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Hey folks!

This Thursday at 3pm-5pm EST (NYC), i’ll be live on our brand new Meerkat Channel to answer any questions that you have about photography. This is the first time that we’re trying this and we’re currently experimenting with both Periscope and Meerkat.

Depending on how it goes, we’re probably going to make it a weekly thing but we have to figure out what platform we want to do this on.

If you’ve got the Meerkat app, be sure to follow @Phoblographer. If you’re on Periscope, we’ve got the same name. During the broadcast, we’ll embed the stream into a post here on the cite for you to follow along and watch.

See you tomorrow!

julius motal the phoblographer vsco artist initiative Yumna Al-Arashi 02

All images are copyrighted Yumna Al-Arashi, and are being used with permission.

Access isn’t always a guarantee when it comes to documentary projects. For documentary photographer Yumna Al-Arashi, she had to take a roundabout way to get into the labor camps in the United Arab Emirates where migrant workers toiled away day after day. The stark divide between their plight and the rest of society there had a substantial impact on Al-Arashi, and with her camera, she set out to tell their story. Her project attracted VSCO’s attention, and with a grant from the company’s Artist Initiative, she took her project further by photographing the men in a studio setting in the same way she’d take on a fashion shoot. Those images and this project will be in a forthcoming book.

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Epson SureColor P400_Head On

Today, photo enthusiasts are getting the brand new Epson SureColor P400–and for $599 they’ll be able to create very high grade prints at home.

The printer eight Epson UltraChrome HG2 pigment ink cartridges, has dedicated channels for both Matte and PHoto black and even has specific red and orange inks. Epson is touting exhibition quality prints with the look and feel of the results that a professional lab can deliver. Of course, that still doesn’t mean that the person printing has to best printing calibration knowledge.

Epson is saying that the SureColor P400 is intuitive to work with; may be important to the folks who want to print a bit larger than normal. The printer can deliver borderless photos up to 13”x19” on a wide variety of glossy, matte and fine art papers, while also allowing better roll paper support than was previously available. On top of all that, if you’re old school and still want to print onto CD/DVDs, the SureColor P400 will let you do that.

Best of all, it works wirelessly–which means no big need for a jungle of cables to be behind your desk.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Creating the Photograph A Pinup in Brooklyn (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

For years now, I’ve loved doing pinup style beauty work. Blame my ex-girlfriend–it started when she brought me to a little hole in the wall in the East Village and we saw a Burlesque show together. It was cool, and better yet I amazingly knew many women who were into it and love dressing that way, too. It’s empowering–and good portraiture I’ve always felt makes someone look and feel great about themselves. That’s what I’ve been teaching on this site for years in our tutorials. So when I asked Natalie if I could photograph her for a couple of Zeiss lens reviews I was working on, she said yes.

And so I picked up my iPad, loaded up Pinterest, and started looking for inspiration and ideas.

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High megapixel camera body comparison

Some of us like to take pictures and some of us need all the resolution we can possibly get from our images. With that in mind, we should be very aware that the megapixel race in the camera world still isn’t over. At the moment Canon, Nikon and Sony all have very high megapixel camera bodies to appeal to the user that wants to create large prints, needs to do a lot of retouching or otherwise just wants to sit there and make the rest of the DPReview forum readers super jealous.

The competition includes the Canon 5Ds, Nikon D810 and the Sony A7r Mk II. All three of them are highly capable cameras and have features that appeal to different users. And in this post we dissect which one may be best for you.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus lens review product images (6 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Quite honestly, reviewing cameras doesn’t excite me anywhere as much as it used to years ago–but reviewing lenses is always incredibly fun. At this point in the game, I typically know that a camera will be great and more than suffice for the needs of most, but lenses are a different story. They can surprise you. Yes, the technology makes them very good too but lenses and lighting quite literally are at the heart of what makes your image look the way that it does.

When Zeiss released their lineup of Milvus lenses, I was sent five of them to play with before the announcement date. And to be honest, I was dreading playing with the 50mm f1.4 Milvus quite a bit. Why? I hate the 50mm field of view, but the results that this lens offers seriously knocks you down onto the ground with amazement.

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“Feed me!!!” That’s pretty the major demand to give into when it comes to photographing dogs–and specifically puppies. It can be even tougher when you’re working with one that has lots of energy; but the folks over at Weekly Imogen have a couple of really good and interesting solutions beyond just giving the pup lots of treats.

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All images by Sam Dorado. Used with permission.

A while back I submitted a collection of photographs to GRAMR in hopes of joining their team of photographers. They got back to me and let me know that they were interested in floral themed photography for spring. This is in no way my genre, but my first idea was to do something that involved wildflowers because I think their beauty is often overlooked. I collected some samples and brought them back to my home and photographed a group of them under studio conditions. While in the post processing phase I thought it would be neat to process the shot as a symmetrical double exposure. The resultant photo is above and while it was too experimental for the card company, I am happy that I discovered this technique. All that is required is the Enfuse plugin (originally reviewed for HDR here and multiple exposures here) and I thought it would be fun to show what I did in Lightroom to make this image.

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