Rangefinder’s PhotoForward Blog: Top 10 Posts from 2015

Our PhotoForward blog allows us the opportunity to share original news, tips and educational videos that we don’t always have room for in the print and digital editions of Rangefinder. The following is a list of the most popular posts of the year.

rf-30-2015-post-761x10241-2. Rangefinder Reveals the Coveted List of 30 Rising Stars 2015! and Rangefinder Reveals the Full Online Gallery of 30 Rising Stars 2015!

This year marked Rangefinder‘s fourth annual compilation of the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography, a group of up-and-coming wedding photographers that we expect to see even more amazing work from in the future. Highlights from this year included elements of drama, mood, and atmosphere in many of the submissions, resulting in positively evocative “epic wedding moments.”



Tamron-SP-45mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD_model-F013-Canon-mount-1024x7863. Tamron’s New Prime Lenses Get You Close, Real Close, to Your Subjects

When Tamron released two new full-frame Prime lenses in its SP family with 35 mm and 45mm focal lengths, Rangefinder’s audience took notice. The new lenses offer image stabilization and enhance close focusing capabilities, as well as f/1.8 apertures. Both retail for $599.


Screen-Shot-2015-07-09-at-9.51.55-AM4. Susan Stripling on the Eight Pitfalls of Wedding Photography [RF Video of the Week]

Wedding photographer and blogger Susan Stripling highlights some of the common pitfalls and mistakes of Wedding Photographers, both avoidable and unavoidable, and how to work around them.


IMG_93895. Photographer Tested: Canon’s 5DS and 5DS R Discussion at WPPI 2015

Rangefinder Technology Editor Greg Scoblete sat down with four Canon Explorers of Light – George Lepp, Bruce Dorn, Hanson Fong and Ken Sklute – along with photographer Peter Hurley, in March to discuss their experiences using the new 50-megapixel Canon 5DS and 5DS R cameras, which went on sale to the public in June.


Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 2.28.26 PM6-7. Miguel Quiles Goes Behind the Scenes on His Lighting Setup for Beauty Shoots and Miguel Quiles Goes Behind the Scenes To Show His “Dramatic Portrait” Setup

These two Rangefinder Video of the Week’s go behind the scenes with photographer Miguel Quiles, where he takes our audience into his studio to show a simple, yet effective lighting setup for beauty images, as well as how he stages dramatic portraits that add dimension and character to the subject.


Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 2.30.09 PM8. Joe McNally Camps Outside City Hall, Free Wedding Portraits Ensue [RF Video of the Week]

When lighting guru and industry leader Joe McNally stationed himself outside New York City’s City Hall, emerging newlyweds were in for a surprise! Through the back of the Nikon Wedding Truck Studio, McNally offered free, professional wedding portraits of just-married couple who might have otherwise not arranged for professionally done photos.


BB_eyetracking_diagram_pic9. Why Pros Matter: Their Photos, Says Study, Are More Memorable 

The National Press Photographer’s Association released the results of a study in which they took 100 professional photographs and 100 images snapped by amateurs but used by news outlets as “user-generated content,” scrambled them up and presented them to people. The study found an overwhelming preference for professional photography, and that study participants could tell 90 percent of the time whether an image was amateur or professionally shot.  It also found that more time was spent, on average, with professionally generated photographs.


portraitpro10. Anthropics Launches PortraitPro 15 Retouching Software

Anthropics newest retouching software release, PortraitPro 15, has a slew of new features and adds support for high-resolution monitors and Apple Retina displays. It also has a makeup control function and a selfie/wide angle lens distortion correction tool.

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Stacey Goldberg

Stacey Goldberg

Stacey Goldberg is the online editor for Rangefinder and its sister publication, PDN. Originally from the suburbs of New York, she graduated from Lafayette College in 2012 and is currently working toward her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business.

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