Monday, December 31, 2018

Flash photography doesn't harm seahorses – but don't touch - The Conversation AU

Flash photography doesn't harm seahorses – but don't touch  The Conversation AU

Contrary to dozens of aquariums' warning signs, flash photography does not affect seahorses.

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Andy Bernstein Tells Us How His Obsession With Photography Led To A Book With Kobe Bryant - UPROXX

Andy Bernstein Tells Us How His Obsession With Photography Led To A Book With Kobe Bryant  UPROXX

Andy Bernstein provided the photography for 'The Mamba Mentality,' his book with Kobe Bryant.

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What is Tintype Photography and How to Learn the Technique - My Modern Met

What is Tintype Photography and How to Learn the Technique  My Modern Met

A look at the history of tintype photography and how photographers can start producing their own wet collodion photos today.

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Monday Montanan: Missoula artist, storyteller wears the harness of large-format photography well - Missoulian

Monday Montanan: Missoula artist, storyteller wears the harness of large-format photography well  Missoulian

She's funny, frank and enfolded in a devoted circle of friends.

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Ep. 308: Predictions for 2019…and 2018’s Hits and Misses – and more

Episode 308 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Photoshop guru, Unmesh Dinda

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Predictions for 2019, and 2018’s hits and misses.

A defunct lens maker returns. (#)

Yet another camera store gets hit…in under a minute. (#)

A photographer is surprised when his photo actually sells. (#)

Sony urges users to update their camera’s firmware or potentially lose data. (#)

Loupedeck adds support for Photoshop, but is a dedicated keyboard the answer? (#)

Nikon drops two popular DSLRs. (#)

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You can also cut a show opener for us to play on the show! As an example: “Hi, this is Matt Smith with Double Heart Photography in Chicago, Illinois, and you’re listening to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast with Sharky James!”

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A Rare Collection of Works by Henri Cartier-Bresson - Robb Report

A Rare Collection of Works by Henri Cartier-Bresson  Robb Report

Images by Henri Cartier-Bresson are among the most highly sought works by collectors of 20th-century photography. And now a tightly curated selection of 20 ...

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How Misconceptions Can Affect Your Travel Photography Project - PetaPixel

How Misconceptions Can Affect Your Travel Photography Project  PetaPixel

Photography and Camera News, Reviews, and Inspiration.

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A unicorn-themed photography studio has opened in Havant - The News

A unicorn-themed photography studio has opened in Havant  The News

A UNICORN-THEMED photography studio has opened its doors in the Meridian Shopping Centre in Havant.

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Baltimore Woods featuring the photography of Jack Kurz - Eagle News Online

Baltimore Woods featuring the photography of Jack Kurz  Eagle News Online

Photographer Jack Kurz shares work at Baltimore Woods. By Karen Jean Smith. Gallery Coordinator. A male and female bird working in concert to feed their ...

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The Les Malamut Gallery Hosts Exhibition of Photography by Ada Bednarz - New Jersey Stage

The Les Malamut Gallery Hosts Exhibition of Photography by Ada Bednarz  New Jersey Stage

UNION, NJ -- The Les Malamut Art Gallery will host an exhibit of photographs by Union photographer Ada Bednarz, titled "Light Movement". The show will open ...

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Power of Penn's still lifes in photography - Times of India

Power of Penn's still lifes in photography  Times of India

Recently, a set of excessive over the top, still life images in an Indian magazine made me ponder about the still life master Irving Penn and his ingenuity in ...

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Photography of Wells Horton | Local News | - Oneida Dispatch

Photography of Wells Horton | Local News |  Oneida Dispatch

Photo Courtesy Great Swamp Conservancy. Wells Horton's Alaskan Adventure at the Great Swamp Conservancy on Jan. 12 from 1-2 p.m. will teach participants ...

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A Guide to Creating Stunning Sunbursts in Your Landscape Photography - Fstoppers

A Guide to Creating Stunning Sunbursts in Your Landscape Photography  Fstoppers

Nothing says sunrise or sunset like an explosive sunburst. The geometric pattern can double the interest in your photos when composed soundly, but you need ...

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How This Photographer is Using His Camera to Combat Depression

Photographer Greg Sheard has suffered from depression for nearly two decades now, but two years ago he took up a new weapon in his fight against it: his camera. In this 5-minute video, Sheard shares his personal experience in how photography has been helping him combat depression.

