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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D750 Product Images (11 of 14)

It’s your last chance to score great deals on Nikon DSLR products; but if you’re not a Nikon fan then Canon has some sweet discounts available as do Sony, Panasonic, and more.

In the edition of Cheap Photo, we show you some of our favorite deals and those that are about to expire. All the best camera deals, lens deals, and discounts are right here.

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Hey everyone,

We’re doing another call for photographers to feature their images on the site. Right now we’re focusing on Strobist work–even better if you’ve got wedding and portrait photography. After that, we’re moving into landscape photography (we will do another call for that.)

So how do you pitch it us?

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. You’ll also probably notice the little call to feature you on the sidebar.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why.

– Show us websites

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your project is really cool.

Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a single photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series.

Thanks folks (and Strobists)!

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Olympus released the first episode from season three of their Anywhere Classroom series that profiles photographers in their everyday environments and their jobs. For the first episode, photographer Larry Price states that establishing a rapport with your subjects is key and will give you a lot more of an edge when going into the story. He talks about doing a story on Lobster Fishermen as they do their daily jobs.

Larry outlines all the basics of a photojournalistic essay involving stuff like details, wide establishing shots, filler, and minding your angles. He really hits home on the latter because people don’t see them often.

Again though, he comes back to gaining trust and eventually being able to shoot three to four inches from a person’s face.

The video on shooting a photo essay is after the jump.

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Photoshop is, believe it or not, mostly based off of techniques that photographers did in the darkroom years ago and eventually evolved into a full design platform. Years ago, it was common place for burning and dodging to happen in the darkroom, so was gradient work, saturation work, etc.

Lynda.com did a video highlighting this stuff. They cite things like Bridge being a contact shoot and how film photographers never thought that it would change the way that they worked. In fact, Photoshop and its other programs do pretty much everything that the darkroom can–even smart upscaling, which is comparable to using an enlarger to get a bigger print of an image.

Their video on all the darkroom techniques is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (1 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

So you’ve got a portrait lens, now what? You want to take portraits, right? You can go right ahead, point your camera and spiffy new optic towards your subject and hope for the best, but you’re not that type of photographer. You want to step it up more. You want to create a photo that makes someone say, “Wow.”

First off, it’s time to get inspired. Then, you’ll need to understand the lens.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia first impressions product images (9 of 9)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 5.0

Late last year, Zeiss announced two lenses for the Sony full frame E-mount cameras, which created the Loxia lineup. These lenses were designed to cover a full frame sensor area for mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7 series. The lenses are manual focus only–which is one of Zeiss’s fortes and has been for years due to their reputation in the manufacturing world. They also have a manual aperture and fully working depth of field scale. And like their more popular lens options, these lenses don’t have a rubber focusing ring.

We’ve been spending some time with the Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia so far, and like many manual focus lenses on a full frame camera, it isn’t simple to work with.

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