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All images by Roy Savoy. Used with permission.

Roy Savoy was born and raised in New York, and he continues to love its energy. He’s one of those photographers who for years had a great eye for photos but never got a camera. When he got a phone with a camera, he started going around taking photos of random things like architecture. Then people, and eventually street scenes.

I found Roy on EyeEm, and quickly fell in love with his work. Roy studied the work of many of the first great photographers and also prefers the simplicity of black and white to color.

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The iPhone is of course the world’s most popular camera, but it’s also been used for professional applications when it comes to photography. According to the Cult of Mac, it’s probably going to get even better. A variant of what is said to be the iPhone 7 is rumored to use a LinX camera system which offers a big solution to an even bigger problem for many mobile shooters: the lack of a working aperture.

The solution offered by the LinX camera system isn’t one with a sensor and a lens with a variable aperture. Instead, LinX puts multiple smaller sensors right next to each other. Each sensor has a different lens with a different aperture. So essentially, you’re choosing which sensor and aperture to use by literally choosing a segment of the camera to utilize.

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Street Photographer Eric Kim recently announced his own brand of camera straps. They’re called “Henri” probably inspired after Henri Cartier-Bresson. There are two different ones: a Mk II neck strap and a wrist strap. Each strap is made of leather and made in Saigon then touched up in the USA.

They seem to have very similar features to many other straps like an all leather build,, well designed split O-rings, and a simple look to them overall. But the new versions are what he monikers as a Mahogany look to them. They also have a comfort pad–or at least the neck strap does.

Both are available now on Amazon with the Mk II going for $79.95 and the wrist strap going for $39.95.

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Photographers tend to have one of two workflows: use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop or just use Adobe Lightroom. If you’ve ever used Bridge, you know that it’s been kind of slow to work with. But this newer version is much faster when it comes to rendering images. Part of this comes from the fact that th central cache of Adobe Bridge stores thumbnails, previews, and metadata information in the database. To keep things continuously moving along smoothly,  automatic purging of stale cache items has been enabled when the application is idle.

These changes will really help when it comes to working with folders that contain large files.

One other big change is the reincorporation of Autostack Panorama/HDR feature. More of the updates can be found on Adobe’s website. As a general image file viewer, it’s better than what Apple and Windows both provide out of the box. To that end, photo editors (like myself) could probably make big use of this.

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All images by Xavier D. Buendia. Used with permission.

“My name is Xavier and I’m a freelance Food & Lifestyle photographer / street photographer based in Brighton, UK.” he says in his introductory email to me. “I’m 33 and I’ve been a full time photographer for about two years now and things are just starting to happen.”

Xavier is a food and lifestyle photographer and works with restaurants, chefs, and no shortage of food. He worked for 10 years in restaurants and hotels studying to become a sommelier. Of course, he’s always had a big passion for food and wine. That vigor burned out after a while and when he turned 30, he decided to become a photographer.

You see, Xavier did it right. He worked part time at cafes and bars to support his art. But he also immersed himself in the culture that he worked to work in. When he finally got his degree in photography, he got to shooting full time.

“Now I take great pride on what I do, I try to transmit my passion on every picture I take and strongly believe that hard work and dedication pay off.”

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All images by Kilian Schönberger. Used with permission.

Photographer Kilian Schönberger started the Brothers Grimm project with Brothers Grimm Homeland, and he most recently wrapped up his latest project called Brother’s Grimm’s Fabulous Germany. The project is a series of landscapes that look like they’re straight out of fairy tales. In fact, that’s what lots of Kilian’s work is–even the Crooked Forest.

Kilian talked to the site about the final phase of his project.

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The folks over at COOPH have a brand new short video on the history of photography. It details important moments like the beginnings of camera obscura, the pinhole, the daguerreotype, Kodak, etc. It also includes names that you probably haven’t heard of or even thought of.

This video is easily consumed during a quick break, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Photographer Eric Kim has been delivering advice, workshops and lots more to the street photography community for years now. One of his latest videos though really stands out–it talks about composition in street photography. It starts out with some of the basic rules–and not necessarily the rule of thirds. Instead, it talks about the things that you learn in photography classes–the use of lines, shapes, geometry, etc.

The video is after the jump. It’s 49 minutes long, so you may want to check it out during a lunch break.

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