October 23 30, 2019 • Issue XXV
Happy Almost Fall, reader
We are experiencing some kind of heat wave, even for New Mexico. With temperatures hovering around 100-degrees, it's challenging to find a reason to go outside. But this weekend, fellow photogs Pat Berrett, David Duplessie, and I are heading out into a wilderness area in southern NM for the purpose of capturing some images and doing some hiking, and some sweating, of course.
We have had quite a few entries for the Shadow & Light Magazine Color It Red call-for-entries, and are now in the process of reviewing which entries will be finding their way into the magazine.
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It's not what is in front of the camera that counts, it's what is behind the camera that makes the difference!

Enjoy your weekend!

Leica SL2 Will Be Lighter Than Ever

After months of waiting and anxious anticipation, it looks as if the Leica SL2 is finally on its way. Originally rumored to appear at some point in September, it now looks as if the release date for the Leica SL2 will be in the next two weeks at some point in November. Along with a more concrete release date, there are also some exciting new specs to explore.

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Why Prints Matter to You as a Photographer

Digital has done wonders for our industry – it allows us to learn faster, it gives us technological opportunities that we could have only wished for in the “film” days and it has made completely new styles of photography possible. There’s no doubt that the digital shift has been a positive one.

While we embrace all of this change that digital has brought and explore the new depths of technology, I think it’s important to keep one foot in the “analog” world, at least one area – the physical print. The print versus digital discussion is a very controversial topic among professional photographers, and certainly everyone will have their own opinion.

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Sony Alpha A9 II breaks cover but the upgrades are evolutionary

Rumors have been circulating that a new Sony A9 Mark II was on the way, with all sorts of speculation about what it might be able to do, and it's suddenly dropped with little or no fanfare.

As we previously reported, speculation about the new camera's specs was rampant, though the reality has proved a bit more sober. To the casual observer, it might look as if nothing much has changed, but to pro photographers Sony's updates could prove just the incentive they need to upgrade their current Sony body or even switch systems.

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What Features do Pros Look for in a Camera Bag?

What camera bag do you use? – This is one of the most frequently asked question by our students and fans alike. A camera bag is an indiscernible accessory for both a professional and an amateur photographer. It does not matter what genre of photography you are pursuing; you will need a camera bag to carry your gear when you go shooting.

For landscape and nature photographers who spend considerable time outside, the camera bag must be robust enough to withstand what nature throws at you… and be able to carry food, water, and clothes along with your can camera equipment. The good news is that there are plenty of companies that make great camera bags.

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How Do I Find My Style?

Over a month ago I asked you and everyone else who reads these bi-weekly missives about your greatest struggles and A-HA moments; overwhelmingly, finding “style” was one of the most repeated frustrations. It’s a common enough question, and my answer has always been roughly the same over the years (though I worry it always makes me sound like a grumpy old man): stop looking for it.

Style isn’t the point. It’s not the thing to look for and hone. It’s a byproduct at best, and at its best, it reflects something more important: your voice. And that was the second most-asked question: how do I find my voice?

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15 Amazing Black & White Landscape Photos That Will Leave You in Awe

Black and white photographs have a distinct charm to them that makes them truly fascinating. It could be because of their abstract nature that lets us see the world in a completely different light. This is especially true when it comes to landscape photography. Legendary photographer Ansel Adams' black and white landscape photographs of the American West are an inspiration to any landscape photographer.

Producing great black and white landscape photographs goes beyond converting the image to grayscale. It's important to understand which scene would work better in black and white than color. It's equally important to take control of the tone during the conversion process.

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Your Inspiration

Do you like the idea of a photo project and you want to find one yourself.
But how do you find your personal project, and how do you set out to do it? I’m here to help you with both questions.

Personal experience and exploring your own connections often yield the most rewarding projects. If you’re inspired by the landscape, what is it that inspires you? How does it make you feel?

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“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso