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500px Groups and Discussions 500px is already a great community for photographers looking for praise and criticism. Now the photography community is launching groups and discussions into beta. 500px community members to create discussion boards around a central creative topic as well as join groups that cater to their interests.

On top of adding their voice to discussions, users will also be able upload their images and start new conversations. Like or hate something someone said? Just up or down vote it. 500px also says its working on adding more features soon including group creation, whereas currently community members can only join groups 500px has made itself.

To join the conversation users simply need visit the 500px Groups beta page. While 500px is just adding discussions now, Flickr has had them for quite some time, but it never hurts to conversate in even more place about photography.

 

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Pompidoo Amsterdam Camera Bag Product Images 2

Pompidoo is known for producing some great and stylish camera bags for women but now the company is out with its first shoulder tote made for men called the Amsterdam. On the outside the tall shoulder bag is made of premium aged and distressed leather that they’re touting as tough yet trendy.

While the bag looks completely pedestrian from the outside it’s made to carry all your photography gear including a DSLR with a lens plus one to two other lenses or flashes. There’s also room for a tablet or small laptop, cellphone, wallet, memory cards and your other personal knick·knacks.

The interior also features a XRDExtreme Impact Protection foam lining that’s designed to freeze and absorb 90% of the impact energy when dropped. When full stocked the Amsterdam bag weighs an overall 8.82lbs, so it’s just edging on the line of being uncomfortable for one shoulder.

The Amsterdam bag is available now in multiple colors including wet asphalt, aged-looking brown, and shabby beige for $380.10 directly from Pompidoo. If you’re still on the fence about the new bag check past the break for a few more images of this handsome bag.

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All photographs by Nicholas Goodden. Used with permission.

We all hope for a better and brighter future for our kids–a world without poverty, famine or violent conflict. But what if the future isn’t going to be what we envision – not better or worse, just something completely different?

In his futuristic conceptual series London 2313, London-based photographer Nicholas Goodden, whose Pixelated Series we recently featured, shows us a strange and dreamlike London, where bright white sand dunes have taken over the old city, burying its greatest and most important landmarks like nothing but old, discarded metal scraps and where people are scarce and alien-like.

Talking to The Phoblographer, Nicholas explains how his concept for this post-apocalyptic came to be:

“London in the future? It can be a little hard to imagine. Will we find a solution to the housing shortage and increasing house prices, will we eliminate the ever increasing pollution levels and live in an environmental friendly city? Or will everything go the other way? In this futuristic London urban photography project called “London 2313,” I present one possibility, open to interpretation.”

“This project came about as I was walking on a very wide and empty beach in Brittany. I was looking at the wide expanse of sand and dunes on a very grim day. London is never far in my thoughts and my brain did the juxtaposition of both. A sand covered city was born.”

Gray and grim but also surreal and very SciFi, London 2313 is an impressive work that presents a possible future that not many have had the courage to consider before.

See the photos from the incredible series after the jump.

Check out more of Nicholas Goodden’s work by checking out his website. Follow him on Facebook for updates.

 

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (4 of 10)ISO 200

Reader Ronald Stein sent us a really awesome tip the other day. Despite the fact that summer is about to end for many of us, lots of us are still going to try to get out and soak up as much sun as we can. Then, you’ll also need to consider the fact that you’ll need sunscreen. But before you go to pick up your camera and shoot, make sure that you wash your hands.

Why? Well believe it or not, sunblock deteriorates the exterior of your camera. According to Ron:

“It is a known fact that if one uses a sunblock, most any brand, that the residue left on ones hands, attacks the “Polycarbonate” that some camera manufacturers use in their manufacturing of the camera body handles. There is a substance in the sunblock that will melt and deform the handles on some camera bodies. So, be sure to wash your hands after applying any sunblock on any camera outing. It would also be wise not to even carry a supply in your camera bag due it leaking or a cap coming loose. Be safe – not sorry!!!!”

We checked the information with some of our friends at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio who lead us to this piece on the stress cracking of polycarbonate due to sunscreen. Apparently, it can have the most effect on curved edges of a camera.

To be fair though, I’ve taken our cameras to the beach often during testing right after applying sunscreen to myself. After that, I usually wipe my hands down on my towel and go around to shoot. None of my cameras have ever become deformed.

Either way, we’d still recommend that you stay on the side of caution.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

At least every other day, we receive an email or message of some sort asking about what camera someone should purchase. In fact, I’ve been dealing with emails like this for years via the Phoblographer and during my time at B&H Photo. Usually, it’s from someone who knows nothing about photography. A former colleague of mine recently messaged me and said something along the lines of “Hey, the wife and I are thinking about buying a DSLR. I heard the D800 is good. What should I get?”

Granted, he and his wife know nothing about photography and when I tried to tell him that they don’t need a DSLR or anything as high level as a D800, he thought that I was completely insane. Then I offered alternatives from Fujifilm and Sony in the high end point and shoot world. He retorted with “Okay, just tell me this then: Canon or Nikon?”

Again, I told him that a DSLR is over his head, unless he really wants to learn how to use one to its potential. In truth, it’s also serious overkill.

“Why do you want a DSLR?” I said.

“Better pictures.” He said.

“Yes, but you’ll only get better pictures if you really want to dedicate yourself to learning how to use one. And with a kid on the way you won’t have the time.” I returned.

The point though is that not everyone needs a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. To be incredibly honest, most of the work that I do for the site or the paid photography gigs that I do doesn’t require super high end cameras. But to be fair, I have great lighting knowledge.

Still though, I seriously think that everyone needs to stop just reaching for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and instead take a strong look at what the high end point and shoot market is offering. There are loads and loads of great options.

And of course, no one is making a bad camera.

 

Image Courtesy of Leo Catricala and Hyunsung Cho/Hartford University

Image Courtesy of Leo Catricala and Hyunsung Cho/University of Hartford

Today nearly every person in the world has a camera whether it be a cellphone camera, point-and-shoot, mirrorless camera, DSLRs, Go Pros, aerial drones—you get the idea. While photography is well and alive now, that wasn’t always the case. The Smithsonian Magazine has put together an excellent article looking back over a century detailing the photography first went mainstream.

The thing about early cameras is they used chemically treated plates and paper that took ages to capture an exposure and required subjects to stay still for a half-minute or more. It’s the reason why early portraitures looked so stoic and serious. But enter 1888 and George Eastman introduced the first compact, film-based Kodak camera. The new camera was not only much smaller measuring 2.5-inches in diameter, it was also affordable at $25 and held a roll of film for 100 exposures.

The much more accessible camera allowed many more people to carry cameras outdoors and the public was entranced by the ability to capture the world. Even if they were the most mundane of everyday events, new Kodak photographers would take pictures of bicycles, pets, or themselves. Taking snapshots became a fad and with the introduction of the $1 Brownie camera in 1900 a third of American households owned a camera of some sort by 1905.

While it might seem like photography was universally liked, professional photographers were actually against seeing their art becoming popularized by amateurs. Supposedly paid photographers did not appreciate these “Kodak fiends” who became completely engrossed with taking weird and often out of focus shots.

Now photography has become much more mundane and commonplace, but the controversy has spun out to taking advantage of people’s privacy. With the advent of wearable cameras like Google Glass and aerial drones, photographers now face a new wave of criticism accusing them of sneaky forms of voyeurism to creep shots from above.

Via Smithsonian Magazine