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Julius Motal

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When I reached 100 followers on Instagram, I thought I had arrived. Instagram was largely new to me, and a confusing place at first, too, because there were, and are, no metrics, unlike Flickr where I had put my photography up until that point. Instagram was the place to be, and if I could get enough traction, my worth as a photographer would be solidified in hearts and numbers. There were folks with followers in the tens and hundreds of thousands, some even in the millions. Wouldn’t that be nice? A massive following the thought wasn’t, and it took a while for me to shake it. [click to continue…]

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From “No one dies at a Gypsy wedding” by Arjen Zwart

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by the photographers.

In the pantheon of photographic endeavors, there few things more rewarding, and oftentimes more frustrating and demanding, than a long-term project. Short-term projects can take several weeks or a couple of months, but long-term projects take years, which can be both disconcerting and invigorating. Over the course of a project, you might amass several hundred or several thousand images, but the final edit will be much less than that, depending on the shape it will take: a book, a series, etc. There’ll be days when it feels like the images are fantastic, and there’ll be days when it feels like they’re terrible. The most important thing is to stay committed, and that can be the most difficult thing. [click to continue…]

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from David Brommer, a studio photographer and Director of the B&H Event Space where he has given many talks on photography. His talks largely deal with composition and developing a style, and all those videos are on YouTube. Yes, they’re long, but they’re well worth the watch.

He got his start in photography in the late ’80s, and for three years in the mid-90s, he ran a gallery space in Seattle called Suspect Photography, where he showcased some cutting edge work. Brommer’s had a lifelong interest in dark subject matter and religious symbolism, and much of it has a found a way into his work.

There’s a painterly quality to his photographers, which is, at least in part, a result of his art education, and when he talks about composition, he often refers to master painters.

For more of Brommer’s work, you can check out his website. If you’d like to see some of his talks, check out the top results on YouTube.

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Alex Wroblewski.

Alex Wroblewski.

All images used with permission by Alex Wroblewski. Lead image by the author.

The crowd gathered at the intersection with their flags raised. The main road led down to the center of town marked by a bull statue where police vans and water cannons were stationed quietly, waiting for the slightest indication to act. It was the one-year anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, a young boy in Turkey who fell into a long a coma ten months earlier after a tear gas canister struck his head. His visage has become one of the symbols of collective unrest in Istanbul since the Gezi Park protests two years ago. Alex Wroblewski and I were standing with our cameras ready about 100 feet from the crowd. We were about to leave when several protesters, some in Guy Fawkes mask and others in black scarves, broke off from the main group and marched down the main road towards the police.

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We’re no stranger to Spider Holster’s products. We previously took a look at their Black Widow harness, and have feature a number of the takes on straps and things for your cameras and accessories, though the Spider Monkey nearly gave us a heart attack. Now, they’ve got an S-shaped strap called the Spider Pro Hand Strap.

Essentially, it attaches to the top right hook and a base plate that’s fastened to the tripod thread underneath. The material for the bottom connection is thin enough that it can fit between the camera and any tripod plate. The curve of the strap allows easy access to the SD card slot and battery compartment. It’s made from a combination of materials, with leather being the most prominent.

It’s available in black for $65, or in a color (cream, red, brown, kodiak) for $75. We’ll let you know what we think when we get a unit in to review, though we wager it’ll be mighty useful for folks photographing outdoors, events, concerts and protests.

Head on for product images.

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All images used with permission by Esa Ylijaasko. Lead image by the author.

A child with one shoe sat on a pile of rubble and licked the remains of a dessert off a spoon. Several feet away stood the remains of a half demolished house in which Syrian Kurdish refugees created their home away from home. They fled their homes in Syria some time ago in order to find some degree of safety from the civil war that has ravaged their country. They found their way to Süleymaniye, a neighborhood in Istanbul mostly known for the city’s largest mosque, and it is there that Finnish photographer Esa Ylijaasko forged strong ties.

Editor’s Note: We incorrectly stated that Ylijaasko used a 23mm lens on his X-Pro1 and Fuji FP-100B film on his Polaroid Land Camera. He uses an 18mm f2 lens and Fuji FP-3000B film.

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