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By Antonio M. Rosario | The official STM Flipboard magazine. You'll find here a great selection of photography articles curated by the Switch to Manual guys.


Singapore, 2016Dear friend,Let’s continue STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MANUAL by talking how by being more aggressive, you can make better photo and …

Street Photography

Why Black & White is the goto look for street photographers

Black & White still remains the photographer’s favorite for Street Photographers with very good reasons. Where in other genres, monochrome has become …

Street Photography

5 Classic Portrait Lighting Mistakes You May Be Making

In this article, I am going to highlight 5 key things that I see portrait photographers doing that I consider to be “in need of improvement.” And …

Portrait Photography

RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide

I did not plan on writing a dedicated article on RAW vs JPEG. Why? I thought this ship had sailed long ago and the time of heated debates over which …

The 5 Best Film Scanners Under $200

Scanning film is probably the least attractive part of shooting film, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect this stage. Nowadays, we all want to …

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding Shutter Speed

We've already looked at the importance of understanding ISO and aperture if you want to get your camera out of its automatic setting and start being …

Digital Photography

How to Use Lightroom Presets as a Starting Point

These days, two pieces of photography software dominate the landscape – Adobe's Lightroom and also Photoshop. And while there are an increasing …


The f/8 Rule for Street Photographers on the Move. Let's Take a Look...

Commonly Known as the “f/8 and be there” Rule<p>Why f/8 anyways? Well, if we're going to take an average, many lenses are pretty darn sharp at around …

Street Photography

Flash Synchronisation Demystified

One area where newcomers to photography often struggle, is with the use of flash. We might have bought a flashgun with our camera or added one later …

Digital Photography

American Abstract

How The Importance of "Thrill" in Photography Has Been Forgotten

We all read a good deal of information about the technical components of photography hoping to perfect our photos or, at the very least, make them …


Why Black and White?

Athena Carey gives us something to think about to overcome our hesitation or uneasiness about creating Black & White images. Read More >>


STM Tipcast 02 - Check Those Settings!

The hidden life story of the iconic 'Migrant Mother'

Migrant Mother<p>"A legend of the strength of American motherhood"<p>Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of a worried migrant mother is the single most iconic image of the Great Depression, and one of the most famous pictures of all time, yet for decades after it was taken, almost nothing was known about …


According To Social Media, I’m A S**t Photographer And So Are You. Really?

Social media is great. It’s also an annoying, disingenuous, time wasting, soul-destroying evil entity which can have a dramatic negative impact. …

Social Media Marketing

Street Shots Ep.42 “Many Mickles Make a Muckle”

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Street Shots Ep.41 – “Off To Market”

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Understanding Aperture Is Important for Any Photographer. Read Why...

As a part of the exposure triangle, Aperture is one of the <b>three elements</b> that affect exposure. Shutter Speed and ISO are the other two elements and …

Digital Photography

The Power of Shutter Speed In Two Photographs

Shutter speed is one of the first elements of photography that you learn as a beginner. Learning how to control your camera’s shutter speed to make …


The Deliberate Nature of Manual Focus Lenses

Autofocus is incredible; and the technology has come a very far way with it–but I personally really enjoy manual focusing my lenses despite an …


Street Shots Ep.40 – “Transitions” Interview with Jim Goldstein

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Why You Should Love Negative And Constructive Photography Critique

It is counterintuitive, and we are all aware of that. But there is a reason why most of the successful artists will tell you that you can’t learn …


7 Tips For Taking Amazing iPhone Street Photos Of Strangers

Strangers are an important element in your iPhone street photography. They help you tell interesting stories and capture the viewer’s imagination. …

Street Photography

Street Photography vs Public Views of the Art Form

“I think it’s different with you, Chris.” said one of the models that I shoot the other day when we went out for sushi after collaborating. “This guy …

Street Photography

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6 Creative Ways To Use And Modify Ambient Light

Ambient light is my favorite when it comes to lighting subjects. This is mostly due to the fact that it is the most natural looking light you can …

Portrait Photography