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Many interchangeable-lens cameras, be it DSLR or mirrorless, are sold today with what we call "kit" lenses. Current kit lenses, in general, thanks to computer technology and advanced manufacturing techniques, are more capable and of higher quality than those of yesteryear. However, many of us who use interchangeable-lens cameras feel the gravitational pull of other lenses that are not yet in our...
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As Ernest Hemingway noted in the book, True at First Light, “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” In this final installment of a four-part series, South African photographer Isak Pretorius discusses packing and travel tips for long-haul flights and small-carrier junkets, to help you travel stress free and be fully prepared for intrepid adventure. Above...
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Did you know there is a virtually separate camera store that lives inside the B&H Photo SuperStore, in New York City? Now you do. The B&H Used Department can be found at the top of the staircase leading to the second floor of B&H Photo’s expansive showrooms. There you can sell your used gear, or...
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Today’s conversations address the challenges photographers encounter when “real life”—children, family, economic changes, even personal tragedy—interrupt the work we would like to be doing, namely taking pictures, and how we find our way back to the form of creative expression we all desire. Above Photograph © Affueravida We welcome four photographers who have overcome challenges or who have...
What Is Photography?, Fine Art Photography, Print Photography
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Photography is like life, but at its best, it’s life seen better. August Sander once spoke about the universality of photography, about the advantage it has of being instantly perceived. And with that, it can either deceive or tell a penetrating truth...
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Learn how to step into the worlds of Makers and Craftsmen. Cultural photographer and Leica Ambassador Adam Marelli will teach you everything you need to do before, during, and after you gain access into workshops around the globe. Drawing on his professional experience as an architectural consultant and artist, he will take you through step-by-step preparation from how to gain access to closed...
Historical Processes: The Salted Paper Print
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William Henry Fox Talbot was no artist. While on his honeymoon in Italy, the English inventor famously attempted sketches with the aid of a camera lucida, a drawing device used by travelers to record landscape views. His confession of failure has become legendary in histories of photography: One of the first days of the month of October 1833, I was amusing myself on the lovely shores of the Lake...
Historical Processes: Collodion Negatives and Albumen Prints
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The earliest photographers faced a dilemma spurred by the near-simultaneous invention of two very different kinds of photographs: daguerreotypes and salted paper prints. Daguerreotypes were cherished for their extraordinary detail and beauty but lacked the ability to be easily reproduced. Alternatively, many copies could be made from a single paper negative but the resulting prints lacked the...
Historical Processes: Ambrotypes and Tintypes
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Not since the 19th century has the tintype enjoyed the level of popularity to which it has risen today. Safer to create than the daguerreotype and more impressive to hold than paper prints, the tintype—and close relative, ambrotype—offer an attractive middle ground for photographers wanting to create unique photographic objects steeped in the medium’s history. Ambrotypes are extensions of the wet...
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In the grayscale days of early photography, the cyanotype was a splash of electric blue. Today, this alternative process continues to attract the curious and experimental, seduced by its simple development and distinct aesthetic. The origin of the cyanotype dates to the formative years of photography and one of the medium’s most important—if underappreciated—contributors, Sir John Herschel....
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Imagine a time before photography: no computers to livestream current events, no phones to show your friends what you ate for breakfast last weekend, no albums to preserve the appearance of long-dead relatives. In 1840, the American novelist, poet, and critic Edgar Allan Poe celebrated the invention of photography as “the most important, and perhaps the most extraordinary triumph of modern...
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To quote the pioneering aviator Beryl Markham, “Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter's Valhalla, an escapist's Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations.” In this third portion of a four-part series, South African photographer Isak Pretorius shares his knowledge about optimizing your photo gear, and gives you...
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The truth is that photography—including motion pictures, moving pictures, and photoplays—are exoteric byproducts of our innermost contemplative teachings. — Alexa Wynter, artist Photograph by © Cory...
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B&H recently hosted the OPTIC Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference, which gave us an opportunity to sit with many wonderful photographers including Ron Magill, Frans Lanting, and Erin Babnik, and we will be publishing these conversations over the next few weeks. Today we welcome representatives from Canon, Panasonic Lumix, and Sony to discuss their latest wares. First we speak with...
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