What is a 35mm Lens Good For?

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35mm is my personal favorite focal length for photography. It’s wide but not overly so—in many scenarios it’s just wide enough. It also has an uncanny ability to make intimate and personal images. So what is a 35mm lens good for? That’s what I explore in this article. Street Photography The 35mm focal length is …

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Street Photography Camera Settings

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If you’re just getting into street photography, you may be wondering what settings to use for it. There are some differing opinions on this topic, but there’s a lot of common ground in the way that the masters of the craft approach their camera settings. In this article, I’ll be sharing the camera settings I …

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Street Photography: Is it Ethical?

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If you’re a street photographer or thinking about getting into, you’ve probably wondered to yourself about the ethics of street photography. It’s only natural to question something that can make you feel uncomfortable at times—and you may notice you’ve caused someone else to feel uncomfortable at some point or another. It begs the question: is …

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How to Remove Light Pollution in Astrophotography

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Ah space, the final frontier, these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise… Oh no, we’re not in the 24 century just yet—we’re still far from being able to travel across the stars like the crew of the USS Enterprise did, but don’t feel sad, there is a way in which we can all travel …

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Some Thoughts on Street Photography Etiquette

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Street photography etiquette is a tricky subject. It’s subjective. It also can be difficult to practice proper etiquette on the street when someone takes offense to you photographing them. While I certainly don’t have all the answers, I have done quite a bit of street photography and share my personal take on street photography etiquette …

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8 Reasons Why 35mm is an Excellent Street Photography Focal Length

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In my opinion, 35mm lenses are pretty much the ideal focal length street photography. Many street photographers must agree because it’s one of the most widely used focal lengths among street photographers. After trying out pretty much every reasonable focal length for street photography, I’ve grown very fond of shooting with 35mm lenses. In this …

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35mm vs 50mm Street Photography: Choosing the Right Focal Length

Trying to decide between 35mm and 50mm lenses for street photography isn’t an easy decision for many photographers. After all, there are many examples of excellent street photographers who have shot with 35mm lenses and the same goes for 50mm lenses. Ultimately, one isn’t ‘better’ than the other; it comes down to your personal preference …

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8 Reasons Why 28mm Lenses are Great for Street Photography

Street photography image shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a 28mm lens

It depends on where you’re at in your street photography journey, but it’s likely you’ve heard that it’s a popular focal length among street photographers. But why is that—why would so many street photography greats and enthusiasts alike have such an affection for this particular focal length? Well, as with anything in photography, these things …

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Mastering Cityscape Photography Settings

Cityscape of a Paris street

A striking cityscape… is one where the composition is unique and the exposure is excellent (where the full latitude of the sensor or the film stock is utilized). I can’t ensure that your compositions will be jaw-dropping, but I can give you some guidelines/suggestions so your exposure does all it can to make your images …

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Best Camera Settings for Stars

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When done right, a photograph of a starry night sky is awe-inspiring and is capable of reminding the viewer of the infinite nature of space and their place within it. But many photographers, maybe even you yourself, come away from the experience of trying to photograph the stars extremely disappointed. It’s not uncommon to botch …

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What White Balance to Use for Night Photography

Photo of the New York City skyline and the lights from the building being reflected in water as an example of white balance for night sky photography

First of all, there are many different settings you’ll want to be familiar with before going out to shoot the stars. You can certainly check out my article on “Nightscape Photography,” to see some of this information, but there are many other sources to learn this information. Most importantly though, photography in general, and certainly …

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How to Sell Landscape Photography Work: The Mindset and the Methods

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Would you rather hang out with Mother Nature than photograph people? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Compared to genres like weddings, events and portraiture, landscape photography offers a slower-paced, less stressful and arguably more rewarding experience. Unfortunately, it also means selling your work as art, rather than yourself as a service provider. The general …

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What is Cityscape Photography? Meaning, History & Purpose

Black and white cityscape of a drugstore at night

Light and shadow battling for supremacy in jungles of steel, concrete, glass, and brick… this is the hunting ground for cityscape photography. I say hunting ground because an adroit photographer has no choice but to avoid the oft-photographed and easy “shots” in order to capture the magical parts of a city that are overlooked. Most …

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