In 2019, the photography community revived quirky old cameras, found creative freedom on an Instagram that no longer counts likes, and used the power of a photo to bring attention to the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. These are the stories that made us better photographers last year. We hope they inspire even more great photos in 2020.
Words by Urth HQ
Portrait photography doesn’t always come to mind when thinking about neutral density filters. ND filters are more commonly used in landscape or street photography to capture movement, but ND filters can bring dramatic beauty to portrait photography too. Read how here.
Across the myriad of toy cameras and varied forgotten photographic castoffs, there’s always been an array of weird and wonderful cameras that never quite took off. One of the more strange and fleeting trends has to be quadrascopic cameras, led by the Nimslo 3D, and its twisted cousin, the Nishika 8000. Read about why quadrascopic cameras are making a comeback.
Images are powerful. Time and time again history has shown that one simple click can impact minds and create lasting change on both small and large scales. Urth writer Eleanor Scott looks at the artists, journalists, companies and photographers championing photography for social change.
As Darwin swelters through the heat and humidity of the dry season and the population grows tired from the debilitating climate, an anxious tension grips the city. Melbourne-based photographer Abigail Varney captured the period before monsoon season known as ‘the build up’, resulting in a project that makes clear just how inherent our connection to the environment really is. See the photos by Abigail Varney.
The idea of capturing blur and motion in photography may seem counterintuitive, making the image look out of focus or amateurish. However, with control, intent and the right gear, these techniques can level up an image. This is a helpful guide to capturing motion with ND filters, from a photographer who has mastered this technique.
Lens filters and adapters can open up a world of photographic opportunities once you know how, and why to use them. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you choose the right gear, and take your photography to the next level.
The mirrorless format has been around for more than a decade now, but there’s been unprecedented interest in recent years, providing a slimmed-down, travel-friendly alternative to the DSLR that still produces outstanding images. From the budget-friendly to the top-of-the-line, here are some of our favourite mirrorless cameras for travelling the globe.
For lens enthusiasts who have more than a few pieces of glass in their camera bag, a square filter system offers a versatile solution that fits all your lenses. Here is an in-depth look at the reasons to consider a square filter system, as well as some limitations to ponder before purchasing one.
French photographer Fabien Voileau shares which camera he uses for street work to go unnoticed by pedestrians, as well as the lenses, filters and other gear he packs to nail the perfect shot. Read Fabien’s packing list.
There are hundreds of ways to clean your lenses and filters, but only one way to do it right – with as little damage to your glass as possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide on the fastest and easiest way to keep your gear clean and your photographs sharp. Read up here.