Bjorn Petersen

Bjorn Petersen

Bjorn Petersen is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his work in the USA and internationally, and has also self-published several books of his photographs.

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In 2019, Canon had one clear objective for lens development: strengthen and add to the RF system. Following up on an exciting 2018, which saw the release of the EOS R, and the early 2019 release of the...
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Landscape photographers are a contradictory bunch. Always on the quest for gear that is simultaneously lightweight and substantial, landscape photographers, as well as travel and nature photographers, are always in search of equipment that can get them a new look, serve a distinct purpose, or be flexible enough to handle a variety of conditions. If there’s a landscape photographer in your life to...
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New year, new mount, new lenses—Sigma spent 2019 focusing on mirrorless, and more specifically on the L mount, as obliged by its participation in the L Mount Alliance. In terms of lenses, specifically, 2019 felt like a year of positioning for Sigma; readying this company to come out even stronger in the future with an updated plan to continue addressing numerous lens mounts, in addition to the...
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Even with DSLRs declining in popularity and prominence, development of new lenses continues for these tried and true cameras. While production has slowed in the last few years, optics manufacturers are still working on putting out new glass to make the most of updated sensor designs and pushing the boundaries of how well a lens can perform, how compact and lightweight a lens can be, and filling...
Mirrorless Lenses: The Year in Review, 2019
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Lens development for mirrorless cameras has been in full force throughout 2019, with more lenses from more manufacturers being released than ever before. With many new companies focusing on building new full-frame camera systems, along with the introduction of a few new lens-mount types, brands are chugging along at adding everything from the necessary staples to any well-rounded lens system to...
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As the popularity of medium format has continued over the past year, the major players in this arena have continued to innovate throughout 2019 with a handful of new camera announcements, some new lenses, and even the entrance of some of the first third-party lenses for the two main mirrorless systems. While not quite as explosive of a year as in the past, 2019 signaled maturity and stability in...
11 months ago
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Even though it saddens me to admit it, many of today’s photography programs are being taught using digital working methods exclusively. While I wish that every photo student had access to a traditional darkroom, I have to admit that printing digitally is certainly more in line with contemporary production and is a valuable skill that every student should learn. As a photo student, you’ll...
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Sigma’s latest announcement included three distinct lenses and, likely, the most highly anticipated of the three is the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art. This lens was clearly designed to be a showstopper, with its huge f/1.2 maximum aperture and equally huge physical size. But is the lens more than just a one...
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Some of the most cherished memories of my photographic education revolve around spending long hours in the darkroom, making prints into the wee hours of the night. While not as commonplace as it once was, if you’re fortunate enough to have a traditional black-and-white darkroom at your school, be sure to make use of it while you still can. Regardless of whether you’re taking an intro black-and-...
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Whether you’re a new photo major or just taking a photography elective class, if your curriculum incorporates traditional practices, then you’re bound to be shooting film. Lots of film. As a student, there are some things to look out for when looking for films: versatility, availability, repeatability, and value. Here are five films perfect for the budding student photographer: Kodak Tri-X 400 It...
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There is no doubt that digital photography is here to stay, and film has certainly seen better days, in terms of availability and affordability. However, what if you’re a digital photographer who simply wants to shoot a roll of film every once in a while for fun? Film photography has a distinct look that, even with the latest and greatest 50MP cameras, cannot be duplicated by digital imaging. It’...
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So you’ve been accepted to art school, or you’re complementing your general studies with some photography classes, or maybe you’re just taking a continuing education class to learn more about film photography—regardless of the reason, you’re taking a class on film photography and need to prepare with some basic equipment and maybe a few other items to help your studies. While film photography...
Hands-On Review: Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens
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The Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary, long awaited and highly anticipated, is a newly developed native lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Among the initial trio of lenses recently announced, this is perhaps the sleeper hit of the group and, while it has fewer eye-catching specs, such as an...
Scanning Film: A Buying Guide
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In the age where darkrooms are scarce yet film photography is seeing a resurgence in popularity, a scanner can be your best option for converting film originals to usable digital files for printing, sharing, and archiving. Whether you are an active film photographer or just have an archive of negatives and slides from the past, a film scanner is an incredible, dedicated tool that will breathe new...
FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini LiPlay Instant Film Camera
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FUJIFILM’s series of INSTAX Mini cameras have been some of the most popular cameras of the past few years, despite their being instant film cameras. There is the simple pleasure of producing a physical print after each photo you take; it’s a unique keepsake of the moment. But for those times when uniqueness might not be the ultimate requirement, when you want to be able to share your images with...
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