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Street photography isn’t the easiest discipline. If you’re a practitioner of the form, some of your friends might ask you if you ever talk to the people you photograph. I’ve asked that of many street photographers, and I’ve had it asked of me. The answer is, almost always, that the street photographer does not talk to the people in the frame. Definitely not before the shot, and not after. Yet, there are occasions when talking is unavoidable, when the person in your frame is more aware of you than you anticipated. While street photography is, in large part, the art of stealth in a public space, you have to be ready for the occasions when the person in your photograph talks to you.

Talking to your subject takes a good deal of confidence, both in yourself as a photographer and in your photography. We can leave the deeper questions to Humans of New York. For now, all you need to think about is explaining who you are, what you’re about, and inevitably, why you’re photographing them.

This isn’t necessarily the time for artistic statements, especially if you’re in a city where people are short on both time and attention. Perhaps you’re working on a project in which the person you photographed fit the bill for the next shot in your series. Give a quick synopsis of what the project’s about, and let them know they’re good for it. Or perhaps you’re just shooting on the street. There’s something about them that made you take their photograph. Tell them what that something is. People often respond well to flattery.

Of course, you may be caught offguard by someone who doesn’t want to be photographed, someone who takes a hostile approach to anyone who aims a lens their way. Be calm in all aspects of your practice, and be particularly calm if someone storms over to you after realizing you’ve photographed them. Keep it brief, and don’t stumble over your words. Simplicity and directness will, more often that not, be enough to defuse any hostilities.

Anything can happen on the street. If you’ve got quick feet and an unassuming manner, you can move from one shot to the next with ease. Just be prepared for when you have to talk.

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Back by popular demand, Lomography has a new stock of Agfa CT Percisa 100 film. The 35mm color slide film is designed to help shooters capture rich, deep blue skies without overlaying the entire image with a cool blue filter allowing the film to produce render warm colors as well. At the same time the film can resolve nice and sharp details. Another advantage of the Agfa CT Percisa film is it creates extremely fine outlines at every gradations of light and shade making cloudy skies pop with a unique look.

For a small history lesson Agfa films originally come from a small Germany company started in 1867 that has as strong ties to medical imaging systems as it does photography. Eventually the company folded and when into bankruptcy in 2004. A surviving branch continues to produces film for aerial photography.

Agfa also sold may of its remaining coated film rolls to Ferrania, a third party supplier of consumer film to many others selling under their own name. Meanwhile, Agfaphoto film is also produced by Fuji in Japan, Kodak in Mexico, and Lucky in China; so the film could have come from any of these companies.

As with most things in the film world the Agfa brand become diluted and attached to completely different types of film. Lomography stock itself has even been rumored to carry the same film chemistry as Afga, which would explain the rich color tones of many of the company’s film stocks.

You can pick up a roll of Agfa CT Precisa for $8.90 a piece. Check past the break for more images taken with the film.

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All photographs taken by Tom Chambers. Used with permission.

Growing up on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, photographer and image manipulation artist Tom Chambers developed a fascination as well as a special connection with animals, both wild and domesticated, in his early years. This curious and almost mystical bond is one that he seems to naturally form with animals carried over into adulthood–and it has become inspiration to and a persistent theme in his fascinating work.

Kids co-existing and interacting in the same small but wildly fantastical space with animals, some of which are predatory and dangerous, seemingly dominate his work, his enigmatic images reminiscent of exotic British India or even glorious Renaissance Italy and subtly but effectively exploring the harmonious relationships between humans and animals.

Tom confronts and explores this theme even deeper in his series, Animal Visions, whose enthrallingly magical images are influenced by the magic realism style employed by early 20th century Latin American artists and feature birds, wolves, elephants, and even a beautiful white Bengal tiger. And while these animals are only composited into the images in actuality, his meticulous skill successfully help him create a sense of realness in the photographs, convincing his spectators on the authenticity of his fabled storytelling.

Magnificent and overall enchanting, Tom’s Animal Visions series will mesmerize even the most unyielding unbelievers. See the photos from it after the jump.

For more of Tom Chambers’ work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.

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A flash can be an invaluable tool for improving the look of your photographs. Its use doesn’t have to be relegated for situations which are lacking light. In many situations, it can be the means to reveal important shadow detail, increasing color saturation and controlling contrast. So, while there may be an abundance of light around, there will be times when you may want to engage your built-in or external flash to improve the look of a photograph.

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Amanda Bellucco The Phoblographer - Reflections in Water, Landscape Photography

If you’re looking for a way to add an abstract, dreamy, sometimes surreal quality to your photos, you may want to consider trying your hand at shooting reflections. Reflections offer a unique perspective and composition when shooting landscape, urban, or even portrait photography. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. Some experimentation is usually involved, but don’t let that scare you. A few of these helpful tips can take out the guesswork.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Canon PowerShot SX500 HS Product Images-1

Canon has introduced two new hybrid camera additions to its superzoom family. First up the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera, which incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom lens for an absurdly wide equivalent focal length of 24-1008mm. To help keep all your shots steady at the camera’s longest focal length Canon claims it has come with an incredibly robust image stabilization system with eight different modes.

Behind this long, long zoom lens is a 16 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. With these parts in tow the PowerShot SX520 HS can record movies in Full HD 1080p.

Canon also introduced the PowerShot SX400 IS, a compact superzoom hybrid camera designed for carrying around in your jacket pocket. The SX400 IS trades in some reach for a slightly smaller body size but the 30x zoom lens still provides a full range of focal lengths spanning 24-720mm.

The Hybrid camera also packs a 16 Megapixel CCD sensor (which sadly can only shoot videos in 720p), the DIGIC 4+ image processor, plus Canon’s intelligent IS system. Canon promises both cameras have been programmed to help beginners take photos effortlessly with Smart AUTO mode, which chooses between 32 pre-defined scene modes for still and 21 for video.

The PowerShot SX500 HS digital camera will be available this September $399.99. Shortly this next month the PowerShot SX400 IS will come out in black or red for $249.99. Until then hit past the jump for more images of the cameras.

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