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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 first impressions extra images (4 of 5)ISO 4001-150 sec at f - 1.2

There is a syndrome that many beginning photographers get infected with–and unfortunately none of them ever find the cure for it. That 50mm f1.8 lens that you’ve got: yes, it’s nice. In fact, it can be great. But how many times have you read or heard someone just talk about bokeh. When I used to work in a store, I heard folks talk over and over about bokeh. Yes, it’s beautiful for sure.

But eventually all of your images end up looking the exact same: subject in focus (probably centered) and a super blurry background. But as great as bokeh can be, it can lead you into a big trap. Eventually you’ll become so obsessed with just getting bokeh in your images that you’ll throw composition and other elements of your image out the window (and totally out of the frame.)

Now let me inform you about a little bit of truth: many of the world’s best and most iconic images don’t have bokeh. Yes, it’s totally true. Shooting images over and over again with just lots and lots of bokeh won’t necessarily give you a better image. Sometimes you’ll need to stop the lens down in order to get more of a scene in focus to tell a story or give the viewer more information about what you’re shooting. By doing this, all of your images also don’t look the same.

So with that said, we challenge you to stop your lenses down and shoot at f8 for a week or so. Try to go out there and create better images based on composition, subject matter, through pure creativity. Don’t get sucked into the bokeh trap.


Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Nicola Bernardi is a photographer that has been working on a hilarious series called “What the Duck is Going on?!“–which we partially discovered when looking through his work during a pitch to us. Nicola not only has the know-how to execute his creative vision, but he also has ideas that just simply work. The Melbourne based photographer is all of 26 years old, and has worked with brands that include Jaguar.

But as any photographer knows, doing personal shoots is what keeps your creativity alive. With that said, here is Nicola’s story.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Leica M Edition 60 Product Images 1Leica latest products from Photokina are touching on all sorts of nostalgia. On top of announcing a new Leica M-A film camera, the German camera maker is also introducing the Leica M Edition 60. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3, this latest camera skips including any screen at all to check their exposure. Rather than relying on an LCD to give users immediate feedback on their images the Leica M Edition 60 only includes a rangefinder window, forcing users to operate it like a film camera.

In place of the back LCD display there’s an ISO selector that will still give users a bit more flexibility than film. Otherwise users will be shooting blind and forced to get the exposure right the first time around. As yet another limited run Leica camera, the company says it will only produce 600 M Edition 60 bodies. The Leica M Edition 60 will come packaged with a Summilux 35mm f1.4 lens and ring up for the exorbitant price of €15,000 (about $19,424) this October.

Leica announced much more today. 16 new cameras and lenses no less. Check past the break for all the expensive photo gear.

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Phottix Odin TTL II

There are few products in the photo world that we don’t think need an update or an upgrade–and high up on that list was Phottix’s Odin II TTL flash transmitter. We reviewed the first one and awarded it an Editor’s Choice rating. To this day, we still use it and highly recommend it to anyone. But today at Photokina 2014, the company is announcing a brand new refresh to the transmitter. It now involves a new button layout, brighter green lights, and an overall more modern and sexy design.

So what’s new with the Odin II? For starters, you can control the manual power output from 1/1 to 1/256–which is amongst the lowest that we’ve seen. It also allows for modelling light control with the new Indra 500 monolight that the company announced yesterday. Users also can have give different lighting groups–which means that you can get more or less as complicated with your lighting as you want. You also get 32 radio channels that can control pretty much every single Phottix radio enabled flash or trigger product.

No word on pricing yet, but as far as lighting goes, Phottix seems to be stealing the show. They’ve announced the Canon and Nikon versions, and we’re sure that Sony will come later.

Tech specs are after the jump.

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Hassy H5D-5C

Earlier this year, Hasselblad launched the H5D-50C medium format camera system with a CMOS sensor. But at Photokina 2014, the company is already announcing what they’re calling an upgrade but that we’re saying is more of a variant. The new version of the H5D-50C has WiFi transmission built in–which allows you to control the camera in one of many ways. According to the company’s press release,

“The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a ‘Live View’ function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.”

The camera still retains the 50MP CMOS sensor–that isn’t true 645 and instead a cropped sensor with a 1.3x crop factor in medium format speak not full frame 35mm speak. It can also still shoot up to 6400 ISO. The camera can also shoot exposures up to 34 minutes long too.

At the moment, we don’t have an exact word on pricing–but we’re positive that we’re all too poor to afford one anyway.

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Leica M-A Product Images-4

This year’s Photokina is full of all sorts of surprises as Leica ditches digital and decides to launch a new film camera. Meet the Leica M-A (Type 127)–it’s the German camera company’s return to photography in its purest form. The camera does not have a monitor for you to check your exposure nor exposure metering to mess with your shot. It does not even run on batteries.

Instead the Leica M-A is simply a hand-built, metal camera body that leaves everything up to the users. Shooters will have to figure out the exposure on their own without a built in light meter. It’s beyond old school as a return to photography in its original form, where it’s up to the user to decide their focal length, aperture, shutter speed, and finally capture that decisive moment. Back then, photographers used the Sunny 16 rule to get exposures correct.

Due to the camera taking film, the mechanical camera is “significantly thinner” than many of its digital rivals. The Leica M-A also comes mounted with the Leica 50mm f2.5 Summarit lens and will accept other Leica M-bayonet lenses. Meanwhile, users can pull the frame selector lever to change the framing lines to accommodate their 28mm and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm, 50 and 75 mm lenses.

The Leica M-A will be available in chrome-accented or all black finish later this October. Leica announced the camera would cost £3100 (about $5,021) from its Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington, and other authorized Leica dealers. Check past the jump for more images and specs.

Via Amateur Photographer

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