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Julius Motal

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The amount of images taken worldwide is staggering. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of images are uploaded to Facebook every minute. On Flickr, the most popular camera is the iPhone 5S. Take a walk outside, and you’ll come across at least one person aiming their phone either at their face or something else. Tap once and done. The image is made. It’ll more than likely get shuttled to some social network. We are inundated with images on a daily basis, and many of them never live beyond the moment you scroll past them.

Lately, I find that I’m second-guessing some of the images I make. I question their necessity. Most of what I do in between assignments is street photography. I chase light and characters, or I stand near some light and wait for some characters. Even when I’m having lived experiences – a concert, a party, a gathering and the like – my impulse is to reach for whatever camera I have on me, to capture and archive a fragment of the experience.

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Rinzi Ruiz, a street and wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. Towards the of 2011, Ruiz was laid off a job he had for 10 years, and this gave him time to focus on his photography. He found his zen in street photography on the streets of Los Angeles. His high contrast monochrome images are deeply meditative, and they have excellent lighting.

He became known for a blog called Street Zen, in which he posts images he makes on the street. More of his work can be found on his website and his Instagram.

A selection of his work and the episode can be seen after the break.

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Nothing is more defeating than hearing you won’t get paid, that your work isn’t worth money or that there isn’t room in the budget for a photographer. It’s doubly defeating when you’re vaguely promised exposure, a murky intangible thing that would really only work if they sent a memo to every single one of their clients saying, “Hire this photographer.” That doesn’t happen. Exposure won’t put clothes on our backs, nor will it put food on our plates.

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HX90V

HX90V

Sony’s got two new cameras on deck: the HX90V and the WX500. Both are compact zooms with 30x optical zoom, 18MP 1/2.3-inch sensors, built-in wi-fi, 5-axis image stabilization and full-HD video. They also sport an ISO range of 80-3200 (expandable up to 12,800) and an aperture range of f3.5-6.4. They’re identical in nearly every way with one crucial exception.

The HX90V has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, whereas the WX500 has none. Sony is positioning the WX500 as an entry-level camera to its premium compact family, while the HX90V is for more serious users. The top of the line cameras are still the RX10 and the RX100 Mk III & its predecessors. The undisputed king of Sony’s lineup is the RX1.

Sony’s new additions won’t break the bank. The HX90V is a sixth of the price of the RX1. The WX500 is an eighth. They’re affordable options with what seems to be a good degree of versatility. Of course, we won’t know until we test them, but they look promising for casual photographers.

The HX90V will be available for $429 in black at the end of June. The WX500 will be available for $329 in black and white at the end of June

More photos and specs after the break.

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Gear acquisition syndrome is something most photographers have had to deal with at some point. What you have isn’t enough. If only you could get that next camera, that next lens, that next flash. It’ll dig a deep hole in your wallet, but if you’ve been looking for a way to carry all that gear at once, look no further than the fellow above.

The unidentified photographer with a crazy rig was spotted at what looks like a cosplay event in Osaka, and takes up 60 seconds of the 78-second clip embedded below. Never mind the girls in fairly tame costumes and brightly colored wigs. This man is the star of the show with three Nikon DSLRs, three off-camera flashes, a Gary Fong light sphere, several compact cameras and a backpack that seems mostly inaccessible.

The clip is a remarkable display of resiliency, considering the three cameras and lenses are probably somewhere between 12 and 15 pounds all told. The flashes, compacts, whatever’s in that backpack, the miscellaneous items and the rig itself probably add a good deal more.

Anyway, check out the clip below, and have your chiropractor on speed dial in case you experience spontaneous back pain.

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C-41 Press Kit

C-41 Press Kit

This article originally appeared on Sam Agnew’s website, Smash and Grab Photo, and is being syndicated by The Phoblographer.

I know there are a few guides out there for home processing, some of which were instrumental in helping me get over my fears. All of these other guides seemed to be a little incomplete and that lack of detail made me wait longer than I should have before taking the plunge. In reality, it’s EASY to do your film at home. Let me show you!

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