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Photography Tag

Makito is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based out of Los Angeles.

Although he is currently freelancing in the wedding industry, he has a strong passion for traveling and capturing beautiful scenery through his camera. Constantly inspired by the outdoors, Makito strives to express the raw emotions of his subjects in a natural setting. Makito has worked with various brands such as Otterbox, Bryan Anthonys, Tribe & True, Loaded Boards, Hotel Hafnia, Faris Car Rental, and more. He is currently working with Alabaster Company as a contributing landscape photographer for their upcoming books.

Makito’s interest in photography was ignited by all the conceptual images he saw while scrolling through Flickr. Captivated by how magical and otherworldly photos can provoke a sense of wonder and awe, Makito wanted to create that same feeling within the people who view his photos. He hopes to visually inspire people with his photos just like how conceptual photography inspired him to pursue a career in photography.



Check out some of his favorite recommended products to help any daring photographer in the field:

 

1. Photosol Sensor Swab ULTRA: It’s always important to take care of your photography gear. These sensor swabs are perfect for cleaning any dust or black spots that appear on the viewfinder of your camera when taking a photo.

2. TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones: As a music lover, the sound experience is so crucial to me. When I bought these earphones, I was blown away by the sound quality. They also have a noise-canceling feature that is useful for when you want to drown out the outside noise and only hear the music. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants great quality earphones for an affordable price.

3. Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD: Every photographer should have an external hard drive. Whether you’re running low on space on your computer’s hard drive or you’re using it as a backup, this portable external hard drive by Seagate gets the job done.

4. MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod/Monopod Kit: I’ve gone through many tripods in the past, but this Aluminum Roadtrip tripod by MeFOTO is the best one that I’ve had so far. It’s made from high-quality materials, resulting in the perfect travel tripod that’s durable, light, and compact.

5. DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal: If you want to start taking smooth and stable videos on your phone, then I highly recommend this gimbal from DJI. It’s affordable, lightweight, and has a ton of features to take your phone videography to the next level!

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”

– Chuck Palahniuk 

 

I love this quote, because as we go through this journey called “life”, we take bits and pieces from the things that we learned over the years to make meaningful art. Even when we are trying to create something new, we are constantly inspired by the work of others.



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Joe Mikoli is a professional Graphic Designer and a published photographer from Los Angeles, CA.

Joe’s photo work has been featured in Muscle & Fitness UK, Oxygen magazine, PopSugar Fitness, and Today Show online. Throughout his creative career in the graphic arts, Joe collaborated with a multitude of renowned & lucrative brands, personal brands, including but not limited to Team EDGE & EDGE Supps, Body Ambition Fitness, America’s Next Great Trainer, Natalie Jill, Ingrid Romero, Obi Obadike, Phillips & Pelly, HitchFit, Fit Girl Wear, Extreme Results Fitness, Bootoga Worldwide, Fit Mom Diet, and more.

He has built up well over a decade of extensive hands-on experience, that is focused on the fitness, health & wellness, corporate industries, and small businesses.

As a talented creative, Joe has been interviewed by Voyage LA Magazine, alongside making an appearance on his first podcast, Veteran’s Brother last fall. With his knowledge, he has proven himself to be completely dedicated to working effortlessly in achieving all of his client’s needs. These accomplishments were possible because of his ability to combine his skills in leading-edge computer applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, with his knowledge of photography and graphic design. 

Inspired by all forms of photography, especially natural light, and the ever-growing graphic design field, Joe plans on continuing to hone his creative craft.



Check out some of his recommended products to help throughout a creative career:

 

1. Nikon D750 – Since 2015, this is the only DSLR Full Frame camera I still use to this very day. This is a beautiful camera with great low light capabilities and picture quality that still takes fabulous photos.

2. MagMod MagSphere – I have used most of the flash diffusion products and this is my favorite and gives me the best results. Produces great lighting and quality results.

3. MagMod MagBounce: I love this diffuser for groups of people and events, quick and easy to mount and remove, folds to fit in the camera bag. It provides excellent soft light from a portable quick-change system. Distributes more light more evenly than any other on-camera flash diffuser.

4. Westcott Ice Light 2: This continuous light is incredible. I use it mostly for a photo that casts terrifically soft and beautiful light for closeups. The best continuous portable light I’ve owned!

5. Flashpoint Evolv 200 Portable Flash Unit: Simply an amazing and useful piece of lighting equipment for my fitness and fashion photos. It’s great, small, and powerful.

“Those who use his services can rest assured knowing that his commitment to constant growth and a knack for thinking outside of the box, while crafting visually striking graphics for business branding, marketing purposes, and beyond, will meet each and every one of their goals.”

