A Review of the Nikon Zf Mirrorless Camera

The allure of retro camera designs brings back fond memories for many and captures the attention of retro enthusiasts, yet seasoned photographers look for substance over style in their gear. They prioritize cameras that are not only visually appealing but also superior in terms of functionality, versatility, and modern technological advancements. This becomes a crucial consideration when evaluating the Nikon Zf mirrorless camera's capabilities against its retro aesthetic. This comprehensive video review takes a look at if its performance can match its style.

Essential Gear for Hiking Photographers

In the realm of landscape photography, the gear a photographer carries can significantly impact their ability to capture stunning images or even get to a location. This is especially true for those who integrate a lot of hiking into their photography expeditions. The right equipment can make the difference between a successful shoot and a missed opportunity, ensuring comfort, preparedness, safety, and the ability to adapt to changing conditions.

The Nikon Z 9 Is Off to Space!

Nikon has today announced that their Z 9 model has boldly gone where no Z series camera body has gone before! That's right, the Nikon Z 9 along with a selection of lenses, is off to space and I, for one, cannot wait to see the images.

Photo Editing by Voice? Apple Is Working on It

Recently, we've seen a lot of AI used in image creation, but so far, we haven't seen it as strongly applied to image editing instead of widespread image creation.

Another Tripod That Will Shake Up the Competition Hits the Market

I recently reviewed the Neewer Litetrip LT35 tripod. It was one of two that were sent to me to try. The second was the TP62. Also a carbon fiber travel tripod, this one was quite dissimilar from the first, offering a very distinct experience.

Breaking into Portrait Photography: A Beginner's Guide

Portrait photography is a sought-after skill in various sectors of the industry, including fashion, lifestyle, wedding, and commercial photography, plus much more. For aspiring photographers, venturing into portrait photography not only opens doors to many career paths but also enhances personal growth by improving communication and collaboration skills.

How to Achieve Perfect Skin Tones in Photoshop Every Time

Achieving perfect skin tones in Photoshop can be a daunting task for photographers, often requiring intricate knowledge of color grading and editing techniques. This challenge is particularly pronounced due to the wide range of skin colors and the various lighting conditions under which photos can be taken. This helpful video tutorial will show you everything you need to know to nail those skin tones every time.

The Wild and Dangerous History of Flash Photography

Photography has evolved from a labor-intensive craft to a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, thanks in part to technological advancements. One particularly fascinating aspect of this evolution is the history of flash photography, which introduced significant challenges and costs to capturing images in low-light conditions, with sometimes explosive results.

What We Need For Authentic Couple Shots

As photographers, we are aware that, in general, people are not naturally comfortable being photographed. In this article, I want to show you a fundamental technique that I use to achieve energetic, real, and authentic couple portraits.

A Review of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR Lens

The GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR offers Fujifilm medium format users a useful wide angle lens suitable for a nice variety of applications. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in use.

Can You Find Treasure in a Pawn Shop?

Every photographer dreams of walking into a pawn shop and walking out with an impossibly good deal. Here's what happened when one photographer dropped $100 on a box of 20 cameras in a pawn shop.

Rediscovering Photography's Lost Gems

Discovering forgotten rolls of film can lead to unexpected treasures and insights into photography's past, much like stumbling upon a long-lost artifact. This phenomenon not only captivates the imagination but also serves as a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of moments and the importance of preserving them.

Breaking Creative Barriers in Photography: Lessons From History's Innovators

Photographers often encounter creative roadblocks, feeling their work has stagnated and become repetitive. This is a common challenge in the artistic process, where breaking through these barriers is essential for growth and innovation. Finding ways to overcome these obstacles is key to developing a unique voice and style in your work.

Capturing Grief: A Photographer's Journey Through Loss

The journey of a photographer often transcends the realm of mere image capturing, delving into the profound depths of personal experiences and emotions. It is these moments, marked by introspection and the essence of human connections, that imbue photographs with a palpable sense of narrative and intimacy. This intrinsic link between personal narrative and photographic expression serves as a cornerstone for understanding the transformative power of photography.

