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The Family That Shoots Together… Street Photography With Kids

[James here – this is the first post from new contributor Dustin Vaughn-Luma. I hope you’ll all look forward to what he brings.] As a young man, I occasionally engaged with photography. I wouldn’t describe it as an obsession or a passion, just a general interest. In the mid-1980s, point & shoot and instant cameras were plentiful, and I can’t recall a time growing up where we didn’t have at least one lying around the house. I took pictures of the…

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Why Photography is the Best Hobby

People have always asked me why I’m into photography. The early answer was pathetic. “I don’t know.” And the conversation would end. A few years in, the answer evolved to something pretentious and annoying, like, “I simply enjoy the idea that this machine can freeze a moment in time forever.” This cringe-worthy statement delivered, the conversation would end. Nowadays the answer to the perennial question is more experienced, less lofty, but succinct and honest. I like photography because it’s the best…

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5 Reasons to Shoot Film When Traveling

Got a trip coming up? Are you the kind of person who shoots both film and digital cameras? Then let me make a suggestion; the next time you’re traveling, leave the DSLR at home and only shoot film. I know what you’re thinking – “But how will I upload my photos mid-trip? How will I make my friends jealous of my adventures? What about x-rays!?” Calm down and trust me. As both a photographer and traveler, leaving your digital camera at…

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Five Articles Photography Blogs Need to Stop Publishing

This hobby can be pretty polarizing, and that’s before we’re even shooting glass or water. HA! But seriously, the massive variety of camera makers, camera types, styles of shooting, and personal preferences gives rise to countless way-too-loud opinions. The sad truth is that a lot of people who like making photos are rather opinionated. This can be annoying on its own, but what’s worse are the jerks who like photography so much they’ve decided to run their very own photo geek websites.…

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Should You Buy a Mechanical or Electronic Camera?

Spend any amount of time on photography forums and you’ll learn pretty quickly that photographers will argue about anything. Analog versus digital, slides versus C-41, Nikon versus Canon, and Leica versus everything else. The unbridled passion burns brightly on all sides and it’s hard to see through the smoke to what’s best for us, the innocent, onlooking photo geeks. But there’s one debate that goes way back to before the internet was even a thing; back to the heyday of…

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Not Everyone Needs a Leica

While poking around the local camera store, I overheard a teenage-looking customer ask the clerk about some gear. He wanted a certain type of lens to replace his kit lens, but he couldn’t afford it and spent the next few minutes actively lamenting the fact that his friends were shooting gear far superior to his. He asked the clerk to show him a lens he could afford, listened to the man behind the counter tell him it wasn’t anywhere near…

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Why Everyone Should Shoot a Wide Angle Lens

At its very best, photography presents the viewer with something previously unseen. Some of the best photographs are the ones that show a far away place, a seemingly impossible event, or an unimaginable situation. These shots usually come from those annoyingly well-traveled and worldly photographers whose websites, blogs, and Instagram accounts we mere mortals bitterly follow. But fear not, for us plebeian scum it’s still possible to make compelling and inspired photos, even if our budget for travel and gear is…

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What’s a Prime Lens and Why You Need One

Prime lenses are amazing marvels of optical wonder. And even though they’ve been around for as long as photography itself, there are still people out there who don’t shoot them, and may not even know what they are. If this sounds like you, worry not! We’re here to tell you what prime lenses are all about and why you need to be shooting them. Whether you’re a new photographer or a seasoned shooter, and whether you’re shooting a classic film…

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Should We Photograph the Homeless?

It’s my belief that a writer’s job is to ask questions. As the owner of a camera shop and the founder of CP, I spend a lot of time thinking about photography, cameras, and what it means to make pictures. But for more than a year now, a certain question has been gnawing at me that pertains to the craft and ethics of street shooting, and after a year of occasional rumination I’m no closer to an answer. Specifically, the question involves…

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