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julius motal the phoblographer photographers friends

Depending on your approach, photography can be a communal experience or a loner’s art. When you’re in the early days of your practice, there’s a chance you might show your work to close friends, and they’ll most likely encourage you in your pursuit. If they’re not photographers, their encouragement will in many ways be superficial, and while the good remarks may feel good, they’re not substantively helpful. Thoughtful critique is key to any photographer’s development, regardless of genre. One of the best ways to get that critique, beyond workshops and portfolio reviews, is to develop and maintain relationships with other photographers. [click to continue…]

The Bite Trio.

The Bite Trio.

Concerts are a crapshoot. It’s never easy to tell if it’ll be a packed house or how terrible the lighting will be. There are some things you can prepare for and some things you can’t. Here’s a list of tips to help you with your next gig. [click to continue…]

julius motal the phoblographer project street 11

It’s the weekend, everyone. Get up and get out on the street. Here are some things to try this weekend when you’re out and about. [click to continue…]

julius motal the phoblographer hitting your stride

In the beginning, street photo can be dizzying. There can be an inclination to photograph everything, which can lead to a large pool of images from which you’ll probably pick very few. Patterns start to emerge the more time you spend photographing wherever you are. Perhaps it’s something compositionally, or maybe you find that your best photographs are taken at a certain time of day or night because of how the light falls. Hitting your stride takes time, but as you fine tune your eye through constant practice, you realize what you’re good at.

Here are some suggestions to help you hit your stride.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX30 first impressions photos (2 of 11)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Get your duck faces ready, kids. On October 14, Samsung’ll be in Hollywood to take a record-breaking selfie with the hosts Nick Cannon and Julianne Hough. We’re not sure what the scope will be, but we imagine it’ll be many extended arms and pursed lips.

The company has an ambitious campaign to get you to ditch your DSLR in favor of the NX30 or the NX Mini SMART Camera. The campaign goes by #DITCHTHEDSLR, and it just wrapped its event in Times Square. If you’ve been thinking of switching systems, and you like what Samsung’s doing, this could be your chance to get a new camera by trading in your old one. You’ll need your camera, a lens and a battery in order to qualify for the trade-in.

Of course, the focus is the NX30 and NX Mini SMART Camera. We haven’t reviewed the latter, but we have reviewed the NX30. We found to be a capable mirrorless camera in the guise of a DSLR. With Samsung’s 85mm f1.4, the NX30’s image quality would shoot up.

The event starts at 10am at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

julius motal film photography high schools It was in the photography subreddit that a fellow asked if it’s unreasonable to want the wedding photographer to hand over the RAW files. It’s no surprise that there was widespread opposition to the person’s query, but the poster, a self-identified amateur photographer, persisted in questioning all those who said, “Ha, fat chance.” While I am not a wedding photographer, I am a photographer who shoots RAW, and I’ve been in situations where people has asked me for those files. The quick answer to, “Can I have them?” is “No.” Here’s the longer answer. [click to continue…]