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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review final product images (4 of 4)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.0

Fujifilm’s strategy of taking their pro line and stripping down a bit for the consumer has been most recently reflected with the Fujifilm X-T10. Borrowing lots from the X-T1, this srategy is used often in the industry but with Fujifilm being the newest ILC manufactuer on the market, it’s quite amazing that it happened so soon to its flagship DLSR-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

The Fujifilm X-T10 strips out the weather sealing, removes lots of the dials, and gives the camera a more simplistic interface. But that doesn’t mean that since it’s been stripped down that it can’t take incredible photos.

In fact, quite the opposite is the case here.

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Image by Varina Patel

All images in this piece were used with permission from their owners.

It’s the dream of every aspiring photographer: go out there and get paid to do cool things like photographing for a campaign. In this mirage, photographers pretty much do nothing but shoot and the income just flows freely.

Unfortunately, the reality couldn’t be any further from this dream. Modern photographers are indeed shooting less as the market has evolved over time. Photographers are indeed business people that self creative services, and that’s tougher to do than you could possibly think.

We talked to a number of professional photographers about how they actually spend their time. And the realities may surprise you.

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All images by Irvin Rivera. Used with permission

Some people show the world that they love themselves through selfies. Photographer Irvin Rivera tells us that his photo project Amor Sui runs along that same vein of narcissism. His challenge for the project was to capture angles and ways that people that their own “self-love.”

Apparently, this can be complicated to do. “There is really no specific formula and on every session, for every subject, there is always something fresh, there is always something different to discover not just from my subjects but also from myself.” says Irvin in an email interview.

“It’s like a selfie, but it’s not. It’s like you’re doing a very dark anti-selfie project” are the words of one of Irvin’s friends. Because of the candid nature, Irvin tells us that the visuals just emerge and unfold as the shoot happens, that’s the beauty and the magic of this project. Irvin gave a bit of direction but also gave them freedom to do what they want–referencing that folks should go with the flow.

“My subjects would touch their faces and body parts in ways that can be photographed as if there are two different people making out.” says Irvin. Combined with the high contrast black and white look, the series has a very beautiful and hypnotic appeal. “As for the subjects I observed that for the most part it requires a certain level of courage to actually face and make-out with yourself in front of the mirror.”

“It is a very liberating and intimate project,”

More of the images are after the jump.

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All images by Jeroen Nieuwhuis. Used with permission.

Photographer Jeroen Nieuwhuis is one of the creatives behind New Day studio and has been shooting since he was 11 years old. Back then, he used to do skateboarding photography. He recently travelled to Cuba for a specific documentary project that he posted on Behance (and called it People of Cuba). Jeroen tells us that he finds it very important to do personal projects like this aside from his commercial work.

With the help fo a guide, he gained the trust of the locals and was truly interested at the fact that these folks are living 50 years back in time on minimal recourses and income.

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All images by Christoffer Rosenfeldt and Kevin Goss-Ross. Used with permission.

Photographers Christoffer Rosenfeldt and Kevin Goss-Ross teamed up recently at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark.They were commissioned to create portraits of the people there–but these aren’t your typical festival portraits. The duo collaborated to create photos that tell a story and also help to illustrate who the people are. While doing this, they created some technical masterpieces.

And according to Kevin, it helps if you’re just a bit drunk.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Asus ux501 laptop (1 of 9)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

Photographers have always tried to ensure that the theft of their images don’t get stolen. When it does, there is often a giant mountain made out of a molehill thanks in part to our current trends in online culture. And most recently, photographers have been up in arms about contracts from musicians. If you haven’t heard about the Taylor Swift incident starting with Apple then trickling down to the photographers who photograph her, then you’ve probably been living under a rock.

And yet, there is a much more silent form of theft that has been happening for years.

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