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1/28: An NYC Street Photography/Urban Geometry Workshop with Adorama

Hey everyone, On January 28-29th, we’re teaching a special workshop here in NYC in collaboration with Adorama. All attendees get a free 24/7 Traffic Collection Sling bag and personalized instruction from both the Phoblographer’s Chris Gampat (that’s me) and Daniel Schaefer. Here are the details, and more are right after the jump. This workshop sells...
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Thomas Leuthard Uses the Kodak Ektra for Street Photography

Street Photographer Thomas Leuthard recently collaborated with Kodak on a special video using the Kodak Ektra–the company’s newest smartphone that they’re billing as being perfect for the professional photographer. Thomas demos some of the newest features like Smart Auto but also showcases that the phone has modes like manual where the photographer can manually control the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc....
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Creating the Photograph: Trupal Pandya’s “Heads were to us what Money is to you!”

Photographer Trupal Pandya is quite the photographer. He’s documented head hunters in Nagaland, and soon plans to go back to continue to document these people in an attempt to keep a working record of their culture. But he’s also got room to bring other people, and those that wish to go with Trupal can sign up for his workshop at his website....
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Capture One 10.1 Fixes More Bugs, Provides More Lens Support

Since the release of Capture One 10, I’ve switched over from Adobe Lightroom CC to Capture One for most tasks. I enjoy the workflow and the image processing a whole lot more; plus it’s light years faster than Lightroom. Today, Capture One updated to Capture One Pro 10.1. With it brings a number of fixes and features. They’re listed after the jump....
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The Inspiring Photographs by the Winners of the 2016 Monochrome Awards (NSFW)

The winners of the 2016 Monochrome Awards were announced today. Of course, lots of the images are also really incredible. We’ve got a bunch of them rounded up right here....
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Tomasz Cuncvir Created a Pinhole Camera with a Matchbox

Photo Essays is a series on the Phoblographer where photographers get to candidly speak their mind about a specific subject or project of theirs. Want [email protected] All Images By Tomasz Cuncvir. Used with Permission.  I wanted to present you some of my work I did back in 2010/2011 with a similar design. I have updated it since...
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The Effects of Exposure and Development Times on Wet Plate Collodion

Recently I have been seeing a lot of people having problems identifying the signs of their plates being either overdeveloped or overexposed, so I decided to do the following simple exercise that should make it easier for folks with a discerning eye to see if one of these troubles may be possibly plaguing them at the moment....
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Jonny Baker’s Lifestyle Street Portraits Focus on Street Fashion

All images by Jonny Baker. Used with permission. “Initially the impact fashion magazines had on me created my desire to develop my career and pick up the camera,” says Tel Aviv based photographer Jonny Baker about why he wanted to get into the Street Fashion genre of photography. “Bill Cunningham was a big inspiration to...
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An Iranian Journey: A Photobook Exploring Youths Navigating Islamic Laws

Photographer Hossein Fatemi and FotoEvidence have been working on a project meant to document and explore youth culture in Iran. You see, Iranian youths seek creative expression but also often balance doing this within “The Islamic State.” To do this, they’re teaming up to create a special photobook called The Iranian Journey. They’re currently seeking funding on Kickstarter to finish its production....
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Freestyle Photographic Dropped Their Prices on Rollei Film and Developer

Very recently, Freestyle Photographic sent out an email to their customers letting them know about some really super deals on Rollei film. In fact, the prices are better than anything I’ve been able to find on both Amazon and B&H Photo. So whenever I can, I’m all for supporting the little guy....
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Screw the Rule of Thirds: “Composition” For Street Photographers

It may be cliché to say that rules are made to be broken, but it can be argued that the genre of street photography is the photographic discipline where breaking the rules will most likely allow you to see—and capture—more interesting photographs....
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Photographer Clyde Butcher Shows You How to Shoot and Develop Large Format Film

Legendary landscape photographer Clyde Butcher is well known for his absolutely beautiful landscapes. So to understand how his creative mind works, he featured a video on how he goes about using his large format camera and developing in the darkroom. While most people that dabble in analog tend to go for 35mm or 120 film, shooting large format is another story that’s an even more painstaking process overall....
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Greg Turner’s Candid Street Portraits Use Light in a Gorgeous Way

My interest has always been to explore identity, emotions and experiences, in particular those influenced by existentialism and angst. It is almost certainly a little self-indulgent but it is entirely the product of my own experiences and difficulties as a child; of having to figure out who you are and how you’re going to ‘be’ when those around you don’t want you to ‘be’ with them. Exclusion at a young age has a lasting impact but thankfully my conclusions as an adult are entirely positive. I’m happy to be who I am even if the process of self-understanding is by no means finished....
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Five Street Photographers Doing Incredible Work with the Ricoh GR