– Joe Mikoli 

 



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Dell is a director, editor, and videographer who goes by the alias @fakedell on Instagram. Currently working for the media group and record label at Mass Appeal, he continues to strive in all elements of media.

He has previously has worked for the Cleveland Browns/NFL and also Lavish Visions which is an advertising group that his friends and he started up in college. Mostly interested in shooting music-related fields, fashion, art, and sports are a major interest as well.

 



Check out some of his recommended products to help throughout a creative career:

 

1. Sony Alpha a7iii Mirrorless Digital Camera – This is the hottest affordable camera out right now, if you know what you’re doing and you have the money then I would highly advise going for this camera. It duals in video and photo well so if you like cameras, you can do the most with this one. Until the A7siii comes out of course.

2. DJI Ronin-S Essentials Kit 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – If you need stable footage and something accessible, then this stabilizer will be your best bet. I personally use the Ronin-m but I think that this is much more useful in certain situations and half the price.

3. DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Quadcopter: Drones are always useful for videos because shots from above add endless opportunities and just another element that makes your visual more enjoyable. This drone right here is the best for the price.

4. Rokinon Cine DS Lens Kit: This is a great bundle on the lens. You get 4 prime lenses with a great range on aperture so you can shoot in low light. You might have to buy four lenses but the price per lens is unmatched and you can do a lot with this kit.

5. Apple MacBook Pro 15in Core i7 2.5GHz Retina: 16 GB of RAM and 512 gb of memory on a Macbook for less then $1500 is all you need for basic editing. Don’t bother getting the newer models with this deal on Amazon.

“Life’s short. So, let’s just do what we want. And if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t, but we’re going to do it how we want to do it.”

– Cole Bennett

 



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Joanna Kalafatis is an actress, blogger, and photographer working out of Los Angeles, California; she has previously lived in Athens, Greece and New York.

She has published two photo books on “Abandoned California” with Arcadia Publishing and runs a travel blog at LosetheMap.com. Joanna has also traveled to over 40 countries and worked with major travel brands including Hipmunk, Mapquest, and JUCY Campervan in the past.

In addition to writing about travel and cultures, she is passionate about social causes; she helped film a documentary in a Syrian refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, has worked with charities such as Centro Infantil in Mexico, and partnered with Omaze to promote and help fund Tanzanian charities.

As far as acting, Joanna has appeared in commercials for Mitsubishi, worked as a voice actress in franchises such as Metal Gear Solid, in music videos for Pierce the Veil and Lil Wayne, and acted in many independent films.



Juggling a few connected but different careers is always a balancing act, so she has a few products to help her organize and get the best out of her time:

 

1. Sunski Madrona Polarized Sunglasses For Men & Women: I used to really have a block against wearing sunglasses, but I travel to a lot of very sunny destinations and need to protect my eyes. The great thing about these glasses is that they are made from recycled plastic!

2. JOBY GorillaPod 3K Kit: So many shots require a tripod to get that truly detailed, professional look and I especially love long exposure shots. You can place the JOBY almost anywhere and set up a great shot; it’s extremely lightweight and great for the road.

3. GoPro HERO7 Black: Even though I will never part with my Canon, this GoPro has been amazing to get active/underwater travel shots and videos I couldn’t really get with my DSLR camera.

4. Osprey Mira AG 26 Hydration Pack:  Whether I’m going on a long hike to get some great photos and want to stay hydrated, or just need to comfortably carry my gear with me when I walk around a new city, this backpack has been a lifesaver.

5. Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook – A5 Size: This is the perfect notebook for those who use the Bullet Journal Method; I like writing things down manually, but using this one notebook helped me merge all my planners, to do lists, brainstorming maps, etc. in one place so I can stay on top of my work and responsibilities.

“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis


I love this quote by one of my favorite Greek authors because it captures the idea that once you have learned what all the rules and expectations of you are, you need to trust your instincts to break them a little so you can truly achieve your dreams.



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Denardo Lee Gastin is a multitalented, versatile artist born & raised in Atlanta, GA.

Since childhood, he’s developed a heavy interest, in the world of arts and entertainment, plus raising himself on various pop culture, through his childhood in the 1990s. Because of his ADHD, he used to draw on classwork and homework developing an obsession with building a collection of VHS, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. Mainly, anything that was based on Japanese culture.

When it comes to my art, he’s graphic designer, musician, digital artist, retoucher, video editor, and last but not least, a photographer. As of 2019, he’s 11 times published (including in The Fox Magazine, on his birthday of August 3, 2018).



