The Purpose of Camera Lens Hoods & Why You Should Use Yours

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If you just bought your first camera kit, you may be wondering what the plastic thing is that came with your lens. Maybe you’ve been doing photography for a while and even have been using your lens hood but haven’t questioned why. The downside to lens hoods is that it’s another piece of gear that …

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57 Street Photography Tips for Better Street Shots

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Street photography is a great way to capture the everyday beauty around us. It’s a form of documentary photography where the photographer captures candid moments from everyday life. Street photos are typically taken in urban environments such as city streets, parks, and other public spaces.  I’ve been doing street photography for almost a decade now …

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Underexposed Street Photography: Here’s How & Why I Do It

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If you’re a fan of street photography, you may have noticed that underexposed street photography can be really compelling. It’s a spin on reality that doesn’t look overdone or cliché, like with HDR or overly-Photoshopped photography. In other types of photography, it’s more common to raise exposure and shadows in post. But in street photography, …

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What’s the Best Aperture for Street Photography?

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Your choice of aperture for street photography is one of the main elements that will determine the look and feel of your images. That’s because it affects your depth of field or how much of your photo is in focus. Having creative control over my field is important as a street photographer, so choosing the …

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Street Photography Aperture Priority: When and How to Use It

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Street photography is an amazing outlet for photographic creativity. But one thing that can get in the way sometimes is keeping up with your camera settings to get the correct exposures. In street photography, moments are fleeting and pass in the blink of an eye, so obviously, you want to have your camera settings ready …

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Night Street Photography: Gear, Camera Settings, Techniques

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Shooting street photography at night can make compelling images, but it’s also very challenging. Obviously, the biggest challenge is that you have less available light to work with. Low light can make it difficult to get proper exposures, and your camera’s autofocus may struggle. Regardless, there are ways to overcome these challenges through your gear …

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Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Review

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I bought the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS for those times in landscape photography when you’re far away from the focal point of your scene and you need the extra reach to frame things the way you want. Landscape photography is not a big priority for me (my big passion is street photography), …

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Best Fujifilm Cameras for Street Photography: 5 Top Picks

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There’s a lot to like about Fujifilm mirrorless cameras for street photography with compact form factors, low weight, intuitive manual controls, and sleek designs. Fujifilm digital cameras do a great job of being an extension of your eye and just getting out of the way so you can focus on creating photos. In addition, their …

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Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR Review

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The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR is a wide-angle, 15-36mm full-frame equivalent X-series cameras. It’s an update to the previous version of this lens, which was released in 2013. New to this version is weather sealing, markings to its aperture ring, and slightly lower weight. I haven’t done much landscape photography in my …

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Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm Review

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The Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm is a budget-friendly, compact, lightweight, 85mm equivalent focal length prime lens for Fujifilm’s APS-C cameras that offers excellent image quality when you get the focus right (more on that later). It has a maximum aperture of f/1.4, making it a capable lens even in low light conditions. I like …

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Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R Review

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The Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R is a compact and lightweight wide angle prime lens with a 28mm-equivalent focal length. Its compact size and low weight makes it a great lens for street photography or other types of photography where you’re on-the-go and you need to be light on your feet and stealthy. The lens …

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Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Review: A Speedy Street Lens

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The Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR is a relatively compact and lightweight lens for Fujifilm’s X series APS-C cameras. It has a 35mm equivalent field of view. The size, weight, and weather sealing of this lens make it a great lens for street photography, documentary photography, or your every day carry lens. The slightly …

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Fujifilm XF27mm F2.8 R WR Review: Pancake-Style Street Power

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The Fujifilm XF27mm f/2.8 WR was released in March of 2021 and is available in a package along with the Fujifilm X-E4, which I reviewed here. The 27mm f/2.8 is a compact, pancake-style lens. This is the second version of this lens and although it has good image quality, Fujifilm, unfortunately, didn’t update the optics …

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Fujifilm X-E4 Review: A Compact Street Companion

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If you’re looking for a capable small camera for street photography, documentary photography, or your everyday carry, the Fujifilm X-E4 is a really satisfying camera to use and definitely worth considering. The Fujifilm X-E4 is the fourth iteration of Fujifilm’s compact, rangefinder-style APS-C sensor X-E line of cameras. It was released on March 4th of …

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