UNTITLED Silhouettes Jian Wang 1stPlace and Grand Prize winner

UNTITLED Silhouettes Jian Wang 1st Place and Grand Prize winner

Today, the winners of the 2015 Mobile Photography Awards were announced. Each image was shot with either an iOS device or an Android device with no desktop computer editing allowed. The results go even further to show that it’s not the gear, or pixel peeping that matters. Instead, it’s all about the actual image itself.

The images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblogrpaher Tamron 45mm f1.8 other review images (2 of 4)ISO 4001-1250 sec at f - 4.0

Photography, one way or another, is an expensive hobby. But you don’t need to rob a bank to get really incredible photos. No matter what, that starts with a creative vision, and to that end you can create incredible images with affordable gear. Don’t believe me? Look at the site’s many interviews: most of those folks don’t use the highest top of the line gear but instead focus more on achieving their creative vision with what they have.

If you’re looking to get into portraits, these lenses will help you get a great start.

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All images by Louis Draper. Used with permission from the Steven Kasher Gallery.

Photographer Louis Draper is a famous street photographer, or at least he has been for many years. Before passing in 2002, his work was well received and respected here in New York and internationally in Germany, France, Moscow and more. But in Louis’s home state of Virginia, it wasn’t exactly the case.

The reason: accepting black photographers and their work isn’t exactly seen the same way all over the United States. As his sister, Mrs. Neil Draper-Winston tells the Phoblographer in an interview, his first showing was at the Black History museum in Richmond. And today, Louis continues to inspire photographers with Virginia State University (and many other places) exhibiting some of his work.

This weekend, his exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery closes on February 20th.

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All images by Roy Savoy. Used with permission.

Roy Savoy was born and raised in New York, and he continues to love its energy. He’s one of those photographers who for years had a great eye for photos but never got a camera. When he got a phone with a camera, he started going around taking photos of random things like architecture. Then people, and eventually street scenes.

I found Roy on EyeEm, and quickly fell in love with his work. Roy studied the work of many of the first great photographers and also prefers the simplicity of black and white to color.

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The iPhone is of course the world’s most popular camera, but it’s also been used for professional applications when it comes to photography. According to the Cult of Mac, it’s probably going to get even better. A variant of what is said to be the iPhone 7 is rumored to use a LinX camera system which offers a big solution to an even bigger problem for many mobile shooters: the lack of a working aperture.

The solution offered by the LinX camera system isn’t one with a sensor and a lens with a variable aperture. Instead, LinX puts multiple smaller sensors right next to each other. Each sensor has a different lens with a different aperture. So essentially, you’re choosing which sensor and aperture to use by literally choosing a segment of the camera to utilize.

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Street Photographer Eric Kim recently announced his own brand of camera straps. They’re called “Henri” probably inspired after Henri Cartier-Bresson. There are two different ones: a Mk II neck strap and a wrist strap. Each strap is made of leather and made in Saigon then touched up in the USA.

They seem to have very similar features to many other straps like an all leather build,, well designed split O-rings, and a simple look to them overall. But the new versions are what he monikers as a Mahogany look to them. They also have a comfort pad–or at least the neck strap does.

Both are available now on Amazon with the Mk II going for $79.95 and the wrist strap going for $39.95.

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Photographers tend to have one of two workflows: use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop or just use Adobe Lightroom. If you’ve ever used Bridge, you know that it’s been kind of slow to work with. But this newer version is much faster when it comes to rendering images. Part of this comes from the fact that th central cache of Adobe Bridge stores thumbnails, previews, and metadata information in the database. To keep things continuously moving along smoothly,  automatic purging of stale cache items has been enabled when the application is idle.

These changes will really help when it comes to working with folders that contain large files.

One other big change is the reincorporation of Autostack Panorama/HDR feature. More of the updates can be found on Adobe’s website. As a general image file viewer, it’s better than what Apple and Windows both provide out of the box. To that end, photo editors (like myself) could probably make big use of this.

Taste Buds

All images by Xavier D. Buendia. Used with permission.

“My name is Xavier and I’m a freelance Food & Lifestyle photographer / street photographer based in Brighton, UK.” he says in his introductory email to me. “I’m 33 and I’ve been a full time photographer for about two years now and things are just starting to happen.”

Xavier is a food and lifestyle photographer and works with restaurants, chefs, and no shortage of food. He worked for 10 years in restaurants and hotels studying to become a sommelier. Of course, he’s always had a big passion for food and wine. That vigor burned out after a while and when he turned 30, he decided to become a photographer.

You see, Xavier did it right. He worked part time at cafes and bars to support his art. But he also immersed himself in the culture that he worked to work in. When he finally got his degree in photography, he got to shooting full time.

“Now I take great pride on what I do, I try to transmit my passion on every picture I take and strongly believe that hard work and dedication pay off.”

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