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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer TriggerTrap Flash Adapter review black and white (1 of 1)ISO 2003.0 sec at f - 6.4

Let’s say that you’ve got a product, portrait subject, bride and groom, or something else in your photo that you really want to make stand out from the rest of the scene. How would you go about doing this? A shallow depth of field is that many people will say to start, but that’s the most basic of methods. Indeed, there is a specific 3D effect that photographers talk about and there are also lenses with micro-contrast that can help you do this.

Believe it or not though, it all comes down to contrast.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have a saying and a standard that I try to live by, which my mentor taught me. It goes: “The best images deliver the details and don’t force your viewers to search for them.”

They find a way to reach out of the screen or print and grab at someone. Want some great examples? If we really had to list them, we’d say compelling food photography, close and intimate street photography, shocking images in the news, etc. These photos find a way to tell a complete story in a single photo. But this doesn’t always mean that you need to overthink your process. It’s sometimes just as simple as getting a different angle.

For the sake of being vain, let’s analyze something that everyone does: food photography that you post onto your social media pages. After the jump, you’ll be able to see two images that I shot; and one is clearly more detail oriented. Sure, they’re both quick snapshots, but one image clearly tells a lot more than the other.

So with that said, you should keep in mind that absolutely no subject is boring–you just haven’t found the right angle that will inspire people or elicit an emotion. And as a photographer and artist, it’s your job to do that.

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2011 pinhole

Photo by Matt Bigwood

All images by their respective owners. Originally featured in our initial blog posts with permission.

Pinhole cameras: they’re such an incredible thing of mystery. They can be large, small, unconventional, or totally fair-looking. Something that they all share in common is the fact that they’re bound to shoot a very long exposure and the image will usually look incredible with the right creative knowledge.

We’ve featured lots of cool pinhole work here on the site, but a couple of cameras really stand out at us. Here they are.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

When we test cameras, we always try to gauge how the autofocus performance works in various situations. We’ve learned how to get the best autofocusing performance from different camera systems and developed better practices to see how good the focusing really can be.

Now if you want your camera to actually autofocus better, you’ll need to know a couple of things.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer NYCC New York Comic Con 2013 exports (26 of 84)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 5.0

Here, we generally talk about strobism and using a flash with radio transmitters. We prefer radio because of how reliable they are, but they’re not the only option. For years, many photographers have triggered flashes and strobes using infrared transmission.

What’s infrared? Basically, it’s another way of triggering flashes to go off and usually requires you to use another flash. There are also limitations but in most situations it’s pretty reliable and it gets the job done.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (4 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

We don’t usually do cheap photo alerts twice in a row, but there are really big Canon, Nikon and Sony discounts/rebates in place that end tomorrow: 3/28/2015.

Canon Cameras and Lenses

– Nikon Cameras and Lenses

– Sony Cameras and Lenses

For even more deals though, check out yesterday’s listing.