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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 16-35mm f4 product photos (6 of 7)ISO 1601-25 sec at f - 4.0

We’re curious about what you have to say: do you prefer to use prime or zoom lenses? Why? Let us know in the comments below and please vote in our poll after the jump.

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All images by Ivaylo Petrov. Used with permission.

Ivaylo Petrov is a portrait, editorial and commercial photographer. But he’s not just any portrait shooter–in fact, Ivaylo creates portraits instead of shoots them. His images have a very grand look to them that inspires and is a fresh perspective on the portrait.

“In my work, I mainly photograph people, both in studio and on location. I consider myself a versatile photographer, who likes to take on every assignment with individual approach and that’s what defines my style – its diversity.” Ivaylo tells us. “My personal preference is, however, classic, cinematic look and feel of the work that I do.” He continues to tell us that his inspiration comes from other forms of art. For example, he loves watching movies.

You can find more of his work on Behance, but we talked about it with him here.

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ONDU 6x6 POCKET 3

ONDU pinhole cameras made their debut a while back, and eventually took off into success. But now, the company is trying to create a newer and more improved version of the cameras and has already received the necessary funding through Kickstarter. To make the ONDU cameras even better, the company is doing a fairly large overhaul to the cameras to make them better to use.

For starters, they’re adding in more magnets that help to securely close the back panel and therefore not accidentally let light leak in from the back or sides. They’re also changing up the shutter mechanism, creating better pinholes and making framing easier by putting a guide on top of the camera for you to get a better idea of how wide you’re shooting.

Besides this, winding the film will be smoother and you’ll be getting an improved finish for even more durability. This all is totally in line with what ONDU first tried to create: pinhole cameras that will last generations. Pledging as low as $60 can get you a camera. Their video is after the jump.

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All images by Jonpaul Douglass. Used with permission.

It’s rumored that before he died, nature specialist and television personality Steve Erwin tried to document a creature that was so elusive because it dwelled in inner cities. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to do so; but recent sighting by LA based photographer Jonpaul Douglass have brought us closer to studying the creature in its natural habitat.

We’re totally joking here.

Photographer Jonpaul Douglass has stirred up a bit of internet viral nature for himself with his special project documenting sightings of the rare wild pizza. No, we’re not kidding about that part. In fact, his work has gained him the recognition of major pizza chains across America.

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Taking a photo with a tablet

A colleague of mine recently asked a question about wedding photography after talking about his experience of shooting his first one. He ended it very stressed out and eventually complained about so many folks holding up iPads and phones to take a photo during the ceremony and in some instances getting in the way of his photo-taking opportunity. While yes, it’s unfortunate that it ruined his shot I believe that event shooting and wedding shooting has changed to the point where we as photographers should instead be embracing this instead of trying to fight it.

Let’s be honest here, no one in the crowd taking a photo with their phone, tablet or even a little DSLR is your competition. Absolutely no one is going to shoot a photo and then charge the bride and groom for it. Yes, they’re getting in the way. Yes, it’s annoying. But instead of fretting over how a single image of yours is now ruined, turn it into something else immediately. If you’re at the back of the hall and you suddenly see cameras, phones and tablets go up you shouldn’t try to fight it. Embrace it and shoot that instance because at the end of the day your job is to be a documentarian.

If you’re at a wedding, and trying to snap a photo of the cake or a specific moment and someone’s flash is getting in the way and messing up your exposures, then that’s one thing. You can easily and politely ask them to stop for around 30 seconds so that you can take photos that the happy couple will remember and cherish later on in life. But if someone is simply just taking a photo, then that shouldn’t really bother you or prevent you from doing your job.

Of course, you can always ensure that this doesn’t happen to begin with by getting more creative with your angles and positioning as well as having a second shooter if that option is available to you in your budget. Furthermore, I don’t think that we can really stop people from taking pictures at this stage of the game. Everyone has a phone on them or a tablet and everyone loves taking photos all the time even though it’s not anywhere in the same realm or reason as to why you’re doing it. At certain times, telling folks to stop taking photos isn’t a bad idea–but again only at certain times.

Otherwise, it’s time that we embrace it rather than fight it.