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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 review images (8 of 8)ISO 1001-1250 sec at f - 2.0

The promotion game is tough for so many photographers, and if anything it’s sometimes more work than actual shoots are. Promotion is part of marketing, and marketing is what professional photographers use as the bread and butter of their business. Many of them shoot less and spend more time marketing, promoting and editing than actually spending more time behind the camera.

There are so many things that you can do to get your work better recognized and therefore increase your likelihood of being hired for gigs. It’s all about being social–and we’re not just talking about social media here.

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CineStill popped up a couple of years ago as a special company repackaging Kodak movie film into a still film format. They exploded in growth, and are currently flourishing along with many of the other newer film-based companies. One of their newest emulsions is CineStill 50D–an ISO 50 film that is daylight balanced. Obviously at ISO 50 you’ll generally need a flash or lots of natural light to get the best photos. For the past couple of months, we’ve been testing the film along with lights that have come in for review and also along trips.

Trust me when I say that very few films want me to get back into film shooting and ditch digital cameras completely; Kodak Portra is currently my favorite and king of them all. But CineStill 50D is doing a great job and is almost as good.

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julius motal the phoblographer graduates silhouette

I certainly didn’t get into this racket for the money, and while I haven’t been in it very long, I’ve had time to look at the kinds of success different types of success that photographers have enjoyed. They seem to exist along a spectrum. At one end, there’s truly beautiful work and post-mortem recognition. At the other, there’s immense wealth with photographs that leave most scratching their heads (read: Peter Lik). Money helps. It’s good to know that I can afford rent and the occasional night out, but I’m not looking for millions down the line.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tap and Dye Horween CXL Camera Strap product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 1.4

In the past couple of years, Tap and Dye has made some incredible straps that age well and provide lots of durability while adding flair to your camera. With the Nero, however, it seems like they’ve outdone themselves. When the company first started, they were developing wrist straps that were arguably uncomfortable though totally secure and well built. Then they started to create new straps with different leather and with different styles. The Nero uses Horween Chromexcel leather and builds on the years that Justin (the company’s founder) has put into their creation and development.

And in many ways, this has to be the best strap that we’ve ever tested.

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Here in the US, we’ve got an extra long weekend ahead of us. If you’ve got spare time, we recommend checking out the new documentary on Vimeo called Bending the Light. It’s a special documentary about both lens makers and the photographers that use them. Each photographer tells a story of some sort about important images that they’ve taken. Specifically, it follows Canon photographers and also takes a visit the Canon’s lens factories to talk to the folks who make lenses. According to IMDB, the entire thing was shot on the Canon C500 and using Canon Cinema lenses. In fact, Hollywood Reporter states that Canon commissioned that the documentary be made to commemorate the fact that they’ve made over 90 million lenses. With that said, they give you a brief inside look at how their lenses are made according to what Definition says.

Director Michael Apted tells Entertainment Weekly that it was a challenge for him to film because the security is so tight. Due to competition in the world, they didn’t want many folks to know what happens in the lens factories. But he states that the real challenge had more to do with finding the folks who use the lenses and intertwining the stories.

The film was featured at the Sundance film festival earlier this year; you can see the trailer after the jump.

You can choose to rent is for $4.99 or purchase it for $12.99.

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Rental houses are very popular for many professional photographers, but CameraLends is looking to shake up the entire rental industry by promoting a peer to peer system and allowing folks to make money off of it. According to their press release, the company is all about connecting local folks to get gear from one another at more affordable rates. The company claims to have gear available in more than 165 cities and offers coupons, geolocation support, messaging, and more.

This could be a very interesting way of doing things; more info is after the jump.

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