“One thing always remains in common when I go out to do photography, and that is: suddenly all of my problems seem to go away,” Sheard writes. “I feel at one with my camera and the location I am in and I have this sense of focus and perspective.”

“I give myself goals and targets to make my photography better and every day I am learning something new,” Sheard says. “It could take years before I become a professional photographer but I want to keep going as for me it makes me happy.”

“I’m not saying photography is the cure for my depression but it helps take the edge off,” Sheard says. “Having a hobby you can really get your teeth stuck into helps immensely and I certainly recommend if you are ever struggling, just try something different and who knows? It could be the missing jigsaw puzzle in your life.”

You can find more of Sheard’s photos and videos on his Instagram and YouTube, respectively.

(via Greg Sheard via Fstoppers)

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Climate-responsive H House celebrates the heritage of Kosovo

white home with sharp, angled roofline

Recycled materials, energy-saving systems and references to Kosovan culture have been woven throughout the H House, a handsome and contemporary residence in Čaglavica, a village near the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Designed by 4M Group, the home serves as a beacon of optimism and energy-efficiency for the self-declared independent state, which has been defined by a long and troubled history. Sustainability is paramount to the dwelling and is expressed through the adoption of passive deign principles, locally sourced and recycled materials and sensor-activated fixtures.

dining area with high ceilings and long table with tan chairs

As a partially recognized state and disputed territory in Southeastern Europe, Kosovo is home to a rich culture and a long history of war. “Demonstrating awareness of the dichotomy of Kosovo’s recent history, the client wanted a house where safety and security was paramount, but with open, light-filled interiors,” said the architects, adding that they wanted to “reflect the cultural legacy and illustrate a renewed optimism in Pristina with the creation of the H House.” As a result, the outer appearance of the home takes inspiration from the Fustanella, the traditional Albanian dress worn by men, and mimics the folds of the white garment in its multifaceted facade.

dining area with long wood table and several tan chairs

sitting area with purple chairs and cream chairs in room with glass walls

The angular exterior also has a practical purpose as well. The architects followed passive solar principles in the design of the airtight building to mitigate the region’s extreme temperature fluctuations and also installed heavily insulated reinforced concrete walls as well as deeply recessed triple-glazed windows. The construction materials and labor were sourced locally and recycled materials were used wherever possible. Consequently, the H House only takes a little energy to maintain a comfortable indoor environment year-round.

Related: MVRDV will transform the Tirana Pyramid, a former communist monument, into an education center

purple bedroom with purple bedding

gray bathroom with free-standing tub

In addition to low-tech strategies, the architects installed smart systems for comfort control including automatically operating louvers and window fan lights. Heating is supplied via a dual air/water thermal heat pump that also powers the underfloor heating. A wood pellet boiler provides supplemental heating. Low-energy lighting and water-efficient fixtures have also been installed.

+ 4M Group

Via ArchDaily

Photography by Ilir Rizaj and Fitim Muçaj via 4M Group

geometric white home lit up at night

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How to create a festive wintery portrait in the studio with a little compositing

Christmas has gone. We’re almost to the new year. In a few hours, we’ll be there. But it’s never too late for a festive wintery themed photo shoot. Winter’s still going to be here for a while yet. In this video, photographer and educator Gavin Hoey walks us through his process to create this festive […]

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Punjab Lalit Kala AKademi to organise photography exhibition - Times of India

Punjab Lalit Kala AKademi to organise photography exhibition  Times of India

Punjab Lalit Kala AKademi is organising an Exhibition of Contemporary Photographs by Abhishek Sharma, at Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery, Punjab Kal.

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Channeling The Pain Of Depression Into Photography, And Finding You Are Not Alone - NPR

Channeling The Pain Of Depression Into Photography, And Finding You Are Not Alone  NPR

In a particularly difficult season of depression, photography was one of the tools Tara Wray used to cope. "Just forcing myself to get out of my head and using the ...

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The dPS Top Street Photography Tips of 2018

The post The dPS Top Street Photography Tips of 2018 appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Caz Nowaczyk.

This week on dPS we’re featuring some of the top articles in different categories that were published on the site over 2018.

