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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 high ISO samples Speakeasy Dollhouse NYC (3 of 9)ISO 8001-80 sec at f - 2.5

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We’ve done a slightly longer tutorial on how to make an image look sharper, but what if we told you that you can do it in Adobe Lightroom in less than 30 seconds and without even touching the sharpness sliders? Sounds crazy, right? Well, the reality is that it is completely possible.

Like our other tutorials, it begins with proper in-camera exposure techniques. For the absolute best sharpness from a lens straight out of the camera your best bet is to use some sort of diffused flash. It could be as simple as bouncing a flash off of a wall. If not, then consider stopping your lens down just a bit and exercising the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds to ensure that your image is blur free from camera shake.

Then if you bring your image into Adobe Lightroom, all you’ll need to do is raise the overall exposure of your image by around 1/3rd of a stop, lower (deepen) your black levels, raise your contrast, and raise the clarity of your image by just a tad. And to be honest–you’re done. The human eye looks at images with deeper blacks and puts a stronger emphasis on other colors in the scene to be able to naturally find objects. In this method, you’re actually fooling the human eye into thinking that something is sharper than it really is.

Give it a shot and see how many people you can actually fool with it.


Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r review photos brooklyn bridge reddit walk (4 of 14)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 3.2

Shoot Raw. Always shoot Raw. Only shoot Raw: this is the mantra that many, many photographers live by. They swear by it. We swear by it here at the Phoblographer. I swear by it as a photojournalist, commercial and portrait photographer for years. Why? So that we can get a better result in post. So that we can differentiate ourselves from the plebeians and peasants that would rather shoot in just JPEG and be happy with their results. Yes, reader: we are the higher class of citizens that stick our noses and in the air and would rather accept death than shoot in JPEG.

Or at least that’s how it’s been for years. As time has gone on and I’ve reviewed camera after camera and the technology has become better and better, I (we, actually) have seen that JPEG quality has improved tremendously. We even dare to say that it is now so much so to the point where that if you know what you’re doing in the first place with your camera that you won’t need to shoot in RAW. Indeed, many of the photos for the Phoblographer’s Instagram are shot in JPEG with an Olympus OMD EM5, Sony A7, or Sony NEX 6 then transferred right over to my phone or iPad and added to our feed. How much post-production goes into them? Basically, it’s not much more than some sharpening and contrast fixes in Instagram, VSCO or EyeEm.

And guess what.

The images are good enough for our over 4,000 followers on Instagram and usually just fine for our over 250,000 Facebook followers.

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Image via ThatJCrewGinghamShirt

Instagram has been used to do a lot of things, but prove a simple fact that all “bros” do the same thing is something that it can do very well. There are loads of accounts that parody bro behavior, but even better is this new Instagram that combines candid street fashion with showing off the fact that loads of guys all wear the same shirt and don’t try to find any way to differentiate themselves from the supposed norm.

We got word of ThatJCrewGinghamShirt, which has only been around a month but has been able to go around NYC and find loads and loads of guys that wear the same exact shirt. It’s run by Jonathan Sans, who probably encounters it all over Midtown Manhattan.

This Instagram just proves that with the right idea, you can pull together loads of content and get a full following into photography stardom.


All images by Stuart Holroyd. Used with permission

Photographer Stuart Holroyd is a 34 year old British photographer currently based in Cyprus. He’s on a mission to help some pooches–but we’re talking about a whole lot of them. Mr. Holroyd’s work started off very bizarre and gothic according to him, but one wouldn’t think that it would evolve into beautiful portraits of dogs. After a very personal and life changing experience, Stuart decided to dedicate his photography to helping others.

That’s how to Bay Tree Project was started. According to Stuart, it was “an idea I came up with to try and help Bay Tree Rescue centre in Larnaca, Cyprus. Over here there are no animal cruelty laws so unfortunately you will find hurt animals almost everywhere you go.”

To help the dogs, an elderly woman by the name of Kayte who lives in a hut at the bottom of the rescue center with no electricity has chosen to aid some of the dogs–sometimes even putting their health before her own. As a result, Kayte is fostering over 70 dogs on donations from her friends and her UK pension.

The images after the jump are part of those that will be in an exhibit in February. “We will auction off original signed work for each of these images, and the event will be a worldwide auction with online and telephone bidding allowed so we can increase exposure and hopefully raise more money.” says Stuart.

Stuart’s images profile the dogs in a beautiful fashion against an equally dreamy background. And any dog lover really can’t resist.

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Canon Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D)

Today, we’ve found a brand new Canon T5 bundle deal, but here is the rebate link. After the jump, you’ll find loads more that we’ve been curating.

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Richard Selby Cops

Street photographer versus cops: the unfortunate eternal struggle. Now the latest fight according to the Amateur Photographer involves the Brighton, East Sussex police stopping 81-year-old photographer Richard for taking pictures of some women dressed up for a hen party (essentially a bachelorette party). Two uniformed officers approached the Selby on West Street and threatened to arrest him if he did not identify himself

After threatening to arrest Richard, the officer called over a police sergeant. Surrounded by four police officers and fearing a weekend in a cell, Richard finally relinquished his identity. After the incident a police spokesperson explained the sergeant was in his right because Richard’s actions could have been considered as “antisocial.”

Digging into a little bit of legalese Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 requires citizens to give up their name and address if the office believes they have been “acting in an antisocial method.” As for what accounts for antisocial behavior, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines it as “acting in a ‘manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.”

“[Richard] was acting in an antisocial manner and in these circumstances a police officer may request a name and address to establish a person’s identity,” the police said in a statement published yesterday. “There is a power of arrest if this is refused.” In short the situation could set a precedence where photography may be considered as antisocial or harmful behavior to the public.

The police also defamed Richard’s actions alleging one of his photos may have been shot at an inappropriately low angle and clearly shows a teenager girl’s posterior. We’re not going to mince words here—the cops are accusing Richard of being an old pervert. Richard denies the claim, noting the dozen or so photos have any girls bending over or teenage girls. Moving forward Richard says he plans on taking his complaint up the chain to the local police commissioner and maybe even the Home Secretary.

Via Amateur Photographer