Lots of cameras find themselves in the hands of street photographers, but a large number digital photographers these days have been working with a single camera: the Ricoh GR. It’s been a popular camera for a number of reasons: it’s small, has great image quality, a sharp lens, a built in flash, etc. Many photographers shoot with it in black and white. Others use color. But no matter, lots of photographers have been doing fantastic work with it....
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Black and White Street Photography/Urban Geometry Tutorial Adorama Workshop

We’ve got a new workshop setup for later this month. This Frameworks photography workshop is being done in collaboration with Adorama and is a two day intensive street photography/urban geometry workshop based in NYC. You can find the details at this link....
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These Beautiful Images of the Milky Way Were Shot on Impossible Project 600 Film

Images by Daniel Stein. Used with permission. Photographers have very mixed opinions on Impossible Project’s film, but there’s no denying that Daniel Stein nailed this photo of the Milky Way. Using an SX-70 and IP600 film, he was able to use the film to capture this hypnotic and beautiful moment. “In brief, I first got...
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Review: Cokin RIVIERA Classic Tripod

One of the biggest problems that the photography industry has faced is selling tripods. In fact, it seems that with both lens and sensor based image stabilization seeming to work together, some may argue that you may not need a tripod. And indeed, for many photographers out there, you probably don’t need a tripod for your work. Landscape photographers and long exposure shooters will more than likely always need it. But the rest…...
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Comparison: The Best Cheap 35mm Film Emulsions

While Kodak Portra, Fujifilm Velvia, and some of the others tend to steal the spotlight, there are a number of pretty good yet affordable color films on the market. George from Negative Feedback decided to put a number of them to the test in a video released earlier last year. All the images were taken...
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DXOMark Rates the RED Helium 8K Camera Sensor The New King

You thought that the Sony a7r II had a great sensor? Well, DXOMark thinks there is a new king. According to the company’s newest test, the king is now the RED Helium 8K. This also goes on to dispel a number of big myths, such as a full frame sensor always having the best image...
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We’re Teaching Two Workshops This Weekend in LA and NYC

Hey everyone: Just a reminder that we’re teaching two workshops this weekend with one being in LA and the other in NYC. In LA, we’re teaching a two day street photography workshop intensive starting in Hollywood and more details can be found here. In NYC, we’re doing a workshop teaching photographers how to get more...
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JPEG Image Samples: Canon EOS M5

After playing with the Canon EOS M5 at Photo Plus 2016, we’ve finally got it in for review. We’ve taken it out for photowalks and honestly have to say that it’s a pretty good camera. Does it have issues? Sure. But can it produce really nice images? Heck yes!...
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This Monstrous Micro Four Thirds Combo is All You Need to Be a Spy

This is what happens when you combine an Olympus OMD series camera with the Sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 lens and a Kippon adapter. It’s huge–but considering the 2x crop factor involved here, you’re getting a heck of a super zoom lens., Essentially this lens becomes a 100-1,000mm zoom lens offering with full autofocus capabilities....
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Fido: Abraham Lincoln’s Dog Was the First Presidential Dog to be Photographed

Meet Fido: Abraham Lincoln’s beloved dog and the first Presidential dog to be photographed and still have surviving records. Mr. Lincoln loved his dog and before he became President, he was said to bring the dog with him into town often. The dog would sometimes fetch parcels and even wait outside the barbershop when he got a haircut....
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These 11 Images from NASA Were Shot on Kodak Ektachome

With the very recent announcement of Kodak Ektachrome coming back to the market, there are folks saying that Ektachrome wasn’t anything so special. Sure, it wasn’t Kodachrome–but Ektachrome was capable of producing really, truly fantastic photos....
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Which One? Sony a6500 vs Fujifilm X-T2 vs Fujifilm X Pro 2

If you’re a photographer that’s been looking at the high end APS-C mirrorless camera options out there, then you most likely know that Sony and Fujifilm are the ones that continue to duke it out over and over again. The Sony a6500 is the company’s latest offering while Fujifilm has two flagship cameras in the form of the X-T2 and the X Pro 2. All of these cameras are highly capable, have the same megapixel count and have similar features. But which is the best?...
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Vintage Camera Review: Mamiya RB67 Pro-S (6×7 Format)