We’ve already shown you the Top All-Round Photography Tips, the Top Photography Gear Tips, the Top Post-Processing Photography Tips, the Top Landscape Photography Tips, the Top Portrait Photography Tips, and the Top Travel Photography Tips of 2018.

This one is all about the best street photography tips of the year.

Here are the top street photography tips articles of 2018: 1. 4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

4 Ways To Make Better Street Portraits While Traveling

2. Which Street Photography Lens is Right for You?

Which Street Photography Lens is Right for You?

3. 10 Tips for Photographing Street Markets

10 Tips for Photographing Street Markets

4. Panning and Other Tips for Adding Motion to Your Street Photography

Panning and Other Tips for Adding Motion to Your Street Photography

5. 6 Tips for Aiming Low and Going Unnoticed in Street Photography

6 Tips for Aiming Low and Going Unnoticed in Street Photography

6. How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds in Street Photography

How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds in Street Photography

7. Tips for Getting Started in Street Photography

Tips for Getting Started in Street Photography

8. 5 Essential Shots You Need to Get for Street Market Photography

5 Essential Shots You Need to Get for Street Market Photography

9. 6 Ways to Improve Your Street Photography

6 Ways to Improve Your Street Photography

10. How To Easily Improve Your Street Photography Portraits

How To Easily Improve Your Street Photography Portraits

We hope you have enjoyed the week of top photography tips and that you learnt some new things from reading them!

The post The dPS Top Street Photography Tips of 2018 appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Caz Nowaczyk.

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How to Shoot Portraits in Dappled Light

I’ve been photographing weddings for 10 years now, so I’ve seen and dealt with nearly every lighting scenario possible, from a dark church with no windows, to a wedding ceremony at high noon with not a cloud in sight. But one thing most photographers don’t know is how to photograph in dappled light!

As a professional, you don’t have can’t excuse yourself for bad photos because you were given bad lighting situations. There is ALWAYS a way to make it work. Some scenarios might be more complicated than others, but I will always believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

And it’s important for your clients to know that they’re in capable hands when you’re documenting their day. There are no re-shoots for wedding days.

Before After

So, dappled light. This is probably one of the worst types of light that a photographer can come across. And yes, in general, I would say that you should avoid it at all costs in most situations. (Note, I would absolutely avoid this kind of lighting with big groups.) However, if you’re working with a couple, it is workable.

First things first: your camera settings and equipment. This kind of lighting can leave “hot spots” on the couple, which may or may not work for you. If you can find a way to make it artistic, absolutely go for it. If not, here’s what I recommend…

1.) If you have external lighting or reflectors, you should definitely use them in this situation. It will work as a fill-light and soften any weird lighting. (I would worry more about how the light is falling on their faces more than anything else.)

Before After

2.) If you aren’t using external lighting, then underexpose so that none of the “hot spots” or highlights are over-exposed.

Now, once you have taken the photos, here is where you’ll do the real work. I had to learn this earlier this year when I was doing a styled shoot. (Where you would think we would have control over things like that!) We had set up this gorgeous wedding arbor on a trail up at Ohiopyle, but by the time we started the session, the sun was coming through the trees at such a weird angle that it was completely unflattering on the couple (insert rage and sadness here).

So, here’s what you do next.

3.) Load your photos into Lightroom. Use whatever presets you normally do to your photos, and then go to the specific photo you want to fix.

Before After

Now, dappled light is super contrasty, right? Okay, well, take the Contrast slider, and move it at least halfway over to the left. Now, use the brush tool, and use the clarity slider, and move it slightly to the left as well. Use this brush over the area of dappled light to ‘soften’ it a bit.

Still have some weird lighting? Take it into Photoshop, and use the ‘Patch’ tool, and ‘Clone’ tool as-needed, add back any contrast back that you lost earlier, and voila!

Before After

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more, you can also contact me about my photography mentor sessions!

About the author: Angie Candell is a wedding and fine art photographer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Candell’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

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How Misconceptions Can Affect Your Travel Photography Project

There is a particular obstacle that stands in the way of almost all travel, documentary and cultural photographers alike and, for some reason, no one seems to be willing to talk about it — so I’m going to.

The way I see it, that obstacle could be best described as ‘misconception.’ No matter how hard I try to prepare for what may lay ahead in my photography projects, it never ceases to amaze me how much of a difference there is between what I think I’m going to find and what is really out there.

