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julius motal the phoblographer weekend project phone 01

It’s the weekend, and this time, we urge you to go shoot with your phone. It may seem like a tall your order, but your phone’s capable of more than you realize. Get out there and shoot.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 28-300mm product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

When we  first heard about the new Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 VC lens for full frame DSLRs, we admittedly scoffed a bit. How dare they try to simplify the beauty that is offered to full frame camera users! Traditionally, focal lengths like this have been very kit-lens like in design and quality. But with that said, the modern kit lens has become very good due to advances in technology.

Tamron set out to design a lens that would cover all of the zoom ranges that someone on vacation or a complete amateur with a full frame camera would want. Because of this, apertures obviously aren’t a priority. Very much designed for folks who shoot in automatic or program mode, this lens will happily find a home on your enthusiast level DSLR and further helps to push full frame image quality into the hands of those not reaching for higher fruit.

But when we took the lens out for testing, we were incredibly surprised.

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All images by Brenton Little. Used with permission.

Mobile photography has come a long way with new devices and better apps, but more importantly with talented photographers in the mobile space. Brenton Little has become one of these professional smartphone photographers who travels far and wide to take great shots using just an iPhone 5S.

Now in his latest mobile-centric adventure, he is teaching a Skillshare class on mobile photography and how to capture friends and new perspectives. While the class revolves around iPhoneography and editing images in VSCO Cam, it includes lessons that every photographer can use such as how to frame interesting looking portraits and how to effectively use natural lighting.

They’re all lessons Brenton has learned over the last four years since he first posted his first image on Instagram on October 23rd, 2010. “I didn’t have a DSLR, I just had an iPhone 3G and that’s where I started,” Brenton says.

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Heading into a concert? We’ve got good news and bad news for you.

Let’s start with the good news: you’re about to see what will hopefully be an awesome show.

The bad news: the venue may not let your pro-grade camera in. In fact, even as long as it looks pro grade, you’ll need to check it. So for that reason, you’ll need something a bit more low-profile that will fool the guards when they check your bag. The only way to do that is to not have such a serious looking piece of kit on you, but still having something comparable to the cameras that you may use.

Here are a list of cameras that won’t get checked at a concert.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (7 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 5.6

Sony has pretty much revamped its entire line of Alpha cameras from the entry level A5100 all the way to its top of the line A7r. Now the Japanese camera company is launching a PRO Support service program for professionals picking up all its new models.

The premium service offers users—for a $100 annual membership—dedicated phone support, free camera maintenance, expediated repair services, and included loaners while their camera is in the shop. What’s more, Sony PRO Support service subscribers will also have access to loan equipment. So if you ever wanted to use that super expensive Sony 500mm f4.0 G lens without plunking down $12,998? Well now you can.

But before you enroll on the Sony PRO services site, there’s some criteria you’ll have meet.  Firstly, you have to be the owner of two Sony Alpha full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, whether its part of the Sony A7 family or the A99. Subscribers also need to already own three Sony Zeiss and/or G-Series lenses. Additionally, you’ll have to prove that you’re a working professional photographer whether it’s in a self-employed capacity or as an employee of a larger business.

All in all it’s a service that follows closely to the model set by Canon and Nikon’s Professional Services. Call it unoriginal but Sony needs this to create this service as its full-frame mirrorless systems steal away more photographers like Jason Lanier.

In another bit of news Sony has also added more photographers to its “Artisans of Imagery” campaign to show just how good the Alpha camera line can be. The new roster of photographers includes 21 new renowned professionals including Joe Brady, Zabrina Deng, and Eli Reed.

photography reflector

Reflectors are often ignored by many photographers because either they truly underestimate how useful they can be or the person just doesn’t want to have to deal with unfolding and folding them. The latter is a result of complete laziness and is unacceptable. But for the folks that don’t know how to fold a reflector, photographer Eric Rossi created a tutorial on how to fold a reflector. There are two different ways and obviously not every reflector can be folded the same way due to them being different shapes and sizes.

Check out the video on how to fold a photographic reflector and give it a try if you can one day. It’s much more fun that it seems.

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