Speaking With Documentary Photographer And Photojournalist Glenna Gordon—Part 2

Photojournalist Glenna Gordon talks more about her journey across Nigeria in this second of a three articles
Aisha Lawan, the little girl in the red dress, takes the train from Lagos to Ibadan with her family. Photo by Glenna Gordon. In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to photograph her 720-mile train journey across Nigeria, from Lagos to Kano, for its first-ever Voyages issue. (You can read part one... Read more

Pixel Fodavil C220: Is This LED Light An Aputure 120 Killer?

Aputure LED lights are very well known and popular, and for good reason. They're fantastic. But that doesn't mean the competition isn't biting at their heels. Could this LED light from Pixel take the crown?
The Pixel Fodavil C220 is one of the newest LED lights to come after the current YouTube crown holder, the Aputure 120. The Pixel is brighter than the newest Aputure 120 series while still being cheaper than the original. It’s got the Bowens mount, looks (perhaps a little too much) like the Aputure and appears to be well made. But it can’t... Read more

A Choice Of Weapons: The Power Of A Photographer’s Written Words

Gordon Parks’s autobiography reveals how this iconic photographer was also a gifted writer
“Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman, with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter,” by Gordon Parks, District of Columbia, United States, Washington D.C., 1942. This past summer, I read A Choice of Weapons, the memoir of legendary photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006). Autobiographies are my favorite genre to read because—if it’s... Read more
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The Most Useful Shutter Speeds To Know, Part I

While knowing the specific camera settings of a photo won't guarantee your ability to recreate it, it will make you that much more equipped with the knowledge needed to try
The Most Useful Shutter Speeds to Know, Part I
Recently, a well-known photographer shared a post pleading with others to stop asking him about the camera settings he used to take his photos. To summarize my understanding of it, the photographer believes that, rather than concern yourself with those settings, you should focus on the experiences and what I call “soft metadata” that went into... Read more

Speaking With Documentary Photographer And Photojournalist Glenna Gordon—Part 1

This first of a three-part series of articles reveals the challenges of a dream assignment—journeying across the African country of Nigeria
Sumawya Ibrahim, in the blue hijab, travels with her two sisters by train from Lagos to Zaria. They prepared for the journey for two days, making rice and beans to bring with them. Only one of the three girls is married and the other two hope to marry soon. Photo by Glenna Gordon In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The... Read more

ProRes RAW + LUMIX S1H — It’s Official

You heard it here first—the LUMIX S1H is getting ProRes RAW in early 2020! 5.9K @ 29.97 and C4K/UHD @ 59.94 in ProResRAW from the LUMIX S1H and Atomos Ninja V
ProRes RAW + LUMIX S1H — IT’S OFFICIAL!!
The Panasonic LUMIX S1H is getting ProRes RAW support in early 2020. In conjunction with the Atomos Ninja V, you’ll be able to record up to 5.9K at 29.97 frames per second (aka 30p) or up to Cinema 4K (C4K) or Ultra HD (UHD) at 59.94fps (aka 60p)! This update will be released in early 2020 and is being previewed at IBC in Amsterdam this month.    If... Read more

“Elliott Landy: The Spirit Of A Generation” Exhibition At The Center For Photography At Woodstock

The fine-art show, which runs through October 20, commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the music festival
“Richie Havens, Woodstock Festival, Bethel, NY, 1969” by Elliott Landy To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, The Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York, is exhibiting “Elliott Landy: The Spirit of a Generation” (now extended through October 20, 2019), featuring Elliott Landy... Read more

Photoville Photography Festival, Sept 12-22, 2019

What makes this photo event so unique is that it’s completely free to the public
Image of Photoville: © Jessica Bal for United Photo Industries Photoville, one of the most well-liked photography festivals in the U.S., opens Thursday, September 12, at 4pm. Located beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Photoville is in its 8th year running. Last year alone, over 95,000 visitors attended,... Read more

An Epic Little $20 Lens

Not all great photography gear has to cost a fortune
An epic little $20 lens
One of my favorite Youtubers out there has to be Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter. Whereas most people on the platform chase all of the newest, shiniest and priciest gear on the market, Caleb takes a different approach by warming his audience up to alternative gear to consider. This video is no exception and I absolutely love it. In it, Caleb shares... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Change Things Up

After shooting a particular scene, remind yourself to move on and look at things differently
Sony a9 | Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM 1/50 sec. at f/14; ISO 100 October 4, 2017 Grand Teton National Park Whenever I’m leading a workshop, I keep an internal timer while monitoring what my students are up to. For the most part, they do a good job of regulating their time at any given location, but every now and then, they need a gentle reminder... Read more

“Jay Myself” Is An Insightful Film About Photographer Jay Maisel By Stephen Wilkes

A new film explores a master photographer, who left his unique home in New York City after nearly a half-century.
I recently watched Jay Myself, a documentary film about the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 35,000 square-foot, 100-year- old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Sold for over 50 million dollars, it was the largest... Read more

Tips For Photographing Cuba, Part 2

More tips to help you get the most out of photographing in this amazing country
Tips For Photographing Cuba, Part 2
Recently, I shared the first half of my tips for photographing the beauty that Cuba offers. To recap, the first tip had you consider ditching the neck strap to make it easier to maneuver your camera while also helping you blend into your surroundings (and look like less of a tourist). Next, I suggested experimenting with different focal lengths, allowing... Read more
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