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The Cash Cow of Photography - Disphotic

The Cash Cow of Photography - Disphotic | Photography | Scoop.it

I’ve been working for a while on compiling a list of photography grants, competitions and festivals that don’t charge or only charge small amounts for submissions.


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Mario Pires's curator insight, September 16, 2015 10:24 AM

"I’ve also come to question more and more those situations where photographers are essentially expected to pay for access, or to pay someone to do their job. Portfolio reviews seem to me the most obvious and troubling example of this, a situation where we pay to jump the queue and go and see an editor or a curator who might be able to help us with work. In participating in this we are, in effect, paying a premium just to talk to a person whose job it already is to look at photography."

Sander de Wilde's curator insight, September 18, 2015 3:18 AM

Exactly what I feel all the time. It's already damned difficult to find all these grants, and competitions, find the time to enter, and now you also have to find the money to enter. Even known sites like lensculture etc. Only photographers with time and money can make an entry and win. Is that fair? I don't know a lot of photographers with any of these!-)

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Abandoned Rugby Stadiums, Derelict Grounds & Overgrown Pitches

Abandoned Rugby Stadiums, Derelict Grounds & Overgrown Pitches | Photography | Scoop.it
For rugby fans, there can be fewer more sad sights than the forms of abandoned rugby stadiums and derelict grounds, their old pitches reclaimed by nature.
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London - South of the River

London - South of the River | Photography | Scoop.it

A brief look at Nicholas Goodden's favourite shots of London, south of the river


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How to Make a Killer Multiple Exposure Portrait Using Photoshop

How to Make a Killer Multiple Exposure Portrait Using Photoshop | Photography | Scoop.it
My name is Piotr Skoczylas, and I am a surreal portrait photographer. I picked up a camera 3 years ago, and since that moment I knew I wanted my pictures t

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15 Amazing photographers who are ready to do anything for the perfect shot

15 Amazing photographers who are ready to do anything for the perfect shot | Photography | Scoop.it
Photographers are a whole different breed of humans. Daring and inspired their motivation is compromised. Photographers have been known to get in awkward positions to get amazing shots but really, …

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The Red List Lets You Study the Work of the Greatest Photographers

The Red List Lets You Study the Work of the Greatest Photographers | Photography | Scoop.it
Photography is an art; by looking upon past examples, we can not only learn to improve our own technique, but also to study and appreciate times before our

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Instagram Tips for Fashion Photographers | Model Mayhem Education Blog

Instagram Tips for Fashion Photographers | Model Mayhem Education Blog | Photography | Scoop.it

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I need to take note as I suck at Instagram.

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What a shot! 37 amazing sports photos - CNN.com

What a shot! 37 amazing sports photos - CNN.com | Photography | Scoop.it
Take a look at 37 amazing sports photos from July 21 through July 27.

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A ("Art") - Full Format Review / Lens Test Report

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A ("Art") - Full Format Review / Lens Test Report | Photography | Scoop.it
Sigma keeps on rolling out more "Art" (professional grade) series lenses - obviously with quite some success as you can also conclude from our previous reviews of Sigma Art lenses. Slowly but steadily Sigma has gained quite a reputation in the professional community as well. This shows that Sigma's "A1" quality control system really does make a difference (are you listening Fuji, Samsung, Pentax, Tokina ...?) - after all pros value optical consistency as much as sheer performance. This time we'll have a look at the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art thus a moderate ultra-wide angle lens (full format). Thus now we got "arty" versions of the 24mm, 35mm and 50mm. The 85mm will be next in line for sure in the foreseeable future.
Despite having improved the overall quality, Sigma managed to keep the price tags on a really fair level which is surely a relieve for many potential customers since the original manufactures are keep on driving their products to insane levels here. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art sells for roughly 850US$ (800EUR) vs 1550US$ (1400EUR) for the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II which could be a good reason to help even loyal Canon customers changing boats ... if the quality is right.

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The Fuji X100T — Tools and Toys | Marius Masalar

The Fuji X100T — Tools and Toys | Marius Masalar | Photography | Scoop.it

Photography is inquisitive. A photographer poses questions and offers answers through imagery. The Fuji X100T is the answer to an unpopular question: how does one take better photographs? Not sharper photographs, not larger photographs, but better photographs — photographs that say something, that mean something, even if only to us. It’s a difficult question; chasing specs is easier than chasing craftsmanship, and the lazy lizard-brained person inside all of us is eager to believe that creative problems can be solved by things rather than thought. Thinking is hard. The X100T is the answer not because it’s the most technically accomplished camera on the market, but because it’s designed to confront this question and accompany you as you discover your own answers. It’s a personal trainer for your photography......


