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The Pro’s and Con’s of Instagram

Instagram is one of the most used platforms by photographers and non-photographers around the world. For this first group, the social network has its advantages with respect to business creation, dissemination of work and it offers opportunities to collaborate with other photographers, collectors, etc. around the world, but it also has big drawbacks.

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Why processing your photos is important

If you have already read some of my previous articles you will know that I am not a fanatic of image quality nor do I promote inspecting your photos on the computer pixel by pixel. But, one of the things that I do encourage my students to do is to shoot in .RAW. Why? Keep reading and you’ll find out!

Black & White vs. Colour Photography

If you do a quick Google search for “street photography” a large majority of the images that appear are in black and white. It’s indicative of how popular black and white is for this style of photography…However, more recently we have been able to observe how color has grown in popularity.

5 Things to look for to determine whether your photos are good.

It’s not always easy to know whether the photos you take are good or not so in today’s post we share some tips that will help you to determine this!

Why swapping megapixels for film makes you a better photographer

At the height of the digital era in which talk of stabilisers, processors, sensors and image quality have become the norm, there has also been a rise in film photography that is most evident on social media. On Instagram alone, the hashtag #FilmIsNotDead has around 8.5 million posts. Coincidence? I think not!

Ethics and Self-Censorship in Street Photography

The first thing we have to do with regards to ethics and self-censorship is stop for a moment and reflect on what kind of photography we are doing, or more specifically that we want to explain or express with our photography.

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Interview with Alexey Shifman, founder of Raw Streetphoto Gallery

There are plenty of virtual galleries available to showcase street photography, however, exhibiting this work in the ‘real world’ is whole different story, especially as an emerging photographer. Is there a time lag between the virtual and real world in which it’s just a matter of time before the real world catches up? Or does street photography signed by John or Jane Doe simply not sell?
We interviewed Alexey Shifman, founder of Raw Street Photo Gallery to answer these questions for us.

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5 things to do now that you have some extra time

The days are much longer and that paired with the fact that many of you will be enjoying summer holidays means that you now have the gift of time. So, with that in mind, we wanted to share with you 5 ideas of what you could do with that extra time in order to explore new ways of learning photography, practicing and becoming even better photographers!

How to Change the World with your Photos

“Change the world” and “photography” is a strange combination, however, if you take a moment to look at the data you’ll find that 80,000,000 photos are published every day on Instagram. Pair this with the fact that there is still much to do to make this world a better one and it’s easy to come to the conclusion that photography, on Instagram alone, can certainly make a difference.

Inspiring Stories: My Dad for a While

My father’s passing left me with one big regret: not having photographed the precious moments I had had with him. Not having a visual testament of his life. Why am I telling you all this? Well, not a week after my father’s death, and purely by chance, I stumbled across @my_dad_for_a_while on Instagram. This is where the inspiring story begins.

Review: 7 Artisans 25mm f/1.8 for Fujifilm X

To take photos we need equipment, and if we want our work to have a certain technical quality, that equipment is going to be expensive. Especially with regards to optics. However, for some time now, some Chinese manufacturers have been selling very interesting and bright fixed optics at a more accessible price. One of those optics is the 7 Artisans 25mm f / 1.8, which in its X mount version costs around 70 €.

The Sense of Purpose in Street Photography

My students often ask me about the differences between a single image and a series, about the content of a photo and the stories they want to tell. How do they find purpose…

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5 Reasons why the 50mm is the Best Focal

In the previous post I presented five reasons why a 35mm focal length was the best option, but I also said that the 35mm is just one of the two lenses that constantly fight for the first position in the battle of fixed lenses, especially in street photography. Today I am going to present five reasons why a 50mm is the best option.

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5 Reasons why the 35mm is the Best Focal

If you have to use a single fixed lens (not mandatory but always a good idea) there are two major rivals, the 35mm and the 50mm. They are two focal lengths that are widely used by documentary photographers, photojournalists, street photographers, etc. however, in this article I am going to give you 5 reasons as to why the 35mm focal is the best focal.

The Sacred land of Photography (Photographing Cuba)

Throughout the history of humanity there have been places where people converge in search of inspiration, creativity and a sense of thought. In ancient times, these places were referred to as sacred lands; starting points for all kinds of religions and cultures, but over time these places of “power” have evolved and have taken form in much more personal spaces, less related to mysticism and more related to home, family or friends.

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5 Tips for the Travel Photographer

During my last workshop in Morocco, Hannah, a great student and an even better person asked me: What does photography mean to you? “Good question” I told her and I gave her my answer, an answer that has been circling my head ever since.

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Pro Tip: 5 Powerful & easy compositions

Complicated compositions don’t necessarily make a good photograph. In this post we explain 5 easy compositions that will help you create powerful images.

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Keep it simple

Nowadays we are constantly bombarded with advertising by brands selling all kinds of photographic products, from backpacks to tripods to lighting and of course, cameras. G.A.S. is something that is often joked about in forums or in blogs however, in reality it does us little favours when it comes to being more creative in how we tell stories and becoming better photographers.

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Pro Tip: 3 Easy Portrait-Lighting Techniques

Discover 3 easy ways in which to do portraits with nothing more than natural lighting, the elements you have at hand (regardless of where you are) and a small off-camera flash with a remote trigger.

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Inspiring Stories: Photography with a Mission

Cleverly named ‘Mission Gold’, which references the Mission Neighbourhood of San Francisco and what Nick refers to as the 24-Carat motherlode that he himself has mined from the street to create this project, it focuses on the entrepreneurs that live and thrive in the shadows of Silicon Valley.