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Light Spirits

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 Clement Morin is based Stockholm, Sweden and has been since 2011. He shoots editorial and commercial assignments but dedicates most of his time working as the photo editor for the Swedish photojournalist agency Kontinent. “I enjoy very much experimenting on my free time and since I discovered light paintings I got interested in creating original pictures in-camera–trying to do as much as possible in production stage rather than on the computer.”

His goal in the next winter is to develop this into a series with different scenarios that he wrote together with a friend who is helping him on this project.

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Alex Couture-Beil Unitog 16

All Photos by Alex Couture-Beil. Used with Permission.

Street photographers should very familiar with that look everyone gives them right after they take stealthy picture of them. There’s a mix of confusion with a tinge of aggression. When Alex Couture-Beil takes a photo of Vancouver denizens from the top of his unicycle there’s rarely a confrontation. Instead people will gaze up to see a man on a unicycle taking with a camera then smile and sometimes even laugh.

Alex says he likes to take street photos from the top of his 29-inch wheel unicycle because it lets him get around a faster. He takes photos for his Unitog Tumblr on the move with his trusty Ricoh GRset to an 1/1000 second shutter speed and rangefinder mode to pull focus quickly.

“Most often I’ll keep the camera slightly hidden in my hands and only reveal it at the last moment and smile back when I take a photo,” Alex says.”Even at 1/1000 I find it can be a challenge to avoid motion blur when I’m close to subjects.”

Hit past the jump to read the full story.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 1D X Hands on Review (6 of 8)

Canon will reportedly announce a new 46MP 1Ds X body at the Photo Plus in New York City this October according to a Fred Miranda forum user named Psychic1. Normally we would not even acknowledge such a unsubstantiated rumor from a forum user who could very well be trolling. However, the source also noted the pro body could cost between $8,000 and $9000.

Canon has been woefully sitting at the back of the pack in the megapixel race when Nikon and Sony have their respective 36.3MP shooters, the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R. A 46MP sensor would certainly put Canon back in front and in the headlines. However, if the rumor of the camera’s price were true, this camera would be prohibitively expensive even for many professional photographers who ultimately might not need that much resolution in the first place.

We’re also taking the this purported Photo Plus launch with an extremely large grain of salt. The Javits Center event has always been geared more towards companies introducing gear to the public and retailers rather than big news announcements. No matter what happens, The Phoblographer staff will be on the ground in full force to report the events from Photo Plus so stay tuned for more.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Samyang 50mm f1.4 AS UMC lens Product Images 4

Samyang has a new sharp and utterly manual control 50mm f1.4 AS UMC lens made for full frame cameras. With a wide open f1.4 aperture users will be able to shoot more comfortably in low light situations without having to bump up their ISO or long shutter speeds. Add in the eight aperture blades and the lens should produce nice and smooth bokeh as well.

The lens features 9 elements in 6 groups, which includes one aspherical element plus another Hybrid aspherical element. The lens also has a minimum focus distance of 45cm.

The lens will be available for a variety of lens mounts including Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Sony E, Pentax K, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds. Samyang has yet to announce a price or pre-order date for the lens but you can check out more images of the lens and sample image after the break.

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In Action

Need an easy way to make a monopod?

Purchase a 1/4 X20 screw about 1/2 in long (or the size screw of your tripod mounting hole on the bottom of your camera), and take a strong cord or strap (what every you have handy), and build your own!

Tie the cord to the screw (or glue it so you don’t lose the screw) on one end of the cord. Form a loop a bit larger than your foot at the other end of the cord or strap. Make the length of the cord just long enough so; when holding the camera up to your eye to shoot, the other end(loop) is in such a position that you can put your foot in the loop and pull the cord upward, tight. This tension will keep your camera steady for shooting. When done, roll it up and put it in your pocket. Cost? Under a couple of bucks even if you have to buy everything.

The mounting nut should be a “Self Locking Nut” so it will stay tight when inserting the thumb screw into the tripod socket.

This tip comes to us from Ronald Stein: Green Valley Camera club of Green Valley, AZ. More images are after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Leica M Edition 60 Product Images 1

Almost all of us have set our sights on new gear. The number of lenses and cameras available across systems is substantial, and the ones we want aren’t necessarily the ones we need. If you’re not careful, you run the risk of burning through more cash than you have, and while the new gear may be nice, you might find that you don’t have as much use for it as you originally thought. Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a thing, and here are some tips to avoid succumbing to it. [click to continue…]