So many times places I thought would be completely isolated from the outside world were overrun by travelers, and cultures I thought would be extremely protective of their arts turned out to be some of the most hospitable and welcoming people I ever met. My last photography journey in Ethiopia was a perfect example of just how these misconceptions can affect a photography project.

Note: The photos below contain some nudity.

In November 2018, I set off for my second photography journey to Ethiopia. Since I traveled in the northern part of the country before, I thought things would be somewhat similar in terms of how locals reacted to my work as a photographer and to me as a traveler. But, with this idea in mind, I didn’t plan to revisit the places I traveled to before and decided that on this trip I would head south to a place known as the ‘Omo valley’.

The Omo valley is a particularly unique area in Ethiopia for its high concentration and diversity of indigenous tribes, many of which still maintain their own traditional lifestyle and ancient traditions. I chose to go there because, based on the portfolios of my peers and many photographers that I look up to, I recognized that it could have great promise for me, in terms of finding interesting stories, as well as, beautiful images to accompany them.

It took us over 4 days of driving across the wilderness until we reached Karoduss village which is located on the shores of the Omo river. Karoduss village is home to a tribal community known as ‘Karo’ a name which loosely translates to ‘the fish eaters’ and was given to them due to their stronghold by the river.

The Karo people are visually distinguishable from other tribes because of their almost exclusive use of white color in their traditional body painting designs, they are also part of the last few tribes who still hunt crocodiles in the river – both of these were cultural characteristics I was eager to photograph.

But my misconception about the environment I thought I was going to work in became clear to me within a few hours of our arrival in the village. I hoped that the sheer challenge of arriving at this remote village, which involved crossing the vast harsh desert terrain and long days of non-stop driving, would be enough to ensure that we would avoid major influences of tourism on the locals, but as soon as I pulled out my camera I got my ‘wake-up call’.

I was walking around the village – trying to get a ‘feel’ for the place. I reached the edge of the village and was surprised to find old concrete buildings, harshly contrasting the common traditional huts that composed most of the village. Suddenly a young kid with white colors on his face tugged my camera strap and as soon as I turned to look at him, he said: “Hello, photo?”

Now, while I don’t usually like doing these random portraits, the peeling yellow walls of the abandoned concrete building and the character of the young Karo kid definitely seemed to me like a great and fun way to ‘kick-off’ this photography project. So I decided to give it a go.

But before I could even get my camera settings in order and figure out how I wanted to photograph this young kid, I felt another tug on my camera strap. Two more kids, with white colors on their faces, stood behind me and said “Hello, photo?” to which I agreed mostly due to the sheer peer-pressure of them standing there – the more the merrier, right?

Within less than 15 minutes it seemed like the whole village followed one another and gathered around us, young and old alike. All were either already decorated with the distinct traditional white patterns or were in the process of applying it onto themselves. All of them were constantly repeating the sentence “Hello, photo?” to me and my guide, as if it was a religious mantra of sorts.

I decided to go with it and let the situation unfold itself as to see where it would lead me but, I must admit, I had quite mixed feelings about it all. From a cultural point of view, this was an amazing experience for me since, in a relatively short and immediate time frame, I got to meet and interact with diverse group of characters from all over the community. This gave me a visual perspective and ideas about the kind of people I could work with.

But as a photographer, as soon as a crowd formed around me, I knew that this scenario was not ideal for making great photographs. Quite quickly everything turned into chaos; people were arguing about who was there first, who should have his body painted next and with some almost standing on me, blocking the light and making fun of whomever I was photographing. But most importantly everyone made sure that my guide and I knew how much they were expecting to get paid for their ‘modeling services’.

For me this was a bittersweet experience, while I managed to get a few decent portraits, this initial experience made me realize how I had a big problem. That night I didn’t get any sleep. I was lying in my tent, looking at the night sky and trying to figure out a way to penetrate this well-established barrier of “photo tourism” that stood between me and the villagers around me. I knew that if things kept going like this, I wouldn’t be able to build any kind of genuine relationship with the villagers or truly learn about their way of life.

