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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (1 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

The 85mm lens–it’s a classic and one of the most popular focal lengths for portrait photographers. This focal length is highly valued for many reasons–but above all else it compresses the view of the portrait subject just enough to render them flattering while allowing the photographer to maintain a close, intimate proximity to the subject. Beyond this, everyone loves bokeh and focal lengths like this offer lots of it.

We’ve scoured our Reviews Index to find and compile some of our favorite 85mm lenses just for you and have also included sample images from each of our reviews.

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All images by Jocelyn Voo. Used with permission. This is a post in a special series done with R/WeddingPhotography on ethnic weddings in America.

“Many of the weddings I shoot are ethnic, but I shoot quite frequently in the orthodox Jewish circuit, despite not being Jewish myself,” said photographer Jocelyn Voo in her initial email contact to us. Jocelyn runs Everly Studios–and got her start as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. Naturally, the skills learned there transitioned well into the wedding business for her.

Orthodox Jewish weddings tend to differ from the commonplace Christian weddings here in America–and as a result even many of the photographers are Orthodox Jews themselves since they already know and understand the culture. However, my time at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio taught me that there are many different tiers and each couple makes their own individual decisions on how they practice and their belief system.

I talked with Jocelyn about the rituals and what it’s like photographing these ceremonies.

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All images by Marta Bevacqua. Used with permission.

“I was looking for some photos and drawings for my characters in a role-play game online, and when I finally found what I was looking for, I simply continued to browse on websites such as Flickr and DeviantArt, only because I loved looking at beautiful images,” says Marta Bevacqua about how she got into photography. Born in Rome in 1989, her fascination with the art form began in high school. After graduation in 2008, she dedicated all her time to this passion until it became a job.

By 2009, she was part of a collective exhibition in London. Marta then collaborated with Arcangel Images’s staff on book covers–and she continues to do this freelance. Eventually she became interested in fashion photography and did a campaign for Romeo Gigli Eyewear (2011) then started doing advertising campaigns.

Today, she is a fashion photographer–and after discovering her work on Behance we were hit with Cupid’s arrow. Her Instagram portrays lots of her personal work, which we’re positive you’re going to love too.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 100mm f2 Milvus lens product images (2 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

As the longest focal length in the Zeiss Milvus lineup of lenses, the Zeiss 100mm f2 Milvus lens is a lens that focuses very closely though not to macro ranges. The 100mm focal length is typically associated with macro lenses but the focal length is also popular with portrait photographers. Zeiss lenses in general have always performed well for portrait photography and we had no doubts that this lens would deliver stellar image quality.

With an all metal exterior sans the rubber focusing ring along with weather sealing built into the lens, there is very little that you can really complain about here.

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Hey folks!

This Thursday at 3pm-5pm EST (NYC), i’ll be live on our brand new Meerkat Channel to answer any questions that you have about photography. This is the first time that we’re trying this and we’re currently experimenting with both Periscope and Meerkat.

Depending on how it goes, we’re probably going to make it a weekly thing but we have to figure out what platform we want to do this on.

If you’ve got the Meerkat app, be sure to follow @Phoblographer. If you’re on Periscope, we’ve got the same name. During the broadcast, we’ll embed the stream into a post here on the cite for you to follow along and watch.

See you tomorrow!

julius motal the phoblographer vsco artist initiative Yumna Al-Arashi 02

All images are copyrighted Yumna Al-Arashi, and are being used with permission.

Access isn’t always a guarantee when it comes to documentary projects. For documentary photographer Yumna Al-Arashi, she had to take a roundabout way to get into the labor camps in the United Arab Emirates where migrant workers toiled away day after day. The stark divide between their plight and the rest of society there had a substantial impact on Al-Arashi, and with her camera, she set out to tell their story. Her project attracted VSCO’s attention, and with a grant from the company’s Artist Initiative, she took her project further by photographing the men in a studio setting in the same way she’d take on a fashion shoot.

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Epson SureColor P400_Head On

Today, photo enthusiasts are getting the brand new Epson SureColor P400–and for $599 they’ll be able to create very high grade prints at home.

The printer eight Epson UltraChrome HG2 pigment ink cartridges, has dedicated channels for both Matte and PHoto black and even has specific red and orange inks. Epson is touting exhibition quality prints with the look and feel of the results that a professional lab can deliver. Of course, that still doesn’t mean that the person printing has to best printing calibration knowledge.

Epson is saying that the SureColor P400 is intuitive to work with; may be important to the folks who want to print a bit larger than normal. The printer can deliver borderless photos up to 13”x19” on a wide variety of glossy, matte and fine art papers, while also allowing better roll paper support than was previously available. On top of all that, if you’re old school and still want to print onto CD/DVDs, the SureColor P400 will let you do that.

Best of all, it works wirelessly–which means no big need for a jungle of cables to be behind your desk.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Creating the Photograph A Pinup in Brooklyn (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Model: Natalie Margiotta

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.

For years now, I’ve loved doing pinup style beauty work. Blame my ex-girlfriend–it started when she brought me to a little hole in the wall in the East Village and we saw a Burlesque show together. It was cool, and better yet I amazingly knew many women who were into it and love dressing that way, too. It’s empowering–and good portraiture I’ve always felt makes someone look and feel great about themselves. That’s what I’ve been teaching on this site for years in our tutorials. So when I asked Natalie if I could photograph her for a couple of Zeiss lens reviews I was working on, she said yes.

And so I picked up my iPad, loaded up Pinterest, and started looking for inspiration and ideas.

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