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Fujifilm X-T10 + XF16mm f1.4 - First Impressions | Jeff Carter

Fujifilm X-T10 + XF16mm f1.4 - First Impressions | Jeff Carter | Photography | Scoop.it

Yesterday I receive a parcel with a Fujifilm X-T10 and a Fujinon XF16mm f1.4 lens which I will be testing over the next three weeks.  After unboxing and setting up the various menus on the camera I decided to take it down to Belhaven Beach for a quick test run to see how the smaller brother to Fujifilm's flagship X-T1 compares. My first impression was how small the X-T10 is.  Noticeably smaller than the X-T1 (and X-Pro1, which seems like a giant camera next to the X-T10) and about the same size as, if not actually smaller than, the grand daddy of the X-Series line, the X100. I will go into more detail on the specs of the X-T10 on a later blog as this is just about my initial impressions having just received the camera from Fujifilm UK but the controls are in a familiar layout, with a few exceptions, to an X-T1 and I was able to get to grips with the X-T10 very quickly.  The headline specs - 16mp X-Trans II sensor, 8 fps, high resolution EVF and the latest AF software - all help to make me feel right at home from picking up the X-T10.......



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Dehaze Comes to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Dehaze Comes to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom | Photography | Scoop.it
That Dehaze feature that Adobe teased last month is now official for Photoshop's Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom in a major new Creative Cloud update. The f

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Fujifilm launches the FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR lens | Fujifilm

Fujifilm launches the FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR lens | Fujifilm | Photography | Scoop.it

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce that a new FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR will be added to the X-Series interchangeable lens line-up in July 2015. Offering a focal length equivalent to 137mm* and a maximum aperture of F2.0, this short telephoto optic is ideal for portrait and sports photography. The FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR is a fast-aperture prime lens that delivers ultra-sharp images with rich bokeh even at the maximum aperture setting. The optical construction of 11 elements in 8 groups (including three ED glass elements) minimizes vignetting and creates beautiful bokeh thanks to the rounded diaphragm, which makes it perfect for portraiture as well as other applications. Despite having a large maximum aperture, the FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR is both compact and lightweight, 540g, while the minimum working distance of 60cm delivers a wide shooting range. A newly-developed Quad Linear Motor delivers fast, accurate autofocus, plus the lens also features a weather- and dust-resistant structure that can work in temperatures down to -10℃. Along with the popular XF56mmF1.2 R, this is a must-have lens for portrait photography fans that favor fast aperture prime lenses. The focal length allows you to shoot at a distance that won’t intimidate subjects, leading to more natural, candid results.........


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Looks great for people who want that longer portrait lens.

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Radioactive Ruins and Secret Cities

Radioactive Ruins and Secret Cities | Photography | Scoop.it

See Nadav Kander's exploration of restricted military sites between Kazakhstan and Russia left over from the Cold War


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Might be of interest to some of my urbex friends:)  You know who you are!
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The House of Wheelchairs

The House of Wheelchairs | Photography | Scoop.it
Great selection of images from Japanese urban explorer Tomboy of a hospital in Helmsdorf, Germany,

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10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds

10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds | Photography | Scoop.it
My name is Tavis Leaf Glover, and I’m an artist just like you, trying to create art that I can be proud of and share with the world. Though, something real

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Great article that will make your brain hurt.

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Rinzi Ruiz: Candid Street Photography in Tokyo | Chris Gampat

Rinzi Ruiz: Candid Street Photography in Tokyo | Chris Gampat | Photography | Scoop.it

If you go through the portfolio of Rinzi Ruiz, you’ll sort through loads of black and white street photographs. But some are in color. He became known for a blog called Street Zen, in which he posts images he makes on the street. But more than that, the dude just does some incredibly solid work. The Phoblographer has had Rinzi on the ISO 400 podcast before, and has been familiar with his work for a while. But what street photographers will really apprecaite is his candidness. “After working at a company for 10 years one big lesson was how to live as a freelancer or I suppose some might call it unemployment.” says Rinzi–which sums up the life of a photographer being self-employed......

 


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More of Rinzi's work can be found on his website and his Instagram.

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Street photography with the Fuji X100T | William Lonsdale

Street photography with the Fuji X100T | William Lonsdale | Photography | Scoop.it

Opinions on what is real street photography are wide and varied ranging from they can only be of people, only be candid, only using prime lenses, only without a flash. It's such a bone of contention but you get the idea. Myself, I'll simply say that if your outdoors on a street (or built up area) and you've taken a photo I'm happy to let it slide. The thing is, photography is a subjective area and no matter what you're discussing there will always be a dozen opinions. I'm not even going to approach the question of; Is photography an art form? (many believe it's not). So now I've got that out of the way, I went out into one of the local towns with my Fuji X100T to do some street photography. I had a remit, which was 'Dark & Gloomy' and hit the streets. I got some average sort of images but it wasn't about getting that elusive 'the image' (although I'd have been pleased if that had happened) it was about getting out there with camera in hand, exploring and capturing something........


