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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer A Street Photographer's Notebook for iPad Review (1 of 9)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.6

The next time that you’re in a creative rut of some sort, consider how to get out of it. One thing that we’ve tried involved free word association and then applying that to a scene that you can photograph through creating the scene yourself. Free word association helps you to get out of a creative rut by being as random as you can and by just creating without overthinking. Part of being creative isn’t thinking, it’s feeling.

So here’s an example.

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No–that’s the answer that every photographer will tell you as you read this and think about it. To be more precise, the photographers that do this for a living will tell you this. To be fair and respectfully so, the photographers that do this for a living are probably a lot better than many people are. However, lots of artists tend to barter with one another to do fair and equal trades. With that said, it’s about something like: “Hey, I’ll shoot for you and you can give me the equivalent amount of X to be fair.”

A big emphasis on fair trade here.

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Image by Mary Ellen Mark

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark was born in Philadelphia in 1940 and recently passed leaving behind quite the legacy of images. Her work was incredibly important; and it is evident by the fact that Magnum Photos included her as member for a while until she left, but also quite clear by all the awards that she won during her career.

In the 1960s, she moved to New York City and began photographing protests, transvestite culture, and what Times Square was back then–a gritty and dirty place that was all about sex. Her work also went on to address things like homelessness and other major social issues. “Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.” she said about her own work.

It’s easy to say that her work influenced many photographers who came afterwards and that she was an inspiration for many photography students aspiring to do documentary work. But besides images, she is known for her interesting quotes that sometimes were funny and other times showed the realities of life.

In remembrance of Mary Ellen Mark, we’ve rounded up a number of quotes to remember her for.

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Photographer Terry White recently took to YouTube to show off a brand new feature coming to Adobe Lightroom CC called Dehaze. Essentially, it detects haze in an image and finds a way to eliminate it using a single slider. It will be part of the lens and vignetting control area, and essentially seems to boost detail, clarity and contrast. Alternatively, you can also increase the haze to lower the contrast and clarity and therefore also render an image that looks very negative film-like.

A demo video is after the jump.

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All images by Rui Miguel Pedrosa. Used with permission.

Photographer Rui Miguel Pedrosa hails from Portugal and has an interesting project called Devocao Tecnolgica; and it’s all featuring photos of people using their tablets and phones while getting in the way of other people taking pictures. He tells us that he got into photography as a joke to begin with, but then the passion stated to grow to the point where his daily living is made as a photojournalist and has been since 2008.

“In our current society people give so much importance to having photos/video of certain moments that they forget, really, to live them!!” says Rui about the project. The idea spurred from wanting to shoot something out of the ordinary at the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal. Before, folks would simply just be there, but after a while more and more technology started making its presence known.

Rui says that he has nothing against these people at all, but that he’s also obsessed with the idea of capturing the moment. “So in a way I understand the fact that you are shooting everything. But then the experience led me to realize that there are times when it has to be only ours.”

More of the images are after the jump.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

While the world is all amazed with 50MP full frame sensors and a bajillion autofocus points, you may be pleasantly surprised by some technologies that years ago were absolutely incredible and in some ways should be brought back to the world. We’re not talking about putting 1080p HD video into a DSLR, but instead we’re going back much further into time. Plus, we’re exploring how the focusing systems would work in today’s world.

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