Why you shouldn’t follow composition rules but might also know some. They can still however be a great path towards better photography and narration.

People photographing things on a ferry in Denmark.

Can photography be great when you follow composition rules?

If you are a beginner or casual amateur, you will find tips and tricks to enhance your photographic abilities almost everywhere. Many will state that a good photograph is about applying essential rules. Follow them, or you will never take great photos.

Beginners, avid to rapidly progress using insiders’ tricks…


The three-eyed monster that is the iPhone 12 Pro Max seems to pack incredible punch power for serious photography. But as usual, we need to go beyond the sole technological specifications and see how it handles real life. …


The Polaroid Mint is a plastic instant camera without a screen. Hello optical viewfinder.

It prints using a thermal color process and saves pictures as JPEGs — almost no settings. Five press-buttons (one to trigger), a slightly hidden reset one, and one high-power LED flash.

It also has a micro…


Let us focus once again on an old legendary lens with a story; let me try the Jupiter 3 50mm f1.5.

Those of us who know these old lenses already know they are usually exciting artistically and pack a lot for the price. This one is the wider-opened sibling of…


For those of us still using film, or for you out there who are ready to come to it, Ferrania is again offering its ‘original’ film formula in 135 or 120 film formats.

Ferrania is an Italian film company named after the city where it was born in 1938. Its…


The Ricoh 35 Flex is a fixed lens 35mm reflex manual focus camera from 1963 with automatic or manual controls. …


Everyone has the best tips. They’ve already posted them online. Here my three more, probably good-enough random tips for model photography.

1 — Make things comfortable with essential goods.

While your model may work for free, cash, or prints, providing essential comfort is always a plus. Having water to drink…


Everyone has the best tips. They’ve already posted them online. Here my three more, probably good-enough random tips for concert photography.

1 — Don’t stand in the eyesight of the public.

If people come to see a live event, it is usually not to experience the photographer’s lens and butt…


The Helios 44 is one of the legends because of its swirly bokeh and affordability. It is a Carl Zeiss 58mm f2.0 lens copy made initially in the USSR as the default lens for many popular Soviet cameras. Again being made in Russia since 2016, you can usually find it…


Switzerland used to make luxury reflex cameras. The brand used to make cameras in the French-speaking part of Switzerland near lake Geneva until it sold for large format camera manufacturing in the German-speaking part of the country.

Made for Alpa 35mm cameras from 1958 to 1968, the Kern manufacture developed…

Tristan Zand

I like to hide behind sunglasses/music/photo/tech/arts/politics/whatever/oh and bass... Experimental photography and conceptual media. http://zand.net

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