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Photographing a New York Times Photo Story on a Large Format Camera

There is no format more extreme than large format, where the negatives dwarf even the biggest medium format sensors and each frame costs upwards of $5. With such intense costs and demands, would you use it to photograph something as important as a photo assignment for The New York Times? This neat video takes you behind the scenes with a photographer who did just that.

A Review of the New Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD Lens for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras

Few lenses on the market right now are more exciting than the Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD, which offers an incredibly versatile focal length range in tandem with a particularly wide set of maximum apertures. Now, the lens is available for Nikon Z mount users, and this awesome video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in use.

What We Can Learn From the Unique Work of Daido Moriyama?

The work of Daido Moriyama is some of the most unique of the last several decades, and it is a fantastic source from which to draw creative inspiration. The excellent video essay takes a look at Moriyama’s work and how his creative philosophy shaped his images.

How Good Is the Canon EOS R in 2023?

It has been five years since we first saw the EOS R, Canon’s first full frame mirrorless camera. Though we have seen several newer models since its release, it is still a perfectly serviceable camera that can be had for a bargain now. This excellent video review takes a look at how the EOS R holds up in 2023.

The Importance of Patience in Landscape Photography

Landscape photography can often be a very slow process that requires a lot of preparation followed by a lot of waiting for just the right conditions and right light to develop in front of you. If you are willing to wait, though, you will often be rewarded with worthwhile images. This excellent video tutorial features an experienced landscape photographer discussing the importance of patience in the craft.

A Review of the Affordable and Impressive Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 XF Lens

Viltrox has quickly become one of the most competitive manufacturers of lenses, creating options that offer excellent performance and image quality at some of the best prices in the industry. The relatively new AF 75mm f/1.2 offers APS-C users an extremely wide aperture in tandem with a portrait focal length, making it an intriguing option for many photographers, and this excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in real-world usage.

A Review of the New Viltrox 27mm f/1.2 Lens

Viltrox has continued to establish themselves as a manufacturer of capable lenses that are priced quite competitively, making their options intriguing for a wide range of photographers and filmmakers. Their latest lens, the Viltrox PRO Series AF 27mm f/1.2 Pro, offers Fujifilm users a relatively neutral equivalent focal length of 40mm in tandem with an extremely wide maximum aperture of f/1.2, making it a potential workhorse for many applications. This great video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in use.

A Review of the Sigma 14mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Back in 2017, Sigma released the 14mm f/1.8 Art, a lens which offered the widest maximum aperture seen in a full frame 14mm lens by more than a full stop. Now, they have released the 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art, which offers even more light-gathering power and sits as the world's widest f/1.4 full frame lens. Can its performance and image quality match those impressive specs? This great video review takes a look at what you can expect.

Should You Upgrade Your Camera or Your Lens First?

Photography equipment is not cheap, and as such, it pays to think long and hard about where exactly you are spending your money. And so, when it comes time to upgrade some of your gear, is it better to put your money toward a camera or a lens first? This helpful video tutorial features an experience photographer discussing the topic and offering some great advice to help you ensure you get the equipment that will serve you and your budget best.

How to Use the Power of Negative Space to Improve Your Photos

We often think of photo composition in an additive way, including an increasing numbers of elements in the frame to balance each other out, until the shot feels relatively full and satisfying. However, thinking about how you can leave things out of the image can often be a great way to reduce distractions and bring your viewer's attention back to the subject. This great video tutorial discusses negative space and how to use it in your images.

Can Photoshop's Generative Fill Fix Old Photos?

Photoshop's Generative Fill feature has generated a ton of buzz in the last few months with its ability to drastically edit and alter photos in just a few seconds. One photo task that can often be tedious is restoring old or damaged photos, and a lot of Generative Fill's capabilities seem perfectly tailored to the task. Can it save you a lot of time and effort? This great video takes a look.

An Unusual Approach to Editing a Landscape Photo

One of the neat things about landscape photography is that any one frame can be edited in numerous ways to produce many vastly different but equally compelling results. And while many editing techniques are somewhat ubiquitous across all those different styles, this interesting video tutorial explores an unusual but simple approach to adding more atmosphere to foggy landscape images.

5 Helpful Tips for Improving Your Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is a challenging genre that requires the confluence of technical skill, creative vision, careful planning, physical effort, and sometimes, a bit of luck. If you would like to improve your landscape photos, check out this fantastic video tutorial that offers five useful tips sure to put you on the track to better images.

A Review of the New Hasselblad XCD 28mm f/4 P Lens

The new Hasselblad XCD 28mm f/4 P offers uses a very portable wide angle lens that still brings with it some innovative features and the promise of image quality able to keep up with the demands of 100-megapixel medium format lenses, making it intriguing for a range of applications, particularly street photography. Can it live up to those high demands in practice? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect.

Should You Be Chasing Photo Trends?

Social media is bigger than ever, and that means more photos are being posted than ever before. With all those images being posted, there can be some powerful trends, and it can be easy to wonder if you should be following them yourself in order to stay relevant. This insightful video essay discusses the issue and offers some thoughts on how closely we should follow the crowd.

How Good Is This Affordable 'Cookie' Lens?

Venus Optics is known for making some of the most unique lenses on the market today. Their 10mm f/4 Cookie lens takes the classic pancake design and turns it into a very wide focal length, making it an intriguing option for any photographer looking for a portable (and affordable) walkaround option for things like hikes and travel photography. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

A Review of the New Fujifilm X-S20 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm's X Series of mirrorless cameras are some of the most beloved options out there, offering a great combination of a traditional and highly functional user experience in tandem with modern features and capabilities. The X-S20 offers a nice balance of features and cost, making it an intriguing option for many photographers. This great video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

A Review of the Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Ultra-wide angle zoom lenses with f/2.8 apertures are popular for everything from weddings and events to landscapes and astrophotography. Nonetheless, such lenses are often rather expensive, frequently costing north of $2,000. And so, at $996, the Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD is a breath of fresh air. Can it keep up with more expensive competitors? This excellent video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect.

Which of These Incredible Lenses Is Better?

As a Canon user, perhaps no lens has me more jealous of other camera systems than the 35-150mm f/2-2.8. Arguably one of the most versatile lens designs, such lenses can cover a huge range of needs and applications. Both Tamron and Samyang make 35-150mm f/2-2.8 options with different advantages and prices. Which is right for you? This excellent video comparison takes a look at both to help you decide.

How to Light a Fashion and Hair Competition Portrait

Lighting can make or break a portrait, and sometimes, you will be asked by a client to tailor your lighting design to accentuate specific characteristics or features of your subject. In this great video tutorial, you will see a photographer team up with a world-class barber to create images for a hairstyling competition and learn how a combination of lighting and editing came together to create the final images.