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All photographs are copyrighted and used with permissions by Spyros Papaspyropoulos.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Spyros Papaspyropoulos, a street photographer from Greece who is also the founder of Street Hunters, an online community and resource for street photography. The website is known, at least in part, for its series of Street Hunt videos, in which Spyros and his mates can be seen photographing on the streets of any given city, which makes for a good insight into process. There’s often a sense of humor in Spyros’s images that makes them wholly enjoyable. He uses a flash at any time of day, and he shoots almost exclusively in color these days.

A selection of his work and the episode are embedded below. For more of his work, check out his website, Flickr, and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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(Left: Betty, Right: Terry) © Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

(Left: Betty, Right: Terry) © Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos.

There has been a great deal of ballyhoo around Bruce Gilden’s latest work, from his two-day stint in Appalachia for VICE to his upcoming book Face. The latter of the two comprises 50 portraits Gilden took over the past several years, and one of the most interesting things about this is that he got permission from every single person. Most of Gilden’s oeuvre consists of images made very close with a flash in hand, which you can see a demonstration of in several videos. Gilden’s work often yields polarized reactions with no real middle ground, and while Face stands apart from most of his work, it’s caused the same spate love-it-or-hate-it reactions.

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holga digital

You’ve seen Holga around–those multicolored toy cameras are ubiquitous with their ramshackle construction and attention to light leaks that make for lighthearted and quirky photos. Maybe you’ve used one, maybe you haven’t. Now, the camera has finally gone digital, though it can only be realized if you back it on Kickstarter.

It’s a barebones digital machine with a lens that has two apertures (f2.8 and f8) and two image frames (4:3 and 1:1). It has enough tech inside to support Wi-fi capable SD card, and you have the option to vignette your images or not in the same way that many holgas do. There’s a hot shoe, too, and the ability to mount different lenses via an adaptor. The sensor is presently shrouded in mystery, but we’ll update you when we have more information. Given the $75 or more pledge guarantee of a camera, we’re assuming it isn’t that large; but we could be wrong.

More after the jump.

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Aerial image shot from a small single engine Cessna plane of professional surfer Peter Mel outrunning a 25 foot plus wave after it broke while competing in the 2009 Nelscott Reef big wave surf contest in Lincoln City, Oregon.   Contestants were using the assistance of personal watercraft for transport to the reef which is nearly 3/4 of a mile offshore, as well as for safety and to tow in to catch the waves. image © 2009 Ben Moon www.benmoon.com

Peter Mel outruns a wave at Nelscott Reef, Oregon www.benmoon.com

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by Ben Moon.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Ben Moon, a photographer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Moon recently released a short film he worked on called “Denali,”  a beautifully touching tribute to his dog of 14 and a half years who joined him on all of his travels in his nomadic career. Moon’s photographed everything from climbers on mountainsides to surfers under the waves and bands in the studio. There’s a deep level of humanity and emotion in all of his work, both his photographs and his films.

A selection of Moon’s work, his film Denali, and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, check out his website or follow him on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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julius motal the phoblographer instagram-1

There are any number of reasons why Instagram is the most popular online community for photographers. There’s the easy no-frills nature of uploading. There’s the never-ending potential for discovery. There’s the instant gratification. There are also a surprising number of shortcomings. For the longest time you couldn’t edit captions, but that was rectified in November of last year. The frustration of having to deal with errors or delete and re-upload the image entirely was common. There are other quirks in the app that could benefit from some quick fixes. Here’s what we’d like to see.

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