That night I made the decision to focus my efforts on telling a story of a single character from the village, rather than trying to tell the story of the Karo people as a community. Early the next morning, my guide and I set off to visit a handful of huts we spotted the previous day standing far off the edges of the village. These families seemed to be living away from everyone else, I guess you could say they were the village’s ‘suburbs’.

As soon as we entered one of those huts, I recognized a young girl that I photographed the day before. Her name was Turrgo, I distinctly remembered her because of her unique personality. Unlike the other kids who were around her that day, she was very confident and independent, I remember that she insisted putting on the traditional white colors by herself and was more interested to talk to us than having her picture taken.

Turrgo’s family was extremely welcoming and they were more than happy to invite us into their world. Turrgo’s lifestyle was fairly simple, as she spent most of her days playing with the other kids, helping her family with daily chores, taking care of her baby brother and looking over the goats. I joined Turrgo and her grandma and as the two set off to a nearby forest to collect wood for a fire.

I loved the simplicity of it.

It was a stark contrast to what I had in mind before arriving at the village. Where I thought I would be photographing epic shots of the Karo people hunting the rivers for crocodiles, performing ancient rituals and guarding their village from neighboring tribes, I was amused by the fact that I ended up photographing a very relaxed and simple lifestyle, which was quite magical.

What I liked most about it, on top of the simplicity of it all, was the fact that everything was honest. For example, the act of applying the white colors on Turrgo’s face wasn’t a scared ancient ritual but more of a bonding activity for the family. Her grandma chose to wear her traditional cow-skin dress not because she saw me with my camera but because it was the best thing to wear while in the forest as the bushes and thorns couldn’t tear it.

The family’s isolated location outside of the main village meant that we were left alone, getting to know each other and staying away from the majority of villagers who were more interested in offering their “modeling services” to the stream of new jeeps coming to visit the village each day. The lack of pressure from others really made the difference for me, within a few days of working with the family I felt like we managed overcame the ‘photo tourism’ barrier I noticed before, as I was no longer treated as a photographer by the family but as a frequent guest – a small distinction which made a world of difference.

As photographers, when we set off to find new and interesting stories, we need to be able to overcome obstacles in our path in order to flourish, with misconception being probably the most difficult one to deal with. When we arrive at a situation which is completely different from what we were expecting, most of us have the natural tendency to mainly focus on what is wrong or imagine how perfect things would be if only ‘this’ or ‘that’ were different.

If you want to overcome the barriers that misconceptions present and become a better photographer or storyteller, you need to think differently. Don’t get fixed on what you wished was there and just let things unfold, allow the subject to lead you. As I once wrote, in a different blog you might want to check out later (link below), that as a photographer the question you should be constantly asking yourself is: “What can I fall in love with here?”

For me, that was Turrgo and her family, as we spent the rest of our time in the village together, both learning about each other’s cultures, photographing and even crocodile hunting with her uncle – but that is a story for another time…

About the author: Asher Svidensky is a freelance photographer specializing in art and documentary photography with a strong passion for mixing the two with storytelling. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Svidensky’s work has been published by international outlets including the BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian, and many more. You can find more of Svidensky’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions a Portrait Photographer Can Actually Keep

Are you a portrait photographer in search of a 2019 New Year’s resolution? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been really stressed over the prospect of another year of not reaching my photography goals.

​Me, thinking about another year of failure

In 2018, I was supposed to shoot a minimum of 3 days a week… and I was supposed to finally kill my Aperture library and be 100% on Capture One Pro… and​ I was supposed to sell ​my old unused gear.

I accomplished exactly none of it.

Can you relate? Have you ever set a New Year’s resolution and failed to reach your goal? If so, you’re not alone.

​​80% of New Year’s resolutions fail within 6 weeks, according to​ Joseph J. Luciniani. The failure rate for photographers is probably even worse! So maybe I shouldn’t feel like an idiot: most New Year’s resolutions are unrealistic by nature.

​And I think I know why: we are so ambitious in setting ​big goals that it’s easy to get discouraged at the first sign of trouble. We quit early because the end result just seems so far away. ​That’s why I’m taking a radically different approach to my 2019 New Year’s Resolution: instead of shooting high, I’m shooting low.

​I’m setting the bar so damn low I can’t fail. When you read my 2019 New Year’s resolution, I actually want you to think, “Really, Mike? That’s it?”

