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Grand-Place, Brussels

Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

Before, during and after you go on a trip, there are a few things to consider to improve your pictures as a photographer, no matter where the place is. Why do some people seem to get crappy shots, others seem to have loads of postcard shots while some people take off to the beaten path with creative shots? How can I get those iconic shots while still maintaining creative control on what you shoot? Without saying more, here are some ways to improve your travel photography.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II product images first impressions (4 of 5)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 3.5

Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 was a lens that created legends and made jaws drop everywhere. Released around the initial start of the Micro Four Thirds launches, the lens was a sharp pancake offering that also had a wide aperture and image quality overall to boot. Fast forward a couple of years and the lens is on its second iteration. DxOMark has stated that this lens isn’t as sharp as its predecessor, but we all know that a little bit of post-production work can fix that.

We’ve been spending some quality time getting to know the lens, and so far we’re pretty impressed by what we see. But of course, it isn’t all sugar and sweets. And at $427.99, it may be a bit too much to stomach.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (2 of 10)ISO 200

Today is the last day for many deals currently going on in July. Take a look.

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Sometimes, in order to save money on a film set it’s best to improvise in the creation of lighting modifiers to get a particular look. Many photographers have been doing it for years, and we even did it. But director David F Sandberg put an interesting twist on lighting when shooting his recent short film entitled, “Not So Fast.

Essentially, David needed to create some very faint lighting on the subject in the film–which turned out to look like very faint moonlight in the end. And to do this he took a light bulb and put it in an IKEA trashcan that was modified at home to give off the right amount of spread and diffuse the light’s output. After that, he used in-camera exposure settings to nerf out all the ambient light otherwise and combined the scene with a black curtain.

It’s incredibly simple, yet really cool. Check out the video after the jump.

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Kodak Vision3 50D Super 8mm Motion Picture Negative Film

A couple of months ago, much of the movie industry decided to make a move towards digital formats and away from film. Some like JJ Abrams (in the case of the next Star Wars movie) though decided to stick it out with film. Indeed, Kodak even came out with a new Super 8 film emulsion two years ago. This is despite the company’s film sales taking a 96% dive since 2006.

The latest in this story though comes from the Wall St. Journal, who is reporting that directors have banded together to help save the format–and have come to an agreement where studios will continue to purchase a set amount of film for the next couple of years despite mostly converting over to the digital world and workflow. Amongst these directors are Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams.

According to the Wall St Journal, “Among the studios in talks with Kodak are Time Warner Inc.TWX -0.64% ‘s Warner Bros., ComcastCorp.’s CMCSA -1.95% Universal Pictures, Viacom Inc. VIAB -1.15% ‘s Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Co.DIS -1.11% ‘s Walt Disney Studios, as well as Weinstein.”

In the world of professional cinematography, this is going to be a very interesting move since most companies shoot all digital and their workflow has switched to this format too. While it could also be considered a step backwards, it is also seen as a slow in the progression towards a fully digital world.

 

 

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GM1 first impressions Photo Plus Expo 2013 (7 of 7)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 2.5

Big rumors in the Micro Four Thirds world say Panasonic is working on a new sensor that will be integrated with a new interchangeable lens body and a new fixed lens compact. 43Rumors has confirmed that much with an anonymous tipster and that says the cameras could be come by late August or early September putting it in the sweet spot for a reveal at Photokina. Other than confirming the existence of such cameras we do not yet have any specs on either of Panasonic’s future camera units.

The Panasonic LX8 has been long rumored to feature a new bigger sensor. While early reports suggested the high-end, fixed lens compact would feature a 1-inch sensor it made more sense if Panasonic leveraged the actual sensor technology it already uses. These latest rumors seem to corroborate this theory.

As for a new Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic has been long over due for a new model since the GX7 launched last August. What’s more Panasonic has been playing second fiddle to Olympus for too long even with its highly regarded line of SLR-styled Lumix cameras like the GH4. So we’re hoping for something that will be truly eye catching to photographers as the Japanese camera company tends to cater to gear nuts.