A few years ago, I was told that a Hasselblad digital camera was going to kill the 120 format of film. At the time, I was absolutely astounded. For many years, I believed it to a certain point. 645 digital is good; in fact, it’s very good. But very few pieces of work out there have really delivered to me what I feel is that true medium format look. It’s what so many photographers strive for. But if you’re working with a camera like the Mamiya RB67 Pro-S, it’s impossible to not get that look that you’re craving. A true workhorse camera for a portrait or landscape photographer, this camera has been in my arsenal for a fair amount of time now and I’ve often considered it to be my crown jewel....
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The Godox AD200 Witstro Monolight Gets Revealed

Godox recently revealed their AD200 Witstro monolight on Facebook; and the new monolight seems much different than most offerings out there already. For starters, it’s a giant block–and has a flash head that is rectangular in shape vs the more traditional circular area. The Godox AD200 Witstro has TTL and HSS capabilities for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras. ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Kodak Ektachrome 100 is Coming Back in 35mm Format

In a super shocking announcement being made today at CES 2017, Kodak is bringing back one of their iconic films: Kodak Ektachrome 100. The announcement goes hand in hand with the emulsion being available in both Super 8 and 35mm still formats. Back in 2012, Kodak discontinued the film citing sales that weren’t as strong as they needed. Last year, 2016, was the fourth anniversary of its discontinuance. Kodak Ektachrome was recommended as the replacement for Kodachrome, and for a short time was Kodak’s only available slide film. Then it disappeared, and Kodak had none available on the market....
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Luminous Landscape Speculates DJI Bought Hasselblad

It’d be pretty insane for any of us to believe that a Chinese company purchased the aging and historical Hasselblad, but according to Kevin Raber over at Luminous Landscape, it seems to be the case. Indeed, DJI has been a minority shareholder for a while now and Hasselblad hasn’t been doing so great. But when...
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The Polaroid Pop Spits Out 3.5 x 4.25 zInk Photo Prints

At CES 2017, Polaroid is building on the success of their zInk products and giving the masses something just a tad larger. the Polaroid Pop is going to be printing out 3.5 x 4.25 images using the 20MP CMOS sensor at the heart the camera and then printing the photos. Plus it will be able to shoot full 1080p HD video. A micro SD card will store your digital photos and the 3.97 inch touchscreen will help you frame and navigate the camera’s menus....
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Review: Epson SureColor P800 Printer

For quite a while now, I’ve been sold on Canon’s Prograf 1000 printer; but then I finally had the chance to play with Epson’s P800. I previously reviewed the Epson P600, which I felt did a pretty good job overall. But then I tried the Prograf, and found that it delivered images that perfectly matched my computer screen. Seriously, how do you beat that?...
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Just a Reminder: Sign Up For Two Workshops Next Weekend

Just a quick reminder folks: We’re teaching a Street Photography Workshop in Los Angeles January 14-15th. You can sign up here. We’re also teaching a workshop on how to use Fujifilm Instax Wide film in the studio on January 15th in NYC. You can sign up for that here. These are super affordable workshops and...
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First Impressions: Panasonic GH5

For CES 2017, Panasonic is reannouncing the Panasonic GH5 camera–the company’s flagship that has been mostly targeted at the videographer for many years now. With their newest addition to the lineup, the company is trying to make an even bigger splash. The GH5 is being pumped filled with all sorts of awesome features. Let’s take a look!...
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4PM EST Today: Street Photography Tips Live on Facebook

At 4pm EST today, I’ll be going Live on our Facebook page giving everyone five tips on how to shoot better street photographs. This short event is being done complementary to our upcoming two day intensive LA Street Photography workshop–and tickets are still available. This workshop is targeted at anyone that is very serious about getting into street photography and will include hands on experience in some of the best spots for photographs in Los Angeles. ...
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First Impressions: Canon G9x Mk II

Canon’s Powershot series of point and shoots have typically always been king, and despite the fact that I’ve personally really warmed up to Ricoh, Fujifilm, and Sony, the new Canon G9X Mk II seems very tempting. With a 20.1MP 1 inch sensor at its heart and stunning good looks, this is a pretty classy point...
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Review: Moo.com’s NFC Business Cards

The business card as a whole hasn’t really seen a lot of innovation in years. There have been new paper stocks used, new shapes, new designs–but overall it’s at its core a piece of paper that has information about you on there. People use it to contact you and put that into a database of some sort. It hasn’t evolved a lot until Moo decided to implant an NFC chip into them. ...
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This Double Exposure Was Done on Film With No Photoshop

“If you can, always try to use professional grade films like Kodak Portra and Kodak Ektar.” says photographer Ozan Mutlu Dursun about how he shot the unique double exposure image leading this post off. “They are pretty good in terms of tones and grain- and if you go medium format, it’s only going to get better. It is a breeze to shoot with them.” Indeed, Ozan shot this one on film. ...
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Subscribe to La Noir Image: Get a Free Black and White Lightroom Preset Pack