Check out some of his favorite products along his photographic journey:

 

1. Nikon D850 – Since 2013, this is my first, and only DSLR camera, that I still use to this very day. At the time of its release in 2012, it boosted the most megapixels, which has been overtaken since, plus with the mirrorless era, this camera model still packs a punch.

2. Neewer 5 in 1 Reflector – Being mainly an outdoor shooter, especially in sunlight, using a reflector on my subject, brings out a glowing but thaumaturgical effect on my subject, making them, without the use of electricity flashing on them.

3. Love Louder: 33 Ways To Amplify Your Life –  I’ve owned this book, for a year. In recent times, when it comes to posting my content on Social Media, I have something called “D.L.Gommentaries,”  which are commentaries that either provides Behind The Scenes of the art, or some self-help motivation. Because I have influenced certain people with my motivation, even before I owned this book, this book has helped me become more happy with my life, and I highly recommend it.

4. iPad Pro – Because I’m also a musician and a digital artist, and I’m unable to afford studio time or the more expensive but professional equipment, with the purchase of several different apps on the iTunes store, I’ve used this device to utilize those creative mediums with (alongside the Apple Pencil).

5. Sony WI-C400 Wireless In-Ear Headphones – When I want to listen to my music on the go, or communicate with people on the phone without holding it, I can always count on these headphones.

“The biggest purpose in life, is for us to be happy, and there are millions of ways to make our melancholic lives, turn to blithesome, and be very pulchritudinous afterwards.”
– D.L Gastin

 



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Whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or pro, learn everything you need to know about how to buy a DSLR camera in this shopping guide from The Fox Shop.


While there are certain photographers in the crowd that swear by a particular brand of camera, we’re not those kinds of photographers. This DSLR Camera Shopping guide will inspire YOU as the photographer that you are more important than any piece of gear you can buy.

If digital camera sales were any indication of what the best brand was, then according to Amazon Canon would be a clear winner. As we write this, Canon manufactures at least 10 of the top 25 bestselling cameras on the Amazon bestseller list.

In addition, Canon holds 9 of the top 10 spots, with the top 3 being the PowerShot A570 IS, the PowerShot SD1000 Digital Elph, and the PowerShot SD850. Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and even Kodak seem to make a few top spots, but not like Canon does.

Sure, sure, sure, Canon seems to sell more cameras than anyone else. But, are they really that much better? Take a look at our top choices for DSLR cameras, both for entry-level and intermediate photographers.

What is a crop sensor camera?

A crop sensor camera, as the name implies has a smaller or “cropped” sensor than it’s full-frame sensor counterpart.  The most noticeable impact associated with this is what is called a “crop factor”. 

The crop factor refers to the magnification of the field of view when looking through the viewfinder.  For most AP-C and crop sensor DSLRs the crop factor is 1.5 or 1.6, so for easy math, let’s use 1.5 as the crop factor.

What is a full-frame camera?

The actual difference between crop and full-frame cameras is the actual, physical, size of the sensor that lives inside the camera. 

The size is actually the same size as a frame of traditional 35mm film, which is why full-frame cameras were a must-have for anyone coming over to digital from shooting with film for years.

In terms of field of view when looking through the viewfinder, you’d get a similar “feel” between a full-frame DSLR and a 35mm film SLR.



Entry Level (Crop Sensor) Cameras:

 

Olympus TG-6Packed with Pro features, you’ll nail difficult shots — even in low light. Shoot intricately detailed macro photos and unique shots underwater with vivid color. The lightweight, compact tough tg-6. Engineered to survive the world’s toughest places.

Nikon D3300The D3300 is a small, easy to use HD-SLR. Capture beautiful 24.2-MP photos and 1080p Full HD videos with vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds, then share them instantly with your compatible smartphone and the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter. 

Kodak PixPro – A 42X ultra long zoom lens with optical image stabilization delivers crisp, clear 16 megapixel close-ups, panorama or HD videos.

 

Intermediate + Professional (Full Frame + Mirrorless) Cameras:

 

Nikon D850 – Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high-resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution.

Sony A7RIII Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the a7R III combines a high resolution 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps with full AF/AE tracking.

Canon 5D Mark IV – The EOS 5D Mark IV camera builds on the powerful legacy of the 5D series, offering amazing refinements in image quality, performance, and versatility.

If you’re new to the world of digital cameras, that should at least give you an idea of who the big dogs are in this business.  

Getting the perfect camera is never an easy thing, especially with the way digital technology is constantly changing. Fortunately, there are plenty of helpful websites online like us that can narrow down your search and help you find the camera with all the features important to you.

– Until next time camera lovers!