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Free Next Day Shipping - Get Your Photography Gear in Time for the Holidays

Did you forget to order some of your Holiday gifts in time? B&H is offering free next day shipping on a wide variety of their products to get it to you in time for the Holidays. The special is only good for the next few days and only applies to orders made within the USA. If you're one of the many who forgot about the lengthened delivery dates for all things mail, this could be a welcome Holiday relief. Check out the full list of gear and available items below.

Special Holiday Deals on Sony Lenses, Audio Recorders, and Mics

To continue the string of Holiday deals that have been coming out, B&H is offering savings on a variety of Sony lenses, as well as audio recorders and mics. Most of the lenses that have been put on sale come with rewards up to 10% in addition to instant savings of $50 or $100. You could also get up to $250 off some audio recorders and mic bundles. The deals only last until Saturday, Dec 12th at 11:59 PM EST so make sure not miss out on the opportunity.

Critique the Community: Submit Your Lifestyle Images Now (Also, Win a Bag)

Fstoppers is adding a little something extra to this week's episode of "Critique the Community." We are inviting everyone to submit your lifestyle photography images for review. This means your images shouldn't just be portraits of people, they need to be images of people in action or living some sort of life. Like we've done in the past, we will be choosing 20 images give our thoughts and feedback to. In addition to our normal critique, we will also be giving away two camera bags to two individuals who will be randomly chosen from the critiqued image pool. Submissions must be made by Sunday, December 13th.

Critique the Community Episode 14: Food Photography

Last week, we asked the Fstoppers community to submit their best pictures of food to be reviewed by the Fstoppers team for our next episode of "Critique the Community." To change things up a little for this episode, we had a local commercial photographer, Andy Hagedon, join us to give some fresh perspective. A total of twenty images were selected to be reviewed. Check out the selections and add your thoughts and critiques in the comments below.

Critique the Community: Submit Your Best Food Images Now

To celebrate the holidays and all the delicious meals that are being prepared around the world, we invite you to share your best looking food images for our next episode of "Critique the Community." We will be critiquing the pictures from a commercial standpoint so submit the pictures that you think sells the food itself. Please get in your submissions by the end of Wednesday, December 2, and you'll have the chance to have your image critiqued by the Fstoppers team. For this episode, we will be giving feedback to 20 pictures. To qualify, you must follow the submission rules below.

Win a FREE Tamron Prime Lens of Your Choosing - Either the New 35mm or 45mm f1.8 [UPDATED

[UPDATE: The contest has closed and a winner has been randomly selected. Congratulations to Patricia Schwenk for being selected as the winner of a new Tamron lens!]

Fstoppers wants to thank our readers during this holiday season and is partnering up with Tamron for a giveaway! All entrants in the contest will be eligible to win their choice of Tamron's new 35mm or 45mm prime lens which were just released this year. The lens will also come with your choice of a Canon or Nikon mount. The winner will be selected randomly from the entries we receive. There are many options to increase your chances of being selected so check them out below!

Black Friday Drone Deals - YUNEEC, BLADE and DJI

With the hundreds of deals going on today, this one should grab your attention more than most. Drone's are one of the most popular items in the industry right now and these deals could be your best opportunity to get into the aerial photography game. Deals for up to $200 off are available on several different types of drones as well as other camera stabilizers which offer $500 off.

Critique the Community Episode 13: Composite Photography

Last week we had the Fstoppers community submit their best composite images for the latest episode of "Critique the Community." There were some awesome composite submissions, including a wide range of genres. We chose a total of 20 pictures for Lee and Patrick to give feedback on. Add your comments and ratings to the pictures below. If we selected your picture, we'd love to hear about how you did it.

HUGE Pre-Black Friday Sale on Major Camera Brands - Mirrorless and DSLR

Tis the season to save some money! If you've been saving up for a new camera body, you may want to pull the trigger with a huge range of deals B&H just put out. Mirrorless and DSLR camera bodies from almost every major camera brand are on sale for a few days. Just make sure you peruse through your options and make your selection quickly because the sale ends before Thanksgiving Day. Check out all the options below.

Fstoppers’ Landscapes Photo Contest with Elia Locardi - Enter Now!

To celebrate our newest video tutorial with Elia Locardi, “Photographing the World,” Fstoppers has teamed up with our friends at ViewBug to host a landscape photo contest for your most epic images. The contest will run until January 5 and one of the judges will be Elia himself. Whether you win or not, all participants will receive complimentary access to the first lesson of “Photographing the World” for free! See the contest details below.

Critique the Community: Submit Your Composite Images Now

Our next episode of "Critique the Community" will feature images that have included some sort of composite. Take our featured image for example, the background was composited behind the beer bottle. (Check out this post for details of how it was done). Your composite image can come from any genre of photography but it must include elements from multiple images. Please get in your submissions by Saturday, November 14th and you'll have the chance to have your image critiqued by the Fstoppers team. For this episode, we will be giving feedback to 20 pictures. To qualify, you must follow the submission rules below.

Critique the Community Episode 11b: Head Shots

A few weeks ago we offered to critique a handful of head shot photographs from the Fstoppers Community. Patrick Hall and Peter Hurley sat and gave their feedback for 18 images. Since there were so many submissions for this genre of photography, Lee and I decided to add on an extra round of critique for the photos that were submitted. Check out the images we chose below and add your own thoughts and critique to the comments.

Critique the Community Episode 10a - Natural Light Portraits with Dani Diamond

A couple weeks ago, we asked the community to submit their natural light portraits to be critiqued. We had an overwhelming number of over 300 images submitted for feedback and thus will be breaking up this critique into two episodes of 20 images each. For the first episode, we had the honor of having Dani Diamond, a fantastic natural light photographer in New York, help us critique a range of 20 images. Check out the selection of pictures below and add your thoughts to the comments!

Critique the Community: Submit Your Natural Light Portraits Now

Our next episode of "Critique the Community" will feature natural light portraits. Use this awesome featured image by Dani Diamond as inspiration for your submission. While images which include the use of reflectors are acceptable, please do not include any shots that include extra light (flash or continuous) added by the photographer. Please get in your submissions by Sunday, October 18th and you'll have the chance to have your image critiqued by the Fstoppers team. For this episode, we will be giving feedback to 20 pictures. To qualify, you must follow the submission rules below.

Winners Announced for Fstoppers Survey Participants!

For the last couple weeks, Fstoppers asked our readers to fill out a site survey. In exchange, all entrants were entered to win one of four prizes. The first name randomly drawn will receive a $500 B&H gift card. The second, third, and fourth names randomly drawn will receive an Fstoppers original tutorial of their choice for free. All entrants will receive special discount codes for the Fstoppers store. I wanted to send out a HUGE thanks to everyone who participated and filled out the survey. And now for the WINNER announcement...