A small black lens and camera combo.

Best Focal Length for Street Photography: 6 Focal Lengths for Every Situation

Brandon BallwegJan 11, 2022

While I wish there was a single best focal length for street photography that would fit every situation, it’s not exactly a possibility. There are wide-angle prime lenses that do the majority of what you need while being small and…

Photo of a simple street photography gear setup with a camera, lens, strap, and camera bags.

Street Photography Gear: Pack Light to Focus on What’s Important

Brandon BallwegJan 6, 2022

Street photography gear is often over-thought. Gear, to some extent, is an essential part of making street photos though. My philosophy on street photography gear is to keep things as simple as possible and travel light. Street photography gear is…

A closeup of a camera lens with the aperture blades stopped down.

What’s the Best Aperture for Street Photography?

Brandon BallwegJan 5, 2022

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.…

Image of a gray aperture opening on a camera lens.

Street Photography Aperture Priority: When and How to Use It

Brandon BallwegDec 30, 2021

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…

A portrait of a group of three young women and two young men.

Best Aperture for Portraits: Perfecting Depth of Field in Portrait Photography

Amy GraceDec 29, 2021

When shooting portraits, whether they’re of friends, family, or clients, it’s important to get the most flattering photographs possible. Using apertures creatively can lead to some impressive shots, but there’s also an art to knowing when to use which settings.…

A guy slacklining on a line tied to trees on a beach at night as people watch.

Night Street Photography: Gear, Camera Settings, Techniques

Brandon BallwegDec 23, 2021

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…

Image of the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS from a diagonal angle.

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

Brandon BallwegDec 16, 2021

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.…

Fujifilm cameras against a gray background: the X100V, the X-Pro4 and X-E4 in the second row, and the XF10 and GFX50R in the back row.

Best Fujifilm Cameras for Street Photography: 5 Top Picks

Brandon BallwegOct 1, 2021

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…

The Fujifilm XF10-24mmf/4 R OIS WR on the Fujifilm X-T3 outside on a rock surface.

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

Brandon BallwegAug 25, 2021

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…

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 XF for Fujifilm without lens hood.

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm Review

Brandon BallwegAug 11, 2021

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…

A zoom lens on a wood table.

Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Review: More Than Just a Kit Lens

Brandon BallwegAug 5, 2021

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS is a wide-angle to mid-range zoom lens that is sold as a kit lens with some of Fujifilm’s cameras. There are very few bad new lenses sold these days but to…

Front side angle of the Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens.

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens Review: Great Image Quality, Disappointing Autofocus

Brandon BallwegJul 20, 2021

The Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro is a 90mm full-frame equivalent lens with very good sharpness and image quality. I’ve had this lens for a couple of years now, so I have a good idea of what it’s best…

The Fujifilm 18mm f/2 R on a Fujifilm rangefinder style camera.

Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R Review

Brandon BallwegJul 2, 2021

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…

The Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR up close.

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

Brandon BallwegJun 23, 2021

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…

The Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 WR on a canvas surface.

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

Brandon BallwegJun 16, 2021

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…

The Fujifilm X-E4 on a wood table from above.

Fujifilm X-E4 Review: A Compact Street Companion

Brandon BallwegJun 4, 2021

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…

The Fujifilm X-T3 on a wood table next to a window with sunlight coming in.

Fujifilm X-T3 Review: Still Worth Considering in 2022 and Beyond?

Brandon BallwegMar 22, 2021

The Fujifilm X-T3 was a big hit when it first came out in September of 2018. It was praised for its jack-of-all-trades performance, as it does everything pretty well and doesn’t have many weak spots. Now that it’s been two…

A woman in a red scarf and hat taking photos with a camera on a roof.

33 Christmas Images for Inspiring Your Christmas Photography

Brandon BallwegDec 6, 2020

Taking Christmas images is fun and challenging and the photos are something you can look back on and appreciate for years to come, not unlike taking Thanksgiving images, which is a good opportunity to brush up on your photography if…

A woman photographing a family at Thanksgiving dinner on her phone

22 Thanksgiving Images to Inspire Your Holiday Photography

Brandon BallwegNov 19, 2020

Now that Halloween is in the rearview mirror, Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year when we count our blessings and get together with family. Who then promptly drive you crazy. Whether your family drives you nuts or not, Thanksgiving…

Collage of golden hour images.

25 Golden Hour Images for Photographic Inspiration

Brandon BallwegAug 9, 2020

If you’ve read any beginner photography book or taken any courses, you’ve probably had the importance of the ‘golden hour’ drilled into you. Golden hour light, right around the time the sun is rising or setting, is a beautiful, soft,…