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In the world of photography–be it that the craft is carried out professionally or leisurely–it has always been a matter of dispute whether a prime lens is preferred over a zoom lens, or the other way around. We here at The Phoblographer tend to think rather pragmatically about this: each has its own merits and downsides, and it clearly depends on what you’re up to. Let’s however for a moment assume that you lean towards using prime lenses–or you want to. After years of lens testing lenses, we think there are five essential focal lengths that every photographer should try at least once. These are the 24mm super wide-angle, the 35mm wide-angle, the 50mm normal, the 85mm short telephoto, and the 135mm telephoto.

Before you go on, we also want you to remember that no one is making a bad camera or lens.

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All images by Shane Welch. Used with permission.

Photographer Shane Welch has been shooting documentaries for a while now, and most recently his Foxtail Furs project caught our eyes. He splits his time between Chicago (where he grew up) and Seattle, Shane travels a lot in order to create documentary projects, and that’s how he was able to do the Foxtail Furs project. It’s about a family that lives on an island in Lake Michigan that raises foxes.

And for Shane, it was about telling their story.

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All images by Calvin Hobson. Read more at the Phoblographer.

Photographer Calvin Hobson has a very unique story as a photographer. He’s a former armed service member, and always had the creative bug in him. Calvin had the opportunity to travel a lot with the US Air Force, and since leaving he has transitioned into shooting weddings. Like many wedding photographers, he had faced many of the problems of an oversaturated market. But he found ways to overcome them not only through his work, but his people skills.

As many photographers will tell you, people skills are one of the best things that you can have a professional.

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Hey folks,

Back in December, I talked about the evolution of the Phoblographer and how we’re striving to become a better site that stands out from the rest of the pack. So far, it seems to be working. But with our continued progress, we’re reaching out to our community.

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve started to do a lot more interviews and that we’ve become very discerning about the photographers that we feature. We’re looking for submissions, and we’d love to feature your work. You obviously keep the rights to your image and we will always give you guys the credit like we do in every post.

Overall though, we want to work with photographers. Even though we’re a site that loves gear, we’ve never thought that it was paramount and we want to work with photographers that put their creative vision and business savvy first. That doesn’t mean that we won’t work with enthusiasts though.

So how do you pitch it us?

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. You’ll also probably notice the little call to feature you on the sidebar.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why.

– Show us websites

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your project is really cool.

Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series.

Thanks folks!

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief

PS: We’re launching our podcast and second website next month. Stay tuned.

Review: COVR Photo

by Julius Motal on 01/28/2015

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Here at The Phoblographer, we get plenty of emails from folks with ideas for ways to trick out your phone in order to help it take better photographs. These ideas almost always come with a Kickstarter link attached. Yet, most are variations on things that already exist. What you see above is the first item that made us take a step back and say, “There’s something there.” The case resting on top of my iPhone 5 is called the COVR Photo, the brainchild of Thomas Hurst, a Seattle-based photojournalist with a wealth of experience. The COVR Photo is a case designed for the iPhone 5/5S, with a 6/6+ one in the works, that has a prism lens for making iPhone photography a little more candid. Essentially, you can hold the phone like you do when you text, but you can make a photograph of whatever’s in front of you.

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Window lighting can be absolutely beautiful for many types of photo shoots. Food photographers love it and portrait photographers highly value the way that it renders an image. However, window lighting isn’t always ideal. It can be quirky, can only work to the way you want it to at certain hours, and has lots of factors that can affect it.

Here’s how you can make the most of window lighting.

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