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All images by Daniel Schaefer. Used with permission.

If you’re not familiar with who photographer Daniel Schaefer is, then what you should know first and foremost is that he is probably one of the most driven, self-motivated and determined photographers under the age of 30 that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s been featured on Japan Camera Hunter and also here on the site before. Daniel has worked for Leica and so many other companies in the industry; he demonstrates the drive that it takes to survive in the creative world.

For the past couple of years, he’s been shooting, studying and honing his craft in the photography space. He’s also become significantly better at portraiture.

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Duarte Amorim

Duarte Amorim

All images by Dinis Santos. Used with permission.

“I’ve studied Painting at the Fine Arts School of Porto, Portugal. There I had two years of analog photography. Soon I realized that photography would be my predilect tool and I’ve abandoned the pencil and the brush.” says photographer Dinis Santos about how he got into photography. Though he shoots commercial work, he also built his own camera which he used to create large format portraits.

Dinis started out shooting digitally and later on wanted to try out shooting analog. When he moved to a new home, he had the space for a lab. At the same time, he wanted to experiment with large format photography but didn’t have the money to. so he built his own camera with cheap materials: wood a cheap loupe.

“When I was starting to use this camera, Portugal was living the first years of austerity. In the parliament the right wing government was cutting on the education, health public system and had closed the department of culture.” says Dinis. “In the streets the left wing movements and new movements were rising together in huge demonstrations.” Dinis continues to say that those meetings for the left wing used to be held at his house. As people came and went, he asked for their portraits.

At our place we used to have meetings to organize protests and paint banners and posters.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus lens review product images (6 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Camera lenses have optical elements inside of them which each have coatings designed to cut down on glare and reflections. Instead of reflecting light, they were designed to hold the light for a piece of film, a digital sensor or any other sort of photographic material. According to Wired, camera lenses and film are designed to mimic the way that a moth’s eyes work–specifically with light holding properties in mind.

The process of biomimicry, which is designing technology to function just like something does in nature, was specifically mimicked here because of the way that a moth’s eyes are black and tend to absorb light instead of reflect it lest the moth attract predators.

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Coastal Reflections II

All images by Iwan Groot. Used with permission.

“Experience is better than theory–go out and shoot regularly and you will get better, and the more you get to know nature the more enthralled you get by it and learn what to show off to others.” says photographer Iwan Groot about how he’s learned photography in the past couple of years. “Even on days when you are not photographing pay attention to when the sun sets or rises, when is there atmospheric darkness, how many clouds are too much for what you like, how light hits mountains or the clouds and the colors it makes in different situations.”

Iwan grew up in the Ivory Coast and Senegal; and he’s travelled a lot in area where there is much to do after work. So he went about finding new places to take pictures. Iwan took a specific interest in Astroscapes–photos of the earth and the night sky that create compelling and beautiful sights. From that, he’s also a highly capable landscape photographer.god

He tells the Phoblographer that his talents came from constantly trying new things, learning and embracing post-production while creating realistic images.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC product images (2 of 5)ISO 1001-320 sec at f - 2.0

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with Tamron to give away one a new SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens, to one lucky winner in the world. Want to win this contest?

Check out the details below:

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Canon 5Ds

For Black Friday 2015, here are loads of deals that you’ll be happy to see. Make sure to keep checking this post throughout the day as it’s updated.

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Batavia head coach Brennan Briggs (middle) gets the championship ice batch from players Nick Amico (65), Greg Mruczek (14), Eric Davis (5) and Clayton Gorski (74) following Batavia's 52-20 win over Livonia in the Section V Class B Championship game at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.

Batavia head coach Brennan Briggs (middle) gets the championship ice batch from players Nick Amico (65), Greg Mruczek (14), Eric Davis (5) and Clayton Gorski (74) following Batavia’s 52-20 win over Livonia in the Section V Class B Championship game at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester.

All images by Michael Johnson. Used with permission.

Photographer Michael Johnson has been a freelance sports shooter since 1994, and he didn’t know that he wanted to make it his career until college. “While at SUNY Brockport I took over the photo editor position at the school paper, The Stylus, which is when I finally choose to make a career out of my passion for photography. When I graduated in 2000 I came home knowing I what I wanted to do but not fully how to accomplish it.” says Mike about a dilemma that every photographer faces. “I went back to freelancing and in 2002 I was hired full time by the Livingston County News out of Geneseo, NY.”

Over the years, Mike has photographed loads of sports: football, basketball, baseball, etc. with the help of supportive parents. When he started, he would shoot sports with a Pentax K1000. He’s come a long way from when he first started shooting at the age of 5 with a plastic camera modelled after the Smurfs.

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Thanksgiving For Two-5

All images in this story used with permission. Lead photo by Betty Liu.

With America’s Thanksgiving Day happening today, you’re bound to be taking loads and loads of images that you’ll enjoy and share on social media with many others. To create those better images, the Phoblographer has pooled a few American food photographers that have been interviewed on the site before. Here, they all give you insightful, artistic and technical tips on creating images of the big meal.

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