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All images by Jonas Jacobsson. Used with permission.

Photographer Jonas Jacobbson is a 23 year old photographer who hails from Sweden and tells us that he’s been very fortunate to travel. He studies full time and the rest of the time is spent on his photography business. Lots of his work focuses on landscapes.

“There is nothing more satisfying than standing with your feet before a magnificent landscape. And the journey there is often as important as the final destination.” he tells us in his pitch email. Jonas further states that making money will never be his objective, it will always be about being inspired by the world.

We talked to him about his inspirational photos and his mentality of simply going out there and shooting.

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All images by Lester Cannon. Used with permission.

Photographer Lester Cannon was asked to shoot documentary style images for the Soldier of the Year competition. The grueling series follows soldiers around during a 30-hour period where they only had four hours of sleep. During the competition, soldiers faced many grueling physical obstacles.

Lester is by and large a portrait photographer, so capturing other people on both film and digital wasn’t so tough for him. But Lester talks to us about other hardships of shooting a documentary project like this.

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Very few programs and plug-ins make me shout “Whoa!” at the top my lungs to the point where the neighbors in my Brooklyn apartment bang on the wall to get me to shut up, but that record has been shattered by MacPhun’s Noiseless Pro. But seriously, what more would you expect from some of the team that created Nik software?

Noiseless is a plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture or a stand alone program that looks at images and finds a way to get rid of the image noise. Sure, Lightroom can do that and so can other programs–but nothing can do it as well as MacPhun’s Noiseless while making the interface both simple and complicated at the same time.

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All images by Garrett Graham. Used with permission.

Photographer Garrett Graham grew up in Fresno, California and moved to Los Angeles looking for a little adventure. What he found was photography.

“I started taking pictures as a way to explore my new home and from that it’s taken me all over the world.” says Garrett. “I believe in the mantra, ‘If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of better stuff.’ So I spend my days looking for the best stuff.” Being younger, he didn’t have to spend hours and hours looking for solid locations. Instead, he used Google to find them and instead of spending countless hours scouring for good locations, he spent more time shooting and honing his craft.

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Today, Sony is showing the A mount system a bit more love with the announcement of two new lenses for their more traditional DSLR system. Both the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 and 24-70mm f2.8 are both receiving refreshes and both get dust and moisture protection along with what Sony claims is up to 4x faster autofocus performance. Beyond this, both lenses are also receiving updated optics to lessen the effects of ghosting.

More tech specs are after the jump.

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Wired recently created a video showing off how to take better photos with your smartphone–and on top of the list is using the VSCO app. But they also recommend using more manual controls from other camera apps. Of course, they also state that you should make good use of the sun and natural lighting.

Indeed, smartphones were long considered inferior by many photographers due to the lack of manual controls; but that’s changed. Additionally, some Android phones now shoot DNG raw images and Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to edit those RAWs with ease.

The video on how to take better photos with your smartphone is after the jump.

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