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Hey everyone, 

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that a lot has been going on with the Phoblographer. A Kickstarter, contests, workshops, what is all this madness? Let me explain.

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Enough about cameras and lenses already, right? Who has money for that on a regular basis anyways; the real fun is getting cool new accessories to go with the gear you already have. It could also be picking up a new tutorial or workshop to learn a new skill or improve your current repertoire, maybe something like this awesome Glamour photography tutorial (currently only $39 after $30 savings) from PhotoWhoa. The point is, this post has a little bit of something for everyone, so let’s get into it.

Today’s Deal Stats: 35 deals, totalling an incredible $4,200+ in savings

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“Hey guys, this is Justin, Chris’s Kickstarter campaign manager. I wanted to write and say that if the Phoblographer has ever helped you with your photography, please consider donating to our Kickstarter for La Noir Image–now with both iOS and Android support!. Thank you, guys, you are the best.”

Arguably one of the best point and shoot cameras on the market, the Sony RX1R II is a camera with a full frame 35mm sensor and a 35mm f2 lens affixed to the front. For most photographers, that immediately sounds like a beautiful thing. Then consider the EVF, the fast autofocus, and lots of control on top of a really small size. It sounds even sweeter to most photographers then.

Indeed, the Sony RX1R II is a great camera on paper. In reality, it’s also a great camera. But at the same time, one of the biggest problems that a buyer may have with this camera is its ergonomics in real life use.

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This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. Don’t forget about our Kickstarter!

Those of us who embrace the purist mentality that monochromatic images lend themselves to often end up applying it to all of our work. Indeed, black and white simplifies a scene and makes the human mind pay attention to nothing else but the shapes in a scene. Sometimes it’s tough to embrace; but with a little bit of inspiration, you’ll want to get out there and document the world in nothing else but black, white and all the shades in between.

To get you inspired, here are 10 photographers mostly shooting black and white with followings of under 10k to check out.

Also be sure to follow La Noir Image on Instagram. 

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It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s time for another deal post highlighting some killer savings on the lenses you want to add to your kit. Similarly to how we changed up the format in yesterday’s Cheap Camera post we are going to try something a little different for the lens post today as well. Make sure and share your thoughts, we want these posts to be helpful and easy to digest, so your feedback on what works and what doesn’t is imperative.

Today’s lens savings: 32 deals, totalling $3,304 in savings on those lenses that you have been drooling over. Let’s jump right on in!

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All images by Manu Cabañero. Used with permission. Also be sure to check out our Kickstarter!

Photographer Manu Cabañero worked on the Splash Wars photography series a while back as an ode to Star Wars. It was a lot of work to create these images and just today he unveiled Mara Jade. Manu tells the Phoblographer he created this one because he didn’t really create a photo another Jedi yet.

“Mara was a good choice to show the Light Side of the Force.” he tells us. “Mara Jade is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, in this case I have more freedom to represent their physical appearance because there are different interpretations of their appearance and clothing,”

He did it for “May the 4th”–an iconic date for Star Wars nerds.

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When it comes to traveling, photographers demand high quality and versatility from their lenses. Sometimes, choosing the right ones can be tough. A lot of it varies on the type of shooter you are and what kind of places you’re going to.

We’ve pooled our Reviews Index to round up some of the best travel lenses for you.

PS: Don’t forget about our Kickstarter!

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FACT: No company in the world will pay you to perform a photographic stunt just so that you can take dank a picture to show your entire fam.

And to that end, we should discuss a relatively new trend in photography: rooftopping. This is an evolution of Urban Exploring, which usually involves groups sticking together and is a bit safer. It’s also evolved into contrasting beautiful things or people with grungy environments. To that end, Urbexing is okay though I don’t think that anyone should ever do anything illegal necessarily especially if they’re trying to promote themselves as a professional photographer.

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