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All images by Sophie Gamand. Used with permission.

“With wet dogs, I am interested in capturing their most vulnerable moments. I believe that’s when they show the widest range of expressions.” says Photographer Sophie Gamand. Sophia always comes up with cool and crazy ideas when it comes to photographing dogs. First there was flowers, then there was #DogsinDenim and now the famous bathtime project she worked on is now a book available today for purchase.

“I was at a groomer for a personal project on dog grooming and he started bathing the dogs. Their expressions were hilarious! I wanted to laugh but at the same time a part of me felt so guilty that we inflict this upon dogs.” says Sophie about the inspiration for the body of photos. “The series became very successful and kickstarted my career. I won a prestigious Sony World Photography Award, and now my first book Wet Dog is coming out.” She now uses the influence she’s received to fight for causes that are dear to her hear like promoting animal adoption and fighting against the cruel fate of pit bulls.

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Today, Canon is announcing a slew of new cameras and lenses right before Photo Plus Expo 2015. No, they’re not DSLRs–but instead they’re quite a bit smaller. First up, Canon is announcing their new G5x and G9x point and shoot cameras. Both devices have WiFi, NFC, a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 125-12,800, a DIGIC 6 processor, 1080p HD video at 24p, 30p and 60p, a new Star mode for photographing the night sky, star trails mode, and Star Time Lapse mode.

Canon is also announcing their new EOS M10. All the specs that you care about are after the jump.

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.

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Instant film has been around for many years, and though it isn’t quite instant, it’s still very cool and the fastest way to actually produce a tangible image.

How It’s Made recently shared a video of how Instant Film is made on their YouTube channel; and it involves an engineer wearing night vision googles. Liquid photo chemicals and dyes flow onto the surface of the plastic film and then it’s all evened out.

The video after the jump shows a lot more–but each piece of instant film also has development chemicals packaged with it. When the film passes through the camera’s rollers, the chemicals are evenly dispersed through the film plane providing the rollers are clean. But just for good measure, I often like to place the film on a flat surface and rub the bottom of my fist against it for a more even dispersion–just in case.

This video is being shared partially because this week in the second Roid Week of the year 2015, where photographers celebrate instant film. If you haven’t experimented with it yet, you’re seriously missing out.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (4 of 10)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Olympus cameras are capable of delivering incredible image quality in the hands of capable photographers. Part of this has to do with the fantastic lineup of lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds camera mount system. Olympus has many of their own, but the likes of Sigma and Voigtlander also have a number of lenses available for the format.

Take that winning lens and sensor combination and you’ve got a highly capable image capturing duo–but for years there has been a bit of an annoyance when it comes to uploading images to the web.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films apps review product images (3 of 8)ISO 2001-30 sec at f - 1.8

The person that says, “I know exactly what the iPhone needs–another vintage film filter app!” is either particularly ballsy or worthy of all the groans that photographers will mutter. But the company that designs an app that is meant to organically render the look of film has a bit more credibility; and that’s what Really Nice Images is trying to do with their app: RNI Films. The free iOS app is designed for you to import your images and edit them in its own semi-unique editing suite.

Its main selling point: the rendering of lots of actual film emulsions. If you want your iPhone to deliver images with a Kodachrome or Astia rendering, you’ve got it with this app. But the process it takes to accomplish this may be what puts a lot of folks off.

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This week marks the start of the second ‘Roid Week for the year 2015, and to make this week very special we’re going to be featuring lots of instant film posts for the next couple of days. I also recommend checking out the Polaroid Sub-Reddit.

On YouTube, we managed to find a vintage Polaroid ad show on THE PERRY COMO SHOW for the complete line of Polaroid cameras with spokesperson Don Ameche playing up the benefits “instant photography. But what they end up doing is trying to take a selfie with outstretched arms in the same fashion that many people do today. What happens instead is Don uses the self-timer feature to take the shot.

This is a very old school Polaroid camera and many of these can be found today. Whether they’ll work or not is a different story though.

The ad is after the jump.

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The new ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 super wide-angle for full-frame cameras with Sony E-mount.

The new ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 super wide-angle for full-frame cameras with Sony E-mount.

Today, Zeiss is announcing a brand new 21mm f2.8 Loxia lens. This lens is the third addition to the Loxia lineup designed for Sony FE mount cameras–and so it will cater to a full frame sensor. This lens isn’t specifically said to have weather sealing but Zeiss instead states that there is a rubber ring around the lens mount area that keeps out anything unsavory.

For video shooters, you can deactivate the aperture clicks for the aperture ring.

When the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Loxia lens launches in December, USD 1,499 (excl. VAT) or EUR 1,259.66 (excl. VAT). More tech specs are after the jump.

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Kevin Goss-Ross is a self-taught photographer working professionally for the past 7 years. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, and raised on the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he moved to Dublin in 2012. After studying graphic design at the Durban University of Technology and slogging it out in dirty alternative nightclubs and bars shooting music he sold his soul and started doing commercial and editorial work which, much to his dismay, he liked a lot.

And that’s how we’re brought to the Thinkhouse X series. The shoot was done for the agency Thinkhouse in Dublin and this image in particular was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.

Here’s Ryan’s story.

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