Because I’ve learned something in life: earning a small victory can give you the momentum you need to build up to big results.

When my junkyard-like bedroom needed a deep cleaning, I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t get started. And then it dawned on me. Instead of tackling the job all at once, I could break it down into tiny steps, each of which was easy to accomplish.

​I started by throwing out exactly one piece of garbage – a broken umbrella. And then I threw out a second, and a third, and a fourth. Then I​ did all my laundry. And I donated some books and clothes that I didn’t want any more.

After 5 days of one-little-baby-step-at-a-time cleaning, my room was spotless. All because I started with that one small victory that resulted in a positive chain reaction.

I’m challenging you to start 2019 with a small victory of your own. Find your own damn broken umbrella, and throw it out!

I’ll share my 2019 New Year’s resolution and then present you with 4 options that might work for you.

#1. My Resolution: Take a Retouching Class

I’m actually embarrassed at how bad my retouching skills are. I just plain suck at Photoshop. I’m proud of my lighting, composition, and subject-interaction abilities but I have a long way to go when it comes to post-processing.

Every time I pull up an image in Photoshop, I feel like I’m stumbling around blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back. Most of the time, I feel like I’m randomly playing around with stuff like the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tool. And when I do get a decent image out of Photoshop, I feel like it was by accident!

So what’s my goal?

It’s to spend 3 hours taking a Photoshop retouching class. I’m not going to promise myself that I’ll go back and retouch 20 of my favorite portraits, or to create an image worthy of a Vanity Fair cover.

Because I suck at hitting big goals. I need a small goal with zero chance of failure. By giving myself that small victory, I’ll probably be inspired to apply what I learned.

So I’ll probably sit down and retouch one portrait… and then another… and another… And eventually, I’ll develop real ​retouching skills. Then maybe in 2020, I can learn to use a Wacom tablet like the cool kids.

That’s me. But what about you? I have 4 suggestions for you, and none of them involved spending a single penny.

#2. Shoot a Single Street Portrait

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, if you want to be a better portrait photographer, shoot street portraits.

Think about it: if you can make a solid portrait of a complete stranger in less than 30 seconds, then you can probably do the same for just about anybody.

With a street portrait, you have to figure out your composition and exposure in a matter of seconds, while getting a decent expression. Plus, you have to overcome a very common fear: talking to strangers!

So again, aim low! Don’t try to shoot 20 street portraits. Just shoot one!

Because here’s what will happen: once you knock out that first street portrait, you’ll be ​primed to engage a second person… and a third…

#3. Photograph a Family Member Whom You Have Never Photographed Before

It is very common for portrait photographers to never get around to making portraits of their own families!

​My single biggest regret as a photographer is that I never created a real portrait of my mother before she died in 2010. That’s why I’ve made it a point to shoot regular portraits of my dad.

It may seem like you’ll always have time to shoot a portrait of your uncle, your grandmother, or even your daughter. But time can run out when you least expect it. So get it done now.

I’m not going to challenge you to create a giant portfolio with every single person in your family. Start small. Pick a single member of your family and spend 20 minutes with them making a single portrait. It could be the most rewarding thing you do as a portrait photographer.

#4. Make a Cold Call to Promote Your Photo Business

Maybe you’re business-minded and want to make more money in 2019. You want your ​bank account to take a leap forward. Take a single action to move forward. Something you’ve never done before.

That can be making a cold call to a small business or a photo editor. Because one call can lead to two… to three… and before you know it, you’re in motion.

Or maybe you’re a family portrait photographer. You could spend an hour handing out business cards to Moms in the park. Or, you could ask 5 past clients for referrals.


Again, the point isn’t to accomplish something big. It’s just to accomplish something, period. Just find one thing that could lead to a positive chain reaction in your business. And do it.

#5. Add 3 New Images to Your Portfolio

It’s almost a universal maxim that photographers have a hard time keeping their websites up to date. And for good reason – updating your online portfolio is a real pain in the ass. You have to figure out which of your new images are portfolio worthy, and which ones are ready for the trash bin. Then you have to sequence them all together in a way that makes sense.

So don’t get crazy.

Don’t try to remake your entire website in one go. Instead, replace 3 images in one of your portfolios with new work. Just 3.

I’m sure you can guess what happens next – you’ve got the ball rolling, and you’ll probably accomplish more.

