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All images by Olivier Valsecchi. Used with permission.

Olivier Valsecchi was born in Paris in 1979 and after taking the plunge into photography has been published and exhibited around Europe, the US, and Asia. After winning a Hasselblad Masters award for his portrait series Dust, he created Klecksography in 2012. His new Drifting series is a journey through art history where each picture merges the tradition of the reclining nude with the still life painting genre from Flanders.

His series called “Time of War” is an ode to the struggles that we go through every day and how we battle against it. At first we thought the images featured powder, but we later learned that it’s all ashes. It builds on the dust series and involves religious symbolism as well as creative expressionism about our times.

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All images by Valerie Susloparova. Used with permission.

Playing with forced perspective in photography can be fun–and it’s often even better when you have full control over the creative freedom the same way that 23 year old Russian illustrator Valerie Susloparova has. She’s an illustrator that uses photography to present her work in a fun and lighthearted way. Valerie tells us that she’s inspired by photos of animals–specifically her favorite Instagram pets. “I draw an illustration and then want to present it (in an) interesting and funny (way). Ideas appear in my head with the speed of light.”

After she illustrates the image, she finds a way to interact with it in a fun manner and then takes that photo for her Instagram.

Valerie says that her Labrador was her first model and that she tried to do the same thing with food and portraits, but now she’s just focusing on animals.

Her ultimate goal with the photos? When we asked about a photo book, she said that maybe she’ll do a calendar or prints on shirts.

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Cinestill photo

If you had asked me years ago if I would be reviewing film in the year 2015, I probably would have laughed in your face. There is no way that a couple of years ago that any editor would have thought that a company would be making new film products. But indeed, there have been. CineStill, founded by the Brothers Wright photography team, have repacked Kodak cinema film by taking off a layer that makes it safe for typical C-41 processing. For CineStill 800T, the company gave us ISO 800 film that is Tungsten balanced–which means that it’s best used with a flash or daylight.

In my personal experience, ISO 800 film has been very grainy except when it’s Kodak Portra and pushed a stop. But in this case, CineStill has given us the finest grain 800 film I’ve ever seen.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Besides the 55mm f1.8 and 35mm f2.8, the only other compact autofocus prime lens that we have for the full frame E-mount is the Sony 28mm f2. It was recently introduced as part of the growing line of full frame E mount lenses. Targeted at street photographers, architecture shooters, candid shooters, and many more this lens is one of the few primes that also isn’t Zeiss branded.

With nine aperture blades, nine elements in eight groups, no image stabilization, and weighing in at 7.05 oz this lens has the potential to become a very standard lens for many.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 review images (8 of 8)ISO 1001-1250 sec at f - 2.0

The promotion game is tough for so many photographers, and if anything it’s sometimes more work than actual shoots are. Promotion is part of marketing, and marketing is what professional photographers use as the bread and butter of their business. Many of them shoot less and spend more time marketing, promoting and editing than actually spending more time behind the camera.

There are so many things that you can do to get your work better recognized and therefore increase your likelihood of being hired for gigs. It’s all about being social–and we’re not just talking about social media here.

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CineStill popped up a couple of years ago as a special company repackaging Kodak movie film into a still film format. They exploded in growth, and are currently flourishing along with many of the other newer film-based companies. One of their newest emulsions is CineStill 50D–an ISO 50 film that is daylight balanced. Obviously at ISO 50 you’ll generally need a flash or lots of natural light to get the best photos. For the past couple of months, we’ve been testing the film along with lights that have come in for review and also along trips.

Trust me when I say that very few films want me to get back into film shooting and ditch digital cameras completely; Kodak Portra is currently my favorite and king of them all. But CineStill 50D is doing a great job and is almost as good.

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