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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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Say farewell to Instagram being all about square format! It’s not necessarily so anymore since today, the company unveiled an update that lets users share their photos in landscape or portrait mode in addition to the 1×1 square format. For years, the workaround involved using another app that added white areas to the sides.

According to the company’s blog post, you can make the changes using the format icon before uploading. This change doesn’t only work with photos, but also with video. And that means that vertical video is finally something that is truly supported. To that end, all of the filters (both photo and video filters) will work all across the board on all media you choose to upload.

When it comes to viewing a person’s profile, the images will appear as a center cropped square in the 3×3 grid format until the user clicks on an image. What that means is that photographers using Instagram as a main profile no longer are limited to only showing off what they’re capable of doing in the square format alone. They now have so many more options available.

Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (2 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.6

DXOMark released the results of their tests with the Sony A7r Mk II today–and they’re not really surprising. Why not? We kind of expected the Sony A7r Mk II to wipe the floor with everyone else–and it does. Receiving an overall score of 98%, it seems to excel in pretty much every area of their tests. With a 42.2MP full frame sensor, we would assume that the camera is bound to have lots of color depth and dynamic range information but not so great high ISO output. Right?

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

Sunset, otherwise known as one of the times that we have Golden Hour light, can help you create absolutely beautiful portraits. Part of this has to do with the wonderful golden light that we get while another part is due to the light being naturally softer.

The folks over at the Weekly Imogen YouTube channel created a video showing off just how beautiful the results can be. Emma, the model, works with the photographer and combines ideas that they’ve done before to create very feminine and intimate portraits–all with Emma being backlit. The video does something a bit more interesting though.

While Mark (the photographer) is recording, Emma does her usual model routine of slightly changing up the pose whenever the shutter goes off in order to give variety. During this time we have music being played over the recording. We see that Mark changes his framing often and from experience I think that the best approach here is to tell your model that you’re changing your framing and even show it to them. That way, they know what space they’re working with.

The video is after the jump.

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An app called AstroPad is looking to make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.

The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.

As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.

You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.

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Photographer Scott Robert Lim recently did a video tutorial with creativeLive on posing groups for a photo–and it’s probably one of the best tutorials I’ve seen. What Scott is really emphasizing is micro-managements and people skills; but he cites that he’s had lots of experience with arranging elements on paper and so he applies those skills to photography.

As far as technicalities go, he talks about finding even lighting–which is what we say for portraiture all the time when it comes to shooting outdoors. Even lighting will make it easier to get a better photo with more details clearly being visible. Scott adds a bit of fill flash and also uses the longest lens possible–which means that he’s probably backing up quite a distance away from the subjects.

But beyond that, he also talks about keeping everyone’s attention. It’s tough work but possible.

Check out creativeLive’s video after the jump.

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