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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Portraits from Early Winter 2015 extras (17 of 21)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 3.5

Every photographer starts out somewhere–and when you’re first starting out in portraiture, you probably can’t find or hire a stylist or make up artist (MUA). What you’ll begin to learn is that sometimes thing will go wrong on set. While models and people you photograph sometimes bring some of their own kits to help, it can be tougher if you’re photographing a couple for an engagement for example.

So to prevent any unwanted problem, here are items I’ve learned to have in my kit as a portrait photographer over the years with a brief reason as to why.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer The Perfect Camera bag (4 of 4)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

On a consistent basis, I get pitched to review camera bags. There are always new ones that come out and some obviously suit my style more than others. A nice perk of the job of being an Editor-in-Chief though is that I usually get to keep the bags, but after a while, they tend to pile up. In my closet, I must have at least 10 different camera bags.

As time as progressed, I’ve found new brands, new designs and better products. Some of the absolute best come from Tenba, ZKin, Langly and Artist and Artisan. Why these brands? Because their designs don’t look like camera bags.

And that’s the best thing that any company could do for a photographer.

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Yogi a Islandi by Tony Van Le and Nadia Nasiri-14

All images by Tony Van Le. Used with permission.

Photographer Tony Van Le is one half of a collaborative project showcasing yoga in a much different way. Peruse Instagram, and you’ll find yoga specialists doing all sorts of crazy poses in some of the coolest and most extreme locations. That’s pretty much what Yogi a Islandi is about–and it showcases the work of Yogi Nadia Nasiri. Nadia and Tony have been friends for years and as they travelled together, they were inspired by awesome locations until they got the idea to combine her yoga work with his landscape photography.

We talked to Tony about the project and the logistics behind it all.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC product photos (3 of 4)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 3.5

Today, Tamron is announcing a major update to their SP lineup of lenses–and it’s partially starting with the new 45mm f1.8 Di VC. Why not 50mm? In our meeting yesterday, Tamron stated that the original true normal focal length was around 43mm; so they wanted something a bit closer to that. Like the 35mm also announced, this lens is priced at $599 and aimed at the advanced amateur. It incorporates weather sealing, has a very close focusing distance, and is very lightweight.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC product images (5 of 5)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 2.0

It’s been a while since Tamron released a new prime lens–but today they’re announcing something totally new. In a meeting yesterday, the company shared with us that they’ve been envisioning the next evolution of their lenses; and the first of those being announced today is the Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC. This is a full frame lens designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Sony Alpha support coming sooner or later.

In the company’s presentations, they pit it squarely against the Sigma 35mm f1.4, Canon’s 35mm f1.4 L, and the Nikon 35mm f1.4 G. However, this lens incorporates weather sealing (unlike Canon and Sigma’s, though the new Canon 35mm f1.4 L II USM incorporates weather sealing) and is priced at only $599.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony Rx10 Mk II review product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Sony’s high-end point and shoot cameras have greatly improved in quality over the years–and it started with the RX100. From the success that they got from that little 1 inch sensor and a fast zoom lens, they created the RX10. The Sony RX10 Mk II builds on its predecessor’s successes with an even more powerful engine to allow the camera to shoot 4K video and high-speed video, and it has silent shutter capabilities and lots of other amazing features that can easily make this camera a DSLR replacement for many enthusiasts (and, well, this is going to sound crazy, but even the pros).

Let’s clarify on that one: this can’t be a replacement camera for all pros: but journalists attending events (not photojournalists), concert photographers, street and travel shooters may never have a need to get another camera again. The advantage of the 1 inch sensor is that you get lots of a subject in focus at a given aperture–though you combine that with the light gathering abilities of a constant f2.8 aperture lens that zooms from 24-200mm. Seriously, what else could someone really need?

Still don’t believe us? Wait till you see the high ISO abilities and the RAW file versatility.

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