The best 35mm lens for portraits, how to stay motivated as a photographer, photographing Japan’s playgrounds… read about all this and more in our weekly roundup of photography news.

1. How 13 photographers and photo editors stay motivated

Being a photographer is not easy. It requires passion, motivation and hours of hard work to make it in the industry. These challenges are faced by all sorts of photographers on a daily basis and it is up to each of us to find our own motivation. Time magazine interviewed 13 photographers on the motivations behind their professions and the importance of photography to them. Read more on Time’s website.

Photographer at Chilean Patagonia by Gleb Tarro on

Source: Time Magazine

2. Photographing as a nomad

Nearly four years ago, Photographer Benoit Paillé took the decision to live on the road and pursue his photography passion without a permanent address. He currently lives in a 21-foot camper van with his dog and has been traveling all over the Americas and taking astounding photographs. Benoit says the pictures are autobiographical and unstaged though the pictures’ dreamy and make-believe looks are what make them interesting and truly unique. Check out his 500px profile here.

17569858621.jpg by Benoit  paille on

Or, Rainbow Gathering , el semillero, Guatemala 2017 by Benoit  paille on

Source: Feature Shoot

3. Finding beauty in Japan’s playgrounds

Photographer Kito Fujio decided to quit his office job in 2005 and follow his passion for photography. Since then, he has been exploring unique locations in Japan that are often overlooked. One of his favourite spots are the rooftops of department stores, which typically have very elaborate playgrounds. Take a look at his 500px profile here.

park equipment/???? by kito fujio on

park equipment/???? by kito fujio on

Source: This is Colossal

4. What’s the best 35mm for portraits?

While the 35mm focal length isn’t always considered optimal for portrait photography, it is the go-to lens for many photographers. If you’re wondering which ones to choose, The Phoblographer has put together a list of 7 top 35mm lenses, including the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and the Canon 35mm f1.4 L USM. Check out the full list here.

SZ. #II by Alexander Rentsch on

Photo taken using a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Source: The Phoblographer

5. Cyclinc Across Canada: Photos from the East Coast

Jonathon Reed and Asad Chishti are cycling 15,000 km from the Atlantic coast of Canada to the Arctic and Pacific Oceans. Throughout the 6-month expedition, they are documenting unheard stories within the Canadian landscape through the lenses of their cameras. Read more about their travels and the stories behind their pictures on 500px ISO.

The Ledge, PE by Jonathon Reed on

Source: ISO

500px Spotlight

The photos we’re currently loving, curated by 500px photo editors.

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Maat and the photographer by Inge Schuster on

Untitled by Ernesto Pérez on

hands by Keigo Bove on

Portrait by Ernesto Pérez on

Street by Pedro Pinho on

Katya, summer vibes by Marko Nutskovskyy on