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No, purchasing a monitor for photo editing isn’t exactly straight forward, so don’t be so quick to become quippy. Instead, you’ll be surprised to know just how complicated making sure that you’ve got the best monitor you can or need is. The answer isn’t always to go with Apple either like many other photographers do. Instead, it’s all about specifics with color profile coverage, your vision and calibration.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B2 First impressions review portraits with Lauren (1 of 8)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

A recent post in the photo community has triggered a response across many photographers to talk about respect for their subjects. Respect, and understanding that the person that you’re taking a picture of is an actual human being rather than a simple canvas that you can capture in 21MP, is something that will take you farther as a photographer than knowing how to use the latest camera or knowing how to light. This respect will translate well into what photographers need the most to survive as professionals or even to survive in general: people skills.

Though the post in question that we’re talking about has to specifically do with street photographers, it’s an issue that’s popped up in portrait photography many times. For example, there are loads and loads of photographers that outright always try to sleep with their subjects and use photography only as a way to do this. These people aren’t photographers, they’re folks trying to hide behind a veil in order to fulfill their own desires. But with portraiture specifically, there is a very fine line that needs to be walked and it has to do with having open discourse and discussions.

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The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

We all know for sure that a Pentax full frame camera is coming this year, but Sony Alpha Rumors is adding some very interesting news. Apparently, Ricoh will be using a full frame sensor of some sort in the camera from Sony–specifically the same one in the Sony A7r that is also in many Nikon DSLRs. Essentially, that means that there are going to be more than one DSLR on the market with the same sensor and probably comparable image quality.

For what it’s worth, this is also probably a great move because the sensor works so well with older glass–which Pentax has lots of in the prime selection. This also means that the company may start to update even more of their older lenses like the 31mm and 43mm which are weird focal lengths but can be very nice to work with on a full frame sensor.

What we’re very curious about will be the autofocus interface. In many previous camera models, Pentax made it so that the user needs to specifically tell the camera to set the directional buttons to choose a focusing point or to set another parameter like flash and white balance.

But beyond this, we’re also wondering how the camera will overall fair at the end of the year with such an old sensor and what full frame lenses will be able to resolve that kind of detail–sans their newly announced zoom lenses. It’s going to need to be jam packed with features that are useful for editors to state something like “we should’ve had this years ago.”

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer A Street Photographer's Notebook for iPad Review (1 of 9)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.6

The next time that you’re in a creative rut of some sort, consider how to get out of it. One thing that we’ve tried involved free word association and then applying that to a scene that you can photograph through creating the scene yourself. Free word association helps you to get out of a creative rut by being as random as you can and by just creating without overthinking. Part of being creative isn’t thinking, it’s feeling.

So here’s an example.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Phottix Indra500TTL Images portraits with Amanda (6 of 11)ISO 1001-4000 sec at f - 1.6

 

No–that’s the answer that every photographer will tell you as you read this and think about it. To be more precise, the photographers that do this for a living will tell you this. To be fair and respectfully so, the photographers that do this for a living are probably a lot better than many people are. However, lots of artists tend to barter with one another to do fair and equal trades. With that said, it’s about something like: “Hey, I’ll shoot for you and you can give me the equivalent amount of X to be fair.”

A big emphasis on fair trade here.

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Image by Mary Ellen Mark

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark was born in Philadelphia in 1940 and recently passed leaving behind quite the legacy of images. Her work was incredibly important; and it is evident by the fact that Magnum Photos included her as member for a while until she left, but also quite clear by all the awards that she won during her career.

In the 1960s, she moved to New York City and began photographing protests, transvestite culture, and what Times Square was back then–a gritty and dirty place that was all about sex. Her work also went on to address things like homelessness and other major social issues. “Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.” she said about her own work.

It’s easy to say that her work influenced many photographers who came afterwards and that she was an inspiration for many photography students aspiring to do documentary work. But besides images, she is known for her interesting quotes that sometimes were funny and other times showed the realities of life.

In remembrance of Mary Ellen Mark, we’ve rounded up a number of quotes to remember her for.

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