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Julius Motal

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Local amateur photographer John Bellamy has spent the past few months shooting with his phone. He reasoned that it was silly to buy a dedicated camera because he had a camera built into his phone, but after playing with a Nikon D800E at B&H Photo Video in New York City, Bellamy realized that a DSLR offered far more flexibility, quality and control than his iPhone 3GS.

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Most of the emails we receive from readers merit a quick response, since they’re usually something gear-related. Occasionally, we get an email that calls for a much longer response because of the question’s depth. This email comes in from Sharon Eylward who noticed that most of the photographs on this site are street photographs in which the people are unaware of the camera. Sharon wants to know how to practice street photography “without getting punched in the nose”.

It’s taken a while to figure that out, but here’s our answer.

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Review: Sony RX10

by Julius Motal on 03/25/2014

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In the pantheon of cameras that were, are, and will be, it is rare that a point-and-shoot will turn heads. That’s not to say that there haven’t been any, but so many compromises are made with cheaper cameras that it’s easy to forget about them altogether. Enter the Sony RX10, a point-and-shoot camera with an impressive lens and a DSLR aesthetic in the Cyber-shot line. It’s a bridge camera, and in Sony’s case, the halfway-point between its Cyber-shot and Alpha lines. Consider it a Cyber-alpha, really. Throughout the monthlong review period, I often forgot that I was working with a point-and-shoot, but I never completely forgot.

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Enter the storm trooper. A dear friend of mine aptly pointed out that the Samsung 45mm f1.8 on the NX300 reminds her of the soldiers with terrible aim. The 45mm f1.8 joins the NX ranks as a fast prime lens, and with the NX line’s crop factor, the 35mm-equivalent field of view is nearly 70mm. What distinguishes this lens from the rest is its capacity for 3D. Sadly, I don’t own any 3D-capable devices, so I was unable to test this feature effectively. Regardless, the 45mm f1.8 made for a swell companion on the streets of New York City.

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Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been in the midst of a photo365 project in which I make an image a day for each day of the year. I make far more than one image per day, but the daily goal is to find one image that stands above all the rest. This practice keeps me in a constant state of photographic awareness, and it forces me to look for new ways to make images. This has largely been a street photography project in NYC, and with little thought, the images can become repetitive. Over the past two and a half months, I’ve rethought composition as I got to know my city better.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 First Impressions sample photos (10 of 10)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 1.6

Weekend Humor isn’t meant to be taken seriously. So don’t, ya rube.

It’s the weird types that give photographers a bad rap. You know, the kind that’ll aim more than just his lens at a model. In New York City, photographer Jackson Hodges is making waves by having models keep their clothes on. Rather than have them strip down to their skivvies, Hodges wants the models he works with to feel as though they can be accepted with clothes on.

“You know, I just said, ‘Hey. How are you?’” Hodges told us over the phone. “She really responded to that, and as she told me about her day, she started to strip. And I told her that wouldn’t be necessary.”

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