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3 days ago
Volume One of our series, Cheating Death for a Photograph, emphasized the critical importance of listening to your inner voice. In this episode, photographers Isak Pretorius, Arthur Morris, and Jeff Cable recount photographic encounters where a single misstep could—or nearly did—have...
4 days ago
On August 25, the National Parks Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, and we celebrate the parks and all that they have provided to photography over the years. From early photographers documenting natural wonders to persuade Congress of the value of a park system, to legendary landscape photographers such as Ansel Adams, to the countless tourist snapshots of Old Faithful, and even to Apple’s...
by Todd Vorenkamp and Christopher Witt
1 week ago
North American friends, mark your calendars for August 21, 2017, when there will be a total eclipse of the sun traversing the middle of the United States. The last time a total eclipse crossed the entire continental U.S. was in June 8, 1918. A total eclipse touched part of the continent in February, 1979. If you miss the 2017 eclipse, you will have to wait until 2024 for the next total eclipse...
1 week ago
While digital camera manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve and increase resolution, dynamic range, frame rate, ISO, and…everything, a very strong counter trend has emerged that is turning back to analog, mechanical, and film techniques.  Standing out amongst these “throwback” technologies is the rising popularity of instant film and instant film cameras. Fujifilm Instax has...
2 weeks ago
There are good reasons for this episode to have a two-in-one headline. Our initial idea for this show was to discuss the role that happenstance and luck play in photography, but the conversation with our impassioned and articulate guests, Amy Touchette and Gus Powell, quickly turned to a more generalized chat on the principles and practices of street photography—and how lucky we were to have them...
2 weeks ago
One of the most surprising things about my formal photography and film education was the impact of a theory and analysis class. It seems that many institutions emphasize that they have the latest and greatest gear, or that they let students use high-end equipment and studios almost right away. Don’t get me wrong—the practical aspect is very important in our industry, but if you want to develop...
3 weeks ago
Drones are definitely a hot-button topic and not only for photographers! Despite the controversy and legal conundrums, aerial photography is entering an incredible exciting era with the proliferation of drones. Director and photographer, Randy Slavin, founder of Yeah Drones and the New York City Drone Film Festival, provides his enthusiastic input, with product specialist Dan Campo, to a...
3 weeks ago
With the recent announcement of the Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Camera, the debate about sensor size and resolving power has taken a whole new turn. What does the release of this impressive camera say about the future of medium format? Will this camera appeal...
4 weeks ago
I remember sifting through college brochures when I was 16 and coming to a crossroads: following my impulses—going to art school in New York City—or heeding my mother’s wishes and going to a school with a nice campus, maybe in Rhode Island or something. Somehow, she conceded and I ended up in New York City in the fall of the following year, studying photography and trying to embrace simply...
4 weeks ago
Filled with optimism, you selected your seat in Photo 101 with the care of a baseball fan choosing a perch at the World Series. The road to this momentous day was long and full of obstacles—the first of which was selling the financial underwriters, namely your parents, on the merits of pursuing a formal education in photography. Before the subject was broached, you knew what their arguments would...
1 month ago
The world looks different at night.That, more than anything, continues to drive me toward night photography. I started doing photography with a Kodak 110 film point-and-shoot camera, which was completely incapable of performing satisfying night shots due to its lack of manual exposure control. The night beckoned me. On the very first roll of 35mm film I shot with my trusty Nikon 6006 are some (...
1 month ago
What will our future selfies be like? Our guest, Stephen Mayes, suggests that they may be images of what we think rather than what we see. For those of you exasperated by the deluge of duck faces in your social media feed, this may be a terrifying idea, but is the selfie really that bad, and if so, how and why is it different than an artist’s self-portrait? These are the questions we address in...
1 month ago
Are dance and photography natural enemies? Well, of course not, but one art form is about the still, captured moment, and the other about choreographed movement and fluidity. However, anyone who truly understands photography knows the importance of timing, grace, and harmony, and a dancer must also recognize the relevance of rest and static. Sculpture, or gesture perhaps, is their common bond and...
1 month ago
As summer rolls around, it’s a good time to assess the best of the new products that have been announced thus far in 2016. With two of our most respected product specialists (and straight-up gear heads) we will discuss the most interesting cameras, lenses, and accessories to be introduced in 2016—some aren’t even on the shelves yet. Cameras from Sigma, Pentax, Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Olympus are...
by Todd Vorenkamp and John Harris
1 month ago
Congratulations to NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Southwest Research Institute for their successful mission to place the Juno probe into orbit around Jupiter! B&H Photo thought it would be a great time to talk cameras—especially, cameras on US interstellar space probes. The first photograph of Earth from space was taken by the TIROS-1 weather satellite on April 1, 1960. Ever since...

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