How to Craft Compelling Black and White Landscape Photos

Black and white landscape photography offers a unique challenge; it's not just about finding the right scene but also understanding how to effectively capture and process these scenes to reflect their true essence. Black and white photography forces artists to focus on the fundamental elements of composition, light, and shadow, pushing them to explore their subjects more deeply and creatively. This approach not only refines technical skills but also enhances their ability to narrate stories through the lens, using contrasts and textures to evoke emotions and capture the essence of the natural world.

An Easy Exercise to Improve Your Photography in 2024

Do you feel stagnant in your work? As someone who has transitioned to shooting professionally, I have found that growth within my own work has continually become more difficult. Doing this exercise helps me every time; it doesn't matter your skill level, and it applies to all genres of photography.

The Journey of Artistic Photography

The essence of what makes a photograph compelling often eludes easy explanation, captivating the viewer in ways that are felt more than they are understood. This enigmatic quality of photography is what draws both creators and viewers into a deeper exploration of visual storytelling, marking its importance in the realm of art and expression.

The Realities of Pro Photography: Navigating Gear Choices in High-Stakes Shoots

In the realm of professional photography, the choice of equipment is a topic that often stirs debate. While it's a common adage that the gear doesn't make the photographer, the reality of commercial photography paints a different picture, especially when considering the high stakes and expectations involved in professional shoots.

Embracing Limitations and the Path to Expressive Photography

The perennial debate among photographers about the significance of gear in their craft often overlooks a crucial aspect: the creative vision and technique of the person behind the camera. This discussion is particularly relevant as photography technology continues to evolve and grow, offering tools that range from high-end professional equipment to more accessible consumer-grade cameras.

Ring Revises Policy: Halts Law Enforcement Access to Doorbell Camera Footage

Amazon's subsidiary, Ring, has announced a significant policy change: it will no longer permit law enforcement agencies to access user-recorded footage from its doorbell cameras. This decision marks a departure from Ring's previous stance and was announced via a blog post on Wednesday.

Prominent YouTuber Robbed of $16,000 Worth of Camera Gear

It is one of a photographer's worst nightmares: traveling around in a different country carrying thousands of dollars' worth of camera gear, only to see it disappear before your very eyes. Manny Ortiz was traveling through Italy when, unfortunately, he was robbed of some very expensive gear. Check out his story here.

Review of the Incredible Canon RF 10-20mm f/4L IS STM

Do you remember the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM that was released in 2015? It was a one-of-a-kind lens and a large and heavy one. Canon released an RF version, and it is not only smaller and lighter, it offers an even wider field of view. This is the review of that lens; the RF 10-20mm f/4L IS STM.

Want Amazing Wide Angle Images? Try This

Wide angle photography is synonymous with landscape photography, but it isn't the most intuitive focal range to shoot. There can be so much to capture in a single frame that building a stunning portfolio image feels daunting. These workflow tips will help develop your technique and take your images to the next level.

Capturing the Celestial: A Guide to February's Night Sky

Exploring the night sky provides photographers with a unique opportunity to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of celestial events and objects. For those passionate about astrophotography, understanding the dynamics of the night sky, including planetary alignments and deep sky objects, is crucial to planning their shoots and enhancing their portfolio. Here's what you can expect this month.

You Are a Second-Rate Photographer: What Can You Do About It?

There are many reasons why a photograph can go wrong. But to be a photographic flop takes a special skill that most failures don’t even know they have. If you don’t want to be a second-rate photographer, here is how to avoid it.

The Art of Infrared Landscape Photography

In landscape photography, the choice of equipment and approach can significantly influence the outcome of a photographer’s work. This is especially true when exploring specialized techniques like infrared photography, which offers a unique perspective on familiar landscapes.

A Review of the Affordable Yongnuo 35mm f/2Z DF DSM Lens

The Yongnuo 35mm f/2Z DF DSM, just like the company's well-known speedlights, is quite affordable, making it an intriguing option for a large range of users. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

Developing a Vision: The Art of Long-Term Photography Projects

Selecting and developing a photography project can be a daunting task, requiring patience, creativity, and a willingness to embrace the unknown. This process is crucial for photographers, as it shapes their artistic vision and guides the evolution of their work.

A New York POV With Surprising Results

When it comes to landscape photography, there are a few names that will be recognizable to many almost instantly. One of those is Michael Shainblum. His calm, considered, and purposeful approach makes his shots stand out in my opinion. However, what happens when you take him out of the familiar landscape and put him in the middle of one of the busiest locations in the world?

