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Here in the US, we’ve got an extra long weekend ahead of us. If you’ve got spare time, we recommend checking out the new documentary on Vimeo called Bending the Light. It’s a special documentary about both lens makers and the photographers that use them. Each photographer tells a story of some sort about important images that they’ve taken. Specifically, it follows Canon photographers and also takes a visit the Canon’s lens factories to talk to the folks who make lenses. According to IMDB, the entire thing was shot on the Canon C500 and using Canon Cinema lenses. In fact, Hollywood Reporter states that Canon commissioned that the documentary be made to commemorate the fact that they’ve made over 90 million lenses. With that said, they give you a brief inside look at how their lenses are made according to what Definition says.

Director Michael Apted tells Entertainment Weekly that it was a challenge for him to film because the security is so tight. Due to competition in the world, they didn’t want many folks to know what happens in the lens factories. But he states that the real challenge had more to do with finding the folks who use the lenses and intertwining the stories.

The film was featured at the Sundance film festival earlier this year; you can see the trailer after the jump.

You can choose to rent is for $4.99 or purchase it for $12.99.

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Rental houses are very popular for many professional photographers, but CameraLends is looking to shake up the entire rental industry by promoting a peer to peer system and allowing folks to make money off of it. According to their press release, the company is all about connecting local folks to get gear from one another at more affordable rates. The company claims to have gear available in more than 165 cities and offers coupons, geolocation support, messaging, and more.

This could be a very interesting way of doing things; more info is after the jump.

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The folks over at Digital Rev put the Canon Rebel T6s and T6i against the new Nikon D5500 entry level DSLRs. For the most part, they talk about the features and ergonomic differences, like the T6s having an LCD screen on top the just like the higher end pro models. They find that Nikon’s D5500 has better image quality at higher ISOs, the Canon Rebels work better for video, and the autofocus seems to have perks on both sides.

Check out their video after the jump.

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A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst - 1999

A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst – 1999 (World Press Photo – 2ooo)

All images are copyrighted Thomas James Hurst, and are being used with permission.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Thomas Hurst a 20-year photojournalist turned inventor. Spurred by an interest to see what war was like, he grabbed a camera, invented press credentials and flew to Bosnia in 1992. From there, he went on to work in some of the biggest conflict zones of the 1990s and 2000s. After nearly 20 years, he left photojournalism to become a pastor, which he eventually left to focus on COVR Photo, an iPhone case with a built-in prism that he invented.

In this episode, he talks about the early years of his photojournalism, what it’s like to learn the craft on the job, becoming an inventor, and more. A selection of his work, as well as the episode is after the break. If you’d like to see more of Hurst’s work, check out his website. If you’re curious about the COVR photo, check out our review, and he currently has a Kickstarter for the iPhone 6 version.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tokina 70-200mm f4 Pro first impressions samples (6 of 8)ISO 1001-1000 sec at f - 4.0

When any photographer starts out, they have a vast journey ahead of them. Photography has so many different paths and intertwining roads that it can be tough to navigate on the path to either becoming a professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist. It takes refinement and what you’ll find is that you’re going to shed skin in order to keep growing and changing like an animal sheds an exoskeleton.

Here’s some advice that we have for the folks who are on the journey to finding their own photographic style.

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All images by Evan Thompson. Used with permission.

Underneath San Francisco is a network of old tunnels that very few photographers explore; but Photographer Evan Thompson has recently shared his photos of these very little known places with the world. He tells us that they’re still mostly a secret and that most folks keep it to themselves so as not to give away the secrets. He was inspired by the recent wave of photographers that love to go urban exploring and to places where no one else goes to.

We talked to Evan about the dangers of something like this and his creative vision in the network.

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