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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 3N product photo (1 of 1)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 2.0

Years ago when the idea of mirrorless cameras and systems was pitched, the premise behind it all was that overall it would create a lighter and smaller kit. And for the most part, manufacturers have stuck to that statement. But at certain times, they really don’t seem to be sticking to it. This concern comes up now more than ever considering that Sony has a full frame mirrorless camera system.

Photographer Tom Northencold wrote a piece recently about why he’s sticking to Micro Four Thirds. The answer: the weight differences vs his Nikon system.

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Matt Kloskowsi recently featured an impressive new Lightroom Plugin called Show Focus Point. The plugin works with the Adobe software to display to the photographer exactly where they tried to focus the image when they shot it. This works very well if a photographer goes through a session of shooting multiple images. Based on where the focusing point is, the photographer can then later tell which of the image(s) in the series is best in focus. It could be very useful to sports photographers, street photographers, wedding photographers or the average ordinary clutz that needs to take millions of photos in order to get that one right shot.

The software plugin essentially just opens a window pane that gives you information on where you focused and can even show the focusing points of Nikon and Canon cameras according to their website.. It’s completely free and works on both Mac and Windows computers. From what it looks like, the team tries to update the plugin when new cameras come out.

Give it a try.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 product images for review (4 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

When it comes to focusing in street photography, zone focusing is arguably the best way to ensure that you get your subject sharply in focus the first time and every time. The reason for this is because generally autofocusing algorithms won’t be able to keep up with you making a split second decision, lifting the camera to your eye, analyzing the scene to figure out what to focus on and then releasing the shutter. In the entire moment that it took you to read that sentence the moment is simply gone.

YouTube user Tim Heubeck recently did a video on how to zone focus a street scene by using his Fujifilm X Pro 1 and the 23mm f1.4. It more or less requires that you use the distance scale, depth of field scale, and aperture scale altogether in order to nail the photos sharply in focus. This is much better demonstrated in a video–which is after the jump.

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All images by Ray Panduro. Used with permission

Photographer Ray Panduro runs a blog called Pixel Analogo. He recently messaged us to show us one of his creations: a pinhole camera formed in the shape of a Diana, but completely made of cardboard. “I love to do photography DiY stuff and share what I know about the topic in my blog. I found that it is complicated to find content in Spanish, especially about analog photography so this is my way to share my love about photography,” says Mr. Panduro. “I have built in the past some pinhole cameras but it was not until this year that I wanted to do something different. I wanted to take more pinhole photos and with that building the cameras using simple materials, not just do the ordinary pinhole oatmeal or box camera I wanted to replicate the common film cameras that wanted me to grab them every day and shoot.”

Ray states that he chose the Diana because he actually owns one and so replicating it was the simplest for him. He also chose it because 120 film is one of the simplest to use for pinhole photography due to always knowing how many frames you have left to shoot with a little back window on the camera. “No need to waste film guessing how much film you need to advance with the knob.”

The camera works by a sliding shutter that moves sideways with an aperture is f/150 for the Diana for its 40mm focal length for a 6×6 film frame. More images of the camera and images from the camera are after the jump.

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All images by Maico Akiba. Used with permission.

The art of photography is all about how you capture the world but Maico Akiba goes one step further in her Sekai (Japanese for world) by creating tiny ecosystems on the backs of wooden animals.

Maico, who is an experienced sculptor and artist, creates scenes of tiny grass patches and trees taking back the city, growing over everything from telephone poles to buildings. Of course, these miniature worlds are also spouting from the backs of mammoths, hippos, dinosaurs, and an assortment of other animals. All these elements combine together to create a post-apocalyptic world that evokes the imagery from “I am Legend” and an Earth without humans.

The magic behind Maico’s work is she first buys small animal figurines from the National Museum of Art and Design Tokyo museum shop. She then paints the animals with acrylic paints and bonding agents to adhere man-made structures, bushes, trees, and grass taken from train sets.

Maico’s work has become so popular, it’s even sprouted a series of cellphone straps in 2012. To see more of Maico’s work hit the jump and visit her website.

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All images by Nicola Bernardi. Used with permission.

Nicola Bernardi is a Melbourne based photographer recently featured on the site in our Creating the Photograph segment for an image from his “What the Duck is Going On” series. He began the series when working as an assistant for another photographer. “At the time, I was focused on that part of being a professional to the point I thought I has lost of bit of that humor and quirkiness that defines who I am as photographer.” says Mr. Bernardi. Understandably, one can become very caught up with improving oneself at certain stages in their career.

One day, Nicola got a hold of a photo of 14 foot tall inflatable ducks in the Hong Kong harbor. And from there, he spurred the idea to create images of bathtubs filled with ducks.

“I immediately thought that a bathtub filled with rubber ducks would have made a killer portrait and before I knew it, I had ordered 251 rubber ducks online.”

Nicola went about gathering some of the wackiest people that he knows–which included his roommate that always looks very serious, a cabaret artist, a drinking buddy, and a burlesque performer. He really wanted to put the viewers right there in the scene and so decided to shoot them all with a wide angle 20mm Nikkor lens. It allowed him to present the bathrooms as grand and larger than they really are. “Trust me, I was the overly big photographer shooting less than a meter away from the subject, crouching and taking the weirdest positions not to get my own limbs in the shot.” says Mr. Bernardi.

He wanted the images to look very advertisement-oriented, and by using a couple of speedlights he started building a very strong contrast with his subjects’ humorous nature. More of the images are after the jump.

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