What victory are you ready to achieve in 2019?

About the author: Michael Comeau is the Editor of, an all-new online community dedicated to simple, classic portrait photography. Click here for more information. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. This article was also published here.

Image credits: Header photo by JogiKenobi

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2019 camera and lens manufacturers' New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions

There's plenty in this world that we're not sure about (Peas in guacamole? The resurgence of 90's fashion trends? Pineapple on pizza??) but one thing we're certain of: a few companies, many of which are headquartered in Japan, will produce new cameras, lenses and photographic accessories in 2019. And just like every year, some will be great, some will be OK, and one or two will be crushingly dull.

Thanks to some early product development announcements we already know a little of what the next year holds in store, but much remains a mystery. We can only guess what the next 12 months will bring – guess, hope, and play backseat camera engineer.

In the spirit of New Years' resolutions, we got together as a team and talked about what we'd like the major manufacturers to do next year. Things we want to see fixed, directions we'd like to see taken (plus some we'd like to see reversed...) and products we'd like to be released. So without further ado, here are our collected New Years' resolutions, on behalf of the manufacturers, courtesy of DPReview. Call it wishful thinking.

Feel free to play along at home via the comments.


Oh, Canon - where should we start? You're one of the biggest camera manufacturers in the industry, but you're still among the most conservative. This year you've teased us with a range of superb new RF lenses, but we're really hoping that 2019 brings a slightly higher-end camera to shoot them with. But even as you build out the RF lineup, we hope you don't neglect EF-M. An M50 successor with un-cropped 4K would be lovely - pretty please?

Canon - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Add IBIS to the RF lineup and update your sensors (or buy Sony's).
  • Make the RF mount an open standard.
  • Reclaim your ILC video crown – no more cropped 4K!
  • Dump the MFn bar...
  • Make the 5D Mark V a true digital EOS 3.
  • Think different - embrace computational photography.

Fujifilm, you're the darling of camera reviewers everywhere. You're one of the few brands that, from time to time, still makes products which are better than they need to be in order to be competitive. The X-T2 was a great camera, and you didn't need to replace it, but you went and did it anyway! The X-T3 was one of our favorite cameras of 2018. It almost made up for the '4K capable' X-A5... But we're still hoping for more in 2019.

Fujifilm - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Make a full-frame X100 / monochrome X100 / 28mm-equiv X100. (We really like the X100).
  • Continue improving your face and eye-detection autofocus. The X-T3 was a great start.
  • Make a proper X70 successor. The XF10 doesn't count.
  • Refresh your F1.4 primes.
  • Don't try to palm us off with 15fps '4K video' ever again. For shame.

Let's be honest, Leica – this is pointless. It doesn't matter what we want, or what we say, or what anyone wants or says, you're Leica! You'll just continue to do whatever you want, and there's every chance that in a few weeks' time we'll find ourselves reviewing a limited edition ping-pong-bat-rubber-clad Melania Trump signature-edition M10. And that's why we love you.

Leica - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Stop with the special editions already – this isn't the 90s.
  • Make a Q2 - maybe even with a 35mm lens...
  • Say goodbye to 1950s technology and make an M-mount camera with an EVF.
  • Give your customers their moneys' worth and turn camera repairs around in days, not months. It's not impossible - everyone else can do it.

Nikon, you're getting there. You launched the Z-mount with a bang in 2018, but despite its high-end pricing you must have known that the flagship Z7 wouldn't be quite enough to tempt professionals and enthusiasts away from their D850 and D5 bodies. Don't let the haters get you down, though. Keep up the pace and turn the Z mount into the professional system that we know it can be. We're rooting for you.

Nikon - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Keep developing that Z-series lens roadmap.
  • Bring 3D AF Tracking to the Z-series - in fact, bring all of your industry-leading AF area modes to the Z-series.
  • Make an FTZ adapter with a built-in AF motor. Carey's got a 105mm F2 DC he really wants to shoot with.
  • Make the Z mount an open standard.

Olympus – we feel for you. You were among the first manufacturers to create a modern mirrorless camera, and now, a decade on, you're the only brand that doesn't (or isn't preparing to) offer its customers a full-frame sensor. We know that it's been a tough few years for you guys over in the camera division but we've got a few ideas for how you can disrupt things in 2019 and beyond.

