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All images by Zach Ashcraft. Used with permission.

Zach Ashcraft is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He is also an avid landscape photographer and traveler, having visited 40 states. But when he pitched his work to us, we were most enthralled by not only his wedding photography, but his senior portraits. Senior portraits are one of the more profitable ways to make a living from shooting portraits, but it has less to do with the gear and more about working with parents and the budding adult.

Zach shared a couple of tips with negotiations, locations, and getting the right timing.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 16-35mm f4 product photos (5 of 7)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 4.0

In today’s Edition of Cheap Photo, the Sony A7 and lenses for it are all being discounted. Plus you can get $300 off on the 5D Mk II and 6D; or check out Amazon’s top deals in photography. The listings are after the jump.

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Famous filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was not just a cinematographer, but he was also a still photographer. And as is explained in this video after the jump, he got his lens knowledge from his stills background. But did you know that he would ask manufacturers for 10 of the same lens, test them all, and take the best one for himself? He was quite particular and he owned a large amount of lenses; but they all helped him to develop the looks that he wanted and is famous for.

In the video after the jump, Joe Denton talks about Stanley Kubrick’s lenses and why he chose them.

Via No Film School

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Oh dear…

A video is making its round on the internet of a man cleaning a 5D and a 24-105mm lens. He soaks the cameras and then brushes them and does all sorts of things that you would absolutely never do. In fact, if your camera ever gets this soaked, you need to put it in a bowl of rice and sealed from the air for at least 24 hours. But even then there may be way too much damage for it to work properly.

And the lens? It’s probably gone; and all the motors to change the aperture and autofocus are probably gonners.

Despite this, it’s hysterical that folks may take this seriously. The video how not to clean your camera is after the jump.

Via An’ı Yakala  Fotoğraf Klübü

Thanks for the tip Tracie

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julius motal the phoblographer technical precision

I’ve spent too much time taking technically sound images. By that, I mean images that have all the right elements: exposure, focus, composition, depth of field. When I discovered what bokeh was way back when, I had to get a lens that was an f1.something. The colors would pop, the composition was decent, there was a clear subject. They had all the trappings of aesthetically pleasing photographs, but they were artistically and emotionally bankrupt. I was dead set on making images that ticked off boxes that only the camera could tick off.

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This photograph has zero value.

This photograph has zero value.

What you see here is exactly the kind of photograph I made when I first learned about bokeh and got a lens that could really make it sing. I was driven by how well an f1.7 lens could make the background look like a melting mosaic. Photographing in parks was a particular joy for me. Look at those greens! Of course, the photographs were absolute crap, a complete waste of pixels and space. Yet, I put them online, thinking they were good because they had such pretty backgrounds. It took a while before I realized I was completely misguided.

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