Ep. 136: The 2016 Holiday Grab Bag Episode – and more

My name is Sam Vox. I am a freelance photographer from Tanzania. I became a full-time photographer because of my Instagram account. In this post, I’ll share how I grew my Instagram account without using any online services.

I covered an event some months ago over a period of a few days during which, as you can imagine, many hundreds of photos were taken. Due to the popularity of this event, (we’ve covered it over a number of years, thankfully) I knew the folks that were a part of it were really going to be anxious to see, share, print, etc.

If you were to ask me about a specific time in my life when photography made a significant impact, I would say the fall of 2011. For my birthday, my husband surprised me by taking me out for lunch at a tiny burger dive, and then stopping in at the local art museum. He’s not exactly an “art-lover” per say, so I was a little confused by the move… until he explained what they were showing.

Canon has launched a new look for the Rebel T6 entry-level DSLR. The new gray version features a silvery body and a brown grip that are reminiscent of retro metal cameras with leather coverings.

Prior to January 22, 1987, Associated Press photographers were given a choice of shooting B&W or color film on photo assignments. But on that day, something happened that caused AP photographers to switch to shooting every assignment in color: it was the suicide of American politician R. Budd Dwyer.

After sharing his 8 camera hacks in 90 seconds, Toronto-based photographer Peter McKinnon is back again with another helpful video for beginners. In the 6-minute one above, he shares 5 basic tips that can help you instantly improve your photos.

The Taiwanese company STC Optical has created a slide-in filter for Canon and Nikon full frame DSLRs that can reduce light pollution in astrophotography. It’s called the STC Astro-Multispectra Clip Filter.

A photographer and group of models were summoned to an inquest in England this week regarding their actions during a photo shoot last year. After breaking into an abandoned warehouse, the group stumbled across a dead body. Instead of calling police, however, they kept shooting photos and then went out for pizza.

Industrial designer and photography enthusiast Jordan Steranka wanted to design an elegant and flexible wrench that could be adjusted to a wide range of diameters, so he turned to the world of camera lenses. His concept “Aperture Wrench” is what resulted.

Photographers are a narcissistic breed. Not me, of course, but my colleagues are. We’ve got profiles on dozens of websites and we must tell the world what we are doing at our jobs every day and in real-time — we just have to. It’s compulsory.

I’m a photography addict…and happy to admit it! So how did this addiction take hold? Well, it’s all down to something I’ve been doing every single day for the last eight years: a 365 project. And it still hasn’t ended yet!

I think you can look around at a lot of the content based around photography on the Internet and extract a theme: people want to be better photographers.

Canon’s next entry-level full-frame camera might not have a mirror box. A new rumor is claiming that Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera will spell the end of the 6D series so as not to cannibalize the company’s entry-level full-frame user base.

Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time, but it’s not only their photographs that are inspirational.
Their acute insights into the creative process have guided generations of photographers and shaped the way even today’s best photographers think about their subjects and scenes.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, or even motivation, we’ve put together 50 quotes from the most inspirational and talented photographers the world has seen to help you get your mojo back.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I wonder, what else do “they” say? In order to find out I’ve culled together the best quotes on the subject of photography. I hope they inspire you.

There is a big craze for Sony full frame (FF) mirrorless cameras at the moment, and seeing people rush onto that bandwagon is like watching lemmings following each other over the cliff.

One hundred and nineteen dollars. That’s it. That’s all you need to open a door to a world of photography previously known only to the most extreme DIYers and commercial photographers for whom purchasing decisions are usually made for them by client requests.

Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:
“How do I take better photos?” 

I was extremely lucky to have many talented and generous photographers take me under their wing to show me the ropes. Without their valuable advice there is no way I would have become the photographer I am today. 


Ironically, the number one question I now get asked as an Open producer is “How do I take better photos?” 


So along with some tips that I’ve picked up over the years, I’ve recruited some outstanding snappers across Australia to share their own secret techniques about how they take their photos to the next level. 



Swedish photographer Tomas Jönsson has taken and shared two photos with what he claims is an unreleased Nikon D7** full-frame DSLR. They’re low-light photos so utterly unbelievable that, if they are indeed legitimate, they mean Nikon has an incredible ace up its sleeve.

Over on Instagram, there’s a guy who goes by “Kirby Jenner” who has attracted over 440,000 followers with cleverly Photoshopped photos. For each photo, the guy humorously inserts himself into a photo of celebrity Kendall Jenner.

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