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Photography Life provides various digital photography reviews, articles, tips, tutorials and guides to photographers of all levels
Canon RF 15-35mm F/2.8 L IS USM Review
2023-12-06 06:38
Fast, ultra-wide zoom lenses have long been staples for advanced and professional photographers. The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L is a recent example, building upon Canon’s legacy of 16-35… Read More
9 Most Common Flash Photography Mistakes
2023-12-02 03:12
Utilizing a flash can be one of the best ways to take your photography to the next level. That said, I often see new photographers with a lot of potential become discouraged by the initial c… Read More
Viltrox AF 35mm F/1.8 Review
2023-11-29 00:38
The Viltrox AF 35mm f/1.8 is a full-frame autofocus lens available both for the Nikon Z system and for Sony E mount. At just $380, it undercuts lenses such as the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 ($850) a… Read More
Canon RF 35mm F/1.8 Macro IS STM Review
2023-11-22 00:32
The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro is a lightweight prime capable of 1:2 close focus photography. At $499, it is positioned as a value option rather than one of Canon’s high-end L-series le… Read More
Sony FE 24mm F/1.4 GM Review
2023-11-14 14:30
This is an in-depth review of the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM, one of Sony’s top wide-angle prime lenses meant to offer the highest image quality and brightest aperture available at 24mm. Th… Read More
Nikon Zf Field Review
2023-11-10 19:39
Nikon has an impressive family tree that includes a number of iconic cameras. If you started out in photography during the analog film era, you’ll be familiar with classic cameras like… Read More
Sony FE 300mm F/2.8 GM OSS Lens Announced
2023-11-08 14:06
Sony is surely making waves today, perhaps the biggest one being with their new Sony a9 III camera with a global shutter. But great cameras need great lenses, and what better way to make the… Read More
Nikon Z 70-180mm F/2.8 Review
2023-11-07 14:30
One of Nikon’s most intriguing decisions in the mirrorless era is to sell two different f/2.8 zoom trios – one set of professional, S-line lenses for $2000+, and another set for… Read More
Wildlife Photography Safety Tips
2023-11-06 19:53
Wildlife photography is a very rewarding, creative, and relaxing activity – that is, unless you just missed the shot of a lifetime. However, while being outdoors is generally good for… Read More
Beach Photography Using Manual Mode
2023-11-04 22:14
This is a short essay for photographers who are new to manual mode. Beaches present some unique challenges for getting good quality photos, but they are also very rewarding subjects. Here's… Read More
Sony FE 20mm F/1.8 G Review
2023-10-31 18:22
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is an $898 wide-angle, wide-aperture prime lens for Sony full-frame cameras. As you'll see throughout this review, this small and somewhat unassuming lens has extrao… Read More
Photography Life’s AI-Free Commitment
2023-10-30 06:59
Photography Life has been, is, and always will be AI-free. This is the conclusion our core group of writers came up with in one of our internal calls, where we debated the use of generative… Read More
Nikon’s Secret Macro Lens
2023-10-25 20:25
I love using macro lenses, but that isn’t the only way to focus up close. Plenty of non-macro lenses, too, have enough magnification for small subjects like flowers or dragonflies. In… Read More
13 Tips To Film Better Video For Beginners
2023-10-24 19:21
Most of the time, I use my camera for photography, but it's undeniable that modern cameras are usually packed with video features as well. If you're thinking of filming some video with your… Read More
Enjoying Photography In A High-Tech World
2023-10-14 04:23
In modern times, pursuing photography can feel like walking into a hurricane. It seems that with every passing day, we are bombarded not only with millions of new images, but new gear that s… Read More
Nikon Z 600mm F/6.3 VR S Announced
2023-10-11 05:26
Nikon just announced the newest supertelephoto lens for the mirrorless Z system: the Nikon Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S. Partly thanks to the phase fresnel (PF) lens element, the 600mm f/6.3 VR S is t… Read More
Canon RF 10-20mm F/4 L IS STM Announced
2023-10-11 01:50
Canon has just announced the RF 10-20mm f/4 L IS lens for its RF mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. This lens is the widest rectilinear lens available for the RF mount and is roughly the r… Read More
My Picks For Amazon Prime Big Deal Days
2023-10-10 19:34
Looking for some photography and videography deals? Amazon’s Prime Big Deal days are back again, offering some good savings on gear. Additionally, B&H is matching many of the disco… Read More