Hey folks, Great news for subscribers to La Noir Image (our premium black and white photography website) that we announced in our Editor’s Letter earlier this month: when you subscribe to the site for $15/year, you get a special freebie. We’ve worked on 10 special custom black and white photo presets for you folks as...
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In the Studio: Creating Professional Photos With the Instax Wide Film

If you’re one of those people that has always wanted to create a professional looking image with Instant Film, then you’ve come to the right place. Is it difficult? Not really; but it will surely require you to think in a different way. On January 15th, The Phoblographer’s Chris Gampat will take you into the...
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Creating the Photograph: Danny Alexander’s “Pink Rose”

Photographer Danny Alexander has tagged us in a number of his images on Instagram and we discovered him and his great strobist work this way. He’s a portrait photographer working in Louisville, KY. “I’ve slowly been turning my passion into a full time job and my work can be found in local and nationally published magazines.” says Danny. “Although I spend most of my time shooting editorial portraits anymore I do make time to work on creative personal projects. If I had to say I had a style in photography it would be that I take a strobist approach.” That’s perfect for our Creating the Photograph series....
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How to Create Really Fun Double Exposure Photos and Videos on Your Phone

Double exposures are so incredibly tough to do for many photographers out there, but with patience you’ll get it. Most photographers try to do it in Photoshop but it ends up just being more annoying and a hassle than it’s worth. Some cameras have it available ready for you to use. But sometimes, it’s best to just sit there and edit on your phone than sit at a computer or try to navigate your camera’s clunky interface....
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This Monstrosity of a Canon AV-1 Can Be Yours for $41

Before you actually read this post, note that the Canon AV-1 we’re talking about doesn’t actually work. In fact, it’s being sold for parts. But good Lord, who the hell does this to a camera? The Canon AV-1 in the pictures is currently on eBay and shows the workings of someone who decided to try...
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Our Bang For Your Buck LA Street Photography Workshop Is Only $200

On January 14-15th, we’re throwing an exclusive two-day intensive photography workshop in Los Angeles. You’ll learn a whole lot about approaching subjects, honing your reflexes, etc. You’ll go from Hollywood to Downtown LA with the Phoblographer’s very own Daniel Schaefer. ...
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La Noir Image is Featuring Concert and Music Photographers

Hey folks, Our premium publication, La Noir Image, is currently spotlighting concert and music photographers. This site is a black and white photography publication aimed at inspiring and educating the modern photographer. From now on, artist features will be free for everyone to view. So if you want to spread the word about your work,...
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Heads Up: We’ve Updated Our Fujifilm X Mount Lens Guide

Hey Fujifilm camera users, Just a quick heads up that we’ve updated our Fujifilm lens guide. Every single autofocus lens for the Fujifilm X series system is now on there along with our reviews, information, buying information, etc. Check it out right here....
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Luis Colmenero’s Incredibly Composed Photos Will Inspire You

Photographer Luis Colmenero is a special breed. A while ago, he won our mission with EyeEm entitled “My Favorite Photo” and his body of work is different in that it heavily relies on geometry, negative space, and color. Bresson would be proud of him....
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Zak van Biljon’s Dreamy Landscapes Using Kodak Aerochrome

You wouldn’t necessarily believe it, but photographer Zak van Biljon got bit by the photo bug after using a disposable camera. From the work he produces, you’d think that he dove right into medium and large format from the start; but that wouldn’t be further from the truth. ...
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Review: Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander and Receiver

When I was being briefed on the Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander for flashes before announcement, I couldn’t at all contain my glee. It meant a whole lot to me. It meant that Sony was going to take wireless flash control, strobists, and higher end photographers more seriously. They’re also only the second company to do so–following in the footsteps of Canon in a way. The flash commander also works as a camera remote. That part I didn’t totally understand but know that a whole lot of other units out there do the same thing. When I was working at B&H Photo, their Vello house brand did the same thing....
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Review: Sony a6500

Three refreshes: that’s how long it took for Sony to create a camera with a sensor that can keep up with its competitors. Granted, the processing engine in the Sony a6500 is very capable and a big part of it. But then we also beg the question: Why so many refreshes so suddenly?...
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Review: Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art (Canon EF)

The answer to the question that you’re wondering is yes, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens is indeed much better than the previous version of the lens. At higher megapixels, you start to see the flaws of the older version, but the newer one exudes an image quality that is truly unbelievable. Additionally, it sports a bit of weather sealing. And the ultimate answer to whether or not you should upgrade really has to do with your own intentions. If you absolutely want to stick to using DSLR cameras, then this is a must-buy lens....
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