Olympus - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Start making small cameras again. Maybe an updated PEN-F?
  • Update the OM-D E-M5 II.
  • Simplify your cameras' menu systems, please!
  • Add PDAF to your lower-end PEN and OM-D cameras.
  • Add a large sensor to the TOUGH range. You already make the best rugged cameras, why not go one step further?

As you prepare to enter the full-frame market in a few months, we can only imagine that things are pretty hectic in your Osaka headquarters right now. Hopefully you're not working the engineers too hard, and they get a little downtime to read DPReview, because we've got some suggestions that we think might really help Panasonic out in 2019.

Panasonic - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Ditch field-sequential EVFs, for good.
  • Either fix DFD for video, or use PDAF instead.
  • Now that you're in the L mount alliance, how about making a full-frame 4K video camera?
Ricoh / Pentax

Pentax, we need to be careful what we say here...

We admire your loyal customer base, and we respect the way that many of them react to anything short of uncritically gushing praise for their favorite camera maker with... let's say... passion. But we're also terrified of them. For the record, we like a lot of your products! And we want you to succeed just as much as your customers do. Here are some suggestions.

Ricoh - in 2019 we wish you would
  • Make a true successor to the K-1.
  • Reissue the K-01 - just kidding! Give your fans a proper mirrorless camera - maybe the L-mount alliance has room for another member?
  • Make a full-frame GR to compete with the Leica Q and Sony RX1R II.

Sigma, we hardly recognize you. Over the past decade you've gone from being a respected but midrange third-party lens maker (and a quietly prolific OEM manufacturer) to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the high-end optics market. You're making some of the finest lenses available, while still undercutting the 'big' brands, often by a considerable margin. How do you do that?

We love what you've become, but sometimes love is about being honest. Here are some ideas for 2019 and beyond.

Sigma - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Calm down a bit with the 'biggest, heaviest and fastest' primes thing and create a range of compact F2 lenses.
  • Try again with the 24-70mm F2.8 Art.
  • Follow Tamron's example and develop some native Sony FE lenses.
  • Reverse-engineer the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts and show them how it's done.
  • Create a range of full-frame Merrill compacts.

Oh, Sony, we can't keep up! At your current rate of product announcements, you'll have released at least one new RX100-series compact, a GM lens or two and an a7 IV by the time we've finished writing this sentence. That's fine, but in 2019 we'd like to see you taking a bit of a break, making some time to reflect, and maybe reprioritizing a little.

Sony - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Create a Cyber-shot RX1R III (with a real battery, not that joke-shop one from last time).
  • Throw your a6000-series customers a bone and make some new APS-C lenses.
  • Make your video and stills AF experience consistent.
  • Speaking of 35mm, make an FE 35mm F1.8. Your non-pro and pro customers will thank you.
  • Focus on user experience, as well as technology. We get it, you're smart!

Tamron, you dark horse. You've been quietly adding some really impressive lenses to your lineup over the past year, including the first ever zoom lens designed natively for a full-frame mirrorless system. Not as prolific as Sigma, or as niche as the likes of Laowa or Zeiss, you're a good, solid, photographer-friendly company that we think deserves to succeed in 2019. And here's how we think you should do that.

Tamron - in 2019 we wish you would...
  • Continue developing full-frame E-mount lenses.
  • Reverse-engineer the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts as soon as possible.
  • Resist the temptation to create large, heavy F1.4 glass - F1.8 is fine!

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The unbelievably fast Samsung X5 500GB portable SSD has a new low price

So fast it'll blow your mind.

Samsung's X5 SSD in 500GB capacity is down to a new all-time low price at Amazon at $247.99. The X5 has only been on the market for a few months, but this super-fast storage device has been selling for $300 in since November before dropping to $250 earlier this month. Today's drop marks its lowest price ever. Considering it was $400 at launch, today is certainly the best day to pick one up.

Portable SSDs have always been appealing because hard drives, even great ones like the Seagate Backup Plus Slim, are slower and far more vulnerable thanks to all the moving parts. Solid State Drives have no moving parts. Unfortunately, they are also usually a lot more expensive. Samsung's T5 lineup of portable SSDs have been one of the most successful consumer-level portable SSDs around and they still run a lot more than your average portable hard drive.

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