How to buy used gear (and not get burned) ...

DAN BRACAGLIA, DPREVIEW:

Photography gear is pricey, and buying used is a great way to keep your wallet from getting too thin, but it also comes with quite a few risks. The high price associated with photo gear sometimes attracts unsavory folks disguising themselves as reputable sellers as a means to part you from your hard-earned cash. Thankfully, it's pretty easy to avoid this from happening.

I've been buying gear on a budget for thirteen years now, mostly via eBay and Craigslist, and in that time have come up with a basic set of rules to protect myself from getting burned. And after recently reading a gear-buying horror story, I felt compelled to write down my rules – with the input of my DPReview colleagues – and share them with you.

Note: There are exceptions to these rules and following them does not necessarily guarantee you won't get burned by a bad deal. As with any big-ticket purchase, common sense is the best and safest policy.

Read more, here.

Dynamic symmetry: The genius of Henri Cartier-Bresson's composition ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

Henri Cartier-Bresson—the father of modern-day street photography and master of the candid shot—was obsessive about the 'geometry' in his photographs. And in [a] two-part educational series, photographer Tavis Leaf Glover dives into some of Bresson's best-known images to explain the dynamic symmetry at work and help you understand (and implement) it in your own photos.

Read more, and watch the instructive video, from here.

Mendr is the Uber of Photoshopping ...

WILL NICHOLLS, PETAPIXEL:

Meet Mendr, the Uber of the Photoshop and image processing world. Nowadays, almost everything is moving online. Hailing a cab is now done on your phone with Uber. Airbnb lets you crash on someone’s spare bed. Now you can send your photos off to be processed, straight from your phone.

Mendr is an idea brought to life by two entrepreneurs from Dallas, Texas: Pat Thibodeau and Josh Farrar. Like many photographers, they’ve had the endless requests to make small edits for friends and family on their snapshots.  It’s for this reason that they decided to create an app which allows photo-editing “on demand.”

Read more, here.

Lenses for fashion photography ...

TODD VORENKAMP, EXPLORA:

Fashion photography is all about being in the right place at the right time with the right model featuring the right outfit in the right lighting. Whether it be on the street, on the runway, or in a studio, having the right lens might make the difference between getting the cover shot or filling your digital trashcan with unsightly images.

Read more, here.

Oldest known portrait of a US president unearthed after over 100 years in storage ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

The oldest known original photo of a U.S. president will go up for auction at Sotheby's on October 5th, the auction house has revealed. The daguerreotype is a black and white silver-plate portrait of John Quincy Adams, who is featured sitting in a chair as a Massachusetts congressman following his term as president.

Read more, and see the picture, from here.

$11,000 Leica Noctilux lens shattered, or: Why you never check camera gear when flying ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, here's your 1,000 words about why you should never check-in your camera gear when flying. This $11,000 Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux ASPH lens and the $7,000 Leica M10 it was attached to are both broken, possibly beyond repair, after the owner checked them into the hold on a flight instead of carrying them onto the plane.

Read more, and see the tragic aftermath, from here.

How to optimize photos for Facebook ...

JAYPHEN SIMPSON, PETAPIXEL:

Saving images for the web, and specifically, Facebook, can require a little bit of extra attention to get them looking sharp.... Have you ever uploaded images to Facebook and been disappointed with the way they look on-screen? Facebook’s image compression combined with the image size limitations can leave your photos looking soft.

Read more, and watch the video tutorial, from here.

Let's hook up on Instagram

By DOMINIQUE JAMES

I’m on Instagram, along with millions of others. On my small corner at least, I am very active on Instagram. I post pictures on Instagram at least once a day. And on many days, I post more than one photo.

I can’t tell you exactly how I got hooked on Instagram, but I am. I realized, not long ago, that I’ve been posting a bunch of photos. Not dumping just any picture or anything like that, but curated photographic images from the so many that I’m always taking with different cameras, and posting them for for all to see.

What kind of pictures will you see on my Instagram?

Well, there are many different types.

You’ll see: pictures of amazing places from my frequent travels (consider it my “wish-you-were-here” postcards), pictures of savory food that I enjoy (occasionally, food that I cooked myself at home), pictures of awesome products that I love to collect and use and want to share with you (such as fountain pens, headphones, Apple stuff and Apple-y things, among others), pictures that are intended as fine art photographic images in black-and-white and full color (something that you might want to hang on your home and office walls), and then there are also pictures of some of my commercial and advertising work (many of which are outtakes from studio and on-location photo shoots that I’ve done). And, of course, every once in a while, I shoot and post very experimental photos--something quite strange, something quite different.

I enjoy sharing pictures on Instagram. And I would like it very much if you take a look at them.

Also, I would like it if you can tell your friends to take a look as well.

On this website (which you can bookmark), you will instantly see a spread of the latest 20 images culled directly from my Instagram feed - https://dominiquejames.net/instagram.

From your web browser, you can also see the latest images directly - https://www.instagram.com/dominiquejames/.

And, if you’re on Instagram, we can definitely hook up with each other and check out each other’s photos. I've made so many fascinating connections with so many awesome people from all over the world.

On the Instagram app, look me up and add me — @dominiquejames.

By the way, as much as I enjoy posting photos online for all to see, I also very much enjoy looking at the amazing pictures that you and everyone else post online. It's an awesome experience to see what everyone else is up to, pictorially speaking, that is!

So, I think it’s going to be fun and surprising, and kinda amazing.

I promise. Let's hook up!

You can now read this daily photography blog from your favorite RSS reader ...

BY DOMINIQUE JAMES

Good news!

If you like getting your daily dose of news and information from the convenience of your favorite RSS reader—on your desktop or laptop, on your smartphone or mobile device, you can now get all of the latest contents of this constantly updated photography blog by adding our RSS feed.

To get started, copy this RSS link: http://dominiquejames.net/blog?format=rss

The next step is to simply go and open your RSS reader and then add the link.

That’s it!

From important and valuable photography links with short commentary to thought-provoking quotes, from original, never-before-published exclusive photographs, interviews and long-form articles created exclusively for this blog, to amazing contributions from several regular and guest bloggers—you can now get it all on your RSS reader.

By adding our RSS link and feed to your reader, you won’t ever miss a thing again that’s on our blog.

Also, if you get the chance, please check out and bookmark the official Dominique James Photography website at www.dominiquejames.com. This photography website is regularly updated to showcase new, exciting, evocative, and never-before-seen original black-and-white and color photographs that can be licensed directly from the website for commercial, editorial, and personal use.

To get in touch for feedback, comments and suggestions, please send an email to dominiquejames@gmail.com.

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