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One of the absolute toughest technical things that you can learn in photography is how to create images that effectively blend both natural and strobe lighting. It’s a fine art in and of itself that requires carefully paying attention to certain aspects of the scene and having a distinct knowledge of shadows and how they can affect the final image. Then it also requires knowing how to either boost the abilities of natural light or filling in areas that you feel your final scene needs.

Here’s how to do it with some knowledge from the very start.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Oberwerth Freiburg camera bag (8 of 9)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 2.8

Before around two weeks ago, we had no idea who Oberwerth was. But then we were introduced to their line of Freiburg camera bags. Oberwerth has hopped on the bandwagon with companies trying to cater to the mirrorless camera market. And with that said, they’ve created the Freiburg camera bag with leather, nylon, canvas, and loads of padding. In fact, this is some of the thickest padding that we’ve ever dealt with. That’s great for your camera.

But at the same time, the Oberwerth Freiburg will adorn your shoulder in the same way that a murse will.

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This post originally appeared on the Kern-Photo.com and is being syndicated at The Phoblographer with wedding photographer R.J. Kern’s permission. To see more of his work, visit his website or follow his updates on Twitter. All photos taken by R.J. Kern. Used with permission.

Award-winning wedding photographer and owner of Kern-Photo R.J. Kern reacquaints us shutterbugs about leaf shutter lenses and why they are important in his very informative blog post, “Why Leaf Shutter Lenses Matter,” which not only talks about what makes them so useful to photographers, pros and hobbyists, but also covers how we can use its features to our advantage.

From how leaf shutters work to how they work with strobes to why they’re so expensive in the first place, R.J. explains in detail how these powerful lenses can help you improve your photography. So listen up and listen well.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sigma vs Rokinon 35mm f1.4 comparison lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Rokinon recently announced their AF chipped version of their 35mm f1.4 lens for Canon EF mount cameras. For this segment of the market, it’s about time. The new lens doesn’t sport an aperture ring and instead works perfectly with Canon’s DSLRs in a way very much like Zeiss does.

With the new chipped version of the lens, we decided to see how it holds up against the Sigma 35mm f1.4–the current king of the 35mm lenses in our book.

Editor’s Note: we’re not sanctioning this test to be the end all be all of all tests. It’s informal as per the way that the site’s philosophy works with our in the field real world reviews do.

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All photographs by Diana Dihaze. Used with permission.

In a dazzling display of imagery that only our hidden dreams  and darkest imagination could conjure, Ukraine-based photographer and image manipulation artist Diana Dihaze brings into existence a world of the bizarre.

A self-taught artist, Diana has created a world that’s somewhat like our own, except darker and at times more frightening, using and combining the familiar elements of our world and turning them into implements of terror or the surreal. And in her world, goddesses walk around adorned with faces other than their own, perhaps of their victims and human sacrifices, and mortal women surrender, as if willingly and with pleasure, to the natural world – whether it be to butterflies, snakes, or ivies – to become one with the earth.

At times haunting, at times downright terrifying, Diana’s images are powerful enough to dwell in our subconcious and appear in our nightmares. And yet, strange at it may seem, they possess a certain kind of beautiful magic that hypnotizes and draws spectators in, as disturbed as they are, for a much closer look before they even realize what they’re about to walk into.

Delve into Diana’s disturbing world, if only for a few minutes, after the jump.

Via Beautiful Bizarre

 

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All images by Bellamy Hunt, the Japan Camera Hunter. Used with permission.

If anyone in the world runs across rare and unique camera items, it’s Bellamy Hunt. Recently, he shared an image of a rare Leica IIIc Red Curtain Rangefinder with Nazi Navy/Marine markings on it. It’s worth it to note though that none of these cameras came out of Leica’s factory with the engravings. In fact, they were all added later on.

This particular rangefinder has the Nazi symbol with M underneath it–signifying that it was a camera for someone in the Navy. Bellamy tells us that the engraving was most likely done by a jeweler for the owner. But he also thinks that the symbol was added after the specific trend of engraving a Nazi symbol onto the camera was booming–which could potentially make it a fake. In fact, many fake copies came out of Russia.

While this is a real Leica camera, he still believes that the engraving was added after the trend (though still manufactured during war time) because the font isn’t just like the one used on many other cameras out there.

You can check this and other items out that Bellamy has for sale at this specific page.

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