at first, you dont really know what that means.

Are Peoples Backs Interesting in Street Photography?

I recently shot this image while teaching a street photography workshop in London. I had been talking to my students about noticing things that were odd or out of place which normally makes for an engaging subject.

Photographers, Quit Bellyachin and Build a Raft!

Everywhere you turn in the photographic press you see the same kinds of articles over and over. Such-and-such a competition or service is just a rights-grab! You have to give up your rights to your images! Total party foul! Everyone steals everyone else’s pictures which is totally illegal! Lame! Losers with weak cameras are undercutting […]

You Will Fail as a Photographer

I have never taken a How to Be a Motivational Speaker course. So it should come as no surprise when I tell you with all certainty that You will fail. You will fail little; you will fail big. You will fail so spectacularly that you could sell tickets to the event. You will fail in […]

Why Arent Cameras More Expensive?

It was January 2009 and I was preparing to shoot the newest campaign for the television show, Deadliest Catch. Truth be told, I had made very little the year prior because the world was experiencing a market recession, and the first budgets that many companies cut were in advertising. But then came the phone call […]

What I Avoid in My Street Photography and How

Photographs are as much about what is not included as the subjects in the frame. Being aware of the things I avoid is as helpful to me as the things I gravitate towards when it comes to composing an image.

Dissecting the Shot: A Long-Exposure Photo of Londons East India Station

In this article, I am going to dissect how I took an image from both a technical and narrative standpoint. I hope this gives you some ideas for your own photography. The photo above was shot at 10s, f/11, 32mm, and ISO 50 with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 17-40mm lens. It’s from […]

How Fear Holds Us Back from Being Better Photographers

A few years ago I was shooting at dawn in East London for one of my books. I walked past a butcher and thought, “awesome!” Capturing people up at dawn can be really hard as they are either not around or it can be difficult to find people doing interesting things. The scene was great. […]