How Pro Photographers Find Stunning Landscape Images

Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of a professional photographer when searching for unique compositions? In this article, I break down my entire thought process of how I find, compose, and build an image from start to finish.

Essential Techniques of Dodging and Burning

Dodging and burning, the art of selectively lightening or darkening parts of an image, is a foundational technique in photography. Understanding this method is essential for photographers aiming to control the visual narrative and emphasis within their work.

A Comprehensive Guide to Panoramic Photography

Creating perfect panoramic stitches is an essential skill for photographers aiming to enhance their landscape skills. This technique, when mastered, offers not only incredible resolution and detail but also a unique perspective that elevates the art of photography.

Why Are So Many Influencers Quitting YouTube?

If you’ve been on YouTube at all in the past couple of weeks, the algorithm has more than likely served you up multiple videos of powerful influencers announcing that they are “quitting” the platform. While each person has their own reasons, I think there are a few common threads that we can all learn from.

This Photographer's Dream Camera Is a DSLR From 2001

The world of photography is constantly evolving, with new camera technologies emerging and pushing out old ones seemingly daily. For photographers, especially those with a penchant for vintage gear, exploring cameras that blend classic design with modern functionality can be a fascinating journey. This exploration lands on a unique camera from 2001 in this fun video.

Navigating the Challenges of Winter Landscape Photography

Mastering landscape photography can be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor, especially when working in complex and dynamic environments such as snow-covered landscapes. While snowy conditions offer a unique aesthetic, they can also present difficulties in capturing the desired details and maintaining visual balance in the frame.

Mastering Winter Landscapes: Avoid These 10 Photography Mistakes

Navigating the challenges of winter landscape photography requires a keen understanding of the environment and the right techniques to capture its beauty. This helpful video dives into the common pitfalls that photographers face in these conditions and how to improve your work.

What Is Art? When Is a Photo Just a Snapshot?

The debate over William Eggleston's photography, particularly his iconic tricycle image, encapsulates a significant discourse in photography. This image has sparked controversy and admiration, making it a focal point for understanding the nuances of what constitutes art in photography.

Sculpting With Light: A Deep Dive into Parabolic Lighting Modifiers

Photography and videography heavily rely on the quality of lighting, and the choice of modifiers can significantly influence the outcome of a shoot. Parabolic lighting modifiers, known for their distinctive impact on texture and sculpting of human features, are especially important in fashion and beauty photography.

Long Exposures on an iPhone: No Tripod Needed

I always have my iPhone with me (it's an iPhone 15 Pro Max), and I've been able to capture some excellent images when I'm without my usual gear. But there are times when I'd like to do some long exposures, and without a tripod, you're up the creek with just an iPhone.
Choosing the Right Fujifilm Camera for You

Selecting the right camera can be a daunting task for photographers, especially when working within a specific budget. This helpful video addresses this challenge for Fujifilm users, providing valuable insights into the best camera choices across various price points.

The Art of Cropping to Enhance Your Photos

Effective cropping and composition are essential skills for every photographer, impacting the final outcome of their images significantly. Understanding how to use these tools can transform a decent photo into an exceptional one, focusing the viewer's attention on the most important elements of the scene.

Have We Reached Peak Megapixels?

The ever-increasing megapixel count in digital cameras is a trend that continues to shape the landscape of photography. While higher megapixels offer the potential for greater detail and flexibility in post-processing, they also introduce new challenges and considerations for photographers.

The Weather Is So Unpredictable! Or Is It?

As a landscape photographer, I have often packed up my bag, jumped in the car, and headed off into the preferable sunset. My bag is packed with high hopes and expectations for an amazing shoot and for the shots I am going to get. The ever-present challenge is whether the weather is going to play ball. Of course, I have checked all of the apps and made my decision based on what they were telling me. However, I often find that while it might be right to some extent, it is rarely right for exactly what I am looking for. High clouds, fog, mist, or even clear skies are needed for those banger shots.

We Review the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II Mirrorless Camera

Back in 2017, I received the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 for review. My experiences with this mirrorless MFT camera were positive. Now, six years later, Panasonic sent me the second version: the Lumix DC-G9 II. I used it under extreme weather conditions at the Opal Coast in France.