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Aerial image shot from a small single engine Cessna plane of professional surfer Peter Mel outrunning a 25 foot plus wave after it broke while competing in the 2009 Nelscott Reef big wave surf contest in Lincoln City, Oregon.   Contestants were using the assistance of personal watercraft for transport to the reef which is nearly 3/4 of a mile offshore, as well as for safety and to tow in to catch the waves. image © 2009 Ben Moon www.benmoon.com

Peter Mel outruns a wave at Nelscott Reef, Oregon www.benmoon.com

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by Ben Moon.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Ben Moon, a photographer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Moon recently released a short film he worked on called “Denali,”  a beautifully touching tribute to his dog of 14 and a half years who joined him on all of his travels in his nomadic career. Moon’s photographed everything from climbers on mountainsides to surfers under the waves and bands in the studio. There’s a deep level of humanity and emotion in all of his work, both his photographs and his films.

A selection of Moon’s work, his film Denali, and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, check out his website or follow him on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

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

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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Say farewell to Instagram being all about square format! It’s not necessarily so anymore since today, the company unveiled an update that lets users share their photos in landscape or portrait mode in addition to the 1×1 square format. For years, the workaround involved using another app that added white areas to the sides.

According to the company’s blog post, you can make the changes using the format icon before uploading. This change doesn’t only work with photos, but also with video. And that means that vertical video is finally something that is truly supported. To that end, all of the filters (both photo and video filters) will work all across the board on all media you choose to upload.

When it comes to viewing a person’s profile, the images will appear as a center cropped square in the 3×3 grid format until the user clicks on an image. What that means is that photographers using Instagram as a main profile no longer are limited to only showing off what they’re capable of doing in the square format alone. They now have so many more options available.

Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (2 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.6

DXOMark released the results of their tests with the Sony A7r Mk II today–and they’re not really surprising. Why not? We kind of expected the Sony A7r Mk II to wipe the floor with everyone else–and it does. Receiving an overall score of 98%, it seems to excel in pretty much every area of their tests. With a 42.2MP full frame sensor, we would assume that the camera is bound to have lots of color depth and dynamic range information but not so great high ISO output. Right?

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

Sunset, otherwise known as one of the times that we have Golden Hour light, can help you create absolutely beautiful portraits. Part of this has to do with the wonderful golden light that we get while another part is due to the light being naturally softer.

The folks over at the Weekly Imogen YouTube channel created a video showing off just how beautiful the results can be. Emma, the model, works with the photographer and combines ideas that they’ve done before to create very feminine and intimate portraits–all with Emma being backlit. The video does something a bit more interesting though.

While Mark (the photographer) is recording, Emma does her usual model routine of slightly changing up the pose whenever the shutter goes off in order to give variety. During this time we have music being played over the recording. We see that Mark changes his framing often and from experience I think that the best approach here is to tell your model that you’re changing your framing and even show it to them. That way, they know what space they’re working with.

The video is after the jump.

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An app called AstroPad is looking to make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.

The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.

As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.

You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.

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