Shooting With The Sony a7R IV Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

A slideshow of photos I captured on Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless model
This week, Sony made big news by introducing its new 61-megapixel a7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera. To get a sense of what the camera can do, I was able to shoot with the camera for the past two days during several special events Sony hosted around New York City. During the sessions, I was able to capture subjects in various settings and lighting... Read more

LUMIX S Series Updates And New Sigma Lenses

It’s been a busy week for LUMIX S Series, with firmware updates and new L-Mount lenses announced by Sigma. And learn how to adapt nearly ANY lens to an S1!
Lots of LUMIX S Series related news, starting with the firmware update that sets us up for the Filmmakers V-Log update coming later this month (be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel to learn exactly how to get and install your update for free before it becomes a paid update!).   I’ve done a whole video on how to do the update (it’s different... Read more

Tips for Writing a Grant Application, Part 1

In this first of a two-part blog-post series, learn five important tips on how best to write a grant application.
You’ve researched the grants that are available, and culled those that are best suited to your work. Now, you want to write as strong a grant application as possible. Here are five tips to help your application stand out from the rest:   Give funders a vivid, passionate description of your project. Your application is a summary of the current... Read more

Summer Reading: Photography Books To Bring To The Beach

Use this select list of photography books to enlighten and inspire you during the dog days of summer
One of my favorite ways of experiencing photography is to read about it, to intellectualize it as a way of countering all the feeling and intuition that’s required when I’m actually photographing. Here are some books I personally recommend, from my own book collection, that shed light on our favorite medium and art making in general: Ways of Seeing,... Read more

Presenting Yourself And Your Photography

Remember these key details when you want to make a good first impression as a photographer
Whether you’re introducing yourself to a member of the photo industry at a portfolio review or having a casual conversation with a stranger, the impression you make hinges completely on the words you choose and the demeanor you embody as you present yourself and your photography. The formality and content of your elevator pitch will vary depending... Read more

On Fear, Part 2: Looking At “Subway” by Bruce Davidson

This influential photographer confronted his fears in a powerful series of photographs about the New York City subway system
In my previous post, we explored the three main causes of fear—insecurity, inspiration and danger—and how to act on them. In this post, we’ll look closely at Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson and how he handled his fears as he photographed people in the New York City subway in the 1980s. Davidson was initially inspired to photograph this urban... Read more

On Fear, Part 1: Using Fear In A Positive Way

How to constructively deal with fear in your photography and your life
As photographers, we are often encouraged to “swallow our fears.” But the phrase suggests we ignore our fears in order to simply move on with our lives. But when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he acknowledged not just how crippling fear can be, but also implied that it could... Read more

Builder Levy’s “Humanity in the Streets” Exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society

The photographer in this museum show combines aspects of social documentary, fine art and street photography in a seamless way
“Kingfish, Dekalb Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn,” 1965, by Builder Levy. Builder Levy is one of those rare photographers whose work is at once social documentary, fine art and street photography, and his seamless approach across these genres is as evident as ever in “Humanity in the Streets” currently exhibiting at the Brooklyn Historical... Read more

On Sequence, Part 2: W. Eugene Smith’s “The Country Doctor”

Looking back at a famous photo story by W. Eugene Smith from the 1940s can be a powerful way to learn how to sequence your own images
The way photographs register in the minds of viewers is unique to each viewer, but by controlling the order of the images, a compelling series can still guide viewers down a specific path. A celebrated photo essay that is very effective at doing this is “The Country Doctor”, a sequence captured by acclaimed photographer W. Eugene Smith, who shot... Read more

Cover Shot: July/August 2019

Our July/August 2019 issue of Digital Photo Pro is full of incredible images shot by photographer and film director Jimmy Chin
The July/August 2019 issue of Digital Photo Pro focused on two essential genres of professional photography: photojournalism and travel photography. And we certainly covered a lot of ground in this issue—trekking along with Lynsey Addario, Steve McCurry, Brian Matiash and Andrea Bruce to the Middle East, Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, and to other... Read more

On Sequence, Part 1: Developing the Fundamentals

Arranging your images in the correct sequence can make a world of difference in how you experience your photography
One of my (many) favorite things about photography is the depth and complexity it can achieve in a series format. Photographs portraying myriad people, places and things can be put next to one another, and suddenly a story emerges that wasn’t apparent until you arranged them in a specific order. There is point and counterpoint, narration and narrative,... Read more

Photographer Captures Gunman As He Stares Back At Him

What a veteran photojournalist did as he came within feet with an armed and active shooter
A screen grab from the Dallas Morning News website’s coverage of photos captured by the newspaper’s staff photographer, Tom Fox. It’s impossible to really know how you will respond when faced with a dangerous situation, like an armed and active shooter, particularly if you’re a photographer. Do you run for cover or stay and shoot? Veteran... Read more
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