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julius motal the phoblographer darkroom photo essay-15

If you ask most photographers in Istanbul about where you can find a good darkroom, they’ll tell you to talk to Taylan Bağcı. He’s got a darkroom on the second floor of a nondescript building on a side street in the Tophane (Tohp-ha-neh) neighborhood. It takes a bit of navigational know-how and perhaps a Turkish friend or two to help you find it, but once you do, you’ll find yourself in a space dedicated to film photography.

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We’ve added more sample photos to our Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Lens first impressions post. So far though, we tested it more for portraiture than sports, but we’re going to do so! With a flash, this lens shows off nothing else but pure sharpness, and even without a flash in good lighting. The image stabilization is proving to be quite effective, but man is this thing heavy.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B2 First impressions review portraits with Lauren (3 of 8)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

Low Key Lighting, notice the shadows

What is High Key and Low Key lighting? The folks over at Adorama TV try to explain it to you in under three minutes. Dan in the video after the jump explains that high key lighting is when your lighting is very low contrast with almost no visible shadows. This is done often in portraiture and is very forgiving.

In comparison, low key lighting has very high contrast. It can make a subject really pop in a scene.

Dan’s video is after the jump, but we’ve added extra examples of High Key and Low key lighting after the jump.

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mhall_holga-13

All images by Matthew Hall. Used with permission.

Photographer Matthew Hall was an English teacher for 13 years before closing up shop and starting to work as a photographer. Today, has has been shooting for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, first as an intern and then as a regular freelancer, on the Advisory Board for the Department of Photographic Imaging at Community College of Philadelphia and a contributor and editor for 35 to 220. But in his line of work, he eventually became bored as many photographers do.

“As you might be able to tell, I kind of got sick of taking critical sharp images and wanted to explore the other end of the spectrum.” he tells us about his Holga project using Portra 160VC and Ektar 25.

We talked to Matt about his project involving complete creativity.

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Sessøya

All images by Mark Roberts. Used with permission.

Photographer Mark Roberts is an English photographer based in Lapland–more precisely right on the arctic circle in Rovaniemi, Finland. Mark got into backpacking due to his love of the wilderness which eventually turned into the creation of his blog, Backpacking North. This is how he combined his love of photography with hiking.

His photography work and knowledge eventually turned into him leading photo tours–which is a big leap from his humble beginnings of working in the darkroom in high school.

Mark’s knowledge of shooting landscapes is incredible and helped him overall become a better photography by not really chasing the light, but making it work for him.

Mark tells us “If I sat around waiting for golden hour on a backpacking trip I wouldn’t get very far. It’s far more important to exercise your skills and take photographs at all times of the day, and more importantly in all conditions.”

Our interview with Mark is after the jump.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Digital Rev recently compared the Canon 70D against the Nikon D7200 and Canon 7D Mk II. Why two Canon cameras? Because the Nikon D7200 is pretty much designed to take on both of them with the 7D Mk II targeting the higher end and the 70D going a bit lower end in some ways.

The hosts play a ridiculous game to test the autofocus system and mention specifics when it comes to the intricacies of the focusing system. It involves playing with the cameras FPS or paintball style where headshots count. This is a creative and fun way of doing it; and eventually it seems like the 7D Mk II and Nikon D7200 are the top contenders.

Check out who wins in the Canon 70D vs Nikon D7200 vs Canon 7D Mk II comparison after the jump.

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