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Fotografia de Basquete de Rua da LIIBRA por dhani b 2

All images by Dhani Borges. Used with permission.

“…as I flipped through the magazine I thought, “I could do this, taking skate photos is easy!”, if only I knew how hard it is.” says photographer Dhani Borges about how he got into photography. Dhani’s love of skating stuck with him as he moved from Vancouver to Brazil.

As a working photographer since 2000, he’s worked on creating better photos of athletes that have more of an impact. This started with skating and believe it or not, Dhani used to hate taking portraits. “Currently I find myself shooting for companies that organize marathons and other running related events, food photography, architecture work and major construction projects.” says Dhani.


More than anything though, Dhani proves what’s capable with minimal gear and a great creative vision.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer product tutorial photos (20 of 22)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

What images do you have in your photography portfolio? Lots of photographers have one and while some photographers choose to carefully choose the images they show to the world, others will simply throw them up on the web and not give a damn about the views.

This post is not for those people.

Instead, it’s for the more discerning photographers among us that want to know how to actually develop a better portfolio of images. To that end, you need to be brutal on yourself in order to actually make yourself better.

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In general, photographers really hate the spot color method–which renders a scene in black and white only to bring in a single color. For many years, it was an overused consumer feature on cameras that was done very, very poorly. However, a 2010 video from AEG Perfunkt shows it off being used incredibly well. As a creative story telling device, it lends itself perfectly to the subject matter–the creation of Steak Tartare.

The video, which is all in black and white, features butcher Jack O’Shea talking about specific cuts of beef. Then when he brings out the ingredients and talks about them, we see the ingredients in color. Nothing else in the video is colorized–not even Jack himself. To that end, the video uses the power of composing by color and telling a story through color to grab the viewer’s attention.

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All images by Daniel Schaefer. Used with permission.

If you’re not familiar with who photographer Daniel Schaefer is, then what you should know first and foremost is that he is probably one of the most driven, self-motivated and determined photographers under the age of 30 that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s been featured on Japan Camera Hunter and also here on the site before. Daniel has worked for Leica and so many other companies in the industry; he demonstrates the drive that it takes to survive in the creative world.

For the past couple of years, he’s been shooting, studying and honing his craft in the photography space. He’s also become significantly better at portraiture.

To book a portrait session or one on one custom tailored workshop with Daniel, visit his website.

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Duarte Amorim

All images by Dinis Santos. Used with permission.

“I’ve studied Painting at the Fine Arts School of Porto, Portugal. There I had two years of analog photography. Soon I realized that photography would be my predilect tool and I’ve abandoned the pencil and the brush.” says photographer Dinis Santos about how he got into photography. Though he shoots commercial work, he also built his own camera which he used to create large format portraits.

Dinis started out shooting digitally and later on wanted to try out shooting analog. When he moved to a new home, he had the space for a lab. At the same time, he wanted to experiment with large format photography but didn’t have the money to. so he built his own camera with cheap materials: wood a cheap loupe.

“When I was starting to use this camera, Portugal was living the first years of austerity. In the parliament the right wing government was cutting on the education, health public system and had closed the department of culture.” says Dinis. “In the streets the left wing movements and new movements were rising together in huge demonstrations.” Dinis continues to say that those meetings for the left wing used to be held at his house. As people came and went, he asked for their portraits.

At our place we used to have meetings to organize protests and paint banners and posters.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus lens review product images (6 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Camera lenses have optical elements inside of them which each have coatings designed to cut down on glare and reflections. Instead of reflecting light, they were designed to hold the light for a piece of film, a digital sensor or any other sort of photographic material. According to Wired, camera lenses and film are designed to mimic the way that a moth’s eyes work–specifically with light holding properties in mind.

The process of biomimicry, which is designing technology to function just like something does in nature, was specifically mimicked here because of the way that a moth’s eyes are black and tend to absorb light instead of reflect it lest the moth attract predators.

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Coastal Reflections II

All images by Iwan Groot. Used with permission.

“Experience is better than theory–go out and shoot regularly and you will get better, and the more you get to know nature the more enthralled you get by it and learn what to show off to others.” says photographer Iwan Groot about how he’s learned photography in the past couple of years. “Even on days when you are not photographing pay attention to when the sun sets or rises, when is there atmospheric darkness, how many clouds are too much for what you like, how light hits mountains or the clouds and the colors it makes in different situations.”

Iwan grew up in the Ivory Coast and Senegal; and he’s travelled a lot in area where there is much to do after work. So he went about finding new places to take pictures. Iwan took a specific interest in Astroscapes–photos of the earth and the night sky that create compelling and beautiful sights. From that, he’s also a highly capable landscape photographer.god

He tells the Phoblographer that his talents came from constantly trying new things, learning and embracing post-production while creating realistic images.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC product images (2 of 5)ISO 1001-320 sec at f - 2.0

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with Tamron to give away one a new SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens, to one lucky winner in the world. Want to win this contest?

Check out the details below:

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