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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Shooting Coffee Steam tutorial (1 of 1)ISO 8001-80 sec at f - 1.4

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Every single photographer and artist faces some sort of terrible creative slump. It’s an incredibly scary moment for all of us but an essential one as it helps us to grow and evolve into better shooters. And as we grow, we need new ideas. When recently faced with both writer’s block and photographer’s block, I decided to find a way to still stay absolutely productive instead of stepping away from being creative.

And so it began with something that I learned years ago in poetry class in high school. But when applying it to the photography world, the advice is so super simple: shoot anything. Shoot anything and figure out a way to just keep shooting. Then build on the idea of what you shot and do a free-word association challenge. Let’s say you photographed a picture of your morning coffee. In this case (and every case) apply the thought process of who, what, when, where, how and why. When you do this, you can think about questions that can apply to this. Eventually, it turned into my own little miniature photo project into how to make the perfect cup of coffee. That lead to story boarding and figuring out the right angles and lighting. Then the post-production. And before you knew it I had my own little photo project done in under an hour.

So when a creative slump hits, think random and think free. Don’t get confined by burnout.

We’re not saying that this will work for everyone, but why not give it a try?

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (5 of 8)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 5.6

With so many options out there and camera manufacturers introducing new models all the time, it can be tough for someone to figure out what mirrorless camera they should get. It all begins not by saying to your sales guy, “What’s the best camera?” The truth is that they’re all damned good. In fact, the technology has come so far that it’s almost impossible for you to take a terrible image by conventional standards.

Instead, what you should be asking is what you need. That can open up a floodgate of even more questions. But just like buying a car, computer or even a fridge, you should take a look at what your options are.

Here’s how to pick the best mirrorless camera for you.

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500px Groups and Discussions 500px is already a great community for photographers looking for praise and criticism. Now the photography community is launching groups and discussions into beta. 500px community members to create discussion boards around a central creative topic as well as join groups that cater to their interests.

On top of adding their voice to discussions, users will also be able upload their images and start new conversations. Like or hate something someone said? Just up or down vote it. 500px also says its working on adding more features soon including group creation, whereas currently community members can only join groups 500px has made itself.

To join the conversation users simply need visit the 500px Groups beta page. While 500px is just adding discussions now, Flickr has had them for quite some time, but it never hurts to conversate in even more place about photography.

 

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Pompidoo Amsterdam Camera Bag Product Images 2

Pompidoo is known for producing some great and stylish camera bags for women but now the company is out with its first shoulder tote made for men called the Amsterdam. On the outside the tall shoulder bag is made of premium aged and distressed leather that they’re touting as tough yet trendy.

While the bag looks completely pedestrian from the outside it’s made to carry all your photography gear including a DSLR with a lens plus one to two other lenses or flashes. There’s also room for a tablet or small laptop, cellphone, wallet, memory cards and your other personal knick·knacks.

The interior also features a XRDExtreme Impact Protection foam lining that’s designed to freeze and absorb 90% of the impact energy when dropped. When full stocked the Amsterdam bag weighs an overall 8.82lbs, so it’s just edging on the line of being uncomfortable for one shoulder.

The Amsterdam bag is available now in multiple colors including wet asphalt, aged-looking brown, and shabby beige for $380.10 directly from Pompidoo. If you’re still on the fence about the new bag check past the break for a few more images of this handsome bag.

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All photographs by Nicholas Goodden. Used with permission.

We all hope for a better and brighter future for our kids–a world without poverty, famine or violent conflict. But what if the future isn’t going to be what we envision – not better or worse, just something completely different?

In his futuristic conceptual series London 2313, London-based photographer Nicholas Goodden, whose Pixelated Series we recently featured, shows us a strange and dreamlike London, where bright white sand dunes have taken over the old city, burying its greatest and most important landmarks like nothing but old, discarded metal scraps and where people are scarce and alien-like.

Talking to The Phoblographer, Nicholas explains how his concept for this post-apocalyptic came to be:

“London in the future? It can be a little hard to imagine. Will we find a solution to the housing shortage and increasing house prices, will we eliminate the ever increasing pollution levels and live in an environmental friendly city? Or will everything go the other way? In this futuristic London urban photography project called “London 2313,” I present one possibility, open to interpretation.”

“This project came about as I was walking on a very wide and empty beach in Brittany. I was looking at the wide expanse of sand and dunes on a very grim day. London is never far in my thoughts and my brain did the juxtaposition of both. A sand covered city was born.”

Gray and grim but also surreal and very SciFi, London 2313 is an impressive work that presents a possible future that not many have had the courage to consider before.

See the photos from the incredible series after the jump.

Check out more of Nicholas Goodden’s work by checking out his website. Follow him on Facebook for updates.

 

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