Some people are truly desperate to grow their following on Instagram, and view their follower count as a symbol of success (or at least a kind of social media fame). For many, the amount of followers one has is of utmost importance, even if those followers weren’t gained in an organic way. One method people use to grow their following is the “follow/unfollow” method.

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Instagram is a fantastic platform filled with exciting imagery from all kinds of amazing photographers. It is one of the most visual social networks, so it’s only natural that it is a favorite among photographers. There are a ton of image-makers who upload amazing pictures on their profiles, many of whom post on a daily basis. In this post, I list 10 photographers on Instagram worth following. These are not necessarily picture-takers with a huge following, but simply those who post quality imagery. Many blog posts of this nature tend to focus solely on users with a massive social media following. There are tons of amazing picture-takers out who don’t have thousands of followers, and it’s important to showcase amazing work regardless of follower count.

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As a beginner in photography, there is a very good chance your first camera will be a consumer grade DSLR. If you happen to get a lower-end DSLR, it will probably be offered as a package complete with 1 or 2 kit zoom lenses. While it may seem tempting to get both a camera and inexpensive zoom lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths as a package deal, it’s not necessarily the best choice. In this article, you will learn why buying a fast 50mm prime lens is a much better option than settling for a slow kit zoom lens.

Buy a 50mm prime lens, not a kit lens
Red X on the 18-55mm slow kit zoom lenses from Canon and Nikon; green check mark on the fast 50mm f/1.8 prime Canon and Nikon lenses.
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Over-processed HDR is awful
Composite HDR of three bracketed long exposures, which were then merged and put through a funky filter in Photomatix Pro. Photos taken a few years ago in SoHo, New York City.

With digital photography, there are so many ways one can alter his/her images in post-processing using Lightroom, Photoshop or any number of image editing programs or applications. I understand that everyone has a unique shooting and processing style, but many people simply overdo the latter part. When someone relies too heavily on the post-processing aspect, and doesn’t put enough thought or care into the image while they are shooting, it creates some pretty undesirable results. To me, a good image should be able to stand on its own, and not need to be over-processed in order to stand out or be considered “a keeper.” With my photos, I try to capture the perfect shot in-camera, and only slightly alter them in post-processing (e.g. add a little contrast, minor color correction or occasional conversion to black and white or sepia tone).

It is hard to define “over-processed,” but I will try. To me, it simply means 1 (or more) of the following:

a) the original has poor composition, is incorrectly exposed or just not a good picture. When someone takes a crappy photo and thinks that pumping up the colors, contrast and whatever else will “save the photo,” whatever that means. In doing this, he/she creates an over-processed mess. For a few examples, check out this shitty HDR on reddit (some shots are okay, but others are beyond awful). 🙁 Continue reading ›

Nikon DSLR and lenses
From left: Nikon D90 DSLR, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D and AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED.

As a photographer, it is easy to get caught up wanting or feeling the need to acquire new photography gear as soon as it hits the market. Camera and lens manufacturers market their products in such a way to make us feel as though we absolutely must have their latest and greatest release, and that having said product will enable us to take “higher-quality photos” and “become a better photographer.” I know and am sure you have met people who have a wide array of high-end gear and don’t even know how to use it properly, or seldom take Continue reading ›

First off, there are cases – events, such as press conferences, parades, sporting events, concerts, ceremonies, etc. – in which zoom lenses are absolutely necessary as you can only shoot from a single spot and do not have free range of motion. Zoom lenses make it easier to capture an assortment of images, from tight close-ups to mid-range and wide angle shots. I don’t shoot at the above-mentioned events, so for my fine art photography, I prefer using prime (non-zoom or fixed focal length) lenses. Below are five reasons I prefer shooting with prime lenses.

Top-notch Nikkor prime lenses
From left to right: AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4, AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G.

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Light trails and pillars under the New York State Thruway in Nyack, New York
I took about 7 photos to get this long exposure of concrete columns and passing traffic on Route 59 underneath the New York State Thruway in Nyack, New York.

Every photographer has his or her unique shooting and post-processing style. With my artwork, one of the things I never do is crop my images. I feel as though my photos should be well-composed in my camera’s viewfinder and that cropping them later on the computer is kind of like cheating. Continue reading ›