SmallRig VB99 Battery Review
2023-10-09 14:04
Having reliable power is essential to photography and videography. Instead of traditional power banks, lots of photographers – and especially videographers – will use V-Mount sty… Read More
5 Common Landscape Photography Mistakes
2023-10-06 23:48
To get better as a landscape photographer, I find it very helpful to look back on my photos and evaluate the mistakes I’ve made. Many of these mistakes are things that I see other land… Read More
How To Photograph Fall Colors
2023-10-03 06:22
Autumn colors are reaching their peak here in Colorado, making it one of the best times of year for landscape photography. I just spent a weekend in the mountains photographing cottonwoods… Read More
Nikon Z 135mm F/1.8 S Plena Announced
2023-09-27 04:09
Nikon just announced the newest lens for the Z system - and their first lens ever with a "Plena" designation. The Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena is full of high-end features and will be availab… Read More
Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) Mini Review
2023-09-24 05:50
One camera brand that has successfully fostered an aura of uniqueness, exclusivity, and luxury is the Leica. This German brand was there at the very beginning of 35mm cameras around a hundre… Read More
11 Things To Know About The Nikon Zf
2023-09-20 04:10
Nikon’s big announcement of the retro-themed Zf will draw a lot of attention, and not just because the camera is so beautifully designed. In fact, some of the Zf's new features are tot… Read More
Composing Upside Down And Backwards
2023-09-16 00:28
Before I started shooting with large format film, something that almost scared me away is that composition on these cameras is completely backwards. It's also upside down. And I'm not talkin… Read More
Best Wildlife Lenses For The Nikon Z8
2023-09-02 21:09
If you bought a Nikon Z8, you probably already know that it is one of the best cameras for wildlife, period. Not only does it have the same autofocus system as Nikon's flagship Z9, but it ma… Read More
Best Cheap Lenses For Sony Cameras
2023-09-01 21:31
Sony’s E mount has a huge range of lenses available, and if you’ve just picked up a Sony camera, choosing your first few lenses can feel confusing. In this guide, I’ll brea… Read More
How To Change ISO On The Panasonic G9
2023-08-31 19:41
The Panasonic G9 is one of my favorite cameras. Unlike the GH series, which are more oriented towards video, the G9 is a perfect blend between photo and video features. In this article, I'd… Read More
Best Memory Cards For The Sony A7R V
2023-08-31 07:34
If you’re looking for the best memory cards for the Sony a7R V, you have a lot of CFExpress Type A and SD cards to choose from. In this guide, I’ll introduce the best options for… Read More
Sony A7C II Announced: A Competitive Update
2023-08-30 00:54
Sony just announced the second camera in their a7C lineup, the $2200 Sony a7C II. Although it's more expensive than the previous version, Sony has added plenty of new features, including bet… Read More
Sony 16-35mm F/2.8 GM II Announced
2023-08-29 19:14
Sony just announced the second generation of their pro-level 16-35mm f/2.8 ultra-wide zoom, the FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II. This new version is substantially lighter and smaller than the origina… Read More
Dockcase Smart USB-C Hub – A Mini Review
2023-08-29 02:43
If you're using one of the latest laptops featuring USB-C, like the MacBook Pro, the C type port can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it's a powerful and multi-purpose port. On t… Read More
DxO PhotoLab 6 Vs DxO PureRaw 3
2023-08-28 20:27
DxO PhotoLab 6 and DxO PureRaw 3 are two popular photography software options, especially for noise reduction. DxO is pretty famous for its machine-learning noise reduction algorithms, but I… Read More
Viltrox AF 24mm F/1.8 Review
2023-08-25 21:14
Viltrox is one of the few third-party companies that makes autofocus lenses for the Nikon Z system, and I’ve been eager to test their lenses for a while. The Viltrox AF 24mm f/1.8, whi… Read More
Viltrox AF 24mm F/1.8 Vs Nikon Z 28mm F/2.8
2023-08-25 21:09
I had the chance to test the Viltrox AF 24mm f/1.8 and Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 extensively in the field - part of my quest to find the best wide-angle prime for the Nikon Z system! Both of these… Read More
The Effects Of Print Size In Photography
2023-08-14 08:14
How does print size affect the emotional feel of a photo? It may seem like an image that works at one size will be equally good at any size - but in practice, I don't find that to be true. I… Read More

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