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Challenging the rules of street photography - Amateur Photographer

If you’re a street photographer, or simply interested in the genre, think about how you define it. This may be a question you’ve often asked yourself already.

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Jack Simon Interview - Finding Images & Shooting The Street

Jack Simon Interview - Finding Images & Shooting The Street | Photography | Scoop.it

Interview with Jack Simon (Burn My Eye). We talked about all things street photography from gear to his influences and finding inspiration on the street.

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Long Exposure Cityscapes by Edward Reese

Long Exposure Cityscapes by Edward Reese | Photography | Scoop.it

Edward Reese is a hobbyist photographer from New Jersey, USA who shoots landscape, cityscape and architecture photography.


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FUJIFILM MCEX-11 / MCEX-16 EXTENSION TUBES REVIEW | Björn Moerman

FUJIFILM MCEX-11 / MCEX-16 EXTENSION TUBES REVIEW | Björn Moerman | Photography | Scoop.it
Let's start with a brief explanation what an extension tube is... In basic terms, it is a hollow cylinder that fits between your camera and lens, moving the lens further away from the sensor and therefore allowing it to focus more closely, with a larger magnification factor. Some come with electrical contacts, others don't. The ones that do normally keep all of the communication between the camera body and the lens going; IOS, Autofocus, etc... The longer the tube, the closer the focus distance becomes, but also the more the distant/infinity focus is affected. Because there are no glass elements in extension tubes (hollow tubes), most photographers tend believe that there is no difference in the image quality compared to shooting without them. However because lenses are always optimised for a specific distance between the lens and sensor-plane, there can be a reduction of sharpness towards the edges of the frame. Given the depth of field is so limited to start with, this is often not a big issue.....
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Fujifilm XF90mm F2 R LM WR | Preview | Leigh Miller

Fujifilm XF90mm F2 R LM WR | Preview | Leigh Miller | Photography | Scoop.it

Fuji's newest lens has arrived in time for a bunch of beauty & portrait sessions on my calendar. This evaluation copy was waiting for me at the concierge's desk and while I won't get a chance to use it until Thursday, I couldn't resist some shots around the house. As far as I'm concerned, the only reason to have a fast lens is to use it wide open as much as possible. Back in the DSLR days of my business the lenses had to be stopped down one click to get anything reasonably sharp. That meant my 85mm 1.8 lens was actually an 85mm F2...or more realistically, F2.2 or 2.8 depending on the subject distance. The Fujinon XF90mm F2 is actually an F2 lens. No stopping down required. Lot's of crisp, clean details at the point of focus and blurry goodness as the background fades away. The Canon EF85mm 1.8 was probably my most used lens for headshot portraits, my main business bread & butter. On the Fujifilm X-T1 this 90mm is actually a 137mm in 35mm terms. The equivalent Canon lens is the EF 135mm F2 USM. I rocked that for about a year and loved it so long as there was sufficient room to frame my shots. Good as it was, I think this Fujinon is better.....


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Fuji X-T1 firmware V4.0 review | Damien Lovegrove

Fuji X-T1 firmware V4.0 review | Damien Lovegrove | Photography | Scoop.it

When I was asked for my opinions on version 4 of the X-T1 firmware I was a little scared and excited in equal measure. Excited because the opportunity to shoot in a more dynamic style is quite appealing. Scary because relearning shooting procedures is never easy. I’ve never been one to shy away from innovation and I’m certainly not a luddite when it comes to tech so I jumped at the chance. Here are my findings. I decided to do a side by side comparison in each of my test situations and write up my findings. Writing up experiments and drawing upon the exif data really helps my learning process. I started with two X-T1 bodies running FW 3.11. I set all the parameters on both cameras to be identical and then did an upgrade to X-T1 firmware v4 on the black body only. I found that firmware V4 affectsmany more elements than I had expected and it really is a step change not just an evolutionary upgrade. I’ll start with my summary for those of you in a hurry. If you read on past that list I go on to give advice based on the mistakes and experiences I’ve had with FW4. All the updates are positive with some features being more useful than others.......

 

 


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Andre D. Wagner's Street Photos of Life in Brooklyn - PetaPixel (blog)

Andre D. Wagner's Street Photos of Life in Brooklyn - PetaPixel (blog) | Photography | Scoop.it
One of the most popular photographers we've featured recently is street photographer Andre D. Wagner. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Wagner now lives in
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