Yasser Alaa Mobarak: Not Your Typical Street Photographer

All images by Yasser Alaa Mobarak. Used with permission.

Photographer Yasser Alaa Mobarak is a 24-year-old, award-winning Egyptian photographer based in Delhi, India–and he’s not your typical street photographer. He’s the one of the winners of the highly coveted Sony World Photography Awards. But he’s also won prized from The International Federation of Photographic Art, National Geographic Egypt, Photographic Society of America and Prix De La Photographie Paris. Of course, for such a young age, he’s quite decorated.

In fact, he’s achieved a whole lot in under 10 years. He started shooting when he was 18 and the Egyptian Revolution took place. “I saw strange events happening in my country for the first time so I decided to buy camera and start documenting this events.” he tells us. “This was the starting point of my photographic journey.” Along this journey, he drew influences from photographers Ashraf Talaat and Steve McCurry. For Yasser, photography became his creative tool for documentation, art, self-expression, and sharing his vision.

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P for Professional: What I Learned From Shooting in Program Auto

P for Professional: that’s the mantra that has been preached amongst photographer after photographer simply to make fun of the idea. It’s been taken so seriously that the Home Shopping network has said it at times with complete seriousness. Though amongst the millions of us, we tend to know better and that this saying is often connotated with the idea that a personal can’t shoot in manual mode. But look at loads of photographers out there, a whole lot of them shoot in aperture priority or shutter priority that more or less also automates the process. The idea of shooting in P, or Program Auto, is blasphemy to so many photographers out there as a result of the photography industry’s years of marketing and ideals.

So at a certain point of time while reviewing the Canon 77D, I thought to myself that maybe I should give it a shot. In 11 years of shooting photos,I’ve honestly never used the P mode until very recently.

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The Basics: Choosing Your First Good Zoom Lens for Your Camera

In the past couple of years, photographers have finally been able to pick up their first good zoom lens. By that we mean lower end zoom lenses have become much better at delivering high quality photos. For years, photographers turned to higher end zooms and prime lenses for good quality optics. When you combine these new zoom lenses with high quality sensors though, you’re able to create photos that really stand out to you and others around you.

So we’re going to take a closer look at how you determine what your first zoom lens should be.

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Gene Altman’s Vintage Street Photography Showcases Candid NYC in the 1960s

All images by Gene Altman. Used with permission. 

“What drew me to street photography was the thrill of candid photography,” explains photographer Gene Altman about his candid street photography from the 1960s in NYC. “I was drawn to it because I soon found that giving people time to pose usually masked their truth.” Gene’s images are part of his book called Cityscapes: Intimate Strangers which brings many of these beautiful candid moments to the fore. Gene moved to NYC a long time ago in pursuit of becoming a full time photographer. There were bouts in between where he went without work and sometimes got depressed. So in order to cope, he went out and photographed the people in the streets.

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Is Fujifilm Looking Into In Body Image Stabilization After All?

Not all that long ago there was a lot of talk about Fujifilm and the lack of IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization). They even did some interviews and explained that IBIS was supposedly not compatible with their current X-Trans implementation, also noting that they were unwilling to compromise image quality to made software adjustments to images that would be required. That pretty much put to rest any hope and rumor regarding Fuji and IBIS… until now. Continue reading…

Why Documentary Photography Needs to Fundamentally Change and Evolve

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Lead photo by Tuncay

Years ago, photojournalists were creating images that changed the world, our opinions on life, public policies, etc. The photo was powerful; and it arguably still is. But the inherent problem with the photo’s power these days has to do with a myriad of changes in society where the photo just hasn’t been able to keep up. Just think about it: years ago photography had a big part of ending the Vietnam War and exposing lots of other major issues with society. But these days, it’s not as effective. This isn’t only in the richer, more developed societies but instead all over the world. To understand why, we need to explore photography and culture’s relationship.

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Silent Killers Puts Pollution of the Ocean Front and Center in these Photos

All images for Silent Killers by Jose G Cano and Christine Ren. Used with permission.

“To stop derelict gear being left in the first place, requires international policy change and regulations & monitoring of the fishing industry – which I tentatively have a media colleague on board to create a tangential coverage piece on that side of the ghost fishing solutions.” stated Christine Ren about her project Silent Killers. The photo series has been making the rounds on the web and is designed to bring attention to a big problem: pollution of the water.

So naturally, we wanted to get to know a bit more about the creative message behind the project.

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Review: Lumu Power Light Meter (Apple iPhone)

For years and years, I always wondered why no one had any sort of flash enabled light meter available for the iPhone; but then Lumu went and got the Lumu Power Kickstarted. It may have taken quite a long time, but it’s finally out the door. The Lumu Power light meter is designed for the photographer that wants and needs to use a light meter but that doesn’t want to carry around an actual light meter. Instead, they want something small that they can tote around and use whenever they want or need. Plus it simply works with your iPhone. So why would you not want one?

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