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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Xpert Advice Zone Focusing (1 of 1)ISO 1001-20 sec at f - 5.0-2

When it comes to street photography, one of the best ways to make sure that you have your subject in focus is to use the zone focusing system. This is also called hyperfocal length focusing; which involves using the depth of field and focusing scale on your camera or lens to get the scene and subject sharply in focus. It’s a tried and true method: Bresson and a number of other famous photojournalists used it to capture some of the most iconic photos.

Ever heard the statement “F8 and be there?” Well, that’s pretty much it.

To do this, we suggest starting out by stopping the lens down to anywhere between f5.6 and f11. Then as you focus further out from the camera, more of your scene will come into focus. By looking at the scale, you can see what distances will be in focus. For example, at f8 anywhere between five feet and eight feet may be in focus at f8 with a Fujifilm 23mm f1.4. Then as you move around, just remember to pay attention to the distance that your lens is set to. As subjects and scenes move in and out of it, snap photos and keep moving.

As an added tip, raise the ISO levels up a bit depending on your lighting situations. Aperture priority also helps to make this easier.

Give it a try, the zone focusing method is a tried and true way of coming back with more candid photos.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

unnamed (8)All images by James Bitz. Used with permission.

One of the biggest fields of portraiture has to do with shooting portraits of high school seniors before they ship off to college. Quite obviously, they’re called senior portraits and are a type of environmental portrait that tells a bit about the subject.

Photographer James Bitz hails from Lincoln, Nebraska and is a master of the senior portrait. He has a unique creative vision that we describe as playful, authentic, down to earth, and overall beautiful. It started when he bought his first DSLR back in 2007–a Nikon D70.

Since then, he’s honed himself into quite the portrait shooter. And he shared a couple of his tips and tricks with us. But for even more, you should check him out on Instagram.

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All images by Timothy Hiatt. Used with permission.

Photographer Timothy Hiatt is one of the most in-demand music photographers in the business right now. Not only is the man talented, but he has a lot of insight to share about shooting concerts and music. Tim is based in Chicago and has shot major acts like Katy Perry, Kiss, and Florence and the Machine, among many others. He started as an Art Director and eventually got into shooting from the pits.

We recently asked Tim for an interview about the music industry, and his humor is probably one of the reasons why he works so well with others.

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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.

Photographer Jason Lanier has been making a big splash in the photo world as of late–and in this case, quite literally! He made a big switch from Nikon to Sony, and a little while back he used their cameras to create a beautiful scene in a Detroit warehouse. Jason’s work proves more than anything though that no matter what system you use, a creative vision and great lighting can still deliver a solid image.

Here’s Jason’s story of how he created the scene above.

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All images by Pat Brownewell. Used with permission.

Photographer Pat Brownewell usually shoots digitally, but in some cases still shoots with film as an extra bonus for his clients. But we’re not talking about the 35mm variety–oh no, that stuff is child’s play. We’re not even talking medium format. Pat shoots with 4×5 large format film in both color and black and white at weddings.

Why would he do this? Pat tells the Phoblographer that it was partially out of boredom.

We talked to Pat about the expenses and how it made him a better photographer.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer How to Get the Look of a Sunset in Lightroom (1 of 1)ISO 8001-800 sec at f - 2.8

Model: Melissa Perry

Inspired by the Photoshop post that we found the other day, we went to experimenting in Adobe Lightroom to emulate the look of the Golden Hour. Granted, we’ve shot during the Golden Hour a lot, so by applying some of the same theories and principles in the video and combining it with the look that the Golden Hour gives you, we were able to effectively figure out how to make an image look like it was shot during this period.

Granted, it won’t work for every photo, but it will work for many of them.

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