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 Camera Gear Costs What It Costs

In the last couple of weeks, my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket, the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Then, somebody sent me a link to a well-known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments […]

Stop Taking Photos

Nestled within the Seto Inland Sea in Japan sits the island of Naoshima, population 3,583. The island would be otherwise unknown to outsiders except that in the mid 80s, publisher Testuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima mayor Chikatsugu Miyake dreamed up an idea of making the island a cultural center. Over the next few decades, the vision […]

Is Photography the Best Educator? Heres Why I Think So

Its been said that in 2017, everyone is a photographer, and from the unrelenting firehose of pictures that fill every inch of digital real estate and social media these days, I can see why folks would think that.

An Introduction to Abstract Photography

Abstract photography seems to be an elusive subject, hard to nail down to a single definition. This may be due to the abstract nature of the idea of abstraction and perpetuating misconceptions about abstract photography.

Review: The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the Lamborghini of Medium Format

Quick history lesson. The original Lamborhini motor vehicle wasn’t the supercar you know today. They were tractors. Yes, tractors. Full-fledged farm-going vehicular tools. Ferruccio Lamborghini always loved cars and owned Ferraris, but he hated the quality of them.

Why Photographers Dont Get Modern Art

Its understandable that the great unwashed masses of the larger population might not appreciate contemporary art. But youd think that photographers, who are creatives in their own right, would appreciate the art and creativity of others in all of its various forms.

Photo Books: The New Photographic Ritual

Moving down the aisles that are carved between each row of seats, the line slowly edges on. A choir of no more than three people — woman and two men — expel their voices gently and slowly, serenading the churchgoers as they inch forward toward the pulpit where they receive their bread and wine. The […]

The Impact of Adobes Subscription Model on Photoshop

As a professional photo retoucher, I owe Adobe most of my life. Without them, I would honestly not be where I am today, being able to do what I love every single day! Over the years, it has also gone through a multitude of changes, and since my life is tied directly to Photoshop, I […]

The Failure of the Perfect Picture

A man I know as Jay reaches into his car to try to force his engine to kick over, leaning deeply into the door as if the weight of the world is upon him in this moment. Each detail, as frivolous as the last, lends itself to the mystery of the frame. Such as the […]

Dont Fetishize This Image

Burhan Ozbilicis stunning photo of a gunman moments after assassinating the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov spread like wildfire over social media. While many within the photojournalism community quickly declared the image as the photo of the year, and worth of top prizes, one voice offered dissent. Matt Slaby is a photographer and founding […]

How My Photography is Inspired by Great Paintings

The kind of photography I do begins as a moment of theft. Finding the scene, finding your angle, and stealing the moment for yourself. Some photographers are creators. They build a scene, a still life, or arrange their models and angle their lights and create an image from nothing. Im not one of those photographers. […]

Camera Brand Loyalty is Overrated

Since elementary school, I’ve been told that things had to match. If I wore Sean John pants, then I had to wear a Sean John shirt. If I wore anything Nike, then I had to have the matching shoes to correspond.

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.

Why I Switched from Sony to Canon for Video

Choosing the right camera can be one of the hardest decisions you will make and possibly one of the most expensive one too. In the last 3 years, I’ve gone through over 10 different cameras before finally being happy and content with what I have now.

Im Not Good at Street Photography Im Just Not Scared

Today I used Lightroom Mobile to capture images on the street for the first time. I recently remembered that you can sync images from Lightroom Mobile right to the Lightroom desktop application. This was huge for me as I’m tired of syncing via Airdrop.

3 Reasons You Dont Need To Be A Pro To Make Great Photos

The label of being a professional at something, whether youre a professional football player or a professional figure skater, typically means youre the best of the best in your respective field. But when it comes to a professional photographer, the same assumption cant be made. I hear from people on a regular basis that discount […]

Why Nikons New Mirrorless Cameras Mostly Disappoint Me (On Paper)

Nikon announced their new Z6 and Z7 cameras this week, and for the most part Im kind of disappointed with the offerings. I personally dont think they are bad cameras, though — I just think that considering the competition and the state of interchangeable lens cameras in 2018, Nikon is lagging far behind the competition. […]

What is Missing from Photography

It has been bugging me for a while now: there is just something that is missing from photography. From my personal work to the majority of photographers out there. Im talking about the photos on your feeds, be it personal to commercial.

Now is the Best Time EVER to Be a Photographer

Right now is the best time ever to be a photographer, so why all the long faces? Professional level cameras are selling for less than what we paid for one in 1980. Lower priced lenses are so much better than they used to be it is astounding. You can do all your development in the […]

Your Camera Already Has the Most Important Feature

There is something all-newcomer photographers tend to do: they either dream of camera gear or buy a lot of it. When I started in photography I went through the same thing. I thought that I needed all the lenses that my idols used.

Why We Print

My mom was a florist. She used to say you can always tell a florist by their thumb. Each floral stalk must be cut prior to refrigeration and cut again when incorporated into a design, so if the inside of the thumb is rough and slightly discolored, with tiny slices lining the soft padding, like […]

Think About How You Use Instagram with The Flyer Theory

No matter how you feel about Instagram, if youre reading this you know that you need it. Period. Social media can change careers. Instead of being stuck working with people in your 15-mile radius, youre now open to the world.

To Create Great Photos, Be Willing To Waste Your Time

Detaching ourselves from the amount of work we’ve spent on something, and the end result, is a critical part of the creative creation process. Nobody cares how hard it was to create something unless it shows in a material way.