Editorial

 

Two Sideways Cameras from Leica and Fujifilm: The M-A and the Instax 300

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Two recent camera releases have me scratching my head. The first is the M-A, the latest model from Leica. The primary selling point seems to be that this is a completely mechanical camera. No battery, no meter, no LCD, no autofocus, no frills. What the camera lacks in modern features it makes up for in mechanic precision and simplicity. Instead of busy screens you “read the shutter speed and aperture directly from the camera and lens and so fully concentrate on the subject.”
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10 Truths About Being a Photographer

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Is it the best job ever? Well yeah, sometimes, most of the time really, but it also comes along with some bullsh** that not everybody realizes. I know that most people would imagine being a photographer is all glamour, all fun, all exciting… well here’s some things that really happen… Read more…

Make it Now: You Can Photograph It, Or Let It Pass You By, But You May Never See It Again

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This moment, this light, in Cape Churchill last week: it didn’t last long. You can photograph it, or let it pass you by. But you may never see it again.

Last week I was sitting in a tundra buggy not photographing polar bears. The bears, driven by a months-long hunger were out on the sea ice, hunting seals. If we’d been there a couple days earlier we’d have had more time with them. But you can’t do anything about the weather, and you never know these things in advance. What you do know, is what’s in front of your face, and that — at least for one day on this trip — was polar bears. Read more…

external The difference between photography and most other art forms —Ming Thein

I’ve struggled a bit for a title to today’s essay. Through the course of my investigation into other forms of art — perhaps investigation is a bit too strong a word; meandering or exploration is probably closer — I’ve noticed that photography stands apart for two reasons: perception, and origin.

They’re really one and the same if you dig a bit deeper, and this also applies to a lesser extent to its derivatives — film/ video, mixed media etc. I suspect I may open a can of worms with this piece, but I’m also hoping it’s going to provoke some interesting discussion below the line in the manner of some of the classic posts of old…

 
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Growth: Comparing Photography 2 Years Apart

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I was immune, I thought. Having been looking at Photoshop tutorials for over a year, I thought I knew all the tools needed to make a photo “pop”. I had also been reading up on a bunch of photography theory so I thought I knew the dangers of over-editing.

Resolving myself to not boost contrast +100 or saturation +100 or tonemapping the sh** outta my pictures, I still managed to end up with this eye manure that I had decided to give a 4 star to in LR.

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4 Questions Amateur Photographers Need to Stop Asking — And What They SHOULD Ask Instead

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“Love your photos! What kind of camera do you have?”

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Look, I get it. Being an amateur photographer is tough for a lot of reasons, but a large one is having to humbly ask questions you desperately wish you didn’t have to say out loud. We’ve all been there. At some point in our lives, every professional has started out as an amateur. We’ve all been on the other side of the coin, secretly trying to make sense of all the photo technical jargon while still trying to appear like a coherent adult that deserves to own a camera. Read more…

It’s All In The Name…

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Recently, during a period of extreme self-examination (this is pretty much that time of year — is it not?), I set about tackling the age-old question… why ain’t I famous yet? Why am I not in every gallery, museum and private photography collection — when I so obviously deserve to be?

So I set about examining this age-old mystery, dissecting every possible raison de jour. Boundless talent — check; unrivaled originality — check; sheer, unbridled charisma — check, check and check! Stumped as I was, this time I pushed forward — this time, there would be no rest or retreat until I broke through the bonds that would unleash me from my ill-begotten anonymity… Read more…

How We Did It: The SNL Title Sequence

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…And we’re back! After a much-needed summer hiatus, it’s that time of the year again when my comrades in the SNL Film Unit all reconvene on the 17th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza for another season of filmmaking speed-drills.

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6 Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make

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While the popularity of some creative photography techniques rises and falls, there are some photo tricks that continue to stand the test of time. Here, we’ve hand-picked 6 classic pictures that you should know how to make – and explain how to do just that. Read more…

The Consequences of Working for Free

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More than a few articles have been written on the detrimental effects of working for free in the photo industry. Unsurprisingly, the same issue has raged on for years in the writing community. But I didn’t expect to see the issue percolate in my Facebook feed in relation to the circus industry.

The circus industry? Yes. Read more…